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AFV 1/35 Scale M-38A1 Army Jeep

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AFV 1/35 Scale M-38A1 Army Jeep
Posted by John54 on Sunday, July 28, 2019 5:37 PM

In October 1955 I drove an M-38A1 Army Jeep from Ft Benning, GA, to Louisiana when our helicopter company participated in Operation Sagebrush.  Now I'd like to build a model of that Jeep.  The AFV 1/35 scale kit looks good for the project, but I want to build it with the canvas top in the up position and without the recoiless rifle.

Does anyone know if this kit has a closed top option?  If not does anyone know where I can get one to wil work with this model?

Thanks for any suggestions,

John

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  • From: Sunny So. Cal... The OC
Posted by stikpusher on Sunday, July 28, 2019 6:46 PM

AFV Club also made the basic version besides the 106 RR armed Jeep. Not sure how you can deal with the top up. I wonder if you can adapt one from a Willy’s Jeep, such as the Italeri kit.

https://www.scalemates.com/kits/afv-club-af35s17-m38a1--135564

 

 

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    August, 2014
  • From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posted by goldhammer on Sunday, July 28, 2019 7:22 PM

You could make the bows from some of the kit sprues or evergreen styrene rod of the right size.  Then make the canvas from tissue soaked in diluted white glue and painted.

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  • From: Fort Knox
Posted by Rob Gronovius on Sunday, July 28, 2019 10:00 PM

The kits were originally made by Skybow in both the regular and 106 mm version.

I think there was a soft top made by someone when this kit was released in the late 1990s.

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  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Monday, July 29, 2019 2:57 AM

Hello John!

Could you tell me how your Jeep is going to be painted? I mean the colour (semigloss/matt), the national stars and what is going to be written on it (the registration and the bumper numbers)?

It's not so easy to come up with things like these when one tries to model a jeep from a long time ago. I also wanted to build an M-38A1 from Vietnam, but I have found that there weren't that many of them there, and many believed to be M-38A1's were in fact CJ-5s painted olive drab...

Good luck with your Jeep and have a nice day

PaweĊ‚

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

www.vietnam.net.pl

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  • From: Sunny So. Cal... The OC
Posted by stikpusher on Monday, July 29, 2019 9:17 AM

Hers a photo of some M38s during Operation Sagebrush

 

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 John54 on Monday, July 29, 2019 1:40 PM

Since I don't know or remember the bumper numbers I'll use whatever decals that come with the kit.  I'll paint it with standard Army olive drab, probably semi gloss.

John

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Posted by John54 on Monday, July 29, 2019 1:43 PM

Yeah, that's what we looked like back then. Thanks for posted the photo.  Guess it gives away my age -- I was 19  at the time.

John

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    December, 2002
  • From: Fort Knox
Posted by Rob Gronovius on Monday, July 29, 2019 2:41 PM

John54

Yeah, that's what we looked like back then. Thanks for posted the photo.  Guess it gives away my age -- I was 19  at the time.

John

 

Sprue Brothers has the regular Jeep kit for a reasonable price.

http://store.spruebrothers.com/product_p/afv35s17.htm

As far as age, I hit 55 this year and have been a retired "old man LTC" for over 8 years.

For the life of me though, I can't remember the company that made the soft top. Maybe Trakz?

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Posted by John54 on Monday, July 29, 2019 3:03 PM

Scale Hobbiest has it for $9 less. https://www.scalehobbyist.com/catagories/browse.php?kw=M-38A1

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  • From: Sunny So. Cal... The OC
Posted by stikpusher on Monday, July 29, 2019 3:28 PM

John54

Yeah, that's what we looked like back then. Thanks for posted the photo.  Guess it gives away my age -- I was 19  at the time.

John

 

 

 

My father was ADA in Germany in 1955... I would stomp around the same area of Sagebrush as a grunt nearly 30 years later. Peason, Ft Polk, and surrounding areas are quite familar to 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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    July, 2014
  • From: Rifle, CO. USA
Posted by M1GarandFan on Monday, July 29, 2019 6:47 PM

Great pictures people! I never thought I'd get used to seeing the new G.I. helmets, but now the old steel pots are starting to look strange after all these years.

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  • From: Sunny So. Cal... The OC
Posted by stikpusher on Monday, July 29, 2019 8:32 PM

M1GarandFan

Great pictures people! I never thought I'd get used to seeing the new G.I. helmets, but now the old steel pots are starting to look strange after all these years.

 

I know what you mean. I wore the steel pit and K-pot over the course of my career... now the ”new” MICH helmets look so modern compared to those... and the WWI Brody helmet that my uncle and those before him wore... like something from a museum 

 

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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