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IDF M163 Machbet
Maki
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Posted: Saturday, May 28, 2011 - 10:41 PM UTC
I've been working on a roof... Since the HobbyFan conversion set roof is way too small, Verliden's too thin and too wide, I decided to do one from styrene myself.





The roof interior has been built from various bits and pieces: some wires, PE and brass are added, etc...



Hope to get some paint on this soon so I can finally close up the thing and start working on the exterior.

Mario
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Posted: Friday, May 20, 2011 - 04:55 PM UTC
Seeing all of the parts put together for the interior is impressive Mario
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Posted: Friday, May 20, 2011 - 04:30 PM UTC
Wow. Really nice build Mario!

Happy Modelling, -zon
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Posted: Friday, May 20, 2011 - 03:04 PM UTC
Teddy bear ? how about a Victoria's Secret bullet proof Vest?

Just kidding, great work Mario, great work on the interior, can't wait to see the end of this build !!
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Posted: Friday, May 20, 2011 - 09:34 AM UTC
Hi Mario,

This is a very detailed and nice build definitely.
I like the Teddy bear

Sincerely,
Seung-il
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Posted: Friday, May 20, 2011 - 08:53 AM UTC
That stuffed bear looks a damned sight better than the pig that comes in the Def Models HMMWV stowage set. Nice.
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Posted: Friday, May 20, 2011 - 08:05 AM UTC
Maki-- outstanding workmanship. Your attention to detail is superb. Great job!
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Posted: Friday, May 20, 2011 - 05:49 AM UTC
Here's one of the final updates on the interior... added some more stowage for "busy" appearance of the commanders compartment. I still need to add seat belts and the helmet to commander seat. I have an idea of draping helmet wiring to the roof, we'll see if that works out. Anyway, here are the pics:







I have female IDF tank crew figure coming from Japan, so I figured some "girly" items should be included in the stowage as well. Don't know if something like this is possible in real life, but I felt it was cool...





Mario
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Posted: Friday, April 29, 2011 - 06:11 AM UTC
OK, here's an update... The drivers chair was a bit revamped as I wasn't satisfied with the last version. Side engine panel added:







And the front panel added:



Cheers,
Mario
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Posted: Saturday, April 23, 2011 - 01:07 AM UTC
Maki, any soft lead pencil will do the trick. I find wooden ones seem to work better than mechanical, but both will do the trick.
Maki
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Posted: Saturday, April 23, 2011 - 12:37 AM UTC
Thanks guys. Paul, I was thinking of adding some graphite on some edges of interior parts... I think one of my friends has that graphite pen people usually use for such purposes.

Mario
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Posted: Friday, April 22, 2011 - 09:20 AM UTC
Your first afv in how many years? You have sold me. I must have one. Already tracked down most of the am to convert a Italeri M113. Will be following closely.
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Posted: Friday, April 22, 2011 - 06:51 AM UTC
Fantastic details. A good level of grime to the driver's hole.

You might want to either silver the bolts on the floor plates or at least the edges. A lot of wear and tear from squeezing back to the back without going outside.

Paul
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Posted: Friday, April 22, 2011 - 06:16 AM UTC
Just a quick update on the drivers compartment. I did some weathering on the floor, unfortunately not as visible on the photos as the camera keeps zooming to different parts of the vehicle:



Here is the plate toward the engine compartment, some extra bits and pieces added, but with wiring still missing:



And the front plate with scratchbuilt levers and with wires added:



I was thinking of finally closing up the front part of the vehicle, but the drivers seat keeps bugging me so I decided to alter some details there... Hopefully, I'll have some progress to show soon.

Mario
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Posted: Friday, April 08, 2011 - 09:21 PM UTC
It has been a while since I posted updates to this one. Anyway, here it is...

The right hand side is finished. Still some minor things to add:





And the drivers compartment in progress. Wiring, bilge pump and some small details:









Mario
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Posted: Sunday, January 16, 2011 - 07:40 AM UTC
Hi Mario,

Thank you for telling me about your build in the email, I completely overlooked this one.

I subscribed to it so I'll follow it from now on.

Gr,
Marcel
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Posted: Saturday, September 04, 2010 - 02:06 PM UTC
All the fittings look great and especially the corrections to the driver's seat.

Paul
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Posted: Saturday, September 04, 2010 - 09:49 AM UTC
It's coming along great. Wonderful attention to detail.

TC
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Posted: Saturday, September 04, 2010 - 08:20 AM UTC
Stunning work - my hat is off to you sir. The HobbyFan kit is a real gem. I also like your custom decal work - impressive! Model on Dude.....

Chris
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Posted: Saturday, September 04, 2010 - 06:21 AM UTC
Really impressive Mario. Your attention to details is excellent as are your skills !

It's a real pleasure to llok at this thread.
Maki
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Posted: Saturday, September 04, 2010 - 06:12 AM UTC
Some more work around the drivers compartment:



Mario
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Posted: Tuesday, August 31, 2010 - 04:02 AM UTC
I've been wanting to do this very same conversion for years now...I have all the stuff in my closet, but never broke it out to start on it! LOL
Maki
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Posted: Monday, August 30, 2010 - 04:52 AM UTC
Thanks guys, I'm glad you like it. Will keep you posted on the updates.

Mario
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Posted: Sunday, August 29, 2010 - 07:26 PM UTC
Hello Mario,
let me also say it looks GREAT so far. I am looking forward to the kit done.

Regards

Jiri
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Posted: Sunday, August 29, 2010 - 07:15 PM UTC
holy cow thats very nice think i'll keep an eye this too.
cheers,
Graham