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The M972 Flatbed/w Excavator

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This is a build I have been working on for some time now. It's a heavy modification of the M915 kit from Trumpeter. As always, I decided to spice things up a bit. I wanted to do something different. So, I kit-bashed the trailer and tractor to bring forth this combo unit. The name came about by using the first number of the M915 and the 2 last digits of the M872 trailer. Hence, M972, which is a combination of both.
The Hitachi excavator is from Hasegawa which I built as a burnt out model. The idea came from the pic I found while searching the web. Lots of pics. Hope you like the results.
 
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WOW!! That looks Awesome! Looks like the real thing!! Great weathering and Detail!! Great work!!

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Wow. Your attention to detail is fantastic!

Should take some pics outside, won't be able to tell it from the real thing!

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Wow! Very nice! How did the kit parts fit together? I haven't seen many of these get built. Yours is the second trumpeter m915 kit I've seen.

Ben

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Wow. Your attention to detail is fantastic!

Should take some pics outside, won't be able to tell it from the real thing!

Will do when the weather permits. Thank you.

Wow! Very nice! How did the kit parts fit together? I haven't seen many of these get built. Yours is the second trumpeter m915 kit I've seen.

Ben

The M915 kit contains both semi-trailer and tractor. I heavily modified the kit to make it a single flatbed. The kit is great and well detailed. I just don't like the tires mounting method. They could have improved in that area. I was hoping for something more like Italeri's Tyre mounts. The most easiest tyres to mount.

Excellent work, totally realistic!!!

Much appreciated.

Man, you've got a great eye for detail Charles!!!!!!!

Thank you kindly.

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what a fantastic build, as mentioned, if photographed outside it would be tough to tell if it was real or a model. great work!

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what a fantastic build, as mentioned, if photographed outside it would be tough to tell if it was real or a model. great work!

Thank you for that wonderful remark.

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Fantastic work as usual, Charles.  Very realistic, and well executed.

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Phenomenal weathering and detail work. WOW! Great job! And the damage looks so VERY real as well! I can almost smell it!

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Phenomenal weathering and detail work. WOW! Great job! And the damage looks so VERY real as well! I can almost smell it!

Thank you kindly. Glad you like it.

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Want are the 2 hole bud wheels in height? Would they be suitable for a 1/32 truck?

Ben

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As others have said " great detail and weathering". Those are very realistic models.

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Want are the 2 hole bud wheels in height? Would they be suitable for a 1/32 truck?

Ben

Hi Ben. Could you rephrase the question in layman terms. Are you referring to the rotatable wheel in front of the tracks?

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As others have said " great detail and weathering". Those are very realistic models.

Thanks for that Roger.

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Hi Ben. Could you rephrase the question in layman terms. Are you referring to the rotatable wheel in front of the tracks?

Hi Charles. I'm after the height of the truck rims. Not he excavator. Thanks mate

Ben

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Hi Charles. I'm after the height of the truck rims. Not he excavator. Thanks mate

Ben

The diameter of the rims are 16mm.

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