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Magach 6M w/ IDF M9 dozer kit, or: Waddya say, Slick?

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Magach 6M w/ IDF M9 dozer kit, or: Waddya say, Slick?
Posted by RBaer on Saturday, April 18, 2020 4:51 PM

Well, I had all the parts handy, yeah, that's right, sure......

Italeri hull, Academy turret (from the scrapped Magach 7 that ended up as the Magach 6D), Dragon fenders and some running gear, Tamiya swing arms, Legends 'dozer kit, some DEF detail parts and other misc. PE and such to come.

 IMG_1291 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 IMG_1290 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

Not quite the same parts "interchangeability" as the 7C project, but not too bad either. The most onerous part so far has been the resin 'dozer: lots of warpage, broken bits (not Legends' fault) and minimal instructions (Legends' fault).

I even got goofy and tried to make the Academy (?) swing arms look more like the actual thing:

 IMG_0974 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

Yes, it would have been so much easier to have used a Takom or AFV Club kit, but I just have all this stuff laying around, seems horribly wasteful to leave it in the boxes.

Yeah, sure. I admit, I like this kind of kit bashing, a lot.

My next thread will probably have to start something like: "Hi, I'm Russ and I'm a bash-a-holic".

Everybody say Hi Russ.

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Posted by Est.1961 on Saturday, April 18, 2020 5:52 PM

Hi Russ, I'm intrigued Yes

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Posted by Pawel on Saturday, April 18, 2020 5:54 PM

Hi Russ!

I like your environmental approach here - why let all the plastic go to the ocean and kill some marine life, when it can reside in some display box harming nobody?

Joking aside - my parachute instructor used to say: "After 10000 times, it's easy" - and you make cranking out a Magach really easy. It's a bit like with the ballet dancers - they have to go through all those moves looking like it's easy to do.

Good luck with your build and have a nice day

PaweĊ‚

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

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Posted by RBaer on Sunday, April 19, 2020 10:43 AM

Thanks guys.

Pawel, you've got it, with practice comes proficiency, helped along by a large stash in my case.

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Posted by Gamera on Sunday, April 19, 2020 12:37 PM

Cool, for some reason I always like tanks with bulldozer blades.

Funny, I haven't built anything like that yet even though I do have a M60 with a blade.

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Posted by M. Brindos on Monday, April 20, 2020 5:27 PM

I love it when you have time on your hands, Russ.

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Posted by RBaer on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 5:33 PM

"Too much time on my hands".......

I held off on the slick today, did some work on the 7C, trying to make the turret add-on armor looks less "perfect" and it was a beating. I now have more info on the blade plumbing, apparently all internal on the IDF blade tanks, so I can move along here now.

Hull ERA is on and done, just need to mount the hydraulic reservoir uniit for the 'dozer and the hull will be nearly finished. The turret will be difficult, as the basket will have to be scratched.

Hmmm....  okey dokey, where I am now, basket about 2/3 finished, mantlet cover done:

 IMG_1300 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 IMG_1297 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

I had a hunk of fender left from a Dragon M60 (don't know why) so I was able to fill in under the hydraulic reservoir nicely, so I guess it's time to get the correct main gunner's sight on and start the turret ERA.

 

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Posted by RBaer on Saturday, April 25, 2020 12:22 PM

Underwater basket weaving 401:

 IMG_1301 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 IMG_1302 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

The red and black on some of the styrene brackets is ink- I used an old "For Sale" sign......

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Posted by Gamera on Monday, April 27, 2020 5:40 PM

Looks good!!!

And I love that sale sign plastic. It's way cheaper than anything you'll pick up at the hobby shop and works just as well.

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

 

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Posted by Allen109 on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 2:51 PM

Well done! I also have to thank you. Starting to get the inspiration to build a new stowage box for the DML Firefly Vc- the lid doesn't even cover the box from the sprue. Thanks to  a Aber photo-etch set, I hope it will look as good as the stuff I've seen you and Gamera, and M.Brindos do.

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Posted by RBaer on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 9:15 PM

Well t'anks all. I've got some more done, I'll try and make time to get pics up tomorrow, but it's coming along nicely.

G, I was in my supplies drawer earlier, just poking, and I have enough sheet, in the form of discarded license placards, to last several years at my current rate of usage.

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Posted by RBaer on Saturday, May 2, 2020 11:05 AM

A little progress on the turret:

 IMG_1317 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 IMG_1316 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

I'm actually getting pretty close, and with the 2C finished (!) and the 7C coming along too, I'm psyching up to attempt the mantlet armor blocks.

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Posted by RBaer on Friday, May 8, 2020 8:34 AM

Mantlet framework was tedoius, but I'm happy so far:

 IMG_1318 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

It's not entirely accurate, but the part that isn't will be covered by ERA blocks, so I'm okay.

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Posted by Gamera on Friday, May 8, 2020 9:40 AM

That looks good! No idea if it's accurate to not but that's some nice scratchbuilding work. Yes

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Posted by RBaer on Friday, May 8, 2020 6:46 PM

Thankee! It's very close to accurate on the upper half, it's the sides that I fudged on, and I may be able to correct that a bit when I add the ERA, but I just couldn't figure out how to add a couple of very small pieces to what I have so far. Once the blocks are on though, I'll have something to build off of, if that area is at all still visible. I'll find out later, we're off the the beach for a couple of weeks, taking advantage of my enforced time off and my wife's ability to work out of another office and our travel trailer.

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Posted by M. Brindos on Saturday, May 9, 2020 7:43 PM

Have yourself a wonderful vacation, Russ!

I'll just save my drooling for when you get back, buddy. Lol!

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Posted by RBaer on Sunday, May 10, 2020 9:52 AM

Thanks Mike. We have decent wifi here at  the RV park, so I'll be lurking, watching for progress on your Magach. I brought Tamiya's new Stuart and a partially built GMC 6x6 with me, along with a few modeling tools, so I may get a little modeling in, if I feel the need.....

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Posted by RBaer on Saturday, June 20, 2020 12:30 PM

Not forgotten! After doing a bunch of figures (I don't like painting figures, but I had a lot of models with open hatches) I got back on this one and the 7C, not wanting to consign either to the "long dusty shelf". It took a while to get this to where I'm happy with it, but the mantlet armor is done and painted, along with the turret which I also finished. The hull is close too, hopefully have it in paint early next week.

 IMG_1345 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 

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Posted by RBaer on Friday, June 26, 2020 2:54 PM

Everything in one color, makes me happy.....

 IMG_1346 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

I'm quite happy with the mantlet ERA, even happier when I was able to get the mantlet MG mount on......

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Posted by RBaer on Thursday, July 2, 2020 6:44 PM

Decals are on, mantlet MG on, basic weathering started:

 IMG_1356 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

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Posted by Gamera on Friday, July 3, 2020 9:03 AM

Great progress, you're what- about 75% of the way done? I really like the looks of her. 

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Posted by RBaer on Friday, July 3, 2020 4:30 PM

T'anks G. Probably 85% finished: wheels are done, tracks are painted, lower hull washed and the whole thing is clear coated now, just needs an area wash, a pin wash here and there and some dust.

I think....

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Posted by RBaer on Monday, August 24, 2020 10:40 AM

Back on the Magachs, this one first:

  IMG_2186 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

Antennae are done, 30 cals ready too. I kept it clean, but I want to show lots of wear on the blade, so I actually found some Rub'n'Buff at a Hobby Lobby, haven't used that since I was a teenager.

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Posted by M. Brindos on Monday, August 24, 2020 1:13 PM

Mmmm, dozer blade... that's hawt.

You know this does make it a bit easier for me to imagine my weird Magach variant a little better. 

Looking fantastic, Russ!

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Posted by RBaer on Monday, August 24, 2020 6:00 PM

Thanks Mike. Now I need to decide what to do with that old Dragon mine plow on the shelf.....

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Posted by Gamera on Monday, August 24, 2020 6:58 PM

Looks cool! I love the dozer blade.

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Posted by GreySnake on Friday, August 28, 2020 8:55 PM
Looking really good.   

 
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Posted by RBaer on Friday, September 11, 2020 10:53 AM

T'anks y'all! I'm about ten minutes from finishing this thing.....

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Posted by Gamera on Friday, September 11, 2020 11:41 AM

Yes

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Posted by M. Brindos on Friday, September 11, 2020 2:06 PM

I've been messing with too many winged things of late. But as always your work gets my motivations stirring.

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