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ScalePanzers

Willys M38A1 1/35th Scale + Diorama

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Hello Everyone,

 

It's been a while since I have posted, but today I would like to share with you all my latest project.  

 

My driving force behind this project is a Christmas present for my Father.  My father owns a real M38A1 jeep and I wanted to present him with a Scale model of the real thing as he is unable to build kits himself due to lack of time and failing eyesight.

 

Anyway without further delay, here is what I will be building:

 

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So I started plodding away with the build, it's very tricky due to the size of parts, but I was very impressed with the snug fit of everything and the level of detail to the kit itself. 

 

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There is very little to say about the build itself as I am building it straight out of the box with no extras added to the jeep unless I add a few Scratch Built items to give it some more interest down the line.  The kit took me around 5 hours to assemble and then it was time to start the painting.

 

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Just for a little comparison, this is the jeep against the Tamiya Panther 1/35 scale:

 

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Painting:

 

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Again at the moment, I have not done any dirt washes or added any mud. The only thing I have done is a bit of work in the engine bay, with some oil splats and fuel spills to make it look like it's been through it all. I will be adding further wethering once I have the diorama setup, I have a lot of work to do and a short time to do it in.  

 

So now it was onto my first ever diorama build, I had no real idea where to start but after visiting my local hobby shop and HobbyCraft ... I found some products to get me heading in the right direction.

 

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For the sandbags I made them using the Milliput, it was easy to work and I think they came out rather good! 

 

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At this stage, I decided I wanted to setup some kind of Field Station for refueling and supplies ... however looking around at the tents available in 1/35th scale ... I was far from impressed and decided to try to make my own, this is still very much a WIP but I feel like it has the potential to look good once finished.  The tent is formed from cardboard then I have set about with some trusty PVA and Kitchen Roll.  I am not worried about everything been perfectly in scale, it's just a little fun and a learning curve for more serious dioramas I have planned.

 

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Next was onto painting the now dry modelling clay with some kind of base colour, after a few coats I would then apply spray glue and start adding the pigments that create the field look:

 

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This is as far as I got last night, I am waiting on the delivery of a few ferns and still have some bushes and twigs to add but the spray glue was taking a long time to set. 

 

Hopefully, I will have more to share with you all later this evening.

 

I do hope you like it and I would love to hear feedback from you all.

 

Chris :)

 

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Cool idea to do a kitchen roll tent. Good job overall and nice products you got there. :)

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Got a little more work done this evening, painted the sandbags and did some weathering on them and started to add mud to the jeep and to the field also, here is my progress:

 

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this is as far as I have got, hopefully tomorrow I will get a delivery I have been waiting for and be able to make more progress :) 

 

Regards

Chris

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