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Academy 1/35 M151A1 COMPLETED

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Academy 1/35 M151A1 COMPLETED
Posted by stikpusher on Monday, November 30, 2020 10:25 PM

I’m feeling the modeling urge flow again to start a new “quick” build to knock out before the year ends, so I started this little one on Saturday evening.

 

 

After two hours I had the engine, suspension/drivetrain, and most of the main basic assembly completed

 

 

 

I should have construction done in a few more days then be on to painting immediately after that...

 

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Posted by BrandonK on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 9:50 AM

Very cool. I am surprised we don't see more vehicles like this. Glad to see you popping one out.

BK

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Posted by HeavyArty on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 10:09 AM

Looking good so far.  Academy did not backdate the rear suspension though; it is still an A2 suspension.  If you want to correct the rear suspension, it isn't too difficult.

There are a few other A2 details they left as well.

Missing front suspension details on all M151 kits.

You can see a full comparison build review between the Tamiya and Academy M151s at Armorama:  https://armorama.kitmaker.net/modules.php?op=modload&name=features&file=view&artid=5114

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 11:11 AM

Looking  good stik, looks like you are moving fast with this one.

There was one guy back in the 90s when living in Miami that had one of these fully restored and as I recall had 2 or 3 old military radios mounted and had a very long antenna looping down to the front bumper. It looked brand spanking new. He displayed it at local car shows getting lots of attention.

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 11:20 AM

Cool, always good to see something a little different. 

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Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 12:37 PM

Brandon, it is surprising that we don’t see more jeeps, quarter tons, land rovers, utility trucks/cars, etc. on here as quick builds. There are so many kits available.

Gino, thanks for the info on the corrections needed for this kit. I’m not gonna address the suspension, since I’m past that stage already, and to go back and correct it all would slow this project down and defeat its’ intent. But I’ll definitly use the info on the other kit of this in my stash.

PJ, that jeep you’ve seen sounds cool. I know that the Air Force use to cram these things full of all sorts of radios for their Combat Controller Teams to communicate with ground and air elements.

Gamera, this one is progressing quickly indeed. Exactly as intended!

 

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Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 4:58 PM

I only got in an hour or less in at the bench this morning, so some quick work. Based off what I was told by Gino regarding the rear body shape around the wheels, I sanded the shape of the sides to correct the profile of the rear wheel area

 

 

Then I built and added added the radios, antenna mount, and dash area

 

 

One more longer session and gluing will be complete. Then comes the fun part... painting! 

 

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 Pawel on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 6:35 PM

Hello Stik!

Since I've got an M151A1 in my avatar, I just had to chime in haven't I?

I understand your decision to let the suspension be - since you want it to be a quick build. On the other hand when you look at the Academy model - it's a lot better than the first Tamiya and still it's full of bugs. It was such a big surprise, that Tamiya brought out their new -A1, and it's mostly correct!

Long time ago I wrote up my build of the -A1:

http://vietnam.net.pl/M151moden.htm

I hope this can help you and maybe give you some ideas. There are two things you shoud look out for to make the model more accurate - easy. One thing is the NATO electrical connector under the windshield - do not install it, it's an -A2 feature. Another thing is that V-shaped part under the trailer towing hook - do not install it neither, another -A2 feature. It's for hooking up the trailer's safety chains, on the -A1 the manual had you hook them up to the towing shackles. Now I didn't have the info at the time so those two things are wrong on my model.

Also - the Academy kit instructions got the hood star wrong - it should be pointing forward.

And for those interested - the M151 was the most produced jeep of them all. But you don't get to see a lot of them on the streets - because of that dang rear suspension. It made the M151 dangerous to careless drivers. In tight turns there was a risk of the jeep tipping over, and with no roof to protect the people inside... So when the Army sold those jeeps, they initially sold them cut in two... People started to weld them up.. Army noticed it and changed the procedure to removing all the major parts and riding the body over with a tracked vehicle - not a nice thing to do, eh?

One more thing - to see that Air Force FAC jeep, google for MRC-108 communications set.

Stik - good luck with your build and have a nice day

Paweł

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

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Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 8:36 PM

Pawel! Thanks for looking in and your feedback. The connector under the windscreen looks like a slave cable receptacle. I can deal with that easy enough - leave it off, fill the attachment slot, and sand smooth. The tow chain points by the tow pintle are already attached, but can be hacked off easy enough. As for the star orientation, I remember earlier posts you’ve made about that. Plus I’m doing a 7th Army/MASSTER camo on this one, so no kit decals for markings. I just need to look thru my decal spares for black stars and such.

 

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Wednesday, December 2, 2020 2:07 AM

Pawel

Also - the Academy kit instructions got the hood star wrong - it should be pointing forward.

You obviously nevere served under many US commanders in the 70s and 80s. "That star looks stupid pointed backwards, change it."

Thus you see stars pointing both ways.

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Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, December 2, 2020 9:16 AM

Well, here is a photo, and one of my references/inspirations for this project, showing not all of the Academy errors mentioned are errors. 

 

 

The slave cable receptacle is present on both A1s, so I do not need to correct that. Then look at the windshield wipers. One jeep has the meet in the middle, as mentioned in the post by Gino. But the other jeep has both wipers oriented to the same side at the same time. So either way will work.

 

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

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

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Posted by Pawel on Wednesday, December 2, 2020 5:03 PM

Hello!

Rob - you're perfectly right! I never served under no military commander! I always forget to add a disclaimer under my "correction" posts - and this disclaimer would read "unless you have proof to the contrary". Didn't Hans von Hammer alwys say: "..some day some private will prove you wrong!". Life! I just don't have the feeling for US Army how much the commanders are willing to see the manuals as "inspiration" as opposed to "the law". A few people can tell me about it better than you, Rob.

And Stik - you have a proof to the contrary like I wrote above - a very nice photo, by the way! With such nice references I don't have to worry about how your models turn out. So good luck with your build and have a nice day!

Paweł

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Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, December 2, 2020 11:13 PM

Pawel, it’s always nice to have good photo reference. But lord knows we don’t always have that luxury!

 So, this afternoon I finished up construction. Aside from a few small parts such as the rear view mirror, which I will add soon. 

 

Based upon the information provided here earlier by Gino/Heavy Arty, and compared to my reference photo, the windshield wiper motors have an issue. The motors are molded for the type that both swing left to right and back at the same time. But the blades are molded with the type that meet in the middle on each cycle, so one motor has to be inverted on the backside of the windshield. Or the blades have to be repositioned. Which one to address? I opted for shaving off the driver side wiper motor and inverting it. 99.9% of people who see this build will not know any different.

 

 

And here with basic construction completed. 

 

 

Painting starts tomorrow!

 

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

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Thursday, December 3, 2020 8:08 AM

Hi Stik;

   About those "Land Rovers" I was in the Hobby Lobby store near me yesterday. They have one. But it's not the military or short version. Plus it's over Thirty Bucks! I always liked the small mobility vehicles armies had. You are right, we need more!

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Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, December 3, 2020 10:15 AM

Hey there TB. I had a look at the Hobby Lobby website, and I guess that they are carrying the 1/24 scale Rover, and it’s currently on sale, along with the rest of their boxed model kits. No, it is not one of the strictly military versions, but I bet it can be made into a basic utility/liaison type. Just slap on a coat of Bronze Green and boom. And ya know, I do have a 1/25 scale Centurion in my stash. Might be nice to have a little brother alongside on the shelf. Thanks for the heads up!

 

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Posted by Gamera on Thursday, December 3, 2020 11:27 AM

She's lookin' good SP, and you're getting some excellent advice here. Yes

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Posted by M1GarandFan on Thursday, December 3, 2020 1:20 PM

Stik, you're right. I'm one of those 99.9%. Its been interesting to follow this thread and see your reference photos. Keep up the good work!

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Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, December 3, 2020 4:09 PM

Gamera and M1, thank you. And yes, you guys are right about the good advice and 99.9%... I would not have known either without it being pointed out.

And the painting has begun! You can have your jeep in any colorful want...as long as it’s Olive Drab. Out of the factory, they were delivered in OD. The 7th Army MASSTER camo was applied in Europe at the unit level over the original OD. Based on a few photos and typical GI behavior, I’m going with the underside and engine compartment still in original OD. I used Revell enamel NATO Olive in this case. 20 years old and my little tin is still going strong.

 

 

 

I’ll let it dry overnite then start on the MASSTER camo colors tomorrow using Humbrol enamels.

 

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 M1GarandFan on Thursday, December 3, 2020 6:57 PM

Nice to hear your paint us still holding out. I've got some 48 year old Humbrol I brought back from the UK in 1974 that still kinda hangin' in there.

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Posted by Gamera on Thursday, December 3, 2020 8:06 PM

That looks good, you're making great progress!!!

Cool about the Revell paint, the only enamel I used much is Testors in the little square bottles and it always seemed to turn gummy and unusable after awhile.

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Posted by stikpusher on Friday, December 4, 2020 11:25 PM

Thanks guys! Those little tins do work great for keeping paints viable for long term. Too bad even Testors square bottles don’t last that long. 

And now...

Base color of the MASSTER scheme, Humbrol enamel Sand FS 30277, airbrushed onto the topside.

 

 

More coming soon...

 

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 GreySnake on Saturday, December 5, 2020 7:55 AM
Looking good Stik!   

 
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Posted by stikpusher on Saturday, December 5, 2020 10:13 AM

Thank you Grey. I’ll be working on some camo pattern colors here later on... kinda chilly out for airbrushing right now.

 

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 stikpusher on Saturday, December 5, 2020 5:49 PM

Today’s progress update... I spent way more time masking with Silly Putty than I did airbrushing paint, stirring and thinning paint, and cleaning my airbrush... Man is that a task to use Silly Putty on such a pattern, I think that I need to buy another egg or two of the stuff...

 

Humbrol enamels:

 

First color, Matt Brown 186, which is supposed to be a good match for Earth Red FS 30117

 

 

Second Color, Matt Forest Green 150, which is supposed the match Forest Green FS 34127

 

 

I already know I’m gonna have to go back and do touch ups.... 

 

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 CapnMac82 on Saturday, December 5, 2020 7:01 PM

 It's clearly been too long.  And I'm likely reemembering A2s, but I'm remember the engines as a darker green (if not quite shwartzgrun) with a bunch of black accessories on the engines.

Love the paint scheme, Carlos need to be i nthe Majors for how easy he makes it look to hit clean out of the park.

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Posted by stikpusher on Saturday, December 5, 2020 11:01 PM

Thanks Capn. 151s delivered to the Marine Corps pre MERDC were likely bronze green. During the MERDC years they would likely be Dark Green FS 34079

 

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N is for NO SURVIVORS...

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Posted by GreySnake on Sunday, December 6, 2020 8:07 AM
The camouflage turned out great.
 
 
It’s been interesting trying to airbrush now with the weather changing. During summer I’ll airbrush very early in the morning before it starts cooking outside now I have to wait till the afternoon to do anything.

 
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Posted by stikpusher on Sunday, December 6, 2020 11:12 AM

Yes, the weather here in AZ has presented new ranges and challenges to meet for airbrushing. Live and learn. 

 

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 M1GarandFan on Sunday, December 6, 2020 1:42 PM

I definitely understand the problems with painting at various times of the year. I have two projects waiting for paint that are on hold till next year some time. I can get away with brush painting in the house, but the garage right now is 48 degrees headed for a balmy 52 later today. 

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Posted by Bish on Sunday, December 6, 2020 1:48 PM

Nice looking little vehicle you got going there. Likeing the paint scheme.

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