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Meng Husky TSV with AA heavy conversion
maximus8425
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England - North East, United Kingdom
Joined: May 12, 2006
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Posted: Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - 08:31 PM UTC
Morning everyone,

Thought I would post a few pictures of my latest build, Meng's Husky TSV. I must admit I am very impressed by this kit, even in it's early stages as it almost falls together with zero issues so far. I have built Meng's kits before but this surpasses even those. It is all very modular, just like the real vehicle which makes building easier and will make painting a doddle also.
I have added the Accurate Armour heavy conversion parts to the load bed so far without any major problems apart from having fingers like bratwursts and bending some detail. as you can see I have moved the satcom antenna to the front right wing as I have seen in every picture I have seen of a "heavy". It looks high in the pictures but is only on a level with the top of the air intake.







LonCray
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Virginia, United States
Joined: August 24, 2005
KitMaker: 287 posts
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Posted: Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 12:36 AM UTC
Nice work! I, too, found this kit to be a box shaker. The engineering is up there with Tamiya while the details are close to AFV Club. Go Meng go!
Sandbox
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Connecticut, United States
Joined: October 29, 2002
KitMaker: 345 posts
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Posted: Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 07:11 AM UTC
good to hear. Progress looks excellent. I have the AA recovery conversion set along with their weighted wheels set. Asking for the Meng kit as Christmas present.
maximus8425
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England - North East, United Kingdom
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Posted: Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 08:39 AM UTC
Yeah it's a really good kit. I got the DEF Model wheels for mine as part of a deal with a set for my Panda M-ATV. The DEF wheels are flawless, I'm really pleased with them. wiring the antenna mounts now with copper wire and fitting the AA ECM antennas. I'll have to scratch the data antenna as the AA one isn't up to the job in my opinon.
maximus8425
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England - North East, United Kingdom
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Posted: Sunday, August 18, 2019 - 05:42 AM UTC
A few samll update pics, wired the antennas and drilled the cab to accept the wiring. Started on the can interior with the equipment racks and rear seats which are dry fitted into place. Also the weapon station turntable is in although the AA one was very flimsy and tore so I replaced the centre with card. I'll attach the weapon station to that and then cut out the hatch opening. Last picture is of the ECM boxes and a pair of Bowman radios. They will need adjustng slightly to fit into the racks.







SoftskinFan
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Georgia, United States
Joined: January 30, 2017
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Posted: Sunday, August 18, 2019 - 10:18 AM UTC
Glad to hear this! I have the kit, but it's "in line." Hope I have as easy a time as you are!
maximus8425
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England - North East, United Kingdom
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Posted: Monday, August 19, 2019 - 01:55 AM UTC
Hi Gary,

Really it's the only issue I have come across. The centre section is VERY flimsy and really needed replacing. Hopefully this will hold when I glue the turret to the turret ring as I am not a fan of CA glues in general.
WarWheels
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Illinois, United States
Joined: March 24, 2006
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Posted: Monday, August 19, 2019 - 02:09 AM UTC
Very nice job so far on the project Max.
maximus8425
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England - North East, United Kingdom
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Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 07:20 AM UTC
And to continue, been concentrating on the turret which is made up of some seriously small parts. My eyes are aching and fingers sore from cutting them from the pour blocks. But it's pretty much together apart from the .50. Had to strengthen the bracket where it attaches to the gun shield as again the parts were very flimsy and not really up to it in my opinion. Anyway pics below, apologies for the lighting.











maximus8425
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England - North East, United Kingdom
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Posted: Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 06:27 AM UTC
Just a one picture update as it took me a while to do this. Undercoated and then sprayed the topcoat on which looked extremely yellow to begin with but looks a lot better with the IC boxes and wiring painted. still got to do a pin wash and an overall wash just to tone it down a little more. Internal lights won't go in until everything is done and a flat coat applied. The dash decals are insanely small but really look the part once they are done.

bat_213
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Canada
Joined: January 07, 2019
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Posted: Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 02:40 PM UTC
WOW,YOUR BUILD LOOKS GREAT ,LOVE YOUR PAINT WORK .
Denimo
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British Columbia, Canada
Joined: August 29, 2017
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Posted: Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - 01:52 PM UTC

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Nice work! I, too, found this kit to be a box shaker. The engineering is up there with Tamiya while the details are close to AFV Club. Go Meng go!



Agreed re Meng. Im building the M911 C-HET and the detail and fit/orientation of the parts is brilliant. I bought the Voyager p e set for it but its v fiddly and the frets are badly numbered. The p e radiator grille is a nightmare of complex variables IMHO.

Given the Meng kits level of detail, Ive put most of the Voyager stuff to one side.



maximus8425
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England - North East, United Kingdom
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KitMaker: 291 posts
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Posted: Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - 09:48 PM UTC
As I said before there are no issues at all with the Meng kit. This is my first foray into a kit/conversion with a significant amount of resin and although the results look good I am not enjoying the experience. I find everything is so brittle and have broken so many parts it's unreal. Luckily they have glued together well with CA glue, I'm using Gorilla CA glue for that and it's amazing.
A few updates on the weapon station, things look a little off as it is just dry fitted together at the moment to make it easier to paint. I lost the cocking handle of the .50 to the carpet monster and will have to find something to replace it. I have replaced the shoulder bar with brass tube as it just wasn't surviving any type of handling.







Trisaw
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California, United States
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Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 04:05 AM UTC
Incredible attention to details!