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A DUKW by Any Other Name
Posted by AlanF on Monday, January 09, 2017 7:23 PM

Italeri 1:35 DUKW Amphibious Truck (6392)

 

While I’m waiting for a few tanks I ordered to come in, I decided to build an older kit I had in my stash. I’ve liked the DUKW since I first road in one at the Wisconsin Dells. There is just something lovable about this vehicle. The kit is from 2002 and the detail is “soft” in some spots but I think it will build into a nice representation. First let me say, I really hate the plastic this kit was molded in. It scratches easily, seems resistant to Tamiya Extra-Thin then suddenly just melts and sanding is difficult, but after awhile you learn to live with it.

A little primer makes a big difference.

I'm going to have to do something with the dashboard.

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  • From: Sunny So. Cal... The OC
Posted by stikpusher on Monday, January 09, 2017 7:52 PM

You'll enjoy this build. It makes a nice large addition to the collection. All ya need is a little something in the cargo bed for some visual interest. 

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

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  • From: Rockford, IL
Posted by AlanF on Monday, January 09, 2017 9:41 PM

stikpusher

You'll enjoy this build. It makes a nice large addition to the collection. All ya need is a little something in the cargo bed for some visual interest. 

 

Thanks.  That's a great idea.  I was thinking that is was looking very empty.  I ordered the Verlinden DUKW Cargo set and a DUKW Instrument placard from Archer.

Alan

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Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 1:11 AM

stikpusher

You'll enjoy this build. It makes a nice large addition to the collection. All ya need is a little something in the cargo bed for some visual interest. 

 

Sunburned tourists!

Thats a nice kit. Didn't Monogram make one way back?

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Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 1:41 AM

No, Monogram made the M29C Amphibious Weasel. The basic M29 Weasel could not swim. But it was a superb all terrain tracked vehicle for muddy or snowy conditions where all others would bog down. Add a flotation and steering kit and you get the swimming C model.

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

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Posted by Toshi on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 4:04 AM

You're doing a great job with all the issues you described.

Toshi

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Posted by HeavyArty on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 6:51 AM

You could always add a scratch-built engine too.

It can be a really nice model, with a little work.  I built one for a customer about 10 years ago.

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Posted by MrT on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 7:27 AM

The DUKW is looking good!

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Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 11:17 AM

She's looking really good! 

Funny I keep buying Pacific War stuff but still don't have one of these or a LVT. 

Just because no one understands you- it doesn't make you an artist!

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Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 12:02 PM

Thanks Stik that's the one.

This is a cool build. And it sure is big!

 

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  • From: Forest Hill, Maryland
Posted by cwalker3 on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 12:43 PM

You're gonna have a blast. It's a nice kit with lots of possibilities. I built these two years ago.

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Posted by goldhammer on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 2:28 PM

Looks good.

We have a gentleman that brings his restored one out to the Vets Helping Vets picnic every year here.   Another guy has a duece and a half rigged out with a 20mm(de-miled) in the bed.

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Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 2:48 PM

Gamera

She's looking really good! 

Funny I keep buying Pacific War stuff but still don't have one of these or a LVT. 

 

oh you GOTTA have some LVTs! Those suckers are big next to most other AFVs of the same scale. 

GM, you're welcome about the info. I actually have the DUKW, Amphibious Weasel, Ford GPA, a LVT(A)-1 and LVT-4 all sitting next to one another on my shelf of "WWII swimmers". I still have the LVT(A)-4 and LVT-2 to build in my stash. I guess I watched Victory At Sea a few too many times... 

 

 

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

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Posted by Bish on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 3:38 PM

Nice subject, its good to see one of these being built.

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Posted by GlennH on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 4:51 PM
Way cool! Yep, first thing I thought of was The Dells. I bet those things are money pits to keep running after all these years.

A number RVN scans from hundreds yet to be done:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/southwestdreams/albums/72157621855914355

Have had the great fortune to be on every side of the howitzers.

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Posted by AlanF on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 5:41 PM

Thanks for all the comments and encouragement.

 

Some goodies came in today.

A lot of the tops to the jerry cans are broken in the resin set but the other pieces look pretty good.

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Posted by AlanF on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 5:46 PM

GlennH
Way cool! Yep, first thing I thought of was The Dells. I bet those things are money pits to keep running after all these years.
 

Glenn, That's what I thought, but this summer I road on one in Boston (yup real touristy but I couldn't resist) and asked the driver about maintenance. Sadly, he informed me that very few DUKWs in these tourist spots are actually original Army surplus.  I guess they have them made to "DUKW" specs so they are relatively new.  Makes sense I guess.

Alan

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Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 6:34 PM

stikpusher

 

 
Gamera

She's looking really good! 

Funny I keep buying Pacific War stuff but still don't have one of these or a LVT. 

 

 

 

oh you GOTTA have some LVTs! Those suckers are big next to most other AFVs of the same scale. 

GM, you're welcome about the info. I actually have the DUKW, Amphibious Weasel, Ford GPA, a LVT(A)-1 and LVT-4 all sitting next to one another on my shelf of "WWII swimmers". I still have the LVT(A)-4 and LVT-2 to build in my stash. I guess I watched Victory At Sea a few too many times... 

 

 

 

How about a LARC ?

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Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 7:11 PM

LARC? That does not ring any bells with me...

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

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Posted by HeavyArty on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 10:06 PM

It is actually a LARC-V (Lighter, Amphibious Resupply, Cargo, 5 ton) and was not developed until the 1950s, so post WWII.  It was designed to bring supplies from ship to shore and then continue inland, like the DUKW.  It basically replaced the DUKW. 

It is still in use today.

 

 

 

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Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 10:30 PM

Ok, I've seen them around at Pendleton, San Diego, and the old Long Beach Naval Shipyard. I jmust figured they were a new DUKW.

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

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Posted by amphib on Thursday, January 12, 2017 5:34 AM

The Naval Beach Group, Beach Masters Unit had LARCs at Little Creek Va. in the early 1960s although they were still deploying brand new DUKWs taken out of storage at Quantico Va. at that time.

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Posted by HeavyArty on Thursday, January 12, 2017 7:00 AM

Hobby Fan recently came out with a resin, 1/35 LARC-V as well. 

It is a big hunk of resin too.

Gino P. Quintiliani - Field Artillery - The KING of BATTLE!!!

Check out my Gallery: http://smg.photobuck...v231/HeavyArty/?

"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." -- George Orwell

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Thursday, January 12, 2017 11:34 AM

stikpusher

 

 
Gamera

She's looking really good! 

Funny I keep buying Pacific War stuff but still don't have one of these or a LVT. 

 

 

 

oh you GOTTA have some LVTs! Those suckers are big next to most other AFVs of the same scale. 

GM, you're welcome about the info. I actually have the DUKW, Amphibious Weasel, Ford GPA, a LVT(A)-1 and LVT-4 all sitting next to one another on my shelf of "WWII swimmers". I still have the LVT(A)-4 and LVT-2 to build in my stash. I guess I watched Victory At Sea a few too many times... 

 

 

 

Well, I was looking at some photos of LVT-4s in Korea a few months ago I almost bought the AFV Club kit. I bought too much stuff in after Christmas sales- my stash needs time to digest them before I buy anymore.... Smile Burger

 

That LANC is pretty friggin' awesome looking too, if I ever get another tour of Little Creek I'll be looking for them. 

Just because no one understands you- it doesn't make you an artist!

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Posted by Pawel on Thursday, January 12, 2017 1:28 PM

HeavyArty
It is a big hunk of resin too.

And expensive! Gino, did you get one? Then congratulations and I just can't wait to see you build it!

Alan - good luck with your DUKW and have a nice day

PaweĊ‚

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

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Posted by HeavyArty on Thursday, January 12, 2017 3:38 PM

Pawel
 
HeavyArty
It is a big hunk of resin too. 

And expensive! Gino, did you get one?

Nope, I have no desire to build one.  I just saw the announcement and remembered it. 

Gino P. Quintiliani - Field Artillery - The KING of BATTLE!!!

Check out my Gallery: http://smg.photobuck...v231/HeavyArty/?

"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." -- George Orwell

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  • From: Rockford, IL
Posted by AlanF on Saturday, January 14, 2017 4:56 PM

The build continues:

I'm pretty happy with the top of the crate, not so much with the others. They still need some work.

The fuel drums came out pretty good:

Overall, I'm pleased with the dashboard.  I made a few mistakes on the wet/dry transfer method and some of those transfers are pretty hard to put on in cramped spaces. They really need to be planned for during the build.  Lesson learned.

She is painted olive drab with some shading effects.  Now for a gloss coat, decals, dash install, and the final weathering, painting and cargo loadout.  It's been a nice relaxing build so far and so far the carpet monster has not been fed.

 

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