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ASAM Models 1:48 GMC M135 Canadian Army

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Hello. It's been very long time but I've actually managed to get some modeling done. And finished.


This is a predominantly white metal kit with some resin and brass photoetch. Tires are rubber. I believe the kit was supposed to come with clear plastic for the windows but mine did not. I have never built a multimedia kit like this before so was a fun and interesting experience. The finished kit was a birthday gift to my Dad since he got to ride in them during his brief stint in the Canadian Army one summer. Since I had a hard deadline my main goal was simply to finish and not get caught up on every little flaw. While this approach resulted in a model that is admittedly far from contest quality it did achieve two things. The model was to my amazement done early and, hold your breath. Was fun.




It took some time to find someone in the world who made a kit of the M135. Thankfully I eventually found ASAM.



The instructions came on two pages and the assembly guide drawing appears to be hand drawn which is pretty cool.







The cast resin tarp is one solid block of resin.



Two of the kit supplied axles were too short so I replaced them all with some brass tube I had.



A slight modification was needed to make the truck match more closely what I saw in my limited amount of reference photos. This involved cutting away much of the metal connected to the roof and making new items from styrene sheet so the cab had the distinctive side windows.



To make painting easier the cab roof was not glued in place until interior painting was complete.  With assemble mostly complete this relatively small model weighs just under one pound.







Department of National Defense license plates were made by first finding some usable photos online. These were then cleaned up in photoshop and printed on standard white paper. I then glued the license plates onto some aluminum foil from a tea container and cut them out. I decided not to add any other markings as none of my reference photos had dates so I had no idea which markings would have been appropriate. Thankfully DND license plates have not changed over the years so I was confident I did get those right at least.



A little weathering and windows cut from clear plastic sheet I had lying around and she was done.











Thanks for looking.





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Lovely build Matt. Looks like a decent little kit as well. I guess with white metal it doesn't matter if you get a paint chip somewhere, as you can just call it weathering.



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Never seen that kit before, just the Monogram one, which needs a lot of work. I need someone to make these tires in 1/16. This turned out good.

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On 7/28/2021 at 3:22 AM, Andy Moore said:

Lovely build Matt. Looks like a decent little kit as well. I guess with white metal it doesn't matter if you get a paint chip somewhere, as you can just call it weathering.



Thanks Andy! Trying to be a little less MIA round these parts but other things keep getting in the way. And you are certainly right about the metal. Honestly I was tempted to leave it unpainted as it looked pretty dang cool all silver.



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On 7/29/2021 at 7:24 PM, Troy Smith said:

Great work,  can't remember seeing another ASAM build on here. 

I have seen their site, with a mind boggling range of kits



Out of my price range really, shame as they do some great subjects.


Hope your dad liked his present.




Thanks! And he did! Yeah the price was rather steep but I gotta say, I was impressed overall with how well it went together for a kit from such a small company.



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On 8/7/2021 at 5:18 AM, arfa1983 said:

Looks really good. Bet it weighs a bit too

I think it was 1.8 pounds! And that's a kit that still fit basically in the palm of my hand when done.



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