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Re: WHIF Weapons WIP
« Reply #15 on: April 10, 2017, 03:45:56 AM »
Continuing the good work, I see! :)

The Dragon Vietnam Weapons Set includes 2 x F1 SMG's, 2 x L1A1 SLR's & 2 x early FN FAL's, from memory (I've got what's left of a set somewhere but all the good stuff's gone).

Hi Guy, 

I know I have that weapons set some where in the stash, have not found it yet but hopefully it will turn up soon.  It contained just a pair of the L1A1/FAL shapes plus two M14 rifle shapes and a number of other weapons such as the BREN chambered in 7.62X51 NATO (another one of my favourites). 
As prolific as the FN FAL was in all of its variations (Metric and Inch) you would think that it would not be ignored in the model industry.  I know there are resin FN FAL shapes out there but the prices with shipping can not be justified and with the DML weapons set providing just two of the things (a damned shame, really) you have to purchase several just to have a reasonable number at hand.  Same goes for the M-14 rifle too as it was only available in two DML kits (M274 Mule with and without the 106mm RR, and the SOCOM Sniper figures as the M21).  A bit of a problem for trying to model the early cold war era models when that weapon was in use.  The LiveResin M14 is nice but so pimped out that it does not really appeal to me.  My favourites are the M14 as the squad automatic weapon (with the bi-pod and pistol grip stock) and the M21/DMR version.  When it comes to the FN FAL, it can be just plain or tricked out as it looks great with or without accessories. 
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Re: WHIF Weapons WIP
« Reply #16 on: April 10, 2017, 06:01:36 AM »
I believe Live-Resin hinted at a new FAL in their news thread over on Armorama.

They've posted a couple of rather neat CAD drawings of a G3 family to be released soon. 8) Have thought about swapping the flimsy sliding butt of the Para version with a foldable piece from Trumpeter's UMP or G36.
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Re: WHIF Weapons WIP
« Reply #17 on: April 10, 2017, 07:50:11 AM »
I believe Live-Resin hinted at a new FAL in their news thread over on Armorama.

They've posted a couple of rather neat CAD drawings of a G3 family to be released soon. 8) Have thought about swapping the flimsy sliding butt of the Para version with a foldable piece from Trumpeter's UMP or G36.
That might make for an interesting looking FN FAL if you do the butt stock swap.  :)
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Re: WHIF Weapons WIP
« Reply #18 on: April 14, 2017, 06:57:21 AM »
Trying to find something to do with some ERA blocks I had in a bag that originated from a DML (T-72/T-80) kit and ESCI/AMT-Ertl/Italeri IDF M60A1 with IMI Blazer ERA that had been gathering dust and taking up space waiting for a purpose. 

Some of the Blazer bits had matching parts and a lot of the Russian ERA bits were of uniform size so it was off to creating something from this bag of bits. 

End result was some kind of Limpet Mine or Demolition Charge (Linear Shaped Charge perhaps). 
Not sure what the weight of these things would be but I would guess at 80-90 pounds for the large charge and roughly half that for the small charge. 

Dimensions in 1:35th scale are:
Large - 12.0"W X 12.0"H X 21.0"L
Small - 12.0"W X 12.0"H X 12.0"L

First image shows the individual parts not assembled save for the three IDF Blazer ERA bits that I glued together to begin the assembly process.  The remaining images show the finished items. 

Some of the other matching Blazer ERA bits were glued together but at this point I have no idea what to do with the things.  They have potential to be used in some kind of electronics rack, at least the rectangular and square shapes.  There are some that have angled surfaces that are in the "what the hell do I do with it category" for now. 
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Re: WHIF Weapons WIP
« Reply #19 on: April 14, 2017, 04:50:47 PM »
Great stuff and they sure look like demolition charges to my untrained eye, Mr Fontaine!

Impressive work with what seem to be some delicate parts! You've got a steady hand indeed!

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Re: WHIF Weapons WIP
« Reply #20 on: April 15, 2017, 12:49:05 AM »
Never know what can be combined to create something interesting when you have a large parts stash :)
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Re: WHIF Weapons WIP
« Reply #21 on: May 06, 2017, 01:14:20 AM »
Yup, looks like a demolition charge to me as well. Now, regarding your A-20 drop tank question, I suppose you could fashion a nice swimmer delivery vehicle from those.  8) Some fins, shrouded prop, some thingamabob for a control co sole and two Navy SEALs from a Dragon kit.

<...> They've posted a couple of rather neat CAD drawings of a G3 family to be released soon. 8) Have thought about swapping the flimsy sliding butt of the Para version with a foldable piece from Trumpeter's UMP or G36.
That might make for an interesting looking FN FAL if you do the butt stock swap.  :)

Yeah, would make it look more modern and maybe also bring down the weight a tiny bit. Maybe a  new handguard with some rails as well?My stock swap  idea was meant for the G3's para version. The FAL's para stock looks beefy enough. A friend of mine (former Panzergrenadier) wasn't too imressed with the sturdiness of the G3's sliding stock. A folding stock like the G36's or even the FAL's would make them more compact in the back of a Marder.
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Re: WHIF Weapons WIP
« Reply #22 on: May 06, 2017, 02:36:03 AM »
<...> They've posted a couple of rather neat CAD drawings of a G3 family to be released soon. 8) Have thought about swapping the flimsy sliding butt of the Para version with a foldable piece from Trumpeter's UMP or G36.
That might make for an interesting looking FN FAL if you do the butt stock swap.  :)
Yeah, would make it look more modern and maybe also bring down the weight a tiny bit. Maybe a  new handguard with some rails as well?My stock swap  idea was meant for the G3's para version. The FAL's para stock looks beefy enough. A friend of mine (former Panzergrenadier) wasn't too imressed with the sturdiness of the G3's sliding stock. A folding stock like the G36's or even the FAL's would make them more compact in the back of a Marder.

There are some resin FAL shapes out there from Mouse House in Australia if I remember correctly.  Getting the things without feeling violated is the problem for now. 

Yup, looks like a demolition charge to me as well<snip>
Thanks, I was trying to not make the things too complicated and keeping with the keep it simple rule I think they look the part.  Certainly as background clutter if nothing else. 
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