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May 05, 2015

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Airfield Models ( Military Vehicle Reference Photographs

While I was in the service most of my assignments were to field units.  I had the opportunity to travel and was also deployed a few times.  This gave me a lot of opportunities to take photos that I would otherwise not have been able to.

One thing I have noticed while surfing the web is that the word "realistic" is often thrown around casually.  The weathering I have seen on some models is anything but realistic.  I am not knocking anyone's work because I can appreciate their efforts and the hours involved in their craft.

I think the culprit is lack of exposure to the real thing rather than poor technique on the part of the builder.  Hopefully a close study of these images will reveal what real wear and tear looks like on a military vehicle.

Diorama and Vignette Ideas U.S. Army M939 5-Ton Truck U.S. Army M1 Abrahms Main Battle Tank U.S. Army AH-64 Apache Attack Helicopter

Diorama/Vignette Ideas

5-Ton Truck

Abrahms Tank

Apache Helicopter

U.S. Army UH-60/MH-60 Blackhawk Helicopter U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook Helicopter U.S. Army M997 Field Litter Ambulance (FLA) U.S. Army M88 Hercules Recovery Vehicle

Blackhawk Helicopter

Chinook Helicopter

Field Litter Ambulance

M88 Recovery Vehicle

U.S. Army M998 HMMWV Cargo Utility Truck U.S. Army M113 Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) U.S. Army M-109 Paladin Self-Propelled Howitzer U.S. Army M112 Water Trailer (Water Buffalo) and Trailer


M113 APC



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