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Old 12-07-2009, 02:55 PM
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Dragon M3 GMC75

Here comes my second Vbench!

I started the Halftrack a while back. Some of it for a review so I figured to go ahead and do the whole thing. Been wanting to share with you guys my builds but I haven't done any armor since the last Halftrack, which is still unfinished, waiting for me to tackle pigments.

So away we go!

Ok, here's what I have, Dragon's M3 GMC75. Going to use all this Griffon PE and the chevron tires left over from the M2A1 I did last year.

Just have to pick a subject, going to be from North Africa for sure, I think I'm pretty safe saying this dueled in the sun during Operation Torch. I'm sure someone can check me on that if i'm wrong. Will update with I start cutting sprues and sniffin' glue.. :face: (that's the nontoxic Tanex7 variety for those who are humorless).

I've got it primed now but have some other stuff to add to it, think this is about all the soldering I'm going to do.

Looking over the 4 separate sets of instructions and trying to figure out which way to go, I thought I would start with what looked to be the most difficult. The Gun Mount.

I can understand how you Armor Nuts...I mean Folks really enjoy working in this genre when you have folks like Griffon supplying stuff like this barrel.

I like the way Dragon treated the kit barrel, instead of two halves running the length of the barrel, resulting in a seam that needs to be address, this is 4 slide molded tubes that connect one to the other. Not really anything wrong with the kit part.

But this one will be used...

The kit Gun Mount, nice part within itself...

...that is cut to shreds. The options we have with this mount is early vers, late variants, just like so many builds we face today. I'm going early, more complex.

And a quick dry fit and test. hoping the digital camera can pickup some problems thus far. Looks good to me, if you see anything wrong please let me now.
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Old 12-07-2009, 03:12 PM
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very nice,
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Old 12-07-2009, 03:34 PM
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Nice detailing! I will follow this project with interest!

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Old 12-08-2009, 09:07 AM
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Bring on the Brass! Looks great, Bob.


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Old 12-08-2009, 10:44 AM
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Ohhh....my brass encrusted and solder scared brother, Rick. Not again, As much as I love that first halftrack I'll never do it again. Plastic doesn't have to burn to bond.

You have to wonder why Lion's Roar or anyone else hasn't come out with other kits like that one we built. Guess it's because only a few sadistic freaks like us would even think of tackling that thing!
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Old 12-14-2009, 08:59 AM
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Got some more work done but doesn't look like it.

Got some more work to do to it and then prime and paint it. I'm not going to try to paint like some of you guys painting the complete build, don't know how you guys paint completed builds.

Get this done and start the traditional building starting at the chassis and working up.
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Old 12-14-2009, 08:35 PM
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Looking Good Puppy

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Old 06-30-2010, 11:20 AM
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I'm going to take Laura's lead and blame the other site for my lack of participation here. Sorry folks. I do get by from time to time to gawk but they seem further apart lately.

Here's an update I think y'all will like. Doing the Darby's Rangers 75mm GMC that Ken Abrams researched. Should be able to do a fair representation since he's guiding me through yet another Halftrack saga. So here we go.

Sorry for the bad picture, should have turned the flash off.

Here are the parts. I cut the kit part large spring from the connector rod that attaches to the idler. Just like Ken did, but I drilled a hole in the center and glued a .5mm rod for a guide. Then took either a .8 or 1.mm rod and wrapped solder around it, tight. Took some thin brass sheet and punched out a washer for the end of the spring. Then I took a 1.5mm bass pipe and soldered a .8 rod to use as a collar to attach to the mount point on the chassis. Hope this makes sense. Yes, all this could be done in plastic, I like working with solder and brass. I don't know why...

And here we are all together.

ugly picture!

The mount point on the other side did not come out as well as this one so I'm going to work on it again. I think I can do it again no problem. Besides it'll be covered with some mud when done so not biggy.

I may throw a bolt head to the end of the spring cylinder just to give it something else there at the open end.

And here are the springs on the de-ditching roller.

I like the right hand side better so all future pictures will be from the good side...

Thanks for looking, let me know what you think (other than me being nuts).
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Old 07-02-2010, 01:38 PM
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Looking good!

Yeah, nothing wrong with the kit part for the barrel, but metal is so much better if nothing else than for the weight and feel of it.

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Old 07-04-2010, 12:13 PM
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Talking Movie Star

Yes we have a movie star amongst us! (the build that is) Although Moonpuppy has his own reputation.

We'll have to get some paparazzi to click some pics from his (models) left side from time to time ...
he can't get away with his photogenic right side only!

Nice work by the way!
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