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Postby Model Builder 4 » Sun Dec 01, 2019 12:28 pm

Morning all,

This is something that I've been working on for the past couple of months. It has a 3D printed hull which is designed to be water tight and float but seeing as I have nowhere to sail it I did not go to the trouble or effort of making it so. It has 6x6 drive, runs off a 60amp esc with a metal truck gearbox, it also has a truck sound module fitted and I'm using a 3s lipo battery . Nearly all of the add ons and accessories I have made for it including a removable rear canvas cargo cover and wheel arch panels which are also removable. It's a fair lump so when I'm ready I'll have to stock up on lots of paint for it :D :thumbup:

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Postby General Jumbo01 » Sun Dec 01, 2019 12:34 pm

Wow! Get it painted in December and win the January TOTM!

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Postby Model Builder 4 » Sun Dec 01, 2019 12:37 pm

Thanks for the kind words GJ :D I'll have to get the heater on in the garage as it's too big to fit in my airbrush spray booth :haha: :thumbup:

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Postby lmcq11 » Sun Dec 01, 2019 12:46 pm

This is great work, and something I have not seen before. Congrats

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Postby Model Builder 4 » Sun Dec 01, 2019 12:50 pm

Thank you Louis, I appreciate you looking in :D I like to build some of the lesser seen and unusual models, it keeps my attention and creative juices flowing :thumbup:

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Postby Kaczor » Sun Dec 01, 2019 12:56 pm

Holy sh*t, that is awesome looking model :D
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Postby silversurfer1947 » Sun Dec 01, 2019 1:02 pm

That look great :clap: :clap: :thumbup:
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Postby jarndice » Sun Dec 01, 2019 1:14 pm

What a brilliant job you have made of an almost forgotten war winner. :thumbup:
I look forward to the painting and weathering,
Just about everyone who sees a DUKW for the first time remarks on how big they are which makes it easy for a 1/16 to fit into a 1/14 diorama. :think:
I assume that it will be a vehicle in service with the American Armed Forces given that the driver and the corpsman are dressed as such :D
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Postby Model Builder 4 » Sun Dec 01, 2019 1:16 pm

Thank you for your fine words of encouragement Kaczor :D it's very much appreciated :thumbup:

Cheers Lee.
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Postby Max-U52 » Sun Dec 01, 2019 1:16 pm

Looks good. Did you print the hull yourself? Is it all one piece? If not, how many pieces make up the hull? Will you be sharing stl files or offering them for sale?

Can't wait to see video once it's painted.
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Postby Model Builder 4 » Sun Dec 01, 2019 1:18 pm

Thank you Richard :D I promise that I will make it down to the BAD meeting one of these days and I'll bring a few of my vehicles with me :thumbup:

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Postby Model Builder 4 » Sun Dec 01, 2019 1:31 pm

Thanks Jarndice :thumbup: I mentioned in my field kitchen thread that I may have had something in the pipeline that you would prefer :D I also have another smaller build on the go that I may unveil before xmas ;) 8) I did not realise how big this was going to be at 1/16 scale either, it measures 22 inches in length 8O yes it is indeed going to be in American service and the appropriate decals will be added when painted and weathered, I had the idea of adding the poor fellow on the stretcher and medic to show how these vehicles would have been used for not only ferrying cargo back and forth to the ships off shore but also transporting the casualties, I'll post more pictures when it gets painted :thumbup:

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Postby Model Builder 4 » Sun Dec 01, 2019 1:42 pm

Thanks Max, the hull came to me in two pieces as shown in the picture, I then made a tray for the cargo area floor which can be removed to give access to the sound unit and speaker etc it was printed a while back for me and unfortunately I do not have the print files for it, I'm not advanced enough yet to have a 3D printer, I'm still in the good ol days of styrene and glue :haha: :thumbup:

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Postby BarryC » Sun Dec 01, 2019 1:55 pm

WOW, an unusual and very cool model! :thumbup: :thumbup:

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Postby Model Builder 4 » Sun Dec 01, 2019 2:23 pm

Thank you Barry :thumbup:

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Postby 43rdRecceReg » Sun Dec 01, 2019 4:36 pm

:clap: Sheer brilliance, out of the blue, Lee! I did note with a smile, though, that your casualty (Pte. Partz ?) seems to be guarding his helmet with..well, his helmet. :D
Ok, joking aside, it's very refreshing to see a model outside of the usual mainstream ones we see here. :thumbup:
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Postby Model Builder 4 » Sun Dec 01, 2019 4:51 pm

:haha: thank you Roy, the helmet isn't glued on so it can be moved :D I have 18 tanks but I do like making and building vehicles too, as you say outside of the usual mainstream models, it's nice to have some support for our tanks and transport for the troops :thumbup:

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Postby square4 » Sun Dec 01, 2019 4:55 pm

Great build, just what I like to see something out of the ordinary, very well done. :clap: :clap:
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Postby Model Builder 4 » Sun Dec 01, 2019 5:52 pm

Thanks square4 :thumbup:

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Postby roy.kendall123 » Sun Dec 01, 2019 7:29 pm

Model Builder 4 wrote:Thanks square4

Cheers, Lee.
Really nice model can't wait to see it fully painted,makes a change from tanks,

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