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Building the M9 ACE from TAKOM
OldWarloke
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Posted: Friday, May 22, 2020 - 08:49 AM UTC
Hey out there, anyone interested in seeing how the M9 ACE from TAKON goes together ?

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Posted: Friday, May 22, 2020 - 08:54 AM UTC
Heck yes !!!!
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Posted: Friday, May 22, 2020 - 08:54 AM UTC
Yep!
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Posted: Friday, May 22, 2020 - 09:31 AM UTC
Yes indeed
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Posted: Friday, May 22, 2020 - 09:33 AM UTC
I'm interested on the Build!
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Posted: Saturday, May 23, 2020 - 04:22 AM UTC
And now the work starts.

You get 3 choices on how you want the suspension to pose.
#1 Front lowered for Dozing or loading the front hopper.
#2 Front Neutral for travel.
#3 Vehicle tilted to the rear.
You have to choose as they aren't inter-changeable .
I have chosen to do it in #2 Neutral position.
Here's a Pic. of the bottom in the neutral position.


The Sprocket has a realy sloppy fit, I used a piece of tubing that would fit the shaft, and glued it to the inside of the sprocket.

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Posted: Saturday, May 23, 2020 - 04:30 AM UTC
Here's how it fits, this also allows the sprocket to be rotated to fit the track.

Now for some info. on the Wheels.
The outside Wheels are two part while the inner are one piece.

Here's the outside of the outer wheels, note the lip on the outer edge.

I left the Wheels on their Sprue to ease painting later.
I'll be doing some hull work next, The wheels will be painted later when there's more to paint.
Finished for now.
Donald
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Posted: Sunday, May 24, 2020 - 01:25 AM UTC
One of my favorite kits, I have two in the stash and two already built. Definitely following this one. I did the first one in the travel position, and the second in the working (nose down) position for a friend down at Camp Lejeune who was an M9 crewman. The Sabot book is an excellent reference source by the way.
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Posted: Monday, May 25, 2020 - 03:16 AM UTC
It's easier to fill the push-pin marks on the floor insert of the carry area before installing it.

There are 4 large push-pin marks that will be quite visible instde the carry compartment that need filling.


The pusher to empty the carry box.


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Posted: Monday, May 25, 2020 - 03:24 AM UTC



The seam on the air-cleaner doesn't really need to be filled.
I found out after doing some test fitting and found that out.
Finished for now.
Donald
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Posted: Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - 11:58 PM UTC
Man the instructions really suck on this kit.
They aren't clear where B5 goes, Here is how it goes.

This above is the engine cover.
If you don't install C33 & C34 first before the small armor plates you'll never get them in.

Trim to fit as shown.


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Posted: Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - 12:07 AM UTC





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Posted: Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - 12:13 AM UTC

The hatch is hinged , but there's a solid plate under it.



I'll be working on installing the wheels and assembling the track next.
Finished for now.
Donald
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Posted: Friday, May 29, 2020 - 02:27 AM UTC
Good info sir, as always.
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Posted: Friday, May 29, 2020 - 08:06 AM UTC
I have the Wheels and Tracks finished and installed, Here's how.


The wheels have to be glued in place.



If you installed the piece of tubing inside the sprocket, it will stay in place and be movable.
The Track is supposed to be workable = It's not while you can snap it together mostly it will not stay that way.
I glued it together in a upper and lower sections as shown below.

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Posted: Friday, May 29, 2020 - 08:17 AM UTC
After the glue set-up I glued on the pre-painted track pads.

To install the track I inserted the sprocket into its part of track then installed the sprocket .



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Posted: Friday, May 29, 2020 - 08:24 AM UTC


Finally Installed the top sections and glued them in place.


When gluing it works best to glue one end, let it set up then do the other end.
Regards.
Donald
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Posted: Friday, May 29, 2020 - 08:38 AM UTC
Lookin' good, Donald!



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Posted: Sunday, May 31, 2020 - 05:53 AM UTC

The painting isn't based on any Pics. I have it's just a little artistic licenes.





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Posted: Sunday, May 31, 2020 - 05:59 AM UTC
Hi, Thanks for trouble shooting the track assembly. Very helpful.




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Posted: Sunday, May 31, 2020 - 05:59 AM UTC







Finished for now.
Donald
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Posted: Tuesday, June 02, 2020 - 12:03 AM UTC
There's a spot on the rear that the winch cable hooks on.

The pin on C6 needs to be shortened a little , otherwise the sides are at a angle.


Now for the Dozer Blade.


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Posted: Tuesday, June 02, 2020 - 12:09 AM UTC






I'll install it next after painting.
Donald
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Posted: Tuesday, June 02, 2020 - 04:48 AM UTC
Sorry - jumping in late here - as to the issue of loose drive sprockets; if the vehicle interior will allow, I will drill out the sprocket axle holes in the chassis tub and run that piece of plastic rod all the way across the vehicle for even more support for the sprockets. (Especially on Shermans! I wish I could do the same for the Sherman rear idlers but alas no.)