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M978A4 HEMTT Fueler (Former M983A4 build)

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  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Monday, August 21, 2023 9:28 PM

Thanks Pawel.

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  • Member since
    May 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Monday, August 21, 2023 9:04 PM

Hello Gino! Congratulations on completing your next cool truck!

Have a nice day!

PaweĊ‚

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

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  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Monday, August 21, 2023 7:15 PM

Thanks Gary.  I really like how it turned out.

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

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GAF
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    June 2012
  • From: Anniston, AL
Posted by GAF on Monday, August 21, 2023 2:55 PM

Looks great!  I can almost smell the fumes... Big Smile

Gary

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  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Friday, August 18, 2023 9:21 PM

Thanks Gamera.  I am happy with how it turned out as well.

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  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Friday, August 18, 2023 7:24 PM

Fantastic job Gino! Love how she turned out! Heart

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

 

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Thursday, August 17, 2023 8:26 PM

The M978A4 is done.

I weathered it with a couple earthy-brown colored washes and a sandy wash. I then dry-brushed selectively with a different sandy color. Lastly, I used Tamiya smoke for the spilled fuel and hydraulic fluid stains.

Here it is.
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Some close ups.
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I also added the cable for the self-recovery winch, along with a clevis at the end.
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It was a fun and rewarding build. I really enjoyed it. Again, this build shows how you can combine parts from the excellent Trumpeter HEMMT kits with parts from the mediocre Italeri HEMMTs to get a really nice end product of just about any HEMTT version. I might just have another HEMTT idea waiting in the wings…we shall see.

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  • Member since
    November 2005
  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Thursday, August 17, 2023 5:04 PM

HeavyArty
vehicle in the field are great, esp. those of the crew.

Was reminded of that last Tuesday on a job site down in Houston with a number of excavators & bulldozers running--diesel, diesel exhaust, hydraulic oil, grease, cut soil and hot dust, crews working in 106°F heat--there's a "vibe" that resonates upon a peron's nose, if they have experience with it.

Olfactory nerves from nose have the shortest distance to the brain of any of the gross sensory nerves, which is why smells can be so distinctly evocative.

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, August 16, 2023 7:41 PM

Whoops, almost missed this update! Great job! Yeah, a little dirt and she's done! 

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

 

  • Member since
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  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Tuesday, August 15, 2023 6:57 AM

Thanks Capn.  Yup, all the smells of a vehicle in the field are great, esp. those of the crew.  Ick!

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

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  • Member since
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  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Monday, August 14, 2023 10:55 AM

Loos good, I can almost smell the diesel, the old lube, and the hot metal.

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Monday, August 14, 2023 8:56 AM

Thanks Rob.  It is almost there.

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

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    December 2002
  • From: Fort Knox
Posted by Rob Gronovius on Sunday, August 13, 2023 9:43 PM

Looks good, coming along nicely.

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  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Sunday, August 13, 2023 7:58 PM

I have just about completed the M978A4. I painted it with Krylon Ivory spray paint. I also used decals from the Italeri M978A2 kit, plus a lot of common stencils I made myself using computer decal paper.  All 8 wheels sit on the ground too!

Here it is so far.

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Some detail shots.
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I added a strap and Djiti Prod. ratchet strap mechanism to the spare tire mount.
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In the back, I opened up the pump area and added a hose to the Pro Art dispensing handle and placed it in a drip pan.
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You can also see the A4 suspension parts from the rear here.
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Ew, may have to redo the rear light blackout lines here. Amazing what you see under a macro lens.

Next up is weathering.

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

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Saturday, August 12, 2023 5:27 AM

Thanks Gamera.  Its coming along.

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

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Friday, August 11, 2023 6:16 PM

She's coming along well Gino! Nice work. 

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

 

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Thursday, August 10, 2023 7:43 AM

Thanks CapnMac and GAF.  It has been a rewarding 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

GAF
  • Member since
    June 2012
  • From: Anniston, AL
Posted by GAF on Wednesday, August 9, 2023 9:45 PM

Amazing detail work!  I don't know a HEMTT from an APC, but I know quality workmanship.

Gary

  • Member since
    November 2005
  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Wednesday, August 9, 2023 4:40 PM

keavdog
I wonder how the crew feels driving around all that fuel. Hopefully they operate far behind the lines.

Not that different from hauling 8000 gallons of 87 octane from the tank farm to the local gas station around once a week.  And those drivers are surrounded by the idiots on our city streets and not some place safe like a battlefield.

"Behind the lines" is a bit relative, too.  The Trains are expected to keep up with the combat units on the advance.  ^You can't pull the armored units too far back from Forward Edge [of] Battle Area.  Or you use up tehir fuel getting back to Contact.

This is a complicated facet of Trains, since they also have to remain in contact with the main Supply/Logistics elements.

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Tuesday, August 8, 2023 3:29 PM

Had the grandkids and kids here the last couple weeks, so not much modeling time. It was lots of fun though. They left last weekend and I got back to the M978A4.

I have completed the cab detail painting. I used kit and leftover decals for most of the details. The gauges are from a 1/32 aircraft instruments set.

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I modified the Italeri seat base by adding a large spring under it to raise it a bit and made the two straps that allow it to move out of left over PE frets.

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I also finished the pump compartment that goes on the rear. I painted it w/NATO Green overall, then picked out details with red, white, black, and aluminum. I added the gauges from another aircraft set and some date plates from leftover sheets.

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Next up is to close it all up and paint it overall. I haven’t decided if it will be sand or NATO Camo. I am leaning toward sand as lining up the multi-colored stencils on the camo is a PITA. We shall see.

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

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Monday, July 24, 2023 9:48 AM

Thanks Tom.  Glad you like it.

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

  • Member since
    July 2015
Posted by MR TOM SCHRY on Monday, July 24, 2023 8:09 AM

HeavyArty, your scratchbuilding work is amazing!  I live in Oshkosh,WI where these trucks are built and serviced so I see quite a few of them being test driven around town and I can say that your work is spot on.  Can't wait to see your next posting.

TJS

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Monday, July 24, 2023 7:04 AM

Thanks gents.  Yes, the lifespan of the HEMTT is getting extended out pretty far with the A4 version.  It is a great vehicle.

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

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Fort Knox
Posted by Rob Gronovius on Sunday, July 23, 2023 11:04 PM

It looks good. The Army is really getting some life out of the HEMTT family.

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Sunday, July 23, 2023 7:53 PM

Looks great Gino! Looking forward to seeing where the change of direction take you! 

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

 

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Sunday, July 23, 2023 7:37 PM

Construction is just about done on the fueler. I built the Pro Art pump compartment this weekend. It is very detailed and goes together well. I really like how it looks. It also includes pump handles and doors, not pictured.

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You can see above as well as below, I switched out the marker lights molded on the kit parts, which were pretty weak on details, with 3D printed more modern ones from Michael @MikeyBugs Goldberg. They really add some details and are pretty much required for a modern A4 HEMTT, 18 lights in all added.

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I also built the front steps out of the cut down kit step, some PE runners, chain, and left over PE treadplate. The actual ones are hinged and fold up if they hit an obstacle.

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Here is the tank, along with the truck fuel tank and BII box on the left side. On the right side I added a winch and storage box, along with the battery box.

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All mocked up to see how it will look overall. I really like it.
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Up next is painting and detailing the pump compartment and then painting the whole truck.

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

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Thursday, July 20, 2023 7:18 PM

Thanks Capn.  Yup, cleared it through the 1SG first.

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

  • Member since
    November 2005
  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Thursday, July 20, 2023 12:37 PM

HeavyArty
So, I have changed direction on this one again. It will now be an M978A4 Fueler, like this:

As long as you cleared it with the NCOIC of the Trains first Smile

Looks spectacular right now.

Logisitics gets short shrift in both the real and the modeling world (I have suspicions the Spec4 Mafia is behind this, lest they have to do more work Smile )

Without "beans. bullets, & band-aids" none of the pointy bits are very effective.

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Thursday, July 20, 2023 7:01 AM

Thanks gents. 

As to why - my daughter wasn't set on having an M983, not her thing.  Also, I already did the M983A2 a few years ago and still have it, I really like the A4, and was planning on an M978 in the future and was thinking about making it an A4 anyways.  So, after all that, I went ahead and changed 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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