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The M972F with a ‘burnt out’ excavator

This is a heavy modification of the M915 kit from Trumpeter. As always I decided to spice things up a bit as usual. I wanted to do something different. So, I kit-bashed the trailer and tractor that came in the kit, to bring forth this flatbed combo converted unit. But this conversion, could have been plausible if this particular version did exist. After all, the M915 has been sold to other countries and who knows if they have been modified. 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 ‘F’ stands for flatbed. The Hitachi is from which I built as a burnt out model. The idea came from the pic I found while searching the web.

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18 responses

  1. Great build, Charles @tiking
    Weathering effects are superb.

  2. The master of weathering strikes again! Looks really cool.

  3. Excellent build, tip top painting and weathering, Charles!
    Loved your idea of spicing up things!

  4. Kit bashing is good for the modeler’s soul and the burnt out section looks pretty dam realistic to me. Another amazing build…..nice!

  5. Superb model building sir!

  6. The burnt out cab and rusted tracks really stand out on an already superb build.

  7. A very plausible conversion, Charles, you've really made the most of these two kits, definitely liked.

  8. Looks like it's going to the scrap yard, another great one!

  9. Beautiful work Charles, love the subject and the weathering is excellent.

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