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Maki
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Posted: Monday, October 30, 2017 - 09:00 PM GMT+7
Thanks. PM sent.

Mario
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Posted: Monday, October 30, 2017 - 02:08 PM GMT+7
The beauty of these walkarounds as opposed to a book is that I can easily (and without cost to you) send upgrades whenever they are added. Send me your email address and I'll send you the batch they belong to.
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Posted: Sunday, October 29, 2017 - 08:09 PM GMT+7
Thanks Rob, I appreciate your comments. Tow strap is actually orange... perhaps the color balance made it look more reddish on the photos. I have a plan to subdue the tone quite a bit during weathering stages.

Thanks for the photos. I like the idea of rigging two straps, perhaps I'll try that on my next Humvee build.

I have your SOF Humvee walkaround with various GMVs (that's where I got the inspiration for this build), but haven't seen the photos you included in your post.

Mario
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Posted: Sunday, October 29, 2017 - 02:19 PM GMT+7
Don't worry, dude - interest level still high. GREAT job on the MG's - about the most realistic I've seen. As for your tow strap, it looks great. And I'm sure it did take a long time to get the look. I've never seen a red one, but then again, unlike some folks, I cannot claim to have seen EVERYthing. We did use orange on my gun truck though: (If it looks a little scorched it's because we had a bit of a fire)



And one thing many teams ended up doing (including mine for a time) was rigging two straps. One went from the front bumper (after we got them) to the driver's door, with shackles. The other ran from the rear bumper to the passenger side door, again with shackles. The idea was that should one vehicle go Tango Uniform on the X, the other vehicle could pull up along the hot side, and link the good vehicle's opposite straps together, without ever having to dismount and be exposed to fire. It worked reasonably well. My team ended up going with quick releases made from either 100 mph tape or zip ties, as you see in the above photo. One of our sister teams went with the method described above. Here's how part of that looked:



Both images courtesy of my somewhat susbstantial SOF HWMMV walkaround.
Maki
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Posted: Sunday, October 29, 2017 - 06:58 AM GMT+7
Thanks for the comments guys.

You wouldn't believe how much time it took to get this tow recovery strap done. And to be honest, I'm not so happy about it.



I did the two M240s:





Here are the Adler's Nest anntennae. Not chep but incredible detail:





I did try some weathering on the wheels. First a bit of buff on the inner wheel:



Dust wash:



and pigments:



There are not many things to do to finish this build once and for all, but I'm finding it hard to keep interest flowing.

Mario
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Posted: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 11:26 AM GMT+7
Mario, I just took t the time to go back a couple of pages to look at your photos very closely. You have absolutely perfected your pin wash technique. I cant find a single flaw on anything. Your work really does inspire me!

Regards,

Eric

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Posted: Monday, September 25, 2017 - 03:16 PM GMT+7
Very nice. I too love watching your progress. One suggestion. All of the ammo boxes come with markings describing contents - type, quantity, lot number etc. I don't see any. At least not so far.
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Posted: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 01:50 AM GMT+7
I love this project! It's like a favorite TV series, and I'm looking forward to the new series
Thanks for using сlevis hook from SW
Maki
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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
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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 - 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 - 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: 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: 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.
Maki
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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: 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: Tuesday, August 08, 2017 - 05:16 AM GMT+7
Great progress again Brother. Good decision to replace red board to green.keep safe
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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 - 05:03 AM GMT+7
This is a beautiful build
Maki
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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: 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: 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.

Bill
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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.
Maki
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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: Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 10:46 AM GMT+7
your build is great ,love all the detail you are doing .