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The Duke's Tribute Build. 10 Feb 2020 23:47 #1

This past year, I lost four good Forum friends; three of whom I wanted to meet in person. All were decorated veterans and overall outstanding modelers. Some of you may have known them from past Forums. They are:

Chad Lebo aka Zod
Cliff aka New Mex
Rich Durham
and Carl aka Shellback,

This is the model I am building as a tribute to them all. I chose this particular model because it is:

-> One of my all-time favorite tanks.

-> it fits in my SoCal AMPS chapter's Patton Group Build for the next West Coast IPMS Nationals.

and -> Carl himself did such an outstanding job on one of these models.


I can only hope to do as well.


Here is the kit:




Here is my progress on this model. All this work was done on both Hobby Days Friday and Saturday.

The first thing I did was to assemble the two drive sprockets and then match up all the roadwheels and assemble all the return rollers:



I'll paint the tires separately and add them before I install the roadwheels. I left everything on the sprue so I wouldn't lose them. That is a chronic problem I have...

Next was to add all these detail parts to the lower hull. I'm not quite sure exactly what they are, but they are all on there now:



After that, I added the return rollers to the upper hull, making this look like the wildest lowrider I have ever seen:



Letting that dry, I moved on to do the basic assembly on the turret:



Later on, I cemented the upper hull to the lower hull, adding the turret to this to see how it looked:



That does look really funky with the unfinished rear area. I just had to take this further by assembling the rear engine covers and louvers:



That's where I stopped in order to move forward on some of my other projects. You can see them in my usual thread.

Thanks for looking in, comments are welcome.


Last Edit: 10 Feb 2020 23:58 by Duke Maddog.
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The Duke's Tribute Build. 11 Feb 2020 05:51 #2

You'll do them proud with this build Mark- cheers to you and to them! :drinks :salute
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The Duke's Tribute Build. 11 Feb 2020 06:21 #3

Nice tribute Mark, going to enjoy seeing you build in 1:35. :popcorn
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The Duke's Tribute Build. 11 Feb 2020 06:22 #4

Nice Mark!

That's a bit outside the usual for you!

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The Duke's Tribute Build. 11 Feb 2020 08:45 #5

What a fitting tribute!

I wasn't surprised by the subject, but I was surprised that you were building it in 1/35th scale. Since I really enjoy looking at your 1/72 scale models, I look forward to seeing how this one turns out.

Cheers,
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The Duke's Tribute Build. 11 Feb 2020 15:25 #6

Thanks for the great replies guys. They are most appreciated.

Yeah, 1/35th is a bit outside my usual builds but my SoCal AMPS club was trying to decide what 1/35th scale tank to do for the club's group build entry for the IPMS Nationals. Someone mentioned Pattons and so I spoke up and said; "If you decide on Pattons I will build one in 1/35th scale. It is one of my top three favorite tanks." That decided it, they chose Pattons. Then when two other Forums chose to honor fallen comrades in modeling; I saw this Patton build as an opportunity to honor them as well, especially since Carl himself had done a magnificent M-48 already.

James, I still will be building my small scale armor; feel free to look in on my latest progress in my Maddog Manufacturing thread.


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The Duke's Tribute Build. 11 Feb 2020 15:35 #7

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The Duke's Tribute Build. 11 Feb 2020 15:43 #8

Duke Maddog wrote:
If you decide on Pattons I will build one in 1/35th scale.

I'm sure a hush went over the room as the collective jaws dropped... :rotf
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The Duke's Tribute Build. 11 Feb 2020 23:52 #9

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The Duke's Tribute Build. 12 Feb 2020 10:09 #10

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The Duke's Tribute Build. 12 Feb 2020 11:38 #11

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The Duke's Tribute Build. 12 Feb 2020 15:55 #12

Thanks guys! Still plugging along.


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