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Posted: Monday, August 07, 2017 - 10:03 PM UTC
This is a beautiful build
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Posted: Monday, August 07, 2017 - 09:55 PM UTC
Not finished, but working on it.

I used some custom PE (thanks to Jolly!) and brass wire to enhance the appearance of the details:



Here's how the ammo cradle looks installed:



And here are some overall images of the current status. The vehicle body received the paint and wash, added some decals as well. I fixed the suspension and the rear shelf with large utility box:





The hood and some stowage items are in the works... the red spine board would be an overkill, so I decided to go with khaki green variant instead:



I'm installing the roof now, hope it would fit well.

Mario
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Posted: Monday, August 07, 2017 - 02:47 AM UTC
Mario,


Have you finished this project and have final images of it? If you have posted completion pics, I must've missed it.
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Posted: Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 10:30 PM UTC
Wow, this build is amazing! I'm a new guy around here and am starting to attempt a 1/24 conversion of MENG's Hummer into something very similar to this. I don't think I'll be able to get half this detailed even at the larger scale. I definitely am bookmarking this build to use as reference. I can't wait to see more.

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Posted: Sunday, May 21, 2017 - 12:42 AM UTC
This build goes from strenght to strength, Mario. Superb detailing and impeccable painting. Stunning all around!

You are a master.
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Posted: Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 12:43 PM UTC
Thanks guys, I appreciate the comments.

Mario
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Posted: Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 03:46 AM UTC
your build is great ,love all the detail you are doing .
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Posted: Sunday, May 07, 2017 - 01:12 PM UTC
Turret looks great Brother.
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Posted: Sunday, May 07, 2017 - 11:00 AM UTC
The hook ends were done using thin wire. The whole thing was an exercise in patience, but I think the end result was worth it.

Mario
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Posted: Sunday, May 07, 2017 - 05:58 AM UTC
Did you make the hook ends on the bungee cord ?
Or is that something manufactured ?

By the way - Build looking really good...
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Posted: Sunday, May 07, 2017 - 05:51 AM UTC
Fantastic work wow!!!!!
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Posted: Saturday, May 06, 2017 - 02:40 PM UTC
Here it is, turret finished:





I did the bungee cord to secure ammo boxes, gunner's sling and added some more details on the turret.

Baby steps, but its getting there...

Mario
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Posted: Monday, May 01, 2017 - 11:04 AM UTC
Thanks guys, I'm glad you like the build so far.

Ettore, the toothpicks are attached using a tiny amount of super glue. Usually to the points which would not be visible after the piece is fixed to the model.

Mario
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Posted: Monday, May 01, 2017 - 03:26 AM UTC
Mario,
wonderful build, from the construction and from the paint point of view.

I have one question: I have seen in the last pictures that you use wooden sticks as a support for painting parts.
How do you attach the parts to the sticks ?

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Posted: Monday, May 01, 2017 - 02:57 AM UTC
Mario, looking at your work on the computer shows just how talented you are. Even at extreme levels of magnification I can't see any building flaws or blobs of glue. The finish is so smooth. This is fantastic work sir!

Regards,

Eric
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Posted: Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 03:10 PM UTC
M2 from Live Resin and some scratch... There is a noticeable size difference between Legend and Live Resin, so some cutting and fitting was neccessary. The ammo can was scratchbuilt so I could fit the ammo belt the way I wanted.



And here is a Peltor ComTac... I'm pretty happy with how that one turned out.



Cheers,
Mario
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Posted: Sunday, March 26, 2017 - 02:56 AM UTC
Thanks guys, I appreciate the comments.

Eric, the 7.62 ammo can? It is from the old Legend ammo box set. I'm definitely interested to see the cans you are talking about.

Mario
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Posted: Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 11:19 PM UTC
Mario, where did you get the ammo box on page 6 with the angled lid? I contacted JS' Shape Works (j-shape) on Shapeways a while back. I've seen a couple of his things used here. He got back to me a few weeks later and said he'd posted a set to his store. I ordered a set and they came a few days ago. There is eighteen cans in the set in three varieties; closed lid, open lid with ammo and open lid empty. There are twelve lids for the open cans. They really came out fantastic. I'll try to take some pictures and send them to you along with others I owe you.

Regards,

Eric
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Posted: Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 08:40 PM UTC
Mario, thanks for the answer

Eric, I totally agree.
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Posted: Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 01:53 AM UTC
Mario, it is so good to see some new work on this one. You really don't disappoint. Your detail work is second to none (sorry Kuba and Piotr!) The finish on the chassis is perfect. Thank you for the breakdown of your wash technique. I'm glad Kuba asked about it. I can't wait to see more.

Regards,

Eric
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Posted: Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 12:03 AM UTC

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Mario, could You write anything about Your technique of wash?



Sure, sorry I missed answering that question in the previous reply.

After a gloss coat dried thoroughly, I apply a precise enamel pinwash trying to get as little overspill as possible. After about 10 minutes of drying I take a brush slightly dampened with enamel thinner and carefully wipe off any spill that might have happened. For this model I used OIF Wash from AK and Dark Wash from MIG Productions.

Hope it helps,
Mario
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Posted: Friday, March 24, 2017 - 07:58 PM UTC
Mario, could You write anything about Your technique of wash?
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Posted: Friday, March 24, 2017 - 07:47 PM UTC
Glad you bring it back to life Bro. I missed it
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Posted: Friday, March 24, 2017 - 07:05 PM UTC
Thanks Kuba.

Yes, chassis is not finished... the fuel tank, exhaust, etc. I'm not worried about these details too much as they will be barely visible anyway.

Mario
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Posted: Friday, March 24, 2017 - 04:57 PM UTC
At last an update! Detailing madness, great painting.

Is the undercarriage finished? I can see a wash done on every element, but some of them should be in different colors (white fuel tank, metal colors on engine block or exhaust eyc.).

BTW - how do You do such delicate and equal wash/shadows?