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Posted by Gamera on Thursday, November 25, 2021 9:26 AM

I'm loving the different colours you've worked in there. Adds a lot of punch to what would be otherwise a sorta 'plain jane' sandy tan vehicle.

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Posted by RBaer on Wednesday, November 24, 2021 7:48 AM

Agreed Gino. I've built one AFV Club kit, nearly OOB, and used a Takom hull for a Magach 7C, and I'm with you, Takom is my new go-to.

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Posted by HeavyArty on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 4:18 PM

Coming along nicely.  Great job so far.

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The Takom kits are reasonably priced and have a lot in the box, but I flinch when I see the prices on the AFV Club kits.

I prefer the Takom kits over AFV Club's.  The AFV Club ones are not worth the effort and price to have to fix the excessive casting texture.  They are broken down into too many tiny parts for me as well.  Takom's are well detailed and build up really nicely.  Unless you have to build an M60A2 or an M728 CEV, go with Takom.

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Posted by RBaer on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 12:19 PM

MR TOM SCHRY

This is turning out great!  Probably the best build of an ESCI kit ever!  Anxious to see it when its completed.

TJS

 

Well thanks!. I have a fondness for the old ESCI/Tamiya/Academy kits, can't help myself. I'm trying to wean myself off of them though, and start working with the Takom and AFV Club kits instead, but dang it, they're cheap and still fun. The Takom kits are reasonably priced and have a lot in the box, but I flinch when I see the prices on the AFV Club kits.

Anyway, here I am: more shadowing and shading done, all with the desire/intent to emphasize the layering of the ERA over the hull, and making the ERA pop (visually, ha ha). 

 IMG_2380 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 IMG_2379 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

I think a that at this point, I'm treating the model as if it were a 2D painting rather than something 3D, kind of like I did 20 or more years ago to get poor details to show up.

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Posted by MR TOM SCHRY on Saturday, November 20, 2021 12:33 PM

This is turning out great!  Probably the best build of an ESCI kit ever!  Anxious to see it when its completed.

TJS

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Posted by RBaer on Saturday, November 20, 2021 9:36 AM

Getting that well-worn look has begun:

 IMG_2378 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 IMG_2377 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

it's getting dark, but the final step will be a selective application of light earth and sand colored dry pastel powders which will lighten it all back up.

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Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 8:40 PM

Looks cool! Always great to see something ready for paint! 

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Posted by RBaer on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 4:55 PM

Painting is begun, base coat and some details, and in an attempt to duplicate the scruffy look a lot of these things have, I used very light applications of acrylics, just off the base coat, on a lot of the ERA blocks. I don't know if it's a trick of the lighting or a lot of the blocks get periodically replaced, but I've noticed that they seem to be "different" colors in a lot of in-action pics. Anyway, pics:

 IMG_2375 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 IMG_2376 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 9:54 AM

Yes, the original Esci kits are getting harder to find as is the Revell M60A3 kit that was the best of the reissued kits (Italeri M60A1 and M60 Blazer). I've still got one each of the Esci M60A3, Esci M60A1, AMT M60 Blazer, Italeri M60A1 and Revell M60A3. I even have the Gunze Sangyo USMC M60A1 RISE/Passive kit. That last one is white metal and photo etch added to the standard Esci M60A1 kit.

But I have a number of the Esci M60 Blazer kits so I use those as the ones I can tinker with without fearing that I'm using up a collectable kit. These kits were my learning experience for working with link & length tracks, and for the time, they were very well done model kits.

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Posted by RBaer on Monday, November 8, 2021 11:17 AM

I like that Rob. I mounted a Merkava 1 turret to an M60 hull a  while ago, an IDF "what-if", and have a couple more ideas still. The ESCI kits are getting to be almost collectors' items now, prices creeping up, but the old Tamiya and Academy kits are usually cheap at shows so I still pick one up now and then, for oddball projects and parts.

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Saturday, November 6, 2021 11:56 AM

RBaer

It's all modeling! Big Smile

I first discovered this kit in the late 1980s in Germany (1988-89) and still really love the base model. I've been tinkering with one to mount a MBT70 turret to it to make a whit if "MBT60".

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Posted by RBaer on Friday, November 5, 2021 4:28 PM

It's all modeling! Big Smile

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Posted by Gamera on Friday, November 5, 2021 11:29 AM

Looks good! Nice to see all the different colours of plastic and resin to tell us how many different sources you used!

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Posted by RBaer on Friday, November 5, 2021 9:32 AM

Paint soon: I'm rooting around in the stash for two 30 cals, going to leave the ERA and 50 cal off the mantlet. The extra can rack on the bustle is based on a coiuple of pics I have of '82 era pics, and I'm guessing they're a workshop/field addition, so I used extra fender braces for the sides to lend some credibility.

 IMG_2317 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 IMG_2316 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 IMG_2315 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

I'm modeling this as an "in action" tank, so the bustle rack will be nearly empty. I need to make up the stretcher and tarp/tent bag that go on the front fenders too.

 

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Posted by RBaer on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 5:12 PM

It'll be Khaki lung for me......

Turret's getting really close, ERA done and other bits going on too.

 IMG_2280 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 IMG_2279 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

So many of the small bits in both the ESCI and Academy kits are just guesswork I'm finding it easier to just scratch them up rather than try and correct them.

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Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 10:15 AM

Probably not the safest thing but I wipe the dust off on an old pair of jeans and then hose them down washing the dust down the drain or off in the yard when I'm done.

 

Yeah I'll probably die of black lung in a decade or so...

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Posted by RBaer on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 8:56 AM

Except for the massive amounts of resin dust.......

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Posted by Gamera on Monday, October 18, 2021 11:33 AM

Ah, ok! Makes sense!

Sanding is something to do while watching TV or YouTube videos...

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Posted by RBaer on Monday, October 18, 2021 11:13 AM

Thanks y'all.

G, exactly right. The backing is about 1mm thick and has to be removed by sanding, a slow and dirty process. All those Chinese covid masks my company still sends me are finally useful. Here's a pic of what it looks like, on the left a section of a larger sheet that I've taken a few pieces from, and on the right one piecem sanded down and two plastic "standoffs" cryo-glued to, to be cemented the the plastic of the turret. I do this around 40 times.

 IMG_2278 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

Mike, I wondered what happened to that build. Go for it!

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Posted by Tojo72 on Sunday, October 17, 2021 7:52 AM
Lotsa great looking details,I like it.

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Posted by M. Brindos on Saturday, October 16, 2021 10:04 PM

You got me drooling again, Russ. 

I started assembling my Panda M-1 IP last week. Finished the suspension, assembled the track runs for both sides, and put it back in the box for now. I felt the itch for some 80's armor lol.

But now I'm feeling the need to revisit my M-60 with the mine plow. I've got all of those spare IDF goodies still waiting to get stuffed on it. ;)

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Posted by Gamera on Saturday, October 16, 2021 2:11 PM

Puddle-cast means the resin parts with the kinda liquid looking backs (I don't know how to describe it)?

I like where you're going there, nice!

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Posted by RBaer on Friday, October 15, 2021 5:53 PM

Over the last few days I finished the hull ERA, going to the old Verlinden "Blazer" kit since it's actaully more accurate then either the Italeri or Academy parts, but it's puddle cast so it's very slow getting each piece ready to use. Then I started the turret, scratching the mortar mount while I was there.

 IMG_2276 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

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Posted by RBaer on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 4:52 PM

Thanks G. Just plugging along.....  and I started another hull, since I had all my spares out. Gotta use up those old parts!

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Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 9:36 AM

Cool, like what you've done with the ERA bricks and the smoke grenades.

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Posted by RBaer on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 9:24 AM

Thanks. I'll snag either the ESCI/Italeri kit or the Academy kit if the price is at or under $20, just for the parts. More than that is not worth it. And I'm surprised Takom hasn't done some IDF version yet, they're more than halfway there now. I just can't make myself pay $90 and up for the AFV Club 6B Gal kit. That takes too much fun out of it for me.

Anyhootch, I started the hull ERA, this time separating the row along the lower glacis and doing standoffs for all of it, using Academy parts here for the better detail on the bolts and tabs.

 IMG_2131 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 

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Posted by GreySnake on Monday, October 11, 2021 1:56 PM
The old Esci kit is looking very good. Almost picked up one of the Italeri boxes last weekend however the asking price was what the Takom kits cost.

 
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  • From: Dripping Springs, TX, USA
Posted by RBaer on Tuesday, October 5, 2021 10:13 PM

Thanks all. I guess I'm still building these things 'cause I bought up a few when the AFV Club kits hit and they got cheap. I'm pretty sure this is my last one....

And I do like the Takom kits, for sure. 

And re that comment I made abouit the mine roller being a later addition to the Magach 6B: wrong. I found a pic of one in Lebanon, 1982, with a roller. Hmmm.....

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Posted by Gamera on Monday, October 4, 2021 6:39 PM

Oh wow, nice work there! Love the ERA brackets and the bustle rack. 

 

I was very happy with the Takom CM-11/M48H (M60 hull) I built. 

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