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Unbelievable, I just finished a model... M923
Vodnik
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Warszawa, Poland
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Posted: Wednesday, November 26, 2003 - 09:53 AM UTC
Wow... I feel strange: I actually finished a model. #:-) You already know it from the Rivet Review Board, but now it is definitely finished. You can see a few photos in my Armorama gallery:
http://www.armorama.com/photos/showgallery.php?cat=12234&ppuser=2325

Or slightly higher resolution and quality here:
http://vodnik2.republika.pl/pages/m923a1-recent/m923a1-f1.jpg
http://vodnik2.republika.pl/pages/m923a1-recent/m923a1-f2.jpg
http://vodnik2.republika.pl/pages/m923a1-recent/m923a1-f3.jpg
http://vodnik2.republika.pl/pages/m923a1-recent/m923a1-f4.jpg
http://vodnik2.republika.pl/pages/m923a1-recent/m923a1-f5.jpg

As usual any comments are welcome!

Best Regards,
Pawel
tazz
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New York, United States
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Posted: Wednesday, November 26, 2003 - 10:02 AM UTC
that truck came out really nice.
what era is that from.
to me it seems like a vietnam truck but i could be wrong.
and the pics came out nice
animal
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Posted: Wednesday, November 26, 2003 - 10:08 AM UTC
I said it before and I will say it again, this is the best example of theM-923 Italeri kit that I have seen. You are hearby a member in good standing of the Animal Truck Brigade. Three cheers
Vodnik
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Posted: Wednesday, November 26, 2003 - 10:08 AM UTC

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what era is that from.
to me it seems like a vietnam truck but i could be wrong.



Well, you are wrong This is US Marines truck as used in Zakhu in northern Iraq in April 1991 during Operation Provide Comfort.

Best Regards,
Pawel
animal
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Posted: Wednesday, November 26, 2003 - 10:12 AM UTC
The923 trucks are too new for the Vietnam era.
kkeefe
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Massachusetts, United States
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Posted: Wednesday, November 26, 2003 - 10:16 AM UTC
Man-o-man there Pawel, that is just drop-dead Gorgeous!! Let's all hop on for a ride!

Couple of questions, and I hope that they aren't being repeated...

A) Where'd you get the yellow 'plate' decals?

B) Is the M2 locked in it's traveling position?

You'd better keep that one away from the wimmin!
Vodnik
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Posted: Wednesday, November 26, 2003 - 10:26 AM UTC

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A) Where'd you get the yellow 'plate' decals?



I printed the black outline rectangles and "text" inside on a clear decal paper on a laser printer and then applied this decal over a yellow decal rectangle, cut from some old aircraft decal.


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B) Is the M2 locked in it's traveling position?



OK, you got me... I have no idea what is the traveling position for M2. I put it the way I saw it on many pictures.

Rgds,
Pawel
Mojo
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Ontario, Canada
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Posted: Wednesday, November 26, 2003 - 11:17 AM UTC
Fantastic looking truck.. I love the muddy foot prints in the bed.. nice touch

Dave
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Posted: Wednesday, November 26, 2003 - 11:22 AM UTC
Since this isn't the RRB I can just say...

Outstanding!!

Really great work Pawel. What's next?

Cheers,
Jim
TankCarl
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Posted: Wednesday, November 26, 2003 - 12:13 PM UTC
I like it Vodnik.Great weathering.Now,hows about putting a load in the back????????
Beer comes to mind..
HastyP
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Ontario, Canada
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Posted: Wednesday, November 26, 2003 - 12:18 PM UTC
Damn nice truck Vodnik!

I wish I could build that well.

HastyP
RotorHead67
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Virginia, United States
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Posted: Wednesday, November 26, 2003 - 01:00 PM UTC
where did you get those tires from because the tires that come with the kit are so not like the ones you get in the kit

To replace the anemic tires in the Italeri kit use the following offerings.
Real Model
Tank workshop
CAM resin
firemann816
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Posted: Wednesday, November 26, 2003 - 05:24 PM UTC
Beauty

Nice work
Thanks for the pix :-)
Major_Goose
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Kikladhes, Greece / Ελλάδα
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Posted: Wednesday, November 26, 2003 - 05:39 PM UTC
I think that is a very nice build, painting job and discrete weathering . Congratsulations. When you get bored maybe you wanna full up the backplace with stuff and have a different truck ! hehe
scoccia
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Posted: Wednesday, November 26, 2003 - 06:57 PM UTC
... and it looks great too!!!
Bravo Vodnik
Ciao
Vodnik
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Posted: Wednesday, November 26, 2003 - 09:23 PM UTC

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where did you get those tires from because the tires that come with the kit are so not like the ones you get in the kit

To replace the anemic tires in the Italeri kit use the following offerings.
Real Model
Tank workshop
CAM resin



That's correct. There are some more: CMK, Hobby Fan and Ordnance Models to name a few. Mine were CAM resin, but they required some work with a file as the original shape was not perfect (almost rectangle in cross section). I wrote a review of two of wheel sets (CMK and CAM), you can read it here: http://vodnik.net/index_rv.htm. I will add Ordnance Models wheels to this review soon, but these are OOP now - I got them from the clearance sale at Accurate Armour.

Regards,
Pawel
Vodnik
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Posted: Wednesday, November 26, 2003 - 09:28 PM UTC

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Outstanding!!
Really great work Pawel. What's next?



Thanks Jim!

Now I'm working on Lee Models (poor copy of Tamiya) M2A2 IFV Bradley converted to M3A2 CFV.

Regards,
Pawel
Vodnik
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Posted: Wednesday, November 26, 2003 - 09:34 PM UTC

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Now,hows about putting a load in the back????????
Beer comes to mind..



USMC trucks in Zakhu in 1991 were used mainly for transporting humanitarian aid packages for refugees - this means a lot of identical boxes (booooring) or just for patrols, with several armed Marines riding on the back. Let's say that my truck will soon leave for another patrol. I will probably add a figure or two later, but they will be standing next to the truck.



Best Regards,
Pawel
Twig
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England - North East, United Kingdom
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Posted: Wednesday, November 26, 2003 - 11:14 PM UTC
Vodnik

Fantastic! You really have done a numbr on this. The final work in the large photos is superb. I would just leave it as it is - now get started on the next one!

Lee
blitz
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Posted: Thursday, November 27, 2003 - 02:06 AM UTC
Oh wow... That's one heck of M923... I like the tarp on the cab...how you done it? and your weathering is just perfect. (hands clapping)
Vodnik
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Posted: Thursday, November 27, 2003 - 02:35 AM UTC

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I like the tarp on the cab...how you done it?



I guess you mean the tarp on the first support bow on cargo bed, as there is actually no tarpauline on the cab itself. It was made from a piece of metal foil (probably aluminum - from wine bottle). I cut it to shape, punched holes using Historex punch&die set and then bent it to the right shape you see on photos. Then I airbrushed it with Revell enamel paint, let it dry, then handbrushed it with Future. Once Future was completely cured I applied a darker wash of diluted artist oil paints, and drybrushed it with Revell paint lightened slightly with white oil paint. I added the "window" cover (painted the same way as the rest of the tarp). Last step was to airbrush Testors Dull Cote to make it all flat again. I attached it to the bow with black thread.

Rgds,
Pawel
80a2
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Flevoland, Netherlands
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Posted: Thursday, November 27, 2003 - 04:33 AM UTC
looks great the paint job is really wonderfull.
darkstar
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Posted: Thursday, November 27, 2003 - 06:04 AM UTC
Hey Vod..execalant 923 you have there...keep up the fantastic work...Ray
kglack43
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Posted: Thursday, November 27, 2003 - 06:16 AM UTC
The manufacturer called...they want your pics for cover art on the re-issue, or, at least they should.

that's the finest modern vehicle i've seen this year. and need i remind you...i't almost december?

fine, fine machine you have there, and very nice pics...what light source and camera combo?

glack