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Well i started this build yesterday with the usual wash and prime,I have no idea why but i imagined the model was going to be bigger !!.
Began building and painting the chassis parts up to the stage you see it now, Started glueing the suspension springs and DISaster,, the rear sub frame was around the wrong way, I double checked and found it was the Diff and inboard discs that were the wrong way, Had to take it apart and both axle shafts broke, got it done eventually and re-glued it all. checked the instructions and can see the subframe obscures the diff output so my bad [frown] Anyways onwards and forwards.
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Getting stuck straight into it I see mate ! Why is it we only find out things are in there wrong way AFTER they are glued ? Well done on fixing it though. The humvee will look small after that tiger you built lol
I was going through some books and stuff earlier and found a couple of old tamiya catalogues you will want to have a look at , shows how all of their models look built up. You are flying along with this one !
Did it come with any figures ?
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hahayou dident know humvee's could fly did you, its sorted now and the cats are allowed back in the house [biggrin]. Yes it came with a driver and a gunner,ime gonna see if i can get them to hold hands 
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Soldiers holding hands ? I think in the military they have "don't ask don't tell" so I guess its ok as long as no one sees them lol, maybe they could hide behind the tiger tank !
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Sorted the chassis, and started the body, No problems until i came to the driver, You cannot fit the driver in his seat with his arms on lol
Had a chat with pete and because i wanted to paint the driver before he went in the seat We came to the conclusion that it would be a better idea if i glued his hands to the steering wheel then cut the wheel behind and lift them both out together (viol-la)
What pete never took into account was my age and in a senior moment i glued the driver to the seat [crazy] haha oh well it will just make painting him more difficult and i have learnt something
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Looking good Graham, I think you will be okay painting him in situ , just remember to paint him before you glue the roof on lol ! That picture really give a sense of how wide a humvee is, imagine driving one of those through the narrow lanes around here ! You will soon have this finished mate. I still haven't had a chance to get back to my bench yet, I need to get building

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Looking good Graham, I think you will be okay painting him in situ , just remember to paint him before you glue the roof on lol ! That picture really give a sense of how wide a humvee is, imagine driving one of those through the narrow lanes around here ! You will soon have this finished mate. I still haven't had a chance to get back to my bench yet, I need to get building Pete


OK, you guys are having a bit of fun at Grahams expense! It helps to keep humor nearby when modeling. In that spirit, if the driver is molded in a light color [seems white or gray in the picture], just add a bowtie and pretend he was at a formal gathereing when duty called? Kidding of course. Just mask off around him when you paint.
The chassis and body look nice. 

Humvees are wide [helps stop rollover?]. when they first manufactured the Hummer for civilian use, they narrowed the body some and added all the street features. When I finally saw a "real" humvee I was shocked at the width and low top. The H3 is really narrowed and more SUV-like IMHO.

Good work Graham. solved a major problem and kept on rolling. that is the spirit!

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lol cheers Ted but i managed to get him back in uniform and presentable for inspection [smile]
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I like Teds bow tie idea, give him a bit of a 007 feel lol
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well on with the chassis, And another mistake, I glued the crash bar to the subframe instead of the chassis ( and i am not in any way rushing this build).
Its re-positioned now in the correct place, the tamiya instructions with this kit are a bit blurred in that the bar could be fitted either/or and i had to look at the box picture to actually see the correct position. Done
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I got the driver installed and painted in-situ, Interior is just about done, i have put klear on some bits and will flatten before the roof goes on.
As to weathering this model was not used in combat and will be painted in the woodland camo, i imagine these guys would have washed the vehicle more than drove it,
If anyone has done this build some weathering advice would be appreciated
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Looking good Graham ! It's a pain when you get problems along the way but it looks like you came out on top mate ! In regards to weathering , I know that everyone has their own personal taste and some people like to build "clean" and others very "mucky" and everything inbetween ! And everyone is right as at some stage in its life a vehicle or aircraft will be factory fresh and dirty. If it were me and I wanted to represent a clean vehicle I would at least add tiny a bit of dust and dirt around the tyres and underneath as I feel it adds a bit of realism to a build. But as I said it's a personal choice they after all "our" models and we are free to finish them as we want :-)

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WOW--the driver put on his camos and never let go of the wheel! Well done! I have not built any armor since I was.........since.......well, a long time ago--and I had no idea about weathering then. flat green and flat black were my paints for armor!
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Yep just the 3 nato colours ted green black and brown, the chassis could be green or black, it came black from the factory but when repainted in the field it was done green so either is correct.
Will post next stage laters 
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Nice progress Graham! Like your soldier - 24 on duty :-) heheheh

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