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PostPosted: Wed Jan 24, 2018 5:20 pm 
The Hugger of Destruction TechnoSasquatch
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Location: Middlesbrough- Anglo Saxon land
Service Number: A06/TQ1.0.22140E1
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Fantastic Job. Looking Good so far.

As Bob knows I did the figures waaaay back when HOT TOYS did 1/18th snap fix Marines, Xenos and Predators (short lived as it was). Then it fell to customising. Which I still have plenty of and did jump on the PO of the HIYA. Shame it fell through.

An American friend of mine John Keenan who does customising made a 1/18th scale APC. Lift up roof, internals etc. Though like FNG Chris's 1/6th masterpiece he made it bigger so the Scaled APC Internals would fit the body.

So I know how much of a task is being taken on.

Looking forward to seeing this completed

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 Post subject: Re: 1:18 scale M557 APC scratch-build
PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2018 10:29 am 
Jesus - it's really been a year since I last worked on this. :(

Anyhoo - on to Styrene!

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I don't plan on chamfering the edges of these panels to get them to fit flush. Instead I'll tape them up (as I've loosely done here) and roll out some thin milliput sausages to fill the gaps, fix the panels together and add a nice radius to the edges all at the same time.

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I'll add the cut out where the front cannon goes once I've lined up these angles to make sure i get it level.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2018 10:50 am 
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Location: USS FREEMONT
Service Number: A05/TQ2.0.92155E1
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Sooo awesome!


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2018 3:16 pm 
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Location: Logan, Utah
Service Number: A12/TQ1.0.72136E1
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Loving the progress.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2018 8:39 pm 
Thanks guys!

Update! The milliput method of styrene panel welding was a complete failure - lol. :(

So, I took the time to chamfer the edges a little and glued them up with conventional poly cement.

I know I'll be cutting into these panels later but if I get them in place first it'll be easier to form a rigid structure as a base to work from.

I'm thinking of having the groups of seats placed on separate interior floor/wall panels so that I can lift them out to work on and slide them back in from the top.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2018 4:29 pm 

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Can't wait to see this progress.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2018 7:23 pm 
More progress. I've been putting off doing more work on the front because of all those plates and angles but - winners never quit and quitters never win so...

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This is starting to look something like it ought to now. I'm happy with how that door turned out - it just needs a final file/sand and then I can think about details later.

Next, on to the front gun platform and windows.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2018 7:55 pm 
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Location: chicagoland
Service Number: A05/TQ0.0.52155E1
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wow! looks good. can't wait to see more progress photos!

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2018 10:17 pm 
Thanks!

Teeny bit more progress - but an important one. More panelling added along with window cut-out.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2018 3:09 am 
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Awesome..!


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2018 5:04 pm 
I've not finished for today by any means but... I had to post this now.

I taped up the build so far to help me gauge some of the top panels and this is the first time I've been able to pick the whole thing up as one unit. As you can imagine - I had a grin on my face like a kid at Christmas. This thing is huge!

It actually doesn't look massively oversized either - which is a pleasant surprise seeing that the full interior - as filmed - will fit inside.

More to come but here are pics of how it looks today. :)

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2018 6:06 pm 
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Service Number: A06/TQ1.0.02140E1
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looking great


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