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Story's Stir-Crazy "Let's Get This Done" projects.
« on: March 26, 2020, 02:33:41 AM »
We live in the age of cooties.

Take inspiration from what I post, and dredge up your own low-hanging-fruit-to-finish

http://beyondthesprues.com/Forum/index.php?topic=9077.0

http://beyondthesprues.com/Forum/index.php?topic=9073.0

http://beyondthesprues.com/Forum/index.php?topic=9072.0


For the stuff I'll never tackle, see http://beyondthesprues.com/Forum/index.php?topic=9083.0
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Re: Story's Stir-Crazy "Let's Get This Done" projects.
« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2020, 04:01:44 AM »
We live in the age of cooties.

 ;D
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« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2020, 12:30:02 AM »
Hmmmm. Wat do?  Not another OD Green war machine....



NASA M113
https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/behindscenes/M113flyout.html



UPDATED

The build was too battered to be a NASA vehicle, so it became

PAVN M113 "Army of Buddha" 1978



Inspired by these photos



Any have spare PAVN markings (#10, below) in their parts boxes?
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« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2020, 01:53:06 AM »
LOUISIANA MANEUVERS 1942

Stark Industries M-1A1 Combat Walker
'Limelight' night vision spotlight (Lindberg T55 IR light), two .60 caliber T-17/T-18 heavy machineguns (Lindberg 12.7mm Dhsk) and two .50 M3 Brownings (chin turret).

Crewman (TAMIYA WW2 tanker) mansplaining things to a Stark Industries representative (Italeri Fraulein Flunky).


Fuel cans and antenna mount swiped from the spares box as well. Probably could use a bit of pencil-weathering and some black wash in predictable places, but I'm done with it for now.

1/48th MPC-now-Bandai snap tite kit[url] with a pre-war US insignia from Testors Curtiss Racer kit.

Primed with rattle can OD green.




"Made in the USA".
Now that's a label I have not seen in a long time.....
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« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2020, 02:41:02 AM »
The Combat Walker looks fantastic! Are the figures 1/48 as well? It could use a .30 cal or two.

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« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2020, 03:26:26 AM »
The Combat Walker looks fantastic! Are the figures 1/48 as well? It could use a .30 cal or two.

Thanks, but they're 1/35th.

I figure this design was il-balanced with inappropriate armament and not enough on-board ammunition, under-powered, mechanically delicate, prone to overheating and having only a single crewman in a pre-analog /mechanical context, just not really that great (sort of a pre-cursor to ED-209).


Meanwhile, anyone remember Sergeant Guffy and BARGAIN BASEMENT?


I can't find the damn tracks.
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« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2020, 10:27:38 PM »
Truly one of Telly Savalas' under-appreciated great roles.

I like when he holds up the belt-fed machine gun and says "We can still fight!"

I hope the tracks turn up.

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« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2020, 10:38:06 AM »
Love the Combat Walker and the .60 cals were an extra-clever touch  :smiley:
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« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2020, 05:30:10 AM »
Soviet SU-100-43 Infrared Test Vehicle circa 1947


German Vampire IR light, as found on the Panther tank circa 1945.


This came to me as someone else's bog-standard and boring unpainted-but-decaled SU-122 build that needed to be something else.

Figured it was pulled out of the line in 1943 to be a test bed for the D-10 100mm gun (as used in the later SU-100 & T-44/54/55 series). In reality, the SU-122 was surpassed by the SU-85 and actual SU-100 designs. Few survived the war and there were no known production variants, but since the Soviets liked to mess with one-offs here we are.

Stubby 122mm gun tube removed and replaced with a resin 100mm tube.
Gunner's periscope cupola removed and replaced with a T-54 hatch.
Soviet IR spotlight cobbled up from bits.
Painted green, no external stowage added because it was a test vehicle.

Read all about the reality -

Soviet infrared development history
https://designyoutrust.com/2017/09/futuristic-prototype-of-the-first-soviet-night-vision-goggles/
https://weaponews.com/weapons/8654-soviet-night-vision-devices-during-the-great-patriotic-war.html 
https://vrtifacts.com/night-vision-goggles-of-red-army/

Beginning with the German scientists and equipment captured during WW2, the Soviets launched an intensive developmental program that continues to the present (1965).  8) https://www.cia.gov/library/readingroom/docs/CIA-RDP79T00472A000600050019-1.pdf 

Anyone have access?
https://www.spiedigitallibrary.org/conference-proceedings-of-spie/1540/0000/Infrared-in-the-USSR--brief-historical-survey-of-infrared/10.1117/12.48720.short?SSO=1 
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« Reply #9 on: April 17, 2020, 11:31:22 AM »
Nice work!  Also a great kit save.  :smiley:
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« Reply #10 on: April 17, 2020, 09:53:27 PM »
Thanks! But wait, there's more!

Generic technical (much like this https://www.abc.net.au/news/image/2655426-3x2-940x627.jpg ) found across Africa and the Middle East, operated by the usual suspects  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UK0Vo-rK1dM



Another ancient unfinished build, per Scalemates a pre-1981 Datsun pickup https://www.scalemates.com/kits/revell-6041-datsun-4x4-pickup--1150244

Not sure what I was thinking then, but from the weapons loadout possibly five years after SKYNET had become self-aware. Also had a 12.7mm Soviet heavy machinegun with a broken tripod leg.

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« Reply #11 on: April 18, 2020, 01:44:21 AM »
SKYNET, Twilight 2000, The Morrow Project, all appropriate for that "Technical Datsun 4X4" and the pending collapse of society as we know it.  Some of those Snap-Kits were really unique and now just a fading memory for most of us since they were discontinued.  Wish Revell would dust off the tooling and bring some of those gems back to the store shelves. 
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« Reply #12 on: April 18, 2020, 03:34:38 AM »
SKYNET, Twilight 2000, The Morrow Project, all appropriate for that "Technical Datsun 4X4" and the pending collapse of society as we know it.

"Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life" -  Oscar Wilde.

Sudan 2016 - note the hood ornament.
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« Reply #13 on: April 28, 2020, 02:09:51 AM »
 
Sudan Army LandRover with HJ-8 or Hongjian-8  ( Red Arrow 8 ) ATGM




More low-hanging fruit finding a purpose; Italeri LandRover built-but-not-painted, plus some modern heavy weapons sprues that included a MILAN and various models of TOW ATGMs.

The HJ-8 is a combination many experts believe of three Western antitank missile systems obtained from nations in the Middle East and Asia that were then examined and reverse engineered and modified: the tripod from the US BGM-71 TOW; the tracker-control unit from the French/German MILAN; and the missile from the UK Swingfire. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HJ-8 

Well now, that sounded doable.





https://www.militaryfactory.com/smallarms/detail.asp?smallarms_id=842

Outside China, Norinco found an eager clientele for its anti-tank missiles. Generous with its license, Pakistan, Sudan, and Egypt were allowed to manufacture the HJ-8. At least 20 other countries in Asia, Africa, and South America have bought the system. According to an account published by a Chinese press agency Pakistan became the Red Arrow’s first export customer and licensed manufacturer during the late 1980s when its army became convinced the HJ-8 was more accurate than the BGM TOW.It’s unclear how the HJ-8 reached Europe, but it arrived in time for the Balkan Wars. Illicit Iranian support for Muslim Bosnian fighters most likely included deliveries of the missiles.Today, the Red Arrow is used by Syrian rebels and numerous short video clips of their kills are on Youtube. https://21stcenturyasianarmsrace.com/2014/09/08/the-chinese-tank-killing-red-arrow/

The Baktar Shikan is a variant of the Chinese-made HJ-8 anti-tank weapon system that has been manufactured under license by Pakistan since the late 1990s   
https://www.armyrecognition.com/pakistan_pakistani_light_heavy_weapons_uk/baktar_shikan_anti-tank_guided_missile_weapon_system_technical_data_sheet_specifications_pictures.html

https://www.armyrecognition.com/images/stories/asia/pakistan/weapons/baktar_shikan/Baktar_Shikan_anti-tank_guided_missile_weapon_system_Pakistan_Pakistani_army-defense_industry_640_001.jpg 

https://www.armyrecognition.com/images/stories/asia/pakistan/weapons/baktar_shikan/Baktar_Shikan_anti-tank_guided_missile_weapon_system_Pakistan_Pakistani_army_defense_industry_details_002.jpg 

Made in the Sudan too? https://www.smallarmsreview.com/archive/detail.arc.entry.cfm?arcid=22544 
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« Reply #14 on: April 28, 2020, 02:27:48 AM »
Nice kit bash on your ATGM!  :smiley:
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« Reply #15 on: April 28, 2020, 09:32:48 AM »
That looks good! And it's nice someone built that LR and saved you the frustration!

I've always wanted to build this:



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« Reply #16 on: April 28, 2020, 11:22:30 PM »

Always have enough dakka...and cookies!


Join the darkside and roll dirty, yo. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYnFIRc0k6E

In other news, found those damn Chaffee tracks (that's the good news) but 20+ year old flex-plastic tracks are brittle (that's the bad news).  Meh, I just tucked the loose ends between the 1st and 2nd return rollers.

DIEN BIEN PHU M24 Chaffee
(with ancient attempt at interior decorating)



Hmmm. Turns out there was a third color (light tan?) in that camo scheme
.

I also remember prepping some figures - HELLER French (which are scale-munchkins) with the DML Viet Cong (https://www.hobbylinc.com/dml-viet-cong-plastic-model-military-figure-kit-1:35-scale-3304) but I believe they where given away.

There's appropriate but spendy figures available these days.
https://www.bnamodelworld.com/model-figures-ac-models-acm-35016-1:35-french-foreign-legion-crew-for-m24-chaffee-in-dien-bien-phu-indochina-7-figures?zenid=a06d865aab7e9370482693b210dadd96

Pick up on the Dien Bien Phu backstory here -> http://beyondthesprues.com/Forum/index.php?topic=672.msg164801#msg164801

SGT Guffy's will require more work.
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« Reply #17 on: May 02, 2020, 09:43:37 AM »
Italian captured Universal Carrier



The reality.


Fun Facts
Fiat 2800: In 1942, at the request of the Italian Army (Regio Esercito), Fiat produced a prototype carrier copied from a captured Universal Carrier; it was known as the Fiat 2800 or CVP-4. It is uncertain whether production vehicles were manufactured.[citation needed] Bren carriers captured by the Italians in the field were often fitted with Breda M37 machine guns.
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/it/thumb/1/1f/Cingoletta_Fiat_2800.jpg/520px-Cingoletta_Fiat_2800.jpghttps://live.staticflickr.com/4320/35640720820_bb4fdf5948_z.jpg

The Germans did their own shoe-horning - 2,5cm pak 112(f) Auf gepanzerter Maschinengewehrtraeger Bren 731
https://i.pinimg.com/564x/4c/6e/4e/4c6e4e67dcad2eac754febf1d75d5424.jpg 

Italians mounting the 20mm Solothurn on their CV33s
https://i.pinimg.com/564x/b9/d3/bb/b9d3bbf3c4871728ec41dd586fcc729b.jpg 
https://i.pinimg.com/564x/cc/12/58/cc1258ff1247de5b1002a657e56b4bf6.jpg 

Another salvage effort, someone else's build that I used as a painting exercise. Fitted with a HR Products 20mm Solothurn, with a second shown dismounted.



The paint job wasn't objectionable, but the fiddly bits associated with shoehorning the Solothurn in and fitting it's cobbled-up-from-bits, broken-down two wheel field mount was a P.I.T.A.  Took more time than I'd like, thereby defeating the purpose of this exercise.

Next.
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« Reply #18 on: May 02, 2020, 11:35:13 AM »
The Solothurn S-18/1000 is my favourite varmint rifle :smiley:
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« Reply #19 on: May 03, 2020, 04:02:15 AM »
 :smiley:
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