prateek, on Oct 23 2009, 08:56 AM, said:
Awesome! It's surprisingly simple but it looks so good
Thanks. You're right that it's a very simple and conventional build. That's one drawback of starting in LDraw, as any ingenious parts usage might not work as well in the brick as it appears to in pixels.
Ralph_S, on Oct 23 2009, 06:27 PM, said:
You've really managed to capture the look of these but you've still kept it relatively compact. Nicely done.
Great, that was definitely the goal. You're Mad Physicist on Flickr? Awesome. I love your military models (especially your aircraft!) so your feedback means a great deal to me.
L-space, on Oct 23 2009, 07:14 PM, said:
It may even look great in Dark Green or Tan for desert warfare.
About the tires, you might just switch the front tires for narrower ones. That should give a great look. Many vehicles like this use this. Bigger in the back for the increase in weight and smaller in front because they have less to carry.
Yes, I think it looks good in both dark green and tan as well (that's the beauty of an LDraw MOC - it's very easy to switch the colors around!). But I'm not sure that you'd be able to get all the parts in those colors.
On the wheels/tires, I agree that the thinner type tires would look good, especially at the front. But as I mentioned above, they would need to be attached half a stud further out from the chassis to look right, and that would require a major rebuild. Also, I'm not keen on different wheels for the front and back for operational reasons. A vehicle like this needs to be able to change tires in case of puncture or battle damage, and for that it helps if the same spare tire can be used for both front and rear.
I mentioned in the first post that I failed to find a way of attaching a spare tire, but after building it in bricks I've found that a spare tire can hang nicely over the gunner's backpack stored on the left side above the rear wheel. Another pleasant surprise was that I found that the gunner can be inserted and removed from his rear seat without having to disconnect any of the rear rollcage assembly. I was expecting to have to pull one of those 1x4x2 bars off to get him in and out of there.
I'm still waiting on wheels, heads, backpacks, and some 1x2x1 panels, but I'll post more pics once they arrive.