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1/16 and Larger Armor Modeling
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DML 1/4 Ton 4x4 Truck
4444Design
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Germany
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Posted: Wednesday, May 11, 2011 - 03:51 AM UTC

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Thank you for the kind words everyone. I am not using anything special to make the parts, just ordinary hand tools, a dremel and a drill. It just takes time trying to make them look "right".


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your grade of detailing is pretty impressive ...

even the hinges of the frontlight-brackets looks 1by1 with the real thing!

might it be possible you have a original willys in your garage?

keep us posted with your progress!

thomas



Thanks Thomas, I wish I had an original in my garage, I would love one. I am doing all this from pictures I found on the web and from ones I have taken at museums and airshows.



makes that whole build even more impressive ...
didiumus
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Posted: Monday, July 25, 2011 - 08:16 AM UTC
Hey Mark,

Any new progress on your project? Love the work so far!

Scott Gentry
PH-Designs
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England - West Midlands, United Kingdom
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Posted: Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 12:22 AM UTC
Mark

This is a great build can you tell me if it's not a trade secret how have you made the wing nuts?

Pete
plane_mc
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Florida, United States
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Posted: Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 05:04 AM UTC
I just started working on this again after a short break. I will post some updates soon.

Pete - The wing nuts are really simple. I just cut a short piece of tubing and glue on a couple of tabs of styrene. After the glue dries, I cut the tabs to shape. They are not 100% accurate and are not functional, but they are close enough for me.
PropDuster
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California, United States
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Posted: Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 11:03 AM UTC

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I just started working on this again after a short break. I will post some updates soon.

Pete - The wing nuts are really simple. I just cut a short piece of tubing and glue on a couple of tabs of styrene. After the glue dries, I cut the tabs to shape. They are not 100% accurate and are not functional, but they are close enough for me.



C|:-)
1-GOOD! now, I can spend my time wisely on the internet-again
2-re:the wing nuts : your "close enough" is really really good, to me.
plane_mc
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Florida, United States
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Posted: Friday, September 16, 2011 - 10:13 AM UTC
Wow, it has been a LONG time since I updated this. I didnít realize how long. I have been making some progress, although not as fast as I would like to.

I got quite a bit done on the dash. The data plates are Paulís excellent plates. I am anxiously awaiting the updated gauges. I opened the glove box and added the interior and working latch to it. Please ignore the screws on the data plates, I didnít realize how bad they looked until I saw them in the pictures. I have already made new ones that are all the same size.





The pedals as of now are all functional and move. The gas pedal moves the throttle linkage when it is all hooked up. I am not sure if I will leave it all moving when I do final assembly, but the option is there now.





I modified all the seats, making the passenger and the rear seat foldable. I also added the starter crank (which fits through the hole in the bumper and catches a bar in the crank shaft) and tire pump. There are numerous other details added to the tub. I also opened up the well for the fuel tank and modified the kit tank with longer sides, new seam strips, hold down straps, filler cap, and other details. I also added a drain cap to the bottom of the fuel tank well.
The tool bins were also opened up and have working latches. While researching the tool bins, I found the cover for the trailer electrical connector that goes in the drivers side tool bin and made that. Then I decided to make the trailer electrical connector and hinge the cover. I also decided to add the tail light buckets.











Here are a few overall shots showing the added pieces and modifications.







I found a picture of an 8th Air Force airfield anti-aircraft jeep and decided that is what I am going to make mine as. Of course, the .50cal pedestal, mount and ammo system is completely different. The airfield jeep has a bomber type machine gun mount and the pedestal just looks like they welded some pipe and angle iron to make it. This means that all the work I did previously on this area is no good any more. I will still finish up the old system and make a stand for it to display next to the jeep. I started making the new pedestal and mount basing it on the DML Waist Gunner .50 cal mount. I started with a metal DiD .50 cal aircraft gun, but I was not happy with the barrel so I made a new one out of aluminum and plastic. After getting as far as I have, I am not happy with the metal DiD gun, so I am going to switch it out with a DML one. I will use the barrel I already have and modify the mount to make it work.




Thatís all the updates for now, more to come later. I welcome any comments/feedback.

Thanks for looking.

kowalski
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Baleares, Spain / EspaŮa
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Posted: Friday, September 16, 2011 - 10:43 AM UTC
I'm so impressed!!! I simply don't know what to say except that is one of the most amazing builds I've seen ever. Keep posting even if it isn't very often.
HILBERT
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Posted: Friday, September 16, 2011 - 11:00 AM UTC
That is one very nice clean build. How do you do that?

Simply amazing!
PropDuster
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California, United States
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Posted: Saturday, September 17, 2011 - 10:09 AM UTC
Mark, just my added kudos for your inspiring work to date.

Oh, and by the way I have almost finished my 1/35 scale oil and gas refinery.
As soon as I get it up and running I'll be able to sell you 1/35 scale fuel and oil.

So far the biggest hang up is reducing the 1:1 oil molecules down to the correct size, while marinating faithful scale energy output of the product.

As an aside; if you would be interested in getting in on the ground floor, I can send you a 1/35 scale prospectus, for you consideration.


modelersite
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Posted: Sunday, September 18, 2011 - 01:20 PM UTC

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As an aside; if you would be interested in getting in on the ground floor, I can send you a 1/35 scale prospectus, for you consideration



He is making a 1/6 scale Willys
modelersite
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Posted: Sunday, September 18, 2011 - 01:35 PM UTC
Hi Mark
I was following your build since months ago, and fortunately I discovered today a new update.
I have been in modeling since 50 years now and from time to time appears a guy like you that say "it's quite simple, just I began adding plastic here and there"

I know is not so, you have a gift that let to see "WHERE" to add those tiny or huge pieces of plastic, probably most of us even couldn't copy what you did.

Personally I built the 1/6 Kubel and Schwimminwagen and I'm ready to begin with the Willys, I will do my best to make a decent model, but never will be what you can do as I don't have the gift you have.
I hope you finish the work, probably will be your best.... for a time only LOL LOL up to the next one.

Mario Covalski
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http://www.modelersite.com
PropDuster
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Posted: Monday, September 19, 2011 - 02:09 PM UTC

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As an aside; if you would be interested in getting in on the ground floor, I can send you a 1/35 scale prospectus, for you consideration



He is making a 1/6 scale Willys


OOPS!
SORRY, its the fumes from the process- they make my typing unreliable- I ment 1/6 but ...Oh,well
liberator
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Luzon, Philippines
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Posted: Monday, September 19, 2011 - 02:19 PM UTC
amazing build...!
Dangeroo
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Posted: Monday, September 19, 2011 - 10:49 PM UTC
That is some impressive scratch work there, Mark! Just stumbled over this. I believe the only thing that comes close to this is the real thing...

Cheers!
Stefan
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Posted: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 02:04 PM UTC

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I have a question for anyone that has built this kit already. Has anyone cut off the supports that go between the axles and the frame? They shouldnít be there, but I understand why DML molded it that way, there is going to be a lot of weight on the springs. I am wondering if the shocks will be enough to hold the body up without the springs sagging over time.



Hi Mark
I was working on the kit during the last week, I have cut the support and let the chassis rest with a lot of weight during several days, the shocks support perfectly the weight and I don't think those supports are necessary. Even without the shock the leafsprings could mange the weight.
plane_mc
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Florida, United States
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Posted: Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 05:13 AM UTC
Thank you Mario. I will probably be cutting mine off too, whenever I get back to that part of the build.
mag135
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Madrid, Spain / EspaŮa
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Posted: Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 06:51 AM UTC
Incredible work!!! The detail you have added is some of the best and neatest I have ever seen. On the other side , I never thought the Dragon model was so bad.
One thing, the foot rests of the kit are Ford style, they should be willys type.
Regards
Javier
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Posted: Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 07:43 AM UTC
This is really incredible, perfect details I was stunned.
plane_mc
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Posted: Friday, October 07, 2011 - 05:22 AM UTC
Just a quick update today.

I have been working on the .50 cal. I didnít like the way the DiD metal .50 cal was turning out, so I decided to use a plastic DML .50 cal. I was able to re-use the barrel, but had to modify the mount to fit the DML MG. I was able to re-use the 2 side pieces, but had to re-make the rest. I am much happier with the way this one turned out.













Here is my MG mount compared to the DML mount from the B-17F waist gunner set.





I had already made up the heavy barrel (land) version of the MG and scratchbuilt the pedestal, mount and ammo holder for it and didnít want it to go to waste. I decided to make a stand for it so I could display it next to the jeep.







Thatís all for now,
Thanks for looking.
didiumus
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Posted: Monday, October 10, 2011 - 09:14 AM UTC
Absolutely gorgeous - fantastic work. This build is a real inspiration. Keep up the good work and thank you for taking the time to share it with us.

Scott Gentry
panamadan
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Minnesota, United States
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Posted: Friday, October 14, 2011 - 03:26 AM UTC
Our club is oing to have a jeep build-I just forwarded the link of your build to serve as inspiration!
Dan
plane_mc
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Posted: Monday, October 17, 2011 - 11:36 AM UTC
Hereís another quick update.



The DML grease gun (on the right) isnít the type that I have seen in most of the pictures I have found, so I made my own version.















I also made up the bracket to hold it to the hood.























The bracket opens and closes, allowing the grease gun to be removed. The grease gun handle can be pumped the same as the real thing.


Thatís all for now, more to come later.


Thanks for looking.


PropDuster
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Posted: Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 07:08 PM UTC
it works!-of course
gvassilikoudis
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Greece / Ελλάδα
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Posted: Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 03:37 AM UTC
Hi Mark
your work is amazing!I m building the SAS jeep in 1/6 and I want to ask you if you can send me the plans of the engine in 1/6!Thank you1