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Pascal's M-ATV (Panda 1/35)
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Praha, Czech Republic
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Posted: Saturday, December 31, 2011 - 10:28 PM UTC
[quote]Thanks.

The M-ATV finally got his wheels
I have the Real model and the Blast wheels set (thanks Milo for the set)

I choose the Blast Model set, here with a first paint job :


I understand. I choose wheels without bulged because I found more photos for this version.
pascalbausset
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Moselle, France
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Posted: Sunday, January 01, 2012 - 10:32 PM UTC
I just receive the brand new Blast M-ATV CROWS2 kit :

The turret ring, the CROWS 2 is also included:


Dry fit :

prophecy
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Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany
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Posted: Monday, January 02, 2012 - 12:17 AM UTC
Looking good. Do you have a picture of the control unit that is included in the CROWS Set?
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Croatia Hrvatska
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Posted: Monday, January 02, 2012 - 12:50 AM UTC
Very nice, I like the CROWS set... how does it fit to the model? Blast website says the set has interior control system, did you manage to fit it inside your M-ATV?

Mario
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Moselle, France
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Posted: Monday, January 02, 2012 - 02:03 AM UTC
Here a pics from the remote control screen with the joystick





I don't put this item inside my M-ATV it is totaaly closed now

The Blast kit fit very good.
tanknick22
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United States
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Posted: Monday, January 02, 2012 - 03:18 AM UTC
did you go futher in to that link and click on new kits and see a company called rich models and see an injection molded kit of the maxx pro in 1/35 scale?
afv_rob
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England - East Anglia, United Kingdom
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Posted: Monday, January 02, 2012 - 04:53 AM UTC
Excellent work so far Pascal. Kit looks like a hog but you seemed to have pulled it off nicely.

Blast CROWS looks pretty good as well, would be nice if they add those interior bits to the Humvee CROWS set, as they are sadly lacking.
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Paris, France
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Posted: Monday, January 02, 2012 - 05:00 AM UTC
Too late for writing a review Pascal??
markchis
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Kuwait / لعربية
Joined: February 09, 2009
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Posted: Monday, January 02, 2012 - 06:18 AM UTC
Pascal - this is exceptional work. I read through the blog - what a struggle ! I was quite disapointed to read about how poor the kit is. However, it is great to see this result being produced - very well done!

cheers
Mark
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Moselle, France
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Posted: Tuesday, January 03, 2012 - 12:16 AM UTC
Thanks

he CROWS in place :






TacticalSquirrel
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Connecticut, United States
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Posted: Tuesday, January 03, 2012 - 03:08 AM UTC
That looks great, did you do anything to tint the windows? They look excellent.
pascalbausset
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Moselle, France
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Posted: Tuesday, January 03, 2012 - 07:23 AM UTC
The glasses are sprayed with tamiya Clear Green X25.
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Posted: Tuesday, January 03, 2012 - 11:16 AM UTC

Quoted Text

The glasses are sprayed with tamiya Clear Green X25.



Awesome, thanks.
pascalbausset
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Moselle, France
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Posted: Friday, January 06, 2012 - 09:49 PM UTC
Near the end :





Ellevenbravo
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Massachusetts, United States
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Posted: Saturday, January 07, 2012 - 10:47 AM UTC
The .50 cal looks a bit droopy, did that come with the Panda kit or the CROW's set?

Regardless, you have done a great job on this kit, I really like the painting / weathering.

John
pascalbausset
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Moselle, France
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Posted: Saturday, January 07, 2012 - 05:00 PM UTC

Quoted Text

The .50 cal looks a bit droopy, did that come with the Panda kit or the CROW's set?

Regardless, you have done a great job on this kit, I really like the painting / weathering.

John


Thanks John.
The .50 cal is soming with the CROS kit. And its not the best MG I've seen !!!!
I choose it, as another more realistic MG surely don't fit inside the CROWS mount.
Captin_Caveman_III
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Louisiana, United States
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Posted: Monday, January 09, 2012 - 05:14 PM UTC
This is a stunning build, I finaly got my kit in to day. I'm going to use the some of the same type of wash as you did. It really brings your project to life!
KenLawrence
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California, United States
Joined: December 14, 2002
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Posted: Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - 05:33 AM UTC
Just checked the retail price for the Kinetic kit on the Stevens International web-site. They are the USA importer and the retail price for this market is $74.95. Also, freight should be taken into consideration as from Asia, it can add $18.00 or more. So the Kinectic kit from Asia will price out at around $68.00 or more. Freight within the USA is much less.

Also, it seems that the Kinectic kit started out with only 3 or 4 sprues, but after the Panda Hobby kit came out, the Kinectic kit went back to the drawing board for more parts to be added. Let's wait until the Kinetic kit is released.

After reading about flash on the build kit, I went to our warehouse and pulled two kits from separate cartons to check them. I didn't see any flash to speak of. It is possible this kit came from early in the production run or was this a test shot? Regarding the fit on Pascal's kit, it seems a little premature to be so hard on the kit after one build. A little filing and sanding had to be done and a couple of plastic rods added, but that is no big deal in modeling. The results of Pascal's efforts speak for themselves.

Last, this is Panda Hobby's first kit. It is most likely that their future releases will improve and continue to improve. Thanks and

Best Regards,

Ken Lawrence
Pacific Coast Models, Inc.
Panda Hobby Importer/Distributor for USA & Canada
Removed by original poster on 01/10/12 - 18:06:14 (GMT).
pascalbausset
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Moselle, France
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Posted: Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - 06:34 AM UTC
Please, its a modelling blog not a commercial fighting ring

THX
Kenaicop
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Nevada, United States
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Posted: Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - 07:02 AM UTC
Just picked one up myself at the local hobby shop in Anchorage AK. Got mine for $34.95, couldn't beleive the price. I have not started building it yet, but from looking at the parts, I see no flash at all to speak of, it looks good to me and I can't wait to start building it.
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Posted: Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - 03:48 PM UTC
Unfortunately I have a TON of flash on mine. Not a big deal but something I would have liked to go without
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Posted: Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 06:52 AM UTC
Okay, finally took my sprues out of the plastic and checked again. All my sprues except for "E" have have no flash, very clear and crisp moldings. E sprue is a train wreck of flash and crappy molding. I wonder of they have more than one mold and one of them is not sealing properly or some strange thing like that?? All in all I am happy with it, so far, I'll update when I start building.
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Posted: Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 11:41 AM UTC
Pascal;
Great build! I just picked up one of these this past weekend, and had I been paying attention I might not have. But you have made a great model. Any chance of seeing a review or even better an assessment of what needs to be done to this kit to make it as good as you have and where the problem areas are and how to fix? Thanks again for posting I will be looking to this for reference. Cheers.
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England - South West, United Kingdom
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Posted: Saturday, January 21, 2012 - 03:13 AM UTC

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Last, this is Panda Hobby's first kit. It is most likely that their future releases will improve and continue to improve. Thanks and

Best Regards,

Ken Lawrence
Pacific Coast Models, Inc.
Panda Hobby Importer/Distributor for USA & Canada



I beg to differ there Ken...

Panda released a few kits back about 2004. They did a 1/35 Huey and 1/48 F-35 as far as I remember? At that time they also released a catalogue, which promised a 1/32 B-17!!

I've just won one of these MRAP kits on Ebay, and look forward to building it. Just think how monotonous it would be if EVERY kit on the market was a Shake and Bake!!

Regards

Nigel