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Latest build: M60 AVLB conversion WIP
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Posted: Monday, April 01, 2019 - 12:22 AM UTC
Thanks Chris.
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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.
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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.
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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: 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: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 11:42 PM UTC
Thanks guys. It is almost done. I should have some completed pics soon.
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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
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Posted: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 12:23 PM UTC
great build Gino well done .
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Posted: Friday, March 15, 2019 - 12:15 PM UTC
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.
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Posted: Friday, March 15, 2019 - 08:11 AM UTC
Hello Thomas,
if you compare the kit bridge pictures with those pictures from the real vehicle&class 70 bridge, you can see that the extension (middle part) of the bridge is not bolted together with the ramp section but fixed in place which seem to make the connection stronger enabling the bridge to carry 70to loads. In the kit this connection is bolted with large removable bolts.

Andreas
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Posted: Friday, March 15, 2019 - 06:23 AM UTC
OK Gino. Apparently my memories are based on the old Revell AVLB which has a shorter bridge span. 1:40 scale from 1960.
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Posted: Friday, March 15, 2019 - 06:14 AM UTC

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Looks great Gino!
Just a tip for the bridge, if you really want to have a 70to class bridge, remove the bolt heads and add some plastic sheet (they are located next to the decal "70" marking, the bolts connect the two bridge sections of each scissor bridge halfs) or remove the "70" decals. Because the kit bridge is a 60to class bridge. Check out your Fotos.


Andreas, could you please share two pictures 60t/70t to see the different?
thanks
Tom
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Posted: Friday, March 15, 2019 - 04:54 AM UTC
Looks great Gino!
Just a tip for the bridge, if you really want to have a 70to class bridge, remove the bolt heads and add some plastic sheet (they are located next to the decal "70" marking, the bolts connect the two bridge sections of each scissor bridge halfs) or remove the "70" decals. Because the kit bridge is a 60to class bridge. Check out your Fotos.
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Posted: Friday, March 15, 2019 - 03:20 AM UTC
Great work Gino ... very interesting build!

cheers
Walter
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Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 03:45 PM UTC
The stenciling looks great




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Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 01:36 PM UTC
Thanks guys. It is coming together.

Jim, I don't believe the bridge has been lengthened, but it has been strengthened to hold up to 70 tons.

Here is the same bridge section on a first series M48 AVLB (different piston position and mechanism to raise the arm) from 1971.


Here is one from '67 with the same bridge.


Here is one dated '62 in Germany with the same bridge.
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Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 01:26 PM UTC
Nice clean build. The home brew decals look great.
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Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 01:01 PM UTC
Great work Gino!
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Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 12:46 PM UTC
Looking good, Gino
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Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 10:38 AM UTC
Very well done Gino! Inspirational.

As an aside, when the first style of bridge get replaced/upgraded to add the extra span portions?
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Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 10:06 AM UTC
I finally got some paint on it. It is depicting vehicle 14 from B Co, 10th Engineer BN, 3ID during the initial invasion of Iraq in March '03. It is a PrePo stocks draw vehicle as part of 2 BDE. I used the below picture of a USMC AVLB as a reference.



I was able to find a few other pics of it that showed all the stenciling on the bridge. I created all the decals in PowerPoint and printed them on my home printer using computer decal paper.



I painted it using Testors Model Master Modern Desert Sand (FS33722) in the small spray can. It is a little more yellow than their Sand (FS33531) that I usually use. It looks pretty good and should represent modern CARC Tan/Sand pretty well once weathered.

Here it is so far.






Here is the bridge with all its stenciling.




Next is the tracks and weathering it a bit. Then I will add some gear to it and a couple of figures.



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Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 02:10 PM UTC
no hurry, standing by




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Posted: Monday, February 25, 2019 - 12:45 AM UTC
Thanks KoSprueOne. Hopefully it will be helpful. Unfortunately, life is getting in the way of finishing this one. Hopefully I will get some paint on it soon.
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Posted: Sunday, February 24, 2019 - 02:46 PM UTC
I'm recording the detailed insights and anticipate the primer/base coat