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M1088A1 5-ton Tractor Conversion

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  • Member since
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  • From: Valrico, FL
M1088A1 5-ton Tractor Conversion
Posted by HeavyArty on Monday, October 10, 2022 8:42 PM

I started the tractor to pull my recent M1062 Bulk Fuel Trailer.  I’ll finish up the trailer along with the truck, so more to come on it soon too.

It is an M1088A1 5Ton Tractor from the FMTV family of vehicles.

 

I am using the Trumpeter M1083 5 Ton Cargo Truck as a base.

I am also using the Legend M1078 Update set to make it a more modern A1  vehicle.

 

Lastly, I will be using the old Pro Art M1078 Interior Set, which has separate doors and and pieces to update and add details on the cab interior.
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So far, I have started the frame by cutting the upper frame rail off that is used as a spacer to attach the bed to.  I left the sections above the rear wheels as this is where the 5th wheel plate will attach.  Luckily, the tractor is the same wheelbase and basically the same overall length as the cargo truck, so no shortening of the frame is needed.  I have also started building up the drive train.

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Here is the rear with a Legend part that is better detailed than the kit part at the end of the frame.
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Lastly, I cut the plastic doors off the cab and sanded the openings to fit the Pro Art doors.
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  • From: Fort Knox
Posted by Rob Gronovius on Monday, October 10, 2022 9:09 PM

Great subject, hope to see it soon.

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Posted by Pawel on Tuesday, October 11, 2022 2:24 AM

Yeah, that's the kind of a project that I like!

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

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  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Tuesday, October 11, 2022 8:08 AM

Thanks gents.  I do like to make them a little different.  

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Posted by BrandonK on Tuesday, October 11, 2022 9:21 AM

It is so cool to do conversions like this. I love watching the change in the look of the rig to something different that you just can't grab a kit for and build. Looking forward to watching this.

BK

On the bench:

Tamiya 1/35 M4A3E8 "Fury" with crew,

1/32 Kittyhawk Kingfisher,

1/35 Meng Panther Ausf A Early,

1/48 Pro Modeller P-51C "Boise Bee"

2022 Completed:

1/12 Bandai Mandolorian

1/25 Revell 29 Highboy

1/48 Tamiya Sea Harrier

1/25 Revell 70 Boss 429 Mustang

1/48 Hasegawa D3A1 Type 99 Val

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  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Tuesday, October 11, 2022 4:01 PM

Thanks Brandon.  I like to make subjects that are not readily available in kit form.  

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  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Wednesday, October 12, 2022 2:45 PM

Been a while (a long great while, really) since I spent any time around the Trains. 

Would they sent three or just two E4 with a road trailer of fuel?  Or,  perhaps two E4 and an E3:
Driver attached to Truck
Hose puller assigned to Fuel
And SGT to supervise the mafia?

Looks a great start on the 5 ton.

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    December 2002
  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Wednesday, October 12, 2022 4:10 PM

I have never been in a transpo unit, but based on other units I have been in, I would guess two guys.  A SGT or SPC as TC and a PFC as driver.

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, October 12, 2022 7:38 PM

Whoa, very cool! Looking forward to seeing how you modify the kit. 

 

I'm curious about the difference between the 1/35th of this kit and the 1/32nd trailer. Are you going to hitch them up? Looking forward also to seeing how you match them up. 

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

 

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  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Wednesday, October 12, 2022 9:35 PM

The slight difference in size is not an issue.  I have combined a 1/35 tractor with a 1/32 trailer before without issue.

 

A couple examples.

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Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, October 12, 2022 10:00 PM

That looks fine! Thanks for answering my question Gino.  

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  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Sunday, October 16, 2022 7:57 PM

Work continues on the M1088A1.

I have pretty much completed the basic frame. The front wheels are steerable. I will add the steering gear box and linkages and be gluing them in a turned position. I added the lift rings in the middle part of the rear frame from sheet styrene and some sliced hex rod for the bolts.  I still need to add air brake cylinders front and rear as well.
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This is the Legend update set front bumper, with the kit lights and turn signals added.
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Here is the front of the cab with the Legend grill piece added. It has a really nice Stewart & Stevenson logo in PE.
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On the cab interior, I added the support across the rear of the cab roof from a piece of PE from the Legend set.
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I also added the support structure for the gun ring on the inner roof from styrene sheet and strips. The PE sun visors are from the kit.
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I built up the cab interior using the Pro Art dash and detail pieces. They look pretty nice. The dash is much better than the kit part. The storage boxes and gunner’s floor plate, along with the padding on the sides of the engine tunnel are nice too. There are very nice seats in this set that will be added later as well.
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These are the Pro Art doors with handle details added inside (left) and outside (right). The new outside door pull is from the Legend update set.
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Lastly is the air cleaner with a couple added pieces from Legend.
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Next up is to get started on the 5th wheel, work platform and other tractor-specific parts.

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  • From: back country of SO-CAL, at the birth place of Naval Aviation
Posted by DUSTER on Monday, October 17, 2022 12:52 AM
This is so cool my ice maker is jealous. 

Steve

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  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Monday, October 17, 2022 9:07 AM

Thanks Duster.  It has been fun so far.

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Posted by lurch on Monday, October 17, 2022 9:16 AM

Thats looking great. I like the details you have added. 

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  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Monday, October 17, 2022 10:42 AM

Thanks lurch.

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Posted by stikpusher on Monday, October 17, 2022 11:56 AM

This will be a good one to follow, watching your usual detailing improvements. Everything is looking great so far. 

 

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  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Monday, October 17, 2022 1:01 PM

Thanks Stik. You know I like to add a bunch of detail, most of which will be unseen when done, but I know it is all there.

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Posted by GlennH on Monday, October 17, 2022 5:05 PM

Always fun to watch your nagic shows.

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: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Monday, October 17, 2022 6:12 PM

I do have to say!

        This job is exciting. What you are doing is great!

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Monday, October 17, 2022 6:42 PM

I don't know about the details but what you've got looks great! Looking forward to more. Yes

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  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Monday, October 17, 2022 7:48 PM

Thanks gents.  It has been fun so far.

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Posted by M. Brindos on Tuesday, October 18, 2022 1:06 AM

It definitely looks fun!

- Mike Brindos

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  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Tuesday, October 18, 2022 9:16 AM

Thanks.  I hope to have another update soon.

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  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Thursday, October 27, 2022 8:37 PM

I pretty much have completed initial construction and the conversion.

Here is the overall frame with scratched work platform made out of 45 degree angle and sheet styrene for the frame and PE from the M983 HEMTT tractor kit. I also used some of the fittings and lights from that kit as well.
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I made the step ladder and hand holds from styrene rod.
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I repurposed a truck transmission from something as an engine blank since you can see the emptiness from the rear. I also added the air intake tube from the air cleaner into the engine compartment. I will add some more hoses and wires later to fill it up more as well.
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I added the steering gearbox and linkages on the driver’s side, along with air brakes front and rear. The front were on a sprue ordered from Trumpeter out of the M983 kit. The rear are ones that were 3D printed from Shapeways.
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The 5th wheel is from the M915 kit, with a scratch base. It was left over from my M920 build where I used the larger M983 5th wheel. The ramps are from the M983 kit.
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I found a better picture showing the rear lights and mud flap setup. I modified them using lights from an Italeri M923 load bed and the boxes from the kit lights. The mud flaps are from a Trumpeter M1120 sprue that will be used in a future M987 HEMTT Fueler build.
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On the cab I added the grab handles inside and out from copper wire supplied in the Legend update set.
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I hope to get some paint on it and the M1062 trailer this weekend. More then.

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

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Posted by lurch on Thursday, October 27, 2022 8:52 PM

Thats looking very impressive HeavyArty.

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Posted by Gamera on Thursday, October 27, 2022 9:51 PM

Oh wow Gino, she looks fantastic!!! Heart

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  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Friday, October 28, 2022 10:22 AM

Thanks gents.  Still plodding along.  I have already made a couple changes/corrections since the last set of pics.  I hope to get some paint on it this weekend and have another update.

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: Tumwater, WA.
Posted by M. Brindos on Friday, October 28, 2022 8:53 PM

Love. Every. Detail.

Next level stuff, Gino. Absolutely wonderful to watch.

- Mike Brindos

Figure Painting Moderator -- Genessis-Models

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  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Saturday, October 29, 2022 6:51 AM

Thanks Mike.  Work continues.

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