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M3 75mm Build
BigfootV
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Posted: Thursday, July 02, 2009 - 05:34 PM UTC
Well, you've read the review, now it's that time to start the M3 75mm Build. No photo's yet. This is a teaser. Sorry, I should have some posted tomorrow.



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Posted: Thursday, July 02, 2009 - 05:51 PM UTC
Heya, Brian,

Are you building it out of the box or are you using any aftermarket?

If so, what might you be using?

Looking forward to following your progress, Brian.

Thanks!

Regards and Aloha,

Johnny B.
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Posted: Thursday, July 02, 2009 - 07:26 PM UTC
Hey Johnny,

No OOB here on this kit, I'll be using the Griffon PE's, (review pending) Griffon's Gun Shield, Ready ammo rack, and Stowage Compartment on this kit provided to me thru Armorama and Griffon (Shameless plug). No aftermarket barrel on this one I'm afraid.
Check JB Model, one of your sponsor's, they might have one. (I know, another shameless plug.)

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Posted: Friday, July 03, 2009 - 09:17 AM UTC














Not much done, but it's a start.

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Posted: Friday, July 03, 2009 - 10:19 AM UTC
Brian im looking foward to this bud

Keep it coming

BigfootV
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Posted: Friday, July 03, 2009 - 07:00 PM UTC
Another teaser post tonight. Sorry, I'll have some tomorrow, promise. I did run into some minor challenges, if you've build the M2 half-track already then you know about being careful with part #'s A40, Brake Master cylinder, C29, and C30 the adjustment rods for the rear sprocket assembly.


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Posted: Saturday, July 04, 2009 - 09:36 AM UTC
Hey Gang,
I'm unable to do any downloads of photo's of the build today. My sincere apologizes to everyone. The reason for the halt is that I'm starting a new driving job and will be unable to do any work for 2 week or so until I can get back home and load it up in the new truck.

Thx. Again my apologizes. May everyone have a safe 4th of July.

BigfootV
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Posted: Saturday, July 18, 2009 - 12:14 PM UTC
UPDATE: I'M BACK!!!! Did you miss me. I know, with every bullet. I'll be starting up the build here in a few days. Just got home today. Will be taking the build on the road. Watch this space........

BigfootV
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Posted: Thursday, July 30, 2009 - 11:18 AM UTC
UPDATE: Just letting you all know I've done some work on the M3 75mm, but I'm unable to post any photo's at this time due to connection issues with WiFi. Preped the stowage compartment for the Griffon PE replacment compartment. (See Griffon review.) Details forth coming on install also.
Thx.

BigfootV
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Posted: Friday, July 31, 2009 - 02:05 PM UTC
WARNING: The photo's you are about to see are graphic. Dragon lover's please leave the room and have a friend set the scene for you. Those with weak hearts should do the same. What your about to see is not pretty. YOU'VE BEEN WARNED..............


Anyways, Here's what I done so far, Started removing shaded areas. Be sure to score the area with your X-acto knife, or one can use a Dremel tool with a Saw bit.


First, started by removing the end piece at the rear of the Stowage compartment. Be careful and not remove too much from the rail on the bottom.



When removing the end piece, cut flush with the bottom rail.

Then removal of the floor piece and sides from the Stowage compartment area.

Next time I do this, Dremel tool

And this is what you should get after everythings said and done.


After alittle clean up.


Total time spent: 2 hours by hand.
Number of fingers removed: None.
Hopeing I read the instruction correctly:

BigfootV
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Posted: Friday, July 31, 2009 - 02:11 PM UTC
Here's the replacement parts.




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Posted: Friday, July 31, 2009 - 07:17 PM UTC
I do not see any blood. Congratulations. Every time I do something like that I end up making a blood sacrifice to the deities of modeling.

-Doug
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Posted: Saturday, August 01, 2009 - 04:13 AM UTC
Thx Doug,
Medical help out here is a problem in some areas. Anyways, taking the day off to work on it some. Hope to have some progress photo's later on in the day for everyone. br /><

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Posted: Saturday, August 01, 2009 - 04:29 AM UTC
Great progress, I have the M3A1/2 in my stash so i will be following this build.

BigfootV
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Posted: Saturday, August 01, 2009 - 09:43 AM UTC
OK, here we go. Installing the Stowage Compartment from Griffon today.

The bending. Thx for the use of the tool Mike. You'll have to forgive me on the photo's, the lighting suck in this truck.


Making sure that everything


Look Mom, It's a box!!!!!


In this photo there's an "L" Shape piece that must be remove from the inside of the side wall or the Griffon part will not fit. Also make sure that the front, towards the gun mount is squared PERFECT, or the PE will not fit correctly.




Dry fit of the stowage compartment.


Next is the installing for the dividers. Still working on those. Hopefully I'll have that photo here before too long.

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Posted: Saturday, August 01, 2009 - 10:03 AM UTC




Sorry. Wife's Cam.
BigfootV
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Posted: Friday, August 07, 2009 - 03:28 PM UTC
UPDATE: Did some work on frame. Almost destoryed the boogies in the process. Was able to recover from that mishap.

Will have progress photo's uploaded shortly.

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Posted: Friday, August 07, 2009 - 03:47 PM UTC
Ok, Here's the pix's.






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Posted: Friday, August 07, 2009 - 04:38 PM UTC
Moving right along on this one Brian...looks to be quite the project
BigfootV
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Posted: Friday, August 07, 2009 - 04:43 PM UTC
Indeed. Should have more done this weekend. Thx.

BigfootV
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Posted: Sunday, August 16, 2009 - 05:02 PM UTC
Update: Just got home today. Have photo's of build I'll be posting tomorrow, not much work done on it. Been running my buns off with this outfit. Home till Friday, then back out so I should have something more before I go back for everyone.

Stay tuned. Thx for the support.

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Posted: Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - 05:00 AM UTC
Because of "The Pacific" and my father's service on Saipan, I'm now following your build, too.
BigfootV
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Posted: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 07:12 AM UTC
OMG, It's been that long since I've touched this build!!!!! Did you miss me? LOL. I know, with every bullet. LMAO. I'M BACK!!!!!!

Well, it's time to get back into this build since I'm no longer driving Over the road.

First off, I've had to disappear from this build due to Life. I won't get into that. This is not the place for that.

Second, I'd like to thank everyone who's put up with the "spams", James, Bill C., Jim B. over at Automaker, Bob C. also, and anyone else that got them. Frickin' viruses. It was not my intent to cause any harm to anyone here.

So, with all of that out of the way. It's time for a major update.

When we last left our hero, I was in the process of working on the fighting compartment area and putting in the Griffon PE set #L35A039, the 75mm storage rack under the 75mm gun.

Well, after many attempts to put this in, this is were I stopped and Life took over. The challenge I was having troubles lining up the PE's so the brass tubes that hold the ammo would be level.

I'll have some photo's of this area in question posted later day.

BigfootV
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Posted: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 09:15 AM UTC
Ok, I hope I did this right with the photo. LOL.


I had to enlarge the holes somewhat because the tabs for the PE's would slide and bow. Note: There is some bowing. Very tight fits.











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Posted: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 12:27 PM UTC
Keep up the good work, Brian.

And don't sweat the viruses. #$%@ happens.