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  • Member since
    June 2018
  • From: Ohio (USA)
Posted by DRUMS01 on Monday, September 19, 2022 11:59 PM

OK, I may have one of the longest bouts of procrastination of anyone in our forum. After my update last October, almost a year ago, the display / full conversion was not complete. There was still some special detailing, painting, pastels, and more that needed done. I can finally say that my conversion of the 1/18 toy die-cast Solido jeep is now finished. 

Some of the items I've added include 30cal ammo cans, Thompson SMG, expended brass and metal links from the M2 50 cal. MG, and more. Along with the numerous additions I finally had time to finish the detail painting and pastel work throughout the model. 

And here is one of the top additions, an actual SAS unit crest/pin added to the base of the display. I feel it adds some partial authenticity to the build; I hope you like it as much as I do.


I wish I would've kept track of the various after market and scratch built additions added to the build because it was numerous. It is safe to say that every part of the initial toy keep has been highly modified or replaced. Tamiya, Vallejo, Model Master, MIG, and some obscure others were used. 

If you look close I'm confident you will find many things that you didn't see in the initial build string stuffed in here. So enough blubbering, here is the final reveal of my SAS jeep. If you have questions, please don't hesitate in responding and I will answer the best I can. As always, your thoughts, remarks, critiques, constructive criticism are all welcome. 

The build string can be found here: ... 5aaed0492c










Till next time, live laugh and love well. And until next time model something!

Ben / DRUMS01

"Everyones the normal until you get to know them" (Unknown)


1/350 Tamiya Yamato - DONE (GB)

1/20 Revival 1936-37 Auto Union Tipo C  - DONE (GB)

1/32 Revell Arado Ar 196-B Seaplane - WIP - (GB)

1/32 Hasegawa F-16C - Staged




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    August 2021
Posted by lurch on Tuesday, September 20, 2022 8:51 AM

WOW That looks great. I like it.

  • Member since
    May 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Tuesday, September 20, 2022 8:55 AM


I wish I could spend a day of painting lessons with you.


  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Tuesday, September 20, 2022 9:03 AM


     Now that you have done this, and made the rest of us feel like beginners, What's Next? Your painting and washing skills are Killer!

  • Member since
    June 2014
Posted by BrandonK on Tuesday, September 20, 2022 9:15 AM

Now that is an impressive piece of work. Well done!!


On the bench:

Tamiya 1/35 M4A3E8 "Fury" with crew,

1/32 Kittyhawk Kingfisher,

1/35 Meng Panther Ausf A Early,

1/48 Pro Modeller P-51C "Boise Bee"

2022 Completed:

1/12 Bandai Mandolorian

1/25 Revell 29 Highboy

1/48 Tamiya Sea Harrier

1/25 Revell 70 Boss 429 Mustang

1/48 Hasegawa D3A1 Type 99 Val

  • Member since
    August 2007
  • From: back country of SO-CAL, at the birth place of Naval Aviation
Posted by DUSTER on Tuesday, September 20, 2022 9:16 AM
WOW, hard to envision this being a toy at any time. Great base as well.
 humm Tanker-builder is right, you inspire me to aspire to rise my build level to a new height of at least rank amateur. Well that will be after a long while.
Seriously, Thank You for the inspiration



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  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, September 20, 2022 11:09 AM

Yeah that looks great Ben! Love the 'clutter' of stowed items and the groundwork! Yes

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  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, September 20, 2022 12:01 PM

Beautiful work! All I can ask is that you post more photos to show off the sides, front, and rear from lower angles. You've got the overhead covered quite well Wink


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  • Member since
    March 2003
  • From: Towson MD
Posted by gregbale on Tuesday, September 20, 2022 12:30 PM

Very nicely done!

I am a big fan of small 'vignette' diorama bases like yours. They really show off the model to best advantage in a slice of 'natural habitat.' YesYesYes


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  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Tuesday, September 20, 2022 2:38 PM

Well done Ben.  Great detail and paint work.



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    January 2015
  • From: Tumwater, WA.
Posted by M. Brindos on Tuesday, September 20, 2022 10:51 PM

That's art. Beautiful.

- Mike Brindos

Figure Painting Moderator -- Genessis-Models

  • Member since
    June 2018
  • From: Ohio (USA)
Posted by DRUMS01 on Tuesday, October 4, 2022 7:40 PM

Thanks for the responses everyone. Sorry about the late reply but I've been traveling and am out of town for the moment. Glad everyone likes it as I had a great time adding the details and paint in 1/18 scale. Like most of you already know, working in larger scales becomes more difficult to make things appear realistic. I'm just happy that this one came together as good as it did. 

l'll post more side profile images once I get home (stickpusher).

Once again thanks for looking in on the build.

Ben / DRUMS01

"Everyones the normal until you get to know them" (Unknown)


1/350 Tamiya Yamato - DONE (GB)

1/20 Revival 1936-37 Auto Union Tipo C  - DONE (GB)

1/32 Revell Arado Ar 196-B Seaplane - WIP - (GB)

1/32 Hasegawa F-16C - Staged




  • Member since
    September 2022
  • From: South Carolina
Posted by Omni Yomni on Tuesday, October 4, 2022 9:42 PM

Looks fantastic. Only thing I'd maybe change is the location of the SAS pin; I think it would look better and be a little more visible outside of the scene if it was off the groundwork and set against the black instead. Aside from that, the only thing that needs to be changed is that bear's attitude! Doesn't he realize that's a fifty cal pointed in his general direction? 

Thanks for posting this.


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