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Latest build: M60 AVLB conversion WIP
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Posted: Monday, February 18, 2019 - 08:03 AM UTC
Funny you should ask. I was just about to post an update.

I have been working on some new details that I found after receiving some good images of the bridge sections from Andreas.

I added the hydraulic lines and connectors to the end of the erector head.



On the bridge sections, there are quite a few missing pieces.

Both sections should be identical, with the exception of the piston and its parts used to raise them. The rest of the basic structure is the same though. First is a missing box brace (1), I rebuilt one and added the second missing "X" brace (2), then there should be a box and hydraulic hoses on each piece (3), not just one side as Dragon modeled. Lastly, there is a rod at each pointy end of the bridge (4).



I also added the curved hydraulic hoses between the upper and lower bridge sections out of flexible tubing. Dragon gives you a hard plastic part for these, which will not allow the bridge to move if installed. Lastly, inside the section behind the first brace on the bridge, I extended the hydraulic line back to the second bulkhead with a piece of styrene rod so it wasn't just floating in mid-air. You can just see the white rod in the below shot.



Now each bridge section is identical, which will allow either bridge section to be picked up.

I think it is now ready for paint.

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Posted: Monday, February 18, 2019 - 03:59 AM UTC
Gino, you've been quiet on the AVLB piece lately. Inquiring minds want to know!
HeavyArty
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Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 04:01 PM UTC
Thanks Andreas. That all sounds very doable. I was wondering why the two halves didn't have the same support parts.
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Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 08:19 AM UTC

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Andreas, I was not planning on adding anything else to the bridge, but... What did you add/change on yours? I could spend some more time updating before paint.



Gino, yes you can do. It's quite easy.
First you can add a rod on both ends of the siccor bridge halfs between the ramps. You can see it in the last posted M1074 JABS picture.
Kit part J32+J33 can you split and install it on the top and the lower bridge halfs (step 18, instruction shett), close the the open side with plastic sheet. This parts connects the elevation mechanism with the bridge for elevation.
Also you can scratch kit parts J49, J46 and install both on the opposite bridge half.
Check out primeportal.net, may you can find some good reference pics or Tankograd American Special no 3022.
I described it in my own words, maybe I can post some pictures in the next days.
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Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 06:56 AM UTC
Hi James and thanks. The kit only includes the launchers, which I also replaced since they didn't look as good and the mounts are different anyways. I'm not sure if the M48 version had the storage boxes on it, so the kit may not be incorrect.
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Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 05:09 AM UTC
Looking great, Gino. Can’t wait to get my hands on one of these. One question, why did you add someone else’s smoke grenade boxes? Did the kit not come with them or were they crappy?
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Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 04:31 AM UTC
Mike, Richard, and Damon. Thanks for looking in and glad you like it.

Andreas, I was not planning on adding anything else to the bridge, but... What did you add/change on yours? I could spend some more time updating before paint.
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Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 04:23 AM UTC
Looking good Gino.
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Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 03:39 AM UTC
Good work! You are going to rework the bridge? I added some details which are missing.
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Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 02:13 AM UTC
Good stuff, Gino! Looks amazing!

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Posted: Monday, February 11, 2019 - 03:25 PM UTC
loving this build... got the kit waiting
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Posted: Monday, February 11, 2019 - 01:36 PM UTC
Thanks guys.

I have finished construction. It is ready for paint, which I will probably not get to until next weekend.

I finished up the details on it. First, I redid the water/fuel can holder on the rear of the turret ring. The kit one was chunky and undersized. I used a resin water/fuel can holder, some sheet styrene, and a resin footman's loop at the top. A resin water or fuel can fits into it nicely.



Next, I added the smoke grenade launchers and their storage boxes.



Then I added hydraulic lines for the piston on the bridge and the two on the erector mechanism.




I also added stiffening ribs on top of the erector arm. I also had to rebuild the hinge on it after a super glue mishap locked it up. You can also see the smoke launcher and its storage box below as well.



Lastly, I added the tow cables on the left side of the turret ring.



Paint is next, hopefully soon. I still haven't decided how I will paint it. I am leaning toward a NATO camo M60 chassis and green bridge so I can use the decals from the kit. Or I may do a sand M60 chassis and camo or green bridge w/homemade decals. We shall see.
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Posted: Monday, February 11, 2019 - 01:30 PM UTC
Nice job Gino, looks dang good.
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Posted: Monday, February 11, 2019 - 02:57 AM UTC
Gotta love that rust on the foot plate!
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Posted: Sunday, February 10, 2019 - 01:59 PM UTC
Thanks Gino.
Now AFV will make a MICLIC and a M60 AVLB. Now scratch a M800 series Truck and AFV will make those.
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Posted: Saturday, February 09, 2019 - 05:06 AM UTC
Great, I'll follow this build here where I can login.

I also heard (read) criticism of the inner parts of the bridge but it looks fine from here. Like you said, they really can't be seen anyway.




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Posted: Saturday, February 09, 2019 - 04:52 AM UTC

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I will be attempting the same yet taking a different route...

Mumbo sends . . .



Got word from Mike, he will be building an M60A2-based AVLB, just using different chassis parts and making a unique vehicle from the left-over parts.

From Mike,
"I am going to use the AFV Club A-deuce hull for the AVLB and put the A2 turret on an M48 hull ala the "Franken-Tanks"' that used to inhabit Carpenter Test Site at Ft Knox. The maintenance school M88 pukes used to do prac-app recovery with them."

Sound interesting.
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Posted: Saturday, February 09, 2019 - 01:34 AM UTC

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that is a very nice build Gino ,well done .



Thanks Roy.
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Posted: Friday, February 08, 2019 - 12:20 PM UTC

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Thanks guys. Glad you like it and it is helpful in your builds.


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What is a AVLM?



Armored Vehicle Launched MICLIC (MIne Clearing LIne Charge) - M60 (or M48) bridge carrier chassis with the line charge boxes in place of the bridge sections. It is used to clear a lane through a mine field using an explosive line charge.




In action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0lLCdBYGmU





Mike you could use the MICLIC assemblieas from Rye Fields M1 Assault Breacher
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Posted: Friday, February 08, 2019 - 10:02 AM UTC
that is a very nice build Gino ,well done .
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Posted: Friday, February 08, 2019 - 05:20 AM UTC
Thanks guys. Glad you like it and it is helpful in your builds.


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What is a AVLM?



Armored Vehicle Launched MICLIC (MIne Clearing LIne Charge) - M60 (or M48) bridge carrier chassis with the line charge boxes in place of the bridge sections. It is used to clear a lane through a mine field using an explosive line charge.




In action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0lLCdBYGmU
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Posted: Friday, February 08, 2019 - 03:30 AM UTC
Hi Gino.
Very good job! Nice built! It makes it easier for me! Because I startet the same built. I used AFV Club M60A3. If anybody needs a complet turret, let me know!

Andreas
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Posted: Thursday, February 07, 2019 - 11:22 PM UTC

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Thanks Mike. What do you have planned? An AVLM maybe?



Hi, Gino!

It all looks GREAT!!! I've been following right along on this latest project of yours! NOTHING like good, old-school kit-bashing!!!
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Posted: Thursday, February 07, 2019 - 11:09 PM UTC

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Thanks Mike. What do you have planned? An AVLM maybe?



What is a AVLM?
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Posted: Thursday, February 07, 2019 - 03:05 PM UTC
Thanks Mike. What do you have planned? An AVLM maybe?