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Trumpeter 1/35 M1133 Stryker MEV
PeterMax
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Posted: Saturday, February 08, 2020 - 05:03 AM UTC
Well, I’m doing it again……!!!

Another Stryker from Trumpeter, this time it’s a M1133 Medical Evacuation Vehicle.



To make the model look more dynamic, I steered the wheels on the two front axes.
Also in order to put this Stryker on a diorama, when it should be finished.

I started work, by drilling 0,6mm holes into the two kit parts A44.



Then I took a new, sharp blade to cut the steering linkage part A44 into its five parts.



After that I took pieces of a 0,5mm rod (EVEREEN 218) to connect the steering parts together again. Now it was possible to bring the steering linkage in every wanted position.



To make the wheels turn to the left side, I had to sand the shock absorbers A45 and A46 at their base. Due to the construction of the lower hull, the parts A45 have to be sanded at their rear side and A46 at their front side.



You don’t have to be very careful doing this, because the fine tuning will be done later, when you align the axes to each other.




Driver compartment

Due to the open driver hatch, part of the driver compartment will be visible. I built the walls, using parts from the M1129 Stryker Mortar kit from Trumpeter as a template. I simply took a sharp knife and followed the contour.



I glued everything together, once again using the Mortar Kits parts, as templates.









The cylinders were made from 6,4 mm tube (EVERGREEN 228) with different length: 11 mm the first and 9 mm the second one.
The little wall with the holes is actually the front part of a basket, jet through the open hatch, you wouldn’t just see more than this wall. The holes are 1 mm in diameter, once more drilled, using the kit part as template.
The little half tube on the left side will further on hold the fire extinguisher.


So far for this time,


Peter
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Posted: Saturday, February 08, 2020 - 05:15 AM UTC
Looks awesome, Peter. This one is on my To-Do list!



KoSprueOne
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Posted: Saturday, February 08, 2020 - 11:51 AM UTC
I'll be following this project. How much more interior do you plan to build? Nice touch with the steering linkage




bison126
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Posted: Sunday, February 09, 2020 - 06:41 AM UTC
Very nice job on the driver station.

Olivier
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Posted: Friday, February 14, 2020 - 02:25 AM UTC
Hi Richard, Hi Olivier, thank you very much!


Hi, KoSprueOne, It will be just the driver compartment at this one.
But, as I mentioned I plan to put it on a diorama, together with ...... another Stryker. And this one will get an interior.
PeterMax
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Posted: Sunday, February 16, 2020 - 04:38 AM UTC
Haven‘t had much time.
Last week was really busy. Therefore, just a “tiny little”
update today.


My plan for this MEV includes a tow hook in opening position.

So, I used the tow hook which is included in the Stryker Upgrade Equipment set AF35S59 from AFV Club, but modified it for my needs.
I cut off the upper part, sanded the rear part to reduce width and finally drilled a hole into the hook.



After that I rebuild the upper part.
I used reference photos, regarding “US-Army tow hook” and “NATO tow hook”.
Due to my researches I built it using two small sheets for the side parts and a 1.5mm x 1 mm block for the centerpiece. The two 0.6mm screws are from Plus Models.





In the end, the tow hook is now movable! Yet for its fragile structure, I will keep it in open position.






Peter