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Bradley NATO three tone camo
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Posted: Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 07:10 AM UTC
I've finally got off my butt and finished this. Still needs the stowage, but I'm not pressing my luck here. Lol

Also, I still have the worst litghing. Maybe one day I'll get a light box for pictures.










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Posted: Friday, September 14, 2018 - 09:45 AM UTC

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Thank you for the kind words about the camo. I was nervous to try it, since this was first time at a NATO scheme.

You're right, I need to clean those lines up. I was being lazy when I first started this kit.

I do like the more realistic look of the NATO camo, I'll just do a pin wash.

Here is a couple of update shots. Details painted. I'll be redoing the cans once the mold lines are cleaned up.

I'm filling all the holes in the lower hole, once the putty is dry and cleaned up, I'll finish up the lower hull.






very nice job
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Posted: Friday, September 14, 2018 - 08:11 AM UTC
Coming along nicely.
Thirian24
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Posted: Friday, September 14, 2018 - 05:20 AM UTC
Thanks Gino.

I've been busy with work and haven't spent a ton of time on this. But I have managed to get a little bit of weathering done.






Excuse my work bench. My wife moved all of my things into the game room and I just haven't organized any of it yet.
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Posted: Monday, August 20, 2018 - 11:54 PM UTC
Yes, a tow bar could be carried. The MRE boxes would be the smaller, flatter box as in the old Tamiya Modern US Accessory Set (35141).



Here is a M2A2 in Bosnia in '96. You can see the flatter MRE boxes on the ront.
Thirian24
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Posted: Monday, August 20, 2018 - 03:10 PM UTC
Thank you Gino.

Would this era of Bradley be carrying a tow bar? I mean, is it in the realm of possibilities?

Also, what style of MRE cases were being used during the Bosnia conflict?
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Posted: Sunday, August 19, 2018 - 04:44 AM UTC
The rucksack looks good. Nice job on it. 8 more to go if you want to depict a full vehicle. A Bradley carries a full compliment of 9 soldiers; 3 crewmen and 6 dismounts.
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Posted: Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 11:39 AM UTC
First time for me to do any type of stowage. Painted one of these up to see how it would look.

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Posted: Wednesday, August 08, 2018 - 12:09 AM UTC
Thank you Gino. I'll look into that.
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Posted: Sunday, August 05, 2018 - 11:39 PM UTC

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Gino - Don you make you're own sandy brown color for a wash?



I do. I use acrylic craft paints for washes; like what you can get at Michael's or Hobby Lobby, etc. I just go with what looks right to me, a sandy color.


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Also, does anybody have any tips or ideas on how to make the swim barrier look more realistic or better looking?



You could make it yourself as opposed to using the crappy kit part. It is basically just a rubber tube that is split along the top edge. Inside is the actual canvas swim barrier. The tube is held together with straps to secure it. You could build the tube out of lead-foil and make individual straps. It would definitely look better than the kit part.

You can see it pretty well here.

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Posted: Sunday, August 05, 2018 - 02:07 PM UTC
Lower hull, wheels and tracks painted.







Lighting is terrible in this last pic. I guess I need to find a way to take better pictures.
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Posted: Sunday, August 05, 2018 - 01:05 PM UTC
Richard, thank you sir!

I used the party whistles from dollar general. Whatever they are called. They come in multiple colors.

Gino - Don you make you're own sandy brown color for a wash?

Also, does anybody have any tips or ideas on how to make the swim barrier look more realistic or better looking? The kit part looks like crap. I'm by no means trying to make this kit look ultra realistic nor have I done any kit corrections. But perhaps I can improve the swim barrier.

Thanks!
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Posted: Sunday, August 05, 2018 - 07:12 AM UTC
Nice clean paint job Dustin. I particularly like the lens effect, how did you get it?
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Posted: Sunday, August 05, 2018 - 12:54 AM UTC
Thank you Gino, I'm going to add the swim barrier that's supplied in the kit.
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Posted: Sunday, August 05, 2018 - 12:49 AM UTC
The camo looks good. I usually lightly weather mine as well and will do a pin wash and maybe a light wash of a sandy brown color to make it pop. What did you decide on the swim barrier? If you are leaving it off, the poles under the work platform on the left side should be gone as well.
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Posted: Saturday, August 04, 2018 - 03:51 PM UTC
Sent, thank you!
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Posted: Saturday, August 04, 2018 - 03:03 PM UTC
PM me your email address.
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Posted: Saturday, August 04, 2018 - 02:42 PM UTC
Jeff, thank you sir. I corrected that issue today.

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Posted: Saturday, August 04, 2018 - 02:42 PM UTC
Robert, do you have anymore pictures you can post of the Bradleys sporting the NATO scheme?
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Posted: Friday, August 03, 2018 - 03:43 PM UTC
Looks good.

On the last pic, the smoke grenade launchers the ends should be painted black because the kit depicts them as having the rubber dust caps on them.

To show them with the actual grenades, you would have to rework them with some thin wall brass, copper, or aluminum tubing and some solid styrene rod.
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Posted: Friday, August 03, 2018 - 09:45 AM UTC
Thank you Richard!
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Posted: Friday, August 03, 2018 - 09:07 AM UTC
Looks good, Dustin!

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Posted: Friday, August 03, 2018 - 08:32 AM UTC
Thank you for the kind words about the camo. I was nervous to try it, since this was first time at a NATO scheme.

You're right, I need to clean those lines up. I was being lazy when I first started this kit.

I do like the more realistic look of the NATO camo, I'll just do a pin wash.

Here is a couple of update shots. Details painted. I'll be redoing the cans once the mold lines are cleaned up.

I'm filling all the holes in the lower hole, once the putty is dry and cleaned up, I'll finish up the lower hull.



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Posted: Friday, August 03, 2018 - 08:06 AM UTC
The cammo looks great. Looks like you nailed the pattern. You can make your own wash using a variety of methods found on this site. But why? The cammo looks fine the way it is. You can go for realism, or you can go for art, like with the heavy chipping, the worn paint, all of which IMHO are way overdone.
Take this Bradley I photographed in Korea:



A lot of folks will use wash to accentuate all of those bolts heads. Again, why? The most I would do with a wash is drop some into those tiny recesses to darken them. And if any got on the edges I'd wipe it off. If you want the bolts to "pop" slightly, as each of the three colored bolts do in this photo, you can carefully dry brush an ever so slightly lighter shade onto them. Like everything else, it's easy to overdo, but at least the photos shows there APPEARS to be a slight difference ein the color value.



Again, it's a matter of preference. Realism or art?

As for the ammo cans, I pretty much figured you weren't leaving them that way as the tools and other detail pieces hadn't been painted either. A lot of us shoot the whole model at one time like that. But speaking of the cans, you may want to go back and remove the mold seams. Check the whole model. This step will add far more realism than a wash, should you choose to use it.

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Posted: Friday, August 03, 2018 - 07:43 AM UTC
Hey fellas,

It's been a long time since I've done anything to this Bradley, but I've stared back on it today.

Quick question, what would be a good wash for NATO three tone? I don't wanna darken it up with a wash that's too dark.