I like to go camping and usually take projects with me to work on. Mind you when I say "camping", I don't mean in a tent; I have an RV (which means I can take projects with me and have a place to work on them). Camping to me is more like a modeling retreat. Anyway, we went camping this week and I had the opportunity to work on a couple of projects. Now that the Humvee is mostly done, I can thinking about adding details to the MRAP. With that in mind, I printed up a bunch of paper details the day before we left so that I could cut them out and assemble them at the campground.
Above, a war photographer takes a quick picture of a trooper attempting to climb up into the MRAP while a Special Forces Operator looks on.
Above, one of two Special Forces figures that I took on my retreat to "complete". Actually, I don't really know if he is complete or not. I keep finding things here and there that I change out on these guys.
Here's my photographer from another angle taking that picture of the trooper climbing into the vehicle.
Here is the stuff I made while at the campground. Coca Cola boxes, Dasani water cases, MRE cases, cigarette cartons and packages and last but not least, candy bars.
Here's a couple of closeups of the cigarettes and candy bars. We've got Reeses. Butterfingers, Baby Ruths and Crunch Bars. My troopers will not go hungry.
Here's a close up of my other Special Forces gut that I worked on. I still have a little more to do to him to consider him complete. And below, one more shot of the trooper getting into the MRAP. I've been collecting a bunch of gear as well as the packages that I have been making to detail the vehicle, but I have a little more to go before I will be ready. There is a certain amount of radio gear that goes in this thing and I haven't really locked that part down yet.
The other project that I worked on was a five man figure bash that has been a long time coming (two years). These are my Korean War era American Infantry Soldiers. One thing that has been missing in our SSCC Figurecons each year is a significant display of Korean War soldiers. Both Gray Ghost and I are both trying to address this situation by modeling enough guys for a serious diorama. I was able to find the Coats, fur hats, boots and cold weather gloves at War Toys to make my guys, but all of my webbing is World War Two stuff that had to be repainted. That actually took quite a while to do and was the biggest part of the project.
The top picture is of my team with a Photoshop background. The rest of the pictures show that the figures were actually positioned on a couple of rocks by my patio. The figures are not nearly as detailed as the original Korean War Soldier, which I think was offered by Soldier Story, but they came out pretty good and definitely represent the look of wintertime soldiers during the Korean War.
I took some pictures of my MRAP and my HUMVEE at the last (6/6) SSCC Meeting down in Cincinnati. Thought I would share them here since there were actually more than what I posted in the club meeting report. The image above is one of those shots, but clipped and a Afghanistan street scene thrown in as a background.
The Humvee is about 98% done. I have a couple more Gas/Water cans to complete and I want to make a couple more ammo cans for the grenade launcher. Also both vehicles could stand a little road dirt type weathering. The MRAP needs to be detailed with all the soft details I like to throw in for that lived in look. I will get around to that eventually. Thanks for looking - PM
Well... Here are my Humvee and my MRAP (part of it anyway) all crewed up for this Wednesday's SSCC meeting down in Cincinnati. Last time I was there was the April meeting and I had not started on the Humvee at that time.
The last two components for my Humvee were the Water/Gas Cans and the Ammo Cans for the grenade launcher. I haven't started on the ammo cans yet, but the gas cans are well under way as you can see.
Here's a close up of the cans I have done thus far. There are four water cans and two gas cans. I still have two more to make; one of each.
Like other folks with an interest in modern vehicles. I waited around forever for the gas/water can set that is in the photo on the desk in the picture below. The set would include two really nice cans for about $30. These have been on pre-order forever. I decided to make my own can. I started with a 21st Century Toys can (from the White Scout Car I think) and did a little surgery on it. From that I made a mold and then began casting my own cans. I use Alumilite to cast pieces and it is about $40 for a starter set with a coupon at Hobby Lobby. The resin included in the set yielded eight cans. My cans are not as nice as the ones that GO TRUCK will eventually release, but are definitely cheaper (do the math). I'm quite happy with the way they turned out. - PM
And then... just like that, it was painted. The painting actually took place in two stages. Early on Tuesday morning. I set up my spraying area and did the interior with Testor's Dark Green. The seats were still loose so that I could paint the "cushions". Once that had sufficient time to dry, I installed the radios and added all of the paper artwork that goes on the dash. Then I let it sit while I did my chores (and there were plenty of those on Tuesday).
I already had the windshield and the tires masked off with tape, so after dinner, I filled the interior up with tissue (so that it would remain Dark Green) and sprayed the exterior. For the outside I used Testor's Modern Desert Tan (3 cans) and a partial can of African Mustard. These pictures represent how the vehicle looked on Wednesday morning when I took of the masking tape and started detailing the interior.
My favorite little interior detail is below. I had seen a picture of a Humvee with a carton of cigarettes on the dash, shoved between the radio mount and the windshield frame. I decided that I wanted to have that detail in mine, so you can see the carton of Marlboro up in the window.
Here it is from the back. The bed already has a collection of items in it, with more to come. I like to call all the extras - SOFT DETAIL. It is all the stuff that makes a vehicle look like it's crew is living in and around the vehicle while it is in the field. I place a few, let it sit, then I place some more, repeat, repeat...
You can sort of see some of the interior detail in the following photos. Since these pictures were taken, even more has been added, filling it up even more. It is all the little stuff that makes it interesting though, in a way... as it makes it come to life, it sort of turns the vehicle into a diorama in and of its self.
Okay... so that was Wednesday. Today is Friday. Thursday I added even more details to the vehicle and then I started on the crew. I added patches and additional details to kit them out. Then, today (Friday)... I worked on the crew for the MRAP. You can see both, with the crews in the following photos.
Here's a side shot of the Humvee from the passenger side. One of the reference photos that I found showed gear hanging on the outside as well as the inside. So I added some packs and a couple of assault vests (one on each side). AT-4 Rocket Launchers were another feature that showed up in the photos. The ones I used were the 21st Century Toys AT-4. I added the operating instructions, making the art on the computer.
The crew of my Humvee are special forces and they have a little more of individual look with their clothing and gear. The troops for my MRAP are regular infantry guys and they are pretty uniform looking. Yeah... my special forces guys have helmets too... but they don't actually have to wear them (they're glued down in the vehicle).
Here's the shot of the Marlboro carton again. Also notice the American flag patch, the Nestle Crunch Bar and between the two, a box of ear plugs. You can't actually see them in this photo, but I also added sun visors for the driver and front seat passenger. I noticed them in a reference photo and thought it was a nice detail.
Here's a couple of my guys up close. The patches were fairly simple; American Flag and blood type patches for each sleeve pocket and on their caps, a moral patch that says "Infidel". The guy on the left is a "Pre-Detective" Cincinnati Jones. You will find out (when I continue the Bar at the Edge of the Universe series) that Cinci's backstory contains time in Afghanistan. It will be a shameless excuse for me to do a photoshoot on this stuff and include it into a story. By the way, the next issue of that series is in the can and will be making it to the website pretty soon.
Here's a closeup of one of that AT-4's with the added labels.
Here is my MRAP crew. These guys were done on the cheap. The uniforms are the Power Team digital camouflage. Added to that were Dragon vests, weapons and boots. I removed the elastic helmet chinstraps and made one with OD ribbon that was in the parts box. These guys also got patches. I love the Power Team uniform, they did a pretty good job on it I think.
Believe it or not. both of these vehicles are scale. The Humvee looks tiny compared to the MRAP, but I've got a photo of the actual vehicles sitting next to each other and the MRAP just dwarfs the Humvee. It truly is a Monster Truck.
So... this project is just about wrapped up, but there are a couple of more things that will happen with the Humvee before I am willing to call it finished. There is a storage shelf on the back of the vehicle and that is normally filled with water and gas cans. Unfortunately there are not really any modern water and gas cans out there. Oh... the manufacturer GO TRUCK has announced a thirty dollar set (of two cans), but it has been on pre-order forever. I am making my own. I had a really awful 21st Century can that was about the right size and I am modifying it into a modern can, then I am going to make a mold and make as many cans as I need. I also need a couple more ammo cans for my grenade launcher. I am going to have to make those too I'm afraid. Once that is done, well... I will think about detailing the MRAP ( I will probably do a lot of thinking and work on something else for a while). That's all for this update - PM
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