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M923A1 truck - my model in detail
Vodnik
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Warszawa, Poland
Joined: March 26, 2003
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Posted: Monday, November 17, 2003 - 04:02 AM UTC
I know that some of you were interested in changes I made to my Italeri model of M923A1 truck.



(here is my post with links to more general photos of the model: http://www.armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=PostBoard&file=index&req=viewtopic&topic_id=20090&page=1)

I will write an article and put it on my web page, but it will take some time. Right now I prepared a collection of detailed photos that show various parts of the model with some comments about changes and modifications on them. Those photos will be later used in my article, but if someone is interested now, here they are:

Suspension details:

http://vodnik2.republika.pl/pages/m923a1-mods/BOTTOM.jpg
http://vodnik2.republika.pl/pages/m923a1-mods/BOTTOM_FRONT.jpg
http://vodnik2.republika.pl/pages/m923a1-mods/BOTTOM_REAR.jpg
http://vodnik2.republika.pl/pages/m923a1-mods/FRONT_AXIS.jpg
http://vodnik2.republika.pl/pages/m923a1-mods/REAR_AXIS.jpg
http://vodnik2.republika.pl/pages/m923a1-mods/FRAME.jpg
http://vodnik2.republika.pl/pages/m923a1-mods/SPRING_BUMPER.jpg
http://vodnik2.republika.pl/pages/m923a1-mods/STEERING.jpg
http://vodnik2.republika.pl/pages/m923a1-mods/COUPLINGS.jpg
http://vodnik2.republika.pl/pages/m923a1-mods/LEFT_FR_WHEEL.jpg
http://vodnik2.republika.pl/pages/m923a1-mods/RIGHT_FR_WHEEL.jpg
http://vodnik2.republika.pl/pages/m923a1-mods/WHEELS.jpg

Cargo bed:

http://vodnik2.republika.pl/pages/m923a1-mods/CARGO_FLOOR.jpg
http://vodnik2.republika.pl/pages/m923a1-mods/CARGO_FRONT.jpg
http://vodnik2.republika.pl/pages/m923a1-mods/CARGO_INSIDE.jpg
http://vodnik2.republika.pl/pages/m923a1-mods/CARGO_INSIDE2.jpg
http://vodnik2.republika.pl/pages/m923a1-mods/CARGO_REAR.jpg
http://vodnik2.republika.pl/pages/m923a1-mods/CARGO_SIDE.jpg

Cab outside:

http://vodnik2.republika.pl/pages/m923a1-mods/HOOD.jpg
http://vodnik2.republika.pl/pages/m923a1-mods/HOOD_FRONT.jpg
http://vodnik2.republika.pl/pages/m923a1-mods/RADIATOR.jpg
http://vodnik2.republika.pl/pages/m923a1-mods/CAB_DOORS.jpg
http://vodnik2.republika.pl/pages/m923a1-mods/CAB_DOORS_RT.jpg
http://vodnik2.republika.pl/pages/m923a1-mods/HINGES.jpg
http://vodnik2.republika.pl/pages/m923a1-mods/MIRROR.jpg
http://vodnik2.republika.pl/pages/m923a1-mods/EXHAUST.jpg
http://vodnik2.republika.pl/pages/m923a1-mods/FENDER.jpg

Cab interior:

http://vodnik2.republika.pl/pages/m923a1-mods/CAB_DRIVER.jpg
http://vodnik2.republika.pl/pages/m923a1-mods/CAB_PASSNGR.jpg
http://vodnik2.republika.pl/pages/m923a1-mods/DRIVER_SEAT.jpg
http://vodnik2.republika.pl/pages/m923a1-mods/DRIVER_SEAT_2.jpg
http://vodnik2.republika.pl/pages/m923a1-mods/PEDALS.jpg

MG mount:

http://vodnik2.republika.pl/pages/m923a1-mods/GUN_MOUNT.jpg
http://vodnik2.republika.pl/pages/m923a1-mods/GUN_MOUNT_2.jpg
http://vodnik2.republika.pl/pages/m923a1-mods/GUN.jpg

Others:

http://vodnik2.republika.pl/pages/m923a1-mods/BOXES_LEFT.jpg
http://vodnik2.republika.pl/pages/m923a1-mods/BOXES_RIGHT.jpg
http://vodnik2.republika.pl/pages/m923a1-mods/FUEL_TANK.jpg
http://vodnik2.republika.pl/pages/m923a1-mods/SPARE_CARRIER.jpg


Best Regards,
Pawel
GeneralFailure
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European Union
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Posted: Monday, November 17, 2003 - 04:32 AM UTC

Holy cow !
Not only your truck is a true work of art : the pictures with reference indication are a wonderful asset for all who have plans to build a bigfoot.

Work like this can only inspire other modelers to try their hand at scratchbuilding.
Lovely paint job, too. I can't help but notice how you scrupulously followed the instructions of TB43-0209 (page 152 and further). Ata boy !
No, without kidding : this is the best looking model M923 I have EVER seen.
Awesome job.
Twig
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England - North East, United Kingdom
Joined: March 24, 2003
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Posted: Monday, November 17, 2003 - 04:33 AM UTC
Vodnik

This is an absolutely superb series of shots detailing the work you have done. It really does make a change to see a wide range of pics that encapsulates the whole range of changes and enhancements made to a kit.

Please let us all know when the article is done as I will be looking forward reading it! - Will the article also contain a reference list of material you have used here ie books/pics etc?

Lee
kglack56
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Alabama, United States
Joined: October 31, 2003
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Posted: Monday, November 17, 2003 - 04:45 AM UTC
Geeeze....I wonder if I can get a refund on my 923 kit.

Great job...any idea of the hours you have invested?

kglack
animal
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Posted: Monday, November 17, 2003 - 05:38 AM UTC
Pawel, I never realized how much detail you had added to this one. Thankyou for sharing it with us. Bravo and Six Cheers
Vodnik
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Warszawa, Poland
Joined: March 26, 2003
KitMaker: 4,342 posts
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Posted: Monday, November 17, 2003 - 05:57 AM UTC

Quoted Text

I can't help but notice how you scrupulously followed the instructions of TB43-0209 (page 152 and further).



That's not quite true There are two differences: first is the brown color. I didn't use the usual red-brown NATO color as seen on most US Army trucks and other vehicles. I used lighter, more earth/sand-like color. I did it on purpose, as I saw that some USMC vehicles (and trucks participating in operation Provide Comfort in 1991 in particular) wore color like this. The other difference is the camouflage pattern in one spot - there is an area of brown color missing on one part! Try to find it! :-)
Again: I missed it on purpose as USMC truck I was using as a "model for my model" didn't have this part painted brown, but black instead.


Quoted Text

Will the article also contain a reference list of material you have used here ie books/pics etc?



Sure, it will contain a list. Armorama galleries (old ones, including Rob's Motor Pool - some of photos there Sabot took on my request - Thanks once again, Rob!) were a great resource. I also used many TMs - they are not easy to work with, but provide tons of information. I used a few books and many sites on the web (I managed to download about 400 photos of M939 family trucks to my PC!).


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any idea of the hours you have invested?



No, not really... It took about half a year from the moment I started, but can't translate it to hours, as I worked on it very irregularly - sometimes 10 hours a week and sometimes none at all.


Thanks everyone for your appreciation of my work!

Regards,
Pawel
RotorHead67
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Virginia, United States
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Posted: Monday, November 17, 2003 - 09:33 PM UTC
OMG,
THIS IS ONE TO ADD to the jaw dropping list. I have crawled all over this vehicle 1/1 and this has got to be the best model I have seen that represents its Father. AN EXCELLENT job well done. I cant wait for the posted article. DEFFINATELY a AMPS GOLD winner !!!! Todd
ctmi911
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Michigan, United States
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Posted: Tuesday, November 18, 2003 - 10:13 AM UTC
Pawel,

Okay for the first time ever looking at a model my jaw dropped, I mean really hit the floor. The detail in the interior is amazing, just looking at the seat belts is astonishing!

Fantastic work!

-Chris
PvtParts
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New Jersey, United States
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Posted: Tuesday, November 18, 2003 - 10:14 AM UTC
kglack56

Quoted Text

Geeeze....I wonder if I can get a refund on my 923 kit.



I got a shelf full to return!
That is UNBELIEVABLE. It makes me feel like Im taking baby steps. Then again it gives me something to strive for.
Trisaw
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California, United States
Joined: December 24, 2002
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Posted: Tuesday, November 18, 2003 - 10:38 AM UTC
That is TRULY impressive, especially for an Italeri kit!

Great job! It's nice to see such devotion to something that doesn't get the spotlight compared to AFVs.

Cheers!
Peter
TUNA
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Massachusetts, United States
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Posted: Tuesday, November 18, 2003 - 11:42 AM UTC
Wow awsome job... What detail!!! Thanks for sharing all the photos!!!
Alpenflage
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Massachusetts, United States
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Posted: Tuesday, November 18, 2003 - 12:13 PM UTC
Outstanding detail ! Very nice work here. Great photos too. Perfect.

Cheers !

Robert
barron
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Virginia, United States
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Posted: Tuesday, November 18, 2003 - 04:03 PM UTC
outstanding detail work.
Major_Goose
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Kikladhes, Greece / Ελλάδα
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Posted: Tuesday, November 18, 2003 - 08:07 PM UTC
Superb detail work and nice painting also and weathering . Congrats i think everybody would like to have one so good build
Vodnik
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Warszawa, Poland
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Posted: Tuesday, November 18, 2003 - 08:53 PM UTC

Quoted Text

It's nice to see such devotion to something that doesn't get the spotlight compared to AFVs.



My next project is AFV - M2A2 Bradley. Or should I say M3A2, as I modified my model to cavalry version (using Verlinden book as a reference). I used ugly Lee copy of Tamiya kit and it is another model that was almost finished several years ago, then abandoned. Now I will add some more detail (like the part I asked about in a separate topic yesterday) and repaint it. I hope to finish this one quickly... Expect some photos of it on the Rivet Review Board soon!

Now, to all who posted their comments:





You all made me blush, but at the same time you really made me want to build more models!

Regards,
Pawel