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ClaytonFromEllijay
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Posted: Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 06:19 PM UTC
Seems to me you don't need any luck, Peter, as you obviously already have the Mad Skilz!! Fine work!
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Posted: Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 08:24 AM UTC
Okay where I am up to.

This GPA kit is a testament to Mr Tamiya's requirements for good engineered kits. Considering its age, circa mainstream availability of VCR's and the Atari 2600 (for those that remember them) it still goes together very well. The deck sections pop in the lower hull and need no filler to hold them in place. Even the rear tyre sections pop together and hold without glue...

There is a downside to the age though. We have far more access to reference material now, and some of the inaccuracies in the kit become very obvious when you compare the kit with references. Firstly, a lot of the detail is simplified or quite chunky, detail is overlooked and the kit suffers dimensionally.

One main issue is the rear of the lower hull. The kit has a centrally position ventral tunnel for the prop and the cavity for the tow hook offset from centre. In real life the cavity and hook are central and the tunnel is way over to one side. This also means the axle parts need to be shortened on the longer section and lengthen on the short side, which is exactly how the real assembly measures up. The kit also lacks any detail for the separate panels that make up the tunnel.

Then the bend in the rear panel from vertical down and back toward the front back is moulded as a sharp crease, when it is quite rounded. So, as A***ly retentive as I am, I took up saw, Dremel and sanding stick and styrene stock.


The kit also is missing the prominent ridges where the outside panels are spot welded to the inside ones and where the tunnel panel meets the outside one, and the very inner ones are too indistinct on the kit. Added these with strip styrene. The weld bead that runs across the rear just under the top of the hull needed to be added too


I have also started the interior. Added the Voyager side panels and braces, cut out the moulded in mesh at the rear seat area and on the top deck, etc.


Cut out the firewall section to add the two mesh panels, then checked my references and discovered the Voyager Panels are way too big. Covered that with stock styrene.



Still more to go inside.

Tried the press out the ridges in the upper hull side panel etch with a ball point pen as instructed, and destroyed the etch.

How you do this and get an even smooth and correctly shaped finish is beyond me. I should have just used strip to represent the raised ribbing. I will do that on the other parts. Will have to thin and rework the kit parts instead of the ruined etch.

Wish me luck
petbat
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Posted: Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 01:48 AM UTC
Yes that figure is going to look good in the jeep. Always great to have a good reference to work to, so you can get a 'real' natural looking pose.

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Posted: Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 01:36 AM UTC
On one of my Google search outings, I stumbled upon the image below, and decided to go with something close to that driver position — still need to move the left arm down just a bit.

The figure is from the MiniArt 'US Jeep Crew and MP' set with replacement Hornet head and hands.


Cheers!🍺
—mike
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Posted: Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 04:04 AM UTC
Hi guys,

I was just wondering if anybody else building one of the Bronco kits came across this fit issue (step 12) ... The gas tank would not sit properly over the transmission floor hump, thus causing the driver-side front seat legs not to touch-down onto the floor.

I did a little carving and sanding to the hump and gas tank in order to correct the problem. I decided to fix this, as I'll be installing a figure onto the driver seat in the future.


Cheers!🍺
—mike
ClaytonFromEllijay
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Posted: Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 02:19 AM UTC
You just gotta love the simplicity of the design...beautiful vehicle, really....
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Posted: Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 02:01 AM UTC
BTW: A very useful walk-around can be found here: 'Willys Jeep 1943, a photo feature by Darren Baker'

HTH.
—mike
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Posted: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 12:20 AM UTC
One small step for man, one giant leap for modelling kind!

Off to a great start Mike
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Posted: Monday, September 18, 2017 - 06:39 AM UTC
I finally ripped into the Bronco GPW sprues. So here's a small installment to show my interest in this campaign.

Meager beginnings (steps 1–4)


Cheers!🍺
—mike
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Posted: Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 08:38 PM UTC
Thank You for the comments!

Peter, this one looks cool. Will follow Your build with interest.

Oliver
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Posted: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 02:31 PM UTC
Okay. Have to put my Takom build on hold until replacement tracks come in (spilled glue all over the kit ones) so some time to start on this build. My entry will be:
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Posted: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 02:27 PM UTC
Very nicely done Oliver. Great technique in the finish. Congrats on the fine addition to the collection.
ClaytonFromEllijay
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Posted: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 02:32 AM UTC

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Nice finish, Oliver!🍺

—mike



Oliver, I agree with Mike she looks like a Jeep.

Bob



...And a fine Jeep she is!
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Posted: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 01:58 AM UTC

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Nice finish, Oliver!🍺

—mike



Oliver, I agree with Mike she looks like a Jeep.

Bob
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Posted: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 01:28 AM UTC
Nice finish, Oliver!🍺

—mike
Antilles
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Posted: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 12:53 AM UTC
Hello fellow modelers,
I found some time to finish my Tamiya Jeep (...and scratced some new window panes).
Hope You enjoy it.






Oliver
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Posted: Saturday, September 02, 2017 - 12:44 AM UTC
It's been a very long time for me but it's REALLY exciting to see a JEEP Campaign again. I led one 5 years ago and it was a blast!

Nice work guys!
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Posted: Friday, August 25, 2017 - 04:49 AM UTC

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Missing parts are a pain, Oliver, but on a positive note a lot of jeeps had their windshields and frames removed, and blacked out the headlamps...



I know that there are enough parts behind the door, desk, bed, boxes, and probably on top of things to build an entire vehicle plus I do not have carpet.

Bob
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Posted: Friday, August 25, 2017 - 02:40 AM UTC
Looking good Oliver. Filter and then some oil fading will tone it down so don't worry.
Antilles
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Posted: Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 07:54 PM UTC
Mike,
Your Beetle looks really good! Waiting for weathering!

Put primer and first paint on my Jeep and tried to get on some highlights and shadows.



The fading effect is a bit strong, but some filter will hopefully cure this.

Oliver
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Posted: Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 11:09 AM UTC
I think the term is weathered Mike.... dirtying up is a whole other matter....and another connotation

Can't wait to see more progress.
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Posted: Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 05:46 AM UTC
Just needs dirtying up:





Mike
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Posted: Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 05:00 AM UTC
I learned to drive with an old surplus Marine Jeep so I look forward to building a model here for this campaign.

Knuckles - I saw early on you excluded Land Rovers. They would seem to me to be perfect for this campaign as an English version of the Jeep. The LR was inspired by a war surplus Jeep that had been pressed into service around the farm of one of the folks at the Rover factory. He wondered, "what will I do when it wears out?" From that beginning the Land Rover was born in 1948. I have had an American Jeep & still have the English Land Rover. They are very similer vehicles in size and utility. Perhaps you might reconsider and allow them here?
ClaytonFromEllijay
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Posted: Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 12:04 AM UTC
Missing parts are a pain, Oliver, but on a positive note a lot of jeeps had their windshields and frames removed, and blacked out the headlamps...
Antilles
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Posted: Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 07:51 PM UTC
Wow,
very nice builds are going on here!
Dan and Bob. Congrats on Your finished projects.

Started yersterday the Tamiya Jeep in 1/48 scale. Here is my start-photo:


After a first assembly, I reckognized that the clear parts are missing . Not nice.

Oliver