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1/35 Scale 'Flying Control' Dodge WC51

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A friend did the original set of waterslides, but not all of them were reduced to the correct size. I applied the good ones and ordered some paper for myself to have a go and making my own decals.

 

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:monkeydance: Very nice work, canvas came out great.

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Awesome bud! those inside ones must of been fun yeesh.

I finished my tank, at least until I work on a base for it :D

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The internal decals were removed from the backing paper on the end of a brush and then placed inside the vehicle, which had already been wetted out in the correct location. This helped drag the decal off the brush, after which it was pushed around with the bristles to the correct position and left to dry.

With this project pretty much completed, I've moved onto a diorama which is a joint RAF/USAAF forced landing recovery operation. An A-26 Invader has force landed in the UK, and is in the process of being dismantled and loaded onto RAF Queen Mary trailers. The American crew are dismantling the aircraft while the RAF liasion unit ( usually one unit per USAAF base ) supervise the loading.

For those who haven't already found it, the new diorama can be found here - Joint RAF/USAAF Crash Recovery Diorama

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Thank you. It was a fiddly build at times, but enjoyable. Really need to get a photo of it with the real truck this year.

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Beautiful Work, Stephen ... :taunt:

I just love it ... such a nice subject too, often overlooked ...

Gregg

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After I'd had my real Jeep for three years, I decided I wanted something to stand out from all the other green Jeeps. Around this time my mate with the Dodge had just painted it checkered, though it still had the canvas back. Shortly after seeing the truck for the first time in its new checkered scheme I was chatting to Rupert about a Flying Control Caravan. He said he would love one, but didn't have the space to keep one. So I suggested converting the back of the truck and filling it with radios etc, as I'd seen many photos of vehicles converted 'in the field'.

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So a couple of months later, we had a building weekend, and put the wooden body on the back of the truck. The dome is an astro dome from an Avro Anson which Rupert got from a local aviation museum as a swap for some manuals.

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When I converted my Jeep to a 'Follow Me' vehicle, I wanted to be able to easily swap it back to all green should the need arise, and it wasn't long before I found a photo of a real airfield Jeep where only the canvas was checkered. So I did the canvas and the wooden 'field mod' side checks, and added the light box, radio, aerials etc. The canvas and sides can quickly be removed, and I still have a spare green canvas to look normal again!

Going checkered has opened up several great photo opportunities in 2008 & '09, including leading two P-51's along and airfield peri track, and a photoshoot with the BBMF Lancaster. See below.

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Next Project - Joint RAF/USAAF Crash Recovery Diorama Thread

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I recently got around to experimenting with some ink jet decal paper, and got the final markings on the Dodge.

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Update - I now own the real Dodge Flying Control truck. My friend just sold it to me.

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and here's a copy of the original Dodge build card, showing it was completed on August 11th 1944.

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Update - I now own the real Dodge Flying Control truck. My friend just sold it to me.

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and here's a copy of the original Dodge build card, showing it was completed on August 11th 1944.

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Hi Stephen,

that has to be the ultimate, having the 1/1 scale original, along with the model!

Well done that man.

Regards

Reggie

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Makes you realise how small 1/35 scale is. You can just make out the model amongst the checkers on the real thing!

 

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This thread has now been updated to replace the pictures lost in the great Photobucket imaged hosting scandal!

 

Seven years on, I still have the original Jeep, the Dodge and a second Jeep, a Ford GPW.

 

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