I'm starting a new Vietnam-related model - this will be an M728 CEV - standing for Combat Engineer Vehicle. It's one of two versions of the M60 Patton tank that served in Vietnam (the other was the bridgelayer - M60 AVLB). The CEV was created by adding some engineering features to the standard M60A1 tank. It got a dozer blade, the cannon was switched to a 165mm short barreled demolition cannon, and a winch and A-frame boom were fitted to the turret to give the vehicle a 6 ton lifting capability.
The idea for my model is to take an M60A1 kit, put the Academy dozer blade on it and then to replace the turret with the resin kit coming from a German company called Perfect Scale Models:
I started to work with the ESCI/Italeri kit of the M60A1 tank, but while cleaning it up and looking for references it got obvious, that I might put tens of hours in it and still not get the results the new AFV Club kit get you right out of the box. So I ordered the AFV Club kit and now I'm working on it:
I also have fancy Bronco tracks for it:
To top off the goodies there's also the Eduard 35725 PE detail set.
Of course I wouldn't bore you if I didn't have some work to show. So that's what the ESCI/Italeri hull looks like after some cleanup:
As stated before I'm not going to use it. Instead I have this:
This doesn't look like much, but it's still 53 parts put together. The kit really has lots of them and I don't mind, looking at the nice detail the kit gives you after the little extra work.
I already would like to ask you for help - it's about the emergency exit hatch. What colour should it be on the inside - white, OD or some other colour?
OK, now I'm movin' on to build the rest of the suspension - thanks for reading and have a nice day