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M60-ish, in between projects.
Posted by RBaer on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 5:54 PM

Can't help myself. While I realize "what-ifs" aren't particularly popular here, I'm having too much fun not to share. Starting with the Academy Magach7 I stripped for parts recently, I realized I still have a metric ton of spares, partial kits and boxes of AM stuff that unless I get started on using soon, will end up in my stash forever. With that in mind, I started adding detail lost when I stripped the hull, and detail Academy didn't try to do. I'm using the inaccurate swing arms, adding some better shocks and tensiioner linkage, and Abrams road wheels.

In other words, just having fun.

 IMG_6569 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 IMG_6568 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

I did a whif a little while ago using a Merk1 turret on an M60 hull, so I'm kind of leaning towards staying with the M60A1/3 turret this time, but for sure IDF.

Unless anyone out there has an Academy Merk3 kit they wanna get rid of.....

 

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Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 9:25 AM

Doctor Tankenstein strikes again!!! 

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Posted by RBaer on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 6:17 PM

Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk..... I did some more today, not enough to take ppics of though. And I found some air filter housings in a Dragon M60 parts kit that would have been perfect for Gimel, dang it.

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Posted by RBaer on Thursday, October 17, 2019 6:57 PM

Pic of the turret and basket, filter housings and some detail being added to the rear:

 IMG_6570 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

I've got most of a Magach6Gal Batash kit (Academy) that I might use the turret armor out of, but thinking more likely something else at this point. Turret is an ESCI part, basket from the Gal Batash. I used swimming pool skimmer mest for the floor. It's really too coarse, but it's flexible and tough, glues easy.

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Posted by Gamera on Friday, October 18, 2019 11:14 AM

Pool skimmer mesh, interesting. I'll have to remember that! 

Looks good! 

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Posted by M. Brindos on Friday, October 18, 2019 9:09 PM

You really make me want to bash some kits together.

This is only fueling the fire lol.

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Posted by RBaer on Sunday, October 20, 2019 8:22 PM

G- It's a little over-scale, but very easy to use, doesn't come apart like nylon mesh and is flexible.

Mike- It's my favorite kind of modeling, can't really say why.

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Posted by RBaer on Monday, October 21, 2019 6:48 PM

More on what I guess I'll call a Magach6D Gal. On the turret, I hogged out enough plastic to fit the Academy gunner's sight, from the batash kit, got the AFV Club mantlet on and started the IDF-specific cover. On the nose, I have the access poet for the Gal FCS started, For the hull, I've got the fender extensions and brackets on (Dragon parts, tow lugs (DEF) and cleaned up some unnecessary holes.

 IMG_6573 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

Lower hull/suspension is closer, final drives done and sprockets ready. I'm using old Tamiya T-62 sprockets and Friul Merkava4 tracks, which fit perfectly. Also on are bump stops from a Dragon M48.

 IMG_6572 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

Too much fun!

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Posted by RBaer on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 1:22 PM

Mantlet dust cover details done, now to decide which type of add'tl armor to use:

 IMG_6670 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

And while I was playing with putty, I worked on the engine cover some:

 IMG_6671 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

I'm pretty sure (random thought here) that I'm going to skip side skirts/armor, mostly because I spent as much time as I did on the suspension.

The 105mm gun tube is just to see what it looks like. I'm digging around for a 120mm gun, go big or go home.

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Posted by M. Brindos on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 2:35 PM

What about a 125mm gun tube? Eh? Nudge, nudge.

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Posted by RBaer on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 7:32 PM

M. Brindos

What about a 125mm gun tube? Eh? Nudge, nudge.

 

Well, to pick the nit, 125 is a Russian gun. I am however in the process of adapting a 120mm gun (from a Trumpeter Abrams) to this one, reason being the Merkava 3 and 4 both use it, so ammunition would be shared. I think it'll work.

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Posted by M. Brindos on Thursday, October 24, 2019 1:18 AM

I know it's Russian, but it's big and long and it's your build. I just figured, why not? Lol

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Posted by Gamera on Thursday, October 24, 2019 3:14 PM

Ohhhhhh, bustle rack and mantlet cover look good!!! Yes

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Posted by RBaer on Thursday, October 24, 2019 4:58 PM

T'anks!

So, here's a question: which of the three following gun tubes look like they belong? Each is a 120mm tube, two from an Abrams, one from a Leo2, main differences being the length and composition of the bellows/dust cover. The Leo tube has my attempt at duplication the rough finish of the fiberglass cover on the evacuator, other two are pretty much straight out of the Trump box, except for the bellows and different additional dust cover. Let 'er rip!

 IMG_6673 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 IMG_6674 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 IMG_6675 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

Remember, I'm asking for opinions, no logic or reason needed. Of course, I'd like to know any reasons for a particular opinion, but it's not required. So cast your chicken bones and post up.

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Posted by M. Brindos on Thursday, October 24, 2019 6:11 PM

I like the Leopard tube. It just looks like it belongs more than the Abrams gun tubes. It looks a bit more rough and I think that lends itself to the build.

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Posted by Gamera on Thursday, October 24, 2019 9:20 PM

I dunno! I like 'em all!!! Sad

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Posted by RBaer on Friday, October 25, 2019 2:14 PM

Okay. I'm off to glamp for a few days, got time to ponder. I my self kind of like the shorter of the two Abrams tubes, only because I did a nice job (I think) on the bellows extension, but the Leo tube is a strong second, with its irregular bellows. I chucked the tube up in my cordless drill and used a #11 blade as a bit, and it worked, looking more realistic then the others. Okay, off to the RV park for me!

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Posted by RBaer on Monday, October 28, 2019 5:06 PM

I went with the Leo tube, after adding a collar on the mantlet, partly for visual interest and partly because I thought something would have to be done to adapt the 120mm tube. Mounted:

 IMG_6677 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

And while I'm still diddling around on what commancer's cupola to use, I did add a skate ring for the loader's MG, out of the Takom Brave Tiger kit:

 IMG_6678 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

I was looking through the stash, thinking about supplemental armor, and I realized I have a considerable amount of the ERA tiles from the Academy and Tamiya M60A1 Rise/Passive kits, got me to thinkin'......

 

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Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 11:43 AM

Looks good to me. Yes

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Posted by M. Brindos on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 1:06 PM

Hey, Russ. I've gathered a few bits and pieces together. Looks like this lot will get me a good start for my frankentank.

Look what you've inspired lol.

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Posted by RBaer on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 6:27 PM

Good stuff! Gonna do a "what-if" or a gen-you-wine Magach? The Goffey kit is mis-labeled, but from what I've heard, a good casting. The ESCI kit is the same mix of parts as the Academy kit, but basically good stuff too, if rather simplified. I'm anxious to see what you do with it all.

 

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Posted by M. Brindos on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 12:35 AM

RBaer

Good stuff! Gonna do a "what-if" or a gen-you-wine Magach? The Goffey kit is mis-labeled, but from what I've heard, a good casting. The ESCI kit is the same mix of parts as the Academy kit, but basically good stuff too, if rather simplified. I'm anxious to see what you do with it all.

 

 

Oh, totally a what-if. Some oddball surplus junkers cobbled together for some backwater. I have no idea what it will end up as lol. But I'm going to enjoy the everlovin' smack out of it!

I may even have a spare 120mm in the spares somewhere.

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Posted by RBaer on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 5:01 PM

And there ya go!

And here's some cupola action:

 IMG_6740 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

Hatch, with vision device, will come from the Merkava3.

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Posted by M. Brindos on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 6:10 PM

Piece by piece this is getting more interesting.

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Posted by RBaer on Thursday, October 31, 2019 6:17 PM

Keeps me goin'.....

And the two crew hatches:

 IMG_6744 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 

 

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Posted by RBaer on Thursday, October 31, 2019 6:32 PM

Oops, forgot something:

 IMG_6745 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

This is my last ESCI hull, converting it to a "slick" M60, YKW period. What better way to use the Academy Magach7 turret? I will surely start a separate thread on this one, once I get the other two further along.

Sure I will. And then there's the two Takom Brave Tigers in the stash (somebody had a sale) and the M60A1 Rise/Passive w/ERA, also Takom, also "on sale", that are all waiting patiently.

I should live so long.

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Posted by M. Brindos on Friday, November 1, 2019 12:27 AM

Russ, if you don't make it, remember I take donations lol!

This weird tank is making me drool with anticipation. I need to get my A-24 going again. Then I can play around with more armour. Decisions....

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Posted by RBaer on Friday, November 1, 2019 4:58 PM

I'll put you in my will....  lol.

So speaking of playing around, some more details on the turret, like the internal mortar (cage to come), range finders on extensions to clear the soon to come turret armor, and relocated radio antenna pots. And imagine my surprise when I turned the turret over and the loader's hatch fell open. Pic is with both hatches open...

 IMG_6746 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

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Posted by M. Brindos on Friday, November 1, 2019 8:14 PM

That looks sweet, even without the added armor.

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Posted by Gamera on Sunday, November 3, 2019 10:00 PM

Looks good! Again, the additions are sharp!

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