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Armor and ground forces of the Allied forces during World War II.
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Half-track Conversions - Advice
Spuds
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Georgia, United States
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Posted: Friday, October 04, 2002 - 08:02 AM UTC
I just came across the web page for AEF Designs and found a number of 1/35th scale Half-track conversions listed. I've never seen any of AEF's work. Anybody have any experience with these kits? How are they?

Spuds
m1garand
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Washington, United States
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Posted: Friday, October 04, 2002 - 09:10 AM UTC


I have done this set, WA-10 - US M-3/T-12 75mm Anti-Tank Conversion, and it is a comprehensive set. The instructions, like most sets like this, leave something to be desired. But a nice set nonetheless.

HTH
cfbush2000
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North Dakota, United States
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Posted: Friday, October 04, 2002 - 11:20 AM UTC
Very nice work.
m1garand
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Posted: Friday, October 04, 2002 - 11:41 AM UTC

Quoted Text

Very nice work.



That's a pic from the AEF Designs website. I haven't taken any pics of mine yet.
AJLaFleche
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Massachusetts, United States
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Posted: Friday, October 04, 2002 - 11:58 AM UTC
My experience with AEF (3 or 4 kits) has been 1.) Do a lot of research, you'll need it to figure out where stuff goes. 2.) Make sure you have replacements for any machine guns. 3.) These a great step off for scratchbuilding projects. I used maybe 10% of the actual parts in the TOW support M151 and the Scout M151 kits. Most of the parts were used as templates.
tedward
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Taipei, Taiwan / 台灣
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Posted: Friday, October 04, 2002 - 03:39 PM UTC
The picture of M1garand attached is from the product list of AEF's webpage. I've 4 set of AEF's products which were bought directly from AEF. After a long time waiting (more than half year) I got them finally. But when I got it, I altered my order of 75mm GMC to Warriors (used to be the Kendal's product) though it much pricey. My suggestion is, unless you : 1. Very experienced in resin product and scratchbuilding. 2. A lot of refernece informations to which you want to buy. 3. The one you love it too much but no other brand produce it. Don't.
kkeefe
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Massachusetts, United States
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Posted: Saturday, October 05, 2002 - 03:20 PM UTC
I have the Israeli M3, 120mm Mortar conversion. It took awhile to arrive. I opened up the package, looked around, closed it right back up again. This will be a "project", but I'm sure determined to do it up one of these days. AEF stuff does look good in photos.

Thanks,
Kevin Keefe
Mortars in Miniature
erthdogg
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United States
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Posted: Saturday, October 05, 2002 - 08:33 PM UTC
by all means use aef kits as templates to scratchbuild from... for the most part the kits are junk.cast terribly with very poor fit an the instructions are a joke ,an really only worth 1/3 of their retail cost.D
Spuds
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Georgia, United States
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Posted: Monday, October 07, 2002 - 10:02 AM UTC
Thanks, guys, for the input. More welcomed. Suddenly I have this large lump in my throat the same as I had looking down the barrel of that AK-47 35 years ago. It's really a shame, because, if there's one neglected area screaming for attention, it's the half-track family. You'd think one of the big after-market guys would get the itch. We can only dream.
shiryon
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New York, United States
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Posted: Monday, October 07, 2002 - 03:12 PM UTC
I have most of AEF's Israeli halftracks I like the stuff and they do build up nice.I usually get my stuff within two monthjosh
aKa shiryon