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Another ROMMEL'S ROD for Halloween

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  • From: Towson MD
Another ROMMEL'S ROD for Halloween
Posted by gregbale on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 8:58 AM

Just in time for Halloween, the skeletal Field Marshal and his faithful driver take to the African deserts once again, in the form of Monogram's 2009 1/24 reissue of Tom Daniel's classic '60s “Krazy Kommand Kar” design.

This was one of the few Tom Daniel showrods I never actually got to build as a kid, so I wanted to do it more or less stock OOB (with complete original-style decals), with just a few added touches. I dumped the chrome finish on the kit parts in favor of a more regulation heavily-weathered sandgelb finish, then added more accurate command flags and convoy reflectors to the fenders, standard Wehrmacht vehicle plates front and rear, and a rear-view mirror for the driver. I modified the kit aerial (and added a jaunty pennant) and scratchbuilt a command radio so the Generalfeldmarschall could stay in touch with his spectral divisions.

The real fun was with the figures. I added ribcages from styrene strip, then made up (suitably tatttered) uniforms piece by piece with white-glue-soaked tissue, and regular paper for pockets, belts and such. Insignia and decorations were internet images printed out on paper and decal stock, with a little hand-painting thrown in. I modified the driver's steel helmet to form the more stylish Afrika Korps field cap. My finishing touch was to remove Herr Feldmarschall's molded-on motorcycle-type goggles from his hat, and replace them with tiny scratchbuilt sand goggles of the British design which became part of Rommel's oft-photographed iconic image.

An Internet search turned up an image of an actual German military map of the Tobruk area, so I had to shrink it down and print it out. I enlarged the kit's map table, added a few covenient hand grenades as paperweights, and all was done.

The ghostly Field Marshal thoughtfully studies his map of Tobruk, deciding strategy and planning his next brilliant against-the-odds attack. His loyal driver smiles for the camera and checks his rear-view mirror for any sign of SAS Commandos or marauding low-flying Hurricanes.

Happy (and safe) Halloween to one and all!

Greg

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Posted by Sprue-ce Goose on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 9:08 AM

Great work on that Rommel's Rod !

Love the weathering and added details such as the command radio.

Have you considered submitting your build to the Show Rod Gallery ? 

http://www.showrods.com/home_page_links/gallery.html

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 12:39 PM

WOW! That's gorgeous Greg. Possibly the best build I've ever seen of this kit.

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by Eagle90 on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 1:42 PM

Awesome work!  Love the weathering and extras you added.  Thanks for sharing!

Eagle90

 

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Posted by Jim Barton on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 5:27 PM

Perfect for Halloween!

"Whaddya mean 'Who's flying the plane?!' Nobody's flying the plane!"

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Posted by Seabe on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 10:20 PM

Love it - great job Greg!

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Posted by Buckeye on Thursday, October 30, 2014 11:21 AM

That's outstanding!  I built one as a kid and have one in my stash now.

Mike

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Posted by mrmike on Thursday, October 30, 2014 11:33 AM

Scary good work! What's next - a Tiger with a skeleton crew? Thanks for posting!

MIke

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Thursday, October 30, 2014 1:17 PM

I had that kit back in my younger years during the 70's. Now do a Spitfire kit with a skeletal Charlie Fox coming in at him on a dive with guns blazing. LOL!

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Posted by vonSturmwolke on Thursday, October 30, 2014 2:27 PM

Absolutely BRILLIANT!!! I love this. GREAT WORK!

Nothing left but smoldering rubble. Nobody left but ghosts. This is what it is.

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Posted by gregbale on Friday, October 31, 2014 7:09 AM

Thanks very much for the kind words, guys. It was great fun to build.

Greg

 George Lewis:

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Posted by the doog on Sunday, November 02, 2014 12:43 PM

That's just awesome. What a great model! A nice amount of conscientious details and work in that!

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Posted by CrashTestDummy on Thursday, November 06, 2014 1:15 PM

Nice work!  I got to build a lot of Tom Daniel's kits when I was a kid, but the Rommel's Rod was my favorite.  I have a reissue in my stash and have been wanting to build it again, only adding more detail, like fully-wiring the engine, etc., as well as fixing up the figures and interior.  I like the map idea, and my try to find something like it to add.  I have done clothes before using glue-soaked tissue with great success, so will probably try that on this kit, too.  Looks like it was a ton of fun!

Gene Beaird

Pearland, Texas

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Posted by leemitcheltree on Saturday, November 08, 2014 8:48 PM

HAHAHHAAAA!!!!  What a hoot!  Love it, mate.

Cheers, LeeTree Remember, Safety Fast!!!
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Posted by mustang1989 on Sunday, April 14, 2019 9:24 AM

Wakin' this thread up because its definitely worth sharing a second time around. Man that's a good job on that thing.

 

 

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Posted by gregbale on Sunday, April 14, 2019 9:44 AM

Thanks very much! I was particularly pleased with the way this one turned out.

[Always startling to see one of these 'zombies' return from the dead...though in this case, I suppose its somehow appropriate! Dead]

(Even more surprising that the old PB images actually show up!....)

Greg

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Posted by Greg on Sunday, April 14, 2019 9:46 AM

Holy cow am I glad this old thread got bumped. I somehow completely missed it first time around.

At first, I thought I was looking at box art until I scrolled down a few pics and realized otherwise.

This is awesome work and good camera work too. Man, I just love that map..... it adds so much.

-Greg

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  • From: Towson MD
Posted by gregbale on Sunday, April 14, 2019 9:51 AM

Thanks, Greg!

Greg
Man, I just love that map..... it adds so much.

That was the real 'prize' that brought the whole thing together!

[Gotta love the Internet! Big Smile]

Greg

 George Lewis:

"Every time you correct me on my grammar I love you a little fewer."
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Posted by mustang1989 on Sunday, April 14, 2019 11:08 AM

Greg

Holy cow am I glad this old thread got bumped. I somehow completely missed it first time around.

At first, I thought I was looking at box art until I scrolled down a few pics and realized otherwise.

This is awesome work and good camera work too. Man, I just love that map..... it adds so much.

 

Blasphemy!! This build needs to replace the box art. lol

 

 

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Posted by mustang1989 on Sunday, April 14, 2019 11:09 AM

gregbale

Thanks very much! I was particularly pleased with the way this one turned out.

[Always startling to see one of these 'zombies' return from the dead...though in this case, I suppose its somehow appropriate! Dead]

(Even more surprising that the old PB images actually show up!....)

 

You're welcome Greg. I was searching for something else and this one came up. lol. Just had to bump it.

 

 

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Posted by crown r n7 on Sunday, April 14, 2019 3:58 PM

Wow thats creative  

 

 Nick.

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Monday, April 15, 2019 7:08 PM

Impressive is an understatement! Beer

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Posted by Ted4321 on Monday, April 15, 2019 8:00 PM

Man, what a couple of creeps...

... but what a sweet display! Captain Beer Yes

 

T e d

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Posted by captfue on Monday, April 15, 2019 10:23 PM

To cool, brings back lots of memories from a miss spent youth.

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