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Posted: Monday, January 12, 2015 - 02:30 PM UTC
That's a shame Mario, I was watching with great interest as it was looking good....
Thank you for some great ideas/ techniques.
Cheers mate, Jason
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Posted: Wednesday, December 31, 2014 - 10:58 PM UTC
I am sure your own built stowage will be better than this. I am really surprised for such problems on a Blackdog kit. keep safe and happy new year Brother.
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Posted: Wednesday, December 31, 2014 - 05:00 PM UTC
Guys, thanks for the support. Kuba and Brent, I knew you would be glad I ditched the big chunk of resin from Black Dog. I tried to make it work but the more I tried the more I realized it is not the best option.

Hope to give you some updates soon.

All the best in the 2015!
Mario
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Posted: Tuesday, December 30, 2014 - 10:04 PM UTC
You've done a fantastic job on the model so far, 10/10 for trying to make the Black Dog piece work. I look forward to seeing your new take on it, im sure it will look awesome!

Cheers Bob
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Posted: Tuesday, December 30, 2014 - 09:56 PM UTC
I second Kubas comments. I was not real attracted to the concept of having all of that 'stuff' in the back. I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with it. Happy New Year!
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Posted: Tuesday, December 30, 2014 - 09:52 PM UTC
I must admit I'm glad, that there won't be this terrible BD block at the back. I'm sure the model will be better. Of course pity that You've wasted some time to make it fit, but sometimes we need to make a step back to make two steps forward then

Best wishes for 2015 and keep this thread alive
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Posted: Tuesday, December 30, 2014 - 09:38 PM UTC
That tape strip on the side looks like where the old full length soft top cover attached. I wonder if they made a smaller cover to work with the middle hard top.

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Posted: Tuesday, December 30, 2014 - 01:48 PM UTC
Thanks for following the build guys.

As for the Black Dog piece, I somehow liked the idea of fully ladden Humvee when I started this build. With all the work to make the piece fit, I slowly realized this is not the best way to depict SF Dumvee. I decided to make my own stowage with various pieces from Legend conversion and my spares box.

Mario
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Posted: Tuesday, December 30, 2014 - 02:30 AM UTC
Too bad that the Black dog stowage doesn't fit, especially after all the efforts of you to make it fit.

Will keep an eye on your next steps.



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Posted: Tuesday, December 30, 2014 - 02:19 AM UTC
Hi
What is it that makes it not right.
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Posted: Tuesday, December 30, 2014 - 02:03 AM UTC
Sorry to hear the Black Dog piece didn't work out after all the effort that went into it. Still a great build regardless.
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Posted: Monday, December 29, 2014 - 02:24 PM UTC
Looking very good Mario. Too bad about the fit issues. Your OIF M1025 came out incredibly well, so I cant wait to see how this one comes out. Looks like way more work is going into this one too.
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Posted: Monday, December 29, 2014 - 02:19 PM UTC
I had to cut the Black Dog resin piece again to accomodate the side fence. After all the work I put into making the darned thing fit, I finally made a decision not to use the Black Dog piece. I'm getting frustrated with it and it still doesn't look right.



So, I will be doing a slightly different version of the truck, with less stowage in the cargo bay.

Stay tuned.

Mario
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Posted: Thursday, December 25, 2014 - 02:12 AM UTC
Just a quick update. I finished the side wall fence and fixed it to the roof rollbar... Honestly, I have no idea how these things are called but I hope you know what I'm talking about. Still need to add some welding marks between the fence and the rollbar.





The whole thing is not fixed to the cargo bed, hence the slight gap on the rear end.

Mario
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Posted: Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 02:49 AM UTC
I think you have a point, Bob. Most of the long tape strips are indeed on the places where tie downs are located, so it could very well be to prevent wear and tear. I also noticed number of shorter strip segments on the roof frame for instance... that could be some kind of anti-slip surface. Perhaps 18Bravo could shed some light on these.

Pete, I think I listed most of the stuff I use here in this thread. Anything in particular you had in mind?

Mario
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Posted: Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 12:36 AM UTC
Great work, Mario! The extra resin bits are really what is making this GMV special. I didn't even know that these items were offered.

When you're finished, please make a list of the manufacturers you have used and where one can get them. I'm sure there might be some modelers who want to follow in your footsteps.
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Posted: Friday, December 19, 2014 - 11:42 PM UTC
Great work, the details really make it look real. The tape looks like an anti-slip/anti-bump strip of thin rubber bonded on in this picture http://www.hmmwvinscale.com/photos/GMV-S-SOF/GMV-S%206.jpg see how it covers the rivet and goes round the back too. Imo it has to be anti slip/bump if its on the edge of a roof where things thrown in the back could hit it and also spent ammo cases thrown down from the roof into the back might damage the roof. This GMV appears to have a much thicker rubber strip attached instead http://www.americanspecialops.com/photos/special-forces/gmv-afghanistan.php which again i think is for protecting the body work when loaded with kit hanging off the sides.

Cheers Bob
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Posted: Friday, December 19, 2014 - 08:08 PM UTC
Mario,

Your doing a great job on this, love all the xtra detailing.
I building similar one now, but not w/ half the work of yours...
Humvee Envy ! LoL
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Posted: Friday, December 19, 2014 - 05:43 PM UTC
Some work on the roof. There were some issues with Legend's turret ring, but with the help from reference photos (thanks Rob!) I think I managed to make the best of it. It is still far from perfect though. A lot of things are still not attached to facilitate painting:



I scratched roof plates from sheet styrene. Legend provides two of those in PE, but I wanted the BFT CPU also attached to the roof so I had to make one additional plate... then I decided to do them all in styrene. Bolts were added as well. The tape (have no clue what it is for) and tie downs were attached per reference photos.



Here's how it all looks now:



Again, the tape and tie downs. Tie downs are an amazing resin bits from Arms Corps Models. Jason did an absolutely wonderful job on these and they look much more realistic than PE tie downs:



All GMVs I have seen feature the tapes attached to this portion on the vehicle. It seems there is a lot of duck tape (is it duck tape?) all around the GMV.

I also started to assemble the side walls of the cargo bay:





These will have to be cut to length before attaching them to roof crossbar support.

Mario
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Posted: Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 02:52 AM UTC
The Black Dog roof looks good, perhaps a bit simplified. I finally decided not to do the canvas roof and cut the roof from Tamiya Humvee instead.

Mario
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Posted: Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 01:46 AM UTC
Why didn't you use the roof from the set? The inside looks curiously, although the front not very exactly fits the frame of the front window. In January I will be building dumvee with using this conversion, so willingly I will use your workshop
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Posted: Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 01:45 PM UTC
Hi Piotr, thanks for your comments. I have been working slowly on the roof and some other Humvee parts and it seems there is a lot of fine tuning necessary all around. I will post some progress this weekend.

Mario
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Posted: Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 01:44 AM UTC
Hi Maki,
I have the same set and gladly I will look, like for oneself with it to advise. With Kubisz we work actively on the Humvee Forum, and I have over 30 humvee's in my collection. Great job
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Posted: Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 01:15 PM UTC
Thanks guys. Hope to show you more progress soon.

Mario
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Posted: Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 01:01 AM UTC
Yes great work indeed, looks awesome!