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M21 Mortar Motor Carriage (advice needed)
BUTA46
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Posted: Friday, January 19, 2018 - 06:14 PM UTC
Yes, Mike, soldiers and sailors tend to be a very creative bunch when confronted with adversity, peril or pleasure. It’s been a splendid winter for me in spite of a week without power and record snowfall and I am starting to feel some mojo again.
Cold is good for the soul but it’s easy to say that with a radiant heat brick floor under me. I saw your question about the rear axles too late to go get you a picture. I recall something about a couple of different rear axles used on early jeeps. But I am not a Jeep scientist, I just ride them. (Sorry, Oddball, Dr McCoy and Kenny Boucher). I will take some pictures of each type next time I am over there in Jeep country.
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Posted: Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 03:44 AM UTC
Hi Phil, Any ingenious little idea in order to keep warm and survive must have felt like a true blessing. One can only imagine what conditions were like for those guys.

With weather the way it's been in the Northeast lately, I hope you're not having to resort to that method now. Stay warm out there!



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... so much better with the de-Homer’d GI’s helmet…bet now someone’ll tell you it’s too small DOH!


@ Tim – Yup, saw that one coming and addressed the matter post-haste. I shaved a bit off of Homer's HUGE cranium at the back and neck areas — way better proportions now. ... "Just a little off the sides please.✂️ ... D'oh!"

Cheers!🍺
—mike
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Posted: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 05:22 PM UTC
Hi Mike, another lurker loving your work. Not sure how cold it’s going to be in your dio, but one of the tricks of staying warm in an old Jeep is to remove all but the seven o’clock bolt on the brake inspection plate so that it could be flipped over to the outboard side allowing exhaust heat up from the manifold, which lives just on the other side of the firewall. The driver then wraps a blanket over the pedals and around his legs to keep the heat in. I heard this from both of my grandfathers, heard a similar story from a famous military vehicles book author and I’ve done it myself in my ‘46. Build on!
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Posted: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 09:33 AM UTC
Wow that snow-convoy image is unbelievably sharp…almost looks like a dio already. Sounds like a great er fluid plan – yeah the stressed trees, I tried some and all they did was whine “I’m a Douglas Fir get me outta here”. Nailed it - so much better with the de-Homer’d GI’s helmet…bet now someone’ll tell you it’s too small DOH!

OK in the quiz yo’ sco’ 5/10 yep that was one of them – the other was (@ approx 3.00 onwards…not their finest hour it has to be said):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsndjqplSOY

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Posted: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 03:10 AM UTC
Welcome back Tim! Glad to see you’re breaking cover!

You comment, therefore I respond. … I would say: ”Maceo, take it to the bridge!🎷🎶 🎶🎶🎶… HEHHH!” … but he’s not.😅

Best case scenario: ‘The Hürtgen Forest’ on a narrow tree-lined road. The M21 Half-Track and the GPW idling in close proximity to each other. Officers step out to conduct a map check, while the GI’s are allowed a brief smoke break.

Here’s one of my image studies. I kinda’ like how the passing vehicles lean toward each other. Maybe snow … maybe no snow — anyway, not this much. ... And man, would I love to build that entire convoy!


At this time, it's all just nuts ’n bolts rattling around in my head while I build stuff. However, I can say that the groundwork will feature some very nice ‘Distressed Pine Tree’ kits from The Scenic Factory, along with some of their other fine products.🌲


D’oh!!! … That helmet was driving me “nuts!” Here’s Homer sporting his brand new soup bowl. Lol!


As always, thanks to all for having a look!

Cheers!🍺
—mike
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Posted: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 07:34 PM UTC
I Lurk Therefore I Am – breaking cover at last. Great figure work & surgery, Mike – what kind of base/scenery have you got in mind - are ya gonna take it to the bridge? Not Remagen apparently, and testing your music knowledge with that one…two tracks come to mind by very different artistes.

And just because I know you like a laugh, the guy in the coat seems to have a slightly oversized helmet (?) & reminded me of someone…you be the judge:



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Posted: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 06:39 AM UTC
Hi guys, Here’s another small update.

Didn't think I’d go this far, but once again I found myself threading rifle slings through ABER PE buckles with strips of Tamiya masking tape. … Did I mention how much fun that was?🤮 … Actually, it was kinda’ satisfying once the tweezers were tamed!🤪


Two more to go. ...

Cheers!🍺
—mike
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justsendit
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Posted: Sunday, January 14, 2018 - 10:13 PM UTC
Hi Dave,
Thank you very much for having a look and for the nice comments!

Cheers!🍺
—mike
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Posted: Friday, January 12, 2018 - 06:38 AM UTC
These figures look great Mike, and as mentioned b4 nice and simple.
Look frwd to the layout and scenery, bc the vehicles are perfect too

Cheers
Dave
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Posted: Friday, January 12, 2018 - 05:32 AM UTC
So I got a little lazy, and instead of hacking another helmet liner, thought I’d tryout these little beauties from Shapeways: US M1 Helmet (set of 10) 1/35 scale. Nice overall detail ... however, three out of the ten helmets received had marginal liner details at best. ... Still, pretty happy with this one I’ve painted up.

There's even a bit of nice texturing on the outer surface.

This helmet will go to the BAR gunner, but I may leave the liner I scratched earlier for the seated figure (Page 2).

In addition, I've been painting and attaching ABER PE swivel-buckles to the rifles. Now I'm sweating the mere thought of threading slings through those tiny slots! ... And chinstraps ... lots of chinstraps! 🤪

Cheers!🍺
—mike
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Posted: Friday, January 05, 2018 - 11:45 PM UTC
@ Peter – Thanks! As you can see, I've suffered one of my cases of extreme indecisiveness, and this guy almost became permanently "invisible!"😖 However, with a fresh outlook, I decided to piddle on.

@ Cheyanne – Really glad you like the morphing! — one of my favorite parts of modeling ... until it's not. Lol!

@ James – Thank you! I occasionally try to build OOB, but find it difficult to omit some sort of figure — even if it's only a driver!

More body carving, rifle repositioning, approximately four right hand swap-outs — the BAR is now slung to the side. An over-the-shoulder sling to be added at a later date.

Thanks to all for having a look!

Cheers!🍺
—mike
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Posted: Friday, January 05, 2018 - 10:50 PM UTC
You're doing a great job with the figures and they do add so much life to the models of the vehicles.

Keep up the great work.
Cheers,
James
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Posted: Thursday, January 04, 2018 - 05:52 PM UTC
Mike this is looking great , the fig. morphing's cool !!
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Posted: Thursday, January 04, 2018 - 12:39 PM UTC
The invisible man!!!

The figure reminds of the old joke - What do you say to a three eyed, one legged hitchhiker with no arms?

Aye, Aye, Aye, you look armless , hop in....

This looking to be a big dio in the making Mike
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Posted: Thursday, January 04, 2018 - 08:15 AM UTC
Hi Ken,
Thanks for dropping by. ... Glad you like it so far!

Cheers!🍺
—mike
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Posted: Thursday, January 04, 2018 - 01:34 AM UTC
Hi Mike, enjoying your knife work.
justsendit
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Posted: Thursday, January 04, 2018 - 01:21 AM UTC
In the previous episode, I carved-off so much plastic from the BAR gunner, that he resembled a skinny supermodel instead of a “super model.”🤮 Lol! Thus, it was ordained, I would need to go into putty mode. At this stage, copious amounts of Apoxie Sculpt were applied, removed, reapplied, repositioned several times until I settled upon the following result.

Before and after raiding the C-Rations! 🥄

Still no “super model,” but at least he’s able to hold up the tree now!🌲

Cheers!🍺
—mike
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Posted: Friday, December 29, 2017 - 10:48 AM UTC
Hi Nick! Thanks for looking in, buddy!

BTW: Here's the companion vehicle for the project. For now, you'll need to imagine a map unfolded over the GPW's hood.



Happy Holiday Cheers!🍺

—mike
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Posted: Friday, December 29, 2017 - 10:29 AM UTC
Hi Mike - wow! This is a great project all around - really like the look of the halftrack and figures are moving along! Looking forward to your next post -

Cheers - and happy new year!

Nick
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Posted: Friday, December 29, 2017 - 10:08 AM UTC
Hi guys,

Here's another figure in his very rough state. Huge chunks of styrene were hacked-off of the BAR gunner's legs — shavings flying everywhere! I'm going for a relaxed crossed-legged look, as this guy will be leaning up against a pine tree. And like the GI seated in the M21's fighting compartment, his helmet will also get the inner-liner detail treatment.


Cheers!🍺
—mike
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Posted: Wednesday, December 20, 2017 - 11:50 PM UTC

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Remagen huh yeah I can see them saying

"... and dids you see da movie where dey rolls up in dat Chaffee - fancy dem dunderheads callin dem Shermies....?

I have actually been on what remains of the Ludendorff bridge and looked at the remains on the otherside of the Rhine. It has a small museum in the section on one side. Closed the day I was there......

You have the wrong half track for those figures.


Hey Peter, Au contraire: You have the wrong bridge for my half-track — not at "Remagen," although I would love to visit there.

The box art info. is merely for product reference, i.e. Dragon's (6271) 'US 1st Army At Remagen 1945' is one of several figure sets undergoing knife & putty treatment on my workbench at this time.

The general scenario I'm shooting for: Some sort of Autumn, Europe, a forest road, a couple of vehicles, soldiers taking a break, while some officers point-out locations on a map laid out on the hood of a Jeep ("pointing"... pretty boring, huh?) — nothing set in stone just yet.

Since my fact checker is currently out to lunch, historical accuracy will be very l o o s e l y based in WWII. Just plunk a Hollywood director's cap on me, and 🎬 ... scene! ... cameras! ... action! ...

Holiday Cheers!🍺
—mike
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Posted: Wednesday, December 20, 2017 - 11:45 AM UTC
Remagen huh yeah I can see them saying

"... and dids you see da movie where dey rolls up in dat Chaffee - fancy dem dunderheads callin dem Shermies....?


I have actually been on what remains of the Ludendorff bridge and looked at the remains on the otherside of the Rhine. It has a small museum in the section on one side. Closed the day I was there......

You have the wrong half track for those figures
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Posted: Wednesday, December 20, 2017 - 05:58 AM UTC
Hi guys,

Thought I'd share a small update with a couple of additional figures — the two standing outside of the M21 are from the Dragon (6271) 'US 1st Army At Remagen 1945' set. Hornet Heads have been selected, and I've started under-cutting some of the details — putty and primer to follow.


And here are the two guys jibber-jabberin' at the rear of the M21.


Cheers to all!🎄
—mike
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Posted: Monday, November 27, 2017 - 10:06 PM UTC
Aha! Hard dimensions and angled views — now that’s something I can deal with. 📐

Thanks, Peter!🍺
—mike