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Abrams LP-AGS (Low Profile, Autoload Gun System)
« on: May 17, 2012, 10:30:11 AM »
here's my latest project ... and actually nearing completion.
I've based this on the old Teledyne project for the turret - a professional modeller sent me photos of the promotional models he built for Teledyne (Abrams, Leo-1 & Centurion chassis) & some of the actual vehicles (Centurion & Challenger) that Jordan completed in conjunction with Sth Africa.  The tanks had a standard British 105mm gun in a "noddy" turret and a crew of 3 - driver, commander & gunner, all housed in the hull for maximum protection.
Here's a photoshop of what I planned last year based on a pic of one of the promotional models ...


The kits used are a Shanghai-DML Abrams (terrible !! - molds all well past worn-out) + turret from the AFV Club Stryker MGS (far too many small parts for the detail level + several very-flimsy / broken parts that should have been provided in p.e. and a silly toy spring-loaded metal/plastic-combo barrel).

Mods are few, both assemblies are basically OOB ....
           Hull -- a smaller turret-ring was needed for so I cut one from plastic card & glued it inside.  I moved the BigBox to the other side for the crew's air-conditioner unit.
           Turret -- I needed a bigger barrel so used the body of a Paper :-* Mate "Kilometrico" biro (excellent tapered shape) with a return-roller for a collar, representing the new smooth-bore 130mm main gun & added a Bradley TOW launcher.



If I can get some decent paint (only Humbrol available here) the cam will be bright IDF green, RAF cockpit green & slate grey.
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Re: Abrams LP-AGS (Low Profile, Autoload Gun System)
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2012, 10:46:14 AM »
That is just too cool! I've had a Leo 1 with same turret on my to-do list for a while.

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Re: Abrams LP-AGS (Low Profile, Autoload Gun System)
« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2012, 11:57:12 AM »
That is definitely one very expensive project.  I like it!
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Re: Abrams LP-AGS (Low Profile, Autoload Gun System)
« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2012, 05:31:06 PM »
Cool - reminds me of a M1A3 proposal I saw years ago.
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Re: Abrams LP-AGS (Low Profile, Autoload Gun System)
« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2012, 06:15:33 PM »
Looks like the M1E2/M1A2 from Twilight: 2000



M1A2, 3-70 Armor, 5th Infantry Division (Mechanized); Germany, fall, 1997(?).
A remarkably high cross-country speed coupled with the bizarre appearance of its raised remote turret earned the M1A2 the nickname "Giraffe." One soldier's explanation of this nickname was that "It looks like something out of a zoo." It is difficult to place this particular example of the tank due to its lack of external markings. Fortunately, the serial number has not been painted over and this vehicle (1702601) was assigned to the 3-70 Armor, a component battalion of the 5th Division. The vehicle has been in Germany long enough to lose most of its external unit markings (for security purposes) but still retains the vehicle name ("Lisa Gaye") on the turret and the driver's name ("Steve #1") on the superstructure. The significance of "#1" is unclear.

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Re: Abrams LP-AGS (Low Profile, Autoload Gun System)
« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2012, 03:30:22 AM »
That's really interesting, raafif!

When it comes to paint, acrylic craft paints work pretty well over a decent primer. Those are usually cost-effective and readily available and come in a wide array of colors.

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Re: Abrams LP-AGS (Low Profile, Autoload Gun System)
« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2012, 05:05:40 AM »
 Second what Brian says about craft paints-the only caveat I'd add would be to strain them before
 you spray them. they tend to be a little thicker than most hobby formulations.

 Great concept, and I have no doubt the execution will be superb.

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Re: Abrams LP-AGS (Low Profile, Autoload Gun System)
« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2012, 05:32:06 AM »
Sweet!!  :-* :-*
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Re: Abrams LP-AGS (Low Profile, Autoload Gun System)
« Reply #8 on: May 18, 2012, 07:55:50 AM »
thanks guys,  I have tried acrylics like Tamiya & Gunze in the past but somehow they never work out for me so I stick to enamels.  I'll have to order some Testors & wait the 6 weeks for them to arrive as I'm fed up with Humbrol turning to gum or drying up.

Not an expensive build either - unopened 2nd-hand Abrams kit cost me $28 (& I'll use the plough, turret & interior parts on something else), the 2nd-hand Stryker MGS cost $45 - I have dark, nefarious plans for the rest of it >:D.
The barrel cost nothing & the TOW-launcher was surplus from another project.  All-up, I think this model will cost $55 including paint. It did take 7yrs between getting the idea / pics & obtaining the kits, but well worth it for the warm fuzzy feeling it gives compared to the $135 + hassles of some of the resin kits in my stash that have recently appeared in plastic :icon_nif:

I might have a look in my hard-drive & post the pics of these real "Giraffes" in the inspiration forum :icon_ninja:

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Re: Abrams LP-AGS (Low Profile, Autoload Gun System)
« Reply #9 on: May 18, 2012, 10:35:02 PM »
Great looking model. 8)
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Re: Abrams LP-AGS (Low Profile, Autoload Gun System)
« Reply #10 on: May 19, 2012, 10:08:24 AM »
Very cool! Reminds me of some the Swedish Strv 2000 concepts.
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Re: Abrams LP-AGS (Low Profile, Autoload Gun System)
« Reply #11 on: May 19, 2012, 08:37:24 PM »
Noice....

Like where you are going with this

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Re: Abrams LP-AGS (Low Profile, Autoload Gun System)
« Reply #12 on: August 25, 2012, 01:03:51 PM »
Finally got the $%#@! tracks finished & the $%#@! skirts on  :icon_nif:  This DML Abrams moulds are well worn out & nothing fits properly but maybe now I'll get it finished fairly quickly -- for me, anyway -- another 6mths maybe.
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Re: Abrams LP-AGS (Low Profile, Autoload Gun System)
« Reply #13 on: August 26, 2012, 03:10:47 AM »
 :)
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Re: Abrams LP-AGS (Low Profile, Autoload Gun System)
« Reply #14 on: August 26, 2012, 07:18:25 PM »
Man I'd hate to see that BFG drawing a bead on me. Yikes!

Looks like you're in the home stretch now, raafif!

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