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Posted: Friday, March 20, 2015 - 01:38 AM UTC
Chris Green gives Italian design a spin around the Main Battle Tank track with his build of Trumpter''s C1 Ariete MBT. This build by Chris has likely done more miles than any other C1 Ariete and that does include the real ones.

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Thanks!
mat
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Posted: Friday, March 20, 2015 - 02:11 AM UTC
that is just a really nice model
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Posted: Friday, March 20, 2015 - 02:59 AM UTC
Chris, wonderful work!
Davidstingray
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Posted: Friday, March 20, 2015 - 03:50 AM UTC
Nice work. Great detailing!
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Posted: Friday, March 20, 2015 - 06:58 AM UTC
I've always liked the beautiful Trumpeter Ariete kit. but it has one very odd flaw--they forgot the coaxial machine gun port to the left of the main gun barrel. Cutting a perfect, narrow slot with rounded ends is a nuisance, but there is an easy fix. Italian tank crews typically cover the port with green plastic tape to keep dust out of the turret (and of course, it can be shot through if necessary). Just paint some decal film a suitable green, and slice it into narrow strips, and apply several strips to cover the nonexistent port.
This error is also present on the later variant (also offered by Trumpeter), which has the later gun barrel and the appliqué armor, as deployed in Iraq.
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Posted: Friday, March 20, 2015 - 07:35 AM UTC
Thanks for all the kind words, gents. I had a great time with this kit...I highly recommend it. I'd like to build the up-armored version at some point.

@Gerald...I made an attempt at the slot for the coax, but I didn't like the result. I did exactly as you described: made duct tape.

Chris
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Posted: Friday, March 20, 2015 - 04:14 PM UTC
Great build. Nice weathering that is not overdone. Thanks for sharing
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Posted: Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 07:29 PM UTC
Great job with an under-represented AFV and nationality!
SaxonTheShiba
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Posted: Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 02:04 AM UTC
Chris, that really looks good. I think that's the first Ariete I have seen built up. Great finish, sir.

Best wishes,

Ian
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Posted: Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 11:13 PM UTC
Nice, smooth, naturally flowing weathering. Good and subtle right between Verlinden and Tank Art!!
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Posted: Saturday, July 04, 2015 - 03:06 AM UTC
Great job, thanks for sharing