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Old 02-09-2011, 10:51 AM
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Bradley M2 - OIF modification of ModelCard

Hello everybody.

I've been asked many times to start a build thread. I was always afraid to show the work in progress, since my models are usually painted. The painting itself is very difficult to show on photos - it's a dirty process and many people consider it as an attempt to cover mistakes (hmm, sometimes they're right). But I decided to give it a try.

Currently am working on the Bradley M2. I started it abaout a month ago. Unfortunately the model issued by ModelCard, which is the basis of my work will soon be adult (first edition AD 1995) - this is the cause of many problems.
First of all technically the model is terrible, I can't even count the corrections I had to make.
Second - originally it represents the first version M2A0, used before Opreation Desert Storm. That's bad because I plan to build the Bradley with OIF mods.

Below you'll find a few photos showing current status (and mistakes I did up-to-date...).

I see that most of you live in US, maybe you'll be able to help me with continuation of my build.

The mods I do are mostly based on the walkaround of Pierric Boudehn from Prime Portal. And at this point I found a problem.
Until now I failed to find similar walkaround :(
I do not have the photos of upper-rear side of vehicle. Can anyone help me with this?
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Old 02-09-2011, 02:06 PM
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IMHO, Painting is not a "dirty process": You gotta do what you have to do to get the job done. So I am in your corner, firmly, on this issue!

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Old 02-09-2011, 04:46 PM
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Looks to me like you are doing a great job on the Bradley M2. As far as painting, I prefer to paint all my armor subjects, makes them look more realistic. Look forward to more of this build.
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Old 02-09-2011, 07:35 PM
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When you see a lot of these vehicles up close, you realize the perfection that some models display is a weak spot. That's one nice lookin' tank you got there.
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Old 02-09-2011, 08:20 PM
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Your Bradley looks great.

Some pictures of pl@stic models that may help
ModelShipwrights :: In-Box Review: M2 Bradley Accessory Set (for Revell M2A2) by Sabot
AeroScale :: In-Box Review: M2A2 Bradley OIF Stowage Set by Sabot
http://www.onesixthwarriors.com/foru...need-help.html
IPMS-UK KitMaker Branch :: Book Review: OIF US Army by Jason Bobrowich
1/35 Acad M2 (Conversion Project) M3A3 OIF Bradley/w lost of scratchbuilding. - Forums - FineScale Modeler: Online Community, Forums, Blogs, Galleries
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Old 02-10-2011, 01:16 AM
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Gteat thanks, the last link has exactly what I needed.
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Old 02-10-2011, 08:49 PM
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That's a good looking Bradley
As for the picture references I cannot find any better sources than the one you already mentioned at prime portal.
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Old 02-11-2011, 01:48 PM
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Today I prepared the loaders hatch and some rear armor plates.

To give depth to the hatch I added the imitation of anti-skid surface. The flat ares are covered with sand paper, on the edges I had to do it "manually". I used similar method which gives the effect of casted steel on WW2 wehicles.

I prepared the mix of glue (popular glue used for wood), water (to make the resulting substance thin) and soda (baking soda I suppose). You can see the results on the photos below.

I'm not entirely happy, but this is the early stage with only the initial layer of base paint. I hope it will get better (especially after instalation of other details - periscoper, hinges, etc.).
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Old 02-12-2011, 11:36 AM
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Little update - armor plates on both sides.
This week I'll be stuck in hotel room with the most boring part of the job - cutting the suspension elements :(
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Old 02-22-2011, 03:27 PM
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Last week was very borring - I prepared some suspension elements. Fortunately now I can return to the more ambitious tasks. I just finished the driver's hatch
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