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Testors Italeri 1/35 M47 Patton, Cold War, USAREUR


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A new year, and another new project. Continuing my builds for the So Cal AMPS GB of the Patton Tank family, I’m building a M47 this time. I’m using the Testors Italeri kit, but will modify it some by changing the turret grab rails to early configuration, and not what comes in the kit. I will be building this in the markings of the 5th Infantry Division, my first line unit in the Army, during the time that they were stationed in West Germany in the early 1950s, when my father was stationed there. So this project is hitting a few personal areas, so to speak.

 

Anyways, last night I began by completing steps 1&2, essentially putting on most of the suspension.

 

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Now after seeing all of  Mustang Joe’s gorgeous engine upgrades on all of his automotive builds, I have been inspired to upgrade this power pack area with some plumbing and wiring. I have found some good photos to use as reference.

 

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The real question is how much. We shall see...

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Tony Alvarez here.  I hope all is well.

Nice start, Carlos.  I look forward to seeing the engine detailing.

When is the completion date for the SoCal AMPS Patton Tank Series?

Thanks.

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Hey Tony, good to see you here! Thanks for the encouragement on the engine detailing. Hopefully that will not slow this build down too much. I’d still like to also do a M48 as well for the GB. 

They haven’t given a hard date to wrap up the Patton GB on the Zoom meetings yet, but based off our last similar efforts, I’d take a guess of late July of having them finished. 

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Welcome to the area Tony 😉 Aren’t you over near Mesa now?

 

Today’s update: I finished steps 3 & 4, adding the shocks, road wheels, and return rollers to the suspension.

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Next session will be where I start dealing with the upper hull and upgrading tne engine compartment.

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We must have talked before...but please bear with me, they tell me the memory is the first thing to go🤫  .  I'm at the east end of Mesa in a nice little tucked away corner surrounded by parks and lots of greenery.  I live within a few blocks of my favorite places (Sonic, Home Depot, Jack-in-the-Box, Harbor Freight, Popeye's, Del Taco, Filiberto's).  Gas and pretty much everything is cheap.  Loving it so far.

I'll try to post my M48 and M60 that are in the works.

Take care,

Tony

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I think that you mentioned that you were in the area at the last AMPS Zoom meeting. I’m in Goodyear on the edge of civilization under the flight path for Luke’s outbound aircraft. Not too much around me but lots of open space. I love the cost of living here compared to So Cal. My retirement pension will go much farther out here. 

Im looking forward to seeing your M48 and M60 here. My M46 that I finished last month is here in the armor section if you want to check it out sometime.

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So today was spent doing steps 5, 6, & 7. Although step 6, adding parts to the underside of the upper hull, and 7, finishing the fender items and attaching the engine and upper hull to the lower hull, I only did partially due to my choice to upgrade the engine compartment.

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I am also backdating the kit to an early production model, so I had to swap out the driver and assistant driver hatches periscope brush guards for the older type used, rather than what comes with the kit. Fortunately I have some in my spares bin.

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and lastly I started detailing the engine part that comes with the kit. I only did the transmission section today.

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And this is what you can see thru the open grilles

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More to come in a few days...

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        Looking good Carlos. All those little details you’ve added make a good model look ALOT better. Can’t wait to see the update. What year is that kit?

Chris

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Thank you Chris. According to Scalemates, Italeri first issued this kit in 1978. I have a 1979 Testors boxing.

This is kinda fun upgrading an engine compartment. I’ve never gone down that route before.

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