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My first HEMTT - the Italeri LHS
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Posted: Saturday, August 13, 2016 - 08:19 AM GMT+7
Michael - The actual "S" part of the S can is inside the brake drum, but there is a shaft/tube that comes outside of the back of the brake drum area that attaches to the slack adjuster.. That also attaches to the brake chamber.

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Posted: Saturday, August 13, 2016 - 10:44 AM GMT+7
Dustin, I almost went back and posted the remark that the slack adjuster does attach to the opposite end of the shaft the S cam is on.

Again I won't know until the Real Model resin parts arrive. Also, so far I have not found a good photo or drawing of how the brake actuator mounting brackets are laid out on the HEMTT.

Found one!
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Posted: Saturday, August 13, 2016 - 10:47 AM GMT+7
Took this vampire out into the sunlight to take some progress photos. Don't know for sure these add anything you guys and gals have not seen already.





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Posted: Saturday, August 13, 2016 - 11:08 AM GMT+7
The bracket that the brake chamber bolts to, and the S cam goes through is pictured here.

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Posted: Saturday, August 13, 2016 - 12:11 PM GMT+7
H Michael, you Vampire looks pretty good so far. I am following the build and enjoying all info you are putting out. Keep up the good work.
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Posted: Saturday, August 13, 2016 - 12:30 PM GMT+7
Michael, this build really is something to watch. Isn't it fun to look at a drawing in a TM only to find 90% of the detail was missed? You can get carried away trying to replicate it all.

Regards,

Eric
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Posted: Saturday, August 13, 2016 - 02:31 PM GMT+7
Yes it's fun but even I know there has to be a limit! (Of course deciding where that limit is - that's another matter!)
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Posted: Saturday, August 13, 2016 - 03:24 PM GMT+7

Photographer uncredited



Anyone know of a gun ring kit available separately that I could add to my HEMTT? (Clearly the Italeri gun truck has one.) Is there any other source?
I can probably scratch the framework but the traverse ring could be the problem.



Did you know the gunner has a removable platform to stand on?
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Posted: Saturday, August 13, 2016 - 04:20 PM GMT+7
Boy, this build is taking whole another meaning to modeling. All this information is priceless.
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Posted: Saturday, August 13, 2016 - 05:40 PM GMT+7
Mike,
I have 8 of those round air brake things from my Trumpeter Patriot kit and an older style gun ring kit you can have if you want.
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Posted: Saturday, August 13, 2016 - 06:34 PM GMT+7

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Boy, this build is taking whole another meaning to modeling. All this information is priceless.



Mike - I feel like this is the kind of research you have to do to take a model to the next level of detailing and with the internet almost anything you are looking for is probably out there.
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Posted: Saturday, August 13, 2016 - 07:09 PM GMT+7
I have the rings from both the m923 and the m35 if you need them.
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Posted: Saturday, August 13, 2016 - 08:20 PM GMT+7

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Boy, this build is taking whole another meaning to modeling. All this information is priceless.



Mike - I feel like this is the kind of research you have to do to take a model to the next level of detailing and with the internet almost anything you are looking for is probably out there.



I hear you brother as you are absolutely correct. The evidence is already becoming clear with what you have done so far. I would strongly suggest to still replace your rubber tires for resin. I had a bad experience with rubber tires frm trumpeter kit. No matter how much paint and flat coat I sprayed on then in the end they look as if I had spray gloss.

So, in the end I gave up and took them of the kit and washed them in simple green to remove all the paint. From then on all my builds use resin replacements just so I don't have to repeat the headache.

Either way, I'm enjoying your build immensely.
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Posted: Sunday, August 14, 2016 - 01:29 AM GMT+7
A small added detail plus finally, a good look at those new Italeri rubber tires:


Small angle brace added to the fenders.
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Posted: Sunday, August 14, 2016 - 01:34 AM GMT+7
AND . . . . a shot that up till now I have not thought to take:



p.s. I started to buy the new Italeri 20' container at the same time I bought this model. Then I thought I might end up building my own load or go in a different direction entirely so I put my wallet back into my pocket.
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Posted: Sunday, August 14, 2016 - 01:39 AM GMT+7
Mike - As far as painting/weathering the tires is concerned I usually weather with pastels so anything reacting chemically with the rubber is not a concern for me.


These are rubber tires on this HobbyBoss White 666 semi-tractor. (My conversion)


These are painted resin tires on this flatbed trailer.

All weathered using pastels.
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Posted: Sunday, August 14, 2016 - 02:12 AM GMT+7
Sagged wheels would really set this off though.

That last shot is very cool.
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Posted: Sunday, August 14, 2016 - 02:17 AM GMT+7
Impressive work Michael, you have done a great job on this so far, it is going to turn out great!
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Posted: Sunday, August 14, 2016 - 02:19 AM GMT+7

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Sagged wheels would really set this off though.

That last shot is very cool.



I won't promise but I do have a plan to glue the wheels on so they do not rotate and then use my Dremel to grind some flats into the bottoms of the tire.

OR . . . (a technique I saw recently) use a counter sunk wood screw through the tire and into the rim to cause the rubber tire to flatten on the bottom and bulge at the sidewalls.
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Posted: Sunday, August 14, 2016 - 03:47 AM GMT+7
More on the brakes:

Did a little photo retouching last night - starting with drawings from the TM. Here I have eliminated the internal workings of the HEMTT brake actuators so the external "look" can be seen.



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Posted: Sunday, August 14, 2016 - 05:04 AM GMT+7
A few more minor details:






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Posted: Sunday, August 14, 2016 - 08:24 AM GMT+7
Another small:




Rear angle brace for this right side rear stowage box.
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Posted: Sunday, August 14, 2016 - 08:27 AM GMT+7
Michael, that is some great work on the TM images. I will have to visit this thread when I'm ready to tackle something this big.

Regards,

Eric
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Posted: Sunday, August 14, 2016 - 09:50 AM GMT+7