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Special Forces GMV

A cheeky little conversion

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Brian O'Donoghue11/01/2011 23:14:22
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Hi All,
As I''m still waiting for a more reference information for the SF Truck I decided to have a go at another conversion. I have picked up Bronco''s excellemt M1114 Humvee and it is a stunning kit but I did want to produce a SF Humvee.
The US Special Forces, like many others, have modified existing vehices and many now have bespoke conversions.The vehicle is correctly known as  a Ground Mobility Vehicle but is also known as the Dumvee. 
The common points seen on this vehicle are a hard top with a pintle mounted weapon, a swing mount for the front passenger, either a M249 or a M240, specialist communications equipment. They all have a ''load area'' for fuel and ammo. These vehicles are often seen without doors or with rear doors. They can be fitted with Smoke Dischargers and are fited with a winch and a brushguard.
My base kit is Tamiya''s excellent M1025 and I am using the Pro Art US Special Forces Dumvee conversion (PAU35039).

I have started the Tamiya kit and as expected it goes together as one would expect, but I have already made a few changes and I will post a picture soon. 
Cheers for now

VI12/01/2011 00:47:44
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Hi Brian,
I'll grab a seat on this one.
Jack Hovman12/01/2011 20:14:11
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Count me in Brian.
Brian O'Donoghue12/01/2011 22:18:53
1965 forum posts
781 photos
10 articles
The Tamiya kit is a great base for many conversions, but even the newer Bronco kit suffers a few limitations. The suspension is never easy to replicate in 1/35 and after looking over the kit parts I was convinced that I could improve the look of them.
The left hand side is the unmodified kit part, the right hand one is has had the 'coil' removed and a section of styrene rod to replicate the shock absorber.
I found a very useful tip on making coil springs by the great Bob Letterman and made more than I needed. Here is a long section, I then cut a short section to size before a final trim.
The end result looks much better and with a coat of paint will look just the job.
More soon
Terry Taylor13/01/2011 10:54:18
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looking forward to watching this one,
 like the shock start already.
 [ mutters to self really must crack on with the lr ambulance ]
Black Label13/01/2011 22:42:27
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Hi Brian, Really enjoying the start of this build. A quick question - what do you actually get in the pro art models conversion kit? I've had a look at their website and can't seem to find the contents listed. I'm looking forward to seeing how this progresses. Cheers Jim
Brian O'Donoghue14/01/2011 21:24:28
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Hi Jim,hopefully you'll find the following information useful.
The box arrived and was duly inspected, this presented a problem once out they didn't go back in! The kit comprises of a stack of resin bits (a few below) two sheets of etch and an instruction sheet. The instruction sheet comprises of three sides if A4 complete with line drawings showing the assembly process

More in a mo.....
Brian O'Donoghue14/01/2011 21:43:12
1965 forum posts
781 photos
10 articles
The replacemtn wheels are produced under license from Blast Models, although you could replace them with a set of Super Swamper tyres. The spare tyre comes mounted on a frame, also included is a resin spine board sometimes seen carried on SF vehicles. There is a resintransmission cover, as yet I have not seen a picture of this item in 1/1.
The weapon mount has some very finely moulded detail cast on the ring, just not visible on the photo. The final picture are the resin side rails seen on the rear of these vehicles, you can see a couple of air bubbles but these will be easy to clean up.

There will be a few more pictures of the components as this build continues, I will also point out what you needs to be scratchbuilt.
More soon
Black Label14/01/2011 23:28:10
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Hi Brian, That's fantastic thanks for posting up these pictures this is definitely a must have kit. Can't wait to see what you do with it. Cheers Jim
Hakan Guney19/01/2011 23:33:14
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I'll follow this...Good luck Brian....

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