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Dragon 1/35 M48A1 “GI Blues” Elvis Tank

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  • Member since
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  • From: Sonora Desert
Dragon 1/35 M48A1 “GI Blues” Elvis Tank
Posted by stikpusher on Monday, July 11, 2022 8:58 PM

Well it’s one for the money, two for the show, three to get ready, now go cat go!

I’m calling this beast finished. Dragon’s 1/35 M48A1, (Magach boxing) done up as Elvis’s ride in “GI Blues”. Markings are cobbled together from what I have in my decal bin. The TC figure was originally from the Academy KIFV, modified slightly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And I made up a simple base for it as well…

 

 

Thanks for looking, comments and critiques welcome…

Thank you very much… ;)

 

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Posted by Gamera on Monday, July 11, 2022 9:01 PM

Oh that's sharp SP!!! Great work! Love the figure and the base does a nice job shows off the tank too! Heart

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Posted by Tojo72 on Tuesday, July 12, 2022 5:54 AM

Looks real good,I like the way the OD came out.

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Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, July 12, 2022 8:43 AM

Gamera & Tony, thank you for looking in and your kind feedback. This kit made me a big fan of the Dragon M48 kit family. You'll see more of them from me in the future Wink But Tony, no more Dragon M48s in OD.

 

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Posted by HeavyArty on Tuesday, July 12, 2022 9:05 AM

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Posted by BrandonK on Tuesday, July 12, 2022 9:44 AM

Wow, that looks amazing. Great work, Stik. She's a beauty.

BK

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1/32 Kittyhawk Kingfisher,

1/35 Meng Panther Ausf A Early,

1/48 Pro Modeller P-51C "Boise Bee"

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Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, July 12, 2022 12:11 PM

Very nicely weathered. Some of those gas burners had a rack with 55 gallon fuel drums ala russian style hanging off of the back end.

 

Really nice figure too.

 

Bill

 

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Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, July 12, 2022 12:19 PM

HeavyArty

Thank you Gino. I still have the Dragon M48A5 & M67 in my stash, plus the M60 to all tackle one day soon. I'm leaning towards the M60 as my next one of the family tree as I've never built an original M60 before.

 

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Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, July 12, 2022 12:22 PM

GMorrison

Very nicely weathered. Some of those gas burners had a rack with 55 gallon fuel drums ala russian style hanging off of the back end.

 

Really nice figure too.

 

Bill

 

Bill

 

Thank you Bill. I would like to build one of the fuel drum racks up at a later date and add it to this build. I just did not have the time now, as it was on a deadline for our IPMS Phoenix Group Build.

 

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Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, July 12, 2022 12:24 PM

BrandonK

Wow, that looks amazing. Great work, Stik. She's a beauty.

BK

 

Thanks Brandon. It could use a little more fine tuning, but overall I'm quite happy on how it turned out.

 

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Posted by RBaer on Tuesday, July 12, 2022 4:09 PM

Beautiful finish!

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Posted by HeavyArty on Tuesday, July 12, 2022 4:37 PM

stikpusher
I'm leaning towards the M60 as my next one of the family tree as I've never built an original M60 before.

The Dragon M60 is pretty good.  I did a build review of it a few years ago over on Armorama.  Some say the hull dimension are off, I didn't think it was that bad and it looks like an M60 to me.  I recommend changing out the barrel and mantlet at a minimum.  I also swapped out the M19 cupola for one from Legend as well.

https://archive.armorama.com/review/12592/index.htm

Discussion here:

https://archive.armorama.com/forums/251828/index.htm

Finished product (before I swapped the barrel and mantlet).

 

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

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Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, July 12, 2022 5:00 PM

Thanks for that heads up Gino. I do have spare a M68 105mm barrel and an ESCI M60A1/A3 cupola in my spares bin to address those areas. But no mantlet cover to fix that issue. 

 

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Posted by HeavyArty on Tuesday, July 12, 2022 5:36 PM

The mantlet is really oversized.  You could make one that looks better out of some sheet styrene as a base and some A&B putty.  Good luck with it.

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: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, July 12, 2022 6:27 PM

RBaer

Beautiful finish!

 

Thanks RB. Coming from a modeler of your caliber, that is some high praise in my book.

Gino, thanks again for the heads up on the M60 kit's shortfalls. Hopefully I'll remember them when the time comes to build it. Wink

 

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U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

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Posted by RBaer on Wednesday, July 13, 2022 7:51 AM

I just wish my painting skills were on a par with yours.

 

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Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, July 13, 2022 11:09 AM

RBaer

I just wish my painting skills were on a par with yours.

 

 

Thanks. But I don't think my painting skills are anything fancy. Its probably the photos and editing... Whistling Wink

 

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Posted by Svt40 on Thursday, July 14, 2022 3:35 PM

I too love the paint job.  I prefer the sublte weathering over the often heavy handed stuff you see people do on armor.

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Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, July 14, 2022 10:40 PM

Svt40

I too love the paint job.  I prefer the sublte weathering over the often heavy handed stuff you see people do on armor.

 

Thanks. Although I gotta admit that this is one of my more restrained weathering  jobs on a recent build. But it all depends upon what look I'm trying to recreate. I've seen both sides of the coin in real life on vehicles in service. 

 

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N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Monday, July 18, 2022 9:26 PM

Seriously good job on this one Stik!

Chad

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Posted by stikpusher on Monday, July 18, 2022 10:59 PM

Mopar Madness

Seriously good job on this one Stik!

 

Thank you Chad. It's off to the Nationals now as part of the IPMS Phoenix GB. Hopefully the club will do well in the GB category.

 

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 Kentucky Colonel on Tuesday, September 27, 2022 1:57 PM

Good job!!! What paint did you use? My uncle was in the 3rd Armor Corps in Germany in 1960. He was not with Elvis but came in later. I have AK 3G Olive drab base and #9 olive drab. Not sure which one to use because I've seen color pictures and the tanks look much darker than yours.

 

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Posted by M. Brindos on Tuesday, September 27, 2022 6:01 PM

Kentucky Colonel

Good job!!! What paint did you use? My uncle was in the 3rd Armor Corps in Germany in 1960. He was not with Elvis but came in later. I have AK 3G Olive drab base and #9 olive drab. Not sure which one to use because I've seen color pictures and the tanks look much darker than yours.

 

 

I think I can help with that question.

Vallejo's Olive Drab is a good match for the darker OD used through the 50's-60's. But since the color faded over time you can generally use whatever shade you have available. 

The trick with OD is simply using yellow to lighten or black to darken  it because it's a simple mix of black and yellow to begin with.

I hope that's helpful.

- Mike Brindos

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Posted by Kentucky Colonel on Tuesday, September 27, 2022 7:46 PM

Got it. Thanks.

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Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 4:18 PM

I used Mission Models OD FS 33070 on the M47 that I built last year. It's a bit darker than the Gunze Olive Drab (2) that I used on my M48

side by side comparison of the colors: M48 Gunze OD 2, M47 Mission Models OD 33070, M46 Mission Models OD 319

 

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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