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IDF M163 Machbet
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Posted: Saturday, September 22, 2012 - 03:15 AM UTC
And some details:















and here are the wheels, finished and waiting for installment:



Comments welcome,
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Posted: Saturday, September 22, 2012 - 03:14 AM UTC
Some progress on the model... added some details, gloss coat and several different washes. Matt coat was then applied.

There are still some subassemblies left to add, but it is getting there.

Here it is:















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Posted: Friday, August 24, 2012 - 06:18 PM UTC
Thanks Fred, I'm glad you like it. Hope to get to the weathering stage soon.

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Posted: Thursday, August 23, 2012 - 05:21 AM UTC
Simply breathtaking, Mario! I, too, am subscribing because this is one build I want to follow through to the very end.
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Posted: Thursday, August 23, 2012 - 03:06 AM UTC
Some more work done on Machbet. The base color is applied, I did some experimenting with postshading too. I'm not sure how much coloration is going to be visible once the gloss coat is applied though. I did the sanbags as well, did some detail painting too. The tie-down strips haven't been painted at all, some are still missing. So, this is just to give you a general idea where I'm at the moment:

















I need to find a good way to simulate the exhaust pipe, I'm not happy with the part supplied in Legend conversion.

Comments are welcome,
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Posted: Tuesday, June 05, 2012 - 07:49 PM UTC
Thanks guys, now to the most difficult part... painting the hull.

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Posted: Tuesday, June 05, 2012 - 09:38 AM UTC
this is looking stunning so far. Wow...
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Posted: Tuesday, June 05, 2012 - 08:43 AM UTC
Just one word: Fantastic !

Congratulations Mario !

Cheers

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Posted: Tuesday, June 05, 2012 - 05:49 AM UTC
Feeling quite inadequate right now. . . .
brilliant work on that Mario! Very, very impressed with your interior paint work, really and truly impressive. Cannot wait to see this one finished. Cheers.
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Posted: Tuesday, June 05, 2012 - 04:26 AM UTC
And now I got the Machbet in primer... some subassemblies were left off to ease the painting process:

















Here are some details:







Hope to start with the painting soon.

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Posted: Tuesday, June 05, 2012 - 04:23 AM UTC
It was a while since I updated this thread... I finished the build of the exterior some time ago; here are the pics before all the details were added:























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Posted: Sunday, January 01, 2012 - 02:11 AM UTC

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I look forward to seeing it finished.



Me too!

Really, I've been building this one for over a year now... it is time to finish it up.

Mario



LoL, I know how you feel, the Puma has been going on for just as long, I even wished it happy new year this morning! My first resolution.....finish it!

The interior work you have put into this is just fantastic.

Ryan

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Posted: Saturday, December 31, 2011 - 09:05 PM UTC

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I look forward to seeing it finished.



Me too!

Really, I've been building this one for over a year now... it is time to finish it up.

Mario
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Posted: Saturday, December 31, 2011 - 01:26 AM UTC
Very Very nice Mario I look forward to seeing it finished.

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Posted: Saturday, December 31, 2011 - 01:10 AM UTC
One Galil is in the driver's compartment, the other will be hanging on the commander's chair once I finish up the rear ramp... Perhaps one more Galil will be stowed in the turret basket as well.

As for the figures, I have couple of options, we'll see which one would come through the final selection.

Here are some more recent photos of the rear hull:





and some close up rear boxes details:





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Posted: Saturday, December 31, 2011 - 12:31 AM UTC
mario,
have you thaught about putting some crew weapons in? assualt rifles and such? have u thaught about crewing this excellent creation? really well modelled tho. keep it up
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Posted: Friday, December 30, 2011 - 08:59 PM UTC
Thanks guys, I'm glad you are following the build. Thanks for the compliments, I hope I will manage to hold your interest throughout the exterior build as well...

Mark, unfortunatelly the idea for the interior light came too late. I was hoping the turret would be removable to display the full interior, and didn't think of the small LED light until it was too late to install one. Oh well.

Thanks for the support,
Mario
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Posted: Friday, December 30, 2011 - 09:49 AM UTC
what a stunning build ! I love it Mario! fantastic subject and extreme detailing - but yes I was also sad to see it covered up - a small interior light would be perfect for this hyper detailed interior !

cheers
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Posted: Friday, December 30, 2011 - 06:31 AM UTC
Great work so far I hope that this great interior will still be visible, after all, the rear hatch is quite big... those sandbags look great...
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Posted: Friday, December 30, 2011 - 04:32 AM UTC
For sure I stay tuned Mario !

Happy New Year to you !
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Posted: Thursday, December 29, 2011 - 09:38 PM UTC
It has been a while since my last update... So, here's what I've been up to lately.

First, a final touch before closing down the interior: a wiring from comander's radio set.



I must admit I was a bit sad to close down the interior after so much work put into it. Some of the interior is going to be visible through the back ramp and drivers hatch though... Anyway, I started working on the exterior: added bolts to the side skirt openings, some tie-downs, most of the sand bags from Legend set and some details on the back.









Some details:



There is much more, but I haven't been able to take some decent photos of the current state of affairs. So stay tuned! :wink:

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Posted: Friday, October 21, 2011 - 10:19 PM UTC

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Stunning job Mario !
Don't glue the roof so you can remove it to see this brilliant interior.



Thanks Olivier. As for the roof, I was thinking of not gluing the roof plate where the turret attaches; this way the turret would be removable and I could display it separately. However, I found out I can not take the turret out through the opening... it is a very very tight fit.

Mario
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Posted: Friday, October 21, 2011 - 09:38 AM UTC
Stunning job Mario !
Don't glue the roof so you can remove it to see this brilliant interior.

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Posted: Friday, October 21, 2011 - 07:15 AM UTC
Here's some update after quite a lot of time... I lost interes in this build and kept silent for almost 3 months. Finally I started with it again. I think the interior is finished; the roof:



I added transparent parts for the periscopes, but they are not quite visible in this picture. Now for the interior:





and with turret interior installed:









The bad thing is that I didn't manage to make the turret removable. After installing the roof most of the interior details will be lost... Oh well, at least I got the pictures of the build.

Now I can't wait to start with the exterior details!

Mario
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Posted: Sunday, May 29, 2011 - 12:18 AM UTC
For "girly items" you may want to add a box of tampons.