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  • From: Dripping Springs, TX, USA
More fiction
Posted by RBaer on Wednesday, April 17, 2024 4:07 PM

I call it the FART: Fast Attack Recon Tracked. I had a Tamiya Bradley in the stash that I was going nowhere with so I decided to do something with it that didn't involve trying to correct or update it. I also scored a set of Spade Ace Leo 1 tracks for silly money that I thought might work with it. My idea was a hard-hitting recon vehicle with speed. 

Before paint: 

 IMG_4241 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

I cut the upper hull down, enlarged the turret and tried to make it functional as well. IMG_4240 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

It still has hatches in the hull rear and top rear but they're both reduced in size.

After paint, only lacking the armored doors ober the main sight. I need to finish the lense covers first.

 IMG_4264 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 IMG_4265 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 IMG_4266 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 IMG_4268 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 IMG_4270 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 IMG_4271 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

I tried to use as much of the Bradley kit as possible, but I did sub wheels from an old Tamiya M48 kit. The gun tube is Takom with a scratch built muzzle brake. Some of the additional armor on the turret is scratched, the rest from the kit. 

Next is from a pic I have of an M41 mounting a Cadillac-Gage turret with a 105mm gun, something apparently done as a feasibility study, probably aimed at selling the package to countries still operating the M41 and seeking to modernize. I'm doing a little "modernizing" on the hull while I wait for the rest of the parts to show. I'll get another thread started on it. In the meantime, model on Garth.








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Posted by S Hollowell on Wednesday, April 17, 2024 8:22 PM

Very intresting. Good work. A while ago I started work on a fictional tank that has parts from Panzer IIs, Panzer IVs, Tiger Is, and Sturmtigers. It's going slowly.



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Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, April 17, 2024 9:03 PM

Oh that looks cool! I swear if you'd told me it was a prototype I'd have believed you! 

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Posted by GAF on Wednesday, April 17, 2024 10:04 PM

That looks... French!  Surprise

Nice work!


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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Thursday, April 18, 2024 6:43 AM


 Quiet a few years back. Let's see, about thirty. I had a bunch of old Armor in a parts stash. Well, I turned them All to peace! The Armored heavies were specialized construction vehicles.The light skins were survey and support vehicles. Some were modified into modules that could be re-assembled on the Moon, or Mars. I gave them to an Autistic neighbors child. Her family was so happy that she was so happy.

 She would come out when she saw me working in the carport and never say much, A softly muttered "HI" and nuthin else. But she would watch me like a hawk! She would handle parts and look at them very seriously and handing them to me,"Try ,this,  there", so she actually helped in the design and build of these things. Then she would wander off somewhere. I wouldn't see her till the next day!

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Posted by DRUMS01 on Thursday, April 18, 2024 5:51 PM

Very nice concept. Your imagination, modeling skills, and paint work make this an excellent model. 

Great Work!

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Friday, April 19, 2024 12:44 AM

I love it, looks similar to an old M3 Brad I had and put an M41 Bulldog turret on it with a 90mm from a Tamiya M48A3.

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Posted by RBaer on Sunday, May 12, 2024 3:21 PM

Thanks all.

Rob, I'm posting another one soon, an early Stingray turret on an mM41 hull. Apparently it was really done, more than once.

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