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Abrams M1A2 tank in 1:48 scale

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I finally finished this baby last night. My first competed build for 2019. It's the Tamiya kit built in Operation Iraqi Freedom (thanks for correcting me, Rob) scheme. I used mylar for the optics and a resin set from Red Zebra for stowage. I also printed out cardboard boxes for MREs from Freddie's set and assembled them for a neat look that breaks up the stowage on the tank. I added a boom mic to the tank commander with copper wire. I used the hairspray technique on this one and tried to bring out the NATO woodland scheme underneath like the original. It didn't work out too well in that the top coat was very tenacious and didn't want to come off easily. Final weathering with Wilder oils and Flory pigments. I also made use of an item called "ceramic wire" for the aerials.  I'm pretty satisfied with this build. The kit is highly recommended. 

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It looks good, the hubs of the road wheels and idler wheels are molded of clear plastic so crewmen can see the oil level. Sort of resembles a bottle of cola when sitting on its side and looking at the bottom.

I also think you mean Operation Iraqi Freedom. The M1A2 was not fielded during Desert Storm and the combat identification panels on the front, sides and back of the turret weren't fielded until the mid to late 1990s.

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I'll fix the road wheel issue. Thanks for letting me know about that!

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Here's a photo of a weary Abrams that shows how the road wheel hubs look. The blackened road wheel had a blown seal.

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Excellent reference. Thanks!

 

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