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Husky TSV Heavy
Maki
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Posted: Sunday, October 06, 2019 - 03:43 AM UTC
A new project on my bench...



The kit is really nice, everything goes together without any problems. I got Accurate Armour "Heavy" conversion which includes a completely new turret with .50 cal and deals with some interior shortcomings of the kit as well. Unfortunately, the conversion lacks some "Heavy" specific stuff, so I'll have to do some scratch-building...

Anyway, here is the progress so far. The only thing I didn't like in the kit was radio racks build which is awkward and leaves substantial gaps, together with the fact the kit doesn't provide any kind of communication equipment... nothing, nada, zilch.

I used some sheet styrene for a bit of an upgrade:





Accurate Armour conversion includes the comms equipment, but there are no reference photos showing the equipment in the vehicle... so the comms setup and wiring is pretty much my guess.









Mario
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Posted: Sunday, October 06, 2019 - 10:13 AM UTC
Excellent work Mario. Sure does make a difference!
Maki
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Posted: Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 12:49 AM UTC
A small update... I was thinking of adding some load to the interior and wanted to use a helmet as well. Although I like painting camo patterns, I just couldn't get the MTP camo right. So I opted to make some decals of the pattern and used those:



And here's a close up of the helmet:





Upon extreme magnification one can see the printing pattern, but this is completely invisible to the naked eye. Although the helmet would probably not be seen well in the interior, I wanted to try this approach as I have several camo bergens and figures in MTP uniforms planned for this build.

Anyway, here's how the interior looks at the moment:





Mario
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Posted: Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 01:01 AM UTC
Good job on that helmet! The rest looks good too.
Are you planning on more weathering/dirt on the interior or do you want to keep it reasonably clean?
/ Robin
Maki
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Posted: Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 01:06 AM UTC
Thanks Robin.

I'm planning to use some pigments, but will probably keep it reasonable.

Mario
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Posted: Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 06:38 AM UTC
Looking great, Mario 👍
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Posted: Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 07:28 AM UTC
Looking very good so far Mario. One question, I have read other threads where guys mention making their own decals (love the MTP you've done btw ) .. how is this done ? Is it a difficult process ?
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Posted: Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 08:28 AM UTC
Really excellent work, I'll watch this closely.
Maki
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Posted: Sunday, December 15, 2019 - 05:56 AM UTC
I'm glad you like it, guys.

John, making custom decals is not a big deal. I usually find the artwork or design it myself, scale it to 1/35 and print it on decal paper.

These MTP decals were printed on clear decal film, so the helmet was base painted using white color. I applied a lot of gloss coat, as a base for decal placement. There is also option to print the MTP on white decal film, but these decals are a bit thicker and conform less well to surface details.

Mario
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Posted: Monday, December 16, 2019 - 10:13 AM UTC
Thanks for the info Mario, not sure I'm ready to start making my own but its great to see it done like you have to such an amazing degree of realism. Will be following this closely.
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Posted: Monday, December 16, 2019 - 04:07 PM UTC
Very nice so far Mario.
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Posted: Tuesday, December 17, 2019 - 01:33 PM UTC
I'd recognize your style anywhere Mario. Wonderful and precise. Looking forward to the rest!
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Posted: Tuesday, December 17, 2019 - 03:09 PM UTC
Great work, Mario!

What is brush and what is airbrush? Your paint job looks so great that it's hard to tell the difference.
Maki
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Posted: Tuesday, December 17, 2019 - 08:36 PM UTC
Thanks guys, I appreciate your comments.

Graeme, thank you, it means a lot. Your work was something I aspired to.

Pete, it's all airbrush.

Mario
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Posted: Thursday, December 19, 2019 - 09:09 PM UTC
I damaged my airbrush, so I have to find something else to do... here are some magazines that will probably find their way to the Husky interior.



Mario