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AAVP7A1 Baghdad River Crossing
Nahuel1943
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Chubut, Argentina
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Posted: Thursday, July 06, 2017 - 06:39 AM UTC
Very good job Robert, excellent additions in the interior. It's going to look great once it's finished.
Congratulations, Omar
Burik
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Posted: Friday, February 16, 2018 - 07:55 PM UTC
Update on the AAVP7-A1.

I added the side armor plates just in case some of it will be visible after the trac is in the water. I think it will all be covered between having the water up to about that level, and all the packs too.

I started gluing on the rope - that too will mostly be covered by stowage. But probably not all of it.

The main body of the vehicle has a pin wash and overall wash, along with a bit of dark pigment around certain details. Next I will do a dust wash, like in the turret photos here. GPS is missing in the kit so two were added - one on the turret and one in front of the driver. USMC commonly placed dog tags on barrels to keep track of them, so I added one to the .50 cal barrel per photos. Retaining pins/cables added to the Mk 19 too.

The kit is well detailed with the exception of the hatches. Nothing on the outside or inside. Eduard came to the rescue there. On the large roof hatches I added non slip texture. And the missing hardware.

















Pardon the cell phone pics.

Bob
AmTrac1833
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Oklahoma, United States
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Posted: Friday, February 16, 2018 - 09:24 PM UTC
Very nicely done!!!
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France
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Posted: Friday, February 16, 2018 - 09:42 PM UTC
Very nice ! A lot of work. I like the crew standing inside the vehicle. Great attention to details as marks due to handles movment on roof hatches.
Burik
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Posted: Friday, February 16, 2018 - 10:03 PM UTC
Thanks. There will be 8-10 more figures, standing in the back. Lots of stowage too.
HeavyArty
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Florida, United States
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Posted: Friday, February 16, 2018 - 10:07 PM UTC
It is looking awesome Bob. Great job on it so far. Can't wait to see the rest of the scene.
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Posted: Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 12:03 AM UTC
very nice job !
knewton
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New Zealand
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Posted: Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 01:11 AM UTC
Very nicely done. A small point, the camelback on the commander’s hatch, it’s upside down... the drinking tube comes out the bottom, the screw top lid is at the top.

Kylie
Burik
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Posted: Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 03:02 AM UTC

Quoted Text

Very nicely done. A small point, the camelback on the commander’s hatch, it’s upside down... the drinking tube comes out the bottom, the screw top lid is at the top.

Kylie



Thanks Kylie. I fixed that.
retiredyank
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Posted: Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 06:20 PM UTC
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Posted: Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 07:43 PM UTC
Looking great, Rob. I see you finally found the waving flag decal you were looking for, how hard was that to come by?
Burik
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Posted: Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 08:22 PM UTC
John, a friend told me how easy it was. I already saved the appropriate images from a google search. The trick is how to reduce it to the size you need. Just copy and paste the image to Word. Once in Word you can click the corner of the image and drag it in to reduce it. Voila. Of course it takes some trial and error to get it to the size you want.

Here is the real turret. Note the dog tag on the .50 cal barrel. The retaining pins and wires. I tried to replicate those too. At the top of the sight housing is a toy alligator. I have to try to sculpt that. I am saving that for last. I'm not looking forward to it.

Burik
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Posted: Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 03:25 AM UTC
A bit more update. Subtle stuff today with streaking and graphite rubbed all around metal surfaces, and scratches too. One detail I wanted to be sure to add was the scratches that result from spent rounds hitting below the turret, especially on the right side upper hull.

I dry fitted the squad leader and the large cargo hatches. Dusting and some other pigments are next and then the stowage.


















bat-213
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Posted: Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 06:20 AM UTC
your build is very cool ,and the paint is great .
bison126
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Aube, France
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Posted: Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 01:54 PM UTC
Stunning job and sense of detail

Olivier
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England - North West, United Kingdom
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Posted: Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 03:10 PM UTC
Great job
retiredyank
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Posted: Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 04:11 PM UTC
WOW! Simply, "wow".
leopard122
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Berlin, Germany
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Posted: Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 04:27 PM UTC
Looking great, what figures have you use for the crew?
Burik
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Posted: Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 10:20 PM UTC

Quoted Text

Looking great, what figures have you use for the crew?



These are cobbled together from a variety of figures. For the driver and the crew chief it was important to have an IBA vest for them, since that is what the crew had that day. I think I used an old Warriors torso for both. The driver had a Tamiya sitting jeep figure for the bottom half just in case the viewer could see down into the hatch. The rest of the crew chief figure (legs and arms) are from the recent USMC Mini Art set since they represent the Nomex suits very nicely. The heads are from the Warriors USMC set.

For the squad leader I used a Nemrod figure from their Humvee crew set. At least I think it was Nemrod. It could have been a Warriors set. I think I changed out the arms to get the pose I needed. He is wearing a handset strapped to his helmet chinstrap as described by the crew chief.















Burik
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Posted: Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 07:22 AM UTC
I thought I would repost these interior photos since they were lost in the Photobucket thing. I guess I lost some of my photos that showed the trash lying around like bottles and snacks.





Burik
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Posted: Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 07:36 AM UTC
It turns out that this trac had a couple of 40mm cans strapped to the side of the turret and the tops were left off - for maps and other stuff. I used the Tamiya ones and thinned the inside walls for scale thickness. I also noticed a fair amount of snacks in the photos so I made a Dorito bag, an Oreo bag, and the contents of an MRE too. Guys put items in the inside of the hatches too so I put an MRE bag and a couple of other things. My main photo shows a guy smoking so I made a couple of discarded cigarette packs near where he will be standing next to the camo bag at the rear.

I started with the stowage that will be under the cargo hatches. Later I will dust them and then finally glue the cargo hatches on.

Then onto the water!










leopard122
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Berlin, Germany
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Posted: Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 08:40 PM UTC
Looking really nice, looking forward to your next update
Thanks also for the info about the figures..
ryally
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New South Wales, Australia
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Posted: Friday, February 23, 2018 - 08:01 AM UTC
This is looking very nice, keep it up
panamadan
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Minnesota, United States
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Posted: Friday, February 23, 2018 - 08:53 AM UTC
nice, Bob, nice
Dan
Burik
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Posted: Friday, March 02, 2018 - 06:53 AM UTC
Some planning involved here as the river is the next big thing. I had to get the stowage under the opened cargo hatches, so I got that out of the way. It took some carving to get the sea bags to fit under the hatches. I was told there were crew sea bags and then I filled in with what I saw in other campaign photos of the time.

Now I have to do the water and while the last layer or two is poured I then have to place the vast array of packs - and they will be sort of floating too.

Anyway, as can be seen here, I have used some Styrofoam to create a level surface for the water to come. An important aspect is to figure at what level to place the Styrofoam. Too low and too much resin will be needed. Too high, and that problem is obvious as well. The plan is to now put something down over the Styrofoam in order to pour the resin over that. Then probably two layers of resin. That will of course self level and will not look like a river - it will look like a lake.

So, Vallejo water effects will be used to create ripples and bow wakes/waves. These tracs were not moving too fast so there is no intent to create a wave or lots of water movement. So ripples and the small wakes.

The color of the water is important too. I think I have settled on a dark umber with some blue mixed in. The wakes will not be white, they will have some light brown mixed in.

At least I won't have to do all of this at once. There will be steps and they will be slow so I have time to consider things.

I also plan on having a pack floating past the trac.