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Barry

1/16, M1A1HA Abrams, w/ TUSK I upgrades

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Thanks guys, it's been quite a journey thus far.

I have learned a lot, not only about the Abrams but about myself and my modeling skills or in some cases lack there of.

Also when modeling in 1/16" scale even the smallest detail is necessary.

 

It has taught me more than I ever knew about soldering and how best to handle multi-piece assemblies.

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I have built several dozen holding fixtures to position and hold pieces while I soldered and or drilled them and some of these fixtures are elaborate assemblies themselves.

 

Holding fixture for assembly of exhaust grills.

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I have also learned patience, lots of patience! I know now that if I need 30 of something to make 32 or 33 just because "stuff happens" and if I have more then I need then the frustration factor drops substantially. The "twang" does not mean an immediate "Oh crap" and if it does then just take a deep breath and simply make another.

 

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The build is down to the small details with all the heavy work done. I have one large hurtle to jump and that is replacing all the molded weld beads that were removed and there are more than I like to think about!

 

Cheers,

Barry

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Very nice detailed work Barry. All that detail must ensure slow progress, but the final result will amazing! I'll be following the rest of the build, I'm looking forward to seeing more. 

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9 minutes ago, Squizzy said:

Very nice detailed work Barry. All that detail must ensure slow progress, but the final result will amazing! I'll be following the rest of the build, I'm looking forward to seeing more. 

Thank you sir.

 

Here are a couple of pics showing the previous detail in their place. They are used to hold the Reactive Armor Tiles in place.

 

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Cheers,

Barry

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Now that is an insane amount of detail, I love it! I'd love to do the paint job and weathering on that, keep up the great work! :clap2:

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12 hours ago, Squizzy said:

Now that is an insane amount of detail, I love it! I'd love to do the paint job and weathering on that, keep up the great work! :clap2:

Sometimes I feel a little :mental:

 

Careful, I may take you up on the paint and weathering. :whistle:

 

Thanks,

Barry

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