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
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
Well... as updates go, it really isn't much of one. I haven't started on the vehicle yet, I've just been collecting gear and doing research. Mrs. Point Man is taking a week long art class in May and that is when I intend to tackle the Humvee. But here is a small update on my team. Below you see them lined up for a group pic in the desert.
Actually they were leaning up against my Humvee, which is sitting in front of a bookcase in my War Room. I keep messing with these guys here and there, getting them closer to the look that I want to achieve; which is sort of a special forces/long range recon unit (though I suspect the guy on the right is actually CIA). The guy on the left is sort of loosely based on the fellow in the inset photo. I don't know who this warrior is, or who took the picture, but he is one tough looking dude. I was able to find a suitable pair of pants, a shirt and a correct vest. That's probably as close as I'm going to get. I only had one of the uniforms that the two center figures are wearing. A good friend found me a second one so that I have two guys that sort of "match" for a little unit continuity. Anyway, long story short, I am still working on these guys, adding a little bit at a time.
Perhaps the biggest piece of news is the creation of a new piece of printable 1:6th artwork. I was inspired by the picture (inset) of a carton of cigarettes stashed on the vehicle dash behind the radio mount. I thought that this looked like a pretty likely detail and wanted to add it to my Humvee. I looked around a bit online and determined that there was not any artwork for a modern cigarette carton out there; so I set about making one, creating a blank carton first in Indesign and the using reference pictures to create the Marlboro graphics. The art was then printed on thin card stock, cut out, folded and glued to create the finished box in the picture. Since taking this picture, I have also created art for the individual packs of Marlboro as well, both a flip top box and a soft pack.
You may be saying to yourself right now, I need to get a hold of this art for my modern guys... well... for the time being this art is not going to be made available on the SSCC Printables site until I have a chance to post pics of my completed Humvee; and the box above is low res, so it will not print all that well. You can get it directly from me though by emailing me (my sneaky way of finding out if anyone even reads this blog). Email me at; firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you a copy of the hi res pdf that you can print and make cigarette cartons and packages to your heart's content.
That's all for this update - Point Man out!
Managed to pick up one on ebay for a reasonable price and it showed up on the doorstep at the beginning of this week. Since it's arrival, I have sat around looking at it a lot and daydreaming about what all I could do to it. I started collecting pictures of Humvees online, both real ones and models. The picture below was found on OSW.com and was done by a modeler that goes by the screen name of "PemGreene". Hope that is the appropriate amount of credit for showing your picture here buddy.
This guy is a great modeler and he has done a terrific job of taking the Hasbro Humvee from Toy to Scale Model. Upon seeing this photo, I knew that this was pretty much exactly what I wanted to do with mine.
The Hasbro Humvee is like 90% there. It is the right size and the detail is pretty good. The biggest things that I was disappointed with were the way that they hinged the half doors (okay, those need to go) and the fact that body sits about a 1/2" too low to the ground. I found an excellent tutorial, also on OSW by a trooper who goes by the name SAWGUNNER, below is the link
I think that once I got the vehicle apart, I could probably have figured out a way to do it, but this fellow modeler's excellent pictorial will really make the process much easier, so a big shot out to SAWGUNNER - THANKS MAN!!
As stated above, I started looking for pictures online of actual vehicles, here are a few that really caught my eye...
I think the Humvees that you see with all the extra armor are really cool and there are a couple of Metal 1/6th ones out there that are just amazing, but I really like this no door version. I think what appeals, beside the fact that it will no likely be easier, is the fact that you can really pour the details into it and folks will be able to see them.
....So, all that said, here is what I am thinking about doing with mine.
1. RAISE BODY 1/2 Inch
2. ADD ROOF - which means cutting away gun mount piece on the top and
redoing the roll cage
3. REMOVE THE DOORS
4. ADD A BRUSH GUARD ON FRONT
5. RAILINGS ON THE CARGO BED SIDES
6. MACHINE GUNS ADDED
7. DETAILS, DETAILS, DETAILS
While building up the courage to start, I have been working on a crew and collecting gear for the detailing. I am not where I want to be on either of those items, but here is what I have so far.
I am not totally satisfied with the clothing or gear yet on the crew, or the headsculpts for that matter. I will continue to mess with that. Hopefully some folks in the SSCC will be able to help me out with gear as well. Anyhow... that is where the new project is at this point. Hopefully I will have an update in a month or so. Right now the daydreaming is still going strong - PM
The SSCC 10th Annual FIGURECON is this coming weekend, March 3rd and 4th at Entertrainment Junction in Cincinnati. If you live close, you might want to try to make it. It is always a great time to hang out, talk about the hobby, enjoy member displays and checkout the 1:6th Vendors merchandise. With that in mind, I took some pictures of my collection on my phone to share with a couple of guys that I only get to see once every 2 or 3 years. Since I shot pretty much my entire war room, though I would put it in the blog just for grins.
Above is the focal point of my Vietnam display. It includes a mannequin with authentic uniform and flak jacket. There is also plenty of gear; web harness with pouches and canteens, army gun oil and sunblock are some of the smaller items. Yes, that is a real PRC 25 field radio with all the pieces. The rifles down front are Airsoft reproductions; M-14, M-16, M-79 grenade launcher and M-60 Machine Gun. The diorama is a small cross section of a gun position on a fire base. All those ammo crates and shells were cast out of resin.
Another large portion of my Vietnam display is my platoon of 9th Infantry Division troops. These are the troops that have appeared in my Vietnam Story online comic. The vast number of figures that I have are displayed in Ikea cases like the ones shown here. I love these cases. You can comfortably fit about 5 or 6 figures on each shelf, but most of mine only have 3 or 4, which makes it seem a little more spacious.
These two cases have my movie and super hero figures. I have Batman, the Avengers, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings figures included here. I don't have a whole lot of this stuff, most of my figures are historical/military.
Next to the movie figures is a case of cowboys and horses. All of my horses are Marx horses, some have had legs and heads re-positioned before repainting. I make all of my own saddles, chaps and holsters. Other items have come from Newline and Battlegear.
This is my scratchbuilt Army Supply Wagon, cir. 1870's. It is pulled by two Cyber Hobby mules, which are just awesome looking, but extremely fragile. The little memorial case to the left is for my mother, whom I lost last year. She was a Marine during the Korean War and worked for the Marine Corp Commandant.
These two cases are a mishmash of stuff. A couple of shelves of Vietnam era Green Beret and a shelf of Viet Cong. The other side is all modern infantry, PMC's and some pilots. The bottom shelf of each case consists of New York first responders, in honor of sacrifices that they made on 9-11.
These two cases above are primarily my WWII British troops, though the bottom shelf of each case has WWII Russian troops. But basically there are three shelves of British Infantry and three shelves of Paratroopers. On top there is an ETO version of the SAS Jeep by Dragon and I am currently scratchbuilding a Daimler Dingo (who knows when that will be completed, or where I will put it).
Here is my 4th Armored, 37th Tank Battalion Sherman M4A3 with a squad of infantry. Below, you can see four crewmen that have a sign, which says, "Waiting for our ride". I actually have another Sherman, in kit form. The little sign is to remind me that it is sitting in a box in the storeroom waiting my attention.
Down the wall to the right of the Sherman are cases with American troops. The first case is all U.S. Marines. The Second case is sort of a mishmash of figures. You can see one of my reporters from my new comic series with a bunch of his gear.
Next to that is a case of American Paratroopers (mostly 101st, with a lone 82nd guy on the bottom shelf). The case next to that is more infantry, but they are wearing M-43 Jackets, as are the guys in the Jeep sitting on that case. You can see that I've got a Sgt. Rock in that case as well. The box is signed by Joe Kubert. Got to meet him at the '94 GI Joe convention. (footnote) 90 percent of my figures are based on Dragon, BBI and DID figures. You'll see later on that I have a few original Hasbro Joes and one or two 1990's guys mixed in, but over time I have weeded a lot of the G.I. Joes (Classic Collection, etc) out of my stuff, always upgrading as much as I can afford to.
The last case on that wall is my Navy guys (with a Doolittle and Flying Tiger up on top). A couple of Hasbro figures in this bunch, but also some Hasbro stuff on Dragon figures, like the Bofors crew on the bottom shelf.
My Panzerwerks Panzer Mk III - I added a lot of detail and changed the short barrel 75mm out for a long barreled 50 mm. This is one of my all time favorite tanks...I must of built a half a dozen of these in 1/35th back when I was a teenager.
One of two 2x4' shelves in my war room. This one is all German. The Kitchen Wagon is a work in progress. I still have some more stuff to make for it. I got the sd.kfz 222 on the bottom shelf from Gary1930 a few years ago. An old Panzer Juan kit. He had just done the basic build and I ended up adding a lot of detail to it before repainting. The 250 next to it is another favorite of mine. I love building these things and making each one just a little different. Open vehicles are so much more fun to detail.
Here's some more of my 37th Tank Battalion. I have 6 - 8 man squads of infantry for this unit (sort of went crazy there). A couple of the Jeeps that were on top of the other U.S. cases belong to this unit as well.
On the opposite wall are some more of my Germans. These are all Waffen SS.
Here's another shot that shows a little more of the back two cases.
This is my stuff for my War Correspondent Impression. The field desk just arrived a couple of days ago. It was made for me by Tim Dunavin of Dunavin Woodsmith.
It is extremely well made, accurate and smells better, costs less that the real thing. I am extremely pleased with it and would recommend Tim's work to anyone who is looking for a field desk, table, etc.
In the next room there is another mannequin, this one is wearing the WWII American tanker coveralls and winter jacket with the leather tanker helmet. Behind him you can see part of my vintage Joe collection.
There you go... there's the rest of it. There are a couple of reproduction pieces in there, but the rest is all original. It is hard for me to believe some times that as a kid all I had was one Joe, a footlocker and some gear.
These two cases contain some of my Civil War figures and most of my Cowboys, which you might recognize if you are familiar with my Sheriff Roy comic. The Southern troops on top are an artillery group, manning a scratchbuilt cannon. The Confederate soldiers on the top shelves of the cases represent soldiers of the Savannah Guard.
These two cases are a mishmash of items; On top - Black Horse Cavalry, 1863, Top to shelves, Army of the Potomac, Then there are some WWII figures, some Napoleonic, some WIP Korean War Infantry and British soldier from the Falkland's War. With one empty shelf thrown in for good measure.
Between the cases is some of my gear from when I was reenacting in the 6th SS Division - Gebirgs. On the floor in front is my Tiger Tank, another piece that I acquired from Gary1930
My second impression back when I was reenacting was American - 101st Airborne. To the left of the mannequin is a case of Luftwaffe paratroopers and pilots.
This section is pretty much under construction. The boxes indicate items that I know I definite want to put into these cases, but I have another thirty or forty some unopened boxes and a handful of shelves left. Decisions....decisions....
This is pretty much the last of it. You can see, another couple of empty shelves. I'm always moving stuff around as well as putting together new figures, so who knows what it will look like a year from now. Hope you enjoyed seeing my collection as it exists today. - Point Man out!
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