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Japanese Military Campaign
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Posted: Monday, May 04, 2015 - 05:39 AM UTC

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Love your signature,Bob! "Let that be a lesson to you, Fred: Never trust an Oyster!"



Thanks.... About half the people I know hear me quote someone like SuperChicken and tell me to grow up. Funny thing, they are all the women in my life....

Bob
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Posted: Monday, May 04, 2015 - 05:43 AM UTC

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Love your signature,Bob! "Let that be a lesson to you, Fred: Never trust an Oyster!"



Thanks.... About half the people I know hear me quote someone like SuperChicken and tell me to grow up. Funny thing, they are all the women in my life....

Bob



The irony is you'd have to be a pretty old hand to be able to quote Super Chicken!

And if the women in your life are still women in your life after quoting Super Chicken then I wouldn't pay them much heed--seems they're not going anywhere anyway!

bwiber
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Posted: Monday, May 04, 2015 - 06:05 AM UTC

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The irony is you'd have to be a pretty old hand to be able to quote Super Chicken!

And if the women in your life are still women in your life after quoting Super Chicken then I wouldn't pay them much heed--seems they're not going anywhere anyway!



Old enough to have seen them brand new.....

Used to have the theme song on my old cell phone. Now that would get you some odd looks!

Bob
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Posted: Monday, May 25, 2015 - 07:05 AM UTC
has anyone here thought of what they want the campaign ribbon to be?
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Posted: Monday, May 25, 2015 - 08:15 AM UTC
I'd be fine with either mine or Bob's design if nobody else chimes in with any ideas.

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Posted: Monday, May 25, 2015 - 08:44 AM UTC
Hi,
I have also decided to take part in the campaign, always wanted to build a Japanese tank. I have a suggestion ribbons can you enjoy chrysanthemum is the symbol of the imperial family.





Paweł
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Posted: Monday, May 25, 2015 - 09:50 AM UTC
Mark,

Notice that your signature says you are going to be doing a LAV for this campaign. You using the kit markings?

Am planning on doing the same thing only I am trying to see about getting some decals made to do this one stationed in Japan....



Bob
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Posted: Monday, May 25, 2015 - 11:37 AM UTC
Very cool choice, Bob! What exactly is this vehicle? And where are you doing the custom decals?
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Posted: Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 03:11 AM UTC

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Mark,

Notice that your signature says you are going to be doing a LAV for this campaign. You using the kit markings?

Am planning on doing the same thing only I am trying to see about getting some decals made to do this one stationed in Japan....

Bob



Bob,
So these LAVs are typically seen as Ground Self-Defense Force vehicles, but the Air Self-Defense Force has some also. My plan is to model mine after one of the JASDF LAVs we have here on base. I'll be using white inkjet-printable decal sheet to create my own markings. I may have an opportunity in the next couple of weeks to get downtown and I can look around for some aftermarket decals for the unit you are after if you would like. I also plan to do a photo walk-around of one of the vehicles on base which I can post as a photo feature if that would be helpful to you. Won't do you much good WRT the markings, but hopefully get some good shots for kicking up the detail a notch.

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Posted: Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 03:25 AM UTC

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Hi,
I have also decided to take part in the campaign, always wanted to build a Japanese tank. I have a suggestion ribbons can you enjoy chrysanthemum is the symbol of the imperial family.



Pawel, not a bad idea, although after the war the Japan Self Defense Forces adopted the Sakura cherry blossom as their device in order to distance themselves from the Imperial Army, which had used the Chrysanthemum. What about something like this:



It's actually from a JASDF vehicle marking.

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Posted: Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 04:13 AM UTC

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Very cool choice, Bob! What exactly is this vehicle? And where are you doing the custom decals?



Cristian,

The vehicle is a JGSDF LAV (Light Armored Vehicle) and the kit I will be using is the Tamiya one. The kit markings are for a vehicle in Iraq but I will be doing one based in Japan.

As for the decals, I am making the images by tracing the unit insignia and the Kanji unit designation text in Corel Draw. That will be sent to a company that makes model railroad couplings as well as doing custom decals. The issue is that the decals have to be in white and there are only limited printers that will actually print white, most printers just use the paper color (typically white) for any white in the image.

Mark,
If you can find the decals it would save me a ton of work. However, I doubt if you will find any. I have the figure on the door pretty much done, and the Kanji is finished (in Corel anyway). I need to scale them to fit the locations as well as do the sheet layout.

Have collected some images, but hey, if you want to share yours I will be more than happy to accept the offer. Should be an interesting build..... Let me know if there is anything I can help with on this end....

Bob
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Posted: Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 10:27 AM UTC
Thanks for the details, Bob! After reading your answer, I just realized the white in the text and insignia is what makes this complicated.

Cheers,
Cristian
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Posted: Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 10:46 AM UTC
Bob,
Am facing the same challenge coming up with my decals, and got a suggestion from the Armorama community awhile ago that sounds like a winner.

Create a paint chip/sample of the base color you intend to use on your vehicle, and then scan that to use as the base color for your decal. Make a negative image of your markings using your scanned color sample as the fill, and when you print it on a white decal sheet you should (with a bit of trial and error color adjustment) come up with the desired markings outlined in the same color as your vehicle.

Does the way I've attempted to explain it make sense?

Might be a bit of a challenge on a vehicle with camo, but since the JASDF LAVs are a uniform green it will make it much simpler.

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Posted: Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 09:59 PM UTC
Mark,

I had considered going that way with it, and I might give it a try anyway. My issue is that I don't figure that I will be getting it down to the right color.

As for the vehicle..... it is in camo. However, the background of the places where the markings goes are definitely the green. My other issue is that I was also planning on doing the markings for the old Renwal Atomic Cannon I am close to finishing.... finally. Ok, I figure that if I can match one color of background I should be able to do it twice.... or just use Archers and put the white text on clear decal film....

Bob
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Posted: Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 03:24 AM UTC
Bob,
Saw your thread on the "other" site. Glad you've got some real expert advice there. I figure getting a perfect match will be a bit dicey, but I always overspray the entire vehicle after applying decals with a slightly lighter shade of the base color. Helps tone things down and blend the decals in with the rest of the paint job, and in this case should help disguise and slight color mismatch. I've noticed the LAVs we have here quickly acquire a pretty substantial coat of oxidized paint that looks almost white so I think that will help with the decal dilemma.

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Posted: Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 03:27 AM UTC
Mark,

Actually found 4 JASDF images in with the ones I had collected. You can see them at....

https://imgur.com/a/zwOpp

Click on them to enlarge....

Bob
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Posted: Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 07:05 AM UTC
Bob,
Nice pics. Looks like they were taken at Iruma AB and Hamamatsu AB, and they've been given a good scrub, too. I plan to get up close with the camera to try to capture as many details as I can since there are some significant differences from the Iraqi Assistance version I have.

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Posted: Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 09:20 AM UTC

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Bob,
Nice pics. Looks like they were taken at Iruma AB and Hamamatsu AB, and they've been given a good scrub, too. I plan to get up close with the camera to try to capture as many details as I can since there are some significant differences from the Iraqi Assistance version I have.




Mark,

As far as I can tell from the captions you hit it on the head as to the bases. Hopefully you will have a chance to really get up and personal with one of the LAVs.

I know what you mean about the differences.... even within a unit there are antennas in different places, racks missing, etc. along with all sorts of other changes. I figure that for the most part you can almost do anything and get by with it. I have a bunch of shots of the Airborne ones and there is a lot of variation.

Have you got any PE for it? I never picked up any and so am trying to come up with a way of doing the brush guards on the front lights. Have some ideas but I won't play with them until we start....

Later,
Bob
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Posted: Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 10:13 AM UTC
No PE, although I may go for some resin wheels. Plan on scratching anything I'm not satisfied with. I figured on using very fine soldered wire for the brush guards.

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Posted: Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 12:25 PM UTC
Yeah, that was the plan here, or some fancy super glue work.... Will have to see what works the best.... Really should go through and make a list of what I think I might do....

Bob
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Posted: Sunday, May 31, 2015 - 09:59 PM UTC
I'll be looking to join this campaign when Takom releases its Japanese Whippet kit.
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Posted: Tuesday, June 09, 2015 - 05:03 AM UTC
man there are some great kits and opportunities! has anyone started at all? `
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Posted: Tuesday, June 09, 2015 - 05:16 AM UTC

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man there are some great kits and opportunities! has anyone started at all? `



It doesn't start until July 1st
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Posted: Tuesday, June 09, 2015 - 08:10 AM UTC
crap cakes, I have to step away from the cleaners.
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