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M920 MET w/M870A1 trailer WIP
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
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.
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 - 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.
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 - 02:27 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.
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: 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.
Kenaicop
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Nevada, United States
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Posted: Sunday, March 29, 2020 - 11:19 AM UTC
Haha! Love it Gino!
Quartercav
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Hessen, Germany
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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
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.
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.
jfeenstra
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Alberta, Canada
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Posted: Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 03:48 PM UTC

[/quote]
Hasegawa makes a 1/35 scale Hitachi excavator as well although I think it’s a smaller unit than that die-cast version you have. [/quote]

The Hasegawa kit is a Hitachi 135 - much smaller then what Gino is using. It is basically a 15 ton unit. The picture of the real Army excavator that Gino posted is a John Deere 230, which is a 25 ton machine, so basically about twice the size of the Hasegawa kit. The M870 trailer could haul 2 of the 135s if you could find the deck space to fit them.
HDSC2D
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Indiana, United States
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Posted: Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 12:37 PM UTC

Quoted Text

I got a chance to take some pics of the progress. I have completed the M870A1 trailer by Trumpeter. It went together well, straight out of the box; no issues. It is a really nice kit.





Here is the die-cast excavator that will go on the trailer. It was listed as 1/40 scale, but when I measured it, it was closer to 1/36 and fits perfectly on the trailer.



So far I have it all disassembled and have added some details and filled in some attachment screw holes.




Hasegawa makes a 1/35 scale Hitachi excavator as well although I think it’s a smaller unit than that die-cast version you have.
HeavyArty
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Florida, United States
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Posted: Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 01:39 PM UTC
I got a chance to take some pics of the progress. I have completed the M870A1 trailer by Trumpeter. It went together well, straight out of the box; no issues. It is a really nice kit.





Here is the die-cast excavator that will go on the trailer. It was listed as 1/40 scale, but when I measured it, it was closer to 1/36 and fits perfectly on the trailer.



So far I have it all disassembled and have added some details and filled in some attachment screw holes.


HeavyArty
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Florida, United States
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Posted: Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - 11:59 PM UTC
Thanks guys. I am still chugging along on it. I have finished the trailer and am working on the load for it now. The load will be an excavator, sort of like below. I found a die-cast one that was listed as 1/40 scale. When I measured it, it is actually closer to 1/36 scale. It looks pretty good. I currently have it disassembled and am filling holes and adding details to it. Hopefuly, I will find time to post some pics soon.

Kenaicop
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Nevada, United States
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Posted: Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - 03:07 PM UTC
Looks great Gino! I’m somewhat hesitant to do engines, all the wiring and connectors. Crap, now I want to do one, lol 😛
bat_213
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Canada
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Posted: Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - 11:19 AM UTC
gust my 2cents,but I think you have a job on your build well done .
HeavyArty
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Florida, United States
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Posted: Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 12:14 AM UTC
Hi Alex, yes Miniman Factory did offer an M920 at one point. Thiers is no longer available though. As to the correction, it wasn't that hard and I would rather put in a little extra work to have it right as opposed to close.
terminators
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France
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Posted: Monday, March 09, 2020 - 05:06 PM UTC
Impressive work. Is it the same version of truck than the kit from Miniman Factory ?

A lot of effort for just a few millimeters in excess !



HeavyArty
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Posted: Monday, March 09, 2020 - 06:40 AM UTC
Thanks guys. It has been a fun build so far.
trahe
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Virginia, United States
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Posted: Sunday, March 08, 2020 - 11:24 PM UTC
Looking good Gino! Your typical great work!
Reforger-Victim
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Hessen, Germany
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Posted: Sunday, March 08, 2020 - 07:42 PM UTC
excellent work so far..
HeavyArty
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Florida, United States
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Posted: Sunday, March 08, 2020 - 02:41 PM UTC
Thanks guys.

So I went ahead and built an engine for it.

Here is how the engine looks on the M915-M920 series trucks. It is an 855 cu in (14.0 L) Cummins NTC 400 in-line 6 cylinder engine developing 400 hp.


Here is my rendition of it. I had a in-line 6 block from an old civilian truck engine (pictured sitting in the truck in my last post). It looked very close to the Cummings 400, but needed some things deleted and some added. I modeled the right side of the engine since it has more stuff on it (turbo, air cleaner, radiator hose, etc.). The left side is pretty bare. I scavenged the turbo, air cleaner, and fan from a HEMTT. The other parts are scratch from styrene rod, sheet, and tubing (heated and bent to shape). I opened the right side engine access panel as well.






Hopefully it will get into the paint shop soon.
Kenaicop
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Nevada, United States
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Posted: Saturday, March 07, 2020 - 09:31 AM UTC
Looking good 👍