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165thspc
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Posted: Friday, June 10, 2016 - 05:47 AM UTC
quote {And talking about semi tracktors...
Here is a studebaker coverted to a Tasker tracktor with Queen Marie trailer. I could not fit them in one picture. } quote

Holy Moley Leon! Gosh, Golly and Gee Wiz! AND a scratch built Queen Mary to boot, Geeze!

But that shop bus is still the Berries!
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Posted: Friday, June 10, 2016 - 06:19 AM UTC
Not sure if this is only US trucks, so hopefully ok to post these:

WZT-2 Polish ARV. Italeri T-55 and scratch upper hull:




TMS-65 Soviet Decontamination Truck



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Posted: Friday, June 10, 2016 - 06:28 AM UTC
Ian, any and all military models either scratch built or converted are more that welcome here.

Those are masterful builds you have there!
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Posted: Friday, June 10, 2016 - 06:38 AM UTC
Decontamination Truck or for melting snow/ice off runways?
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Posted: Friday, June 10, 2016 - 06:44 AM UTC
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBI43LKuW00
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Posted: Friday, June 10, 2016 - 07:06 AM UTC
Well OK; Decontamination!
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Posted: Friday, June 10, 2016 - 07:10 AM UTC
I have a fondness for Russian Heavy Equipment as well:


MAZ 537F/A Pusher Tractor for moving large land based ICBM's from the assembly plants to their silos.
Photo: Russian Missile Forces Museum


A work in progress


Electrical Generator Controls

Corrected Transfer Case and Transmission
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Posted: Friday, June 10, 2016 - 07:35 AM UTC
Yes Marcel, watched this one a while ago. Fantastic scratch building.
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Posted: Monday, June 13, 2016 - 03:26 AM UTC
I am going to post another of my conversions - just to keep things moving forward on this thread.

This started life as a gross error because I did not know at the time that the Chevy semi-tractor was built ONLY in a hard cab version. But thanks to this thread I realize now that it is actually one of my pithy, experimental "what if's".

Ton and a half "experimental" open cab Chevy semi-tractor conversion:
(Frame and wheels are Italeri. Cab and gun ring are from Tamiya. Fifth wheel is from a toy truck! - Wish I had bought a dozen!)


And scratch built 4 ton US Army Cargo trailer:



Trailer has functional front landing gear:
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Posted: Monday, June 13, 2016 - 04:47 AM UTC
Where is the border between "detail" and "scratchbuilt"? This Cromwell ARV has a complete interior based on photos etc I got from Bovington:



Then there's my M36B1, from the old Italeri kit:



And of course my Italeri M4A1:



Reaching for the white plastic sheet is just an extension of my standard hobby toolkit...
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Posted: Monday, June 13, 2016 - 05:12 AM UTC

Quoted Text

Where is the border between "detail" and "scratchbuilt"?

Reaching for the white plastic sheet is just an extension of my standard hobby toolkit...



Great work!

I have asked myself the question about the "border between" many times! And scratch built interiors definitely count!

Question: In the Cromwell what is the large compressed gas cylinder for? Engine starting or maybe a very large fire suppression system? (In the Patton's M3 Stuart it was built for using blank shotgun shells for starting the radial but instead our service truck carried a large cylinder of compressed air. We just fished an airline in through the driver's view port, engaged a quick release air fitting inside the vehicle and she started with no problem!)
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Posted: Monday, June 13, 2016 - 11:18 AM UTC
Nothing as mysterious - that's the acetylene tank for the welding kit. The O2 bottle is on the floor against the partition wall, under those water tanks. (It's a recovery vehicle, so is festooned with the usual tools and winch stuff instead of a turret.) That pic doesn't even show the full-on driver's compartment details that were built afterwards...
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Posted: Monday, June 13, 2016 - 02:42 PM UTC
I am LOVING all the work here, guys! More more more!!!



Quoted Text

Where is the border between "detail" and "scratchbuilt"? This Cromwell ARV has a complete interior based on photos etc I got from Bovington:



Then there's my M36B1, from the old Italeri kit:



And of course my Italeri M4A1:



Reaching for the white plastic sheet is just an extension of my standard hobby toolkit...

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Posted: Monday, June 13, 2016 - 03:34 PM UTC
[quote]

And of course my Italeri M4A1:

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Your interiors look good. Do you have a shot of the turret? We had plans to make the 76mm Sherman when I made the interior masters for the Tank Workshop but I was sick and tired of interiors by that time. You did a better job on the generator.

Isn't it odd that the "wet" stowage still had a large amount of 30 cal boxes, and a couple cans of oil in the sponsons?

I looked around for the pictures I had, but they seem to have been lost when the roof blew off the storage room a couple years ago. Mold got into everything. Saylevee.
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Posted: Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - 04:31 AM UTC

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Do you have a shot of the turret?



You mean interiors like these?







...or exteriors?






I must confess it isn't 100% accurate, as at the time I struggled for photos and inadvertently mixed in some Jumbo pics. (The turret floor should only be a half-floor similar to the M36 TD turret.) But it all looks great through the hatches!
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Posted: Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - 06:15 AM UTC

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I must confess it isn't 100% accurate, as at the time I struggled for photos and inadvertently mixed in some Jumbo pics. (The turret floor should only be a half-floor similar to the M36 TD turret.) But it all looks great through the hatches!



Yes, thank you. I think you made the most out of what was available. I was lucky enough to get to climb in and around the M4A3 now on display at YPG. We took several rolls of film inside that I used for my wet stowage interior. The interior deserves its own decal set. Everything was labeled. It felt big inside compared to the T-34 85 I crawled into.
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Posted: Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - 07:17 AM UTC
The same point raised by m4sherman regarding vehicle interiors can also be applied to engine compartments and drive gear:

Demag D7; 1 ton German Half-track


US High Speed Tractor


US High Speed Tractor


Russian MAZ-543 Semi-tractor:


Corrected both the transfer case and transmission:


Scratch transfer case and transmission before painting:


Scratch final drive units:


Corrected (Added) the fifth wheel landing pads, gave the winch housing the correct off-set to the passenger side and added missing auxiliary driveshaft from the PTO to the winch:
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Posted: Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - 01:20 AM UTC
M-23 8 ton Ammo Trailer (WWII & Korea):

Totally scratch except for tires which came from a back-date set for the AFV 155mm Howitzer. (from the Scale-Link catalog in the UK.) Also M-5 Limber is from AFV Club with back dated tires.

Military designers intentionally made wheels and tires interchangeable between the gun, the limber and the ammo trailer.







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Posted: Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - 01:53 AM UTC
Beautiful scratch work posted elsewhere on the Armorama forums.

CCKW with late war mobile dental clinic. Complete interior!



http://karopka.ru/community/user/7295/?p=2&MODEL=321694

http://karopka.ru/forum/forum262/topic14791/
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Posted: Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - 03:28 AM UTC
There's some real eye-candy in this thread! (I love that ammo trailer!)

As for size, I read once that the joke with the M3 medium tank was that it had to be so roomy inside to let the crew run around avoiding all the incoming shells...
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Posted: Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - 03:47 PM UTC

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There's some real eye-candy in this thread! (I love that ammo trailer!)



I agree. Some fine building. Sadly none of the pictures of the master parts or prototype I made of the M15 Dragon Wagon trailer I did for Tank Workshop survived.
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Posted: Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - 07:16 PM UTC
That decontamination track is one of the most interesting conversions I have seen. Perfectly built too! What references did you use to make the schematics for this build?
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Posted: Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 12:29 AM UTC

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That decontamination track is one of the most interesting conversions I have seen. Perfectly built too! What references did you use to make the schematics for this build?



I agree - totally!
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Posted: Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 12:31 AM UTC

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I agree. Some fine building. Sadly none of the pictures of the master parts or prototype I made of the M15 Dragon Wagon trailer I did for Tank Workshop survived.



Randall, would really like to have seen your work there!
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Posted: Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 12:49 AM UTC
Bah...I would but I am a newb.
Here is my attempt at a PZ IV L chassis lol - needs sanding & paint.