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Blooper - 120mm M79 Grenade Gunner Vietnam - Yearly Verlinden fun!

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  • Member since
    May 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Friday, January 27, 2023 6:51 PM

GMorrison - thanks a lot for your comment! Nice tip on the staring effect!

Have a nice day!

Paweł

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

www.vietnam.net.pl

  • Member since
    November 2005
  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Saturday, January 28, 2023 11:48 AM

Incredibe paint work--as ever  Bravo.

  • Member since
    May 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Sunday, January 29, 2023 8:29 AM

Hello Cap'n!

Thanks a lot for your kind words - they mean a lot to me!

I took the photos of the helmet cover as an inspiration or reference and started painting the helmet. so far I have this:

120mm Verlinden US M79 Grenade Gunner Vietnam by Pawel

120mm Verlinden US M79 Grenade Gunner Vietnam by Pawel

I still have to work on the cards, have to look up perion cigarette packs and maybe work some more on the bug juice bottle and finally paint the straps.

Thanks for looking and have a nice day

Paweł

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

www.vietnam.net.pl

  • Member since
    November 2005
  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Sunday, January 29, 2023 12:20 PM

Pawel
have to look up perion cigarette packs and maybe work some more on the bug juice bottle

Like you said, almost a kit unto itself.  Nad well, done, too.

"Bug Juice" Bottles had a couple of forms:

Also

And, with white printed text

Your pick, all are "period correct."

For "smokes" plenty to choose from:

The "skinny" ones were in ration packs.
More:

Lucky Stripe, Marlboro, are the iconinc ones, visually, but Pall Mall and Park Lane and Winston were seen.

The helmet band, did not become elastic fabric until about 1970, before that, the "grunt solution" was to cut a bicycle tire inner tube.  Which look much the same today as back then--a gray rubber that was darker on one side and lighter on the other. 

Sometimes more than one was used, due to occasional poor-quality local tubes.

Think Gunship Gray and lightened Panzer Gray. 

Cards were a mix of "face out" and "face in"--your choice may come down to whether you want to render the classic "Bicycle" deck pattern at 1/16 scale or not.


Image available at:  https://wallpapersafari.com/w/oCFi3j

 

Hope that helps. 

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Sunday, January 29, 2023 7:35 PM

Very nice work there on the flesh on the arms and the face Pawel! 

And the helmet don't look half bad either! 

Yes

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

 

  • Member since
    May 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Monday, January 30, 2023 6:12 PM

Gamera - thanks a lot! I'm glad you like 'em!

Have a nice day

Paweł

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

www.vietnam.net.pl

  • Member since
    June 2004
  • From: East Stroudsburg, PA
Posted by TigerII on Sunday, February 5, 2023 2:42 PM

This figure is coming along very well. I like how the face came out. Usually the face and especially the eyes can make or break a figure or bust. Everything here looks correct so far. But I remember using a jeep inner tube for my helmet band when I couldn't get an elastic one.

 

Achtung Panzer! Colonel General Heinz Guderian
  • Member since
    May 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Saturday, March 4, 2023 8:06 AM

Hello Tiger II!

Sorry for getting back to you so late - I was waiting for custom decals to finish the helmet. But I went with your suggestion and so I painted the helmet strap "rubber colour".

Here's what the helmet looks like now:

120mm Verlinden US M79 Grenade Gunner Vietnam by Pawel

120mm Verlinden US M79 Grenade Gunner Vietnam by Pawel

120mm Verlinden US M79 Grenade Gunner Vietnam by Pawel

I have also used this time to prepare a base - I cut the shape out of a cutting board and my neighbour was so kind to run his router along the edge. So here's my custom made base:

120mm Verlinden US M79 Grenade Gunner Vietnam by Pawel

I have also tried to show how would the pant s look like worn by somebody sitting in the mud:

120mm Verlinden US M79 Grenade Gunner Vietnam by Pawel

120mm Verlinden US M79 Grenade Gunner Vietnam by Pawel

That wood block in the photo is my holder.

So now I think I'll work on the jacket.

Thanks for looking and have a nice day

Paweł

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

www.vietnam.net.pl

  • Member since
    November 2005
  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Saturday, March 4, 2023 1:03 PM

Outstanding stuff.

As with so many of the VLS castings, the need to over-thicken edge details winds up being something we all just have to live with.

(One wonders how much more delicate these would be as 3d resin prints.)

  • Member since
    September 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Saturday, March 4, 2023 5:43 PM

CapnMac82

 Every well equipped backpack on the Sierra trail in the late 60's early 70's had a bottle of bug juice.

 

Bill

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.

 

  • Member since
    October 2004
  • From: Orlando, Florida
Posted by ikar01 on Sunday, March 5, 2023 5:33 AM

We had that stuff too.  I'll never forget the smell it had, pretty srong.  It sort of makes you wonder how far away you could smell it per person and how long the odor lasted.  You could also wonder if it had and detrimental side effects too, sort of like A.O. in a bottle.

Still wonder.

  • Member since
    November 2005
  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Sunday, March 5, 2023 12:46 PM

ikar01
forget the smell it had, pretty srong. It sort of makes you wonder

It's around 65% DEET at, IIRC, 10% (ordinary Off(tm) was like ±1%).

The smeel was the smeel Smile  Which would be hard to  pick out among the LSA and the sort of sweat one generates with humping 20-30kg of ruck.

The very real issue was that there wa no sulfur nor Pemetrin in the mix to keep the parasitic arthropods at bay.  So, while it would, theoretically, keep biting insects away, fleas, chiggers, ticks, et al, not so much.

But, it was cheap at the surplus stores, back in the day.  And, if you could stand the stink of it, would keep flies, gnats, and other flying annoyances at bay.  Whic hcould be a boon while hiking a trail that might bring a person through a cloud of such things.

  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Sunday, March 5, 2023 1:33 PM

Bug juice was also great for softening up the camo sticks so they didnt tear your skin off when you were applying the stuff to turn green... Alien double points! Look like the local flora and keep off the local flying pests.

 

 

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

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

  • Member since
    June 2004
  • From: East Stroudsburg, PA
Posted by TigerII on Monday, March 6, 2023 1:21 PM

Stik, you are so correct. By the time I joined, they had switched to Cutters Insect repellant. The smell was a lot more pleasant. I used to pour some on my palm and then rub the camo stick in it to soften it up and then onto my face, ears and neck it went. (Avoiding the eyes). It was good as the base coat, then any fine tuning of the camo on your face and neck, you did afterwards.

BTW Pawel your helmet came out great, and your muddied up BDU's look excellent. 

Achtung Panzer! Colonel General Heinz Guderian
  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Monday, March 6, 2023 9:06 PM

Yeah the helmet with the camo and gear looks great Pawel! Perfect crowning touch for your figure! 

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

 

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