Got this sets with mail today. Two Academy sets I have wanted for a very long time. The Dodge Ambulance I actually already have, but this is converted into a radio car. The other Academy set I mainly wanted for the motorcycle, I need a dispatch rider for my US battlegroup. I have lots of M3’s already, but can always need some more. The Seep I will give to my russians, when getting there.
The 88 is one that I needed. I have two from Hasegawa already, but I need four. I wanted to check out the quality of the Zvezda model before buying one more. The first impression of the set is that it looks good, fine details and great quality of the plastic. The sprues seems to have been bent though, I am a bit concerned that it will give me problems later when assembling the model. But the price is so low that I guess I can live with a model that is a little bit deform.
This two Academy sets have been sold out for several years where I normally buy my stuff. I was happy to find a seller on Ebay that have both sets, always nice to save a bit on packaging.
Weekend – this means that I have been able to use a few hours in a row to finally get the last things right on this Jeep. It is supposed to be a radio team that mainly will be used as forward observers for artillery support.
The figures are Milicast, they are not as detailed as the other Milicast figures I have used, they look a little bit retarted, especially the driver. The radio is one that you get along when buying the crew, the same with the the radio operators M1 Garand rifle. All bags and bedrolls are from SHQ.
The chipping is mostly done with a thin brush, but also with a sponge. The decals has been colored a little bit with some yellow acrylic colour thinned with lots of water. The figures and stowage I painted using the “Dip methode”. The Jeep I first spraypainted and when dry I gave it a wash made out of water, washing liquid (to remove the surface tension), black and brown acrylic colours. The whole model have been painted with a matt cote, both for protection but also to make it look more realistic.
I hope you like it! :)
This will be the unseated figures. They are both AB Figures.
Here are some Jeeps that I am going to use in my Normandy campaign. This is only two out of at least 6. The jeeps that I am going to do will carry different crew. The first two will be one with a Platoon HQ and the other one a with a mounted heavy machinegun. The other jeeps will carry forward observers for artillery support, two jeeps carrying bazooka teams and finally a scout team.
The jeeps are Academy, the figures are Milicast and stowage are from SHQ.
The Platoon HQ Jeep. Lieutenant and Sergeant are checking the map. The map some might recognize, an actual map from the invasion (this one), I printed it, folded the map as I would have done was it a real size map and then unfolded it again and glued it to the model. With a light grey marker pen I added some shadows. Almost all figures in the Jeeps needed some conversions, especially the Sergeant kneeling – I had to cut both his legs in the knee and foot and one of the legs in the hip to repose him, and then fill the gaps with Milliput.
Read about the M8 shown on the picture Here!
More jeeps coming up! Read about the M6 Truck shown on the picture Here!