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This Thread is here specifically as a place to post any photos of Non-Civil War Miniatures, either your work, or your photos of amazing work you think is worthy of showing off to others!

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I’m a big fan of all Armored vehicles and a couple of years ago I bought a few books that covered the mostly unknown Vietnam war gun trucks, it seems that there are very few manufacturers of gun truck kits, I’m on the lookout for an M35A1 kit, your dioramas are excellent, I particularly like the rubble and busted walls.


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So are you saying that this was an actual vehicle, and not a phantasy piece? It looks like a 5 ton truck with with an M113 APC, sans running gear and perhaps the motor and tranny, placed on top.
If my memory serves, an M113 weighed 13 tons, I have no idea what the vehicle shell would weigh, but it's got to be close if not over 5 tons.
 

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So are you saying that this was an actual vehicle, and not a phantasy piece? It looks like a 5 ton truck with with an M113 APC, sans running gear and perhaps the motor and tranny, placed on top.
If my memory serves, an M113 weighed 13 tons, I have no idea what the vehicle shell would weigh, but it's got to be close if not over 5 tons.
I think it’s an M328/M113 hybrid, it’s a copy of a real gun truck called VC Birth Control ‘The Pill’ the 20th engineer Battalion mounted the body of an APC straight on to the truck bed and armed it with four browning M2 HB 50 cal machine guns. There were quite a few APC gun trucks, ‘Big Bad John’ and King Cobra both used APC bodies. Originally the gun trucks weighed in at about 2 1/2 tons but the engines couldn’t cope with all the added armour, the five ton trucks could obviously cope with a lot more. I’ve got a great photo of a gun truck called ‘Set me Free’, the crew had folding cots on the roof and they had used the radio antenna as a make shift clothes line. There’s a great book on gun trucks written by David Doyle, it’s a must have if you want to build a model of one of those beasts.
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I think it’s an M328/M113 hybrid, it’s a copy of a real gun truck called VC Birth Control ‘The Pill’ the 20th engineer Battalion mounted the body of an APC straight on to the truck bed and armed it with four browning M2 HB 50 cal machine guns. There were quite a few APC gun trucks, ‘Big Bad John’ and King Cobra both used APC bodies. Originally the gun trucks weighed in at about 2 1/2 tons but the engines couldn’t cope with all the added armour, the five ton trucks could obviously cope with a lot more. I’ve got a great photo of a gun truck called ‘Set me Free’, the crew had folding cots on the roof and they had used the radio antenna as a make shift clothes line. There’s a great book on gun trucks written by David Doyle, it’s a must have if you want to build a model of one of those beasts.
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I so admire those guys .
The video you posted is outstanding.

"History" never properly recognized these truck drivers, and they were indeed some bad azzes.

Since their concerns went unanswered by the Generals,
they disregarded paperwork/military bureaucracy and improvised.

What was once a benign truck convoy, became almost an armoured column overnight.

Back in Saigon, while the brass were still holding "meetings" , the Viet Cong realized in about 30 seconds
not to mess with these guys.
 
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I so admire those guys .
The video you posted is outstanding.

"History" never properly recognized these truck drivers, and they were indeed some bad azzes.

Since their concerns went unanswered by the Generals,
they disregarded paperwork/military bureaucracy and improvised.

What was once a benign truck convoy, became almost an armoured column overnight.

Back in Saigon, while the brass were still holding "meetings" , the Viet Cong realized in about 30 seconds
not to mess with these guys.
That’s so very true, they were real pioneers. The gun truckers even designed a trigger mechanism and mount for use with twin 50 cals. Many of those 19 year olds had spent time back home building hot rods, they just adapted their skills and created the gun truck. The crews acquired a lot of their weapons and armour by raiding the stores and vehicles of other units, a few helicopters had their M60s go missing, no idea where they could have ended up. 👍
 

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Yes , the 3 different lamps I might use for pictures definitely give off different effects . All are incandescent but the bulbs are different . This image is a bit better showing the faded sage green typical of hard use in the Pacific.

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You probably know this, but all lighting has a different Kelvin temperature. To my eye, cool white (around 4100 kelvin), light is closest to natural daylight, and daylight lamps are to harsh (too blueish). Where in the world are you finding incandescent lamps now?
They are your figures and you are more critical than anyone else about the way look. When I first look at a figure, I look at the skin tone, and I haven't seen one of your figures yet that has disappointed me in how natural the skin tone is.
 

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You probably know this, but all lighting has a different Kelvin temperature. To my eye, cool white (around 4100 kelvin), light is closest to natural daylight, and daylight lamps are to harsh (too blueish). Where in the world are you finding incandescent lamps now?
They are your figures and you are more critical than anyone else about the way look. When I first look at a figure, I look at the skin tone, and I haven't seen one of your figures yet that has disappointed me in how natural the skin tone is.
I remember back in the day using a goose neck lamp and a 100 watt bulb . It got hot and the lighting wasn't great , but not much else was available at the time . I switched to a high intensity incandescent desk lamp because I also tied trout flies at the time . That had a very small but intense light that also got very hot . I eventually got a couple of Ott lights which were supposed to reproduce a natural light and they worked OK . Now I use an Ott light and a couple of desk lamps . The combined lights seem to work OK , but individually you can see a real difference . BTW I was wrong in calling them incandescent .
 

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I remember back in the day using a goose neck lamp and a 100 watt bulb . It got hot and the lighting wasn't great , but not much else was available at the time . I switched to a high intensity incandescent desk lamp because I also tied trout flies at the time . That had a very small but intense light that also got very hot . I eventually got a couple of Ott lights which were supposed to reproduce a natural light and they worked OK . Now I use an Ott light and a couple of desk lamps . The combined lights seem to work OK , but individually you can see a real difference . BTW I was wrong in calling them incandescent .
This all reminds me of why I need to invest in a quality light box.
 

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George Armstrong Custer ( post Civil War Era )

Here's another 1/10th scale bust I scratch-built /sculpted using Magic-Sculpt and Duro/Greenstuff.
I used brass tacks as the buttons and plastic rod as the cords. The epaulettes (not very clearly shown in the picture below) were made using brass wire and Duro/Greenstuff.
It was made in five separate pieces as a kit for ease of casting :- Body, Helmet, Horse hair attachment and the 2 Epaulettes.
Looking at the detail on the helmet now, not sure I could do that again with my eye sight.

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This was the finished product in resin.

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I decided to adapt one so I added hair and placed his Helmet to the side as if he was holding it.
This is yet another figure I've still never gotten around to painting, mainly as I prefer sculpting as opposed to painting them and think they look better displayed as they are.

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