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USAF Sandy A-1H

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In the midst of everything else I've been working on, progress has been made on the duo of AD skyraider models I am building for my upcoming book covering the AD Skyraider.   Lately I have been focusing most of my energy on the USAF "Sandy" A-1H model, pushing it to painting stage.  Here she is poised for a few glamour shots before the painting starts.  As of this writing, the lower surfaces are already light grey, and the tan will go on this weekend, followed by the two greens to complete the SEA (South East Asia) scheme. 

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Couple more 1:35 jeeps!

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So the Jeep frenzy continues!  By now you may have seen the first part of my ongoing jeep series in Scale Military Modeler International, which started in January.  These two will be in the March and April issues, so enjoy the sneak peak!

The model to the left is modeled after a photo taken by the Signal Corps in Sidi Bou Zid after the battle of Kasserine Pass in Tunisia, Feb 1943.  This first major battle of the Tunisia Campaign found the inexperienced US Forces battling against veteran German Afrika Korps under Rommel.  The photo caught the return of this jeep and crew after evading behind enemy lines for three days, ragged and the jeep quite covered in mud and dust from hard driving as well as camouflage attempts to aid in the crews escape.  The model is the Tamyia kit with additional details.  Most of the rolled tarps and such were made with Apoxie Sculpt.  Various acrylic paints were used, layered on, to replicate the mud. 

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Austrailian Matilda Part 2

IMG_1202I had a little time over the Christmas Holiday and was able to keep this project moving forward!  As you can see, paint and decals are on, and basic washes/dry brushing to bring out the details is completed.  Next up will be some detail painting and the weathering.  I have already started that process some, as you may notice there is a bit of rough texture on the side skirts and around the front and rear of the hull.  That is some acrylic artist texture putty.  A bit of "blended fibers" mixed with "stucco" makes a great caked on mud and dirt effect.  With the texture applied, all we need now is color and dust!  Im hoping that I will be able to just about finish this build up this weekend.  We shall see!

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