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Posted: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 02:53 AM UTC
HI guys - and sorry for the delayed response - thanks to each of you for taking some time to leave a comment or two! I appreciate it! and...a Little pressure never hurt anyone!

As for pressure....work has been full of that lately....we've started a new fiscal year....into it less than a month and already fears over backlog, utilization...and so on and so on....so, what better way to address that despair and misery? tedious model building of course! I'm guessing it's a lot less expensive than a therapist!!....and only regarded to as a vice by those around us who wonder..."why does he do it...?"...hahaha!

Well, we all do it for a lot of reasons - - I enjoy the challenge, nobody wondering why you are doing it one way or other, when the "numbers will be updated, and when we can bill", and mostly I suspect, the process, which is 100% directed by us, the model builder! The effort can be wildly ambitious or simple as possible - if it's fun, it's a victory!

OK, yes...you all get the point...and, yes, I have been going at the T-55 - as noted above, it's another Takom, which I'm converting to an AMV - and while Tim lost count on the holes on the stanchions....there are a variety of new and improved challenges for this update. Small, oddly shaped parts, being put together - please have a look:





I don't need not stinking therapist!!! I've got Aber etch parts!!!






Just joking - while not easy, I really like building, then destroying these parts:







the bricks above are from Voyager - I ran out of the cast versions, so, what else? more etch (and they were pretty cheap!)!



So here's a bummer - I like what these details look like - but, they'll be largely screened by the fender skirts - so, what better reason to utilize more damage?:



By adding more damage, you're actually taking away objects that would otherwise block views - and my collection of prototype images suggest that what I've done is actually fairly light on the damage...

and finally sort of a bummer:



Before all the damage, this fender looked pretty good!! - no more....

thanks for having a look -

Cheers

Nick



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Posted: Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 05:01 AM UTC
Great idea Nick and smartly executed. Your vehicles here are something special.
Looking frwd to how it all comes together.

Regards Dave
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Posted: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 02:36 AM UTC
Looking very good !! keep posting
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Posted: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 09:52 PM UTC
Hi Nick … Your Holy Randomness!

I was beginning to think … these images of "wherever-gaph-raq-stan-land" are getting a little boring. When is he gonna' build some stuff again? … wait a minute, those are models! Holy crap!!! You've gone and done it again, my friend — blurred that "reality line" thingy which totally messes with my already blurry vision and what's left of my 60's-fried brain!

Your photography is so amazingly convincing that I pause to wonder what kind of "ground-pounder" was it that actually leveled that Structure. … Oh wait … an X-Acto blade surgical strike! … Really love the battle damage on that vehicle too!

Too much coffee for me this morning! … Cheers!☕️
—mike
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Posted: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 08:35 PM UTC
Nick - you must have gotten tired of building straight lines and square corners in the Bladerunner dio so you decided to blow something up!

Amazing - NO WORDS!

p.s. Those high angle vehicle photos on that piece of "pavement" in natural sunlight are out-of-this-world REAL!
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Posted: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 08:02 PM UTC
Looks like it is shaping up to be another masterpiece, as usual. Great job Nick.
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Posted: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 04:30 PM UTC
Love it
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Posted: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 03:49 PM UTC
Positively stupefying work Nick...I lost count of how many holes you had to drill in the el cheapo kit’s bar-armor stanchions when I passed 320...in fact I think I passed out
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Posted: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 05:42 AM UTC
Hi guys - thanks to all of you for taking some time to look, and leave some comments!

This one still has a long way to go, so the positive words are really appreciated! - As all of you know, large scale tedious and repetitive tasks....take a lot of time and energy - and can become downright demoralizing!

Agustin - yep, it's a scratch build - converting the Academy M1151 into an M1165A1, then the elements that make it the SOCOM expanded capacity version. The bedrails, pioneering tools on the hood, and front bumper are among the most apparent changes from the previous versions. A deep junkbox is helpful for this conversion....haha!

Hi Rob - I'm glad you noticed that bumper! I have been looking for a reason to try and build it. As for the overall image, thanks alot - I'm glad it "almost" passed your "eye" test. Backdrops are always hard - I've concluded that I prefer a generally similar, but obscure background over something more precise - as a viewer you might be less likely to pick up on problems with scale or perspective. We'll see what happens here...and, your reference images helped this built a lot.

Hi James - thanks very much! I appreciate it! The process that we all take to get it where we want it - it seems different each time - and how it will settle out? - I'm not sure how I'll resolve the backdrop question...we'll see!

Hi John - thanks - and i appreciate your word choice - that it "captures a feeling" - seems on some projects, that's more relevant than including EVERY detail...per above, you never know! It is a strange challenge -to show enough...if not, that's really obvious - or, showing too much...can be fine, but also unnecessary - ask me how I figured that out!! haha

Tim and Cheyenne!! haha!thanks, brothers! Lets hope it flies when it's done!

Hi Mario - I'm glad you recall that build - it was a lot of GMV's! - each inspired on some level by your outstanding work! - similar, but not near yours. This one is getting better I think - I tried to tighten up a few details, and be less fussy a bout others - thanks!

Hey Jerry - haha - you know my pattern: finish a project, get a bit burned out, obsessively start something new...then start a post...and hope for the best! Seeking the convincing realism is a fun part too - looking for ways to convey real scale from small scale is fun- And - as I noted above - a key to this, is your fundamental rule: keep random stuff random - not as easy as it sounds....

Peter, Nacho, Dave, John, Jason, and Tom - thanks very much for taking sometime to leave a comment - I really appreciate it! Let's hope it turns out ok!

OK - on to today's post. I have not been following a particularly rational sequence with this build - As the building and debris have been going, I've had a few vehicles underway too.

Below - an "other" guy's vehicle damaged by unknown sources - but, the result is a broken front axle and burned tires. Continuing my self-imposed tradition of making some things harder than they have to be, this one received scratch built stand off armor. My reference photos typically show slat armor - but, having scratch built a few of those, I opted for bar armor. While not all that easy to do, substantially less bad than the alternative - Please take a look:





Yes...tedious. With some color, and as just finished:











This will wind up amidst the rubble, in front of the damaged building. For an "el cheapo" kit - as I recall, less than $25 usd, plus some extras, I'm pleased with it!

On the other side of the spectrum, I'm still working on T-55 number two (converting to a T55 AMV) - and still enjoy it! not easy at all:







Like the first one, this will receive more parts and much more damage - you can see missing ERA blocks up front and damaged sub frame.

Thanks for having a look!

cheers
Nick
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Posted: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 01:29 AM UTC

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Incredible accuracy and realism on all parts of this build so far. Fantastic work! I'll be following the rest of this build with great interest.


Same thoughts.
Totally great work.

Tom
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Posted: Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 03:47 PM UTC
Incredible accuracy and realism on all parts of this build so far. Fantastic work! I'll be following the rest of this build with great interest.
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Posted: Friday, November 10, 2017 - 06:48 PM UTC
Fantastic work!
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Posted: Friday, November 10, 2017 - 05:04 AM UTC
Nick only one word from me: WOW.
I really look frwd to what else you're gonna create w/ this awesome project!
Very cool indeed amigo

Regards Dave
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Posted: Friday, November 10, 2017 - 03:06 AM UTC
No words. It's simply amazing.

I'll follow this thread closely.
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Posted: Friday, November 10, 2017 - 12:02 AM UTC
Amazing! That's quality work that belongs in a museum!
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Posted: Thursday, November 09, 2017 - 10:43 PM UTC
Classic Nick,
He isn't around for a little bit and then BAM....a boatload of awesome realism is displayed. Don't know how you do it man,
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Posted: Thursday, November 09, 2017 - 04:04 PM UTC
Wow! I remember the Battle for Debreck Pass, but you managed to take this Humvee to a whole new level. Wow!

Mario
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Posted: Thursday, November 09, 2017 - 03:01 PM UTC





Cool Nick , nice work .
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Posted: Thursday, November 09, 2017 - 04:39 AM UTC
Oh, man Nick so much to like about this one! Definitely top notch work thus far. I remember going by buildings like that back in '03 and '06, you seriously captured the feel of a wrecked building. Another one to be following the progress of closely, this is gonna be good.

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Posted: Thursday, November 09, 2017 - 04:28 AM UTC
Holy crap, Nick! All you have done so far looks outstanding and incredibly realistic. At first quick glance I thought the picture of the GMV near the structure was a reference photo you were using for this project until I read through this thread and looked more closely at it. I agree with Rob that with a proper background one could think the picture of your work was the real thing. I always enjoy seeing your work and find it inspiring.

Cheers,
James
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Posted: Thursday, November 09, 2017 - 03:28 AM UTC
With a proper backdrop, the photo of the gun truck and the demolished building could be real. Excellent job. And I believe yours is the first GMV I've seen to tackle that 5th Group bumper.
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Posted: Thursday, November 09, 2017 - 02:58 AM UTC
Scratchbuilt???? OMG

I have a M1114 from Bronco, and I don´t know if use a conversion kit or leave it in its original concept, it is supposed to carry five S.F operators in a patrol.
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Posted: Thursday, November 09, 2017 - 02:54 AM UTC
Hi Agustin, thanks - It has a long way to go!

The GMV conversion is scratch built, plus trips to the junk box, some new tires/wheels, and some Live Resin:





Thanks for dropping by!

Nick

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Posted: Thursday, November 09, 2017 - 02:46 AM UTC
Incredible scene. I hope I get the same quality level seen in your pictures. By the way, where did you get the conversion kit for the Humvee?