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The M972F (Flatbed)/w Excavator
Posted by Tiking on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 5:21 PM
This is a build I have been working on for some time now. It's a heavy modification of the M915 kit from Trumpeter. As always, I decided to spice things up a bit. I wanted to do something different. So, I kit-bashed the trailer and tractor to bring forth this combo unit. As far as I know this truck version does not exist. But it could have been plausible. The name came about by using the first number of the M915 and the 2 last digits of the M872 trailer. Hence, M972, which is a combination of both.
The Hitachi excavator is from Hasegawa which I built as a burnt out model. The idea came from the pic I found while searching the web. Lots of pics. Hope you like the results.
 
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Posted by goldhammer on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 5:34 PM

Only one word for it........WOWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!

Another one that you have absolutely nailed to perfection.

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Posted by M. Brindos on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 5:42 PM

Exactly what Goldhammer said! I think his statement sums it up perfectly!

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Posted by Pawel on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 5:53 PM

Oh yeah, it is beautiful work! You've got some serious technique on, and we know it for some time now!

I personally find it a kind of pity that you didn't go for more realism. I mean yeah, it's very realistic model of a truck that's not very realistic :-) I wish you did a conversion to something real - but that's me.

Thanks for sharing and have a nice day

Paweł

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Posted by 1943Mike on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 11:44 PM

To my mind, new at armor, this is a sensational build! None of it looks like plastic to me, it all looks as if it's real. I'm off to the land of Nod thinking about this build.

Mike

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Posted by templar1099 on Thursday, October 26, 2017 4:37 AM

That is some serious work there.

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Posted by Tiking on Thursday, October 26, 2017 5:09 AM

Pawel

Oh yeah, it is beautiful work! You've got some serious technique on, and we know it for some time now!

I personally find it a kind of pity that you didn't go for more realism. I mean yeah, it's very realistic model of a truck that's not very realistic :-) I wish you did a conversion to something real - but that's me.

Thanks for sharing and have a nice day

Paweł

 

 

Understood. Thanks regardless.

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Posted by Gamera on Thursday, October 26, 2017 7:50 AM

Oh wow! With some photo manipulation of the background I'd swear I were looking at the real thing! 

Esp love the worn look on the tires, the rust on the excavator body and treads, and the dirty stained truck bed. 

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Posted by HeavyArty on Thursday, October 26, 2017 8:50 AM

It does look good and the weathering is top notch.  I agree with Pawel though.  Your skills on an actual vehicle would be put to much better use.

Gamera
Oh wow! With some photo manipulation of the background I'd swear I were looking at the real thing! 

Not really since it is not of a "real thing".  There is no such vehicle as an M972.

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Posted by Tiking on Thursday, October 26, 2017 9:01 AM

Ok guys. I understand everyone has the right to their opinion but this is modelling and how one decides to build is totally up to them. Or is it not the case. I already stated the truck is not of a real vehicle but such a truck is plausible or not. Weather it's a flatbed or not it is still a vehicle. I am not going to crash on your views as I know you well and how you are a stickler for authenticity. Nothing wrong with that. But it's modelling. And I think Camera was only referring to to the aspect of the model looking real in general. Just thought I'd voice my view before someone else decides to blow this way out of proportion. Not mad just trying to have fun modelling. I hope this hobby is still adheres to the basic principle of yesterday's. :)

Thanks for your comment.

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Posted by Tiking on Thursday, October 26, 2017 9:03 AM

Gamera

Oh wow! With some photo manipulation of the background I'd swear I were looking at the real thing! 

Esp love the worn look on the tires, the rust on the excavator body and treads, and the dirty stained truck bed. 

 

 

Thanks for your looking.

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Posted by HeavyArty on Thursday, October 26, 2017 9:21 AM

No one said you can't build what you want the way you want to.  It does look good, as we stated.  Some of us just don't see the point to "what-if's" when there are lots of great actual vehicles that can be built.  To each their own though.  Also, if you post something, you should be prepared for all commments, positive and negative.

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Posted by Tiking on Thursday, October 26, 2017 9:55 AM

HeavyArty

No one said you can't build what you want the way you want to.  It does look good, as we stated.  Some of us just don't see the point to "what-if's" when there are lots of great actual vehicles that can be built.  To each their own though.  Also, if you post something, you should be prepared for all commments, positive and negative.

 

 

I am prepared for all. That is not the issue. In that case you should also be prepared for a rebuttle. ;) like I said. I am not angry. And I did say you have a right to your opinion too. So please do not get upset. I remember we having a similar incident back in the day on Armorama. Remember? Anyways I am not trying to start a fight. I respect your views. So respect mine. Still love your work. Peace.

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Posted by HeavyArty on Thursday, October 26, 2017 9:57 AM

No worries, all is good.  I am not upset at all.  Just clarifying my point.

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Posted by KnightTemplar5150 on Thursday, October 26, 2017 10:29 AM

Fictional or not, that's nice work. How long were you at the bench to create this?

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Thursday, October 26, 2017 10:33 AM

Excellent build, looks convincing to me. There are small, random details on the flatbed that add to the overall realism of the model. Many casual observers would never guess that this is not an actual vehicle. Very creative both in subject and in finishing.

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Posted by Tiking on Thursday, October 26, 2017 10:47 AM

HeavyArty

No worries, all is good.  I am not upset at all.  Just clarifying my point.

 

 

Nice to hear it brother. Thanks. 

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Posted by Tiking on Thursday, October 26, 2017 10:49 AM

KnightTemplar5150

Fictional or not, that's nice work. How long were you at the bench to create this?

 

 

Thanks. It took a a week and half, if I was to add up all the hours together. Roughtly.

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Posted by Tiking on Thursday, October 26, 2017 10:51 AM

Rob Gronovius

Excellent build, looks convincing to me. There are small, random details on the flatbed that add to the overall realism of the model. Many casual observers would never guess that this is not an actual vehicle. Very creative both in subject and in finishing.

 

 

I guess if one is not well knowledge( Not that I am) in the US military fleet, than they would think that particular variant does exist.

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Posted by Gamera on Thursday, October 26, 2017 11:09 AM

HeavyArty

It does look good and the weathering is top notch.  I agree with Pawel though.  Your skills on an actual vehicle would be put to much better use.

 

 
Gamera
Oh wow! With some photo manipulation of the background I'd swear I were looking at the real thing! 

 

Not really since it is not of a "real thing".  There is no such vehicle as an M972.

 

Sorry, Tiking did say it wasn't a 'real' vehicle. I meant he caught the essential 'truckness' look even if the real thing doesn't exist. Kinda like someone can do a 'realistic' model of a paper panzer. 

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Posted by Buckeye on Thursday, October 26, 2017 11:26 AM

All I can say is awesome work!Bow Down

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Posted by Tiking on Thursday, October 26, 2017 11:36 AM

Buckeye

All I can say is awesome work!Bow Down

Mike

 

 

Thanks for looking Mike. 

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Thursday, October 26, 2017 12:29 PM

Tiking

I guess if one is not well knowledge( Not that I am) in the US military fleet, than they would think that particular variant does exist.

 

We sell or provide a lot of military equipment to other nations and there's no telling what they do to them once they put them into use. It is something feasible, that's why it looks so convincing.

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Posted by Tiking on Thursday, October 26, 2017 12:56 PM

Rob Gronovius

 

 
Tiking

I guess if one is not well knowledge( Not that I am) in the US military fleet, than they would think that particular variant does exist.

 

 

 

We sell or provide a lot of military equipment to other nations and there's no telling what they do to them once they put them into use. It is something feasible, that's why it looks so convincing.

 

 

Exactly. That was my thought when I started this project. Nothing is just black or white. Maybe somewhere out there someone has done just that. Here in Sweden, modification is nothing new. Mostly they are privatiers that make most of heavy mods and transformation quite interesting.

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Posted by armornut on Thursday, October 26, 2017 1:20 PM

Awesome attention to detail, your an insperation to me to become a better modeler, right up there with Doog, Heavy Arty, and others. Well executed "basics" IMHO Tiking. Happy Modelling.

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Posted by Tiking on Thursday, October 26, 2017 2:18 PM

armornut

Awesome attention to detail, your an insperation to me to become a better modeler, right up there with Doog, Heavy Arty, and others. Well executed "basics" IMHO Tiking. Happy Modelling.

 

 

Appreciate the kind words. :)

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Posted by ManCityFan on Thursday, October 26, 2017 2:30 PM

Hey Tiking, your weathering technique is beyond excellent.  The details are well thought out and executed.  Like Armornut, I aspire to have that level of skill someday.

Thanks for posting, I really enjoyed looking at these pics.

D

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Posted by Tiking on Thursday, October 26, 2017 2:33 PM

ManCityFan

Hey Tiking, your weathering technique is beyond excellent.  The details are well thought out and executed.  Like Armornut, I aspire to have that level of skill someday.

Thanks for posting, I really enjoyed looking at these pics.

D

 

 

Really inspiring words. Thank you kindly for that. 

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Posted by GlennH on Thursday, October 26, 2017 10:05 PM

Rob Gronovius

Excellent build, looks convincing to me. There are small, random details on the flatbed that add to the overall realism of the model. Many casual observers would never guess that this is not an actual vehicle. Very creative both in subject and in finishing.

 

 

Yep, pretty much. The small details are outstanding.

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Posted by Tiking on Thursday, October 26, 2017 10:37 PM

Thank you.

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