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Builds 1/35th scale M42 Duster by AFV Club

the Duster on it's sand base ready for it's glass case to be assembled, I had considered a tumble weed, blown under the hull, but googling tumble weeds images, they are fine. maybe there's a PE tumbleweed out there somewhere?
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there's a open area in the belly of the tank.
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there is a hopper in the hull below the gun turret.
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feeding right through to the ground beneath.
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Is that just a part of the model or a replica of a real feature? Presumably the spent case dump if so? Although a prolonged static engagement would soon fill it, I'd imagine. Don't imagine it's an escape hatch, being open-topped and looking at the turret contents sitting over it.
 

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the muzzle brakes/flash hiders are odd pieces, here they are resting on front of the hull next to the drivers hatch, shame as they hide the excellent muzzle crowns of the metal barrels, but they were on Vietnam Dusters, so on they go.
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Another three-pronged arrangement. Like a pair of giant Vietnam-era M-16s.

Joking aside, was there a school of thought in that design, since it appears on more than one weapon? On a crew-served weapon I can see it but my readings of history would suggest that the design was problematic on the rifle as it was designed to divert the flash in a Y-shape so that the flash did not pass directly through the sight-line - quite critical at night, I'd think. However, this meant that the third prong of the flash went vetically downwards and accentuated muzzle rise on firing. In the prone it would also apparently kick up dirt and leaf litter and whathaveyou.
 

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the Duster on it's sand base ready for it's glass case to be assembled, I had considered a tumble weed, blown under the hull, but googling tumble weeds images, they are fine. maybe there's a PE tumbleweed out there somewhere?
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Is it being displayed as a Vietnam-era model? Perhaps a palm tree on the rear corner of the base?

As usual, the skill, workmanship and patience put into this are second-to-none so maybe leave it as is so as not to move focus from the subject? If you'd included figures so it was more of an action scene I'd say you'd need some set-dressing to give it life but as this is just the vehicle "on static display" I'd say, as a non-modeller but who has viewed models in places like the Fleet Air Arm Museum and Tank Museum and so on, keep the focus on the vehicle. KISS rule.
 
Is that just a part of the model or a replica of a real feature? Presumably the spent case dump if so? Although a prolonged static engagement would soon fill it, I'd imagine. Don't imagine it's an escape hatch, being open-topped and looking at the turret contents sitting over it.
For empty casings, there is one on the R35 renault tank as well for the 7.5mm CoAx Machinegun cases
 
Another three-pronged arrangement. Like a pair of giant Vietnam-era M-16s.

Joking aside, was there a school of thought in that design, since it appears on more than one weapon? On a crew-served weapon I can see it but my readings of history would suggest that the design was problematic on the rifle as it was designed to divert the flash in a Y-shape so that the flash did not pass directly through the sight-line - quite critical at night, I'd think. However, this meant that the third prong of the flash went vetically downwards and accentuated muzzle rise on firing. In the prone it would also apparently kick up dirt and leaf litter and whathaveyou.
Well if that was the reason they replaced it with a Flash Hider which had the slot in the same spot. Only on the M16A2 onwards did the bottom of the flash hider be made solid.

The 3 prong was an issue because it got caught in things

Foliage
Webbing straps, etc.
Skin when cleaning (and that would hurt)

I used it to open ammo crate steel strapping. Insert and twist
 

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Well if that was the reason they replaced it with a Flash Hider which had the slot in the same spot. Only on the M16A2 onwards did the bottom of the flash hider be made solid.

The 3 prong was an issue because it got caught in things

Foliage
Webbing straps, etc.
Skin when cleaning (and that would hurt)

I used it to open ammo crate steel strapping. Insert and twist
How was it as a church key, though...?
 
the Duster on it's sand base ready for it's glass case to be assembled, I had considered a tumble weed, blown under the hull, but googling tumble weeds images, they are fine. maybe there's a PE tumbleweed out there somewhere?
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Why not some raindeer moss and spray clear lacquer
 
the Duster on it's sand base ready for it's glass case to be assembled, I had considered a tumble weed, blown under the hull, but googling tumble weeds images, they are fine. maybe there's a PE tumbleweed out there somewhere?
View attachment 515926
Fine wire wool, teased out, light spray of carpet glue and a sprinkle of fine sawdust. They frequently travel in packs...
 

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Fine wire wool, teased out, light spray of carpet glue and a sprinkle of fine sawdust. They frequently travel in packs...
That might do it...

They might travel in packs but they hunt in pairs.

Jut like Persian Gulf fish traps...
 
the glass case fitted down over the model, taken in better light conditions.. Need some practice with diorama skills like tumble weed, cactus plants. Plenty more models in the pipeline to practice on.
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