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Building the M1 Assault Breacher from RFM
OldWarloke
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Posted: Saturday, April 01, 2017 - 08:52 AM UTC
Hi Guys I just received this and I'm wondering if any of you are seeing how it goes together.
darreng
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Posted: Saturday, April 01, 2017 - 08:53 AM UTC
Yes please? I have this kit on my wants list.
OldWarloke
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Posted: Saturday, April 01, 2017 - 08:54 AM UTC
I've never heard of this before, maby it's what they call a paper panzer?

I also have Rye Field Models MiA1 / A2 , It looks like the M1A1/A2
and the Breacher share a lot of the same Sprue.
Here is a comparison list.
#1 Lower hulls are identical on both kits.
#2 Sprue A Upper Hull are identical on both kits.
#3 Sprue B Both are identical.
#4 Sprue C Wheels & Torsion Bars identical on both kits.
#5 Sprue D identical except for the Turret Shell on the M1A1/A2
#6 Sprue E Identical on both kits.
#7 Sprue F Identical on both kits.
#8 Sprue G Interior parts on the M1A1/A2
Turret Parts on the Breacher
#9 Sprue H No Sprue this number for the M1A1/A2
Small parts for the Mine Plaw on the Breacher.
#10 Sprue I No Sprue this letter either kit.
#11 Sprue J No Sprue this letter either kit.
#12 Sprue K No Sprue this letter on the M1A1/A2 kit.
Belly Armor & Turret ERA on the Breacher kit.
#13 Sprue L Inner Turret parts on the M1A1/A2 kit.
ERA and fittings on the Breacher.
#14 Sprue M No Sprue this letter for the M1A1/A2 kit.
Link and Length Track for the Breacher kit.
#15 Sprue N Turret Interior & Munitions for the M1A1/A2 kit.
Mine clearing small parts for the Breacher.
#16 Sprue O Spare Fuel & Ammo cans, Same for both kits.
#17 Sprue P Engine & Transmission parts for the M1A1/A2 kit.
Mine Plow large parts for the Breacher kit.
#18 Sprue Q,R,S No sprue for either kits.
#19 Sprue T Clear Parts, same for both kits.
#20 Sprue U No sprue either kits.
#21 Sprue V None for the M1A1/A2 kit
Photoetch for the Breacher.
#22 Sprue W No Sprue for either kit.
#23 Sprue X Track guide horns & track pins for the M1A1/A2 kit.
No Sprue this number for the Breacher.
#24 Sprue Y Track Pads for the M1A1/A2 kit.
No Sprue this letter for the Breacher kit.
#25 Sprue Z Photoetch parts for the M1A1/A2 kit.
Nothing this letter for the Breacher kit.
Well this ends the Sprue comparison , I hope it's useful for
those that have both kits.
Regards.
Donald
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Posted: Saturday, April 01, 2017 - 09:14 AM UTC
I got mine on Friday and must say it is some kind of great kit. All looks normal till you get to stage 17 and all hell breaks loose. RMF has tried to make it understandable but man o man it looks quite delicate. the pages in color may help . If you are at all into Abrams tanks, this kit is a must have. It will be sold out in no time and to top it off the price is really fantastic . Looking forward to some great PE sets in the near future , the kit is crying out for it
OldWarloke
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Posted: Saturday, April 01, 2017 - 09:34 AM UTC
Here is the Track that comes with the kit, It's link and length.
If you want the individual workable track like the ones in their M1A1/A2 kit it's available separately.

There are some push pin marks, but they look to be raised and should trim off easily.

There's what I think is some nice anti-slip texture molded on the upper hull.

I don't knoy how accurate this kit is, this build will be mostly out of the box.
Now to start the build.
Donald
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Posted: Saturday, April 01, 2017 - 10:26 AM UTC
Sweet! This will be awesome to follow!
HeavyArty
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Posted: Saturday, April 01, 2017 - 11:21 AM UTC

Quoted Text

I've never heard of this before, maby it's what they call a paper panzer?



No, it is not a Paper Panzer at all. It is one of the newer vehicles that entered service a few years ago. It is used by Engineers to breech obstacles and mine fields.
CmdrCody
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Posted: Sunday, April 02, 2017 - 12:32 AM UTC
A short video of what the Breacher does for those unfamiliar with it.
https://youtu.be/SFxTTn8uKXI
OldWarloke
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Posted: Monday, April 03, 2017 - 12:29 AM UTC
A really great view.
Donald
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Posted: Monday, April 03, 2017 - 12:33 AM UTC
Ok now to actually assemble something.

I'm starting with the actual step #1 for a change instead of hopping all over the place.
The front of the Turret with the ERA blocks.


If your not using the ERA blocks you should trim off the mounting tabs as shown.

OldWarloke
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Posted: Monday, April 03, 2017 - 12:38 AM UTC
Here are 3 Pics. of the Blocks installed along with the video cameras .




That's all for now.
Donald
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Posted: Tuesday, April 04, 2017 - 09:14 AM UTC
I have some of the front of the turret finished, you will have to be very careful with these assemblies as there are a lot of tiny parts and some rivet l bolt heads ? that need to be removed to get the assemblies to fit.
The mount for the remote camera should be flush with the turret top.

The Mg. is fairly nice just the cooling holes need to be drilled out.

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Posted: Tuesday, April 04, 2017 - 09:22 AM UTC




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Posted: Tuesday, April 04, 2017 - 09:29 AM UTC





That's all for now.
Donald
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Posted: Wednesday, April 05, 2017 - 06:09 AM UTC
You will need to drill out the 2 holes between the cameras or the cable cover that goes there will not fit right.

I'm going to use the Modern U.S. Aerial mounts from RB Models, they look a lot nicer than the kit parts.

OldWarloke
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Posted: Wednesday, April 05, 2017 - 06:15 AM UTC

The Left side is assembled the Right side shows the parts.
You need to be very careful here as the instructions have the numbers all screwed up.
This shows the layout and which side the parts go.
(NOTE) there are Left and Right side Assemblies .


I'm finished for today.
Donald
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Posted: Thursday, April 06, 2017 - 01:47 AM UTC
These 3 Pics show Step 5 finished.



Use caution when installing the end panels in the large box, they will fit either way.


That's all for now.
Donald
Bricksy1969
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Posted: Thursday, April 06, 2017 - 02:47 AM UTC
Following this - looks a great kit
jvazquez
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Posted: Thursday, April 06, 2017 - 03:13 AM UTC
Sweet! Just got mine yesterday, can't wait to start it!
OldWarloke
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Posted: Friday, April 07, 2017 - 02:41 AM UTC
I have some more assembled and painted.


I think it's easier to paint it now rather than after it is all together.


I'm finished for today.
Donald
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Posted: Friday, April 07, 2017 - 02:56 AM UTC
Just one think to say to you. Thanks You. Your showing what some guys that are building kits need. When some of us have shaky hands and sometimes don't catch everything. Thank you. Some instruction sheets are not that great and folks that are doing your build like this is Great. Keep it coming.
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Posted: Friday, April 07, 2017 - 05:29 AM UTC
Agreed, it is great to have all the little issued addressed before we break open our kit and start in. Thanks for your build log
OldWarloke
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Posted: Saturday, April 08, 2017 - 06:15 AM UTC
You'r welcome, this is why I am doing this.
It's great to hear that my work is useful to some one.
Coming up are the Explosive line Charge Bins or whatever they'r called.
Donald
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Posted: Saturday, April 08, 2017 - 06:19 AM UTC
The Bins are painted & Decaled , The Decals are very thin and tricky to handle so be careful there as you don't get any extra.

Also they don't fit good to their mounts.


I solved that by removing the mount as shown.

And gluing it to the bottom of the bin as shown.
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Posted: Saturday, April 08, 2017 - 06:24 AM UTC
That's a lot better fit.

The tops can be posed open or closed, be careful of the hinges for the top as they are very delicate .
There are two different pairs of struts for raising the tops.