Well... I've continued to work on the Humvee. I am real close to being able to begin painting. Here are the latest changes...
(ABOVE) The machine gun ring was just way too thick using the Hasbro molded piece as a base for customizing. I finally decided I couldn't live with it, and I cut the depth by a little more than half. It was about an hour's worth of anxiety with my Dremel tool and a very large rotary saw blade. It looks much better though; a lot closer to scale. I also drilled holes in the ammo rack, which made it look a lot more prototypical. Also note the side railings along the sides of the roof. Since they are styrene, they are more ornamental than functional.
(ABOVE) Next, finished side machine gun mount. It doesn't really look all that impressive, but I think will start to look a lot more interesting once it is painted and holding machine gun.
(ABOVE) Added rear machine gun mount. This one is not functional, just for looks. I have a really nice modern M60 with a canvas ammo bag and linked rounds that I am going to use here.
(ABOVE) Radios are just temporarily placed, but I have added wiring and handsets to them. I will have a little tweaking to do to them once they are glued in place, but at least 90% of that operation is completed. I plan to paint the interior with Testors Dark U.S. Green. Once it is painted, I will glue the radios into position and add all the dash artwork before permanently placing the roof panel. Then the outside of the vehicle will be painted in Modern Desert Tan. I want the effect of a vehicle that was originally Olive Drab, repainted to the Desert scheme.
(ABOVE) Here is the changes that I made to the back end of my vehicle. I added a cargo shelf and a rear bumper with shackles. Eventually, this will be filled with water and gas cans... well, that's the plan anyway. Stay Tuned - PM
Well, here's another update on the Humvee progress. You will see a progression as you scroll down. Here it is with the bed railings installed and the roof panels placed in position. I don't plan to attach the roof until the interior is painted. You can sort of see my radio rack with the radios placed and some of what I am doing to the dashboard.
Here's a closeup of that dashboard. the large box and the white channel that runs behind the radio rack are part of the ventilation system. I still have some tubing to add down below before that is completed. There will be a heck of a lot more detailing to the radios before they are installed... got to add wiring and handsets, etc. I am also looking at adding a laptop fixture with a laptop like I have seen in a lot of the reference photos, just need to figure out how that is going to work.
Here we are from the front with the reworked wench panel and shackle detail and the brush guard above. The guard is attached to the hood, so it moves with the hood when you open it.
Here we are a day later. An access hole has been cut in the roof panels and you can see my reworked Hasbro machine gun ring placed on the roof. I am sporting a grenade launcher rather than a machine gun. I just thought the 21st Century Toys piece would look real sharp there. I have a few more details to add to the ring, including a shield in front of the weapon
Here it is from a slightly different angle. I am going to have to make a couple more of the ammo boxes before I am done, thrilled about that.
On the passenger side you can see that I added a swinging arm for a light machine gun mount. I made an initial piece out of styrene and then used resin and clay to make a second piece. Molding in clay is a great way to get the parts you need when you only need one or two and the design is fairly simple.
Here we are from the back, you can see my two whip antenna mounts and third antenna mount forward of that on the passenger side. I want to add a storage shelf on the back for carrying gas and water containers as I have seen in many of the reference photos.
Here is a slightly different angle on that machine gun ring.
And a close up of the ring from above. You can see most of the added parts. The ring is a little thick, but I wanted to be able to use the Hasbro piece as a base for a modification rather than scratchbuilding an all new ring. I plan to add a lot of detail here and there that will hopefully distract from that 'glaring error".
Here we are at home again with the Humvee sitting next to my newest piece, a Taowan MRAP. Notice how the MRAP dwarfs the humvee as it would in real life. It is one big monster truck. I didn't get everything done on the humvee that I wanted to while I was on my camping trip. But I got a lot of it done and I don't really have too much more to go before I can start thinking about painting. I'm hoping to have it done before the next SSCC meeting in Cincinnati in June. I would like to be able to show off both vehicles (if I can lift the MRAP into the car).
And that's about it for the moment. I am hoping that the next update will see us ready to paint. Later - PM
Well... I've finally gotten a start on the Humvee project. I'm camping (or "Glamping" in my case) and I brought the vehicle to the campground to work on while I'm here. I'm about two days into the project and it is going better than I thought it might.
Here it is after the first day's session. I started the project by reworking the chassis to increase the height of the vehicle by 1/2". A half inch doesn't sound like a lot, but it is huge when you are talking about the distance between the top of the tire and the bottom of the fender. I used SAWGUNNER'S excellent online pictorial to make the conversion and was actually pleased that it wasn't as difficult as I thought it might be. It certainly wasn't as difficult as it would have been if I had to figure it out on my own. Anyway, here is a shot of the vehicle with doors removed, body heightened, and that awful molded gun ring removed from the roll cage. Also notice that I cut out the oval behind the rear passenger opening. This is where the gas cap is. Hasbro just molded the gas cap on a flat surface, but this oval is supposed to be recessed.
Here's what I did the second day. The panel below the grill was rather plain and featured some more of that great Hasbro molded detail. I decided that I wanted real shackles and I wanted it to look like the model had a working wench. So I took the Dremel to that panel and removed all of the detail. I just needed a flat surface that I could glue a thin styrene panel over. Then I went to work on some detail.
Looking at photos, I created the wench that is in the center of the panel. I had found some working shackles online and built new mounts for them out of styrene. I don't know what the other hooks on the outside edges of the panel are called, but I formed them by running some heavy brass wire through some styrene tubing, and then bent them to shape. The hook on the end of the "cable" was formed out of styrene with the Dremel.
I wanted a brush guard on the front of my vehicle, but because of the way the Hasbro engine hood is hinged, it needed to be mounted to the front of the grill panel, so that it could move with the hood. The "mounts" were then sort of faked, so that it looks like there is more there than there really is. I taped up the headlights before attaching it to the vehicle. It will save me some headache when I go to paint.
And that's where I am at the end of two days. If you scroll down the page, you can see where I am hoping to get with my Humvee, I've included some prototype pictures that I am using for the project. There is a lot to do, but I feel like I am making good progress and I am hoping to be able to start painting when the camping trip is over. We'll see how I do - P.M.
Recently a good friend and fellow hobbyist asked me about my tool box because he was setting up a tool box for himself. So I snapped the following pictures. I like to have my tools and supplies fairly portable; in the summer I like to model on my screen porch or in my RV and you have to have your gear manageable. I use a Husky tool box that I bought at home depot. It has a top part that is a little deeper and then three slide out drawers. The pics show what I put in them...
The top part is where I keep my supplies of styrene. I have a variety of different sizes of strip, rod and tube. Underneath that is various thicknesses of sheet styrene (mostly scraps from other projects). And somewhere underneath all that, I think there is some brass as well. I usually keep my wood stock separate, but you'll notice that there is some 1/4" round in there as well (for a current project).
The first drawer has my collection of pliers and dental tools. Also a brass tubing bender and a leather punch. Home Depot also sells this non-slip drawer liner material and I used that to keep all my tools in place. It really does work too, I carry my tool box all over the place and my stuff rarely moves.
The second drawer has my xacto knives, blades and razor saws, tweezers, files, twist drill bits, etc. That no. 11 xacto with the black handle is my trusted cutter of choice.
The last drawer is more supplies - super glue, putty, brass wire, sanding paper and blocks, pens, pencils and who knows what else.
These are not all of my tools, I also spend a lot of time with a dremel tool in my hand, but it has it's own case and has all the standard grinding, sanding and cutting tools as well.
Well... not a real exciting 1:6th update, but since I had taken these pictures for my friend, thought I might as well post them here as well. Later - PM
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