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M2 Bradley REFORGER - Complete 10/7

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  • From: Fort Knox
Posted by Rob Gronovius on Friday, August 9, 2019 1:49 AM

HeavyArty

Thanks guys.  I hope to get some more work done on it soon.  I have been busy with work and chores lately.

As to "Pentagon Wars", don't use it as any form of reference on reality.  It was a total joke.  Bradley development was a methodical process and the requirements changed in response to lessons learned from experiences on Middle East battlefields from Israel and to a changing threat from developing Soviet equipment.

The vehicles in the movie are vizmods and not really Bradleys, so it is not even close to being a reference. It's not a real Bradley.

 

Watching The Pentagon Wars was part of the Logistics Executive Development Course at the Army Logistics Management College at Fort Lee, Virginia. While it is a satiric comedy, there were parts that were based on truths. They dissected the movie quite well.

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Posted by GreySnake on Thursday, August 8, 2019 3:31 PM
Looking forward to seeing how you progress. I know it’s going to turn out nice.

 
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  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Thursday, August 8, 2019 2:20 PM

Hello!

Gino - nice project, I'll be watching, I believe it's going to be nice!

As for the Pentagon Wars - the movie was fun, but I've also read the book - and it sounds very true. It also explains why the US Military usually goes to a new war without the right tools for it. It's a book that's funny and very sad at the same time.

Have a nice day

Paweł

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

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Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, August 8, 2019 12:50 PM

keavdog

I'm watching this one as well.  I have the same Tamiya kit (sitting in the stash for years - not really an armor guy but will build anything).  Should be fun.  BTW - for those in the know (Stik), how legitimate was the move Pentagon Wars re: the Bradley

 

 

Ive never seen the movie. So I can’t comment in one way or another.  As for Bradley’s, I never crewed them nor served in a Bradley equipped unit. I only crossed paths with them on occasion. 

 

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Thursday, August 8, 2019 9:59 AM

This very M2 Bradley is one of the last models I worked on before entering active duty the summer of 1987.

I left it at my parents home in my bedroom closet. I retrieved it around 2004 when they were downsizing and preparing to move to Florida.

I've never finished it, I see it as a throwback to my early days.

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Posted by Gamera on Thursday, August 8, 2019 8:05 AM

Cool! Looks like a pile of work but still it will be nice to have a accurate replica. Looking forward to more. 

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

 

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Posted by Tojo72 on Thursday, August 8, 2019 8:03 AM
Looks like a great project

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Posted by HeavyArty on Thursday, August 8, 2019 6:56 AM

Thanks guys.  I hope to get some more work done on it soon.  I have been busy with work and chores lately.

As to "Pentagon Wars", don't use it as any form of reference on reality.  It was a total joke.  Bradley development was a methodical process and the requirements changed in response to lessons learned from experiences on Middle East battlefields from Israel and to a changing threat from developing Soviet equipment.

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

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Posted by cb1 on Thursday, August 8, 2019 6:39 AM

Pentagon Wars was a satire, not historic.  Except for the futility of red tape which was pretty accurate. I would not use that movie as a reference. 

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Posted by cb1 on Thursday, August 8, 2019 6:37 AM

My unit, 2/30 Inf, 3rd ID had 100% forest green M2A0s. I was a M2 drive/gunner from 84-87. Best time of my life!! That M2 was great to drive an deasy to work on. 

 M2 Bradley at Dawn 1985 by Chris B, on Flickr

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  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Thursday, August 8, 2019 1:53 AM

I'm watching this one as well.  I have the same Tamiya kit (sitting in the stash for years - not really an armor guy but will build anything).  Should be fun.  BTW - for those in the know (Stik), how legitimate was the move Pentagon Wars re: the Bradley

 

Thanks,

John

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Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 11:38 PM

This should be good.... I remember those REFORGER 3rd ID Bradleys well...

 

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 M. Brindos on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 11:24 PM

I am so down for this project, Gino. You have my utmost attention.

FOLLOWING.

- Mike Brindos

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M2 Bradley REFORGER - Complete 10/7
Posted by HeavyArty on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 8:46 PM

My latest project is an M2 Bradley from a REFORGER exercise in Germany in the late 1980s.  It will be very detailed and have a full interior.  From my research and asking at Armorama, it looks as though most of the M2s from the time frame were overall Forest Green, like these.

  

 

To achieve this, I am starting with the original Tamiya M2 kit (35132) from 1985.

To this I will be adding interior parts from the Meng M3A3 Interior set.  The mix will be mostly Meng, with some of the Tamiya M2 interior parts to backdate it.

For tracks, I will be using the Hobby Boss M2 chevron block indi-link track set.

I also have the Aber metal main and coax barrel set, and the port gun set.  Additionally, I have the Eduard Interior, Exterior, and Turret Interior PE sets to ad some detail. I also have collected other bits and pieces over the years for it.

Here it is so far.  The tan parts and grey parts are Tamiya.  The green parts are Meng's M3A3 interior.

Lots more work to go.  I'll keep you posted.

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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