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Old 12-21-2008, 01:51 PM
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M4A1 mortar carrier 3rd AD conversion

Some of you may or may not remember I already have a v-bench with a pair of M2's in the works but as that project is very involved I thought I might build something a little less tedious in between stages.

The 2nd AD conversion to face the mortar forward, is by far the most popular ( for lack of a better term ) but the 3rd AD conversion was much more complicated and IMO a much better 'design'.


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From what I have read it is my understanding that the M4/M4A1 was ( unlike most other halftracks ) the product of one manufacturer, the White Motor Co. One thing that almost all M4A1 mortar carriers in the pictures I've seen have is the later skate rail. Unlike the skate rail supplied with the kit, which is the solid frame welded gusset design, the later skate rail was a bolted bracket design. This first attempt didn't come out so well but hopefully my next attempt will be better.


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There were some ugly kinks in the skate rail, a combination of cutting the heck out of the kit part and a spill this model took unto the floor breaking some parts, so I have attempted to hide the kinks with the radio and the MG.


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I have a few more small details to add and I can begin painting, which will hopefully be within the next weeks time, I still have two full days off before my son is home from school for Christmas break.

Thanks for looking and as always, questions/comments/critiques are very much welcome.

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Old 12-21-2008, 02:39 PM
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Very nice work, I'm surprised you're going with the kit wheels.
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Great work...
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Old 12-23-2008, 09:19 AM
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Very clean build you've done here. Specially that brass plate for the mortar; looks like an aftermarket kit.

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Old 12-23-2008, 11:53 AM
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Very nice work, I'm surprised you're going with the kit wheels.
Thanks.

ahhhh, those kit tires. Never since the 'blackened muzzle' have I seen such a heated debate. To be honest, they are at the bottom of my personal tweaks list of these kits, almost every model I build gets mounted on a base into groundwork and can be easily hidden.

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Very clean build you've done here. Specially that brass plate for the mortar; looks like an aftermarket kit.

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Thank you Ruben,

I have been trying to make masters for casting purposes and I've tried many different things. This was my best attempt, except for the un-even spacing of some of the holes which can be seen if you look closely.

Same thing for the spare headlight brackets as well, brass seems to be the way to go and I can't see how these parts could be cast in resin, if only the PE companies paid more attention before the released their sets...

but now it looks like I'm whining so I'll just shut up and keep building.

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Old 12-23-2008, 12:55 PM
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Not whining, just particular!

Very nice work, Ken.

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Thanks Rick.

Finally some updates on this slow build. The first pictures are the final scratch built details I did as well as some gift box tissue paper stowed gear, nothing too special but I figured I'd show them anyway.

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and then the first bit of paint being laid onto the primer coat, long way to go yet but this is the start of the fun stuff.

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As always, questions, ideas, critiques are most welcome.

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Wow, looks ace!

Can you give us some details on the paper you used for the tarps. Love the look of them!
looking forward to your next update
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Alright- glad to see you moving forward on this one and taking the time to post an update for all of us. I think you maybe the go to guy on these American halftracks so I'll be bugging you for sure when I get around to building one.
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Hey Camokid...
Is that "real blood"... the one you used to paint the halftrack?
It's looking Awesome, and that's just the first coat.
I have the same question as jagdpanzer do you have any "details on the paper you used for the tarps"?

Great work
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