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    Another ill conceived trip - 1500 miles in a HMMWV. KS to the FL/GA line

    I'm going to go out on a limb here and speculate...but I'm guessing you are a happy camper with this buy? :) Mike
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    Scratchbuilt 1/8 scale M915A1

    I still pop in from time to time. But still no time to work on this. Still working 80-90 hr weeks. A couple of updates. 1. I am retiring sometime between Oct 2018 and Sep 2019 so that will free up some time hopefully. At this stage in my life, I don't want another full time job. 2. Never...
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    Driving a newly acquired deuce cross country KY->OR

    Rental trucks must stop at the MN/SD border one too. I am guessing UHAUL trucks are included. I've driven past in my Suburban and a UHAUL trailer without any problems.
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    Scratchbuilt 1/8 scale M915A1

    Hey...quick update and to answer a question or two.... 1. The load....I need to get the truck done first! LOL. Honestly, when I first started in on scratchbuilding, I was going to build an M88 recovery vehicle. I even took a few hundred pics and measurements and started building the tracks. I...
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    Scratchbuilt 1/8 scale M915A1

    Well....got the workbenches repainted and put back in. Moving forward anyway. Also took on a part time job to get a few extra bucks each week. Sighs....
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    Scratchbuilt 1/8 scale M915A1

    No updates. I'd been thinking about getting back here but never seem to find the time. I got the basement project mostly done and have a huge area for the machine shop. Unfortunately, the surplus business is taking off and that eats up valuable free time. But I have a list of "to do" items that...
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    Scratchbuilt 1/8 scale M915A1

    Thanks John! I will do that sometime! I know I haven't posted in a while, but the project is far from dead. I started over on the radiator (again) and made all new fins....only to decide that if I made the slots through the fins a little narrower it will help my ability to get a nice clean...
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    Scratchbuilt 1/8 scale M915A1

    I might toss the radiator aside and go onto something else so I can get some progress. I just cannot for the life of me get a small enough amount of solder put in place. The space between the fins fill up with too much solder. The stuff I have is 1/32" but I don't know the melting temp of it. I...
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    Scratchbuilt 1/8 scale M915A1

    Hey Everyone! This project isn't dead...just haven't had any time to work on it. After I got back from Afghanistan, the Army decided it was a good idea to send me to Germany for a couple of weeks on a project. Then I had a bunch of weekends tied up with work...and I have a shop in town that we...
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    Scratchbuilt 1/8 scale M915A1

    Hey Dennis, Yeah...I was buying the film from a US supplier for awhile and then they just up and stopped stocking it, so I went the China route. I was searching around after this last fiasco and I found a company in NC. The thing is, they aren't too much more expensive than getting it from...
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    Scratchbuilt 1/8 scale M915A1

    No update yet but I am working on this. Been having issues with my photo etch operation that has been driving me up the wall. Without going into a great many technical details (unless anyone is familiar with photo etch processes...), the last batch of photo resist film I received was bad....and...
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    Scratchbuilt 1/8 scale M915A1

    Getting into too thin category. I think I used .032" aluminum strips to keep the spacing between the fins uniform. I think I have some .025 around that I'll use instead. Starting to make the new fins. Hoping to get a bunch more run this weekend. I want to start building! Mike
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    Scratchbuilt 1/8 scale M915A1

    I'm baaaaaack! Hoping to get back on this project soon. I'm going to start over on the radiator. After I figured out a technique, the last few fins that I soldered in look a lot better than the first few that I soldered. I'm also going to etch the fins out of .003 brass instead of the .004 that...
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    Scratchbuilt 1/8 scale M915A1

    I'm in Afghanistan right now :) Life just can't get any peachier for me LOL. I'm going to get back on the truck just as soon as I get back. Been itching to work on it again. Working on getting a CAD program down to help me get some parts made. Should be back in a few months. Thanks for the...
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    Scratchbuilt 1/8 scale M915A1

    I should have thought of that myself.... Total tally so far: 88 fins 44 "tubes" (actually 1/4" strips representing tubes) 3872 solder joints (each intersection of the fin and tube gets soldered....one at a time...) The setup so I can see what the heck I am doing. I got a trinocular...
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    Scratchbuilt 1/8 scale M915A1

    Grrrr.....ran out of fins. Need to stop and make about 50 more. I'll probably go ahead and make the side rails while I'm at it. I want to try to etch them instead of cutting them out of the sheeting.
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    Scratchbuilt 1/8 scale M915A1

    Here is an update of where I am at on the build. I started rebuilding the radiator a few months ago. After shelling out a few hundred for a stereo 3x-90x power microscope, I can finally see what I am soldering. This is going pretty good now. The pictures shows how much closer the fins will be. I...
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    Scratchbuilt FLU419 Small Emplacement Excavator 1:24

    UGH....I see the scale in the topic heading now.... Mike
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    Scratchbuilt FLU419 Small Emplacement Excavator 1:24

    What scale is it? What is the approximate dimensions? Looks great! Mike
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    So....what do you guys exactly do with these trucks???

    Well this has been interesting reading. Actually sort of possibly maybe at least thinking about getting something to replace my 3/4 ton Ford and snow plow with something bigger. I have one lot that takes me over 4 hrs to do with my current setup. Getting something bigger might cut that down in...
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