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The Great Crusade (take two)


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I can’t go any further today, as I don’t have paint for the tracks, so these images are just a dry fit to show what it should eventually look like

 

51244385841_4808df713a_c.jpg28mm Churchill MKIV AVRE by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr

 

51245149714_46b644972b_c.jpg28mm Churchill MKIV AVRE by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr

 

51243674447_5421aca3ae_c.jpg28mm Churchill MKIV AVRE by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr
 

The eagle eyed will note that I have managed to knock off the front towing eye, so a scratch built replacement will be required.

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Noting the colour variation in the green between the two lots of lightning, I'm struck by how this darker drab shade might work well for post war US equipment in Vietnam. Rubicon are planning a range of Vietnam era models, so a useful note to file away until then :)

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The pause has seen me assembling buildings for Wild West style games, but a chance discovery that 15mm Skirmish Games online store has a physical storefront in our local town, gave me an excuse to acquire an Italeri M4 to join the fleet.

 

51327055064_b747a0023c_c.jpgShermans, various by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr

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While I wait for the raft of Rubicon new releases to arrive, more progress on the M32B1 - a multi-media kit from Rubicon using their plastic lower hull and running gear, with resin and pewter upper hull and details. The boom can be assembled in either the raised or lowered positions, and wheel chocks and a range of lifting gear are provided. It should be possible to cable up the boom too, I’m thinking I’ll try ez-line so I can tension the cable.

 

51331455897_1f72c96a13_c.jpgUntitled by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr
 

51332400318_5bd085340b_c.jpgUntitled by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr
 

51331455832_b6011fc2ba_c.jpgUntitled by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr
 

51333186455_f461609fcd_c.jpgUntitled by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr

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As with most Wargames scale kits, there are some compromises, notably the headlight guards and running gear, but for me, these pale into insignificance when set against the speed and ease of construction, alongside the diminutive size that 1/56 scale gives.

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I couldn’t resist assembling the Tilly, in my opinion easily the equal of the larger 1/48 and 1/35 Tamiya kits, with a fraction of the parts count. In these pictures the major assemblies are only dry fitted, to allow me to dismantle for painting.

 

51339996639_203fe50e34_c.jpgAustin Tilly by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr
 

51339264416_58f3bcdb8a_c.jpgAustin Tilly by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr
 

51339482693_1076854fb4_c.jpgAustin Tilly by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr
 

51338537497_13b9aef098_c.jpgAustin Tilly by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr
 

51340266555_3a9bb203a3_c.jpgAustin Tilly by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr

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Smashing little truck ! The only bit thats a bit clonky is the tilt cover and ropes, I'd be inclined to leave the soft top off altogether.

Looking forward to seeing it painted.

Your invasion force must be pretty overwhelming by now I'd think !! :)

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Going slightly off topic on my own thread, sorry, but I’m working on a few civvy vehicles as scenery for Vietnam, here is progress to date:

 

51347960206_755cf7f330_c.jpgUntitled by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr

 

based on:

 

28487678275_23954cf6e1_c.jpgSAIGON 1966 - Ngã tư Bảy Hiền - Photo by Ivan Bunn by manhhai, on Flickr
 

and a sixties icon…

 

51334815228_d439a9ac48_c.jpgVW Beetle by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr

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Tilly looks great with the div signs etc 👍

The Nam thing looks most interesting too, Full Metal Jacket is a favourite fillum of mine... you'll need a Citroen traction avant of course, and I wonder if you can get Honda C50s !

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So the two Bedfords are ready for paint, currently drying after a bath in soapy water as the ABS can be a bit slippery (presumably residual mould release agent).

 

I’ve only made two additions, the quarter light frames (0.5mm square Evergreen strip) and a back for the stowage box under the QLT.

 

51356916881_c89c611877_c.jpgBedford QL trucks by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr
 

51357654559_6dd0baa5ac_c.jpgBedford QL trucks by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr
 

Everything is only dry fitted in the photos, so please excuse any wonky edges.

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Ok be gentle, my first attempt at Mickey Mouse using aerosols, will need tidying up with a brush or Gundam panel line marker. Looks ok I hope. The “British” OD is Halfords Camo Green - the tilt covers are Humbrol 155 OD, so you can see the contrast, the Halfords colour being darker
 

51357483148_c36f2e6153_c.jpgBedford QLs by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr
 

51358269435_4c0d4e9164_c.jpgBedford QLs by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr
 

and the plain green QLD

 

51357483143_46d27e1867_c.jpgBedford QLs by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr
 

51357990419_a69c76c176_c.jpgBedford QLs by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr

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The M. Mouse looks great.. Out of interest would the lads have had a hand in painting this at the time I wonder? If so you might not want to tidy it too much, I'm going on some of the Land Rovers I've had dealings with where the camo was unit done and very rough indeed !

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