After 11 days of being in the box with no showers, non stop rain and some snow, and smelling like hot ass and feet lol. Glad that this training is done at Hohenfels and now time to move onto Grafenwoehr.
TC: LTC SWINT
GUNNER: SGT MATTINA
LOADER: SPC ESPINOZA
DRIVER: PFC HENDERSON
My second build of the Tamiya M1A2 in 1/48, a commissioned build.
Did a lot better on this one, hull still warped a bit, but everything is the same shade of tan now. Figured out how to add depth to gun barrels, the muzzle on this one is a piece that is only about ⅛" deep, then it glues to the rest of the gun.
#Piececool build № 14: the M1-A2 Sep Tusk II model. Which, as it turns out, is not a fictional tank like I thought it was (what with the excessive armaments and armor plating, and the Piececool tramp stamp). It turns out this is a variant of the M1 Abrams.
Putting aside my embarrassing ignorance of the subject matter, this is a great build. It's my first of the Piececool tanks (I was honestly a little put off by the large branding they emblazon on their tanks, why not put it on the bottom?), and I really enjoyed it. While it is only two sheets, it's still a LOT of pieces. I think this took me somewhere in the neighborhood of 8-10 hours to build. .
The design is fairly solid and doesn't present any major build problems (not that it's easy, it is quite intricate). The only possible hangup is the curved armor plating on the sides. The amount of curvature is complete guesswork, and when you are dealing with the stacked segments, you have to be careful to curve both pieces the same amount so the individual plates line up to each other between the two pieces.
The first time I saw this model, I was both attracted to and repulsed by it. I felt like the gold was gaudy, and they had just stuck on way too many greeblies (I was thinking it was made up, remember?). Turns out that when you actually see it in person, it's not as overwhelming, and the gold actually serves to help differentiate the various components of the tank quite well.
I'm glad I decided to take the plunge on this model, and I love the results, as well as the additional detail in a tank of this scale. I'll follow this post up later with a comparison of this model and the #MetalEarth M1 Abrams tank.
A project which was dormant for a while. I need to dust it off and finish it.
This is a standard M1A2 Abrams which can be equipped with a mine plow, ERA, ARAT 2, a coaxial mounted M2 Browning and a camonet.
Mine plow and ARAT 2 are visible in picture 1 and 2 respectively.