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M920 MET w/M870A1 trailer WIP

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  • Member since
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  • From: Valrico, FL
M920 MET w/M870A1 trailer WIP
Posted by HeavyArty on Monday, February 17, 2020 6:53 PM

"I like big trucks...and I cannot lie!"

This is my latest build.  It is the M920 MET (Medium Equipment Transporter) used by Engineer units as a prime mover for the M870A1 lowboy trailer hauling equipment such as dozers, loaders, the M9 ACE, or other engineer equipment.  It is a 8x6 (8 wheels, 6 powered), with the center axle being a pusher axle that raises and lowers to take some of the weight of the load.  It also has a winch to help pull vehicles up onto the trailer.

Here is the actual truck.

  

With M870A1 trailer.

To make the truck, I am using the Trumpeter M915, parts from the Trumpeter M983A2 LET, the M870A1 trailer from the Trumpeter M983/M870 kit, parts from Meng's M911, and some scratch-building.

So far, I pretty much have the chassis done.

To start, I had to lengthen the frame to an overall length of 319 inches, which is 57 inches longer than the M915.  In 1/35, that equates to 42mm.  I built the extension out of sheet styrene pieces made into a C channel.  Then I added the driven front axle from the M911 kit.  Next, I added the pusher axle parts.  I found that pretty much all the drive train parts of the Meng M911 kit are on the same sprue, E sprue.  I was able to order just that sprue from Meng.  I also used the transfer case from a HEMTT, along with the drive shafts from the M911 to finish off the drive train.  All the drive train and axle parts fit really well.  I am very happy with them.

Next was onto the fifth wheel,  Here, I used the heavier fifth wheel from the M983 kit.  I scratch-built the ramps and raised platform for it from sheet and c-channel styrene.  I also added the rear roller by making its mount out of sheet styrene and the roller from a left over air tank.  I finished these assemblies by adding a bunch of bolt heads to them; about 50 all told!

Next was the winch, its hydraulic reservoir, controls, and platform.  I modified the winch from the M983 kit by boxing in one end and cutting down the upper frame around it.  I made the hydraulic reservoir, control box, and platform from sheet stryrene and c-channels.  For the control handles, I used some modified tie-downs and bird shot for the balls. The work platform was made out of c-channel and left over PE screen.

Here is how the triple rear wheels will look.  The third set of wheels comes from a 1/32 Monogram trailer kit that happen to be the exect same size as the kit wheels.

Next up is the cab, which will thankfully be a straight out-of-the-box build, with some added details of course.  

More to come soon.

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

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  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 6:50 AM

Hello Gino!

Another beauty! I just love builds like this. Good luck with it and have a nice day

Paweł

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

www.vietnam.net.pl

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  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 8:26 AM

Thanks Pawel.  More to come later today.  I realized I messed up the frame extension and have corrected it.

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  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 7:44 PM

As I said above, after looking at pics of the actual vehicle, I discovered that I had made an error when I lengthened the frame.  The full length of 319 inches includes the rear roller, however, I did not include the roller when I added the 42mm.  

You can see it below in the spacing between the pusher axle and the fuel tank in the below pics.  

Here is the actual truck.

And mine after stretching.  You can see how much wider the gap is on mine.

To fix it, I cut 8mm from the frame just behind the fuel tank.  This keeps the spacing between the pusher axle and the other rear axles correct, and keeps the locating holes for the forward mud flaps in the correct place as well.  I also had to move the transfer case froward and adjust the length of the drive shafts to make it all line up.

Here it is corrected.

Now back to the cab.

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

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"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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  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 4:11 PM

Hello!

Nice fix! Good luck with the next things. Any idea what colour it's going to be?

Paweł

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

www.vietnam.net.pl

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Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 4:20 PM

Beautiful.

You know you had to fix it. It would have bugged you forever. Pulling up a chair.

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.

 

  • Member since
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  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 4:32 PM

Thanks guys.  I did have to fix it, no question about it.

I haven't decided on the color yet.  I am thinking mid-late '80s, maybe 90s, so either NATO camo or green overall.  We shall see.

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

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"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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  • From: Dripping Springs, TX, USA
Posted by RBaer on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 6:38 PM

I like lots of plastic stock, gives me a nice rosey glow.

Apprentice rivet counter.

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  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Thursday, February 20, 2020 9:23 AM

Thanks Russ.  You know I love to do a bit of scratch work myself, now and then.

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  • From: N. Burbs of ChiKawgo
Posted by GlennH on Thursday, February 20, 2020 11:05 AM

Your work is always amazing. I'll be watching jealously.

A number Army Viet Nam scans from hundreds yet to be done:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/southwestdreams/albums/72157621855914355

Have had the great fortune to be on every side of the howitzers.

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  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Saturday, March 7, 2020 3:19 PM

I was away for a little over a week on a business trip, so not a lot  of progress, but some.  I completed the interior.  I  used the kit decal for the instrument panel.  I also used some left over decals from some other kits for the placards on the door and instrument panel.  I used the kit serial numbers on the door interiors too.

I detailed the area around the shifter with some hand-painted placards as well.

I filled the knockout holes on the ceiling of the interior and added a bit of texture to it.  I drybrushed the rear wall and roof OD Green to simulate the soundproofing there.

I have pretty much completed the build.  I added the missing support rods on the brush guard as well.  It is ready for paint...maybe...

Being a glutton for punishment, I am now contemplating adding an engine. Hhmm?? 

Opinions?

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

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"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 GMorrison on Saturday, March 7, 2020 3:49 PM

I can't see how it'll pull anything without one...

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.

 

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  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Saturday, March 7, 2020 4:13 PM

Don't do it Gino!!! Have mercy on yourself!!!

Nice work as always! Good luck and have a nice day

Paweł

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

www.vietnam.net.pl

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    January 2015
  • From: Tumwater, WA.
Posted by M. Brindos on Sunday, March 8, 2020 3:24 AM

Gorgeous scratch work, Gino. Like Russ, I really enjoy a lot of evergreen in a build lol.

I have my eyes on this one.

- Mike Brindos

Figure Painting Moderator -- Genessis-Models

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  • From: Vancouver, Washington USA
Posted by Sergeant on Sunday, March 8, 2020 11:31 AM

HeavyArty
Being a glutton for punishment, I am now contemplating adding an engine. Hhmm?? 

Opinions?

 

If you want an engine you can build one, I know you have the skill and knowledge. If I knew how to build a Cummins NTC-400 turbocharged diesel I would try.

Harold

Zero-Five-Foxtrot

 

 

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  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Sunday, March 8, 2020 9:46 PM

Thanks guys.

So I went ahead and built an engine for it.  

Here is how the engine looks on the M915-M920 series trucks.  It is an 855 cu in (14.0 L) Cummins NTC 400 in-line 6 cylinder engine developing 400 hp.

Here is my rendition of it.  I had a in-line 6 block from an old civilian truck engine (pictured sitting in the truck in my last post).  It looked very close to the Cummings 400, but needed some things deleted and some added.  I modeled the right side of the engine since it has more stuff on it (turbo, air cleaner, radiator hose, etc.). The left side is pretty bare. I scavenged the turbo, air cleaner, and fan from a HEMTT.  The other parts are scratch from styrene rod, sheet, and tubing (heated and bent to shape).   I opened the right side engine access panel as well.

Hopefully it will get into the paint shop soon.

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

Check out my Gallery: https://app.photobucket.com/u/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 GMorrison on Sunday, March 8, 2020 9:52 PM

Super!

 

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.

 

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Posted by Sergeant on Sunday, March 8, 2020 11:04 PM

I knew you could do it... Outstanding!!

Zero-Five-Foxtrot

 

 

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Monday, March 9, 2020 11:36 AM

Yeah, that's some nice work inside the cab and the engine looks fantastic! I can almost smell the oil and diesel fuel... 

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

 

  • Member since
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  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Monday, March 9, 2020 1:43 PM

Thanks guys.  It has been a fun build so far.

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

Check out my Gallery: https://app.photobucket.com/u/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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  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Thursday, March 19, 2020 8:42 PM

I am still chugging away on this.  I got a chance to take some pics of the progress.  I have completed the M870A1 trailer by Trumpeter.  It went together well, straight out of the box; no issues.  It is a really nice kit.

Here is the die-cast excavator that will go on the trailer.  It was listed as 1/40 scale, but when I measured it, it was closer to 1/36 and fits perfectly on the trailer.  

So far I have it all disassembled and have added some details and filled in some attachment screw holes.

It will be close to this when done.

 

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

Check out my Gallery: https://app.photobucket.com/u/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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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Friday, March 20, 2020 8:51 AM

The trailer looks good! 

And looking forward to seeing the excavator re-painted and assembled. 

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

 

  • Member since
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  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Friday, March 20, 2020 1:02 PM

Thanks Gamera.  I hope to get more done over the weekend.

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

Check out my Gallery: https://app.photobucket.com/u/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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  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Friday, March 20, 2020 8:02 PM

Gino - lookin' good!

I didn't expect the excavator - but I guess a tracked vehicle would be too obvious, wouldn't it? Good luck with your build and have a nice day

Paweł

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

www.vietnam.net.pl

  • Member since
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  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Friday, March 20, 2020 9:45 PM

Thanks Pawel.  It is a "tracked" excavator though. Big Smile

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

Check out my Gallery: https://app.photobucket.com/u/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 GMorrison on Friday, March 20, 2020 11:25 PM

Well there you go. I couldn't think of a better choice of load than that. In the realm of the Gods because it'll kill at shows and is so much better than something with a gun. Thats what military transport does. If I ever see another Panther G model on a truck, I'd puke.

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.

 

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  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Saturday, March 21, 2020 6:47 PM

I figured an engineer vehicle was more appropriate since the truck/trailer are used by engineer units pretty much exclusively.  I had also seen quite a few w/M9 Aces on them and wanted something more interesting.  When I saw the excavator, it looked like it would fit the bill perfectly.

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

Check out my Gallery: https://app.photobucket.com/u/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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  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Sunday, March 29, 2020 11:44 AM

The excavator is done, except for weathering.  I rerouted the hydraulic lines so they would be more accurate than they were.  I added a few pieces of tubing to complete them as well.  I made all the markings and decals for it myself by copying images off the net and printing them on computer decal paper.  I think it came out nicely.

I fully detailed the cabin as well with extra levers and a small instrument panel, placards, etc.  It is hard to see, but it is all there.

I found a CAT image on the net that replaced the "A" with a girl bending over.  Knowing soldiers, that is exactly what one would put on his vehicle.  So I added some overspray around it and tagged the excavator.

The truck and trailer also have been base coated.  I need to camo them and they will be ready for decals and weathering as well.  More to come soon since I plan on working on it a lot and finishing it up soon during the Covid-19 Apocalypse lock-down.

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

Check out my Gallery: https://app.photobucket.com/u/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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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Sunday, March 29, 2020 5:11 PM

Looks good Gino, she looks sharp in the Army colours. Like the new decals!

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

 

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Posted by HeavyArty on Sunday, March 29, 2020 7:12 PM

Thanks Gamera.  The truck is almost done.  It is amazing how much work you can get done when you are locked up at home for a few days...or so.

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

Check out my Gallery: https://app.photobucket.com/u/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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