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Desert Storm TOW missile launcher
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Posted: Tuesday, April 03, 2018 - 06:17 PM UTC

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I truly love the camo. Absolutely gorgeous. Well done.



Thanks for the kind words Charles,
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Posted: Tuesday, April 03, 2018 - 04:34 PM UTC
I truly love the camo. Absolutely gorgeous. Well done.
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Posted: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 06:14 PM UTC
Sorry for another "bump" but I wanted to show this to a buddy. The original pics are in Photobucket jail and the guy I built this for is long dead now.
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Posted: Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 11:57 PM UTC
Thanks a bunch Nick,
very nice thing to say buddy.
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Posted: Monday, July 27, 2015 - 09:20 PM UTC
The "bump" is also a good way to remind us of the cool stuff you've built! Modern too!

Cheers
Nick
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Posted: Monday, July 27, 2015 - 08:06 PM UTC

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Love the detail here, nice work! Painting figures is my biggest challenge and I'll take several notes from here that's for sure. Keep it coming & thanks for sharing!



Thanks buddy!
I feel bad about the bump but it is the easiest way to show somebody unfamiliar with internet forums.
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Posted: Monday, July 27, 2015 - 01:32 AM UTC
Love the detail here, nice work! Painting figures is my biggest challenge and I'll take several notes from here that's for sure. Keep it coming & thanks for sharing!
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Posted: Monday, July 27, 2015 - 01:03 AM UTC
Very sorry for the bump. I had a new buddy that is not that good with computors and he wanted to know about this vignette.

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Posted: Sunday, April 26, 2015 - 06:17 PM UTC

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I agree,
I've got a couple of resin heads in fritz helmets which I'll may use or pehaps some newer dragon heads that are in the spares box.

Chris



Some of the more recent Dragon or MB plastic heads are fairly nice. The problem is they almost all are stone faced. No expression!
Hornet actually makes a set of heads with one eye closed as if aiming a weapon!
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Posted: Sunday, April 26, 2015 - 11:24 AM UTC
I agree,
I've got a couple of resin heads in fritz helmets which I'll may use or pehaps some newer dragon heads that are in the spares box.

Chris
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Posted: Sunday, April 26, 2015 - 04:28 AM UTC

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Hi Jerry.
Been following this build and now the Casualty evacuation,with a lot of interest,Your style of painting gives me hope,and it's amazing what can be done with the older Dragon kits.

I have one observation with the commander figure,as I find my eye is continually being drawn to it.
The elbow pad on the left arm,where, you have scribed it,I feel it may have been better had you added it as separate piece to make appear as an additional piece of padding.

That being said give us more please.

Reminder to self must get the Dragon Modern sniper set.


Chris



I concur about the elbow patch thing but at some point you just have to say to yourself. How much time do I want to spend on this? I did put in some serious time and there is always room for improvement but....
The sniper set would look good with some hornet heads and maybe a nice Live Resin 50cal rifle?
J
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Posted: Sunday, April 26, 2015 - 02:58 AM UTC
Hi Jerry.
Been following this build and now the Casualty evacuation,with a lot of interest,Your style of painting gives me hope,and it's amazing what can be done with the older Dragon kits.

I have one observation with the commander figure,as I find my eye is continually being drawn to it.
The elbow pad on the left arm,where, you have scribed it,I feel it may have been better had you added it as separate piece to make appear as an additional piece of padding.

That being said give us more please.

Reminder to self must get the Dragon Modern sniper set.


Chris
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Posted: Monday, April 20, 2015 - 09:39 PM UTC

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I know exactly what your talking about Jerry, I'm surprised I still remember some things.

Your correct about the cable from the MGS to the TU, it was only one cable. Nothing from the MGS went to the night sight. What's on the TOW you modeled is most likely an AN/TAS-4C and the one you mentioned you messed with was most likely a AN/TAS-4 or 4A with no post amplifier on it.

It's still a beautiful dio and if it wasn't for me and you knowing what we are talking about, no one else would know the difference.






Well thanks Pete but the only problem is tat the guy I built it for had the same job as me!!! So he knows! Or,at least,he used to know! Hahahaha
Me and him are pretty much on the same page.
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Posted: Monday, April 20, 2015 - 06:58 PM UTC
I know exactly what your talking about Jerry, I'm surprised I still remember some things.

Your correct about the cable from the MGS to the TU, it was only one cable. Nothing from the MGS went to the night sight. What's on the TOW you modeled is most likely an AN/TAS-4C and the one you mentioned you messed with was most likely a AN/TAS-4 or 4A with no post amplifier on it.

It's still a beautiful dio and if it wasn't for me and you knowing what we are talking about, no one else would know the difference.
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Posted: Monday, April 20, 2015 - 06:37 PM UTC
Very nice info. A bit late for my purposes but nice.
Was the set up always like this? I was in from 77 to 94 and on the TOW for almost all of that time. It wasn't till later in my career that we got the night sight and I don't recall the cable that went from the MGS to the night sight at all. Could this be a later version?
After being away from this for over 20 years now I find myself forgetting things that used to be second nature. I spoke with my old fellow Platoon Sergeant buddy yesterday and he is in the same fix.
This dio is of his platoon BTW.
Thanks for your post.
J
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Posted: Monday, April 20, 2015 - 09:32 AM UTC
Awesome job. Next one you do, let me know and I could send you some Echelon subdued patches and ranks, I have extra.

Just one little thing sir and I only noticed it because that is what I worked on in my 20 years in the Army. The post amplifier on top of the night sight is wired wrong. As you can see, the post amplifier cable is wrapped around the TU. The connector near the trigger should be the one connected there.



The cable you have attached to the post amplifier should be attached to the rear of the night sight under the cooler next to the on off switch.

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Posted: Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 08:16 PM UTC
Thanks Engin,for the looking in and the kind remarks.
J
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Posted: Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 07:44 PM UTC
Watching every step of this built was so helpful and final is a great scene. Congrats and thanks my friend.
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Posted: Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 06:58 PM UTC
@James-thanks for the kind words buddy
@Karl-thanks as alway for the remarks and the always inciteful comments man
@Matt and Amoz-thanks for the kind words and and the observations about the weld beads. This was exactly the very last thing I built on this project and I knew I was hurrying. Always a problem when you are modeling.
I did not consult any reference on weld beads and just waded in as the pipe was a last minute brain storm. I will know better next time I build a pipeline!!
Thanks guys. So...aside from the weld thing I guess the consensus was pretty good! So if you take some time with these older sets you can get them "shining like a diamond in a donkeys' butt". Takes a lot more time but it is cheaper that's for sure.
Thanks for all the excellent support along the way and at the finish!!
Now,all I have left is Normandy,Stoumont,Ramcke and casualty evac! Hahaha
J
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Posted: Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 06:51 PM UTC
@Gino-thanks for the comments buddy!
@Patrick-appreciate you looking in ma@Mike-thanks for staying with this thread for soooo lon @Kurt-thanks my old friend for checking in!
@Peter-I agree we need more modern figgies from all countries even-dare I say it-more Marines!! Hahaha (stepping back from the computer)
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Posted: Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 05:31 PM UTC

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Very AWESOME. my only Critique is the welds on the pipe... they look out of scale, and sloppy. Pipe welds are always very neat, and barely come over the pipe (And typically a really narrow band relative to the diameter of the pipe.)



The dio is awesome! I like it a lot. I guess I can see how the pipe weld could be different in that if the pipe carries gas or oil (and they weld a lot), then the weld bead would be uniform. I understand weld beads can vary a lot. I see the weld bead as sloppy, not this great dio as this is truely art. Wonder if the Archer weld decals could be used for something like pipe weld? I agree that this is a small nit-pick on an excellent effort! Congratulations!

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Posted: Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 04:44 PM UTC
Very AWESOME. my only Critique is the welds on the pipe... they look out of scale, and sloppy. Pipe welds are always very neat, and barely come over the pipe (And typically a really narrow band relative to the diameter of the pipe.)
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Posted: Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 03:20 PM UTC
You've really brought this set of figures to life Jerry- the scene staging really suits them. As Gino pointed out- the pipeline is a well observed addition and the groundwork is top notch too. As always- your attention to detail really pays off and I again have to compliment you on the camo uniforms- they are great.
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Posted: Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 06:30 AM UTC
Outstanding job, Jerry! I really like this diorama mainly because of all of the small details you put into it based on your having experienced this event. From the retention straps on the backs of the helmets to the small details of the TOW system that you had to build on your own. You really put life into that old DML/Dragon TOW team and made it look great.

Again, outstanding job!

Cheers,
James
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Posted: Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 05:47 AM UTC
Very nice build on an old DML kit. Alas, sigh, I do hope and wish DML could produce more 1/35 modern figures someday. I mean modelers still buy and build these old DML modern figure kits.