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Academy 1/35 M151A1 ***COMPLETED***


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I’m feeling the modeling urge flow again to start a new “quick” build to knock out before the year ends, so I started this little one on Saturday evening.

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After two hours I had the engine, suspension/drivetrain, and most of the main basic assembly completed

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I should have construction done in a few more days then be on to painting immediately after that...

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Mark, this project is just what the doctor ordered... along with two fingers of bourbon 😉

 

I only got in an hour or less in at the bench this morning, so some quick work. Based off what I was told regarding inaccuracies in this kit, I sanded the shape of the sides to correct the profile of the rear wheel area

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Then I built and added added the radios, antenna mount, and dash area

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One more longer session and gluing will be complete. Then comes the fun part... painting! 

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Two fingers of bourbon is a great way to put life in perspective and relax the mind. I highly recommend it!

So, this afternoon I finished up construction. Aside from a few small parts such as the rear view mirror, which I will add soon. 

Based upon some information that I was told elsewhere, the windshield wiper motors have an issue. The motors are molded for the type that both swing left to right and back at the same time. But the blades are molded with the type that meet in the middle on each cycle, so one motor has to be inverted on the backside of the windshield. Which one to address? I opted for shaving off the driver side wiper motor and inverting it. 99.9% of people who see this build will not know any different.

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And here with basic construction completed. 

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Painting starts tomorrow!

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And the painting has begun! You can have your jeep in any colorful want...as long as it’s Olive Drab. Out of the factory, they were delivered in OD. The 7th Army MASSTER camo was applied in Europe at the unit level over the original OD. Based on a few photos and typical GI behavior, I’m going with the underside and engine compartment still in original OD. I used Revell enamel NATO Olive in this case. 20 years old and my little tin is still going strong.

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I’ll let it dry overnite then start on the MASSTER camo colors tomorrow using Humbrol enamels.

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Thanks Mark. I have another in the stash. I think on that one, I’ll have a go at the wipers instead of the motors... lol!

And for today... 

Base color of the MASSTER scheme, Humbrol enamel Sand FS 30277, airbrushed onto the topside.

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More coming soon...

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Mark and Joe, thank you! I’m glad that you’re enjoying this project!

 

Today’s progress update... I spent way more time masking with Silly Putty than I did airbrushing paint, stirring and thinning paint, and cleaning my airbrush... Man is that a task to use Silly Putty on such a pattern, I think that I need to buy another egg or two of the stuff...

Humbrol enamels:

First color, Matt Brown 186, which is supposed to be a good match for Earth Red FS 30117

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Second Color, Matt Forest Green 150, which is supposed the match Forest Green FS 34127

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I already know I’m gonna have to go back and do touch ups.... Plus one more color to go on the pattern...

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I finished up the camo today. Then went back with a brush and hit the few areas where the masked areas didn’t quite meet up properly and the base color came thru where it should not.

Behold the MASSTER (camo)! I really do like this scheme!

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Next up all the detail painting before weathering and decals...

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Today was detail painting: seat cushions, shovel & axe, radios, etc.... mostly using different ODs for some tonal variety.

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Thanks Mark. This has been a great project so far. Fun stuff for sure!

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It may not look like much progress, but I finished up the detail painting that I need to do before gloss coat for decals, washes, etc....

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Great work, I remember learning to drive a manual transmission on one of these. It was the late 70's while stationed in Iwakuni Japan. It had the same radio as yours, a MRC109. Great memories!

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Thanks Tony. Between 151’s, Deuce and a Half’s in the Army, and my high school friend’s Bug, I learned to drive a stick. Great memories indeed!

But this radio set up is a VRC-47, not a 109. The 109 used the previous generation of radios and was even bulkier! 

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Today’s progress update: 
During the week, I airbrushed on a coat of Future in preparation for decals. This morning I broke out my ancient Superscale US Armor markings decal sheet - it’s basicly national stars in various sizes, plus two sizes of letters and numbers. The smaller size barely fit on the bumpers. For a 30+ year old decal sheet, they cooperated well enough, but took a long time to lift free from the backing paper. I also used the kit decals for the dash, and some decals from my spares for the serial number, black stars, and red reflector tape squares.

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I went with the CO’s jeep for Echo Troop, 2nd ACR.

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This has really taken on a great appearance with all the detailing and decals Carlos!! Wow man!! 

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Thanks Joe. I’m really enjoying this little quick project. 

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21 hours ago, Stikpusher said:

Thanks Joe. I’m really enjoying this little quick project. 

I can certainly understand and appreciate that Carlos. I needed a few quick builds last year to restore my damn sanity while building on the Maverick. Man that thing like to have killed me. lolol

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We all have this projevts that put us in that frame of mind from time to time.

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Oil wash on...

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Letting it dry so I can clean it up tomorrow

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