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Patriot SAM System

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This is Trumpeter’s M901 Launching Station & AN/MPQ-53 Radar set of the MIM-104 Patriot SAM System (PAC-2) and HEMTT M983 Tractor in 1/35 scale. These two kits where built mostly straight out of the box. Meaning, that no after market kits where used in the kit. The only thing I added to the build was most of the plumbing and cabling using pictures from Prime Portal and the actual technical manuals for the vehicle and launching station.

Like in the pictures on Prime Portal taken by Hans-Hermann Bühling, I left my Patriot system “clean.” I didn’t use any pigments and only did a light dry brushing to pick it all the details. I used Tamiya NATO colors for the camo and Vallejo paints for all the detail painting.

I tried to at least make the interior of the cab of the M983 look a little “lived in.” I added an MRE, helmet, a couple of tools, water bottle, and a roll of TP (toilet paper) on the radio. Speaking of radio, I don’t know what Trumpeter was looking at when they designed the radio for the M983, but it is all wrong. So with a little putty and some Evergreen plastic, it was fixed.

The radar station had a camouflage net bag and two pole bags added to the top deck of the trailer. Chains were added to the choke blocks of both trailers and safety chains added to the legs of both trailers too.
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About the Author

About Pete Becerra (Epi)
FROM: TEXAS, UNITED STATES

I am 45 years of age. I have been modeling since I was around 8 years old. As you can see from my signature, I am retired from the US Army and Texas Army National Guard. I served 6 years in active duty from 1989 to 1995 and in 1998 I joined the Texas Army National Guard and been serving up unt...


Comments

These came out great Pete. Very nice. I like the lightly weathered look. The Trumpeter launcher and truck are definitely better than the Dragon ones All the cabling looks great too. I don't feel like putting all that work into my launcher though.
FEB 13, 2017 - 06:22 AM
I completely agree on the weathering. Never was a fan of the artistic interpretation of rust, etc that some espouse. Very nicely done!
FEB 13, 2017 - 04:11 PM
I thought I saw this at ModelFiesta, Pete. I guess I did. Excellent work and I am glad you painted it like it would really look. We just recently got one for display at the Air Defense Artillery Museum where I did a federal internship when I was at the Fort Sill WTU. I hate seeing models that are all chipped up and dirty when those of us Vets know that we'd catch all kinds of hell from our chain of command for our equipment not being squared away.
FEB 19, 2017 - 12:38 PM
Great build, it looks great. Love the desert tan tube to break up the camo a little. Thanks for sharing
FEB 27, 2017 - 01:26 AM
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