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Old Wombat's Crab - FINISHED - Pic's pg.3
« on: March 16, 2021, 04:14:56 PM »
OK, gotta start somewhere & this is it:



The build is for the Blue Lights GB over on What If Modellers, that I am co-moderating. We'll see how I go, shall we? ;)

I've barely even looked at the sprues, so this is going to be as much an adventure for me as I hope it is for you!
« Last Edit: July 07, 2021, 05:54:41 PM by Old Wombat »
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Re: Old Wombat's Crab
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2021, 06:22:41 PM »
Crap! :icon_crap: 20 million individual track links! :o :o
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« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2021, 10:47:24 PM »
Weaponized construction equipment! = Winning! 
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Re: Old Wombat's Crab
« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2021, 12:25:50 AM »
More of a de-weaponised tank. ;D

If I can get the paintwork right, it's going to be a South Australian Country Fire Service (CFS) fire-fighting vehicle. ;)
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« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2021, 12:43:42 AM »
Reminds me a bit of that Demolition Robot from the Will Smith movie "I Robot."  The scene where Smith is investigating the deceased doctor's residence and the Demo-Bot suddenly activates and starts tearing down the house with Smith inside. 
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Re: Old Wombat's Crab
« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2021, 05:57:48 AM »
I am keen to see if your vision and what I see with those two are even remotely similar

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« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2021, 05:58:57 AM »
This is going to be good  :D :D

Crap! :icon_crap: 20 million individual track links! :o :o

Tragically, the Hitachi's tracks aren't individual links. So, can't use the Neo tracks to bump up your link numbers  :(
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Re: Old Wombat's Crab
« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2021, 08:56:40 AM »
 Oh that's a crackin' good idea!

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Re: Old Wombat's Crab
« Reply #8 on: March 17, 2021, 09:32:17 AM »
Why when I read the title was this the first thing that I thought about? Looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

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Re: Old Wombat's Crab
« Reply #9 on: March 17, 2021, 10:49:25 AM »
There has got to be a one liner about having crabs in your tank but I just can’t make it happen! Someone out there fill it in!
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« Reply #10 on: March 17, 2021, 03:12:35 PM »
Thanks, guys! :icon_alabanza:

So far, so good!  :smiley:

Crap! :icon_crap: 20 million individual track links! :o :o

Tragically, the Hitachi's tracks aren't individual links. So, can't use the Neo tracks to bump up your link numbers  :(

You, sir, are evil! >:D


Actually, there are 348 347.5 track links (one is short-shot) & the build, according to the instructions, requires 328. It's doable, but the nerves are going to be fried by the end of it. :-\
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Re: Old Wombat's Crab
« Reply #11 on: March 17, 2021, 11:00:29 PM »
Just finished removing & cleaning up the track links ... About 6 hours work. :-X
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« Reply #12 on: March 17, 2021, 11:05:25 PM »
Can't wait to see this come together.

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« Reply #13 on: March 18, 2021, 12:47:20 AM »
Thanks, mate! I'm hoping it turns half as good as I'm aiming to acheive. ::)
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« Reply #14 on: March 26, 2021, 09:57:46 PM »
The tracks are finished up to the painting stage but I won't be doing that until I've got the hull ready (& that's coming along quite well, at the moment ... Touch wood!).
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« Reply #15 on: March 29, 2021, 06:26:02 PM »
Having gotten carried away in the moment, I forgot to take photo's of the driver's hole before I fitted it into the hull. :icon_crap:

The following images are the best that I could achieve with my minimal photographic skills in situ;
















Lots of other stuff has been primed but I'll wait until the hull is complete before the next photo session.

That may be a little while off, as I'm back at work for a few days (training), then I've got a skip coming to be filled with crap from the garage & shed that I've been trying to get rid of (in some cases for years).


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« Reply #16 on: March 30, 2021, 08:04:49 PM »
Looking forward to see where this one goes

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« Reply #17 on: March 31, 2021, 12:27:03 AM »
Looking forward to see where this one goes

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« Reply #18 on: March 31, 2021, 03:57:27 AM »
Me too

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« Reply #19 on: March 31, 2021, 02:59:09 PM »
Thanks, guys! Hope she lives up to expectations. :smiley:
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« Reply #20 on: March 31, 2021, 04:13:31 PM »
Count me in with the prior comments  --  "Looking forward to see where this one goes."
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« Reply #21 on: April 02, 2021, 06:59:54 PM »
Got the popcorn and coke,  lets do it ! ;)

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« Reply #22 on: April 02, 2021, 07:41:59 PM »
I'll try to have some WiP pic's up in a few days for you all! ;)
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« Reply #23 on: April 02, 2021, 11:01:27 PM »
Thanks, guys! Hope she lives up to expectations. :smiley:
Only if the machine drives side-ways like a real crab :smiley:
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« Reply #24 on: April 07, 2021, 09:07:58 PM »
Finally got the first major construction element completed! :D

Still lots of detail stuff to do but the first point where I can sit back & say "Yep, I've done something!"

Too late for photo's tonight (day shift tomorrow). I'll take some after work, then, & post the WiP.


Thanks for watching! :smiley:
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« Reply #25 on: April 08, 2021, 03:09:03 PM »
As promised, WiP pic's! :smiley:






















Plus a couple with the base of the "appliance" fitted;






Thanks for your patience! :icon_alabanza:


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Re: Old Wombat's Crab
« Reply #26 on: April 08, 2021, 08:23:27 PM »
Oh, this is just seven flavors of awesome!  That hull screams to me "HOVERTANK" of some sort.

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« Reply #27 on: April 08, 2021, 09:08:51 PM »
I found myself playing with it for several hours, when I first put it together, mentally converting it into numerous different types of spaceship, ground vehicle, hover vehicle & shuttle. I think every sci-fi modeller should have at least one of these in their stash! ;)
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« Reply #28 on: April 08, 2021, 10:17:59 PM »
From the WIP images that looks like an easy + fun build so far.  :smiley:
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« Reply #29 on: April 09, 2021, 12:02:01 AM »
Man, those tracks! I have this kit in 1/35 as well as 1/72. It's a great shape for many other whif designs!

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« Reply #30 on: April 09, 2021, 05:16:02 PM »
I have to say that the tracks were less hassle than I thought they'd be, probably because they're not "workable".

The hard part was rummaging through the parts bin for the various greeblies added externally to make it "not the Object 279". ;)

More to come, of course, but so far I'm happy. :smiley:
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« Reply #31 on: April 09, 2021, 09:55:47 PM »
Looks very cool just like that.  8)
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« Reply #32 on: April 10, 2021, 04:55:16 PM »
Thanks, Moritz, but I'd like to get something done for the GB it's being built for ... I am moderating, after all, so I should at least try. ;)
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« Reply #33 on: April 10, 2021, 06:39:18 PM »
Thats looking really cool.

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« Reply #34 on: April 10, 2021, 08:17:33 PM »
Thanks, mate! :smiley:
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« Reply #35 on: April 11, 2021, 01:48:53 AM »
Looking good and I'm looking forward to the excavator parts.

Still ... looking at that 3/4 front view, this hull just screams low-slung, super-fast armoured riverine warfare craft! Maybe next time?
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« Reply #36 on: April 11, 2021, 06:44:22 AM »
Certainly taking shape.

Like others, what a shape, so versatile. My mind's eye saw a Planetary exploration vehicle with those side shots.
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« Reply #37 on: April 11, 2021, 06:21:44 PM »
Thanks, guys! :icon_alabanza: :icon_alabanza:

Start of the arm unit has been delayed due to work but, maybe, tonight. ;)

Only had the one kit of this, probably will be the only one I have. So, unless I have an extremely spare $60-$70 floating around next time they become available, it's not likely there'll be a "next time" for me & the Object 279.
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« Reply #38 on: April 12, 2021, 02:58:23 AM »
There's the Takom Object 279 in 1/72. There are two tanks in the box, although the tracks are link and length.

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« Reply #39 on: April 12, 2021, 09:27:22 AM »
Too small for me. ;)
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« Reply #40 on: April 12, 2021, 10:05:03 PM »
Oh, this is just seven flavors of awesome!  That hull screams to me "HOVERTANK" of some sort.

I am definitely getting one for a hovertank !!! :-* :-*
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« Reply #41 on: April 12, 2021, 10:49:58 PM »
Oh, this is just seven flavors of awesome!  That hull screams to me "HOVERTANK" of some sort.

I am definitely getting one for a hovertank !!! :-* :-*

Upside-down, without the tracks, gives a very hovertank vibe. ;)
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« Reply #42 on: April 13, 2021, 01:06:50 AM »
There's the Takom Object 279 in 1/72. There are two tanks in the box, although the tracks are link and length.

 I keep thinking about getting the 1/72 kit. To me, the hull is ideal for a spider, (or crab, if you like ;)) set of legs, ala some 'anime' mecha' designs. And there is an old board game design that the tracks would ideally suit.

The build looks like it's coming along nicely!

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« Reply #43 on: April 13, 2021, 09:40:53 AM »
Thanks, Doc! :icon_alabanza:
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« Reply #44 on: April 17, 2021, 11:19:04 AM »
Work in Progress:

The arm operator's cabin, so far;











Strangely the wrinkled look of the paint on the seat isn't visible (to me) except in these photo's. ???

Meh! "Onward & Upward", as The Bloke on the Range would say. ;)
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« Reply #45 on: April 17, 2021, 12:55:33 PM »
Hoping you name this "Zoidberg" after the character from Futurama :smiley:
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« Reply #46 on: April 18, 2021, 12:13:11 AM »
I was wondering how you made the leatherette effect on the operator's seat.

I agree, it should be called the Zoidberg.


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« Reply #47 on: April 18, 2021, 02:40:30 AM »
I'm just glad you're only doing the one or else the thread title might be "Old Wombat's Crabs"... ;D
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« Reply #48 on: April 18, 2021, 04:11:25 PM »
Looking great mate.

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« Reply #49 on: April 18, 2021, 09:00:48 PM »
Thank you, gentlemen! :icon_alabanza: :icon_alabanza:

Unfortunately, as I'm not a fan of Futurama, "Zoidberg" ain't happening, sorry. ::)
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« Reply #50 on: May 06, 2021, 08:22:08 PM »
No photo's but a quick update.

Construction is paused while I get most of the paint work done, as painting afterwards would be almost impossible. Of course, I've had a little hiccup with this which needs fixing but I don't really have the space to do the fix right now, so the whole thing is paused. Hopefully not for too long. I have a few days off from Monday, so I should be able to get the airbrush fired up & work on the fix.

Mind you, the AstraZenica gods could have something to say in that regard, too (having had my 1st jab today). The way my luck usually runs, I'll probably be one of the 3-or-4 in a million who gets the blood clot side effect. ::)

So far, though, just feeling a little achy 14 hours after receiving the vax.
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« Reply #51 on: May 06, 2021, 09:38:07 PM »
No photo's but a quick update.

Construction is paused while I get most of the paint work done, as painting afterwards would be almost impossible. Of course, I've had a little hiccup with this which needs fixing but I don't really have the space to do the fix right now, so the whole thing is paused. Hopefully not for too long. I have a few days off from Monday, so I should be able to get the airbrush fired up & work on the fix.

Mind you, the AstraZenica gods could have something to say in that regard, too (having had my 1st jab today). The way my luck usually runs, I'll probably be one of the 3-or-4 in a million who gets the blood clot side effect. ::)

So far, though, just feeling a little achy 14 hours after receiving the vax.

Great you got your first dose vaccine.

I got my first Pfizer vaccine on March 17 at 1:30PM. I only had a very sore arm later at around 7PM and then all day the next day. I got  my second dose on April 7 at 1:30PM and later that day around 5PM I got the sore arm again but not as bad but I had a really bad headache. By 2AM I had the chills, sweats, entire body aches including headache and stomach pain. I was like that for 4 days. I was also very fatigued and couldn't eat anything but I could drink water. I drank a lot of water because I was extremely dehydrated even after drinking a lot of water to stay hydrated. For two days I could barely walk from the body aches. On the fifth day I was fine.

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« Reply #52 on: May 07, 2021, 04:21:56 PM »
Thanks, Ramba! :smiley:

Felt achy, headachy (low-level dull ache) & lethargic all day today.

Called in & took this evening off work but there's no chance of modelling being done, unfortunately. :icon_crap:
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Re: Old Wombat's Crab
« Reply #53 on: May 08, 2021, 02:23:45 AM »
but there's no chance of modelling being done, unfortunately. :icon_crap:

So it's serious?
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« Reply #54 on: May 08, 2021, 04:56:04 AM »
Thanks, Ramba! :smiley:

Felt achy, headachy (low-level dull ache) & lethargic all day today.

Called in & took this evening off work but there's no chance of modelling being done, unfortunately. :icon_crap:


Sounds similar to what I had, best described as a head cold cold crossed with a hangover. I was fine the next day, but, my arm hurt at the injection site for three or four days following . . .
No modelling . . . that IS serious . . .   :o   ;D   :-X


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Re: Old Wombat's Crab
« Reply #55 on: May 08, 2021, 11:48:24 AM »
... Felt achy, headachy (low-level dull ache) & lethargic all day today...

Well, that sucks! None of the above sounds conducive to good modelling  :P

Hope you bounce back quickly  :smiley:
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« Reply #56 on: May 08, 2021, 11:20:09 PM »
but there's no chance of modelling being done, unfortunately. :icon_crap:

So it's serious?

Physically ... No.

Emotionally ... YES! :o



PS: All symptoms pretty much cleared by about 2230hrs last night. :smiley:
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« Reply #57 on: June 07, 2021, 03:11:54 PM »
Ooh, look! A photo update! :icon_surprised:

Here's a glimpse at things to come. Some stuff is glued in place, some is just fitted for the photo, & painting & decals have yet to be completed.



Has been a while! Sorry! :icon_crap:
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« Reply #58 on: June 07, 2021, 11:43:34 PM »
The 'Zoidberg' is looking good!  :smiley:
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« Reply #59 on: June 08, 2021, 01:58:15 AM »
Looks like the right tool to harvest trees in swampy Siberia!

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« Reply #60 on: June 08, 2021, 02:14:37 AM »
Thats looking amazing mate.

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« Reply #61 on: June 08, 2021, 03:19:02 AM »
Yup, that is looking seriously cool  :smiley:

Looks like the right tool to harvest trees in swampy Siberia!...

Perfect! Makes use of the Zoidberg clamper/slicer arms and that boaty hull  :smiley:  ;D
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« Reply #62 on: June 08, 2021, 03:27:21 PM »
Thanks, gents! :icon_alabanza:

Suppose I should admit that the circular saw blade is ... well ... a (Dremel-ish) circular saw blade, weirdly exactly the same diameter as the styrene sheet version I made first. ;)



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« Reply #64 on: June 09, 2021, 04:32:19 AM »
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« Reply #65 on: June 09, 2021, 06:55:40 AM »
Really starting to look the business.

Good to see I am not the only one using actual saw blades on models. Making the damn things is nigh in impossible.


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« Reply #66 on: June 09, 2021, 10:45:37 AM »
Ah, good ol' reliable Codsworth! :D

I really should try to find time to play some Fallout games, again. ;)



And, yes, virtually impossible to build styrene circular saw blades. I tried. It wasn't pretty! :o
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« Reply #67 on: July 06, 2021, 03:38:09 PM »
Slowly! Slowly! But, finally, almost there!

OK, it'll be at the "done for now" stage (I still have some tools to fit & a base to make) but, for all practical purposes, she'll be finished tonight.

Photo's soon! :smiley:
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« Reply #68 on: July 07, 2021, 07:40:54 AM »
Anything circular, serrated, and symmetrical should be banned from modelling. Harrumph.( Sez a man who saved his old razor saw blades for a decade thinking..."these would look wicked on...something."

Great work - a diorama base for this thing would be ideal, but world enough and time?

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« Reply #69 on: July 07, 2021, 08:01:37 AM »
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« Reply #70 on: July 07, 2021, 12:22:55 PM »
You know the saying about "The best laid plans of mice & men"? Yeah, well, it bit me! :icon_crap:

Not big time, so I have FINISHED! ;D

I have also taken photo's but I can't download, edit or post them until I get access to the study computer, which SWMBO is using for work. So, I'm looking around the modelling room being overwhelmed by the tidying & cleaning task ahead. :o

Pic's tonight! 8)
« Last Edit: July 07, 2021, 12:29:53 PM by Old Wombat »
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« Reply #71 on: July 07, 2021, 04:04:40 PM »
With serious Bush Fires becoming more & more common the South Australian government, in a rare moment of cooperation with the Victorian & New South Wales governments, looked at acquiring a specialist vehicle for managing containment lines. Not wanting to deal with China, which was becoming even more belligerent towards Australia, they approached Hitachi Heavy Industries in Japan to design & build the vehicle.

Hitachi began with the cabin & arm set-up of their pre-existing Double Arm Astaco* Neo but needed to find a lightly armoured (&, therefore, fireproof) hull to fit it to. Specifications from Australia included a low ground pressure, road transportability, metal tracks (as rubber would melt/burn in the expected environments) & a self-defensive fire-fighting capability.

One of their engineers, a military history enthusiast focussed on experimental vehicles of the Cold War era, remember reading about the Soviet “Object 279” designed to operate in the snow & mud of Russian Winters & Autumns. This became the basis for the design of the hull of the vehicle.

Obviously it did not need to be as heavily armoured as a battle tank, so the outer shell was limited to a maximum of 30mm of steel at its thickest & insulation layers behind that. Two Cummins V6 diesel engines replaced the single massive engine used in the Soviet design. Eight integrated water jets were fitted around the vehicle (later models would get remote-controlled nozzles fitted to the arms, so that water could be directed more actively at the fire) supplied from a large central tank below the double-arm unit. The double-arm unit was given increased internal fire protection, & fireproof & heat resistant glazing was used throughout. The smaller arm was fitted with a circular saw cutting blade, so trees could at least be cut & laid down (if they couldn’t be removed), reducing the chance of them becoming torches of flame 100s of metres tall. The four sets of tracks, although something of a maintenance nightmare, gave the vehicle an extremely low ground pressure, unless the central water tank was full, when it was merely “low”. This was a requirement specifically for the South East of South Australia & South Western Victoria, which were a large limestone region with a high potential for sinkholes.

The pictured vehicle is based in the small township of Kalangadoo in the South East of South Australia as part of the SA Country Fire Service’s regional immediate response unit.


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Enjoy the pictures! :smiley:
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« Reply #72 on: July 07, 2021, 04:05:07 PM »






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« Reply #73 on: July 07, 2021, 04:05:44 PM »









Cheers! :icon_beer:


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« Reply #74 on: July 07, 2021, 05:22:57 PM »
Yippeee !  Finished and most well done.

Very practical design

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« Reply #75 on: July 07, 2021, 05:43:18 PM »
Thanks, BT! :smiley:
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« Reply #76 on: July 07, 2021, 07:48:33 PM »
COOL !! Very unique for sure, nice kit bash. It looks like a real world design that could be very useful in forest fire fighting.  :smiley: :smiley:
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« Reply #77 on: July 07, 2021, 08:40:47 PM »
That turned out great!

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« Reply #78 on: July 07, 2021, 09:29:11 PM »
Thank you, gentlemen! :icon_alabanza: :icon_alabanza:
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« Reply #79 on: July 07, 2021, 11:54:50 PM »
Me Likey . . .   :smiley:
Though I must admit, I was expecting 'International Rescue' markings, rather than a Australian Fire Department . . .  ;D


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« Reply #80 on: July 08, 2021, 01:20:33 AM »
@ Old Wombat/Guy - Excellent back story to match your great model and mad skills.  :smiley:
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« Reply #81 on: July 08, 2021, 03:49:16 AM »
That came out great! The grabber and saw hands look fantastic.

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« Reply #82 on: July 08, 2021, 05:21:09 AM »
Superb finish. I would love to seebmore of your build ( I've looked I can't findbthem

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« Reply #83 on: July 08, 2021, 05:36:47 AM »
Me Likey . . .   :smiley:
Though I must admit, I was expecting 'International Rescue' markings, rather than a Australian Fire Department . . .  ;D

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« Reply #84 on: July 08, 2021, 07:07:57 AM »
Thank you all, very much, gentlemen! :icon_alabanza: :icon_alabanza: :icon_alabanza:

Superb finish. I would love to seebmore of your build ( I've looked I can't findbthem

If you mean "WIP" photo's, I'm afraid there weren't that many done. Started off as a GB build & a lack of time meant I had to focus on trying to build it, not photograph it.

Didn't get it finished for the GB, either, & I was one of the moderators! :o

The build is, however, fairly basic; follow the instructions for the tank hull & Astaco Neo cabin & arms. LED spotlight units (2 x front, 1 x rear, with little black dots for cameras) were just vision ports from the spares box, water spray units (red rectangular-ish boxes) are some other vision blocks from something, headlights from one of the several Stryker carcasses I have in the spares box, the sirens are just some odd bits of Stryker (I have lots of Stryker bits in the spares box), clear sprue shaped & polished & painted for the red & blue light bars & the flashers on the rear of the arm unit, the LED light bar above the double-arm cabin mesh & the tiny front indicators, the rear light units are just rectangular styrene tube filled with Aves Apoxy sculpt & shaped to fit & under-painted silver so the lights would stand out a bit.

It's really just a case of build the main bits & stick bits on where they look right. :-[
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« Reply #85 on: July 08, 2021, 11:24:40 AM »
Well, that is awesome ... in all senses   :D

Beautifully realized and a great backstory   :smiley:
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« Reply #86 on: July 08, 2021, 12:17:29 PM »
Beautiful model and great backstory!

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« Reply #87 on: July 08, 2021, 12:19:29 PM »
Thank you, both, very much! :icon_alabanza: :icon_alabanza:
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« Reply #88 on: July 11, 2021, 02:11:10 AM »
Absolutely masterful reproduction of an incredible machine, great plausible back story too.
Truly outstanding.

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« Reply #89 on: July 11, 2021, 05:24:49 PM »
Thanks, mate! Highly appreciated from a modeller such as yourself! :icon_alabanza:
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« Reply #90 on: July 11, 2021, 06:31:31 PM »
Nice,,,  neato combination configured to get job done.  Liking backstory too.  :smiley:

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« Reply #91 on: July 11, 2021, 07:00:43 PM »
Thanks, Bill! :smiley: :icon_alabanza:
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« Reply #92 on: July 15, 2021, 12:36:25 AM »
That came out great! When I first looked at the first finished picture, I misread the name as Kalangadoq, wheich seemed like both a great name, and the sound it makes.  ;)
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« Reply #93 on: July 15, 2021, 03:27:48 PM »
Thanks, Craig! :smiley:

Kalangadoq certainly sounds like the noise it'd make ;) .... Not sure I could get Kalangadoo to change its name, though. ::)
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« Reply #94 on: October 15, 2021, 06:29:08 AM »
Just catching up and came across your beastie-boy. What a great concept and beautifully executed!  8)  :smiley:
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« Reply #95 on: October 15, 2021, 09:39:40 AM »
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