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  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Thursday, January 12, 2023 4:27 PM

Hi Wegner, good to hear from you.  Are you tracking the 1-39 Reunion in March?  

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

  • Member since
    January 2023
Posted by Schwaggle on Thursday, January 12, 2023 10:43 AM

Very nice work, Captain! Nice touch with the OD green 6-packs, like everything else we had over there. The random green bogey also nice touch. I don't remember any of our vehicles having the Phoenix stenciled on them though; at least not in any of my pics. Poor Charlie Battery; those guys were over there forever and had like a 100% divorce rate? Anyways; you're missing some key battlefield modifications! Where's the ratchet-strapped tripod with MK-19, M-2, or 249? Also the baffle boxes to IFF friendly on the sides of the launcher? Seriously dude, bery nice to see one of ours that is so pretty!!!  You remember SPC. Justice? Double-fisting 249s clearing buildings? Yeah, not me- I'm Robert Wegner; LTC Finley's driver way back when. 

Very nice work, sir!

  • Member since
    September 2018
  • From: Vancouver, Washington USA
Posted by Sergeant on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 12:36 PM

HeavyArty

As to the discussion about building "weapons of war", I don't see it that way.  These are just pieces of plastic.  I build them because I worked with them every day for over 23 years in the Army.  I enjoyed every day I was in the Army as well.  Good days and bad days.  I wouldn't have traded it for anything.  For me, I'm not glorifying anything, just showing my love of the military and capturing my memories.  For others it may be different  

 

I have the same feelings about the military. That 12 year period of my life was some of the best despite the fact Vietnam was not a popular war. I am proud to have served and I would do it again in a heartbeat.

Harold

 

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 7:18 AM

Thanks for the comments guys.  Building the model was fun and brought back some good memories.

As to the discussion about building "weapons of war", I don't see it that way.  These are just pieces of plastic.  I build them because I worked with them every day for over 23 years in the Army.  I enjoyed every day I was in the Army as well.  Good days and bad days.  I wouldn't have traded it for anything.  For me, I'm not glorifying anything, just showing my love of the military and capturing my memories.  For others it may be different  

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

Check out my Gallery: https://app.photobucket.com/u/HeavyArty

"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." -- George Orwell

  • Member since
    May 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 2:00 AM

Hello!

Gino - I like your model a lot! What I like best is all the samll details that say "been there, done that!" - like the phoenix, the names on the front window shelds or thqat storage box. I always try to add something like that through research, but it doesn't always work...

As for the other discussion - when I was a kid I thought war movies were a lot of fun and war looked like a great adventure. Some research for modelling convinced me otherwise and now I'm glad I didn't serve in the military and even more glad I've only seen war on TV. And I've learned it's worth a lot of work to keep it that way and maybe try to have less wars for the TV to show.

I still love those war machines - how much work and great ideas are in them! Researching those tools of destruction lets me learn many new things every time I do it.

Thanks for reading and have a nice day

PaweĊ‚

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

www.vietnam.net.pl

  • Member since
    September 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 12:12 AM

According to Thomas Graham, Revell made an effort with the Ed Roth Kustom Car etc.

Rat Fink stuff but it wasn't enough to offset costs.

At that time Royle Glaser tried to sell the company to CBS and others, but Atari was established, people were spending more money on Barbie and other daughter related stuff.

A rare kit I built was the Revell Porsche 911 ,Dakar Ralley car or the Speedster.

The best model IMO of the period was the VW bus, It was a very tricky build.

Bill

 

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.

 

  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 11:46 PM

War is the continuation of state policies by other means.

Bill, I would put forward that car models do pretty well for non military subjects. And my understanding is that Revell USA was selling more of those than their military models before the company folded. And real space stuff sells well when that stuff is in the public eye and imagination.

 

 

 

 

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

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

  • Member since
    September 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 7:35 PM

Yes, that's it.

Plus, model companies gave up on non-military subjects in the 1970's because they just don't sell.

 

Bill

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.

 

  • Member since
    September 2018
  • From: Vancouver, Washington USA
Posted by Sergeant on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 6:34 PM

GMorrison
Sergeant

Sometimes I struggle with the thought that war and the weapons of war should not be glorified in what we enjoy as a hobby. But then I remember there is a balance in this world we live in... A strong effective military is still the best deterrent from the horror of war.

 

Harold, I struggled with modeling Germany 1939- 1945 and Japan same era. For some reason Italy got a pass.

Gino straightened me out on that, to each their own. No place for politics.

You of course know a whole lot more about combat than I. And I LOVE modeling the US military, in particular the Navy.

 Bill

 

 

Bill, to me the military is about war and unfortunately war is inexplicably tied to politics and I agree that this is no place for politics. So to enjoy what we do I focus on the history and achievement of the military.

In my case the military taught him how to take orders and be part of a fighting team which changed my entire way of thinking. I became a 'man-of-war' to use a navel term which is both human and inanimate. Together men and their ships (or tanks) function as a fighting unit.

Harold

  • Member since
    September 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 1:33 PM

Sergeant

Sometimes I struggle with the thought that war and the weapons of war should not to be glorified in what we enjoy as a hobby. But then I remember there is a balance in this world we live in... A strong effective military is still the best deterrent from the horror of war.

Harold, I struggled with modeling Germany 1939- 1945 and Japan same era. For some reason Italy got a pass.

Gino straightened me out on that, to each their own. No place for politics.

You of course know a whole lot more about combat than I. And I LOVE modeling the US military, in particular the Navy.

 

Bill

 

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.

 

  • Member since
    September 2018
  • From: Vancouver, Washington USA
Posted by Sergeant on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 12:57 PM

Gino, I value your military knowledge and model building experience, which is the skills that make this hobby meaningful too me.

Sometimes I struggle with the thought that war and the weapons of war should not be glorified in what we enjoy as a hobby. But then I remember there is a balance in this world we live in... A strong effective military is still the best deterrent from the horror of war.

Your rocket launcher is very realistic and nicely done. I would hate to be on the receiving end of that kind of weapon.

Bill, thank you for sharing pictures of your Father. I enjoy stories of family military service. I too have family members who served. However, I was the only one out of eight brothers to serve during the Vietnam War.

Harold

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Monday, June 8, 2020 10:20 AM

Thanks Gamera.  I like the "in action" pose as well.

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

Check out my Gallery: https://app.photobucket.com/u/HeavyArty

"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." -- George Orwell

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Monday, June 8, 2020 7:36 AM

Yeah, I love the 'in-action' look as it were with the launching missile and backblast. Always nice to see the AFV 'doing-it's-thing' instead of the standard static pose. Heart

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

 

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Monday, June 8, 2020 7:05 AM

Thanks TigerII.  I am pleased with how it came out as well.

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

Check out my Gallery: https://app.photobucket.com/u/HeavyArty

"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." -- George Orwell

  • Member since
    June 2004
  • From: East Stroudsburg, PA
Posted by TigerII on Sunday, June 7, 2020 5:32 PM

Very nicely done. The launch & backblast are nice touches. 

Achtung Panzer! Colonel General Heinz Guderian
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    September 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Sunday, June 7, 2020 11:46 AM

Thank you for your comment, Gino and thank you for the link. I am enjoying it.

Yes Dad was active 1950 to 1954, spent most of his time protecting Northern Michigan from the hordes to the North.

 

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.

 

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Fort Knox
Posted by Rob Gronovius on Sunday, June 7, 2020 11:31 AM

HeavyArty

Rob - It wasn't that bad.  I have built a bunch of them and have it pretty much down pat.  They go pretty quickly.

Probably like me and the old Tamiya M1 and Esci M60A1 kits. 

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Sunday, June 7, 2020 10:47 AM

Thanks guys.  It was a fun build.  

Stik - Right now It will just go on the shelf.  Maybe I'll put it on a base later.

Rob - It wasn't that bad.  I have built a bunch of them and have it pretty much down pat.  They go pretty quickly.

Bill - I am glad I made you think of your dad.  I'm sure he was a great guy.  My builds are available to be seen on my photobucket site linked in my signature block.  

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

Check out my Gallery: https://app.photobucket.com/u/HeavyArty

"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." -- George Orwell

  • Member since
    September 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Saturday, June 6, 2020 11:04 PM

Somewhere there is a gallery, virtual maybe; that your builds should be in.

I mean that in a serious way.

My father was a NG redleg who served an M40 GMC.

Today would have been his 90th birthday. He passed away 4 years ago.

Gino I always am very interested in your builds because I use them as a starting point for learning about the equipment, the units and the setting.

Dad and I thank you for that and for your service.

Stay safe,

 

Bill

 

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.

 

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Fort Knox
Posted by Rob Gronovius on Saturday, June 6, 2020 9:30 PM

Good job, I gave up on the MARS kit by Dragon. My hat's off to anyone who completes one!

  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Saturday, June 6, 2020 5:19 PM

That came out really good. The rocket launching and backblast effect are a great touch! Are you going to make a desert display base for this?

 

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

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Valrico, FL
M270A1 MLRS Launcher 3ID OIF 1
Posted by HeavyArty on Saturday, June 6, 2020 4:54 PM

This is my latest build.  It represents an M270A1 MLRS Launcher from C BTRY, 1-39 FA (MLRS), 3 ID during the invasion of Iraq, 2003.  I was the A BTRY (TAB - Firefinder Radars) commander in the Bn at the time.  1-39 FA is called the Phoenix Bn since it had been activated and deactivated multiple times over the years.  The red phoenix with crossed cannons below it was the Bn symbol and was stenciled on all of our vehicles. 

It is built using the Dragon M270A1 kit.  I also added PE for the radiator grill, engine intake, and a few other pieces from the Royal   Model MLRS detail set.  I replaced the older, triangle block tracks with a set of newer, square block, indi-link tracks from the Meng M2A3 kit.  I also added the GPS antenna on top of the launcher box (green square).  The M26 rocket emerging is a rocket from the Dragon Patriot PAC 3 set.  They happen to be the same basic size and look close enough.  The storage box on top is scratch-built from bass wood sheet. 

Most of the decals were made by me on computer decal paper.  I also used a few smaller ones from an Echelon kit and the older Dragon M270 kit. 

Here it is.  Sorry, I didn't take any in-progress pics. 

 

 

 

 

 

As always, all comments welcomed.

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

Check out my Gallery: https://app.photobucket.com/u/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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