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1/35 M110A2 8 inch Howitzer in ODS, WIP, 05/26/14, Complete .

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  • Member since
    July 2006
  • From: New Jersey
Posted by redleg12 on Sunday, March 2, 2014 5:32 PM

It has been a few weeks as RL and this great winter has kept me away from the bench.
 
After assembling the tracks I coated them with AK Track wash to get the general color and then used AK light rust to enhance the nooks and crannies. Here is how they look as I still have to paint the pads rubber black.
 
 
As I stated earlier the ODS vehicles were painted in country with non-military paint and had a tendency to peel and scratch very easily. In order to create the look, the hull was coated using 3 coats of AK Worn Effects. This solution is a simple version of the hair spray technique…without the hairspray! After drying the third coat I used Model Master Acryl US Army Gulf Sand.
 
After the hull dried using a stiff brush for wear areas, an X-Acto blade for edge wear, and my small Eurotool for peel areas, I worked the hull especially in the area of the tracks and fenders. All this work is done keeping the area wet to damp with water. Here is the look after the chipping/peeling process.
 

"The Moral High Ground....A Great Place to Emplace Artillery."

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Posted by Alpha 43 on Monday, March 3, 2014 3:55 PM

Mike, You're looking good with  this. I have the same kit. I don't like the split barrel with the kit. Are you intending on using this barrel as supplied with the kit? The accuracy of the 8" M110 was incredible, I was sorry to hear that it is not in the Army arsenal any longer. Keep up the inspiration to make me try harder to do better on my model making!

Earl

On the way, over.

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Posted by Alpha 43 on Monday, March 3, 2014 4:10 PM

Mike, Outstanding!! What aftermarket details did you use for your build? Don't mean that as a slur to your model building ability, it is just fantastic what you accomplish. You should write a book for us newcomers to get ideas and to learn how to give us help in our builds.

Earl

On the way over.

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  • From: New Jersey
Posted by redleg12 on Monday, March 3, 2014 6:47 PM

Earl - Thanks, so far what you have seen;

Eduard - Photo Etch Set for M110A2

Barrel Store - Metal Barrel for M110A2

Spade Ace - Metal Tracks for M110/M107 series

Verlinden - Vehicle Tool set

still to come

AFV - Sand camouflage net

MV Lenses for the headlight and BO light

Scratch build Aiming posts and ramming staffs

Scratch muzzle cover and covers for the pantel and gunners quadrant

Scratch decals for the drivers periscopes

Cast section chest

Still contemplating personal gear & MREs

That's what I have so far

Rounds Complete!!

"The Moral High Ground....A Great Place to Emplace Artillery."

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  • From: back country of SO-CAL, at the birth place of Naval Aviation
Posted by DUSTER on Monday, March 3, 2014 6:55 PM

Oh Good, You didn't go over board- just a simple build 

SERIOUSLY: looks Super ! The road wheels and drive gears are  outstanding 

Steve

Building the perfect model---just not quite yet  Confused

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  • From: California
Posted by SprueOne on Monday, March 3, 2014 8:16 PM

Very clean realism, REDLEG 

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  • From: New Jersey
Posted by redleg12 on Monday, March 3, 2014 8:24 PM

Steve - You know I never do anything simple! Thanks

Sprue - Thanks

Rounds Complete!!

"The Moral High Ground....A Great Place to Emplace Artillery."

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Posted by the doog on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 7:21 AM

Superb work, Mike! You KNOW that I"m loving the worn look!

What did you think of the "Worn Effects"? I tried it, and can't say that I thought it offered any advantage over hair spray---plus, you can't really get "80's hair" with it if you want. Propeller

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 9:43 AM

Very cool, the dinged up road wheels look fantastic!

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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    July 2006
  • From: New Jersey
Posted by redleg12 on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 5:37 AM

Karl - Thanks for stopping by. The worn effects works well. You do have to follow the directions. You need multiple coats, then apply the paint and as soon as the paint is dry, start scratching.You don't have to milk a can of Aqua Net, it is in a much small jar, and based on this build like hair spray, one jar should last a long while!

As for the 80s hair....I had buzz cuts in the 80s....now if we go back to the early 70s we are talking serious hair! LOL

Gamera - Thanks for stopping by and for the comment.

Rounds Complete!!

"The Moral High Ground....A Great Place to Emplace Artillery."

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  • From: S.W. Missouri
Posted by Pvt Mutt on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 7:17 PM

OH WOW Bro that's lookin killerYesStarStarStar

Tony leeSmile

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Posted by redleg12 on Thursday, March 6, 2014 5:40 AM

Tony - My old friend, it is always good to hear from you. Thanks

You and the lovely lady keep your powder warm!

Rounds Complete!!

"The Moral High Ground....A Great Place to Emplace Artillery."

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  • From: New Jersey
Posted by redleg12 on Sunday, March 9, 2014 6:54 PM

This week was finishing the rest of the assemblies with sand color and scratching. The gun carriage edge was painted with my rubber black mix as the gasket between the carriage and the hull. Next it was treated with the AK Scratch mix and then the ODS Sand color as previously discussed. Here is the view of the carriage after scratching.

Here is the other side of the carriage

Here is the recoil spade assembly also treated in the same method. The spade needs a bit more scratching considering the way it is used.

I painted the pads on the track with my rubber mix (50/50 Flat & NATO Black). Here are the tracks now ready for mounting.

That’s it for this week, now its time to begin assembling and adding details.

As always if you have any comments, please feel free to drop in.

Rounds Complete!!

"The Moral High Ground....A Great Place to Emplace Artillery."

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  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Sunday, March 9, 2014 7:13 PM

Looking awesome Mike.  A great build of a great piece.

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  • From: New Jersey
Posted by redleg12 on Sunday, March 9, 2014 8:34 PM

Gino - Thanks, nothing like the big boy! Modeling its swan song appearance is proving to be fun. I have done more scratching and chipping on this one build then all my years of modeling put together!

Rounds Complete!!

"The Moral High Ground....A Great Place to Emplace Artillery."

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    July 2006
  • From: San Francisco Bay Area
Posted by bufflehead on Sunday, March 9, 2014 10:26 PM

Hey Mike!  Been away for a while and am getting caught up on things in the forums.  Looks like I missed the start of another of your big guns, but after reading through the entire thread I've got to say you're doing a bang up job here!  I really like the chipped paint effect with the AK product!  I've got a bottle myself, but haven't used it yet.  I also love the look of the tracks....question:  did you apply the AK track wash directly to the metal Spade Ace links or did you prep the links first?

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  • From: New Jersey
Posted by redleg12 on Monday, March 10, 2014 5:35 AM

Ernest - First thanks for the comments. As for the tracks, I used the AK product directly to the metal links. Works just fine. Since it is a solvent base, Mineral Spirits, based wash it works very well on the bare metal.

Rounds Complete!!

"The Moral High Ground....A Great Place to Emplace Artillery."

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    October 2013
Posted by Alpha 43 on Monday, March 10, 2014 8:38 AM

I was always impressed with the accuracy of the M110A2. Especially hip shots , where you have nothing but terrain maps. Nothing came close to the accuracy of the M110. I am following your build  closely, as I want to do mine next and I hope to do mine as acturately. as possible to yours. Have a great day Mike!

Earl

On the way over!!

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  • From: New Jersey
Posted by redleg12 on Monday, March 10, 2014 6:50 PM

Earl - Thanks for the comments, glad to have you along for the ride. Hope it make your ride that much easier.

Rounds Complete!!

"The Moral High Ground....A Great Place to Emplace Artillery."

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  • From: Texas
Posted by wbill76 on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 5:08 PM

Tracks, spade, and carriage, oh my! Nice update Mike, looking good. Yes

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Posted by redleg12 on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 7:15 PM

Bill - As always, thanks!

Rounds Complete!!

"The Moral High Ground....A Great Place to Emplace Artillery."

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  • From: Spartanburg, SC
Posted by subfixer on Saturday, March 15, 2014 9:51 AM

Mike, your artillery just blows me away. Good job.

Lee

I'm from the government and I'm here to help.

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    July 2006
  • From: New Jersey
Posted by redleg12 on Saturday, March 15, 2014 6:36 PM

Lee - Thanks for stopping by and for your comments.

Rounds Complete!!

"The Moral High Ground....A Great Place to Emplace Artillery."

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Posted by Alpha 43 on Saturday, March 15, 2014 6:59 PM

Mike,

Fantastic! What more can I say?

Earl

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  • From: New Jersey
Posted by redleg12 on Sunday, March 16, 2014 7:02 AM

Earl - Thanks

Rounds Complete!!

"The Moral High Ground....A Great Place to Emplace Artillery."

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    July 2006
  • From: New Jersey
Posted by redleg12 on Sunday, March 30, 2014 6:36 PM

I worked on the chassis and setting up a base for the model. On the chassis first, I drilled out the molded headlights and added MV Lenses for the clear and blackout lights.
 
I made the decals for the unit marking and vehicle number. After applying some clear future to the model and after a day to cure the decals were applied. Once the decals were applied and allowed to set for a day then I air brushed the chassis with a flat clear coat.
 
The periscopes are done with decal paper that has been painted with chrome paint then covered with smoke clear and then a lacquer clear coat. I keep a small sheet available so I just have to cut to size and apply.
 
Next was weathering using AK OIF Streaking Highlight. After moving panel by panel here is the chassis
 
 
While waiting for things to dry I painted the fire extinguisher flat red with flat black nozzle and steel band and top knob.
 
Here is a rear view of the chassis.
 
 
In between the model work was time in the woodwork shop to cut an oak board and edge the board on the router table. Then the board was stained and given two coats of polyurethane. I added a base of ¼ inch foam with white glue. Lastly I started the sand base using paper mache mixed with white glue and sand color craft paint. I used the kit rubber band tracks to create the sand indentation. While the paper mache is drying I applied a light coat of fine sand sprinkled onto the groundwork. More work to come on this.
 

"The Moral High Ground....A Great Place to Emplace Artillery."

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    December 2002
  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Sunday, March 30, 2014 6:49 PM

Looking great Mike.  See you at AMPS.

Gino P. Quintiliani - Field Artillery - The KING of BATTLE!!!

Check out my Gallery: http://smg.photobuck...v231/HeavyArty/?

"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." -- George Orwell

  • Member since
    July 2006
  • From: New Jersey
Posted by redleg12 on Monday, March 31, 2014 5:35 AM

Gino - Thanks, looking forward to seeing you, it will be great to have mutual supporting fires at the show!

Rounds Complete!!

"The Moral High Ground....A Great Place to Emplace Artillery."

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Posted by Alpha 43 on Monday, March 31, 2014 8:45 AM

Hi Mike, how was the show? Wanted to attend but I had back problems again.

Earl

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    July 2006
  • From: New Jersey
Posted by redleg12 on Monday, March 31, 2014 7:26 PM

Earl - Actually the show is the end of this week. Looking forward to it.

Rounds Complete!!

"The Moral High Ground....A Great Place to Emplace Artillery."

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