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More Magach/M60 madness
Posted by RBaer on Friday, September 14, 2018 10:22 PM

Yup, in my ongoing effort to use up partial kits in the stash, old AM stuff and even build some examples of things I haven't done yet, I got two more going. Or, one and a half? The "half" is actually a shelf queen, from way back, maybe five years, that I decided to go a different way with. It's a Tamiya M48 that I was going to do as a beat up A3 in VietNam, but since I have accumulated some Dragon parts kits, I decided to do a Magach5, using the M48 turret from a Takom M48H kit I also fell into recently, and some other bits and pieces laying around. It also gave me an opportunity to use the Desert Eagle air cleaners and battering ram I scored a while ago. I'm using AFV Club tracks, and a Verlinden gun tube.

Pics so far:

 IMG_7263 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 IMG_7264 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

The other one is the Takom M60 hull, with a Dragon M60 turret and Academy wheels. I have to say, the Takom parts just kind of flow together, no drama, good fit and sharp detail. Dragon tracks and early style Tamiya drive sprockets on this one, with a Barrel Depot gun tube. I deleted the second shock and moved the first return roller forward. Mantlet cover is Aves putty.

Pics:

 IMG_7265 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 IMG_7266 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

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Posted by Pawel on Saturday, September 15, 2018 1:50 PM

Hello!

So, a Magach-a-rama after all! I like to look at you building those israeli monsters. They really hava a talent for re-fitting tanks, don't they? Good luck with your builds and have a nice day

Paweł

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

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Posted by RBaer on Sunday, September 23, 2018 10:10 AM

Thanks Pawel. I guess I'm on a roll, still have lots of stuff in the stash to use up.

More pics soon, the M60 is ready for primer and M48 moving along too. I have to say here most of the Dragon Magach parts are pure fiction, so I'll have lots of scratch work to do.

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Posted by Gamera on Sunday, September 23, 2018 3:27 PM

Cool!!!!!

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

 

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Posted by RBaer on Monday, September 24, 2018 3:24 PM

T'anks.

So, Magach with more done on the hull, and M60 ready for primer:

 IMG_7792 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 IMG_7793 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 IMG_7795 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 IMG_7794 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

Thanks for looking!

 

 

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Posted by RBaer on Wednesday, October 03, 2018 4:38 PM

Some more progress on the Magach today. I did trade out the Verlinden gun tube for the DEF Model stuff, nicer and more accurate.

 IMG_8657 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 IMG_8656 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 IMG_8654 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

So far the Takom parts for the turret have all been great, even the very fragile bustle rack. Getting the DEF parts to go in there was fun, as they're designed for the Dragon kit, but with a little Aves putty, it all worked.

 

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Posted by RBaer on Monday, October 15, 2018 11:58 AM

I've started the ERA on the Magach, not a lot of fun since Dragon has done a poor job on the grouping and mounting of the individual blocks. I'm assembling them per instructions, then separating them, filling and sanding and THEN mounting them, individualy as per the real thing. Tedious, but necessary. It took most of a day to do the port side of the turret.

 IMG_9390 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 IMG_9389 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

I'v also added what is probably the last of the hull detail, and could possibly work through the rest of the turret soon, even considering the corrections I'm having to do. I'm also into the spares for ERA blocks, as Dragon shorts a few.

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Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 11:20 AM

Oh fantastic, love those ERA blocks! 

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Posted by RBaer on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 9:21 AM

T'anks, G. Other side almost finished, hull too. Time permitting, I'll get pics up tonight.

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Posted by RBaer on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 2:41 PM

Short day today, pics of progress so far:

 IMG_9485 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 IMG_9484 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 IMG_9483 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 IMG_9482 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

More on the cupola reamains, and some more etch, but getting closer.

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Posted by TigerII on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 3:03 PM

Excellent work on these vehicles.

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Posted by RBaer on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 7:53 PM

Thank you! I think one of my next projects is going to be very simple, OOB and just for fun, never mind accuracy, although the M60 was pretty straightforward to get together, and if it ever stops raining around here I'll get some paint on it.

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Posted by Gamera on Thursday, October 18, 2018 11:39 AM

Oh she's coming along great! Love the storage in the bustle rack. Yes

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Posted by RBaer on Saturday, October 27, 2018 12:17 PM

Thanks G. So it calmed down outside, and I shot some green on the M60, skipping primer this time in an attempt to preserve fine detail and textures. I'm using Krylon "camo green", and I think it worked. I had an interesting experience, too. My old can was getting very low, so before it ran out I warmed and shook the new can and shot a bit, noticing right away that it was a shade or two lighter. Thinking ahead (surprising for me) I finished the ititial coverage with the new lighter can, then went back with the last of the old, darker can and very lightly sprayed the lower hull and bottom ot the turret. It's not readily apparent, but time (and better photography) will tell.

 IMG_9878 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

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Posted by RBaer on Monday, November 05, 2018 7:26 AM

I did an acrylic dark green wash, highlighted a couple of areas with a lighter green, then a sime-gloss clear coat and decals, from the Dragon kit. so far:

 IMG_0236 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 IMG_0235 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

I'm going for a clean look, possibly using some wargames Agressor markings I have on an old Verlinden sheet, need to do a bit more research first.....

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Posted by Gamera on Monday, November 05, 2018 11:33 AM

That looks really good! Yes

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Posted by RBaer on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 9:23 AM

Thank you sir!

And some more wash application, working with a medium brown color now:

 IMG_0803 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 9:42 AM

Looks good, Dragon made an odd choice with the bumper number, HQ-16 though.

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Posted by Pawel on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 12:08 PM

Russ - the tank is looking nice!

Rob - why is HQ-16 so odd? Did they mean a tank belonging to the boss himself?

Have a nice day

Paweł

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Posted by M60_ tanker on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 2:41 PM

Pawel

Russ - the tank is looking nice!

Rob - why is HQ-16 so odd? Did they mean a tank belonging to the boss himself?

Have a nice day

Paweł

 

Pawel, usually the Battalion Commanders tank is marked HQ-66. At least when I was in. 72-80

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Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 3:59 PM

Wow, nice work, and the Magach is a real ugly beast.

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Posted by RBaer on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 5:56 PM

M60_ tanker

 

 
Pawel

Russ - the tank is looking nice!

Rob - why is HQ-16 so odd? Did they mean a tank belonging to the boss himself?

Have a nice day

Paweł

 

 

 

Pawel, usually the Battalion Commanders tank is marked HQ-66. At least when I was in. 72-80

 

Dang it, wish I'd known that earlier.....

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Posted by goldhammer on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 6:18 PM

Nice work on both.  Loking at the MAG, I'm getting the folding shovel out to make my foxhole WAY deeper.

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Posted by RBaer on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 6:39 PM

That's funny right there. And thanks.

goldhammer

Nice work on both.  Loking at the MAG, I'm getting the folding shovel out to make my foxhole WAY deeper.

 

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 12:40 AM

Pawel

Russ - the tank is looking nice!

Rob - why is HQ-16 so odd? Did they mean a tank belonging to the boss himself?

Have a nice day

Paweł

 

In the old 5-tank platoon days, there were three tank companies (A, B, C) with 5 tanks per platoon in three platoons (1, 2, 3). -16 isn't a normal tank number. A command tank is often -66 or -65, sometimes -60 and -50 for commander and executive officer respectively. Tanks in the various platoons are -11 thru -15, -21 thru -25 and -31 thru -35

I really don't know whose tank HQ-16 would be.

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Posted by RBaer on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 3:00 PM

I'm gonna dig through my box o' goodies and see if I have some workable numbers now, I'm bugged. Would -15 be a realistic choice? I have two big fives, and surely some smaller digits for the bumper codes

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Posted by M60_ tanker on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 3:54 PM

RBaer

I'm gonna dig through my box o' goodies and see if I have some workable numbers now, I'm bugged. Would -15 be a realistic choice? I have two big fives, and surely some smaller digits for the bumper codes

 

Just change the HQ to an A,B,or C. Then you would have a Platoon leaders tank.

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Posted by M60_ tanker on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 3:59 PM

While your at it, you need to fix the US Army numbers on the left side. Always reads from left to right. US ARMY 9BXXXX. And while I'm giving you a hard time, the bridge Classification needs to be on the upper front slope. Out side of that, you do remarkably good work.

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Posted by RBaer on Thursday, November 15, 2018 5:35 PM

M60_ tanker

While your at it, you need to fix the US Army numbers on the left side. Always reads from left to right. US ARMY 9BXXXX. And while I'm giving you a hard time, the bridge Classification needs to be on the upper front slope. Out side of that, you do remarkably good work.

 

I thought they did.....   I may have another bridge classification decal, but serial numbers I don't have.

Anyhootch, pics so far:

 IMG_1036 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 IMG_1037 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 IMG_1038 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

Thanks for the input, really. I do prefer to have things like markings as accurate as I can get them.

 

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Posted by Gamera on Friday, November 16, 2018 6:08 PM

She's coming along great!!!

I'd be tempted to spatter mud over the running gear and lower hull including the unit number... Embarrassed

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