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M2 Bradley REFORGER - Complete 10/7

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Friday, August 30, 2019 12:36 PM

laskdjn

add AAVs to the list of sea foam green interiors.

 

It's basically a sea going APC

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Posted by laskdjn on Friday, August 30, 2019 12:25 PM

add AAVs to the list of sea foam green interiors.

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Friday, August 30, 2019 12:08 PM

A basic rule of thumb when it comes to the color of modern US armor, is that if the interior of the vehicle won't be seen from the outside, it is normally gloss white.

If the vehicle operates with a large hatch open, like an armored personnel carrier, for troops to egress, then it is sea foam green, more of a satin finish.

So tanks tend to be white and APC, IFV, CFV are sea foam green.

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Posted by Gamera on Friday, August 30, 2019 12:08 PM

Yeah, I had no idea there were different interior colours. Thank for the head's up!!! 

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Posted by M1GarandFan on Friday, August 30, 2019 12:03 PM

I appreciate the info. Verrry interesting, as Artie Johnson used to say on Laugh-in.

That might be useful to me at some point in the future. Thanks.

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Posted by HeavyArty on Friday, August 30, 2019 11:24 AM

Thanks M1GarandFan.  I like doing all the interior detail even though I know most will not be seen.

M1GarandFan
Several of you are real experts at modern U.S. vehicles. I assume that the light green interior paint is the current color being used?

It depends on the vehicle.  Tank and howitzer interiors are still white.  Strykers also have white interiors.  Most wheeled vehicles (HMMWV, HEMTT, MRAP, FMTV, etc.) have either dark green or sand interiors.  APCs (Bradley, M113, M577, AAVP7, LAV-25, etc.) have the seafoam green interior.

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Posted by M1GarandFan on Friday, August 30, 2019 11:09 AM

It IS a shame that most of the interior won't be seen. You're doing such a great job on it, it looks like you could climb right in. Love the detail and added equipment.

I enjoyed the interior detail of my Bronco M24 turret, but you can't really see any of it either.

Several of you are real experts at modern U.S. vehicles. I assume that the light green interior paint is the current color being used?

 

 

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Posted by HeavyArty on Friday, August 30, 2019 10:56 AM

Thanks guys.  It has been fun so far.

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Posted by Gamera on Friday, August 30, 2019 10:28 AM

Again, very cool. She's coming right along! 

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Posted by RBaer on Friday, August 30, 2019 9:50 AM

Excellent work here. I will publicly admit that interiors give me hives, hats off here.

Apprentice rivet counter.

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Posted by HeavyArty on Thursday, August 29, 2019 2:44 PM

Thanks guys.  I too love doing interiors.  Yes, most won't be seen, but I know it is there and I enjoy the detail work.

I have a small update as well.  I added some personal items and gear to the interior to complete it.  I am calling the interior done.

In the back, I added a couple MRE boxes, water can, ammo boxes, canteens, a helmet, bags, etc.

Same in the driver area.

In the turret, I also added a bag, ammo can, and canteen, along with a map for the BC (Bradley Commander).

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Thursday, August 29, 2019 12:00 PM

I love kits with interiors, but I know most of it will be invisible forever.

But since I enjoy building, just putting parts together, it's more bang per kit.

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Posted by Gamera on Thursday, August 29, 2019 11:28 AM

Sharp job there on all the interior detail! 

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Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 8:23 PM

HeavyArty

I fixed the markings on the TOWs.  Brown stripe for motor end.  I don't know how I screwed that up.  I know better.

 

 

Yes

 

 

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Posted by HeavyArty on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 7:28 PM

I fixed the markings on the TOWs.  Brown stripe for motor end.  I don't know how I screwed that up.  I know better.

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Posted by HeavyArty on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 8:44 AM

stikpusher

My only critique is the TOW rounds. You could have a blue dummy warhead on a brown live rocket motor stripes, for training rounds. But the yellow live warhead stripe wouldn’t be seen on a round with a dummy rocket motor blue stripe. 

Thanks stik.  Good catch.  That is what I get for following Tamiya's instructions without either thinking about it or checking.  That is an easy fix with some brown paint.

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Posted by stikpusher on Monday, August 26, 2019 10:47 PM

It’s all looking the part. My only critique is the TOW rounds. You could have a blue dummy warhead on a brown live rocket motor stripes, for training rounds. But the yellow live warhead stripe wouldn’t be seen on a round with a dummy rocket motor blue stripe. 35 1/2 years later and I still remember way too much stuff from that school... lol!

I love all the wiring, the dome lights, dirt on the floorboards.... dead bang on target.

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

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Posted by HeavyArty on Monday, August 26, 2019 8:53 PM

I have been progressing pretty well.  I think the interior is pretty much done.  I painted it using Krylon Pistachio spray.  It is dead-on for interior seafoam green.  I added M16A1s, an M203, and an M60 to the weapons mounts.  Pretty much all of the decals are from the Tamiya kit, with a few from the Meng interior set.  

I added a 3D printed intercom control box and J-boxes to the interior as well.  The interior lights are from the Meng set,  wiring is fine solder and string. The hand holds are from the Eduard Interior PE set.

The IP is from the Eduard Interior set.  It looks really nice once painted and detailed.

Here is the Meng turret interior.  I added the radios from the Meng set, detailed and wired.  

The lower turret basket from Meng.  The ammo feed chutes are from the Eduard Turret Interior PE set as Meng missed them.

I still need to add a few detail pieces such as MRE boxes, a couple bags, maps, etc. to make it look a bit more lived in.  More to come later. 

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Posted by Gamera on Monday, August 19, 2019 11:23 AM

Looks good! Nice to see how well the different kits fit together. 

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Saturday, August 17, 2019 9:19 PM

CapnMac82

That's looking good.

Now, to get that German amber Mars "Vorsicht, großes, sich bewegendes Metalltier" light spinning around on a railroad flat car  might be interesting Smile

In 1990, the trains looked the same, only with about 1/3 of the vehicles in some ammount of tan-colored paint (and the same number of Mars lights still left on).

 

We called those "whoopie lights", but officially they were Rotating Amber Warning Light System (RAWLS).

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Posted by HeavyArty on Saturday, August 17, 2019 9:12 PM

Thanks guys.  I don't know why they didn't do the turret interior either.  It wouldn't have been that much more work; maybe one more interior sprue.

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Posted by CapnMac82 on Saturday, August 17, 2019 6:37 PM

That's looking good.

Now, to get that German amber Mars "Vorsicht, großes, sich bewegendes Metalltier" light spinning around on a railroad flat car  might be interesting Smile

In 1990, the trains looked the same, only with about 1/3 of the vehicles in some ammount of tan-colored paint (and the same number of Mars lights still left on).

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Saturday, August 17, 2019 11:36 AM

It was a mystery to me as to why they did a fairly comprehensive troop compartment interior (at least for the 1980s), yet did not do anything for the turret, driver's hole or engine compartment.

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Posted by HeavyArty on Saturday, August 17, 2019 10:35 AM

Thanks guys.  It has been fun so far.  The Meng parts fit the Tamiya hull and turret pretty close.  A bit of sanding here and there to make things fit, but nothing too bad.  The Meng parts definitely are more detailed and look much better than the old Tamiya parts.  The Tamiya parts still hold up pretty well though.

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Posted by ogrejohn on Saturday, August 17, 2019 4:16 AM

Nicely detailed Gino! I was wondering how the fit of the Meng parts were going to be with the Tamiya kit. 

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Posted by M. Brindos on Friday, August 16, 2019 11:02 PM

As per usual, your attention to the details is amazing, Gino.

I'm looking forward to seeing the paint.

- Mike Brindos

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Posted by HeavyArty on Friday, August 16, 2019 8:56 PM

Work continues.  I have completed most of the interior work.  I added the weapons mounts from the Eduard set on the interior and a few other pieces.  Most of the Eduard parts  have been eclipsed by the better Meng parts.  I also used the inside periscopes from the Eduard set.  I will use the seat belts and some other small parts as I finish it up.

The turret interior is built up too.  The Meng turret interior fits the Tamiya turret base and opening well.  I back-dated the turret front wall to the bareness of the original M2 with just an entry door into the coax compartment.  I also will add a breech for the 25mm Bushmaster that I had made from a previous Bradley project.  The breech was nto covered as it is on later marks of the Bradley.  I used the Eduard radio rack, with a wider shelf and I will use the Meng radios (cut off their shelf) here too.

Lastly, I added Eduard parts and a bit of scratch to detail the insides of the driver's and TOW reload hatch on the roof.

Next up will be some paint and more interior detailing.

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

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Sunday, August 11, 2019 10:32 AM

stikpusher

 

 
CapnMac82

Wow, the word "REFORGER" just takes me back.

Living, as I did, then, right at half-way between Hood and Houston, if it wasn't someone I knew busy in working up to go, it was seeing equipment rolling by on the railroad mainline heading one way or the other.

 

 

 

Beaumont/Port Arthur.... 

 

One of my first duties as the BMO of 3-32 Armor was a road march to Beaumont to load up our battalion onto ships when they arrived by rail.

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Posted by stikpusher on Sunday, August 11, 2019 9:46 AM

CapnMac82

Wow, the word "REFORGER" just takes me back.

Living, as I did, then, right at half-way between Hood and Houston, if it wasn't someone I knew busy in working up to go, it was seeing equipment rolling by on the railroad mainline heading one way or the other.

 

Beaumont/Port Arthur.... 

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

  • Member since
    November 2005
  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Saturday, August 10, 2019 9:32 PM

Wow, the word "REFORGER" just takes me back.

Living, as I did, then, right at half-way between Hood and Houston, if it wasn't someone I knew busy in working up to go, it was seeing equipment rolling by on the railroad mainline heading one way or the other.

Looking forward to seeing this build.

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