Genessis-Models

Genessis Models Survey

 

 

Genessis-Models
Sign up Calendar Latest Topics
 
 
 


Reply
  Author   Comment   Page 1 of 3      1   2   3   Next
M.Brindos

Avatar / Picture

Moderator
Registered:
Posts: 3,835
Reply with quote  #1 
Yeah, this has been done thousands of times before. But I've got my own twist on this classic build.


















































This is not your usual M-48A3.  [biggrin]

Lots more to do, but I've made a lot of progress while waiting for things to show up for more work to progress on the M-60.

[biggrin][biggrin][biggrin][biggrin][biggrin][biggrin][biggrin][biggrin][biggrin][biggrin][biggrin][biggrin][biggrin][biggrin][biggrin][biggrin][biggrin][biggrin][biggrin][biggrin]
0
nigel56

Admin
Registered:
Posts: 3,234
Reply with quote  #2 
Wow, that's some great alterations Mike.

Looking good.

[thumb]
0
M.Brindos

Avatar / Picture

Moderator
Registered:
Posts: 3,835
Reply with quote  #3 
Thanks Nigel! The tensioner rollers were only on the A1 and A2 versions and the slight downward angle on the final drive housings were a feature of the M-103. I like the way they look so I added those features to this build. The searchlight is just the icing on the cake lol. That's just super neat and makes my inner child all sorts of happy lol!
0
M.Brindos

Avatar / Picture

Moderator
Registered:
Posts: 3,835
Reply with quote  #4 
I've got the searchlight finished and I've gone and replaced the sighting devices with spares from the Dragon M-103 kit. Already these few pieces have really started to bring this turret to life.

I started to address the tracks by removing the AFVC indies so they can be installed on the M-60 later, but.... the Tamiya tracks are a bit loose (not to mention the guide horns being in the wrong place) and did not take the shape I wanted them to. I believe they are just too stiff besides being a bit larger than they should because of the motorization this kit was originally designed for.

Okay.... so I dig out the rubber band tracks that come with the M-60 and they are beautifully molded and have the correct details. I stick them together and add some LC and they just snuggled in and stuck without any issues. This is what I was supposed to expect from those Dragon tracks, but didn't get. Woot! Okay, now we're in business, right?

No. No we're not. They are about four or five track blocks too long on both sides and are even sloppier than the Tamiya tracks. [scratches head in befuddlement]

Okay then. I hold them up to the M-60's hull and I have to stretch them a bit just to line them up between the two ends. Huh? Alright. Guess that's where those are going lol.

So the AFVC indies go right back on the M-48 and they look spectacular. That's where they will stay then lol.

...and that's where I left off today. The M-60 is about to gain momentum and the M-48 is looking pretty sweet. I did find out that the tensioner rollers and the downward angle of the final drives could actually have been possible at some point, so they're not as far-fetched as I thought. I could be modelling an upgraded M-48A1. Cool.

 

Have a great evening gentlemen and remember, its all for fun. [smile]

0
M.Brindos

Avatar / Picture

Moderator
Registered:
Posts: 3,835
Reply with quote  #5 

I didn't have any plan this morning when I got up besides getting my kids ready for school. But I did manage to put a few things together.

Just adding the details to the turret. A mix of Dragon, Verlinden, Tamiya, and scratch building.

For the MG searchlight deflector I used a bit of Verlinden PE, Evergreen sheet, Produce twist wire (from the grocery store), and the Tamiya deflector base to cobble this together. I used the old trick of layering on thick paint to build up some roundness to the deflector and it's working out pretty good. I'll get the bottom of it later. [smile]

And that's it for now. I'm pretty sure I'll have more to show and tell later.

Have a great morning gentlemen.  [smile]

0
nigel56

Admin
Registered:
Posts: 3,234
Reply with quote  #6 
Stunning work Mike. This is one hell of a project, and I can feel your passion for it in the detail you are doing.

Great build mate.

[thumb]
0
M.Brindos

Avatar / Picture

Moderator
Registered:
Posts: 3,835
Reply with quote  #7 
lol. Thanks mate. I'm just doing this one for fun as I found out it was not another commission build but for me to keep. So I'm just going through all of the AM parts and supplies and building this up as I feel like it should be built and not so much as a historical replica should be built. After seeing hundreds of pictures of this kit all built-up and finished, I have to say I think mine will be "cooler" than those that I've seen to date. Mostly there is a distinct lack of any good figures with most of them.

This build does take up my time while I wait, and wait, and wait some more for things to continue on the M-60. But I'm at a point now where the M-60 should start to move more rapidly and these two builds may end up getting to paint at the same time. Maybe. I'm thinking the M-48 will get there quicker due to the ease of building it, but we'll see.

This particular M-48A3 is going to be closer to an upgraded M-48A1. Which I found out could actually have been possible lol. I'm incorporating a lot of the ideas my Dad had put into all of the M-48 and M-60 builds I've seen him do over the years, plus my own vision of how it should be done. I'm liking this build a lot lol. I've also been watching a lot of videos of tanks in Viet Nam and paying close attention to what the crews actually had as far as equipment loaded on their vehicles. The Tet Offensive saw a lot of tank fighting in the city streets and it was nasty business. These tanks got really beat up in that country, but I'm not going too crazy with knocked-off fenders and beat up running boards or this build will bog down as well.

This one will be dirty and used, but not abused.  [wink]
0
SimonD

Avatar / Picture

Group Captain
Registered:
Posts: 2,523
Reply with quote  #8 
Wow just catching up on everything Mike! Seriously nice work going on with this one mate.
Have subscribed. [smile]

__________________

Cheers, Simon.

On the bench:
Tamiya 1:32 F-4J Phantom "Marines"
Tamiya 1:32 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.XVIe

0
Crossy

Corporal
Registered:
Posts: 190
Reply with quote  #9 
Great work mate


__________________
WIP
Meng 1/35 Leopard 1a5
Has. 1/48 F/A-18D
Tamiya 1/32 F-4C Phantom on hold due to cracked canopy
0
M.Brindos

Avatar / Picture

Moderator
Registered:
Posts: 3,835
Reply with quote  #10 
Thanks mates!! [biggrin][biggrin][biggrin][biggrin][biggrin]
I'm getting really sucked into this build.

Welds, welds, welds. Using Milliput to make welds is definitely a trial of patience. I think I need to let the stuff set up a little longer before using in this way again. When its soft its way to maleable and tends to lift up from where I wanted it to stay. I countered the lifting affect by dabbing a bit of LC on it but that made it softer lol.

But I persevered and I made it work. After that I used some of it to lift the hull casting up to level with the loader's hatch.

After that dried hard i used my trusty Bondo to finish off the newly raised lip.

I then troopered on with the welds on the gypsy rack but went back to using melted stretched sprue. Something I find much more tolerent and forgiving to use for simulating welds.

Just that little amount of work took me all day to finish. I feel mentally exhausted lol.

Thank you for actually reading this thread mates. Need more of you guys following, and building along with me. [biggrin]

0
nigel56

Admin
Registered:
Posts: 3,234
Reply with quote  #11 
I'm with you all the way there Mike...great work.
0
M.Brindos

Avatar / Picture

Moderator
Registered:
Posts: 3,835
Reply with quote  #12 
Thank you Nigel! [biggrin]

I'm up to my elbows in armor these days and I'm enjoying it. I almost have the spotlight all to myself here and I need my friends to join me. Hint, hint, gents. [wink]

I'm not sure what is more fun. Researching my subjects or building them. lol

Actually, I think its the addition of the new things I learn that makes it fun. So both I guess.
0
M.Brindos

Avatar / Picture

Moderator
Registered:
Posts: 3,835
Reply with quote  #13 
I will be back-dating this build to an ARMY M-48A2. Either in 'Nam or Western Germany. I have yet to decide that part yet.

Keep an eye on this thread later. I'm about to show you some cool stuff.  [wink]
0
nigel56

Admin
Registered:
Posts: 3,234
Reply with quote  #14 
Research is an amazing thing to do when building a model.

As an example I've only just found out that in the 60's they planned on using A4 Skyhawks to deliver atomic bombs from aircraft carriers.

Looking forward to the next update.
0
M.Brindos

Avatar / Picture

Moderator
Registered:
Posts: 3,835
Reply with quote  #15 
I was just reading that in your Skyhawk thread lol. I didn't know that either.
0
Previous Topic | Next Topic
Print
Reply

Quick Navigation:

Easily create a Forum Website with Website Toolbox.