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1/35 M1009 CUCV, WIP, 02/17/13, Completed

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  • From: San Francisco Bay Area
Posted by bufflehead on Monday, January 21, 2013 10:44 PM

You guys and your muscle cars!!!   I drove a true American classic, an AMC Pacer.......Propeller

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Posted by redleg12 on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 5:37 AM

Tread -Thanks....yep Gino has me on clean black top....now cross country is another story!!

Bufflehead - Ahhh...the bubble car....now we could go for the other classics like the Ford Pinto and Chevy Vega....LOL

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Posted by Pawel on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 3:26 PM

Hello Mike!

Very nice progress on this one!. Please tell me - how come the bridging plates aren't yellow? I thought I've seen them in yellow even on camouflaged vehicles. Could you write something about that? Thanks in advance and good luck with your model, have a nice day

Paweł

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Posted by redleg12 on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 6:34 PM

Pawel - Always a pleasure to have you stop by and thanks for the comments.  

During the  OD era thru Veitnam and after the bridge plates were always yellow background. As the US Army moved into the MERDC paint era in the 70s it was shaky. Since many vehicles were painted at the unit level, many markers were kept yellow and some units painted them to match the camo scheme. With the onset in the early 80s of the NATO camo, the markers matched the camo. The M1009 came from the factory either all NATO Green but mostly NATO tri-color. with their markers subdued to match the pain on the vehicle.

The camouflaged vehicles with yellow markers may have been the 70s MERDC camo. By the mid 80s it was extremely rare to see the old yellow marker and if you did it was on an older vehicle mostly in a rear area.  

HTH

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Posted by waynec on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 6:48 PM

well that brings back memories. my first ride in FRG was in a CUCV from rhein main to kirch goens (3-33AR 1 BDE/3AD back in the day.

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Posted by jeepman on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 9:33 PM

When I was a reserve police officer in the 90,s,our dept obtained one of these from the govt for use as a patrol vehicle.It was repainted dept black,outfitted with light bar and radios.It was the dept,s first 4X4.It was used a backup vehicle when the regular Ford Crown Vic patrol cars were down for maintenence and for winter storm patrol.We found that it could make a smaller u turn than the Ford cars but it lacked much engine compartment insulation and was loud as h*** in the interior.One night when my partner and I were using it we were dispatched to a loud music compliant.When we arrived in the area we had to turn the engine off so we could hear where the music was coming from! It was used for about four years before the chief could convince the city to let him buy a brand new Ford Expedition.Under US govt rules the CUCV was passed on to another police dept.Enjoy your  build!

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Posted by redleg12 on Thursday, January 24, 2013 6:58 PM

Wayne - Glad to hear I have helped bring back memories.... for me that's why I love modeling.

Jeepman - It was not built for comfort or quiet. At least you were able to "trade up". Many of the CUCVs lived on through many more lives. Thanks for the note and the peek.

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  • From: New Jersey
Posted by redleg12 on Sunday, February 10, 2013 9:15 PM

Finally found some bench time with some snow on the ground this weekend.

First I put the windows in the body. The kit calls for the door windows to be one solid window while the M1009 had a main window and a wing window. In order to allow view of the inside, I cut the window to create the wing window. Then I used a .010 strip painted black to create the window bar/gasket. With the windows in place I then installed the dashboard assembly.

Next was the assembly of the chassis to the body. This kit is well made but assembling the two halves is a PITA. After some sanding to relieve some tight fit, repairs after attempts would break loose one of the internal parts, and lots of colorful metaphors, the mating was complete!!

With that out of the way, I weathered the wheel wells first by using acrylic ceramic stucco mixed with burnt umber paint to create that chunky stuff stuck in the wells. After it dried I coated it with AK NATO Wash and then used MIG Dried Mud pigment to finish. The same was done to the wheel treads and the backside of the tires. With everything dry I then attached the tires.

Working now on some small details. The antenna base for the RT 524 is on the back and I used a resin base from the Pro Art Radio set. The antenna for the R442 is the short mast type from the Verlinden lights and antenna set. I used 24 gauge black wire to create the antenna wires for each of the antenna bases.

The rear light lenses were coated with Tamiya Clear Red. I masked off a small box on each lens for the reverse light. To create the reflective rear markers I coated decal paper with thin coats of Tamiya Clear Black, Alclad Chrome and Tamiya Clear Red. I then cut strips and applied to the rear tailgate.

Next I installed the mirrors using some bent SS 24 gauge wire for the mounting band. This picture shows the mirror, the front R442 antenna & base and shows the completed wing window in the door.

In the front the headlight and turn signal sockets were painted Black and then Alclad Polished Aluminum. The headlight lenses were installed. The turn lenses were painted on the inside with Tamiya Clear Orange and then installed. Then I installed the brush guard and the tow hooks. Here is the completed front view.

After installing the windshield wipers, I worked the model with AK NATO rainmarks to attain the “chalky” look. I have begun weathering the widows. Here is a look at the M1009 before final weathering.

And from the rear

I have also spent some time in the wood shop and started getting the base together. Next up is finishing the base and weathering on the M1009.

As always feel free to leave a comment either positive or negative

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"The Moral High Ground....A Great Place to Emplace Artillery."

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Posted by HeavyArty on Monday, February 11, 2013 5:14 AM

As always, it looks awesome Mike.  I love the wheels and the finish on it.  Great job.

 

Glad you guys made it through the blizzard OK as well.

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Posted by redleg12 on Monday, February 11, 2013 6:08 AM

Gino - Thanks for the peek and the comments. The blizzard was about 6 inches here...not too bad. a good excuse to stay in build models and make sauce!!

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Posted by Pawel on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 12:47 PM

Mike, the machine is looking very good! One of the few US Army machines I've seen 1:1 when I've been in Kaiserslautern - and I can say your model is very realistic. Good luck with the weathering, have a nice day

Paweł

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Posted by redleg12 on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 6:39 PM

Pawel - Thanks for stopping in and for the comments

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Posted by wbill76 on Thursday, February 14, 2013 8:50 PM

Rolling along nicely with this one Mike. Yes

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Posted by redleg12 on Friday, February 15, 2013 5:47 AM

Bill - Thanks for the peek. Should not be long, in the home stretch now.

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Posted by terry35 on Friday, February 15, 2013 9:23 AM
Hi, Mike that's one sweet looking model it came out excellent.

Terry.

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Posted by redleg12 on Friday, February 15, 2013 6:52 PM

Terry - Thanks for stopping by and for the comments.

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Posted by Pvt Mutt on Friday, February 15, 2013 7:14 PM

Where you goin to mount that 105 Mike???

Tony leeYes

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Posted by redleg12 on Saturday, February 16, 2013 7:33 AM

OK....this was my vehicle when I was in charge of "aiming" the 105s (Battalion Fire Direction Officer). The manual on the front seat is a 1984 copy of FM 6-40 Field Artillery Gunnery. The other thing on the front seat is a GFT Graphical Firing Table for a 105.

Soooooooo.... there is not a weapon in the picture but it is all part of shooting a little bullet through the big sky a long way and making a big bang!!

Thanks old buddy

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Posted by Jester75 on Saturday, February 16, 2013 11:52 AM

Loads of detail everywhere you look on this one, looking good Mike!

Eric

 

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Posted by redleg12 on Saturday, February 16, 2013 6:37 PM

Eric - Thanks for the peek and for the comments

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Posted by Pvt Mutt on Sunday, February 17, 2013 12:09 PM

How much fun is that Mike?

Action Jackson knows where it's at.Wink

Tony lee

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Posted by redleg12 on Sunday, February 17, 2013 12:27 PM

Tony - Yes Wink Beer ....I think that answers you question!

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Posted by redleg12 on Sunday, February 17, 2013 10:07 PM

Well I completed the base, cut from Oak, then to the router table, stain, polyurethane satin finish. Then a cut of Styrofoam covered with paper mache, mixed with paint. After it dries, it was glued to the wood base, weathered with the same pigments as the model, added some turf grass and a bush.

As for the model, the final weathering was done with AK Wash for NATO models. The area below the fuel fill I created a stain with Floquil Oil Stain and on the lower half of the body the weathering is darkened with MIG Pigments Dried Mud.

The last thing added was the antenna, which is .020 brass wire. Painted with Poly Scale Dark Green and the tie down made from wax coated ship rope painted Tamiya Olive Green.  

That’s it, here is the final model

As always feel free to leave a comment either positive or negative. Thanks for following along. Next mission will be the M114A1 155mm Howitzer

End of Mission.

Rounds Complete!!

 

 

 

"The Moral High Ground....A Great Place to Emplace Artillery."

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Posted by HeavyArty on Monday, February 18, 2013 6:35 AM

Awesome job Mike.  Looks just like the one I drove for a few weeks at ROTC Advanced Camp in the early '90s.  Great job.

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

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"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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Posted by Jester75 on Monday, February 18, 2013 12:44 PM

Looks right at home on that base, well done! Looking forward to your 155!

Eric

 

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Posted by redleg12 on Monday, February 18, 2013 6:27 PM

Gino - Thanks for coming by the firing point. I think anyone in the Army from the 80s through 00s has had a ride in or seen one of these. The Army got their monies worth out of this buy.

Eric - Thanks for stopping by and the comments.

Rounds Complete!!

"The Moral High Ground....A Great Place to Emplace Artillery."

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Posted by wbill76 on Monday, February 18, 2013 7:48 PM

Enjoyed following along for this 'ride' Mike, nice work all around and one with a personal touch to boot. Yes

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Posted by SprueOne on Monday, February 18, 2013 7:53 PM

Very realistic build and fine attention to added details. You did a great job on a rare modeling subject 

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Posted by redleg12 on Monday, February 18, 2013 8:06 PM

Bill - Thanks, it is always fun to model something I actually used.... all we need is scale odor!!  

Sprue - Thanks, it is fun to do the details, especially when you lived it.

Thanks guys

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Posted by SprueOne on Monday, February 18, 2013 9:43 PM

Yes, with intimate knowledge comes detailed transcript Wink 

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