Posts by: marv-mays

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LAV-AT USMC Desert Build

By on November 7, 2017

In an effort to fill out the LAV Piranha series of 3d models, here’s the build history on the new LAV-AT USMC desert variant. The “AT” variant is an Anti-Tank TOW missile equipped Piranha. Military.com states, “…The LAV-AT anti-tank missile carrier is a mobile system is capable of defeating main battle tanks and fixed fortifications…” After a bit of research, the subject I chose for this project was from the 1st Light Armor Reconnaissance (LAR) Battalion, United States Marine Corps (USMC) dubbed “Hammer of Gods” from Operation Desert Storm, 1991. Markings are Desert Sand (Federal Standard #33531) which was a new look for US armor at the time of Desert Storm. All LAVs were, at that time, painted in 3 color NATO camouflage primarily meant for deployment in a much “greener” Europe. Since I’ve already built an LAV-AT in NATO 3-color camouflage, I used that geometry as a base from which to […]

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M2 Bradley IFV Build

By on November 1, 2017

Here is the next subject to fill out our selection of modern tracked armor models. This one is the M2 Bradley IFV which will likely become available in at least two different exterior paint schemes. Throughout its service life the M2 Bradley IFV series has been updated to improve combat capabilities and survivability for both the vehicle and it’s occupants. According to Military-Today.com, there were three main improvement programs, the M2A1, M2A2 and M2A3, so this subject can be a challenge to model accurately, unless one pays very close attention to the details. After several weeks of dedicated work on this one, I was compelled to abandon it for a time while focusing on much needed website and database changes to improve our company’s internet presence. Quite soon, I’ll be re-focusing on continuing work on this one, which should lead to other, even newer Bradley variants!