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    Exploration Vehicle

    This is a scratch-built, approximatley 1/35 scale model of a fictitious exploration vehicle mentioned in a novel I read. It is made from sheet styrene, cast resin parts and various bits and parts from the model scrap box.
    The treads were made from individually cast resin track links around cast resin wheels.

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    thats really cool. what did you use for paint?

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    great work...in how many days did you complete the full model...
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    Thanks for the comments. I used Humbrol Afrika Korps Desert Yellow and weathered the thing with Gunze Sangyo weathering acrylics and drybrushed off-white PollyS acrylic. The treads were done with Tamiya Steel and a wash of black acrylic and Gunze Sangyo rust. As for how long it took, I suppose it was about a couple of weeks all told; I didn't actually think about it. I was doing it for myself and not on a deadline.

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    I love the curved corners. I assume you heated and bent the styrene? I'm curious how you got the entire section of the rear unit to look so seemless with those curved corners.

    Nice job, cool vehicle.

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    Red face

    Thanks for your comments. I built the body of the vehicle with sharp cornes but glued a thin (1/8 inch) square cross-section styrene strip into the inside of each corner edge so it could be sanded down to a nice rounded edge. A little more work but easier than trying to bend the plastic first.

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    Ah, very cool. Probably a heck of a lot easier than trying to do a series of bends on a big flat section. And the end result looks seemless. Cheers!

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    You can do it even easier if you use a thicker sheet stock and apply a bead of extra thick super glue at inside the joint and spray it with accelerator. Then you can sand the edge down to a curve. This is handy if it is hard to get a strip into a joint because it's out of reach.

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    great! i love the simplicty but functionality of the vehicle, makes it very believable. One place where the reality slips is the railing near the gun turret!
    Stick a makeshift piece of silver metal crookedly over the outside of the rail, to protect the shooters torso and legs a little bit. it only makes sence.
    This sheet of metal would be dark metal, with a brown rusty/oily wash though, and not beige like the rest of the vehicle. That is to emphasize the idea that the drivers opted to put the sheet of metal up themselves and it wasnt meant in the official design.
    give it a try?

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    That's practical advice. I'm thinking of attaching a curved piece of armour around the bottom of the gun axle so when it will rotate with the gun (it won't raise or lower)
    In the context of the story I based the vehicle on, though, the enemies the crew were concerned about were monsters and not gun-wielding soldiers.

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    Well i mean if i came outside the vehicle to shoot that turret at monsters i would feel really shitty if the railings were covered with any metal. A monster can climb up the vehicle and grab the turret gunner's legs and pull him off the vehicle.
    i know this seems ridiculous to point out, but if u were the actual turret gunner in the actual story on that actual vehicle you would care haha.

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    If you were using that machine gun and something could still get that close to you, the gun isn't working very well. Time to run away.

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    i would love to see this with some bolts and/or welded areas. i understand that it's "finished," but it just doesnt appear that its being held together with anything. i know cars and such dont need visible bolts or rivets to be held together, but these sorts of vehicles almost need it, since their construction is practical rather than cosmetic - robust as opposed to streamlined. great attention to detail, nonetheless!

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