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Bad Mofo in Iraq: Finished & Fixed
bill_c
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Posted: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 - 02:57 AM UTC
Thanks to Gino, Max and all of you for helping with this one.



Fixed wheel oil chambers:

Telephone box (thanks, Max, you DID send one after all, my bad):

Correct number of ALICE packs (plus some spare track links); gas cans olive, with water cans sand color:

Correct colored smoke grenades:

Guitar string radio masts (2.75"):



No bustle rack extension:


Thanks, Gents!
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Posted: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 - 03:11 AM UTC
Nice work Bill.

Hats off !

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Posted: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 - 03:48 AM UTC
It came out great Bill. Good job on it.
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Posted: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 - 03:52 AM UTC
Very nice!
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Posted: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 - 04:57 AM UTC
Mean lookin'.

I love the weathering on the fabric stowage items- really gives a great impression of the sand in the crevices.
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Posted: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 - 05:09 AM UTC
Nice to see you made the fixes Bill..Looks pretty good!

You may want to paint the handle on the portside red though.

Cheers
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Posted: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 - 05:31 AM UTC
Frenchy, Gino, Sean, Karl and Nick, thanks!

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You may want to paint the handle on the portside red though.


Sorry? Don't understand.
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Posted: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 - 05:44 AM UTC

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You may want to paint the handle on the portside red though.

Sorry? Don't understand.



Bill,

Nick is referring to the Extinguishing System activation handle in the small rectangular opening on the side of the hull above the skirts.


The handle is normally red, but it can get repainted the color around it by accident(picture from Prime Portal(:


If you REALLY want to kill your eyes, paint the white letters on the end of the handle!

Your Abrams turned out very nice! Even though you ended up correcting various items and removing things, "Bad MoFo" looks quite realistic, especially considering it's one of your first Modern Armor efforts. Well Done!
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Posted: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 - 05:52 AM UTC
Really nice work! Heck I didn't know about the handle needing to be red but I haven't done too many modern armor pieces either.

Learned something new today.


- Jeff
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Posted: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 - 06:02 AM UTC

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Nick is referring to the Extinguishing System activation handle in the small rectangular opening on the side of the hull above the skirts.


Ah, got it, thanks!

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Your Abrams turned out very nice! Even though you ended up correcting various items and removing things, "Bad MoFo" looks quite realistic, especially considering it's one of your first Modern Armor efforts. Well Done!


Thanks, Jeff 1 and Jeff 2!
There are a few Academy Bradley kits on eBay right now, maybe that will be my next one?
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Posted: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 - 09:47 AM UTC
Bill,

I'm sorry, but I just noticed that you have lefted off the NBC System side plate that should have the downward facing vent. It's the third part down from the right top of the "U" sprue (U18?):






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Posted: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 - 10:01 AM UTC
I like the attention to detail, very nice. Thanks for sharing!
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Posted: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 - 03:58 PM UTC

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Bill,

I'm sorry, but I just noticed that you have lefted off the NBC System side plate that should have the downward facing vent. It's the third part down from the right top of the "U" sprue (U18?):




That one is hidden pretty well in the directions. I almost missed it myself.
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Posted: Thursday, June 24, 2010 - 03:32 AM UTC

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Telephone box (thanks, Max, you DID send one after all, my bad):



hey Bill, no worries, I had already cast another one, ready for shipping glad I could be of help anyway!

As for the build: again nicely done! keep up the good work

Cheers Max
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Posted: Thursday, June 24, 2010 - 07:32 AM UTC

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Bill,

I'm sorry, but I just noticed that you have left off the NBC System side plate that should have the downward facing vent. It's the third part down from the right top of the "U" sprue (U18?)


No I didn't.

Seriously, Jeff, thanks for pointing that out. Dragon's usual sucky directions made that piece obscure.

Red handle now, too.

Frenchy, anyone have a close-up on what they use to affix the spare wheels to the racks? Is it a kit part (V30?)??
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Posted: Thursday, June 24, 2010 - 07:38 AM UTC

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...anyone have a close-up on what they use to affix the spare wheels to the racks? Is it a kit part (V30?)??



Usually, spare road wheels are held onto the rails using a spare track center guide tooth. One end is sandwiched around the rail, and the other side sandwhiches the road wheel.

Like such:


Hope that helps.
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Posted: Thursday, June 24, 2010 - 07:49 AM UTC
VERY, thanks. I think I have a few spare track teeth from the Bronco set. If not, I might be able to adapt the Magic Tracks.

Anyone know what part V30 is for? I can't find it in the sucky instructions (nor do they show where or how to mount the spare road wheels).
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Posted: Thursday, June 24, 2010 - 09:06 AM UTC
Bill,

V30 is another type of tow clevis, or actually a tow hook. It's called out about dead-middle of sheet 4 of the instructions:


You can see this style on the front of this Abrams (image from Prime Portal):

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Posted: Thursday, June 24, 2010 - 09:38 AM UTC
My eyes must be getting too old for this sort of thing. Thanks!
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Posted: Thursday, June 24, 2010 - 09:57 AM UTC
Bill, it still looks real nice. I'm waiting on the same Legends stowage set, a set of decals from Echelon, and the OIF tankers from Apline to continue my build.
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Posted: Friday, June 25, 2010 - 05:23 AM UTC

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Bill,

V30 is another type of tow clevis, or actually a tow hook. It's called out about dead-middle of sheet 4 of the instructions


I see now why I didn't use it: I have the collapsable rack on the front:

Jesse, the Legend stowage set really makes the kit IMO. The Echelon decals are also a bit finer than the DML (the "lift here" ones on the rear are 1/2 the font thickness as the kit ones).
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Posted: Friday, June 25, 2010 - 05:46 AM UTC
Nice build, Bill but not having followed your original work on this could you tell me if this is the Dragon AIM kit you built here? I'm thinking I should get one myself to try my hand at a modern piece so I was wondering...

Thanks,

Rob
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Posted: Friday, June 25, 2010 - 06:56 AM UTC

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Nice build, Bill but not having followed your original work on this could you tell me if this is the Dragon AIM kit you built here? I'm thinking I should get one myself to try my hand at a modern piece so I was wondering...

Thanks,

Rob


Hi, Rob, it was the M1A1 AIM kit which I think is one of the best OOB kits I've ever encountered. I made some modifications for USMC service like the smoke grenades and no bustle rack extension, plus the Echelon decals.

The original threads are here and here.
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Posted: Friday, June 25, 2010 - 07:50 AM UTC
Gino has beaten me to it, but anyway here's another spare wheel picture (From John Heck's walkaround on svsm.org )


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Posted: Friday, June 25, 2010 - 09:07 AM UTC

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Jesse, the Legend stowage set really makes the kit IMO. The Echelon decals are also a bit finer than the DML (the "lift here" ones on the rear are 1/2 the font thickness as the kit ones).



Yeah, my package arrived yesteday, so I spent the night going over everything. With the amount of stuff in the legends kit, now I'm tempted to do another one... maybe a M1A2 SEP with the TUSK package.