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Fire For Effect - M119A1 w/Crew DONE - pics
HeavyArty
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Posted: Sunday, June 26, 2011 - 03:15 AM UTC
I have completed my M119A1 and added a crew on a small base. Here is the [/url=http://www.armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=SquawkBox&file=index&req=viewtopic&topic_id=176831#1484341]WIP post[/url] for the gun. It is a resin piece by Mouse House Enterprises out of Australia. It represents a piece from the 82nd Airborne Division in Iraq or A'stan in the early days when DCUs were still worn.





The crew are modified Dragon and Tamiya figures. The gunner straddling the trails has legs from the old Tamiya Armored Troops set. I added new boots from a modern Dragon figure. The IBA-clad torsos on all the figures are resin casts from Verlinden and the one with the Camelback is from a copy of a Trumpeter torso. The gear is a mix of items from various Dragon sets. Most of it comes from their Modern USMC (OIF/OEF) set. As does the radio operator (radio bag is from Pro Arts excellent SINCGARS set) and the standing figure inside the trails, who is holding the lanyard, by the way. The ammo bearer is modified from the Dragon US Army Green Berets set.





The rounds, casings, and "tootsie roll" tubes are from Resicast. The ammo crates are cast pieces from somewhere (sorry I don't remember where). The open ammo box was built from sheet styrene by me. The stenciling is from a friend, thanks Bro. The collimator is also scratch-built using plans from the same friend.




More pics can be seen here.

Thanks for looking.

As always, all comments are welcomed.
Ellevenbravo
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Posted: Sunday, June 26, 2011 - 03:21 AM UTC
Very nice job of an unusual subject. Great work on the figures as well, I like the overall effect quite a bit.

John
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Posted: Sunday, June 26, 2011 - 06:25 AM UTC
Thanks John. I enjoyed building it.
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Posted: Sunday, June 26, 2011 - 06:43 AM UTC
G'day,

this is a wonderful diorama, most are overdone, you've captured the scene perfectly (including the tampon!)

If I was to be hyper critical I'd say that your sigs left boot floats a little above your base (in pic 6), and maybe you could do some footprints to indicate the activity of setting up and loading the gun, but to be honest it took me 15 minutes to try and find something to criticise! I wish I was half as good.

Smokey
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Posted: Sunday, June 26, 2011 - 08:45 AM UTC
Nice work Gino, I was wondering (after seeing the 'in progress' shots a while ago) what you were going to do for the crew and you've done a stellar job with them. I like the range finder device (not sure what its called exactly- the thing that looks like a telescope?) too. The scene is definetly well set.
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Posted: Sunday, June 26, 2011 - 09:40 AM UTC
Shane - Thanks for the comments. It was a pain to get the figures to stand/kneel right. The Frankenstien work to get the figures I wanted was a pain. I think they came out pretty well though.

Karl - Thanks for popping in. It was a fun build and I am happy with it.
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Posted: Sunday, June 26, 2011 - 10:52 AM UTC
Nice model Gino.
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Posted: Sunday, June 26, 2011 - 11:58 AM UTC
Very nice Gino,your attention to detail is outstanding.
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Posted: Sunday, June 26, 2011 - 02:30 PM UTC
Gino - figs may have been a PITA but Dr Frankenstein did a wonderful job. Nice work with the details. Crates turned out great and you can pick up your displacement, colimeter looks good

Riding those trails has got to be a cahone buster.....bring back the old M114 gunner....big cahone buster

Looks like you had a good time

Rounds Complete!!
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Posted: Sunday, June 26, 2011 - 02:36 PM UTC
Gino, great looking diorama; spot-on job on the DCU's.
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Posted: Sunday, June 26, 2011 - 02:48 PM UTC
Dave - Thanks for the comment.

Anthony - Thanks for looking in. I do like adding all the little details. They bring it to life.

Mike - Thanks buddy. Yup, the M119 can be a real cahone buster. I did enjoy building it. I am pleased with the figures too. They were definitely worth it.

Chuck - Thaks for the comments. Yup, I have had the honor of wearing the DCUs, so I had a pretty good idea how they look.
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Posted: Sunday, June 26, 2011 - 03:23 PM UTC

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Chuck - Thaks for the comments. Yup, I have had the honor of wearing the DCUs, so I had a pretty good idea how they look.



Yep, me too; it's still the primary pattern for the Coast Guard in-theater.
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Posted: Sunday, June 26, 2011 - 09:28 PM UTC
GReat little dio Gino. As usual, coming from you, one does not expect anything less.
HeavyArty
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Posted: Monday, June 27, 2011 - 12:03 AM UTC
Chuck - Its been while since I have worn DCUs, but I still have a set or two knocking around as well.

Charles - Thanks for the compliments.
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Posted: Monday, June 27, 2011 - 04:00 AM UTC

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Chuck - Thaks for the comments. Yup, I have had the honor of wearing the DCUs, so I had a pretty good idea how they look.



Yep, me too; it's still the primary pattern for the Coast Guard in-theater.



Really? all the USCG personnel I saw in Afghanistan were in ACU's with Coast Guard name tapes and boonie hats. Interesting, one day I'll build that USCG up-armored HMMWV.

Nicely done Gino, takes me back to FOB Zormat.
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Posted: Monday, June 27, 2011 - 05:46 AM UTC
Steve - Thanks for the comment. It was a fun build.
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Posted: Monday, June 27, 2011 - 03:35 PM UTC

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Chuck - Thaks for the comments. Yup, I have had the honor of wearing the DCUs, so I had a pretty good idea how they look.



Yep, me too; it's still the primary pattern for the Coast Guard in-theater.



Really? all the USCG personnel I saw in Afghanistan were in ACU's with Coast Guard name tapes and boonie hats. Interesting, one day I'll build that USCG up-armored HMMWV.

Nicely done Gino, takes me back to FOB Zormat.



Steve: guess I was being a little too general; DOG units and I think cutter crews wear the DCU's; you are right RAID teams that work directly with Army units shift into ACU's...forgot about that
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Posted: Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - 12:17 AM UTC
Gino, missed this one earlier. Well done! Collimator looks great! May have to try my hand at one to go with my M102.

Automatic Steel!
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Posted: Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - 04:23 AM UTC
nice work Gino!
HeavyArty
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Posted: Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - 04:33 AM UTC
Thanks guys. It was a fun build.
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Posted: Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - 05:48 AM UTC
well now I know what an M119 is. Very nice build I might add here.
gary