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Latest Covid build: M3A3 CFV Firing TOW
HeavyArty
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Posted: Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 02:02 AM UTC
My latest build is an M3A3 Bradley CFV firing a TOW missile. I didn't take any in-progress pics as I seem to be in a build-build mode with the Covid work slowdown. I pushed through and seem to be only taking pics once they are complete.

I used the Kinetic M3A3 kit, which is an improved Orochi M3A3. Kinetic fixed pretty much all of the issues identified on the Orochi kit; described here in my build review of the Orochi kit.

I used some of a Voyager PE set on it, mainly because my kit was an early review sample and did not include any PE. I made a couple changes as well. I modified the front glacis ERA blocks to be narrower and mounted the light clusters onto the hull as opposed to on top of the ERA. This was just because I liked the look better, nothing wrong with the way the kit has them. I used PE mounting plates out of the Voyager set for this. I also used a few other pieces from the Voyager set such as the hold back mechanism for the rear door, engine and heater vent grills, Blue Force Tracker and its mount on top of the Gunner's Primary Sight, and a few other small pieces here and there.

I marked it as an M3A3 CFV from 1-4 CAV (Quarter Cav), 1st Infantry Division in Iraq about 2008. I made the bumper numbers and rear Bn ID board from computer printed decals. The rest of the decals are left over ones from other kits.

Without further ado, here it is.




I also used a set of Meng sprockets and Bigfoot Tracks on it. I did this since the Kinetic kit comes with the newer T161 tracks and sprockets for them. The T161 tracks were introduced around 2015, however the ERA was last used in Iraq, which we withdrew combat forces from in 2011. The T-161 tracks were not used on any ERA mounted Bradleys in Iraq and should not be used if you use the ERA with this kit.


The TOW missile is from the Voyager set. It is a very nice resin and PE piece. It is also available as a two missile set by itself. I mounted it on a rod which I put through the TOW tube in the launcher and covered the rod with a bit of cotton from a cotton ball to represent the exhaust smoke.








As always all comments are welcomed.
bison126
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Posted: Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 03:17 AM UTC
That's an original presentation Gino. Congratulations. Maybe you could add some color to the cotton to give more contrast to the smoke.

Olivier
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Posted: Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 03:36 AM UTC
Thanks for the compliments.

Actually, there isn't much fire once it leaves the launcher. My smoke is really too thick, but that is what I needed to conceal the rod.





The initial charge that pushes it out produces a lot of flame, then shuts down.


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Posted: Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 04:03 AM UTC
Looks great Gino, inspires me to do something with one of my Bradley’s 👍
HeavyArty
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Posted: Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 05:57 AM UTC
Thanks James. I'm sure yours would look just as good. Get to it, bro.
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Posted: Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 06:52 AM UTC
Great built, looks very nice! I like the idea of the fired tow missile. Just one thing about the bumper code. In my opinion the 1st Squadron 4th Cavalry didn't served in Iraq 2008. Or am I wrong?
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Posted: Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 07:10 AM UTC
Thanks QuarterCav. Upon closer reading, according to their history, 1-4 Cav was last there in '05. 3-4 Cav (Stryker) was there in '08. Close enough, I did say about '08.
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Posted: Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 08:40 AM UTC
Sure, close enough. And the most important, modeling is fun.
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Posted: Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 09:19 AM UTC
Looks awesome, Gino!


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Posted: Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 07:56 PM UTC
Phantastic work Gino.
Good idea ... looks really great with firing TOW.

Cheers
Walter
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Posted: Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 09:51 PM UTC

Quoted Text

Thanks QuarterCav. Upon closer reading, according to their history, 1-4 Cav was last there in '05. 3-4 Cav (Stryker) was there in '08. Close enough, I did say about '08.



Is the M3A3 still being used or was it phased out?
bison126
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Posted: Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 10:03 PM UTC
Thank you for the pictures Gino.
You did a great job. It is very hard to represent the smoke. This is something for sure I'll avoid to attempt myself

Olivier
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Posted: Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 11:33 PM UTC
Thanks all. It was a fun build and I really like how it turned out.


Quoted Text

Is the M3A3 still being used or was it phased out?



There is no plan that I know of to phase them out. They are still used by Cav Squadrons.