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Modern Armor, AFVs, and Support vehicles.
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M920 MET w/M870A1 trailer WIP
HeavyArty
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Florida, United States
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Posted: Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 11:55 PM UTC
Thanks for looking guys. I have seen the Hasegawa one but, as mentioned, it is much smaller than what the military uses and what I wanted to depict.
HeavyArty
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Florida, United States
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Posted: Sunday, March 29, 2020 - 04:37 AM UTC
The excavator is done, except for weathering. I rerouted the hydraulic lines so they would be more accurate than they were. I added a few pieces of tubing to complete them as well. I made all the markings and decals for it myself by copying images off the net and printing them on computer decal paper. I think it came out nicely.






I fully detailed the cabin as well with extra levers and a small instrument panel, placards, etc. It is hard to see, but it is all there.



I found a CAT image on the net that replaced the "A" with a girl bending over. Knowing soldiers, that is exactly what one would put on his vehicle. So I added some overspray around it and tagged the excavator.


The truck and trailer also have been base coated. I need to camo them and they will be ready for decals and weathering as well. More to come soon since I plan on working on it a lot and finishing it up soon during the Covid-19 Apocalypse lock-down.
Quartercav
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Hessen, Germany
Joined: February 06, 2014
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Posted: Sunday, March 29, 2020 - 10:54 AM UTC
Great work! Hopefully we can see the complete truck soon!

Stay healthy!

Andreas
Kenaicop
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Nevada, United States
Joined: August 23, 2005
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Posted: Sunday, March 29, 2020 - 11:19 AM UTC
Haha! Love it Gino!
HeavyArty
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Florida, United States
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Posted: Sunday, March 29, 2020 - 12:06 PM UTC
Thanks guys. I figured the "CAT Girl" stencil would be a hit. The truck is almost done. I should have another update in a couple days.
MakiWawa
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Warszawa, Poland
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Posted: Sunday, March 29, 2020 - 06:56 PM UTC
CAT
HeavyArty
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Florida, United States
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Posted: Thursday, April 02, 2020 - 02:27 AM UTC
I have completed this project.

First, I changed the bumper numbers on the excavator since they really couldn't be read well being black on dark green. I added a sand surround so they would be more visible, just like the Army does. I also weathered it with a wash of a dirt brown color and some selective rust and bare metal.






For the truck, I painted it in NATO camo and marked it as a vehicle in IFOR (UN Implementation FORce, Bosnia-Herzegovina in '95-'96). I also added the yellow RAWS (Rotating Amber Warning Signal) on the roof and red/yellow reflectors as per European regulations on the rear mud flaps. I added the airlines and brake wiring cable from thin wire and strapped the spare wheel to the frame in front of the 5th wheel. I weathered it in a similar way as the excavator, just a little lighter handed. I wanted some weathering to show details, but not to cover them up.








Some close-up details.




For some contrast, I painted the trailer in overall medium green and weathered it similar to the excavator, just a little heavier to represent a very well used trailer.




Here it is all hooked up together. I have the correct chain binders to tie-down the excavator, but am waiting on some chain to arrive. So it will have to be tied down later. It is quite large when all hooked up.






This was a very rewarding build to me. I really enjoyed the scratch work on the truck and was pleasantly surprised with the excavator. I really like how it turned out. Now to make room on the shelves for it.
RobinNilsson
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Stockholm, Sweden
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Posted: Thursday, April 02, 2020 - 02:30 AM UTC
ummm ...
Wouldn't the excavator arm be folded somehow to reduce the height?

Impressive build!
/ Robin

Example:


Edit: Folding the arm also lowers the centre of gravity and this may be relevant when travelling at some speed ....
HeavyArty
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Florida, United States
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Posted: Thursday, April 02, 2020 - 02:49 AM UTC
Thanks. Sure, it can be. Like I said, it is not tied down yet and the arm is still movable. It really depends on overhead clearance on the route you are traveling.
namengr
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Illinois, United States
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Posted: Thursday, April 02, 2020 - 02:56 AM UTC
Morning Gino, very nice build. Minor point, if the machine has been in use the teeth and side cutters on the bucket, along with some of the surface would be shiny bare metal from wear. From experience the paint doesn't last long. Any way love to see heavy equipment as a retired operator. Wayne
HeavyArty
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Florida, United States
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Posted: Thursday, April 02, 2020 - 03:25 AM UTC
Thanks for checking in. I actually did put silver on the teeth. I just doesn't show well in the pics.
HermannB
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Bayern, Germany
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Posted: Thursday, April 02, 2020 - 07:29 AM UTC
The arm is definitly folded down during railroad travelling.

https://armorama.kitmaker.net/modules.php?op=modload&name=features&file=view&artid=6524