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HobbyBoss AAVP7A1
mazyen
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Singapore / 新加坡
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Posted: Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 05:58 AM UTC
Hi,
Here's my completed AAVP7A1 prior to putting it on a base with some troops. Unfortunately HobbyBoss did not includes the radio set. However, it's all hidden once the hull is closed.
Didn't dirty it too much that it hides my camo paintwork.
Would appreciate feedback on how to improve it & how many antennas are they supposed to carry.
Cheers
AAVP7A1 by mazyen, on Flickr
AAVP7A1 by mazyen, on Flickr
AAVP7A1 by mazyen, on Flickr
AAVP7A1 by mazyen, on Flickr
AAVP7A1 by mazyen, on Flickr
AAVP7A1 by mazyen, on Flickr
AAVP7A1 by mazyen, on Flickr
AAVP7A1 by mazyen, on Flickr
AVVP 7A1 by mazyen, on Flickr
AVVP 7A1 by mazyen, on Flickr
AVVP 7A1 by mazyen, on Flickr
HeavyArty
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Posted: Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 08:34 AM UTC
It looks good. Nice job on it. For the antennas, usually a standard AAVP7A1 would have two antennas, one for each radio. The two mounts you have on the rear should do it.
GaryKato
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Posted: Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 09:44 AM UTC
Wow. A really nice job! I'm sure it looks impressive in person!
marcb
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Posted: Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 10:03 AM UTC
Nice!
AmTrac1833
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Posted: Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 10:56 AM UTC
Nicely done!!! YAT-YAS!

"I1" of "I/3/4" was MY tractor for OIF I in 2003. She was fresh off the MPF and looked brand new for the first several days in Kuwait. I was section leader and spent the drive to Baghdad in the turret. "Mad-Movie-Maloney" (aka MoDog) was my driver and "Blue-Flamer-Ledford" was my rear crewman. She made it from Kuwait to Baghdad and finally back to Adwaniyah for turnover back to the MPF vessels.
I had a horseshoe mounted to the bow of each AAV in my section. I also strapped 2 track blocks to outboard side of the turret.

As far as antennas, there should be 5. Two on the aft mounts and one on each of the side mounts. There is(was) an antenna for each radio. There is also an EPLRS antenna on the port aft just forward of the SINCGARS antenna. Like you stated, the radios are not really visible through the hatches and it would take someone that knows where and what to look for to spot their absence.

Shot of my tractor and another with myself and crew. Before we painted the unit symbol and 3/4's bull & pagoda.



petbat
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Posted: Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 12:48 PM UTC
Nicely finished build. Quite impressive.

Daniel great pics, and great memories for you I guess. Some notable differences between the model and the pics... always a bummer to get such great references after you have built the vehicle

Thanks for posting both of you.
mazyen
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Posted: Friday, July 19, 2019 - 03:58 AM UTC
Thanks for the comments & advises.
Daniel. Good to know all of you & the vehicle make it back & nice pics. Peter, it certainly is a bummer or else I would have modeled Daniel's track.
I've ordered some Miniart troops. Once I got them completed I'll be mounting it on a road check point base. Will update with more pics then.

Cheers
Lee
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Posted: Friday, July 19, 2019 - 04:51 AM UTC
Lee, great job! Certainly looks the part! Shapeways has some 3-d printed radios and mounts if you are ever interested in fitting them in later.
mazyen
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Posted: Friday, July 19, 2019 - 10:38 PM UTC
Hi Thomas,

I thought they only print mass commercial parts. Do they have a separate web page for scale model parts?

Lee
petbat
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Posted: Friday, July 19, 2019 - 10:49 PM UTC
Try here Lee

https://www.shapeways.com/marketplace/miniatures/vehicles
AmTrac1833
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Posted: Saturday, July 20, 2019 - 02:24 PM UTC

Quoted Text

Hi Thomas,

I thought they only print mass commercial parts. Do they have a separate web page for scale model parts?

Lee



Highly recommend these items:
https://www.shapeways.com/shops/mikesmodelshop?li=pb

Pre-1995, the radios were RT246/R442/R442/RT524 & four KY57s on starboard behind radio cage (aft of battery box).
SINCGARS equipped vehicles had the radios directly aft of the TC station. Only challenge is building (or acquiring the Eduard PE interior set) the mount.

mazyen
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Posted: Wednesday, July 24, 2019 - 03:01 AM UTC
Antennas done with acupuncture needles & a stretch spruce.
Hobbyboss AVVP7A1 by mazyen, on Flickr
Hobbyboss AVVP7A1 by mazyen, on Flickr
mazyen
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Posted: Wednesday, July 24, 2019 - 03:06 AM UTC

Quoted Text


Quoted Text

Hi Thomas,

I thought they only print mass commercial parts. Do they have a separate web page for scale model parts?

Lee



Highly recommend these items:
https://www.shapeways.com/shops/mikesmodelshop?li=pb

Pre-1995, the radios were RT246/R442/R442/RT524 & four KY57s on starboard behind radio cage (aft of battery box).
SINCGARS equipped vehicles had the radios directly aft of the TC station. Only challenge is building (or acquiring the Eduard PE interior set) the mount.



Hi Daniel,
Thanks, they certainly looks good. Can't open up the deck now. I'll probably add them for my next build of a AVVP7A1 RAM/RS
AmTrac1833
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Posted: Wednesday, July 24, 2019 - 11:02 AM UTC
Excellent work!!!
That came out really well.

Motivates me to put away the wingy things I'm building and get back to an AmTrac on the hobby desk.
HeavyArty
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Posted: Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 12:13 AM UTC

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As far as antennas, there should be 5. Two on the aft mounts and one on each of the side mounts. There is(was) an antenna for each radio. There is also an EPLRS antenna on the port aft just forward of the SINCGARS antenna.



Just out of curiosity, what nets did/do the four FM radios (SINCGARS or Series-46) monitor? On Army vehicles, the standard is two FM radios, unless a command post/HQ track (then it can have up to six). One usually monitors your unit net (Bn, CO, PLT, etc...) and the other one net higher (BDE, BN, CO, etc...).
m75
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Posted: Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 03:22 AM UTC
Lee, looks very nice.

I'm building the recovery version, and when trying to fit upper and lower hulls together, it seems that something is binding along the left side, close to the fuel tank. Since the interior is so crowded with items, it's difficult to determine what might be causing it. Did you have a similar issue?
HeavyArty
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Posted: Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 06:50 AM UTC

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I'm building the recovery version, and when trying to fit upper and lower hulls together, it seems that something is binding along the left side, close to the fuel tank.



It is the fuel tank. It is about 1mm too tall. You have to sand/shave it down.
m75
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Posted: Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 06:58 AM UTC
Thanks Gino. I'll trim the bottom as it is mostly hidden by the tool/parts cabinets.
HeavyArty
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Posted: Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 07:25 AM UTC
Actually it is only the rear, bottom corner that needs to be fixed. You need to remove a couple of mm slice out of it. Here are pics compliments of Ian "woody6968" Hepplewhite to get a better idea of what to remove.