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  1. US Army 1/4 Ton Utility Truck + trailer & MP Figure 1:35 Takom via Pocketbond First of all we all know this is a Willys Jeep, also we know Takom knows it is. However due to licencing laws no one can actually call it that on paper so we are stuck with 1/4 Ton utility vehicle! Suffice to say the Jeep was developed with input from Bantam, Willys and Ford. All three companies competed for the contract from the US Army for a utility vehicle with Willys winning. The 60hp engine in their entry helping it to win. However design features from Bantam & Ford were incorporated into the final design. Willy could not keep up with production demand for the vehicles so Ford was contracted in to mass produce them as well. Production numbers were quite staggering even by todays standards with nearly 1.5 million being built in total and supplied to all branches of the US military as well as their allies. The Kit This was a surprise from Takom. The kit arrives on Three main sprues for the Jeep, and one for the trailer. There is also the main chassis as a single part and the main jeep body. There is also a clear sprue, small sheet of PE, and a sprue for the figure. Construction starts with attaching the axles and suspension components to the chassis followed by the wheels. The multipart engine is then built up and added to the chassis, along with the transmission. Controls are added to the body and this is mounted to the chassis. At the front of the jeep the front wings are added, along with the radiator and its distinctive grill. The firewall is built up and added in, and at the rear the rear body part is added. The underseat fuel tank is placed in and the bonnet (or hood) is added. The dash and its cover are added in along with the front seats. The windscreen is added t the frame and this is installed, followed by the steering wheel. At the rear the spare wheel and spare fuel can are added. If wanted then the pintle mounted machine gun is made up and added in. The driver figure can then be added if needed. For the trailer the suspension, axle and wheels are added to the underside. The tow bar mounting is then added. The sides and mud guards are added along with the trailer front & back to complete the main body. The wheels can then be added. to finish things off. Markings There are markings provided for 4 jeeps, any colour you want as long as its Olive Drab! US Army Military Police, Czechoslovakia 1945 US Army Military Police, Berline1945 US Army Anti Aircraft unit, Germany 1945 US Marine Corps, Korea 1950 The decal sheet is printed anonymously, but is of high quality and should pse no issues. Conclusion An immediately recognisable vehicle, Highly recommended if you want a new tool Jeep Review sample courtesy of UK Distributors for
  2. "The Jeep, the Dakota and the Landing Craft were the three tools that won the war." -General Dwight D. Eisenhower Since armour STGBs seem to be doing well lately, and a more general AFV Group Build is gathering steam, why not take the next logical step and try an STGB for an unarmoured military utility vehicle? And what better candidate than the most widely-produced motorized vehicle of World War II, one probably used by every Allied army (and most of the navies and air forces)? The Jeep served as a reconnaissance vehicle, command car, airfield "follow me" vehicle, ambulance, messenger vehicle, aircraft carrier flight deck tractor, special forces assault vehicle, chaplain's car, improvised light AFV, mobile rocket launcher and even a railway locomotive...and that's just some of what it did in World War II military service, so there should be scope for a very wide variety of entries. Eligibility: Within the usual 25% rule, any kit in any scale and medium, representing any era, any role and any operator of: -Any of the vehicles developed for the original 1940 War Department 1/4 ton 4x4 requirement (Bantam, Willys or Ford). -Any variant of the standardized wartime Willys MB/Ford GPW design (including the Ford GPA amphibian). -Postwar vehicles directly derived from the Willys MB including, but not limited to, the Jeep CJ and DJ series through to the 1986 model CJ-7 and military derivatives of the CJ series (M38 and M606 series), as well as license-built derivatives produced by Hotchkiss, Mitsubishi, Mahindra, etc. -Prototypes based on the Willys Jeep design, such as the TJ Tracked Jeep, JBC Jungle Burden Carrier, Willys Bobcat and Hafner Rotabuggy. Exclusions: -No what-ifs, although in keeping with armour modelling conventions, "generic" vehicles are fine as long as they can be justified as historically accurate (or at least realistic). -No "jeep-type" vehicles with no direct engineering relationship to the wartime Jeep family. This would include the M151 Ford Mutt, M422 Mighty Mite, other countries' independently-developed equivalents (Land Rovers, GAZ-67 series, Nissan P60 / Jonga, Kübelwagen, Iltis, etc.) and of course Humvees and the current generation of MRAP-type vehicles. -No unrelated, or only indirectly related, civilian vehicles marketed under the Jeep brand name (e.g. Grand Cherokee, Wrangler, Renegade, etc.) I stand ready to be corrected on the logic of my eligibility list by people who know the subject matter better than I do, but hopefully that should be a good start. Part of me wanted to go for a broader theme that could have included Land Rovers, the Dodge WC series, GAZ-67s and Kübelwagens, but I felt that: 1) An STGB would have a better chance of getting the go-ahead, since it requires five fewer participants and doesn't have to get through the poll, and 2) I didn't see a good way of setting the parameters for a more general military light utility vehicle build that wouldn't either be confined strictly to military service within a specific time period such as World War II, or bloc of countries such as NATO or the Commonwealth, or else so open-ended that it could include anything from a Model T to a Nyala and would probably lose focus (and certainly lose any sense of a definite "jeep" theme). Who's interested? 1) Sabre_days (host) 2) Corsairfoxfouruncle 3) vppelt68 4) Knight_Flyer 5) Threadbear 6) SleeperService
  3. Sometimes a picture seeds an idea. I found this photo when I built my Marine Corsair, and it inspired me to try and model this gun carrier as a companion. Tamiya's 1/48 Jeep was the perfect kit for this task. I used the Eduard PE set and Verlinden wheels, and scratch-built a new radiator grille to represent the early front and a wooden box to hold the .5 cal Browning M2 machine guns. The box can be removed to have the Jeep perform other duties if needed. The picture below demonstrates the difference between the early radiator grille guard (vehicle in the front) and the more common pressed sheet-metal face (rear). The Jeep's official designation is Willys-Overland Model MB or ¼ ton 4x4 truck. My model served in the Solomons in early 1943 with VMF-124, part of Marine Air Group 12. Six machine guns, each weighing some 84 lbs, and a crew of two are an adequate load for the dogged Jeep, which has in fact a maximum paylod of 800 lbs. I hope you like this digression from my usual aircraft modelling theme, and you are invited of course to visit my Corsair here. I'm working on a small display base so that I can present them together. Thanks for viewing - Michael References Pacific War Eagles in Original Color, Jeffrey Ethell / Warren Bodie, Front Royal, 1997 Jeeps 1941-45, Osprey New Vanguard 117, Steven J. Zaloga, Botley, 2005 Pre-Standardized Jeep, Walk Around 5711, David Doyle, Carrollton, 2008 Willys-Overland MB and Ford Model GPW Jeep Technical Manual, Washington, 1947, reprinted by PeriscopeFilm 2011
  4. Hello! I am an aircraft modeller but every now and then I build something different. I've decided to wade outside my comfort zone and post photos of my Airfix 1:72 LTV 4 Buffalo & Willys Jeep which I built OOB back in 2003. I am aware that the scale isn't really 1:72 but either 1:76 or HO. This kit was showing it's age back then and the fit of parts wasn't great. Although I assembled it with moving parts fixed, somehow the Jeep's wheels do turn and the Buffalo's door/ramp moves! Despite everything I was and still am pleased with the end result. Thanks for looking Miguel
  5. Having, courtesy of Aldi, four of the new mould Airfix jeeps in the process of construction, can anyone point me in the direction of suitable crew? Ideally these would by USAF aircrew but GI's are acceptable. Two criteria are I) that seated figures don't need legs amputating and ii) as they are to appear in a diorama that places then off duty no armaments are required., I have used search engines to answer the question but to no avail - I get too many answers. Any help would be appreciated.
  6. I started these two models as something to do while my larger builds were sitting with wet paint or glue. They are both Academy kits in 1/72 and go together nicely. I build them straight from the box.
  7. If you check your modellers dictionary under the heading of 'Shelf Queen' you may well find a photo of this wee thing - Tamiya's 1997 Jeep... apart from the stowage, .30 cal belt and the M1 carbine, straight from the box. First figure I've painted in about 25 years and thoroughly enjoyed it. Started just before Christmas 2011 and finished this afternoon ! As ever please feel free to comment, abuse or ask a question. Have a great weekend y'all... :soldier Ian.
  8. In the real world of military vehicle collectors, the "Holy Grail" would be to find an original Jeep in its shipping crate. Of course, other than those at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean in the holds of sunken ships, it's very unlikely anyone will ever find one. The whole "Jeep in a crate for $50" idea came from a post war scam, trying to con people out of their money. However, there are a number of photos around the net showing Jeeps in crates, although how they were packed and how disassembled they were seems to vary from picture to picture. This model was built for a friend, with the hood number matching his Jeep. The Jeep is from the Italeri kit with a scratch built crate from ramin strip wood and 1/32 birch plywood. The metal tie down straps are black painted paper, with painted wire over paper holding the wheels into the tub. It is presented in an A4 box frame.
  9. I started this on March 28th and finished today with about 2 hours per day. The kit is a level 4 as per the box I purchased, but a level 2 on others. Both kits are the "Ranger" version, the same kit number and are identical in piece and piece count. This sort of thing is certainly not unheard of and is a good hint as to why you should research it. See the link above for more information on this kit. There was almost no injection feathering at all. The parts were strong and of good quality with striking detail.The directions were easy and clear as always with Revell. (to my knowledge) I painted the chrome rims as I am not a chrome lover and it never fit my color scheme. A couple of other things that stood out on this one; the rear license plate is too big, instead of cutting it down I threw it into my bonus-bag for future build. The other, was the body being a struggle to fit the frame. After some sharing expletives with the dog I finally got it done. Overall I liked this build and only wish it was a 1:1. The dog concurs. See photos here::: Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Google+
  10. Bantam 40 BRC (35212) 1:35 MiniArt The Bantam BRC 40 was the production version of a 4 wheel drive "Jeep" designed by the American Bantam Car Company. Even though Willys name is more associated with the Jeep it is Bantam produced the first vehicles. Bantam did not have a large manufacturing base so this was contracted to Willy and later Ford as the Army contracts required 75 Jeeps a day to be produced. The eventual Willy product was an amalgamation of their own, Bantam's, and Ford's designs. Bantam produced more than 2700 vehicles with over half their production going to the British and Soviet Armies. In the end though the US Army awarded all contracts to Willys and Ford with Bantam only producing trailers. The Kit This is a reboxing of the original "Command Car" from 2008. There are two sprues or normal plastic, a small clear sprue, and a photo-etch sheet for the Jeep, a sprue for the figures, a sprue for equipment; and a sprue for the machine gun seen carries in the back. Construction starts with the engine. The block is made up with the fan belts and fan being attached to the front. The radiator housing is made up, then both this and the engine are dropped into the front of the chassis. The lower engine block being moulded into the chassis. The front and rear bumpers can then be added to the chassis. Flipping the chassis over then allows the suspension, axles and driver shafts to be added. The exhaust can then be added and an under chassis protection plate added. Moving onto the body the front grill and engine firewall are added along with various handles and fittings. Inside the cab the dash, gear selectors, pedals and seats are added in. The body can then be attached to the chassis. The PE windcreeen can then be added either in the up or down position. The rear top rails can be added along with wheels bonnet. Front lights can be added along with some PE handles and fittings. If using the machine gun then this can now be made up and added to the rear of the jeep. This is a nice little model in its own right. The wheeled trolley is first made up, then machine gun. These are placed together with a PE screen for the gun. An ammunition belt, and additional ammo cans are provided. 5 full figures are included with the kit. A driver, two seated officer type figures, a seated soldier with a sub-machine gun; and a standing female soldier who looks to be directing traffic. The figures are well moulded and come with a variety of equipment including helmets, sub-machine guns, belt kit, entrenching tools, ammo pouches, and grenades. This set is actually Miniart 35049 Soviet Jeep Crew. It is strange the it is not mentioned on the box anywhere that this set of figures is included. Moulding is excellent as you'd expect from MiniArt. This will make a great model in its own right, or as part of a larger diorama. In the box you are essentially getting a Jeep Kit, machine gun kit and a set of figures. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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?
  16. 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)
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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?
  22. Here are a couple of recent Tamiya SAS Jeep builds, have added photo etch and custom detailing. Feedback welcome. Sly
  23. 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
  24. 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!
  25. Pictures are taken of 3 different Jeeps to show variations.
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