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  1. CCKW by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr Replacement bumper by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr Evergreen 263 as predicted last night, with the chassis extension from 262 - 2mm channel 3mm long with the end chamfered to fit inside the 28 mm length of 263 I also fitted a hood rail from 0.8mm brass rod, over scale but looks ok to me. CCKW by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr And finally cargo bay seats with struts made from 1mm square plastic rod. CCKW by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr I did try to fit intermediate struts but it needed three hands and luck I don’t possess so in the end I left them off. Passengers or a load will disguise their absence.
  2. Checking dimensions for the real thing, Evergreen 263 - .100 channel will be only slightly undersized so should look reasonable as a replacement bumper. Using a stock size means I can be consistent on any future builds. What isn’t immediately obvious from the photos is that I’ve “turned” the ends of the front axle in anticipation of the wheels, I much prefer to avoid the straight ahead position unless I have no choice, I think it adds a little “life” to a model. Nothing more sophisticated than tweaking the stub ends with fine pliers, then reinforcing the opened edge with a sliver of plastic welded into place with solvent - once properly set it should be strong enough.
  3. A pile of reinforcements arrived today. So I made a start on a second CCKW, this time going for an open back, with the seats down. The kit supplies seats, but the cargo body sides have the seats moulded in the stowed position, so out once again came the chisel blade to remove the unwanted slats 1/56 Deuce and a half by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr 1/56 Deuce and a half by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr They’ll need cleaned up a bit more, but it’s coming along. Still in two minds about the front bumper, the kit part has some complex fittings on the rear which may make it difficult to cut down, so I’m going to see if I can find some suitably sized plastic channel, or even file some indents into a piece of plastic strip. I should have installed a drivers cab hood hoop before fitting the gun ring, but hindsight is a wonderful thing...
  4. Oh yes, this is just basecoat paint, in Scotland I have to take advantage of the sunny weather to spray, but detail painting and dirt I can do anytime. Now the lad’s exams have finished, I get a bit more time so hopefully will keep pottering away at these. I enjoyed the Jeep and the Jimmy so much I’ve ordered more.
  5. 1/56 M3 Ambulance by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr 1/56 M3 Ambulance by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr 1/56 M3 Ambulance by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr 1/56 M3 Ambulance by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr
  6. 1/56 M3A1 Ambulance by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr
  7. Untitled by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr 1/56 M3A1 Ambulance by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr 1/56 M3A1 Ambulance by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr
  8. More 1/56 Rubicon modelling by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr More 1/56 Rubicon modelling by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr More 1/56 Rubicon modelling by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr More 1/56 Rubicon modelling by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr
  9. Messy modifications alert, converting an M3 Halftrack in the protected ambulance version. References for the interior seem hard to come by, so this is no more than an impression. Not much will be visible through the door. More 1/56 Rubicon modelling by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr More 1/56 Rubicon modelling by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr More 1/56 Rubicon modelling by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr
  10. Eisenhower’s order of the day, June 6 1944. Eisenhower’s Order of the Day, June 6 1944 by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr
  11. SUPREME HEADQUARTERS ALLIED EXPEDITIONARY FORCE Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force! You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hope and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers-in-arms on other Fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world. Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is will trained, well equipped and battle-hardened. He will fight savagely. But this is the year 1944! Much has happened since the Nazi triumphs of 1940-41. The United Nations have inflicted upon the Germans great defeats, in open battle, man-to-man. Our air offensive has seriously reduced their strength in the air and their capacity to wage war on the ground. Our Home Fronts have given us an overwhelming superiority in weapons and munitions of war, and placed at our disposal great reserves of trained fighting men. The tide has turned! The free men of the world are marching together to Victory! I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full Victory! Good luck! And let us beseech the blessing of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.
  12. So I could be fixing the flaws on the Kubelwagen, but where’s the fun in that, so instead I built a second Jeep and a deuce and half truck More Rubicon 1/56 (28mm) scale models by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr More Rubicon 1/56 (28mm) scale models by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr More Rubicon 1/56 (28mm) scale models by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr GMC CCKW by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr GMC CCKW by Jon Gwinnett, on FlickR
  13. It was pointed out to me on another forum that the spare wheel was spaced too far off the front (a side effect of the model covering both balloon and standard tyre versions. So it was levered off and the mounting boss reduced in height. 1/56 scale Kubelwagen by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr the cruel close up shows I need to clean up the headlights some more, and remove the mould seam from the drivers left hand
  14. Apart from the tow hook, I added one other item to the base kit, a representation of the fuel tank behind the passenger side dashboard. Rubicon Models Kubelwagen and Jeep - work in progress by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr
  15. The tube is a real thing, some Kubels had them, although I don’t know exactly why, they seem to attach to the two hooks on the rear corners so were presumably pretty strong.
  16. Progress... Rubicon Models Kubelwagen and Jeep - work in progress by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr Rubicon Models Kubelwagen and Jeep - work in progress by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr Rubicon Models Kubelwagen and Jeep - work in progress by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr Rubicon Models Kubelwagen and Jeep - work in progress by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr Rubicon Models Kubelwagen and Jeep - work in progress by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr Rubicon Models Kubelwagen and Jeep - work in progress by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr
  17. Before anyone points out that most Kubelwagens weren’t set up to tow, I’m assuming an enterprising maintenance park welded a standard US tow hitch onto the rear. Unlikely, but hopefully not impossible. In the film the Kubelwagen tows, but I presume that’s a reproduction vehicle. https://olivercubbage.weebly.com/monuments-men.html
  18. While I wait for a chance to sort out more paint for the Tiger, I’ve made a start on my next model, the Rubicon Kubelwagen as a captured vehicle repurposes by its new “owners”, rather in the fashion of the Monuments Men movie. A Jeep trailer and a converted Jeep crewman add character (hopefully - he will get a head in time too!) Kubelwagen with Jeep trailer by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr
  19. Yep, thinking Humbrol putty or milliput and a saw blade, but time will tell.
  20. A victorious M10 passes a disabled Tiger I Untitled by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr
  21. Although I was reading something the other day which suggested that the air power effect was exaggerated, they didn’t hit much (compared to towed a/t, bazookas and tanks & tank destroyers) but had a disproportionate demoralising effect, which in and of itself was enough to hamper the panzerwaffe.
  22. Hmm, maybe, until it ran out of fuel, or broke down, or the skies cleared...
  23. Yes they’re really rather nice, hopefully some careful painting will make all those moulded details pop. I’m looking forward to the Rubicon version, even if I do have to work out how to do my own zimmerit.
  24. Warlord Games / Italeri 1/56 Tiger Ausf.E by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr My plan to assemble the track lengths before fitting failed, just not enough give to enable them to squeeze on, and I ran out of paint to simulate the Dunkelgelb base, but other than that I’m pleased with progress.
  25. Started a target too Warlord Games / Italeri 1/56 Tiger Ausf.E by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr
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