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The M972 Flatbed/w Excavator

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The M972 Flatbed/w Excavator
Posted by tiking on Friday, October 27, 2017 8:47 AM

This is a build I have been working on for some time now. It's a heavy modification of the M915 kit from Trumpeter. As always, I decided to spice things up a bit. I wanted to do something different. So, I kit-bashed the trailer and tractor to bring forth this combo unit. As far as I know this truck version does not exist. But it could have been plausible. The name came about by using the first number of the M915 and the 2 last digits of the M872 trailer. Hence, M972, which is a combination of both.

The Hitachi excavator is from Hasegawa which I built as a burnt out model. The idea came from the pic I found while searching the web. Lots of pics. Hope you like the results.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This is the excavator that inspired my version:

 

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  • From: Brighton England
Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Friday, October 27, 2017 11:06 AM

Yes WOW! Phenominal detailing , not my usual model style  , but I do appreciate the workmanship . 

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Posted by tiking on Friday, October 27, 2017 11:33 AM

Spencer Mopar Fan

Yes WOW! Phenominal detailing , not my usual model style  , but I do appreciate the workmanship . 

 

 

No worries. Thank you regardless.

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  • From: springdale, arkansas
Posted by nascarbob4344 on Friday, November 10, 2017 5:54 AM
another outstanding build, you do such awesome work

bob gordon

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Posted by big-e-models on Friday, November 10, 2017 6:59 AM

 Absolutely stunning , that’s a real work force combo ! 

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  • From: Hamptonville, NC
Posted by TarheelRick on Friday, November 10, 2017 7:33 AM

That is one jaw-dropping build.  With the right backdrop it would pass as a real truck.  Your attention to detail is exemplary, not over the top but enough to keep a person looking and finding different things.  BTW what scale is this?

I build models because I can't afford the real thing!

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Posted by mini man on Friday, November 10, 2017 2:47 PM

Another stunning build Charles.YesCoolYes

Will build most anything,love American cars muscle etc.Britishvehicles are a buzz too,trucks are great - want to do a jet truck,building parts up...

Nigel.

 

U.K.

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Posted by oldcarguy on Saturday, November 11, 2017 4:20 PM

Hi :

 I have built them in 1:16 but never like that . Very Good.

gjgeracci
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  • From: Upstate New York
Posted by spencer1984 on Saturday, November 11, 2017 5:51 PM
Awesome job, that looks great!
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Posted by justmike on Saturday, November 11, 2017 10:05 PM

Ditto everybody else's comments. Utterly amazing. I can just keep staring and seeing more and more detail.  So real that its unreal.

Feelings are like scents: The more they are analyzed, the worse they smell.
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Posted by tiking on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 9:06 AM

nascarbob4344
another outstanding build, you do such awesome work
 

thank you. 

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Posted by tiking on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 9:06 AM

big-e-models

 Absolutely stunning , that’s a real work force combo ! 

 

 

Glad you like the result. Thank you kindly.

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Posted by tiking on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 9:07 AM

TarheelRick

That is one jaw-dropping build.  With the right backdrop it would pass as a real truck.  Your attention to detail is exemplary, not over the top but enough to keep a person looking and finding different things.  BTW what scale is this?

 

 

Thank you for that. The scale is 1/35.

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Posted by tiking on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 9:08 AM

mini man

Another stunning build Charles.YesCoolYes

 

 

Thank you. 

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Posted by tiking on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 9:08 AM

oldcarguy

Hi :

 I have built them in 1:16 but never like that . Very Good.

 

 

Now that is a big scale. Thanks.

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Posted by tiking on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 9:10 AM

justmike

Ditto everybody else's comments. Utterly amazing. I can just keep staring and seeing more and more detail.  So real that its unreal.

 

 

HAHAHA!!! Thanks buddy. 

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Posted by Moparlover64 on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 9:37 AM

Now thats just to cool i used to drive one of those back in 84 germany us army never thought of the doorvents lol all we were allowed to haul with the fixed deck were conexs or boed stuff we had lowboys n 916s for equip haulers man that just to cool awsome job

Moparlover64

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Posted by tiking on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 9:26 PM

Moparlover64

Now thats just to cool i used to drive one of those back in 84 germany us army never thought of the doorvents lol all we were allowed to haul with the fixed deck were conexs or boed stuff we had lowboys n 916s for equip haulers man that just to cool awsome job

 

 

Thanks. BTW, they are doing vents, But indication markers for iditifying friendlies in time of war. They were used quite often in Iraq.

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