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M9 ACE US Armored Combat Earthmover

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In between major projects such as review builds for Armorama and commission work, I like to do build to rejuvenate the juices to continue on working. I picked up this M9 ACE with my Christmas money. It was 99.99% out of the box. No after-market parts or photo etch sets where used. The only addition I used was lead wire for all the hydraulic hoses and the antenna cable.

The vehicle modeled is from the 24th Infantry Division 3rd Engineer Brigade. The model is painted with a mixture of Tamiya Desert Yellow and Flat white. The bumper numbers are spliced from different other decal sheets. The “V” on both sides also came from spares. The large sideways “E” was sprayed on using a stencil made from Tamiya rice tape. The sideways “E” is the symbol for engineers. The green “T” you see is what we put on the vehicles to show the center of gravity for air lifting and rail head. We used green “100 mile an hour” tape to do this. Vallejo washes and pigments were used for the weathering. On top of the Vallejo pigment, I dusted MIG Productions Vietnam Earth to simulate the red clay of Ft. Stewart, Georgia.
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About the Author

About Pete Becerra (Epi)
FROM: TEXAS, UNITED STATES

I am 47 years of age. I have been modeling since I was around 8 years old. As you can see from my signature, I am retired from the US Army and Texas Army National Guard. I served 6 years in active duty from 1989 to 1995 and in 1998 I joined the Texas Army National Guard and been serving up unt...


Comments

Very nice. It looks awesome, Pete. Great job on all the hydraulic lines.
JAN 12, 2019 - 03:52 AM
Wow Pete! That build is amazing. You really captured the look of the desert scheme and the weathering is spot on. Nice build bruh. Regards, Eric
JAN 12, 2019 - 05:12 AM
That's awesome, Pete! Mine will be from the Big Red One's 1st Engineer Battalion. I guess I know what I'll be doing for the combat engineer campaign.
JAN 12, 2019 - 10:06 AM
"Awesome" is really the word to describe both the real thing and this beautifully-done model. Or rather: "replica" as it's so much more than merely a model as it sits there.
JAN 13, 2019 - 01:02 PM
Pete, Very nice! What technique did you use for the chipping on the dozer blade?
JAN 14, 2019 - 02:55 PM