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Posted: Saturday, September 07, 2013 - 07:48 PM UTC
Robert Pollock shares with us some images of his diorama featuring Dragon Models M1A2 Sep with Legend''s Tusk upgrade, the model is displayed on a vac-form base from Phoenix Models.

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JPTRR
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RAILROAD MODELING
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Posted: Sunday, September 08, 2013 - 09:04 AM UTC
Robert,

I gotta hand it to you - I am not a fan of AFVs all junked up yet the way you have added the bottles and cooler, etc., looks like you have miniaturized some real M1s I have seen photos of.

Your weathering of the tank and the walls and street are fantastic.
hcs080966
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Posted: Sunday, September 08, 2013 - 09:49 AM UTC
Very nice build but you should subdue the red bandana those where a big NO NO in the Army. The loaders uniform should be the ACU and not 3 tone camp. also those tow bars are very heavy I doubt the crew would want to lift it that high they where usually kept attached to the front or rear tow hooks
rob_pollock
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Posted: Sunday, September 08, 2013 - 09:30 PM UTC
Thanks for that Rick. I'm still playing around a little with the camo.

With Mk 1 Eyeball at display height the uniform isn't bad, but under a macro lens the digital splash is too green, although the photos I used do show a greeny brown digital breakup. I plan on getting out a fine brush and a couple of buff shades to tone it down. Will probably apply a wash to the bandanna to cool it off. As there's so little uniform actually in view that should work ok.

I had the tow bar in front to start with, but came across a photo of one heaved into stowage (for whatever reason), and liked the NATO-green colour effect as a contrast to the sand shades. Apologies to Abrams addicts for artistic licence!
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Posted: Sunday, September 08, 2013 - 11:27 PM UTC
I'm just wondering was this type of armor protection used in Iraq in 2008?
rob_pollock
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Posted: Monday, September 09, 2013 - 12:02 AM UTC
According to the Tankograd issue, Volume No 3009, "MIA1/M1A2 SEP Abrams TUSK," and the in TUSK-in-Detail chapter, the configuration of the AFVs photographed is dated July 2008, and it's that set-up I've focused on for the build.

rob_pollock
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Posted: Monday, September 09, 2013 - 12:06 AM UTC
PS in the commentary with the photos I mentioned the figure as from Master Box. It was one from the spares box and I realise now it's probably from a three-crew Verlinden set.
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Posted: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - 02:46 PM UTC
Ok thanks for the info.
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Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 09:16 PM UTC
Interesting....Man I would have loved to see some really righteous hi-detail M2HB's on those gun mounts..
rob_pollock
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Posted: Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 03:34 AM UTC
The Legend set came with a lot of detail, as you'd expect, but once everything is painted it gets a little lost in the build-up of the modular units. Still, there's more detail added or otherwise on show than came with the kit, good though the Dragon kit was in other respects.
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Posted: Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 04:05 AM UTC
Excellent stuff. great build and brill work on the setting.
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Posted: Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 04:39 AM UTC
The tank appears to be maneuvering through a very tight corridor and then there's the crater at the rear — creates tension! Nice job!

—mike