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US ARMY M911 C-HET & M747 trailer

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I've been called back to the bench by the siren song of plastic...and fellas...this box is chock full !!! I bought the Meng models M911 heavy equipment transport which includes the M747 heavy duty trailer...yeah all in one massive box! ! 

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I decided early on this build would be nearly OOB except the addition of the Meng resin 8V- 92TA-90 engine..which is absolutely stunning with the insane detail molded into it. 

I'll be starting the build this week , so stay tuned here...feel free to comment or ask questions along the way ! 

Here's a few teaser pics 

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And the unbelievable engine...

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Grab the popcorn and favorite drink...it's gonna be a fun time ! 

 

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Will be watching. I plan to get the hobby boss version.

Ben

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Following as well. Plan on getting this to go with my Bradley.

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Mmmmm got a mouth full of popcorn 🍿 already!!! Have ya started yet???  I need some water brb!   

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11 hours ago, Bennyg said:

Will be watching. I plan to get the hobby boss version.

Ben

Thanks Ben , I usually would've waited for the hobbyboss offering but became impatient waiting for them to release . After building HB  M1070 monster kit I'm sure you'll enjoy it

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10 hours ago, Gmnut1983 said:

Following as well. Plan on getting this to go with my Bradley.

Good choice for the Bradley , I haven't settled on the load yet..definitely leaning towards a Desert Storm scheme since the M1070 wasn't fielded yet . Amazing this behemoth could handle the Abrams but just barely. 

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7 hours ago, Dieselhead said:

Hoo boy, this is gonna be a big one. This might interest you, a good bit of detail on the M911s.
http://www.vannattabros.com/truck.html

Thanks ! It'll be very helpful.  I bought the operator manual also to help understand what parts actually do...I like learning about the builds vs just gluing a piece of plastic to another .

10 hours ago, DrKerry said:

Mmmmm got a mouth full of popcorn 🍿 already!!! Have ya started yet???  I need some water brb!   

Lol !! It's safe to grab a tasty beverage I'll be starting this week, had a couple outdoor activities to finish up

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Cool project!! I like the power plant!! Is this one 1/35 scale?

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Yeah Brian this one's 1/35 scale , looking over the sprue makes me realive it's probably time for a pair of cheaters.  The detail is stunning , my 40 yr old eyes can't see well enough up close to asemble those tiny bits

Thanks Kerry it won't be long now,  we had a heat wave and the model room was too warm to work ...2nd floor temps lol

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11 hours ago, gotnitro? said:

Yeah Brian this one's 1/35 scale , looking over the sprue makes me realive it's probably time for a pair of cheaters.  The detail is stunning , my 40 yr old eyes can't see well enough up close to asemble those tiny bits

Thanks Kerry it won't be long now,  we had a heat wave and the model room was too warm to work ...2nd floor temps lol

I know all about the heat stuff!! Yikes! My model room is in the basement but it’s so small down there!!

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Well..I'm off and building! !! I actually bought a pair of cheaters and wow do they help see the tiny parts. The first couple steps are normal assembly of the ladder style frame . I am kinda disappointed there's so many knock out pins marring the inside frame rails..such is life ! 

I quickly labeled all the sprue w tape tags ..there's 12 of them lol.  After a few minutes here's the complete transfer case 

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Line everything up..this should look familiar! !  Even in 1/35 scale the size looks huge 

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Another familiar part is the walking beam suspension I've just started , watch where ya glue and everything moves !!

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Closeup of the rear crossmember w pintle ,and air line fitings added...yeah their tiny lol

That's it for now 

 

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A few weeks ago I received a 1/35 scale Merit International model kit of a Diamond T M19 tank hauler tractor and trailer.  Looks like your kit has the same level of detail.  The box says M19 but the walkaround that I also have says that if it has the front bumper open for a winch cable it is actually an M20.  Box art of the truck shows the M20.  Nice soft military tread tires for the tractor and many, many smaller standard tread tires for the trailer.

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Looks like a very detailed kit. I have the Hobby Boss M1070 HET. I'm debating between the HB or Meng C-HETs. If you, or anyone else is interested, you can download TMs, TBs, LOs for the M911 at LOGSA. I've used the 1070 manuals for reference and detailing.

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Charles -yeah the Merit kits are very well detailed I've read their exceptionally nice to build also

I just noticed the HB kit was out, and substantial less than the Meng offering. I had 2 of the M1070 kits..a very intensive build but very well detailed .This one goes together well enough , just the amount of cleanup disappoints me coming from such a reputable company . 

I won't bore ya with step by step just snap some pics along the way of the major bit's . I gotta figure out how to mount the resin engine cause they didn't add any mounts for it. They actually mention to leave out certain parts if using the engine though..odd 

 

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very cool subject and project I remember driving those for 1 yr

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Been thinking about getting one of those heavy duty rigs. Going to keep an eye on this thread for sure .

 

Be Well

 Gator

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Hey Gator ! Glad ya dropped by , haven't heard much from ya hope your doing well.

Blackbeard -thanks for looking in, I'm jealous hearing you've driven one of these behemoths..how were they to actually drive ? 

 

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Working thru the chassis today thought I'd add a few detail pics showing off the incredible detail this truck has.. 

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The completed driven front axle..I was surprised to find this won't be posable when attached really bummed me out .

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The pusher axle arm resting on a MRAP tire the pneumatic shock is a rubbery vinyl. I'll pose these raised 

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So far the frame measures 10 inches long, the entire combo should be around 26..yeah big boy !! 

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Off to grab some awesome BBQ and enjoy the holiday everyone have a great day

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they drive just like a your regular tractor but with a heavy load on board don't expect it to stop it , but you have to be real careful when your turning corners

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1 hour ago, gotnitro? said:

The completed driven front axle..I was surprised to find this won't be posable when attached really bummed me out .

Doable; but, not impossible. It will take some work. Grinding out a cup and adding ball joints is required. Neither is difficult.

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4 hours ago, SfanGoch said:

Doable; but, not impossible. It will take some work. Grinding out a cup and adding ball joints is required. Neither is difficult.

The hubs aren't the problem to making it steerable,  the hubs have ball joints inside allowing full travel. The steering arm and link that attaches to hub is solid. Almost think drilling that out would likely work....more than I'm gonna attempt lol

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Looking great Brian!! Awesome rig so far!!!

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