Academy Jeep Torres Vedras Firefighters

Posted this build on the following forums to share it with other small-scale enthusiasts and to get some feedback:

http://www.network54.com/Forum/47210/thread/1256608079/Academy+jeep+built+as+Firemen+Vehicle

http://www.armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=SquawkBox&file=index&req=viewtopic&topic_id=147653

http://www.network54.com/Forum/110741/thread/1256608472/Academy+Jeep+built+as+Firemen+Vehicle

http://www.modelforum.cz/viewtopic.php?f=58&t=38732

http://www.modellboard.net/index.php?topic=30245.0

Academy Jeep Torres Vedras Firefighters

Well, the plastic surgery is nearly completed, all that's left is some more touch-ups before primer and then on to the painting stage.

Some of the changes made to the original Academy kit:

-Re-shaped tyres and detailed wheel rims;
-New exhaust made of plastic and copper wire;
-New headlights, turn indicators and firemen symbol added to the grill;
-Reshaped wind-shield, added some details as well, like the rear-view mirror and the wind-shield wiping mechanism;
-Modified engine hood with the addition of the BV-TV symbol made of wire and Tamiya putty shaped with acetone and Tamiya Extra Thin glue.
-New steering-wheels made of coper wire, new gear-shift levers, modified seat cushions;
-Modified rear-body with the addition of the framing bearing the BV-TV letters(Bombeiros Voluntários de Torres Vedras), made of wire;
-Modified spare wheels and spare-wheel mounting mechanism.


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The Nativity - Odemars

Some more images that I found only and that will help me paint the figures:


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The Nativity - Odemars

This diorama was started last year but, for some reason, I lost interest and didn't finish it on time. Christmas is coming again and I've decided to give it another go, paint the figures, make the rest of the terrain and move a project from the workbench to the display shelves.

The figures are from, the now defunct, Odemars - as usual in 1/72 (or 25mm) scale. They were cleaned with a fresh nº11 blade, primed with white glue diluted with water (to give the paint something to stick to, since they're made of soft plastic), and also received a white coat to turn the colours more vivid. The flesh was painted with a mix of Vallejo paints and "washed" with diluted oil paint to give depth.

http://www.plasticsoldierreview.com/Review.aspx?id=1109



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While doing some research about the Nativity, I came across a painting by Giorgione that served as main inspiration:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Giorgione_014.jpg
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giorgione
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nativity

To create the base, I used balsa wood and styrofoam cut with a hot-wire cutter and a shaving razor.



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Atlantic Wall Bunker in Heuqueville

Interesting site with geographical details about this region. The following page shows 3 photos of this bunker taken within a period of 4 years, showing the continuous erosion of the terrain.

http://j.yvetot.free.fr/cotealbatre/majoct2002/lehav_etretat2002.htm

Academy Jeep Torres Vedras Firefighters

Added steering-wheel, windshield-wiper mechanism, cable and a couple more things. It's really almost finished and ready for paint...

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128mm Flak 40 Extratech 1/72


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Atlantic Wall Bunker in Heuqueville

Another useful link:

http://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic.php?f=70&t=136019&start=0

After a lot of time googling, this was the best way I found to determine the height of the cliff. I've decided to go with the value of the "elevation above mean sea level" that I found through Earth Tools:

http://www.earthtools.org/map/49.6166667/0.15/12/1/Hybrid/

So 80 metres will be 55 centimetres in 1/144, which is quite acceptable and will allow me to use N Scale figures. I'll probably try to model this bunker as it is today, being visited by bunker enthusiasts.


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UPDATE: According to topographic charts by the French Geography Institute, the bunker is actually 90 metres above sea level.

Atlantic Wall Bunker in Heuqueville

Photos of the 3D model created with Google Sketchup. Contact me if you are interested in using my Sketchup file.


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Atlantic Wall Bunker in Heuqueville

The photos I've used:


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