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Special Forces GMV Afghanistan
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Posted: Monday, May 01, 2017 - 09:57 AM GMT+7
Mario, looking at your work on the computer shows just how talented you are. Even at extreme levels of magnification I can't see any building flaws or blobs of glue. The finish is so smooth. This is fantastic work sir!

Regards,

Eric
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Posted: Monday, May 01, 2017 - 10:26 AM GMT+7
Mario,
wonderful build, from the construction and from the paint point of view.

I have one question: I have seen in the last pictures that you use wooden sticks as a support for painting parts.
How do you attach the parts to the sticks ?

Maki
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Posted: Monday, May 01, 2017 - 06:04 PM GMT+7
Thanks guys, I'm glad you like the build so far.

Ettore, the toothpicks are attached using a tiny amount of super glue. Usually to the points which would not be visible after the piece is fixed to the model.

Mario
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Posted: Saturday, May 06, 2017 - 09:40 PM GMT+7
Here it is, turret finished:





I did the bungee cord to secure ammo boxes, gunner's sling and added some more details on the turret.

Baby steps, but its getting there...

Mario
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Posted: Sunday, May 07, 2017 - 12:51 PM GMT+7
Fantastic work wow!!!!!
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Posted: Sunday, May 07, 2017 - 12:58 PM GMT+7
Did you make the hook ends on the bungee cord ?
Or is that something manufactured ?

By the way - Build looking really good...
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Posted: Sunday, May 07, 2017 - 06:00 PM GMT+7
The hook ends were done using thin wire. The whole thing was an exercise in patience, but I think the end result was worth it.

Mario
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Posted: Sunday, May 07, 2017 - 08:12 PM GMT+7
Turret looks great Brother.
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Posted: Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 10:46 AM GMT+7
your build is great ,love all the detail you are doing .
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Posted: Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 07:43 PM GMT+7
Thanks guys, I appreciate the comments.

Mario
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Posted: Sunday, May 21, 2017 - 07:42 AM GMT+7
This build goes from strenght to strength, Mario. Superb detailing and impeccable painting. Stunning all around!

You are a master.
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Posted: Friday, June 16, 2017 - 05:30 AM GMT+7
Wow, this build is amazing! I'm a new guy around here and am starting to attempt a 1/24 conversion of MENG's Hummer into something very similar to this. I don't think I'll be able to get half this detailed even at the larger scale. I definitely am bookmarking this build to use as reference. I can't wait to see more.

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Posted: Monday, August 07, 2017 - 09:47 AM GMT+7
Mario,


Have you finished this project and have final images of it? If you have posted completion pics, I must've missed it.
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Posted: Tuesday, August 08, 2017 - 04:55 AM GMT+7
Not finished, but working on it.

I used some custom PE (thanks to Jolly!) and brass wire to enhance the appearance of the details:



Here's how the ammo cradle looks installed:



And here are some overall images of the current status. The vehicle body received the paint and wash, added some decals as well. I fixed the suspension and the rear shelf with large utility box:





The hood and some stowage items are in the works... the red spine board would be an overkill, so I decided to go with khaki green variant instead:



I'm installing the roof now, hope it would fit well.

Mario
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Posted: Tuesday, August 08, 2017 - 05:03 AM GMT+7
This is a beautiful build
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Posted: Tuesday, August 08, 2017 - 05:05 AM GMT+7
Awesome. I have this kit in my stash, and planning a GMV also, but I doubt it would look as good as this one
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Posted: Tuesday, August 08, 2017 - 05:16 AM GMT+7
Great progress again Brother. Good decision to replace red board to green.keep safe
Engin
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Posted: Tuesday, August 08, 2017 - 08:43 AM GMT+7
Really smooth paint job, and the abundance of gear just shows the wealth and realism of U.S. Special Forces on long range patrols. Great job, Mario!
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Posted: Saturday, August 26, 2017 - 10:54 PM GMT+7
I decided to bite the bullet and order some 3D printed goodies for this build. Clevis hook is Peter Samofalov's design. The printing lines do not show on the first glance, but after a coat of primer the surface needed some prep:



Here is the hook assembly installed. It makes quite a difference and I'm glad I took the time to play around with this:





I installed the roof and the hood, added the winch. Here's how the model looks now:











Now that the majority of the stuff is in its place, I think there were smarter ways to do all this that could have saved me some time and nerves... but I'm glad the end is finally near.

Mario
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Posted: Saturday, August 26, 2017 - 11:13 PM GMT+7
Mario, you catch the tone of the colors so well. Correct colors are obviously essential, but the tone and the depth of color, well, yours seems perfect from here.
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Posted: Saturday, September 09, 2017 - 07:26 AM GMT+7
Mario,


The desert tan looks spot on. Looks "faded" just right.
What paint mix did you use?
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Posted: Sunday, September 10, 2017 - 04:33 AM GMT+7
This is a custom color mix by my friend. It looks really good to my eye as well.

Mario
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Posted: Sunday, September 10, 2017 - 08:40 AM GMT+7
I'm not big on modern pieces but I can't help but love this build. It looks exactly like one of the vehicles I've climbing in and out of many times. There's nothing I could pick out that needs more detail.
Keep up the great work!
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Posted: Sunday, September 10, 2017 - 11:17 AM GMT+7
wow your build is great ,is threr more to add or is that for now ? any way it is very cool .
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Posted: Sunday, September 10, 2017 - 07:36 PM GMT+7
Thanks guys. There's not much more to add, some additional stowage, slings, antennas, as well as two M240s.

Mario