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These three vehicles and the subsequent diorama were my first builds since returning to the hobby. Bought and started to build the Tamiya Chevy as I couldn't find a kit my brother had bought me for a birthday a few years before. Then whilst researching old photos I came across the Ford F30s so kinda got sidetracked and found the IBG CMP Chevrolet C30 Steel Body kit which was ripe for conversion to the Ford F30 (basically built in the same factory with mostly the same parts). I added some desert pattern resin wheels. Needing some more jerry cans for the diorama as the Ford apparently only did 6mpg I plumped for the Tamiya SAS Jeep as it was the cheapest option and this then became the scout car for the patrol. I fiddled with the decals on the Chevy so that they matched the real vehicle Te Anau II, as seen in old pics, and because Te Anau is such a lovely spot in New Zealand so it gave the build some extra connection. The full diorama can be seen in the relevant section.  Hope you enjoy these images.


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The original and my take on the Jeep pilot car.


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A few scratch built parts were required for the F30 conversion, chopping the engine bay down and filling the gaps with cardboard panels. Luckily this kit came with a full engine, which would never be seen in the original kit with the hood on. The rivets are a bit oversized and untidy but you get the idea. The pipe from the radiator which leads to the condenser on the driver's step (piece of round pencil with two cardboard straps...shhh don't tell anyone especially my daughter as it was one of her pencils). The cab had to be cut off, canvas doors made from tissue paper as were the canvas sand tracks on the wings. I also added some cushions on the seats as the kit ones looked a bit uncomfortable for a long drive across the desert. Lots of other added accessories from other kits.


Thanks for looking.

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I really like these, the range of stowage and quality of finish is excellent, lots to keep the eyes interested 😃

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Fantastic looking vehicles. I've seen lots of pictures of their jeeps and chevys but I've never seen the other one. Cool conversion and the variety and placement of all the gear and the weathering is perfect. Your conversion work is top notch!!! Well done sir......Best, Rich

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Thanks all. Rich, these were the source images I was working from for the F30 conversion and the IBG Chevy kit used. There are pics with varying length of the engine bay cut back, or either removed completely to allow extra cooling to the engine. I went with the option where the natural line of the kit changed as it was my first build after thirty years and was the easiest option.


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Thanks Toryu, I searched everywhere but no-one currently makes a 1940 Ford in any shape or form in 1/35th otherwise my pilot car would have been a converted one of those instead of the Jeep.

The diorama of these three can be found here.

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