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Modern Armor, AFVs, and Support vehicles.
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Latest build: M60 AVLB conversion WIP
TomO
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Posted: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 03:38 PM UTC
While you are working on the bridge you may want to change the hydraulic lines at the bridge half connection point. Part J54 is incorrect. It should have an elbow at both ends. Part J45 actually represents a flexible line that runs inside the bridge and connects to the elbow of part J54. The other end of J54 should also have an elbow that connects to a pipe that runs through the bridge to the hydraulic cylinder and the connections to the launcher. See Prime Portal picture below for clarity. http://data3.primeportal.net/tanks/jeff_nelson/m60a1_avlb/images/m60a1_avlb_06_of_38.jpg
HeavyArty
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Posted: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 11:42 PM UTC
Thanks guys. It is almost done. I should have some completed pics soon.
M4A1Sherman
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Posted: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 11:52 PM UTC

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Thanks guys. It has been a fun build so far. Almost done.

Andreas, good catch. That should be an easy fix. It looks as though the top has a fixed pin and the bottom has a plate. Back to the bench.



VERY NICE, Gino!!! Looking forward to seeing this project of yours once its done!!!
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Posted: Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 02:18 AM UTC
Gino, your model looks great!
Just a "heads up". HobbyEasy has this kit listed again as available on their website.
John

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Posted: Sunday, March 31, 2019 - 09:04 AM UTC
Thanks Dennis and John. I have finally finished it.

Firstly, I fixed the bridge where the angled section meets the flat section. It was pointed out that the 70-ton bridge has a fixed pin at the top and a bolted plate at the bottom. The 60-ton bridge in the kit has removable pins at both locations.



I cut off the removable pins and modified both locations to match the above pic.


Now on to the completed build. I weathered it with acrylic paint washes and some drybrushing of a sandy color.





I added a bit of rust and bare metal to the foot that supports the bridge as well.


With the erector arm deployed.




The weathered bridge.


The whole enchilada...bridge mounted on the carrier. This is one big model.






That is it, fine'. I really enjoyed building this conversion and am very satisfied with the way it turned out. It looks impressive sitting on my shelf as it dwarfs an Abrams.
27-1025
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Posted: Sunday, March 31, 2019 - 09:19 AM UTC
Looks awesome. Inspiring a lot of us to try this conversion. On the hunt for a reasonably priced M48 AVLB - hard to find right now.
HeavyArty
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Posted: Monday, April 01, 2019 - 12:22 AM UTC
Thanks Chris.
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Posted: Monday, April 01, 2019 - 02:44 AM UTC
Great job, Gino. Can’t wait to get my hands on one of these, some day
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Posted: Monday, April 01, 2019 - 04:45 AM UTC
That is an immense amount of plastic made into art. Great job!
Now we just need an Abrams bridge... Gino, you know that if you start one, somebody will produce it in styrene...
HeavyArty
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Posted: Monday, April 01, 2019 - 06:44 AM UTC
Thanks James and Lee. It was a fun build.

I had thought about doing the Abrams-based JAB (Joint Assault Bridge), but really there isn't enough info and pics out there yet for it. It would be a cool, yet challenging build.
Burik
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Posted: Monday, April 01, 2019 - 12:46 PM UTC
Alright. I'd like to see this in a vignette or something.
HeavyArty
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Posted: Monday, April 01, 2019 - 11:50 PM UTC
Thanks for checking in Bob. I don't think it will go on a dio/vignette any time soon. It is already huge.
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Posted: Tuesday, April 09, 2019 - 11:58 PM UTC
Hey Gino,
Very good job! I returned to my AVLB, after I worked on my Fox!

But it is difficult to finish it, after I noticed more issues of the lifting mechanism.

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Posted: Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 12:03 AM UTC
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Posted: Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 03:23 AM UTC
Great job Gino!! Well done!
HeavyArty
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Posted: Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 08:55 AM UTC
Thanks Alvise, it has been fun.

Andreas, at some point you have to say, "it is close enough" and finish it. I saw all sorts of other issues I could have gone on fixing.
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Posted: Friday, April 12, 2019 - 04:24 AM UTC
Gino, you are absolutely right! True words!
I'll see to finish it the next time.
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Posted: Friday, April 12, 2019 - 01:27 PM UTC
Nice finish and conversion of the conversion onto an M60 and then the 70 ton tweek




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Posted: Friday, April 12, 2019 - 01:40 PM UTC
Wow Gino, totally awesome build.
HeavyArty
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Posted: Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 12:28 AM UTC
Thanks Jeff and KoSprueOne.
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Posted: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 06:13 AM UTC
See gino. I told you since you are building this someone will make a m60 avlb. At the 2019 Japan model show dragon showed their new m60 avlb.
HeavyArty
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Posted: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 07:28 AM UTC

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At the 2019 Japan model show dragon showed their new m60 avlb.



That figures, and you are all welcome. Have any pictures of it?
GulfWarrior
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Posted: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 08:58 AM UTC
WooHoo!! Can't wait!

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Posted: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 09:29 AM UTC


From Tetra Model Works Facebook page. Only for discussion.

Late model as Gino done but can't really understand if based on A2 or A1 hull. If it's an A2 I hope they fix some dimensional issue it had.