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  • Member since
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  • From: Dripping Springs, TX, USA
Slammer II
Posted by RBaer on Thursday, July 2, 2020 7:07 PM

What's a Slammer, you may ask?  It was the Soltam, Ltd company's proposal to compete with the M109 in IDF service, a 155mm gun in a fully enclosed rotating turret on a Merkava chassis. It was kind of pricey, so the IDF stayed with the M109, but what if Soltam stayed after it and married the French AUF 1 turret to a Merkava hull? I had to do it when the Meng AUF 1 TA 155 kits got down to $35 on Sprue Bros, so I snagged two (accidentaly, I only wanted one, but hey, what the heck). I've had a Meng Merk3 kit around for a while that's missing some turret parts, so while I was waiting for clear to dry today, I started.

Pictured below is the Merk turret ring grafted onto the AUF 1 turretbase, which by the way has ejector pin marks from HELL.

 IMG_1358 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

And the hull top with the turret base on, looks like it was made for it.

 IMG_1357 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

The original Slammer (apparently two were made) looks like it was based on a Merkava 1 hull, and I thouoght about using one of the several Tamiya hulls I have, but skirts are not fitted, and I didn't want to deal with the sketchy Tamiya suspension, so I gave myself the okay to use a Merk 3 hull. I'm okay now.

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    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, July 2, 2020 9:10 PM

And here I thought the Slammer was the AIM-120 AMRAAM or AGM-84H/K SLAM-ER...

 

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

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

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    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Friday, July 3, 2020 9:00 AM

Lol, I've been hanging out with the auto modelers in our club too much- a slammer is their term for a curbside kit with no engine. 

Very cool, I've never even heard of this SPG. The pictures of the Sholef is a pretty cool looking AFV. Looking forward to seeing how you progress here. 

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

 

  • Member since
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  • From: Dripping Springs, TX, USA
Posted by RBaer on Friday, July 3, 2020 4:33 PM

Slammer has a lot of uses....

But, here's a pic of the mag I'm pulling this from:

 IMG_1359 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

And proof there were two:

 IMG_1360 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

The turret on my model will be smaller, but the overall vehicle will still be BIG.

And then there's the left-over AMX-30 hull I'll have. Hmmm.....

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  • From: Dripping Springs, TX, USA
Posted by RBaer on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 6:52 PM

Weird, I can't log in on my laptop, had to go to my phone. I can see others are having similar issues. Anyway, progress is made, I just can't load pics here, dang it. Briefly, I decided to show the rear hull doors open, which meant I had to show something that looks like an interior. As soon as I can get on using my laptop, I'll post pics. Let me just say it's kind of neat looking, and I wonder why Meng didn't go ahead and do a turret interior, as half of it is there........

 

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  • From: Dripping Springs, TX, USA
Posted by RBaer on Thursday, July 16, 2020 8:54 AM

Okay, maybe I can get a pic or two up now.....

This should be a pic of the turret on the hull.

 IMG_1361 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

And since I'm building the rear hull entry in the open position, I'm going to try and show something other than an empty hull.

 IMG_1363 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

I'm also doing a rough turret basket, forgot to get pics of that before we hit the road, but this is all that's visible.

 IMG_1362 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 

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Posted by RBaer on Thursday, July 23, 2020 9:58 PM

Imagineering has always been fun. The interior is finished, hull is closed up now.

 IMG_1367 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 IMG_1366 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

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  • From: Dripping Springs, TX, USA
Posted by RBaer on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 7:14 PM

I started the gun travel lock today, lotso fun.

 IMG_1397 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 IMG_1398 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Thursday, July 30, 2020 11:44 AM

Ohhh, neat looking! 

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

 

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  • From: Dripping Springs, TX, USA
Posted by RBaer on Monday, August 3, 2020 5:07 PM

T'anks.

A quick update: ready for paint, turret built OOB except for anti-slip.....

 IMG_1601 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

I thought about doing a bunch of IDF style stowage all over the turret, similar to what they do with the M109, but I decided I'd ave that for a later day, another model so I shot color today, pics soon.

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  • From: AZ,USA
Posted by GreySnake on Monday, August 3, 2020 5:59 PM

Looking good! That's a really big turret. 

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  • From: Dripping Springs, TX, USA
Posted by RBaer on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 10:20 AM

Thanks. Truth: The turret should have been lengthened at the back to get more of the actual thing's proportions, but that wasn't really my goal this time. I wanted to show an expedient method of mounting the AUF 1 turret on a Merk chassis. Maybe next time.....

Anyway, in color:

 IMG_1604 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

It's actually looking like it could work.

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  • From: Dripping Springs, TX, USA
Posted by RBaer on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 3:42 PM

I'm calling this one done, moving on, or going back to the stuff I put aside while I did this anyway....

 IMG_1870 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 IMG_1871 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 IMG_1872 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 IMG_1873 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

I intentionally kept the weathering to an absolute minimum, for me anyway, and I'm glad I did. I like the "new" look. Were I to do it again, I would try and actually build the real Slammer (Sholef) and use the Trumpeter Russian Msta as a basis, along with the proper Merkava 1/2 hull, but it would mean a LOT of scratch building and I'm too lazy right now.

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 7:17 AM

Oh that's a good looking AFV, it shoulda went into production. 

Great show! Always love looking at your stuff! Yes

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

 

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  • From: Cygnus X-1
Posted by ogrejohn on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 4:12 PM

That's some dang fine work Russ! 

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  • From: Dripping Springs, TX, USA
Posted by RBaer on Thursday, August 13, 2020 10:20 AM

T'anks y'all!

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