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  1. There doesn't appear to be a "Softskin" section of the forum for work in progress, so this Jeep story will have to go under the Armour section ( hope this is the right place! ). This story began around the end of 2004, when because of health problems, I decided to take a break from balsa dust and R/C model flying and find a new hobby. Growing up on a diet of war films and M*A*S*H, the iconic Jeep had always appealed to me. Affording a Jeep was one thing, fitting it in the garage was another matter altogether! The garage isn't quite a double, being 11ft 8in wide, with one half occupied by my 12 x 6ft trailer that stored my 1/6 scale B-17 Fortress. This didn't leave a huge amount of space for a Jeep, but they are fairly narrow vehicles. A search of the internet gave me some dimensions which suggested it should fit, 'though very tight. I didn't know if the dimensions I found included the handles, mirrors etc, and without a vehicle to measure, a plastic kit was the next option for some measureable dimensions. Once I had those, I was more prepared to spend money driving around the country looking for a vehicle. An Italeri 1/35 scale Jeep was bought, and it seemed moderately accurate comparing the parts to photos. I hoped the finished model would give me a better idea on how tight the garage fit was going to be and a better idea whether the measurements I found on the net were the overall or basic body dimensions. The Jeep and trailer were built purely as a tool, so there wasn't much attention paid to filling, painting and crafting a nice scale model. I just wanted the overall dimensions, which once built, turned out to be pretty accurate. The kit suggested that a real Jeep would fit my garage with around 1 inch clearance each side between the garage wall and the aircraft trailer! I did wonder if I would have to remove the handles from the bodywork to reduce the width slightly. The trailer as shown below, also suggested a real Jeep trailer might also fit within the length available.
  2. Brengun has just released a 1/48th Chester Jeep (wikipedia) race plane resin kit - ref. BRS48005 Source: http://www.hauler.cz/e-shop/1-48-construction-kits-30/chester-jeep-race-plane-1381 V.P.
  3. Hi Folk,s and nearly a happy new year,laying down a marker for some armour related stuff I want to do in the coming month's as a change frommainly wingy thing's I thought I would start with a couple of small subject's that I had not done before so Tamiya's old but still nice Jeep (SAS seems to be well represented on BM not so much the standard Jeep) and the good old universal carrier which I'm delighted to find has the TT marking's of the 50th Northumbrian Division on the sheet,all have figures so a small dio base will be in order.I hope later to cover A Dragon Wagon with a suitable load(I've even seen a period photo with a landing craft on board} and Trumpeter's Char B. Here's the boxes.
  4. Hi folk's,I started watching Rogue Heroes on BBC 2 last week and couldn't resist Tamiya's old but still good Jeep.The SAS "requisitioned" some shortly after they arrived in Egypt (up till then they had relied on the LRDG for their transport) and modified them for their long missions behind enemy lines,cheers for looking.
  5. Hi All, I have this in my stash (well, small pile of kits) and was going to build this before I started my Chinook (now complete). I've decided now would be a good time before I commence any GB's next year. I've seen a few fantastic builds in the RFI's (no pressure!!) but not in WIP (though could be wrong) I'm trying Flickr for the first time (instead of PhotoBucket) and it's a bit of a phaff to post pictures!! Any tips on making things easier?
  6. Hi Guys I had a fews days and felt like doing something simple before my next build, so I settled for the Tamiya SAS Jeep. I am getting to like Tamiya more now as the kits seem to be of quite good quality. It was a nice easy build and gave me an excuse to practice my weathering technique (being a newbie). Below is the finished item which I hope may just compare to the other Jeep builds on here. I will be back in with my next builds in the new year as I have a few kits coming from Santa (Revell Pirate ship, King Tiger with interior and more)
  7. US Jeep bronco

    Hi guys and girls, I plan on making something involving these two boxs And this guy from alpine miniatures; Not sure what I'm going to do maybe the Jeep's diving through' and soldiers watching or Jeep stopped with the guy talking to the driver while others sitting around... I'll wait and see! May get a few more alpine figures. Also got some miniart tiles for the floor so abit of chopping will be in order! Thanks for looking! Joss
  8. Hi all, Its all action stations at my desk at the moment, got the group build going on at the moment so i'm trying to clear the 5 odd projects I've got going on. This being the smallest of the lot (microscopic next to Meng's Tortoise!) I decided to finish it first by clearing up my weathering and throwing a matte varnish on it. I painted the jeep originally I think in the Tamiya Olive drab only to detail paint it with Humbrol enamel. I took to weathering in a subtle fashion to have it looking relatively clean in preparation for the D-day invasion of which it is marked, to do this I used Mig Jimenez's Wash for green vehicles which proved to work quite well at giving the vehicle it's below look which i was ultimately happy with. I then took to a AK wash for the wheels then finished it off with a matte coat as mentioned. Small it may be, but i was quite happy with her so here it is! Thanks guys! Sam
  9. Radios in Jeeps in the SWPT

    Hi all! Like the last couple of posts I'm an aviation modeller, but am planning and collecting material for a diorama involving a jeep and 1 or 2 trucks. My question is what types of radio equipment was fitted to or carried in jeeps in the South-West Pacific Theater between about August 1942 and August 1944. The diorama will be a scene from northern Australia if that helps. Thanks in advance for any help! Dennis The Bear
  10. 1:72 Willys Jeep

    Afternoon chaps, Now it has most certainly been a while since I have posted here, after having a break from modelling over Christmas. However, while getting back into the routine I have managed to bash up this old thing It's the first model I've made in a couple of months and the first I've made with clear parts/transparencies so the windscreen didn't turn out as I expected. It is also the first model with the "Wet Mud" effect using filler, brown acrylic paint and Klear. It is built completely OOB apart from some additional extras in the trailer found in the Spares Box. The next thing I'm building is a J-35J Saab Draken and a LCVP boat Specs: Willys Jeep With Trailer (USA) 1st US Infantry Division Normandy, France 6th June 1944 D-DAY Here she is Sorry if the pictures aren't up to scratch in quality, they were taken on my new iPad but they're alright I guess Thanks for looking fellas please comment with improvements etc. ~Dylan
  11. This is the only vignette that I've ever done...about 8 years. I've always wanted to present my models as more than just a model but it just doesn't seem to happen. Here, we have the Italeri Commando Car that was built basically OOB with a few little tweaks. The figures are from Dragon's SAS kit. The wall I stumbled across somewhere, it looked right scale wise. I coated it roughly with filler, leaving a couple of sections bare, I think it worked well. I don't think I'll be a figure painter, many a modellers nemesis, might explain why I've avoided the faces. What's your thoughts please, should I continue with the idea of vignettes?
  12. Tamiya SAS Jeep

    Here are a couple of recent Tamiya SAS Jeep builds, have added photo etch and custom detailing. Feedback welcome. Sly
  13. Hi Everyone, Here is my submission for this build, the Airfix D-Day Sea Assault Gift Set. Here is the typed text on the back of the box: While the first Allied soldiers landed in Normandy via parachute during the night of the 5th and 6th of June1944, the vast mmajority of the liberating Allied troops would have to come via the sea, landing on Normandy's beaches under heavy fire and fighting their way inland. The Allies had various different types of landing craft for getting men ashore. Some were very large like the Landing Ship Tank (LST), some much smaller like the small amphibious DUKW but it was the Higgins LVCP (Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel) which proved to be one of the most important types used. Employed to transport the majority of US Personnel, as well as many British troops when they were used by the Royal Navy, they were vital because they could very quickly offload men and small vehicles such as jeeps, while under fire. Jeeps were vital because they offered the Allies mobility in the earliest hours of the campaign. The LCVPs were also able to return fire with their compliment of two.30 inch machine guns, helping to protect the troops that they were disembarking. Overall D-day was a success, thanks in no small part to the work of boats like these and their crews. Anyway, now about the kit. This kit contains the following : 1 diorama measuring 340 mm long by 240 mm wide 2 LCVP Higgins Boat 1 Willy's Jeep 4x4 with 1/4 ton trailer 1 75mm Airborne Pack Howitzer US Infantry 45 pieces in different poses Combined total no of pieces 210 I will take some pictures of this kit later as my wife will be watching the Britain's Got Talent final tonight so I will have plenty of time to work on models tonight. As the diorama is only a thin polystyrene base, I am planning to put a piece of wood inside the diorama and then mount the whole thing onto another piece of wood. Rick
  14. Here's a recent discovery in the attic that brought a smile to my face. I reckon these must have been done around 1984/1985/1986 when I was in my early teens http://flic.kr/p/jj58cR http://flic.kr/p/jj4CQv http://flic.kr/p/jj5e76 http://flic.kr/p/jj72WA Pretty rubbish really, but brought back some great memories Happy days Justin H Oops I've posted in WIP not RFI, mods please move if necc. Not used to armour forums I suppose!
  15. Willys Jeep

    Pictures are taken of 3 different Jeeps to show variations.
  16. Radio Set 1:35 Legend Productions This WWII radio set was commonly found in the back of a Willy's Jeep for comms with other units or HQ, and is often overlooked when building a Jeep. This set will provide parts for you to build two such radio sets, but remember to check your references, as there are a few types out there. The set arrives in Legend's usual small card box, and inside is a bag of sixteen resin parts on seven casting blocks. Another bag contains a small Photo-Etch (PE) sheet, a bundle of copper wire, two lengths of brass wire and a rubberised tube. A small two-sided instruction sheet shows how to build the radios up, which starts with the assembly of the PE mounting bracket. The radio is a highly detailed single casting to which protective cages are added at the front to keep the knobs and dials safe from clumsy handling. A PE hook for the headset, which has a PE strap and resin ear "cans" is supplied, and the copper wire is wound round a thicker wire to portray the coiled wire that links the headset to the box. A pair of handheld Walkie-Talkies (a silly name if you think about it) are also included, and an aerial mount with PE base is supplied for attachment to the vehicle. Another pair of radio boxes in suitcase-type enclosures are supplied on the same blocks as the radios, but I'm not entirely sure of their function. I do know a comms guru however, and will update the review if he can shed anymore light on the subject. The final items are a pair of flat rectangular parts that are covered in two rows of eight raised dots. I can find no mention of them in the instructions, but I suspect that they are there to represent knobs, bolts or rivets that are seen on the PE mounting bracket, the cans on the headsets and possibly more that I haven't spotted. You'll need to cut them off the blocks with extreme care, but there are plenty provided, so you can afford to lose a few. Conclusion A little light on explanation of what the sets are/were used for in the real world, but a highly detailed replica with all the parts needed to complete the job supplied, even down to the wire to connect the various parts to a source of power. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  17. Willys MB Jeep Weighted Road Wheels ER-35-044 ET Models 1:35 As the war in Europe spread in the late '30s, the U.S. Military wanted a new light-weight, four-wheel-drive, reconnaissance vehicle. They solicited bids for command/reconnaissance car with an 80" wheelbase and weighing 1300 lbs in June of 1940. Three companies responded: Bantam, Ford and Willys. The Bantam Car Company had the leading contender based on overall design, but Willys had the wonderful "Go Devil" flat-head four cylinder engine. Ford had some good ideas too and there was a pooling of ideas that surely violated the spirit, if not the letter, of intellectual property, trade-mark, and other laws, but served the governments needs. The final winner after a few resubmittals was the GPW. "G" for government, "P" for pigmy (a Ford term) and "W" for Willys. One story has it that the lowly, uninformed GI's thought "GP" was for general purpose, and pronounced it "jeep". Other people say that the word "jeep" was slang for any wonderfully multipurpose thing. The Popeye cartoon had a character, named "Eugene the Jeep" in 1936, who had all kinds of amazing powers. Anyway, the source of the name "Jeep" is now veiled by the passage of time... but on with the story. The government selected a vehicle based mostly on the design by the Bantam Car Company. Bantam didn't have the mass production facilities needed to supply the government, and the military wanted multiple suppliers. Willys got a contract to build "jeeps" in late 1940. Ford was also awarded a contract a week later. Many parts were interchangeable between the Willys and Ford jeeps. Of the roughly half million jeeps produced for WW2, Willys-Overland made about 360,000 between 1941 and 1945. The jeeps proved to be rugged and dependable in the war, and by the time the soldiers came home, jeeps were well known and loved for their durability and unstoppability ER35-044 There are numerous 1:35 scale Jeeps on the market, released by Tamiya, Heller, Italeri and Academy to name just a few. Whilst the wheels in these kits are of various qualities, they all suffer from the usual limitations of injection moulding. Unusual looking and incomplete tread patterns, no weighting, indistinct sidewall and hub patterns are some of the problems, although not always at the same time. ET Models have now released this set of wheels which can be used on any kit of the Jeep. The five wheels, four in use and one spare are beautifully moulded with fine hub details, good tread patterns and the weighted effect that a lot of modellers love these days. The small moulding blocks are attached to the weighted areas, so that when removed and cleaned up any imperfections will not be seen, with the possible exception of the spare wheel. Having checked each wheel carefully there appears to be only one small resin polyp on one wheel which will be easy to remove with a couple of swipe from an sanding sponge. Conclusion This is another nice set of replacement wheels from ET models. So easy to use, they will make a nice addition to any Jeep model. Recommended Review Sample courtesy of
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