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Posted: Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 09:49 AM GMT+7
I think you have a point, Bob. Most of the long tape strips are indeed on the places where tie downs are located, so it could very well be to prevent wear and tear. I also noticed number of shorter strip segments on the roof frame for instance... that could be some kind of anti-slip surface. Perhaps 18Bravo could shed some light on these.

Pete, I think I listed most of the stuff I use here in this thread. Anything in particular you had in mind?

Mario
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Posted: Thursday, December 25, 2014 - 09:12 AM GMT+7
Just a quick update. I finished the side wall fence and fixed it to the roof rollbar... Honestly, I have no idea how these things are called but I hope you know what I'm talking about. Still need to add some welding marks between the fence and the rollbar.





The whole thing is not fixed to the cargo bed, hence the slight gap on the rear end.

Mario
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Posted: Monday, December 29, 2014 - 09:19 PM GMT+7
I had to cut the Black Dog resin piece again to accomodate the side fence. After all the work I put into making the darned thing fit, I finally made a decision not to use the Black Dog piece. I'm getting frustrated with it and it still doesn't look right.



So, I will be doing a slightly different version of the truck, with less stowage in the cargo bay.

Stay tuned.

Mario
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Posted: Monday, December 29, 2014 - 09:24 PM GMT+7
Looking very good Mario. Too bad about the fit issues. Your OIF M1025 came out incredibly well, so I cant wait to see how this one comes out. Looks like way more work is going into this one too.
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Posted: Tuesday, December 30, 2014 - 09:03 AM GMT+7
Sorry to hear the Black Dog piece didn't work out after all the effort that went into it. Still a great build regardless.
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Posted: Tuesday, December 30, 2014 - 09:19 AM GMT+7
Hi
What is it that makes it not right.
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Posted: Tuesday, December 30, 2014 - 09:30 AM GMT+7
Too bad that the Black dog stowage doesn't fit, especially after all the efforts of you to make it fit.

Will keep an eye on your next steps.



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Posted: Tuesday, December 30, 2014 - 08:48 PM GMT+7
Thanks for following the build guys.

As for the Black Dog piece, I somehow liked the idea of fully ladden Humvee when I started this build. With all the work to make the piece fit, I slowly realized this is not the best way to depict SF Dumvee. I decided to make my own stowage with various pieces from Legend conversion and my spares box.

Mario
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Posted: Wednesday, December 31, 2014 - 04:38 AM GMT+7
That tape strip on the side looks like where the old full length soft top cover attached. I wonder if they made a smaller cover to work with the middle hard top.

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Posted: Wednesday, December 31, 2014 - 04:52 AM GMT+7
I must admit I'm glad, that there won't be this terrible BD block at the back. I'm sure the model will be better. Of course pity that You've wasted some time to make it fit, but sometimes we need to make a step back to make two steps forward then

Best wishes for 2015 and keep this thread alive
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Posted: Wednesday, December 31, 2014 - 04:56 AM GMT+7
I second Kubas comments. I was not real attracted to the concept of having all of that 'stuff' in the back. I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with it. Happy New Year!
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Posted: Wednesday, December 31, 2014 - 05:04 AM GMT+7
You've done a fantastic job on the model so far, 10/10 for trying to make the Black Dog piece work. I look forward to seeing your new take on it, im sure it will look awesome!

Cheers Bob
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Posted: Thursday, January 01, 2015 - 12:00 AM GMT+7
Guys, thanks for the support. Kuba and Brent, I knew you would be glad I ditched the big chunk of resin from Black Dog. I tried to make it work but the more I tried the more I realized it is not the best option.

Hope to give you some updates soon.

All the best in the 2015!
Mario
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Posted: Thursday, January 01, 2015 - 05:58 AM GMT+7
I am sure your own built stowage will be better than this. I am really surprised for such problems on a Blackdog kit. keep safe and happy new year Brother.
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Posted: Monday, January 12, 2015 - 09:30 PM GMT+7
That's a shame Mario, I was watching with great interest as it was looking good....
Thank you for some great ideas/ techniques.
Cheers mate, Jason
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Posted: Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 01:39 AM GMT+7
Just some quick photos to show you how the new setup looks. Most of these are still subassemblies, not glued to the model, added just for the photoshoot.









Spare tire, many ammo can racks, etc. I started building the radio setup by combining different sets from Pro Art. Most of these are molded in cream resin and the details are lost when photographed, but I can assure you these radios are absolutely great. I added some extra details as well. This area will be much busy when all the comms is placed, along with wiring.





And I built satellite antenna for AN/PCS-5.



Cheers,
Mario
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Posted: Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 06:43 AM GMT+7
Looks good, Mario. The added resin details really makes the kit "pop" to the eye.
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Posted: Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 06:48 AM GMT+7
Awesome work thus far, great detail with all the added items. Love this web site for all it has to offer and the great community. Thanks for sharing your work, will continue to follow.

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Posted: Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 10:35 AM GMT+7
Awesome! Im liking this better than the black dog piece already! Radio looks amazing too, i look forward to your next update.

Cheers Bob
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Posted: Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 08:46 PM GMT+7
Thanks for your kind words guys. Hope to have some updates soon.

Mario
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Posted: Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 12:50 AM GMT+7
Mario- very nice work. This is my dumvee... I see, there your's will be much better .
Now I build next taking advantage conversion Black Dog.





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Posted: Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 07:41 PM GMT+7
Nice GMV, Piotr. And good luck with Black Dog conversion.

Mario
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Posted: Saturday, March 07, 2015 - 07:45 PM GMT+7
Here is a small update... After black primer, the base coat is on:





Some details of the wiring:







And a lot of details painted separately:



Mario

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Posted: Saturday, March 07, 2015 - 08:37 PM GMT+7
Good progress Brother. Wiring looks superb.
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Posted: Friday, March 20, 2015 - 08:45 AM GMT+7
Looking good with paint on, wiring looks great too!