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A note on lights/lamps/etc:
While nice eye-catching details, they wont be like that on vehicles in a tactical/combat setting or operation.
Every vehicle has covers (made of fabric, usually) for all the lamps/lights, the rearview mirrors are folded down
or removed.
These things are "wrong" from a tactical point of view on many of the SF-world GO's/vehicles.
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Most US vehicles had a special light control unit that allowed you to select what happens with the lights, so they weren't turned on while at a firebase or along the road. I don't remember the settings but there are tactical ones for the white lights too.

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Thank you for the information gent, this is where I got the information from for the front lights there are more photos on the net like it. on a side note, I think the dark light is infrared lights so they will be used in combat. I think 

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this one on combat I think

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23 minutes ago, EricJ said:

Most US vehicles had a special light control unit that allowed you to select what happens with the lights, so they weren't turned on while at a firebase or along the road. I don't remember the settings but there are tactical ones for the white lights too.

B/O, or blackout drive.

turned of the regular bulb, and shone a light through a slit with white instead of clear plastic. could just barely see shit with it in the woods as i recall, unless you were using NODs. but that had its own set of problems (headaches coming back just thinkin of them). but it was bright like regular highbeam usage if you did use blackout and NVGs. course thats for the old 5 ton trucks, but it was the same control switch for the 88s,  humvees and LMTVs so i dont see why it would be any different for the Paladins

for GKABS, dirts on a little thick. it actually lightend green vehicles as i recall (when dried) and was hard to tell on tan vehicles unles you were right up on it or washing it. was always a suprise seeing how much dirt came off the cab and sides of the trucks when washing them for teh customs inspect going home

 also go splotchy, a vehicle coming out of the field usually looked like it had a dozen shades of paint on it until it hit the washrack. i gues think of a ghostly camo pattern with barely different shades of the same color all over some darker (towards bottom where water and mud get to) some lighter (towards the top where dust goes and flung mud dries faster)  . outer tracks look good, you posted the two pics above that covers my commnets on the inner track/roadwheels

sorry to be picky, i do have a bit of history with the later model of this beast (as well as EricJ iirc)

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Yeah I was a forward observer so when I was in HHB 1-82 FA I saw them in the motor pool, and never got too close to them or messed with them. I messed with the light control unit (was universal on all vehicles if my mind serves me right) but it's been some time since I've been out, which was 8 years ago.

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47 minutes ago, Crusader said:

A note on lights/lamps/etc:
While nice eye-catching details, they wont be like that on vehicles in a tactical/combat setting or operation.
Every vehicle has covers (made of fabric, usually) for all the lamps/lights, the rearview mirrors are folded down
or removed.
These things are "wrong" from a tactical point of view on many of the SF-world GO's/vehicles.
 :smile:

depends on the unit, and sometimes even that particular commanders preference.

convoys through Iraq turn signals were used to indicate where fire was coming from not which way to turn. high beam flashing could also used (typicla for vehicle or radio issues) to signal because even at daytime a flashing white light stands out. didnt run with lights fully on mind you, but didnt cover them up either.

some mirrors got folded in but typically not. you very rarely backed up without a ground guide and ideally had two: one in back and one in front. but conditions were rarely ideal either. typical was to have one ground guide in back, and stop if you couldnt see them. hard to pull off if you aint got not mirrors.

same experience with an field artillery unit still playing in the "stop them in the Fulda Gap" mindset in the late 90s. somebody would come along talking tactical, then some accidents would happen, and it would be back to using stuff on the move. it got covered only when you were in a position longer than 30 minutes (hoods raised on trucks too to cover the direct LOS reflections off the windshield)

 

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5 minutes ago, EricJ said:

Yeah I was a forward observer so when I was in HHB 1-82 FA I saw them in the motor pool, and never got too close to them or messed with them. I messed with the light control unit (was universal on all vehicles if my mind serves me right) but it's been some time since I've been out, which was 8 years ago.

well, thats the nice thing about being a cook; you aint getting fed even MREs unless i have some kind of vehicle. :biggrin:

i will say though that my FA time saw alot more regular soldiering  than my time with signal.  Guard, QRF, rolling with LOGPAC when one of the battery's supply trucks were down and killing the burners for breakfast to join stand to. Signal pretty much left us alone so long as chow was good

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Okay, I have taken the M109 for a spin in the mud to get it dirty more work is needed to complete the job

 

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Last update for today.

 

 

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Completed the model and I have sent it to compufat to do the other textures 

 

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Could you make a T-62 tank for us? It was widly used by egyptians and syrians and IIRC by Iraq. The stock T-62 looks more like a chinese T-54 clone, but not like a T-62.

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7 minutes ago, Gepard said:

Could you make a T-62 tank for us? It was widly used by egyptians and syrians and IIRC by Iraq. The stock T-62 looks more like a chinese T-54 clone, but not like a T-62.

I think @yakarov79 is working on the some Russian tanks. it's his field of Interest. 

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looks pretty good. but change the dark spot by that exhaust. heat rises (and blow back opposite direction of travel):biggrin:

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1 hour ago, daddyairplanes said:

looks pretty good. but change the dark spot by that exhaust. heat rises (and blow back opposite direction of travel)

Roger that :good:

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It's looking good so far GKABs :ok:

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Thanks to my friend compufat, and for his fast work creating the new textures for Vietnam, I have to do some minor adjustments to some of the textures then I would make data files then I will go for testing.

 

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I was thinking of making a stationary model with two soldiers, something like what is shown in this photo. With the back doors open. As well as making their older version of an M109 with the short gun barrel

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6 minutes ago, yakarov79 said:

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That is really a nice thing to add, thanks for sharing and bringing it to my attention. :ok:

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I just wonder if that trunk on top is an ammo case or Hammond organ?

I think I have somewhere palm fronds and other foliage that I used in my Nam trucks...will check over the weekend.  simple plane with mapped tga. 

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3 hours ago, GKABS said:

I was thinking of making a stationary model with two soldiers, something like what is shown in this photo. With the back doors open. As well as making their older version of an M109 with the short gun barrel

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First, update.

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