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Old 05-22-2013, 06:51 PM   #1
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1/35 Scale Willys MB

Any military scale modelers out there? Recently started my first attempt, a WWII Willys MB. Much like the TJ I built, I plan to mark this like a Jeep my Dad may have driven in the Pacific Theatre in the early 40s. Here's a few pics of the progress so far.

Here's the kit. It is a very highly rated kit.



Frame primed and painted:



Body painted. 1/35 is pretty small. The second pic is a grab handle! Thank God for reading glasses and tweezers!




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Old 05-22-2013, 06:55 PM   #2
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Some final detail painting before starting the weathering, griming, mudding up to make it look more like it's been through the war. Painting the tail lights was a test of my not so steady hand:



After some weathering with filter washes and pin washes:





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Old 05-22-2013, 06:58 PM   #3
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Windshield frame mounted rifle. (It will be getting a tub mounted M1919A4 .30 machine gun too):



View into the light through the dirty windshield. Dirt done with an acrylic wash of black, brown and mostly water.

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Old 05-22-2013, 07:04 PM   #4
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Holy small decals Batman!



Got the plastic molded tires started this morning, and got the spare done. The other four will get a little more work in the form of some mudding up. Real tires aren't really black, so I added some tan and then dry brushed over that with a lighter tan grey:



I'd love to see others pics of peoples military models. I haven't built models since I was a kid, but had an urge. Learned a lot from researching on the net, but would love advice from experienced modelers.
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Old 05-22-2013, 07:18 PM   #6
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Thanks SC! It is important to me that I am as accurate as possible, so I've been looking at a lot of MB images on google. One thing I was questioning is whether an engineer division like my Dad's would have had a .30 cal machine gun mounted since that was primarily used for recon work. I found out that the Eng did do recon mostly while mapping and looking for materials they could scavenge, and usually in two or three man teams. So likely they would have a M1919A4 ready to go if needed, so it will go in the model. The decals that came with it for designation weren't correct for my Dads unit so I ordered some 1/35 stencils online. Those numbers are VERY small so I'm not sure how that will turn out, but we'll see.
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Thanks Tim! And thanks for the help last night.
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Old 05-22-2013, 07:25 PM   #9
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I, like you, havent done a model since I was a kid

But what you have looks great. Really impressive

Give us some more on what your dad did...history is priceless
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I, like you, havent done a model since I was a kid

But what you have looks great. Really impressive

Give us some more on what your dad did...history is priceless
Thanks Jack! My Dad was a tech 5 Sergeant in the 37th Division 117th Engineers B company and fought primarily in the Philippians. He won the bronze star due to efforts to clear a path for ground artillery during the important battle for the Walled City. He got his first purple heart when a half-track he was in was hit by mortar fire and he got shrapnel in his leg. Then less than a year later he was climbing a hill as they were clearing mines and he got his left hand blown off when he touched off a mine. He ended up losing his arm to just below the elbow due to gangrene. Hard way to get his second purple heart. I still have one of them, plus the bronze star and many other medals. He died of cancer in 1991. I have tons of pictures, letters, and documents that my Mom had saved that I found after she passed away in 2001, which kicked off my interest in trying to memorialize his duty. I also have an Arisaka rifle with bayonet hanging on my wall that he brought back with him. Unfortunately I got rid of the TJ I built in his honor, so this model is going to have to take it's place for now.
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Pretty cool! I dig it!
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Looking good Gus. That is pretty damn cool
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Looking good Gus. That is pretty damn cool
Thanks! I must admit, it is kind of fun! I'm pretty sure I will do a diorama with it.
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Old 05-23-2013, 10:03 AM   #14
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Bumper codes and hood number applied. Combination of slide decals, transfers, and paint applied with a needle tool. Last pic with pencil for an idea how small the numbers in the driver side bumperette are. The 117E is what I hand lettered. Not perfect but then again after being in the field for a while how perfect would they look? lol



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Ah crap. I just noticed the other pics are gone. I moved them to their own album in photobucket. I'll try to fix it.

Edit: Moved them back to the other album so I think its ok now. Whew.
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Looks great Gus. I wish that I had the time and/or patience to attempt something like that.
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Thanks Julie! You do have the patience, afterall you're a WF admin! And if i can do it anyone can cuz I have very little patience lol
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Got the tires done and on and drove it through some mud lol



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Couple more. Still have to do the .30 cal gun, shovel and ax, and the guy sitting in it.



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Looks awesome. Thanks for sharing.
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Thanks! Next set of pics will be when its finished.
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Gus,


That was a very impressive story. Thank you for sharing it with us. You project is an honor to his memory.

I love Jeeps (on my third) and i like to think there's heritage tied back to the brave men who fought for us
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Thanks for the kind words Jack. And you're right, the Jeep heritage is as strong as anything American can be.

Here's another strong thing in American heritage...guns! In this case, the M1919A4. Detailed and ready to mount...SIR!



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Ended up doing the tools tonight. Had to fab the mounts from scrap plastic.



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Model done. Got the machine gun mounted (now its ready for WWZ) and fabbed some hood latches from scrap plastic from the bumper wire cutter which I chose not to use. Now to build the diorama for display.



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I wish! Maybe someday. Id love to have a restored 40s Willys.
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Okie dokie...took a break to take the wife out for pizza and antipasto and then finished up the diorama. The base is a 6"x6" piece of stained pine. Then I slathered on some tile grout to make the ruts and little hills. While the grout was wet I used a combination of real potting soil, real rocks, and that fake green stuff from the craft store and made the landscaping. Once dry enough I detailed it with various shades of brown enamel. I think the scene needs the driver so i have him put together and primed ready to paint. I need a break lol.



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