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Special Forces GMV Afghanistan
GTDeath13
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Attica, Greece / Ελλάδα
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Posted: Sunday, August 19, 2018 - 08:06 AM UTC
The vehicle looks awesome!!!! A superb model.
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Posted: Sunday, August 19, 2018 - 07:43 AM UTC
Awesome!
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Pennsylvania, United States
Joined: April 21, 2018
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Posted: Sunday, August 19, 2018 - 06:21 AM UTC
Terrific build. Very nice subtle weathering.
Maki
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Croatia Hrvatska
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Posted: Sunday, August 19, 2018 - 05:59 AM UTC
Some more:





















And here is a setup with the figures I'm planning:



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Posted: Sunday, August 19, 2018 - 05:54 AM UTC
OK, I'm calling this one finished.

















Mario
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Gauteng, South Africa
Joined: March 03, 2011
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Posted: Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 03:29 PM UTC
Looking very good. I love the can of Coke!

Please, keep posting more updates. Your build inspires me to begin work on my Tamiya M1025.
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Croatia Hrvatska
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Posted: Friday, December 01, 2017 - 06:53 PM UTC
Almost finished with the stowage in the back:



And this is a Cola can in 1/35 scale, amazing set from Royal Model:



Mario
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Croatia Hrvatska
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Posted: Monday, October 30, 2017 - 02:00 PM UTC
Thanks. PM sent.

Mario
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Colorado, United States
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Posted: Monday, October 30, 2017 - 07:08 AM UTC
The beauty of these walkarounds as opposed to a book is that I can easily (and without cost to you) send upgrades whenever they are added. Send me your email address and I'll send you the batch they belong to.
Maki
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Croatia Hrvatska
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Posted: Sunday, October 29, 2017 - 01:09 PM UTC
Thanks Rob, I appreciate your comments. Tow strap is actually orange... perhaps the color balance made it look more reddish on the photos. I have a plan to subdue the tone quite a bit during weathering stages.

Thanks for the photos. I like the idea of rigging two straps, perhaps I'll try that on my next Humvee build.

I have your SOF Humvee walkaround with various GMVs (that's where I got the inspiration for this build), but haven't seen the photos you included in your post.

Mario
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Colorado, United States
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Posted: Sunday, October 29, 2017 - 07:19 AM UTC
Don't worry, dude - interest level still high. GREAT job on the MG's - about the most realistic I've seen. As for your tow strap, it looks great. And I'm sure it did take a long time to get the look. I've never seen a red one, but then again, unlike some folks, I cannot claim to have seen EVERYthing. We did use orange on my gun truck though: (If it looks a little scorched it's because we had a bit of a fire)



And one thing many teams ended up doing (including mine for a time) was rigging two straps. One went from the front bumper (after we got them) to the driver's door, with shackles. The other ran from the rear bumper to the passenger side door, again with shackles. The idea was that should one vehicle go Tango Uniform on the X, the other vehicle could pull up along the hot side, and link the good vehicle's opposite straps together, without ever having to dismount and be exposed to fire. It worked reasonably well. My team ended up going with quick releases made from either 100 mph tape or zip ties, as you see in the above photo. One of our sister teams went with the method described above. Here's how part of that looked:



Both images courtesy of my somewhat susbstantial SOF HWMMV walkaround.
Maki
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Croatia Hrvatska
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Posted: Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 11:58 PM UTC
Thanks for the comments guys.

You wouldn't believe how much time it took to get this tow recovery strap done. And to be honest, I'm not so happy about it.



I did the two M240s:





Here are the Adler's Nest anntennae. Not chep but incredible detail:





I did try some weathering on the wheels. First a bit of buff on the inner wheel:



Dust wash:



and pigments:



There are not many things to do to finish this build once and for all, but I'm finding it hard to keep interest flowing.

Mario
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Posted: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 04:26 AM UTC
Mario, I just took t the time to go back a couple of pages to look at your photos very closely. You have absolutely perfected your pin wash technique. I cant find a single flaw on anything. Your work really does inspire me!

Regards,

Eric

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Arizona, United States
Joined: January 11, 2002
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Posted: Monday, September 25, 2017 - 08:16 AM UTC
Very nice. I too love watching your progress. One suggestion. All of the ammo boxes come with markings describing contents - type, quantity, lot number etc. I don't see any. At least not so far.
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Moscow, Russia
Joined: April 27, 2015
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Posted: Monday, September 11, 2017 - 06:50 PM UTC
I love this project! It's like a favorite TV series, and I'm looking forward to the new series
Thanks for using сlevis hook from SW
Maki
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Croatia Hrvatska
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Posted: Sunday, September 10, 2017 - 12:36 PM UTC
Thanks guys. There's not much more to add, some additional stowage, slings, antennas, as well as two M240s.

Mario
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Canada
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Posted: Sunday, September 10, 2017 - 04:17 AM UTC
wow your build is great ,is threr more to add or is that for now ? any way it is very cool .
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Posted: Sunday, September 10, 2017 - 01:40 AM UTC
I'm not big on modern pieces but I can't help but love this build. It looks exactly like one of the vehicles I've climbing in and out of many times. There's nothing I could pick out that needs more detail.
Keep up the great work!
Maki
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Posted: Saturday, September 09, 2017 - 09:33 PM UTC
This is a custom color mix by my friend. It looks really good to my eye as well.

Mario
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Texas, United States
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Posted: Saturday, September 09, 2017 - 12:26 AM UTC
Mario,


The desert tan looks spot on. Looks "faded" just right.
What paint mix did you use?
BUTA46
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Maine, United States
Joined: May 05, 2015
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Posted: Saturday, August 26, 2017 - 04:13 PM UTC
Mario, you catch the tone of the colors so well. Correct colors are obviously essential, but the tone and the depth of color, well, yours seems perfect from here.
Maki
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Posted: Saturday, August 26, 2017 - 03:54 PM UTC
I decided to bite the bullet and order some 3D printed goodies for this build. Clevis hook is Peter Samofalov's design. The printing lines do not show on the first glance, but after a coat of primer the surface needed some prep:



Here is the hook assembly installed. It makes quite a difference and I'm glad I took the time to play around with this:





I installed the roof and the hood, added the winch. Here's how the model looks now:











Now that the majority of the stuff is in its place, I think there were smarter ways to do all this that could have saved me some time and nerves... but I'm glad the end is finally near.

Mario
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California, United States
Joined: December 24, 2002
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Posted: Tuesday, August 08, 2017 - 01:43 AM UTC
Really smooth paint job, and the abundance of gear just shows the wealth and realism of U.S. Special Forces on long range patrols. Great job, Mario!
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Izmir, Turkey / Türkçe
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Posted: Monday, August 07, 2017 - 10:16 PM UTC
Great progress again Brother. Good decision to replace red board to green.keep safe
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Texas, United States
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Posted: Monday, August 07, 2017 - 10:05 PM UTC
Awesome. I have this kit in my stash, and planning a GMV also, but I doubt it would look as good as this one