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Italian Puma AFV
Topic Started: Oct 28 2016, 01:55 PM (4,376 Views)
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The Puma is a family of Italian light wheeled armoured fighting vehicle family, consisting of the Puma 6x6 and the Puma 4x4. The vehicles were developed and are produced by the Consorzio Iveco Fiat - Oto Melara for the Italian Army. First prototypes completed in 1988, with a total of five testbed vehicles being completed by 1990.
The 4x4 variant carries 3 troop members plus the driver, the 6x6 variant carries 6 troops plus driver.[1]

I'm doing the 4x4 version by Trumpeter. For such a small vehicle there is an awful lot of plastic and PE

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Construction is pretty straight forward with excellent fit if parts and nice clean moulding.

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Some quite complex structures. This has 18 plastic and PE parts and I don't even know what it is 😀
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But the fit was excellent

Some really tiny parts too. I bought a "sticky pencil" from RB Productions at our recent nationals and it came in very handy
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Very useful tool for only €2

Some tiny and complex PE also. This little piece requires 30 desperate folds
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Didn't go quite according to plan
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But I'll hide it with a tarp or something

The side stowage bins went better
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I just need to mask the vision blocks and lights and ready for priming
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And apologies again for doing the small wheeled Puma rather than the huge rotary one. But it is just too big....
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Wow, that etch is some very fine work Sean. Well done :clap:

Dermot

Edited by Dermot, Oct 28 2016, 03:15 PM.
Gallery of my Completed Builds

On the Bench

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Heil Mickey!
Nice try...
One suggestion - and my apology, if I am bringing owls to Athens - heat treatment of the copper fret makes wonders:
Simply hold the PE fret over lit candle until it changes colour, then throw it into water. This will take the inner tension out of the material and will make it nice soft and workable. A good idea is to do a few careful passes with sandpaper over both sides of the fret afterwards, to create some grip for superglue and paint.
Filip . . . .

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I just loved the phrase bringing owls to Athens. Had to look it up and its Greek but is used in German?. Never heard it in English before. In Wexford we used to just say that's as much use as tits on a bull.

Isn't the Internet wonderful for learning entirely useless things. :P
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Heil Mickey!
I know it as well as 'bringing wood to the forest...', it's used more commonly like that. I love proverbs, treasures of great knowledge spanning 100s of years in a few words.
Filip . . . .

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Bring all the owls you can Fise, I'm always open to suggestions. Is Athens known for its owl population?
Thanks, I would normally anneal the PE if doing a curved bend but never tried it doing a right angled bend on the mark before. Must remember that for the next time.
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This is a carrier based Puma I see; they might want to move the old landing hook though......
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Sean

Just jumped into this thread. Great work on all those fiddly little details. I too got one of Radu's lifting pencils, but haven't used it yet. (Radu has a great deal of very useful tools)

Phlip
"To boldly go..."

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Indeed Philip. His micro saws made with PE are also great for taking very delicate bits off the sprue came in handy.

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There were 5 on the fret. Took one of to try and now can't find the rest. Sure sign the work area needs a good tidy up....
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fantastic work so far Sean, or should i say Saint Sean as you surely have the patience of one with all the fiddly PE and small pieces
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If I had patience Stephen I'd have done them right 😀

Vison blocks painted at the back and masked at the front. Same with the lights. Time to fire up the compressor.

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I'll just let this sit here for the night

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First white coat tomorrow. Should I pre-shade around the hatches etc?
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Beautiful work Sean. Quite a dark basecoat so I would allow that to be the preshade.
Pat McGrath

Work to become not to acquire


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First two coats of white applied. Very difficult get it consistent

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Looks great sean
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3rd coat. Even the dogs in the street know it's better 😊

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It's looking good Sean
Pete

On the bench - What isn't 😀

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Woof Woof Sean,
This dog thinks its looking great.
Cheers
Joe
On the bench in order of nearest to completion;
A Model 1/72 Spad A.2 Finished 24/4/18
A Z Models 1/72 Morane "WR". (Schneider race entry from 1914).
K P Models 1/72 Avia BH-3
Mark 1 Models 1/144 Gloster Gladiator Finished 1/7/8
SRAM Models 1/144 SIA 7-B (Resin)
Valom Models 1144 A pair of Sopwith Pups
MSD Models 1/72 Vickers Vimy 66 Commercial
Revell 1/72 Fokker D.VII conversion to a two seater
Curtiss Condor (added 24/4/18) 1/81
Ansaldo S.V.A 9 (added 24/4/18)

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Finally got around to the decals. A clear coat tomorrow and then I can start the detailing and weathering

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That does look sweet.
Pete

On the bench - What isn't 😀

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