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GulfWarrior
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Posted: Wednesday, September 04, 2019 - 01:20 AM UTC
I made some custom decals for the 1st Brigade Engineer Battalion, 1st Infantry Division (HOOAH!!) and made myself the driver!

Left Side


Front


Right Side


Rear



Now I'm gonna throw some mud on the lower parts and maybe a light dusting over the top then I'm calling this one done! If you want to see it in person come to SuperCon in Arlington, Texas next weekend, September 14th.

GulfWarrior
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Posted: Tuesday, August 27, 2019 - 01:46 PM UTC
Finishing up the last of the little, fiddly bits.








I've already seen a couple spots that I need to touch up before I put the driver's hatch back on and seal everything.



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Posted: Tuesday, August 27, 2019 - 08:31 AM UTC
Thanks Richard!

And thanks Peter!
Hope your wife feels better now,

petbat
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Posted: Tuesday, August 27, 2019 - 08:03 AM UTC
Stunning work Angel. A treat to the eyes.

I have been looking after my wife who broke several bones in a cycling collision, so bench time has been low. I'm concentrating on my MBT and Stalingrad builds (due for completion this weekend) then back to the flail...
GulfWarrior
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Posted: Tuesday, August 27, 2019 - 03:46 AM UTC
Looks awesome, Angel!


ayovtshev
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Posted: Tuesday, August 27, 2019 - 03:43 AM UTC
My BLG-60M-2 build is idling for the last 4 weeks...

I received a very comprehensive walkaround of an ex-NVA vehicle from Mr.Andreas Kirchhoff(my sincere thanks to him) and had to rework some areas of the laying arm components to make them look the part.




I'm now stuck with hydraulic lines construction approach.Tested some solutions, but am not quite happy sofar.

My plan is to return to this build next month.I'll start with the construction of the scissor bridge, because
I need to calculate how much styrene I'll use on it and- if necessary- replenish my stocks before October 31st
(I'm buying the styrene I use from UK)...

GulfWarrior
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Posted: Tuesday, August 27, 2019 - 01:35 AM UTC
Good morning/afternoon/evening everybody! How are your build projects for the campaign coming? It's been kinda quiet 'round here lately!

My Takom M9 ACE is almost finished. I've got a few small detail pieces to put on then I'm going to seal it and put on the custom decals I printed.

Hope everyone is making great progress! Don't forget to post at least a couple pics along the way!



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Posted: Saturday, August 03, 2019 - 08:36 AM UTC
Thanks Peter!

And thanks, Kalin!
To your question- what else to expect from an empty can?

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Posted: Saturday, August 03, 2019 - 07:13 AM UTC
Wow Where did all such crazy ideas come from?
Congratulations.
Kalin
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Posted: Saturday, August 03, 2019 - 06:23 AM UTC
Awesome...
ayovtshev
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Posted: Saturday, August 03, 2019 - 04:23 AM UTC
Thanks Richard,Peter!

BLG-67 Manual is very usefull-thorough description of operation and some usefull plumbing diagrams.
BLG-60M-2 Manual (unfortunately) is of no use...It contains mainly description of those tank systems, that differ from the standard T-55A.Anyway-money for books is never spent in vain.

I'm stil working on the upper part of the laying arm.
Managed to construct all hydraulic cylinders, that swing the arm, plus the smaller(spread) cylinder, that opens the scissor bridge through a system of pulleys.

Some pictures:
BLG-60M-2 with laying arm retracted:


BLG-60M-2: laying arm is in position when scissor bridge raise is finished(bridge is vertical):


BLG-60M-2 with laying arm in position when bridge is deployed(although spread cylinder rod with hook should be retracted):


Total length as per last picture is 52 cm.
Deployed scissor bridge will add another 41 cm.(actualy-56 cm, but there is a 15 cm. overlapp with the upper part of the laying arm, incl. extended spread cylinder rod), to give a total deployed length of 93 cm.

Real monster

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Posted: Tuesday, July 30, 2019 - 07:11 AM UTC
Yup. 59 tracks per side and the track pad is a separate part so it's really 118 per side. At least the guide horn is molded on!

I've got to do some masking on the inside of the hull plates tonight so hopefully I'll be able to sling some paint this weekend and move on to the dozer blade assembly.



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Posted: Tuesday, July 30, 2019 - 07:06 AM UTC
Got to be happy with the find Angel. As long as they give you what you need, that is a bargain.

Looking Great Richard. Seems like a lot of parts for a small vehicle.
GulfWarrior
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Posted: Monday, July 29, 2019 - 12:10 AM UTC
Thanks Angel! Yours is coming along nicely too. I too just got back from vacation. I got home yesterday afternoon and picked up where I left off on the tracks.





Getting the drive sprocket teeth to fit in the tracks after painting was a bit of a pain; but fortunately everything lined up and there are no floating tracks or roadwheels!

ayovtshev
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Posted: Sunday, July 28, 2019 - 08:42 PM UTC
Nice progress, Richard!

Not much modelling from my side lately-SWMBO said she needs some vacation
So I spent one week away from my modelling room and upon return I found my mojo was still on vacation...

Well, discipline is discipline, even in modelling...

I started construction of the lower part of the bridge laying arm(quite difficult subject, many curved lines, plenty of crossmembers for rigidness).Then moved to the hydraulic cylinders mid support and built the laying cylinder.

Some pictures:
AVLB in transport position


AVLB in deployed position


All laying arm parts are test-fitted.
Some are still not finished, because additional alignment (including with parts to be built) is needed.

While building this subassembly, I realized the set of pictures and drawings I have at hand is not sufficient enough.

Made a search for some manuals.
The original NVA BLG-60M-2 ones cost around 100EUR/111 USD...Mission impossible!

But...
I was lucky to find 2 Bulgarian Manuals-

one for the BLG-60M-2 and one for its Polish version-the BLG-67 for less than 8 EUR/9 USD

Will receive them tomorrow and will continue with my build,

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Posted: Sunday, July 14, 2019 - 02:26 PM UTC
Here's where I am on the Takom M9 ACE:







I've left off the drive sprockets until I get ready to mount the tracks. The rear panel was painted tonight. I'll put it on later, before doing the tracks.



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Posted: Saturday, July 13, 2019 - 10:31 AM UTC
I can’t speak for everyone else; but I know I’ve got a few kits I can use for this one!

Welcome!

k_mero4
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Posted: Saturday, July 13, 2019 - 08:01 AM UTC
From day to day, it becomes more and more interesting. Congratulations! I'm expecting a sequel.
Наздраве братле!
ayovtshev
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Posted: Saturday, July 13, 2019 - 07:13 AM UTC
Thanks Richard!

Some more progress-anchor rope reels were installed, laying arm base was built and some minor details were added:



Next will be the laying arm...or the scissor bridge...
I haven't decided yet, but I must build both parts very precisely- I want the bridge of my AVLB to be deployable.

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Posted: Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 03:31 AM UTC
That looks awesome, Angel!

I've been working on some of the sub-assemblies for the M9 ACE. Hopefully I'll have some pics up tonight or tomorrow.



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Posted: Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 03:28 AM UTC
Thanks Peter!

Rear bridge support is ready.
I worked on the suspension-tracks, wheels, idlers e.t.c.
Used mainly MiniArt parts-besides a Trumpeter wheel hub on both idler wheels.
MiniArt wheels did not match Trumpeter axles so I had to find a way around.
I also scratchbuilt the housings of the idler wheels- what Trumpeter offers(because of the motorization of this old kit) had nothing to do with T-55 idler wheel housing.
Some pictures:




Next I'll build the bridge laying arm base,

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Posted: Sunday, July 07, 2019 - 08:04 PM UTC
Sweeeeetttt….
ayovtshev
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Posted: Sunday, July 07, 2019 - 05:01 AM UTC
Thanks Kalin, Peter!

Yeah, it's good to have friends (with spare boxes) you can count on!

Update on my BLG-60M2:
I have added the fuel piping with a fuel switch, a box with parking blocks, 2 boxes with accessories for OPVT(deep wading snorkel) and 2 bridge mounts for railway transport:



Crowded right side:




Next I need to make 2 shackles-1 for each towing rope.
Then I'll start building the rear bridge support.

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Posted: Friday, July 05, 2019 - 07:40 AM UTC
Yes impressive.

Great to have friends that let you raid their spares box hey!
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Posted: Friday, July 05, 2019 - 05:48 AM UTC
Impressive!.................