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Armor/AFV: Modern - USA
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Ranger Special Operations Vehicle
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France
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Posted: Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - 07:46 AM UTC
Hello, here my RSOV.

Kits used:

RSOV HOBBYBOSS
Wheels and ammunitions markings DEF MODEL
Footman loops ARMS CORPS MODELS
M72 rocket launchers and strap buckles LEGEND PRODUCTIONS
Ammunition belts and towing hook AFV CLUB
Turret part and M2 machine gun TAMIYA
M249 TRUMPETER
Antenna DJITI PRODUCTIONS
Seats BLACKDOG
Bolts MASTERCLUB

A lot of work to make a right RSOV. The Hobbyboss kit is not accurate at all for an U.S. vehicle. It is more a british prototype with a few american elements.

The turret





Front guard and bumper



Dashboard with minor updates









Seats


Ammunition boxes



Gunner station



Turret ammo box with its holder.



Water cans















I have replaced the M240/L7A2 of the kit with a M249. Removed the MK1 buttstock and scratchbuilt a MK2 buttstock and replaced the weapon mount with a new one scratchbuilt.
For the front passenger ammo rack, 7,62mm ammo boxes were not used, replaced with 5,56mm ammo boxes.

Extended front boxes. They must have 13 rows of holes to be right. Kit parts have only 11.


Water cans, various brands with scratchbuilt holders.





Reworked rear lights completely differents, scratchbuilt antenna mount.



Reversed antiskid stripes on the floor.

Wrong location of the roll bars behind the ammo racks. Right location must be 2mm back to be abble to positioning ammo boxes racks correctly.



WarWheels
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Posted: Thursday, January 16, 2020 - 06:06 AM UTC
Very nice Job Alex!
BUTA46
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Maine, United States
Joined: May 05, 2015
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Posted: Thursday, January 16, 2020 - 06:40 AM UTC
Nice truck! Do you have a diorama planned?
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France
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Posted: Thursday, January 16, 2020 - 07:27 AM UTC
Patrick, thank you. This kit was a real marathon !

Phil thank you. No, I don't plan any diorama.
MakiWawa
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Posted: Thursday, January 16, 2020 - 09:27 PM UTC
Alex - I hope you don't take offense, but it doesn't look good. Canisters inaccurately painted, lots of carelessness. The whole model is strangely soiled. I think you can afford more and the next model will be better.
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Posted: Friday, January 17, 2020 - 03:16 AM UTC
Piotr thank you for the comment.
I would like to make a better paint work so can you please give me advices to make it better at this step ?
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Posted: Friday, January 17, 2020 - 03:39 AM UTC

Quoted Text

Piotr thank you for the comment.
I would like to make a better paint work so can you please give me advices to make it better at this step ?


I am not a specialist, and black is extremely difficult. Exercise, exercise and exercise once ... I paint with brushes, sometimes with spray. I don't use an airbrush.
Frenchy
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Posted: Friday, January 17, 2020 - 03:58 AM UTC
Talking about the water cans, they're made of mass-tinted plastic, so they should keep their color (no chipping....)



H.P.
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Posted: Friday, January 17, 2020 - 01:40 PM UTC

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Piotr thank you for the comment.
I would like to make a better paint work so can you please give me advices to make it better at this step ?



I can see what Piotr is getting at. I normally avoid using an airbrush myself, and the easiest and cheapest way would be doing it this way...spray what you can.

First off, your photography isn't that great so I would think that the model looks better in person than with a camera. That's because the camera's resolution is much sharper than the human eye. No worries as my photography skills are horrible too. You just don't have enough light, or your camera exposure isn't optimized, or you used a flash to glare everything. I do that too. Best bet is to photograph in sunlight outside.

That said, I assume that you didn't use primer for the entire kit. Primer covers the plastic so that none of the plastic shines through. I always spray primer with a spray can. I think that could be the reason your paint job doesn't appear that good because you're painting over bare plastic and not a surface of primer. Your paint probably didn't cover the plastic well. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

I'd spray the body black with a spray can until it is well covered over the primer layer.

The water cans I'd use a tan spray can. If using a bottle, it looks like you painted only one coat so you can still fix that by painting on another coat. The same with the green...paint on another coat. Don't do so for the ammo boxes with decals as that would look like a double coat around the decals.

You need to drybrush. There are many videos on Youtube and articles on how to drybrush black, green, tan, and everything. Nothing pops out without drybrushing.

I'd also vary your colors such as using a graphite wooden pencil and rubbing the tip on the guns for gunmetal. Add more color variations to the seats and weapons to highlight them. If you look at photos of the real RSOV, you will notice that not everything is black. Paint the different colors and you will soon realize that your RSOV will look so much better.

Over time, invest in buying washes, inks, pigments, and markers. I ignored these for decades and once I bought them, wow, my models sure looked a whole lot better than before. These aren't silly products to make the modeler waste money---they do really work and the quality is excellent--and really make models stand out. The time and money you spend on weathering products will greatly enhance your kits.

I hope this helps.
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Posted: Friday, January 17, 2020 - 04:05 PM UTC

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Talking about the water cans, they're made of mass-tinted plastic, so they should keep their color (no chipping....)



H.P.



Unless you were in a "dog and pony show" errr unit where the CO wanted ALL of them to be painted the same color.
Spearhead01
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Posted: Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 04:28 AM UTC
A really nice job!
bat_213
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Posted: Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 12:22 PM UTC
a very nice build,alot of work on that one.
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Posted: Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 05:30 AM UTC
Thank you.

New pics, new paint work.





amoz02t
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Posted: Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 06:41 AM UTC
Big improvement! Very nice work
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Posted: Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 07:25 AM UTC
Thanks, I tried to use advices given above (thank you Peter).
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Posted: Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 12:02 PM UTC
Huge improvement and it looks really good!

It's not easy to paint black on model kits because the U.S. Army's black SOF vehicles (ground and helicopter) are a duller shade of black, like graphite pencil black and not pure black like on this Armorama website.

As such, you did a really nice job and the drybrushing really does improve the appearance. Thumbs up!
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Posted: Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 10:56 PM UTC
Thank you very much !