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Special Forces GMV Afghanistan
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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
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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, 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: 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: 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 - 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: 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: Monday, October 30, 2017 - 09:00 PM GMT+7
Thanks. PM sent.

Mario
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Posted: Saturday, December 02, 2017 - 01:53 AM GMT+7
Almost finished with the stowage in the back:



And this is a Cola can in 1/35 scale, amazing set from Royal Model:



Mario