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WIP: Early Willys MB Slat Grill
Posted by HeavyArty on Friday, January 11, 2013 2:09 PM

I seem to be continuing on my jeep kick lately.  Up next is an early Willys MB with the original design welded slat grill before the Ford designed stamped grill was standardized for production. 

Here are a few pics of one.  Along with the welded grill, there was also a Willys logo on the rear plate and no fuel/water can holder.

For the conversion, I am using the Tamiya Willys MB kit and Lymes Models Willys MB Slat conversion set.

Here she is so far.

I have also added the hand operated windshield wipers and added the ignition coil and distributor to the right side of the engine, which Tamiya neglected.  I also added the side wall supports below the dashboard, brake and clutch pedels, and various smaller bits and pieces throughout

The Lymes Models set contains a laser-cut paper grill and a resin rear panel with raised Willys logo.  The grill is very nice and has fine details, but it is very, very fragile.  I broke it a couple times in handling and applying it to the model.  I used superglue to attach it.  I also found that saturating it with superglue and letting it dry well, then sanding it left it very smooth and hard as plastic.  It came out great.  There was no issue with the resib rear plaet either.  It fit the Tamiya kit perfectly.

More to come later as it gets further along.

As always, all comments are welcomed.

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Posted by subfixer on Friday, January 11, 2013 2:25 PM

Neat subject, Gino. I knew the grill was different but didn't know about the gas can rack.

Does the Jeep in the top photo have its original front bumper?

Lee

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Posted by HeavyArty on Friday, January 11, 2013 5:47 PM

Thanks Lee.  You have a sharp eye.  The MB in the first pic does not have the factory front bunper.  It looks like some type of square stock piece with tow bar attachments on it.

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Posted by bufflehead on Saturday, January 12, 2013 2:43 PM

Gino, this looks like an interesting build.  I like that grill set and the variation it offers.  I'm looking forward to the finished build!

Ernest

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Posted by HeavyArty on Saturday, January 12, 2013 8:25 PM

Thanks Ernest.  Still plugging away.

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Posted by SprueOne on Sunday, January 13, 2013 1:02 PM

Interesting specific subject that I didn't know existed.

I'm going to tag along and check this out 

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Posted by Bish on Sunday, January 13, 2013 1:17 PM

Nice little build there, and some great scratch building, those wipers look great.

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Posted by HeavyArty on Sunday, January 13, 2013 6:14 PM

Thanks guys.  Its been fun so far.

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Posted by redleg12 on Monday, January 14, 2013 1:41 AM

Well this looks like a fun little build. These types of builds fit well with a busy schedule. Should be and interesting build. I will be observing!

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Posted by HeavyArty on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 5:18 AM

Thanks for looking in on it Mike.

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Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 7:30 AM

Super cool! I've seen the pressed paper detail parts but so far haven't used any. I assume you just soaked the whole thing in the thin superglue? Looking forward to seeing how she turns out- this is going to be cool.

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Posted by HeavyArty on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 9:46 AM

Gamera - it is a cool little part.  I actually attached the paper part to the front of the jeep then ran a bit of superglue over all the parts of it a couple times, letting it dry between each application.   Once dry, it was almost as hard as the plastic parts.

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Posted by wing_nut on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 10:35 AM

YO Gino!  Looks like it is already taking pretty good shape to me.

Marc  

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Posted by DUSTER on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 1:07 PM

 Paper & Plastic,   both begin with P

P rhymes with C an'

C stands for COOL!

 

OK got carried away

 but your work is very good and I like this unusal version of the  classic Jeep 

 

Steve

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Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 1:27 PM

Thanks Gino, I figured the paper being porous the superglue would soak right in and set up hard. I'm going to have to try some of these paper super-detailing parts someday, they sound easier to work with than PE.

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Posted by HeavyArty on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 3:06 PM

I completed the early Willys, slat-grilled MB.  I have marked it as a vehicle from 5th Army, 101 MP Bn with field mods from late in the war.

Here are some pics.

Here you can see the instrument panel pretty well.  Of note, I used Archer instrument transfers on it.  I also put the tire pressure marking (TP 25) on the dash as well.  This was accurate for WWII vehicles.  The tire pressure above the rear wheel openings and on the front fenders was a post war feature.

A good shot of the Willys script on the rear.

I plumbed the engine compartment with ignition wires, coil, distributor,battery cables, fuel line, etc. I also added the support rod from the radiator to the firewall as well.

It was a fun build and I like how it came out. 

As always, all comments are welcomed.

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Posted by terry35 on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 3:56 PM
She came out great.

Terry

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Posted by HeavyArty on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 7:48 PM

Thanks Terry.  I enjoyed this one.

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Posted by SprueOne on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 8:24 PM

Nice finish esp, the details. The engine components were this color? I didn't know

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Posted by HeavyArty on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 8:38 PM

Thanks SprueOne.  It was a fun build.  Yes, the colors of the engine are correct.  Here is an examle.

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Posted by SprueOne on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 8:42 PM

Yes indeed, there it is. Very accurate, Gino

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Posted by DUSTER on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 11:31 PM

a fun and informative build.

I have this bookmarked for my next vehicle build ( OK ! my first vehicle build- geesh you guys are so picky )

 

reguardless well done and

Steve

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Posted by HeavyArty on Thursday, February 21, 2013 5:17 AM

Thanks Steve.  Good luck on your build(s).

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Posted by redleg12 on Thursday, February 21, 2013 6:24 AM

Very nice looking ride...love the engine work...nice details. Looks like it is ready, put it in neutral and press the starter pedal. I'm sure it was a fun build.

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Posted by Bish on Thursday, February 21, 2013 7:11 AM

Stunning little build and some great detail.

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Posted by HeavyArty on Thursday, February 21, 2013 9:43 AM

Mike - Thanks.  It was a fun build.  I have the Bronco GPW and may have to do one of it soon so I can add a Ford script to my collection.

Bish - Thanks for looking in and the compliment.  These little jeeps are really fun and can be super-detailed pretty easily.  I enjoy them.

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

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Posted by Armyguy on Saturday, February 23, 2013 10:17 AM

Been following your build. Love the look of the slat grill.

 You are very talented, a steadier hand, a lot more patience than I have and better eye sight to. Thats why I like working 1/24 scale.

Have to keep that trick about the super glue in mind cause going the paper detail route is the only way I'm going to get a slat grill jeep and it's going to have to be 1/35 scale.

Again great build and great subject.

   Dave

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Posted by HeavyArty on Saturday, February 23, 2013 12:34 PM

Thanks Dave.  I just build them the most detailed I can.  Actually, there is a large-scale slat grilled MB.  Fine molds makes one in 1/20 scale.  I haven't built it (I like to keep them small), but I have heard it is nice.

 

Here is a build/review as well:  http://www.armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=Reviews&file=index&req=showcontent&id=6847

 

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

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Posted by subfixer on Saturday, February 23, 2013 1:38 PM

Very nice, Gino! YesYes  And thank you for that photo of the engine bay, I could have used that sooner, but at least I'll get the next one correct thanks to you.

Lee

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Posted by HeavyArty on Saturday, February 23, 2013 1:45 PM

Lee - Thank for the compliments.  Sorry you didn't have the pic sooner.  Good luck on your next one.

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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