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Panda M-ATV CROW II: my building adventure
galactica
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Posted: Monday, January 22, 2018 - 10:30 AM GMT+7

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The kit looks great and your parts too.. How is it going with the antenna?



The antenna is now completed and available in shapeways.

Here a few renders






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Posted: Friday, January 12, 2018 - 08:08 AM GMT+7

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A really great build!!! Thanks for sharing.

What paint did you use? Are you planning to do any extra weathering (e.g. chipping or more dusting)?



Hi Nikos,
to be honest, painting and weathering are the aspects of modelling that I like less.
Therefore I don’t think I will spend more time on it.
The paint I used is “US Army/Marines sand” by Model Master (an enamel paint).
For dusting I used “Africa Dust Effect” by AK interactive.

Thank you for your appreciation of my work.
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Posted: Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 08:26 AM GMT+7
A really great build!!! Thanks for sharing.

What paint did you use? Are you planning to do any extra weathering (e.g. chipping or more dusting)?
galactica
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Posted: Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 08:07 AM GMT+7

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And what brand are the antennas? Are they included in the kit or is it aftermarket?



Antennas have been scratch built using styrene rods of various diameters.

Only the X-Wing antenna is included in the kit, even though missing the pole (not difficult to make with a styrene rod).
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Posted: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 11:30 AM GMT+7
And what brand are the antennas? Are they included in the kit or is it aftermarket?
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Posted: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 10:09 AM GMT+7
Indeed the model is not 100% completed.
I have a doubt about the whip antenna on the left side.

How long should it be ?
Can it be left free floating as it is now in the picture, or should I bend it and attach it with a string to the frame of the vehicle ?

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Posted: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 09:51 AM GMT+7
Another front side picture.
Mirrors attached to the hood have been 3D designed by myself and printed at Shapeways.



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Posted: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 09:48 AM GMT+7
The kit looks great and your parts too.. How is it going with the antenna?
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Posted: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 09:44 AM GMT+7
Here a look at the back of the model.
Duke cage, Harris antenna mount (with accordion) and spare tire hoist have been 3D designed by myself and printed at Shapeways.




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Posted: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 09:28 AM GMT+7
And here is, at last, the completed model.
By the way, this is the model that stayed for the longest time on my workbench.








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Posted: Friday, December 29, 2017 - 10:48 AM GMT+7

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Ettore, those look great. You know, most of what you have done can benefit Trumpeter 1/16 M-ATV kit as well. I would love to have then in 1/16 for my kit and I'm sure others with the large kit wouldn't mind a set or two.

Food for the thought



Thanks to input and support provided by Mike I have also made available some add-on’s in 1/16 scale, good complements to the Trumpeter M-ATV.
They are the Harris antenna mounts and the additional front mirrors, both based on the same design already made in 1/35 scale.

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Posted: Friday, December 29, 2017 - 10:38 AM GMT+7

See above a draft render.
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Posted: Friday, December 29, 2017 - 08:23 AM GMT+7
Thanks for that, will order it soon with your Duke control unit do you have a picture of what antenna mount you doing?
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Posted: Friday, December 29, 2017 - 07:55 AM GMT+7
About the front bumper used in the M-ATV SOCOM version: I have made some corrections and minor enhancements and I have uploaded it on Shapeways today.
It is now available for printing.

Always about SOCOM M-ATV, I have started the design of another add-on: the right rear antenna mount.


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Posted: Wednesday, December 20, 2017 - 03:35 AM GMT+7
Will you sell the bumper too on shapeways?
galactica
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Posted: Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 10:34 AM GMT+7
I’m very slowly progressing toward the end of this “building adventure”.

I’d like to put something in the cargo bed.
What is usually there ?
Fuel and water canisters ? MRE boxes ?
Ammo boxes, Pelican cases ?
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Posted: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 02:35 PM GMT+7
Looking nice. The bumper turned out great.
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Posted: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - 08:07 AM GMT+7
I have also designed and 3D printed at Shapeways the under engine shield.
I made this piece because it is depicted in the instruction booklet of the kit (part number F20, in assembly paragraph 21) but it is missing in the box (indeed the entire F sprue is missing).




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Posted: Monday, November 20, 2017 - 09:59 AM GMT+7
Looking good, is the front bumber something you will sell also on shapeways?
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Posted: Monday, November 20, 2017 - 09:19 AM GMT+7
A few pictures of the model with the new front mirrors.








There is also a new front bumper, something that I'm working on at the moment.
It is used in SOCOM M-ATV's, but I will write more about it in another post.
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Posted: Monday, October 09, 2017 - 02:49 PM GMT+7
Email replied with some photos.
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Posted: Sunday, October 01, 2017 - 05:12 AM GMT+7

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Glad to hear that I can provide some...food

I will be happy to chat with you any time



PM sent, Mike
Removed by original poster on 10/01/17 - 10:12:04 (GMT).
youngtiger1
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Posted: Monday, September 25, 2017 - 12:49 PM GMT+7

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Ettore, those look great. You know, most of what you have done can benefit Trumpeter 1/16 M-ATV kit as well. I would love to have then in 1/16 for my kit and I'm sure others with the large kit wouldn't mind a set or two.

Food for the thought



Hi Mike,
I'm crunching your food :-)

I will PM you to follow up on your suggestion.



Glad to hear that I can provide some...food

I will be happy to chat with you any time
andrekidbsb
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Posted: Friday, September 22, 2017 - 05:11 AM GMT+7
Thank you Ettore, I placed an order now.

Regards André