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Old 12-17-2018, 07:13 AM
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LVT-4 Water Buffalo

Hi,

I'm starting a new thread with a model I've been building a while now. It's AFV Club's LVT-4 Early version with few extras such as Voyager basic set, Eduard interior set, Aber metal barrels for machine guns and AFV Club aftermarket tracks.



At the first stage, most of the cockpit was completed.














When it seemed to be ready for some paint, I took some time to pay attention to some reference material in hand and it appeared that many of the interior elements are still to be added before I could reach for the airbrush.

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Gear selector had to be scratched as well because original broke in two and half of it went missing.






Until next update,
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Excellent attention to detail Kristjan.

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great job so far Kristjan love this super detailing work

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Than You, everyone.

Now the interior, seen on previous post has been painted and weathered. I made a few photos of radio also, because it sits on its locker and although its hatches are open, it will be sparsely seen. Sides of the hull are not glued on yet, because I plan to fill the side compartments with some random stuff, and these are not ready yet. Dashboard is another thing yet to be made. Otherwise the drivers compartment is finished.
















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Old 01-26-2019, 06:38 PM
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Little update about my LVT build.

To complete the interior, I've also finished the dashboard with gauge cluster. Instead of going with AFV Club's clear sheet with dials, I chose decals from Archer Fine Transfers. These were covered with Micro Kristal Klear.
I added a sloppy cable as well inspired by some photos I have. It seemed to be nice detail to add.






Side compartments were filled with some random stuff - mostly jerry cans.








Next step will*be gluing the sides on, so the hull will finally be shaped up.*
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Continuing with Water Buffalo.

So Finally the hull has been glued together. It fitted quite nicely, only problem there was that left hull side piece was warped and I did notice it just after it was painted and weathered. So there was no way I could use hot water to straighten it and only thing to do, was just to glue it on with patience, step by step and and to hope it will come up alright. And luckily enough, it did. Next thing to do was to add dashboard and cables to connect it with electric box.












Even though the sides fitted nicely, the belly side of the vehicle needed some filler and sanding. I added strip of resin welding just where front and aft part of the chassis joined together to sort out the gap and minor unevenness of the two parts.




I also started with side sponsons. AFV Club offers only two variants of additional armor - nothing at all, or full side plating. Since my vehicle was only partially armored, armor plates and fittings had to be scratch built. Bolt detail are still to be added to armor plate fastenings.
Track tensioner cover plates were replaced with Voyager ones and these went on, after some altering, just nicely.







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Hi Kristjan

I'm impressed, excellent job. Are you thinking of adding figures and making a diorama for it. I really like that you made the ramp workable and the removable hatch to see all the interior work.

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Thank you, Ralph.

I,m sorry to say that no figures or diorama are planned for this model and I really didn't concerned either from the very beginning. One reason for no diorama is that I planned to display it side by side with my LWS model that has no diorama either. It is somewhat interesting to see these vehicles together - two different approaches for a pretty similar purpose - german one is a total failure, as the US one is a success.


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