Scratch build US Army "Scout" Armoured recon vehicle XM800 T

Postby Jimster » Tue Nov 17, 2020 11:44 pm

You are an excellent engineer/modeler! Very enjoyable thread for sure.
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Postby BarryC » Wed Nov 18, 2020 2:31 pm

Jimster wrote:You are an excellent engineer/modeler! Very enjoyable thread for sure.


I'll second that! :thumbup: :thumbup:

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Postby Sub » Wed Nov 18, 2020 10:38 pm

Hi.
Jimster and Barry, i thank you both for your kind comments and am glad you are enjoying this build thread as much as i am building the model, it is a challenging build to be sure which is what i like.
Latest updates are i have started building up the front section, then i will have to add the hull top for the turret mount, the drivers cabin area will be very difficult to replicate due to all the odd shaped panels.
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Postby Sub » Thu Nov 19, 2020 9:11 pm

Hi
More work completed for the upper hull deck for the turret mount.
Temporary cross hull supports removed and index lip added to support the weight and position of the removable hull top and turret mount.
This is where the inside access will be.
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Postby Sub » Fri Nov 20, 2020 3:54 pm

Hi.
Top hull plate cut out, in process of stiffening up to allow cut out for turret ring aperture, front still to tidy up when front plate and drivers cabin added.
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Postby Sub » Fri Nov 20, 2020 9:05 pm

Hi.
Start of build up of the front angled section which will be where the drivers section will be and the angled sections either side.
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Postby Sub » Sat Nov 28, 2020 4:59 pm

Hi,
Further updates,
After trial fitting of the sloped front piece in the last photos i decided that it was not accurate enough so i scrapped it and remade the front center section which i was more happy with the overall angles etc, so i set about making the complete front structure including the drivers cabin and hatch, which was a task in itself due to the unusual shape and angular design, the front section slopes in 3 directions at once and took a lot of concentration to get it something like that i was fairly happy with, i got quite engrosed with building and forgot to take photos, but here is the almost finished result.
I always spray parts of my builds that are complicated with a dusting of grey primer as it highlights any errors like seam joints and depressions that need to be addressed before moving on.The result is not too bad i think only a few minor points to sort out.
Anyway enough of the boring splather....here's some pics, before the highlighted faults are fixed.
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Postby Tiger6 » Sat Nov 28, 2020 5:26 pm

Its coming together quite nicely :thumbup:

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Postby ronnie42 » Sat Nov 28, 2020 6:57 pm

Your measuring must have been spot on as the primer does not show noticeable gaps.

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Postby Sub » Sat Nov 28, 2020 8:49 pm

Hi.
Thank you Mr Tiger for your interest, its finally looking like an XM800 T now, rather futureistic i think for the 1970's.

Mr Ronnie thx for the compliment, the joins were pretty good as i angled the joining faces on each piece so they would fit together smoothly, time consuming but worth the effort.
There were no gaps as such just blemishes where the styrene had not melted evenly on the mating surfaces and a few small depressions on the panels themselves and a couple of small high spots highlighted by the primer all good after sanding and a little plastic filler where needed.

Started to do the hull top and turret ring, using a heng long ring and have cut down a redundant tiger turret base to mount the ring gear to then will fit the turret base to that.
Thx for your interest.
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Postby Tiger6 » Sat Nov 28, 2020 8:52 pm

Almost like the love child of an XM8 and a Scimitar :crazy:

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Postby Sub » Sat Nov 28, 2020 8:58 pm

Hi,
:haha:
The drivers cabin is quite similar isnt it, another cancelled project.
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Postby Sub » Sat Nov 28, 2020 9:02 pm

Hi.
Underside of hull top and turret ring and topside of hull top with cut down Tiger turret base fitted.
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Postby Tiger6 » Sat Nov 28, 2020 9:31 pm

Looking forward to seeing this at a future blackpool show :thumbup:

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Postby Sub » Sun Nov 29, 2020 6:56 pm

More done.
Started to build up the turret, yet more angular and triangular shapes.
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Postby Sub » Mon Nov 30, 2020 6:42 pm

Little bit more work done to front section, i am now more happy with the finish , just need to do a little bit more when finishing the model for final paint.
I have added the final drivers hatch side opening protective armour now, looks like it should, now i can continue on with the turret assembly.
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Postby HERMAN BIX » Mon Nov 30, 2020 10:40 pm

The numerous angles on these things almost looks like an attempt at “Stealth Tech” !!
Hell of an effort gone in on this mate, also very innovative to use a a Tiger turret as a donor.
We are quite the recyclers us tank builders !!
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Postby Sub » Sat Dec 05, 2020 12:48 am

Hi Mr Bix.
Thank you for your interest.
I thought the same thing re the stealth technology, when you bear in mind this was conceived of in the 1970's it sort of makes you wonder doesn't it, perhaps a testing platform for later on, i wonder what the frontal radar signiature is ?.

The turret is moving on slowly, it is a very difficult part to make every panel is at an angle and no 2 are the same even the left and right sides are different shapes and the turret roof is at different heights left to right and running at 45 ° across the turret roof, i am having to really think 4 steps in front on each panel i make so progress is really really slow,, hopefully some pics shortly.
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Postby Sub » Mon Dec 07, 2020 5:04 pm

Hi chaps.
Well, finally got the turret to where i can place some photos worthy of the forum to peruse.

Its just the basic lower shape still in its raw state, which requires cleaning up, the odd bit of filler here and there but it shows the many angled surfaces which make up the turret shape, i still have to add the gun optics mount which will go in the cut out on the right side, the angled frontal side cover which goes over where the auto cannon side ejects the spent shell casings and all the upper turret roof, hatches etc etc.

Then in the center of the turret at the front i have to design a cylindical rotating gun mount for elevation and depression.
One good thing is that as the 20mm Hispano Suiza M139 is an auto cannon which is recoil less i dont have to add a recoil servo, phew....enough of the splather, heres some pics.

Ps, if this is getting boring, let me know and i will skip some bits
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Postby BarryC » Mon Dec 07, 2020 8:32 pm

Looks like crazy fun Sub! ;)
It's going to be a cool one off, once you get it finished. :thumbup:

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