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
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