Non of the items here are posted with any form of political meaning, content or similar. Everything is displayed with an emphasis on historical correctness, unless stated otherwise. Swastikas and SS-runes are a part of military history, as are David's stars, rising suns, stars & stripes, hamer & scyths etc. If you have a problem with that, please feel free to leave! Political correctness does not live here and I will not be held accountable for hurting any overly sensitive souls that can not handle history.
If you are interested in building scalemodels, study actual military history and the like however, you're most welcome to stay, browse, read and/or comment.

The contents of this blog are mine; the models I built, the ideas I used etc. If you want to use these, I'd appreciate it if you asked permission first and use the contents as they are intended; the making and depicting of scalemodels.
The reference pictures I use were dug up on the internet and I use and share them only as such; a reference. Whenever possible I will state the source, but unfortunately I have no idea where I found many of them anymore. The vast majority of the military images have been "living" on my harddrive for years.

måndag 9 september 2019

Reforger '85 - Tamiya M151A2 w/ M416 trailer

A new project is born!

This time it will be Tamiya's M151A2 Ford MUTT with the M416 trailer. The setting will be during a Reforger Exercise somewhere halfway the '80's.

måndag 15 juli 2019

Tamiya's M151A2 "Grenada 1983" - the underside

The build of this vehicle is actually very straight forward. Little pitfalls to worry about.
There are however some. One of them are the missing upper parts of the front suspension!
It is the upper, almost C-shaped brackets. It is a vital part, since it is visible and there are no after marketparts for it either! Strange that neither Tamiya nor anyone else jumped in on this.
So I had to get crafty.... not one of my alltime strengths. I did read about it somewhere (can't remember where) and the way it was tackled there, was creating a D-shaped part, onto which plasticcard was glued and then trimmed to shape. I went for this approach with mixed results. But anyway... no there is "something", rather then "nothing"...

Some online references:

And my solution: I made 2 D-shaped contraptions, without any measurement. Just freehand. On top of these I glued some plasticcard, which I them trimmed back, leaving a little edge around the sides. Then I cut the inside to shape and glued them into place.
No accurate surgery, but as I said before; something instead of nothing.

While at it I also redid the front bumper. In reality this is a square edged U-shaped beam instead of the massive beam that comes with the kit. The backside angles inward toward the supports. I glued some thin plasticcard to the bumper, after having cut off the outer cm or so. This way it gives support, but the edges look hollow. The horribly clumsy attachment for the wirecutter was dealt with as well.

Another issue is that (I think) the rear sits to low with tires touching the iside or the wheelarches, which I remidied by adding a thin slice of plasticcard on the centre locationplug, thus slightly raising the rear, adding a bit of space between the tire and wheelarches. If you want to overload your vehicle, there's no need to, since it will look like the shockabsorbers are being compressed. When raised there will appear a small gap between axle and connectors, but that is invisible, once the wheels are in place.

Which brings me to the next issue; the wheels.
Mine showed a narrow gap between inner wheel/rim and the tire, once assembled, so these had to be filled. Also the wheels looked to rounded in profile, so I squared them off, by sanding the surface down a bit.
The main issue however is the omission of the rimholes, a small but very visible miss, which is rather easily corrected by drilling out those holes. Yet care must be taken to use the right diameter of drill and the right angle of drilling. I used both a too small drill and drilled under a slight angle. That was corrected by a bit bigger drill and drill at a 90degree angle. I still need to clean them up, but you can already see the difference it will make!

fredag 12 juli 2019

M151A2 Operation Urgent Fury, Grenada 1983

Here are the images on the M151A2 as used during urgent Fury I could find on the internet.
Most came from Pinterest and where possible I added the original source.
As always, this post is just for sharing info, nothing more.

found this one on Tumblr: 
Nothe the M40 with ANV/PS-4 optics.

I think the next one is a Rangers' M151 too. The reasons for that are the green uniforms, the lack of Airborn-insignia and the M60 sidemount, not used by the Airborne. There are no markings on the vehicle either, whereas Airborna units did retain them.

82nd Airborne:

onsdag 10 juli 2019

U.S. Utility truck M151A2 "Grenada 1983" - Tamiya 35332

Before I start of on my "Operation Urgent Fury"-build, I want to show you the basic contents of Tamiya's M151-kit.

First the boxart. This clearly is inspired by a picture of a 82ns US Airborne M151, shot in Grenada 1983. The similarities are just too great to be coincidental. However Tamiya chose to add a .50cal machinegun, something not only the picture doesn't show, but something that was rarely done, since the recoil of the .50cal would damage the frame of the M151. Out of all the footage I found I found 2 pictures with said weapon. All others were M60.

Sprues A & B; both are the standard sprues for all Tamiya older M151's, which is a shame, since they missed out on this one. They did cut corners by not creating a new driver, but retaining the old one, the M60 is no longer up to standard, but you get new and better ones, so points added there, yet they did not correct an omission with the frontsuspencion that has been plagueing every kit. I will get back to that during the build write-up.

Sprue E; the .50cal looks familiar...

Sprues Y&Z;
Here are 2 new figures, but the gear probably looks familiar to Tamiya-users. Some come from their modern equipment-set, but I do not recall having seen the gunmount before.
The new figures show some interesting features, such as sharply creased uniforms and wearing the M-1959 LCE! A feature I only found on Rangers deployed to Grenada!
I have been told that it was a hodgepodge of uniforms and equipment during that deployment, like steel and kevlarhelmets being used side by side and both in combinaton with camouflage and green uniforms, but the M-1959 I only foud on the mentioned unit!

So on to the workbench!!

onsdag 26 juni 2019

Special Air Service Jeep - Tamiya 1/35 part 5

Yes, part 5 allready and the stage of completion is drawing ever nearer.
All parts are in place, painted and received their first washes and drybrush.
I used to use Mig-washes, but find that they are quite heavy, so switched to Citadel washes and these are much more delicate, easier to distribute AND correct.

As for the drybrushes, these were first done with Vallejo "natural steel" for the worn off areas, followed by another Citadel newcomer the drybrush paint "Eldar flesh". This paint really is thick, almost paste-like and very easy to use with good results.
I also like their brushes. Good quality and each with their special purpose; base, layer, shade and dry which correspond with the paintsystems used by Games Workshop. What I don't like about these systems is that you end up with a myraid of different colours, hues and painttypes. However the quality of these is outstanding and I just wish they'd go into military colours. They'd obliterate the competition!

All being said and done; everything's painted in a variety of sandy, earth- and greentones, which, together with the washes and drybrushes, makes for an interesting display without resulting in an off-look with clashing tones.
The last stages, as far as the Jeep goes, will be the touching up of the dashboard and blending everything more together by a coat of dust and dirt.

måndag 24 juni 2019

Special Air Service Jeep - Tamiya 1/35 Part 4

The devil is in the details
Or sometimes shit happens....

Spot the mistake...
After the first painting is done, I turned my attention to the details to "decorate" the Jeep. Rummaging through the box I found a part that look.... oddly out of place. It was the radiator/headlamp-part... and it should have been glued in place BEFORE I glued bodywork onto the chassis.... Damn..! With a wide scalpelblade I pried the 2 apart, hoping nothing would break.... which it didn't!
While I was at it I decided to make the hose connecting the condensator to the radiator; a small but quite visible detail Tamiya chose to omit.

Now it was time to start with all the bells & whistles
Tamiya does provide very little in regard to equipment and gear, so most of it comes from the sparesbox. The supplies ammoboxes are.... just crap. Square lumps of plastic, supposed to represent a box. After removing some serious modseams I added 2 strips of plasticcard to represent grabhandles. In hindsight pretty much nothing of it is visible, but still.....
I also added racks for the jerrycans makde by plasticcard as well. One of them did not work out as tight as I had envisioned.. Oh well. Here the difference between the original ones and the ones from the sparesbox becomes quite apparent; the 3 handlebars instead of Tamiya's 2.
I got carried away with adding details and gear and headed straight into mishap nr.2. The dashboard is now barely accessible  yet it still needs to be painted!



I did not change the handlebar-mistake on the set of 3 jerrycans. I figured they would not be seen anyway with the other 2 covering that area up. Here came mistake nr.3; I glued the set the wrong way around, so the wrong side was now facing the driver..... and was very visible!
Time for camouflage!! That came in the form of a net, made from a gauze bandage, died with desant sand-paint and diluted pva glue.

lördag 22 juni 2019

Special Air Service Jeep - Tamiya 1/35 part 3

I am proceeding into and with the most precarious fase of any build for me; the painting!
As shown previously I basecated all the subassemblies with Citadel primers from a spraycan and decided to paint the model by hand. Didn't feel like breaking out the airbrush for such a small project and, knowing Tamiya's paints reaction to brushpainting, felt the probably patchy finish might suit a beat up desert Jeep. I got more patchy than I bargained for. Tamiya's paint, allready notorious for bad coverage when brushpainted, did NOT like the primer. It would not stick. It took 4-5 separate layers to achieve a somewhat homogenous cover.
I used one of the previously shown colourized images as a guide and that showed a noticeable differance between the sandyellow Jeep and the sandyellow jerrycans, so I wanted to replicate that. Besides the jeeppaint would fade quite quickly in the desertsun. I blended Tamiya's XF-60 Dark yellow with a good deal of X-2 white and a dash of XF-59 sand yellow, all these paints were actually old stock I still had.
The tires were painted with Vallejo's German grey and I used pencil and an old Tamiya weatheringset, one of those that looks like an eye makeup set, for weathering.

The collection of jerrycans were painted with basic XF-60, but in order to create even more variation I used a sepia wash from Citadel for the British cans and a green one for the German cans. Then I added chipping on the German ones with German grey and drybrushed the British ones with basic steel.
This way everything still sort of looks like in the picture, but some much needed variety in the basic colour was achieved.

The figures are turning out to be a story on their own. They almost completely lack and definition or detail, so painting them is tricky, to say the least.
I am using a combination of Citadel and Vallejo paints so far, with the skin tone and first wash belonging to Citadel whereas the clothes are Vallejo-colours. These latter dry up to a semi-gloss, making the washes flow into the cavities, but not adhering to the overall surfaces. Which they do with Tamiya-paint, thus altering the very nuance of the paint. I had hoped to get that with Vallejo too..... To bad. Need to find other ways now.