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7 years 6 months ago - 7 years 6 months ago #1 by gmoss1
Another M14 "Walker Bulldog" was created by gmoss1
Hi everyone

Inspired by "Woods" recent excellent build of the same vehicle (but certainly not to the same high standard), here is Tamiya’s M14 “Walker Bulldog”, which I have built to represent a vehicle operated by the IV Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) Armour School, Thu Duc, South Vietnam 1971.

The kit was reasonably well detailed and went together fairly well. My only real disappointment was the lack of detail on the inside of the tracks (although a bit of heavy weathering has disguised this to some extent).

In 1964 the M41 light tank was selected to replace the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) M24 Chaffe light tank, which they had inherited from the French (who originally got them from the U.S.)
The first M41A3s arrived in January 1965, equipping five ARVN squadrons by the end of the year. Apparently the M41 was an instant success with South Vietnamese armour crewmen, who found its interior to be just perfect for their stature, which had been a principal criticism by US crewmen who had been assigned to the vehicle.

Scratch built items included:
- Mantlet cover made from a piece of cloth - soaked in pva glue / water mix.
- Ancillary generator exhaust system (brass tubing & card board)
- Kit’s plastic grab handles replaced with wire
- Tow cable made from string
- Aerials made from round styrene rod
- Jerry’s, water bottle and Ammo liners were from my spares box.

It was painted with Italeri acrylics (O.D & Medium Green II) and weathered with chalk pastels and MIG pigment (‘Vietnam Red Earth’) mixed with a little bit of turps, allowed to dry and then the excess brushed off with the wife’s I mean an ‘old’ toothbrush.
Vehicle decals were from ‘Decalcomaniacs’ and .30 cal liner markings from ‘Arms Corps Models’

References
Dunstan, Simon. Vietnam Tracks-Armor In Battle 1945–75. 1982 edition, Osprey Publications
Various info I stumbled across on the net















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7 years 6 months ago #2 by Andrew
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Nice work, especially the scratchbuilt parts B)

Thanks for sharing :)

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7 years 6 months ago #3 by gmoss1
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Thanks Andrew

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7 years 6 months ago #4 by Tiger
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Looks good, nice job all round I think.
Whats next up ??? :)

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7 years 6 months ago #5 by Dads Army
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That looks great B)
Is that the " Ancillary generator exhaust system" running up the right hand side?

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7 years 6 months ago #6 by gmoss1
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Tiger wrote: Looks good, nice job all round I think.
Whats next up ??? :)


Thanks mate
I have another Aussie Centurion and MII3 both approximately 75% done. I also plan to do a couple of 'what-ifs' - an Aussie Leopard II and Challenger II (given they were both contenders before we settled for the Abrams).

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7 years 6 months ago - 7 years 6 months ago #7 by gmoss1
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Dads Army wrote: That looks great B)
Is that the " Ancillary generator exhaust system" running up the right hand side?


Thanks mate

Yes that's it.

And......I just realised I put the bloody tracks on back to front :hairpull:
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7 years 6 months ago #8 by Wally
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Looks mighty fine to me! Love the tracks, tool box/tools and exhaust pipe. Awesome.

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7 years 6 months ago #9 by gmoss1
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Thanks Wal

BTW - I wrecked one of the tracks while trying to remove and correct it (they were back-to-front) - but it doesn't really matter I suppose as I've just ordered a set of AFV's workable tracks for it.

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7 years 6 months ago #10 by Tony Lee
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Killer in the Mist B)

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7 years 6 months ago #11 by Bishop
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That's a very nice build and the new tracks will just add to it. The weathering places it very nicely in the Vietnam, looks great. You do some very interesting builds.

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7 years 6 months ago #12 by Tiger
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You appear to be a bit busy awsome. Look forward to seeing the finished product.
Do you make dioramas or just the models themselves.

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7 years 6 months ago #13 by grunzter
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..seeing all these M41's makes you want to dig one out of your stash and start... :cheer:

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7 years 6 months ago #14 by gmoss1
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Tiger wrote: You appear to be a bit busy awsome. Look forward to seeing the finished product.
Do you make dioramas or just the models themselves.


I have only recently started to dabble with dioramas. I'm still toying around with a few ideas at this stage...

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7 years 6 months ago #15 by gmoss1
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Thanks mate

I'm looking forward to getting the new tracks for it.

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7 years 6 months ago #16 by gmoss1
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Bishop wrote: That's a very nice build and the new tracks will just add to it. The weathering places it very nicely in the Vietnam, looks great. You do some very interesting builds.



Thanks mate
I'm looking forward to getting the new tracks on it...

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7 years 6 months ago #17 by Tiger
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Well your model(s) look pretty cool so judging by that your Dios will to.
Cheers, Dave

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7 years 6 months ago #18 by gmoss1
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Thanks mate

The proof will be in the pudding :unsure:

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7 years 5 months ago #19 by gmoss1
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New tracks (AFV Club) are on and they are the right way around this time :blush:

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7 years 5 months ago #20 by agyoung33
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Those tracks look bloody good mate!! :) :) :) How were they to put together?

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7 years 5 months ago #21 by gmoss1
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Thanks mate
They went together pretty well. A bit fiddly as the rubber pads are separate to the track pieces and have to be glued on.

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