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All Bout Da Bones

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This project started as a request from fellow Armorama modeler and author, Mr. Robert Burik (“Thunder Run: The US 3rd Infantry Division's Drive to Baghdad”, Concord Publishing, 2005). Bob was in the process of putting together a group-build representing vehicles used by elements of the US Army’s 3rd Infantry Division during the April 7th, 2003 Thunder Run (TR) into Baghdad, Iraq. Once completed, all of the models from the build would be displayed at the newly renovated Fort Stewart Museum to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Thunder Run. Roughly thirty modelers were involved in this project and each modeler volunteered to build one or more specific vehicles from the TR. We would be provided with primary photographic references (many from private collections) and would also receive technical input from the actual veteran crew members that had agreed to participate in the project.

I was asked to builda tank designated A32 and named “All Bout Da Bones”, an M1A1 Abrams from 3rd Platoon, Alpha Company, 1-64 Armored Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division. To whet my appetite, Bob sent me the rather iconic image of this tank and its crew standing guard duty in Baghdad, post-TR. In addition, several unpublished images were provided to assist with details for the build. Once I saw the photos, I was hooked…I knew this would be an interesting and challenging project.

About the Author

About Don Haney (ProfessorP)

Like most, I started building armor models at a very young age. Our family was living in Jakarta, Indonesia at the time and I remember walking into an open air market stall filled with wonderful Tamiya model kits! I was soon hooked and built several while overseas and more once returning to the St...


wow..Don amazing work!
NOV 24, 2014 - 06:39 PM
Modern stuff is not my usual area of modelling interest, but I too doff my hat to you in recognition of a superbly completed model. True "museum quality" and great that it is going to be displayed there. - Steve
NOV 24, 2014 - 08:22 PM
Dang that is one sweet build! Especially love the wear and tear and overall attention to detail, really outstanding sir!
NOV 24, 2014 - 09:49 PM
Enjoyed watching this one get built, glad to see it as a feature.
NOV 24, 2014 - 10:23 PM
Great looking build and a very well article, congrats on your medals as well!
NOV 25, 2014 - 02:48 AM
This one is clearly a labour of love, all that detail work is paying off and the finish is amazing. A exellent piece of work,very acurate and precise to the real thing. Congratulations, you did a great job. Are you an artist. Greetings and respect, Walter
NOV 25, 2014 - 12:27 PM
Stunning Works fella!
DEC 04, 2014 - 10:37 AM
Hi Mario, Hi Don, Don, you have provided a great article with useful reference pics, and definitely you made a great job ! I like very much the stowage arrangement and the weathering. Thanks for posting !
DEC 04, 2014 - 12:26 PM
WOW...just WOW.. makes want to go build my M1A1....
FEB 02, 2015 - 01:45 AM
Outstanding build Sir...love it and the information you've provided will be very helpful to me.....thank you
FEB 16, 2015 - 08:17 PM