Australian pair : ASLAV and Bushmaster

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Australian pair : ASLAV and Bushmaster

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Hi all,
I'm currently building the both kits in parallel.In fact, I started the ASLAV and because I wanted to get the same shades of paint on the both vehicles, I also began the Bushmaster.
The ASLAV is quite an easy build but is not perfectly accurate. I didn't try to fix the mistakes Trumpeter made because I lacked ref pictures. Moreover, it is a bit tricky to follow all the variations brought to the vehicle during its service life.
I changed some mesh on the turret because the PE parts were impossible to adapt to the basket. I also decided to use Real Models resin wheels because of the mold line on the rubber tires.

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The Bushmaster is not at the 2000s standard except maybe for the PE parts sheet. The molding is a bit soft, the instructions are a guess game in several areas and if you don't have ref pictures, it can really be tricky to find where to glue the parts. The ride height is the main issue with the kit. The line at the bottom of the hull should align above the wheels hub. On my model, it is centered which is not that bad considering that I've seen models with the bottom of the hub nearly aligned with the bottom of the hull.

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The base coat is Tamiya Wooden Tan which has the pink hue of the Australian tan. For the Olive, I still need to find a correct mix in my Tamiya paints. I think about starting from some Olive Green and lightening it with some yellow or flesh.

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To be continued ...
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Two very interesting builds Olivier! The seats inside the Bushmaster sure look interesting...

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Thanks Philipp.
Today was a busy one in the paint booth! :)

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The green is a mix of XF-58 Olive Green and XF-4 Yellow Green. I'd say the ratio is close to 2/3-1/3.
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These builds are coming along in leaps and bounds Olivier. I like how they are turning out. :)

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The colours look pretty close to my references and also to the Mig AusCam set I have Olivier. Coming along nicely! :D
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Thank you Vincent and Adam. I need to make some change to the ASLAV pattern. A nice guy showed me a couple of mistakes I made around the driver area. I'm guilty for sure as I kind of invented the camo pattern there. Trumpeter got it all wrong. I managed to find pictures of the front end but nothing for the driver area. Fortunately I could not spend any minute on the models since I last posted.
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Those are lookin' SWEET! Love the CAMO!
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Thanks for the comment Mark.
In fact, the camos were wrong and I had to modify them a bit. However, looking at more ref pictures today I found that I missed some areas. So I still need to use the airbrush in the next days.
In between I had applied the decals, so any alteration to the camo scheme is a potential threat to them. :?

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The camos are over. Now it's pinwash time!

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Very nice Olivier :)

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