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Post by Halftrack1 on Tue Oct 14, 2014 8:35 am

Sorry its been so long since posting. Been really busy with 1/6th projects. one of the major projects was putting together my HQ FDC Section Finally got them finished. { My Motor City Bad Boys }. I have this Hasbro M3 - 75 mm GMC< Which really didn't fit in the big picture. So to speak. But a M2A1 FDC Halftrack does fit into the big picture. Let the conversion Begin. At the same time I hope I can at least make it a little more closer to the correct height. So Here we go.

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Went to I wonder how this Gun comes out. Figured that out Pretty Easily.

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Went on to now be this.

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Here's the Starting point. Have to still cut out the side storage boxes, redo the rear Armor Plt. and the interior

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Post by mutt71 on Tue Oct 14, 2014 10:05 am

I am still trying to get at least ONE of these things. I love what you are doing on this project! You make it look so easy as well Dave.
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Post by Halftrack1 on Mon Oct 20, 2014 7:55 am

I got a little more done to my soon to be M2A1. Finally figured out how to get the back end apart. After all the attempts of failure, all I had to do was break it. Got the side storage doors cur out, the new storage box, seat plates made and the rear Plate off. I cut down the rear step bumper from an old 21st Century toys M 3 Scout Car to make the new step bumper for the M2. Here's a few shots of the progress and yes the work on Dedee is on temporary hold. I will need this vehicle for the new upcoming Battle of the Bulge Dio at the Museum.

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Post by dti62 on Mon Oct 20, 2014 10:56 am

Way to go David, that's coming along really nice . Can't wait to see more. Hope in the next few weeks, I'll be able to get out there an check things out.
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Post by Halftrack1 on Wed Oct 22, 2014 9:57 pm

I now have the new interior roughed in and it is really starting to take shape. I think that I should have done this a long time ago.

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Post by dti62 on Wed Oct 22, 2014 10:12 pm

Lookin good so far.
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Post by mutt71 on Thu Oct 23, 2014 5:48 pm

That halftrack s looking better and better with each posting Dave..


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Post by Germanbilly! on Fri Oct 24, 2014 7:07 pm

Nice work Dave, looking good.
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Post by Ostfront43 on Sat Oct 25, 2014 2:00 am

The transformation is awesome! Make it look easy. Look forward to the build updates.
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Post by plasticpanzers on Mon Oct 27, 2014 3:58 am

Looking good!!
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Post by Halftrack1 on Mon Oct 27, 2014 8:38 am

Yesterday and this morning I really made progress on the conversion. I really had every intension of going to my little hill top for a shoot, but one thing kept leading to another and this is where it got me. The interior is now installed. All the storage box doors have the hinges installed. The doors all function perfectly. The M 49 mount is now securely mounted as is the skate ring. All that's left to do is a little more Interior work, Radios, 50 Cal ring mount, some clevises on the outer armor and the mine racks. Then she will be ready for paint.

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The more I look at this conversion I think to my self { I should have done this a long time ago. } This will be a huge improvement over the old vehicle. Wonder why Hasbro didn't do this vehicle in the first place.
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Post by dti62 on Mon Oct 27, 2014 10:39 am

Holy crap David Shocked , that's just "amazing " work that you put into that conversion. I just remembered what it look like before that. Man, that's like night and day. Great job...!! cheers
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Post by mutt71 on Mon Oct 27, 2014 1:12 pm

It does look 100% better than how they came when Hasbroken sold them!. This just gets better and better!
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Post by Halftrack1 on Mon Nov 03, 2014 9:47 am

Last night and this morning I got some more of the interior roughed in and the
50 cal ring made for the M-49 mount.

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Post by T.H.A.W. on Mon Nov 03, 2014 11:50 am

This thing is looking "beast"!
Awesome work so far man....

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Post by dti62 on Mon Nov 03, 2014 12:45 pm

Holy crap.....it's looking "bad ass". cheers
You're pouring it on now, can't wait to see more......
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Post by Halftrack1 on Tue Nov 04, 2014 12:50 am

First of all let me say thanks for watching and all the kind words everybody. to night I got the weapons mounted. Made the 50 cal mount for the ring and converted the water cooled 30's from water cooled to the later air cooled ones. here's some more shot's of the conversion.

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Post by dti62 on Tue Nov 04, 2014 9:40 am

That's "Mean Lookin "......  Bravo I really like the look you created. When done,  get her outdoors for some photos.
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Post by mutt71 on Tue Nov 04, 2014 5:01 pm

Damn near ready for paint, I believe. Looking awesome Dave!
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Re: M2A1: B Btry 182nd FA. HQ / FDC M2A1 Halftrack.

Post by Halftrack1 on Thu Nov 06, 2014 1:14 am

Last night I started on the plotting table for the M2. I started at approximately 20:30and finished at 03:30 in the morning. The table will fold all the way up to the vertical position, drop to the slanted position, or finally go to the table position..

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Here's two of the maps I made sitting on the table.

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Here's a pic of the tools of the trade. Plotters tools. This set was put together by Slick for me. He did a fantastic job on them.

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Slick this set of pics is for you. THANKS FOR A FANTASTIC SET OF PLOTTERS  TOOLS MAN.

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Post by mutt71 on Thu Nov 06, 2014 2:42 pm

Wow These Artillery plotting tools are outstanding! Slick, you did a fantastic job of making these look real.


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Post by dti62 on Thu Nov 06, 2014 4:19 pm

Way to go guys.....all looks very good.
David, that table is a great ideal, thought that would be better when we talked. Thumbs Up
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Post by Halftrack1 on Wed Nov 12, 2014 10:06 pm

Now I have the mine racks complete and installed the rear plate completed. also got the extra gas can carrier installed on the rt. side. The M 49 pulpit is now finished too. I think all that's left to do is the windshield glass and the visors. the rifle racks and the radio which is ordered. Here's a few more pics.

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Post by dti62 on Thu Nov 13, 2014 9:49 pm

Photos doesn't do it justice, in-person is what you need to see. It's amazing compared to the original. Well done David.....Thumbs Up
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Post by Halftrack1 on Thu Nov 27, 2014 6:11 pm

It's just about time for paint. the rifle rack is done, as are the seat cushions also.
Got the Radio I needed from EAC. Great Job John. Here's some more progress.

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I am really impressed with the transformation. Just a little more to do. Grenade Grenade Grenade

With that being said "" HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYBODY "" Wishing the best to all this holiday season.
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