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  1. Thanks for stopping by, Tom, I appreciate the support! Finally managed to find a “single point of truth” that showed both the hull and turret in the same illustration. Sadly, the pic is tiny. Scaling it to known dimensions showed that my earlier rendition had the turret that was 10mm too far forward on the mission module, 6% too short in height, & 3% too short in length. You can see the previous construction highlighted in blue. After fixing all that, started on surface detailing. I’m putting off attempting the suspension. Probably finish the driver’s hatch cover & glacis details this coming week. Until then.
  2. Makes sense to me. Extending fuselages is no simple task!
  3. The UH-1Y fuselage has a “plug” that lengthens it when compared to the UH-1N. The plug is located behind the pilots, in front of the doors to the main compartment. You can see the plug in this pic, coloured black.
  4. Matt, Nice work & an inspired kit bash. How are you planning on tackling the fuselage plug/extension behind the pilots seats?
  5. Thanks @MARU5137 - definitely not going to be a quick one. Sadly, this week’s efforts have been hampered by software licences #goodtimes. Still, some progress made on roughing out the turret/hull interface. The plug & click method was stolen from a 1/72 kit of a turreted Stryker. The turret fits into the mission module thusly. Turns out the turret has to be taller from the mission module roof to avoid bumping the driver’s hatch cover appliqué armour, which comes to an apex higher than the hull roof. Barring unforeseen work & software issues, I should have the bulk of the basic shapes & how they interrelate sorted this week. Front left three quarter elevation: Rear left three quarter elevation: Thanks for looking.
  6. Jumping between 1/16 projects at the moment. This will be a design, 3D print, & build project, much like my Bushmaster & M113s. The Boxer combat reconnaissance vehicle (CRV) is a ~40 metric tonne 8x8 armoured roller skate being introduced into service in the Australian Army. Not without some hiccups along the way, it should mature into a capable truck in time. This was the vehicle that prompted me to learn CAD in the first place, with the initial intent to convert a flat pack styrene “kit” of the flat top Boxer. Turns out it’s easier to design the whole vehicle. Roughed out the basic hull…again! The lower hull geometry is complicated, to say the least. Only modelling one half at the moment. The lower hull is symmetrical, apart from minor details. Boxer is modular insofar as each vehicle comprises a drive module & an interchangeable “mission module”. The Lance turreted mission module is uniquely Australian. Time will tell whether that’s a good or bad thing! Trying something different for the turret interface that’ll clip in and allow 360 degree rotation. This design has taken a daily session over the five days. When I started CAD 18 months ago, this would’ve taken months!
  7. As so often is the case, work & life gets in the way of hobbies. Ah well. I was fortunate to be gifted some CAD for my own use for the turret, external fuel tanks, & rear stowage bin for the AS4. Thanks, Ash. Here’s the initial iteration of the turret: Test fit, along with the EFTs & stowage bin (support material still in place): My CAD for the stowage bins: Combined with the prints of the turret, EFTs, stowage, & cargo hatch w/air filter box: Looking like I may be able to make progress on the AS4 after all.
  8. So, who’s going to tackle this beast?
  9. Thought I’d assemble the various components of the upper hull into a single piece & see how it came out via Shapeways, a commercial 3D printing company. Not little! And not cheap! Wow.
  10. Anthony, Both you work & research are bonkers. Excellent commitment to getting an exceptionally difficult shape right. Ten points.
  11. Thanks Barry. I’ve tried previously to buy some of the running gear fittings, but apparently there’s no ship to Australia option. Their Diehl track would be super handy for my Timor vehicle, too. I did find a “M1113 PMV” CAD model on thingiverse that may be helpful: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2955065 G’day Marty, Thanks for commenting. I was with 5/7 RAR on my first trip in 1999 & 3 RAR for the 2002 gig. Let just say that the 2002 pre-deployment was a little less chaotic than the INTERFET trip! Your story about your patient’s manufacturing business reminds me that references for the cross section of the road wheels are killing me atm! Cheers!
  12. Second week - having some issues with the idler & roadwheels. No doubt I’ll figure it out, but for now it’s doing my head in. Here’s the basic AS4 hull, CNC milled from plastic - not my design! The turret CAD was done for me by a mate a few years ago. No chance I’m going to reinvent the wheel! Superimposed the running gear over a drawing I found on the net of an armoured command variant. I need to tweak the scale of the drawing. Started refining the roadwheels, as well as adding the pivot/swing arms. Profile view, showing the offset due to the torsion bars. This could take a bit.
  13. G’day Mark, The track I’ve drawn is T-150F, used on US Army M113A2s. I’ve simplified the end connectors a little, though. In Australia, T-150F is only used in the upgraded M113AS4s, which are stretched to six pairs of roadwheels per side. Greg
  14. Not quite done on my big Bushmaster, but close enough to start looking at the next project/s: in this case Australian Army M113A1 APC & its upgraded form, the M113AS4. This is “my” vehicle from 1999: and here it is post upgrade, stretched & with a German engine & transmission. And here is the design thus far, the AS4 dual-pin T-150F track. Sadly, this has zero commonality with the dual-pin Diehl 513B fitted in Timor. To help things along, AFV Club has announced a Vietnam-era version:
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