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Colombian Army M8 with Quad Gun .50 AA
Mendes
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Parana, Brazil
Joined: April 19, 2012
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Posted: Sunday, March 04, 2018 - 01:48 AM UTC
The Colombian Army modified a small number of M8s to carry a quad .50 caliber machine gun mount. So, I decided to build this interesting modernized version, with a beautiful camouflage scheme, and I will use as a base one M8 Greyhound from Tamiya, code 35228, and one Quad Gun Trayler M55 from Dragon, code 6421.



Necessary changes: raise the engine covers; change the position of the exhaust pipe; scratchbuild the air brake system on the rear axle, front mirrors, quad gun base and headlights, and others small things.

No details inside due to lack of references...

The vehicle and yours amazing camouflage scheme. No markings visibles in some vehicles:
















Rear view:






Steps 1, 2 and 3 from Tamiya instructions ready, an easy and fast assembly:




Cheers
GTDeath13
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Posted: Sunday, March 04, 2018 - 02:27 AM UTC
A very interesting project, one I will be following since I plan to do the same.
jasegreene
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Posted: Sunday, March 04, 2018 - 03:52 AM UTC
This is a build I will be following also.It is too interesting of a subject not to follow.I was already thinking about building one armed with the TOW missles.
petbat
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Posted: Sunday, March 04, 2018 - 01:01 PM UTC
I have contemplated doing one of these with the M20 and old Tamia M16 I have in the stash. I'll be another lurker in here
bat-213
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Posted: Monday, March 05, 2018 - 02:15 AM UTC
that is a very cool idea for a build ,I will also watck the build .
Mendes
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Posted: Monday, March 05, 2018 - 04:30 AM UTC
Gentlemen, I thank you for your interest.

Mr Greene, one M8 with TOW is a very unusual and interesting version too:








Go ahead
jfeenstra
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Posted: Monday, March 05, 2018 - 04:44 AM UTC
MR Modellbau makes an M-8 conversion for the Guatemala Army. It includes the diesel engine deck that I believe is the same or very similar to the Colombian version. Might save you a bit of time.
Mendes
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Posted: Friday, April 13, 2018 - 10:41 PM UTC
Sorry about the lack of news folks.

Hi Jon, I got one of these M8 conversion but the diesel engina deck has some errors. I put some styrene strips to show the thickness difference at the rear. The same discrepancy is seen on the opposite side in the engine deck.

So I decided to build a new diesel engine deck, using the parts of the Tamiya's kit...










I do not know if I could explain the erros to you...

Well, the new engine deck:








And, the new vehicle exhaust in the assembly phase...



gaz_ewart
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Posted: Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 02:46 PM UTC
Looking good so far. Can't wait to see this done. The TOW version looks good as well.
Tank1812
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Posted: Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 03:38 PM UTC
Cesar, that looks great. How did you remove that deck so cleanly and what are the height measurements you used to lift the engine covers?
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Mendes
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Posted: Sunday, April 15, 2018 - 12:00 AM UTC

Quoted Text

Looking good so far. Can't wait to see this done. The TOW version looks good as well.



I thank your interest
Mendes
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Posted: Sunday, April 15, 2018 - 01:08 AM UTC

Quoted Text

Cesar, that looks great. How did you remove that deck so cleanly and what are the height measurements you used to lift the engine covers?



Many thanks Ryan.

Tamiya made my job easier, because the kit brings the separate engine covers (parts C3 and C4), unlike the Italeri M8. So, I just cut the center arm with the hinges and glued it all together...and voilą! A clean build indeed.

I used as the initial template the MR Model resin diesel engine deck only for the front height (4 milimiters); back height 5 milimeters.

All the best,
Cesar

Tank1812
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Posted: Monday, April 16, 2018 - 03:54 AM UTC
Thanks. It's been awhile since I looked at the plastic. I will be following as I have a M20 that I can use. The turret deck appears to be easy enough to scratch. What is dia and length of exhaust?
Mendes
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Posted: Sunday, July 15, 2018 - 08:21 AM UTC
Folks, excuse me a long absence...

Ryan, no dia but the measures are 4 mm x 12 mm.

New photos coming soon.
Tank1812
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Posted: Sunday, July 15, 2018 - 09:02 AM UTC

Quoted Text

Folks, excuse me a long absence...

Ryan, no dia but the measures are 4 mm x 12 mm.

New photos coming soon.



Thanks Ceasar. Look forward to the updates.
Mendes
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Posted: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 11:58 AM UTC
More progress Ryan...I adapted the base of the quad on the upper structure of the hull:






The wheels and the new exhaust muffler on place:






A gasoline engine power driven charger and the battery located in the rear of the mount...I'm added some little details in scratch, but later I realized that they were not used in the actual vehicle:










More progress with the machine gun mount (dry fit in most parts). I really liked it a lot, the first test with the gun mount exceeded my expectations:












That“s all for now folks...
Namabiiru
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Posted: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 12:41 PM UTC
Very cool project. I look forward to following your progress. Very nice so far!

pod3105
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Posted: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 05:45 PM UTC
Excellent stuff ,and a really clean build. Loving it!
Tank1812
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Posted: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 12:22 PM UTC
The guns look great on the vehicle. Look forward to the next update.
Mendes
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Posted: Sunday, July 22, 2018 - 01:10 AM UTC
Many thanks folks. More news soon as possible.

Cheers
deerstalker36
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Posted: Sunday, July 22, 2018 - 01:59 AM UTC
Always interested to see AA funnies, this one looks interesting. neat build so far
Scarred
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Posted: Sunday, July 22, 2018 - 03:09 AM UTC
That is too cool!
bat-213
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Posted: Sunday, July 22, 2018 - 11:15 AM UTC
your build is looking very cool,great work .
Tank1812
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Posted: Friday, July 27, 2018 - 11:36 PM UTC
I keep thinking about the brake cylinders and how to make them. I saw this https://www.shapeways.com/product/UWGL7XN6U/1-35-hemtt-brake-cylinders-msp35-027?optionId=61301053 and I am wondering if they can be used or if they would be too big? I am assume it would just use the small cylinders for the M8 rear. Any thoughts?