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JeepMkd
11-21-11, 09:24 AM
Just in case anyone missed the intro post, I will add just the most important things about these model I built some time ago.

First up was this Willys MB which I built out of aluminum, using a very simple plan for a paper model which went through a lot of corrections. I learned it's not the best one the hard way, when I started researching for other models and also hunting 1:1s because they are the ones that got me into building models. It sounds strange, but currently the prices for them are too high, we don't have any parts here and restoring one as it should be done is years away. For now, models will do just fine. Back to the model... After doing some of the 'easy' stuff a soon faced other problems. First I was lucky on finding a beginners airbrush (with a jar) and I was so happy, then it was the Olive Drab paint and the biggest problem the tires. I got them from my neighbor, who is now well over 70 and he has been in model buildings on and off his entire life. They are really bad, definetly wrong but they will stay for sentimental reasons. On to the pics...

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2011/11/307.jpg

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2011/11/308.jpg

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2011/11/309.jpg

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I was very pleased with how it turned out, given the fact I was using just handtools and materials I could find home. During the search for some things I started building another popular Willys, the 3B.

JeepMkd
11-21-11, 09:33 AM
Here is the CJ 3B. The difference between the two (other than the age obviosly) is that the 3B had the F-Head engine which needed more space and got nicknamed High Hood. This time I added more details, especially underneath with axels, springs, bolts and shocks. My favorite part is the lettering on the hood and up front. Unfortunately I wasn't able to do it on the tailgate. Here's some pics of the model

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2011/11/315.jpg

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2011/11/316.jpg

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2011/11/317.jpg

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2011/11/318.jpg

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2011/11/319.jpg

here is the frame
http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2011/11/320.jpg

and this is my "workshop" which looks more like an office
http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2011/11/321.jpg

the completed model
http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2011/11/322.jpg

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2011/11/323.jpg

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2011/11/324.jpg

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2011/11/325.jpg

I'll add this photo with my Jeep (actually a Mahindra) in the background to give a hint on what's currently in progress. This model has been WIP for couple of months now so I'll rewind fwd in it's own thread which I'll start soon.

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2011/11/326.jpg

JeepMkd
11-21-11, 09:43 AM
After building these two Jeeps, I tried a different approach when building this Wrangler YJ. First I tried to find a proper plan which is crucial for building a good model. I also set myself some kind of rules not to rush and treat every detail the same. So it began...

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2011/11/327.jpg

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2011/11/328.jpg

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2011/11/329.jpg

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2011/11/330.jpg

With this build I first used styrene so it was a learning experience. Working with it is harder than I thought so I admire people who do exceptional stuff with it.

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2011/11/331.jpg

I think I couldn't have done the fender flares any better. Same goes for the seats
http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2011/11/332.jpg

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2011/11/333.jpg

This Jeep is still not finished.

kmeaders@q.com
11-21-11, 10:07 AM
Outstanding stuff there. JeepMkd. I like them all but I've driven the Army 1:1 jeep back in the day, so it's my favorite. Your craftmanship is first class, all the way. Ken

JeepMkd
06-09-12, 11:44 AM
I have been working these days so here's a little update on the Wrangler.
I got myself a Dremel Versatip because I want to try building with brass as soldered joints are much stronger than glued aluminum. I'm still waiting for brass sheets, so I found brass wire (for tig welding probably), some tubes and profiles and built my first part which is this roll bar.

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2012/06/97.jpg

I love how it turned out and it wasn't really difficult once you get the hang of it. A third hand tool helps a lot.

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2012/06/98.jpg

Today I proceeded with a little detailing in the interior. I built the trim panels on the doors from aluminum sheet and added details.
http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2012/06/99.jpg

Interiors starts to get a bit crowded and doesn't look too bad.
http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2012/06/100.jpg

Maybe it's not the finest build on the forum, but I'm trying to get better as I go.
I'm learning so much from you guys so I really hope my builds would help someone else too.

The Mahindra CJ4 is on hold till I finish the Wrangler because I started it in 2009 and I can't wait to see it done.

JonathanPoll
06-09-12, 02:05 PM
Wow, great start! Who cares if its not the finest build on the forum. Its way better than I can do (not too hard ;) ), and it looks just like the real thing!

Everyone starts somewhere, soon you will be as good as the others! Its amazing what you can do just with a couple of tools...

JeepMkd
06-14-12, 08:04 AM
It's been a long time since I've put some paint over my models.
I think I made a mistake this time because I was testing a cheap electric spray gun. It isn't as refined as an air brush so I might need to redo my paint job later on. I painted the frame and the roll bar in matte black.

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2012/06/149.jpg

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2012/06/150.jpg

Cheers from sunny Macedonia

JeepMkd
06-15-12, 02:20 PM
Today for lunch I had a Wrangler YJ dashboard and a lot of styrene dust ... A well spent afternoon today:


http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2012/06/162.jpg


http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2012/06/163.jpg


http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2012/06/164.jpg



http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2012/06/165.jpg

Here's what I'm trying to replicate:
http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2012/06/166.jpg



Gages will be printed and glued to the back side along with some transparent foil.
Hopefully I will make the steering wheel tomorrow. Till then, enjoy the photos

JeepMkd
06-15-12, 02:31 PM
Double post

JeepMkd
06-19-12, 08:11 AM
Little bits came next, steering wheel and shifters for the gearbox and transfer case.
http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2012/06/187.jpg


http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2012/06/188.jpg

This was a first for me, carpets. I cut them with my newly acquired Dremel Versatip, I'm very very pleased with its performance.

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2012/06/189.jpg


http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2012/06/190.jpg

Next up are the clutch, brake and gas pedals. I think I'll build the tail light buckets today and start the headlights.

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2012/06/191.jpg

I need help on deciding what color it should be. I first thought painting it white, but the silver interior and silver carpet wouldn't stand out. What do you think of metallic blue, similar to Subaru Racing Blue?

buickgnx88
06-19-12, 01:47 PM
That Wrangler's looking good! I'm also in the process of building a 1/12 scale YJ, though I've only gotten the chassis done and have been trying to build the axles. Course mine is going to be completely out of styrene, and it's been set aside for the time being to work on other projects.

JeepMkd
06-20-12, 09:23 AM
Thanks Jordan, I'd love to see your build.
YJ's are not very common models even in the diecast world, the best body out there is the 1/10 Tamiya RC.

buickgnx88
06-21-12, 01:07 AM
Yeah the only produced model I know of is the old 1/24 Tamiya kits, which I was lucky to snag one of on ebay a while back.

JonathanPoll
06-21-12, 01:30 AM
hmmm... IMO metallic blue will look completely wrong, I think it will make it more as if it was "pimped up"!

Maybe greenish brown?

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/attachments/4x4-vehicles/25232d1214764566-jeep-last-now-what-42gpw.jpg

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JeepMkd
06-21-12, 02:23 PM
Well I made a decision and after I got an air compressor I painted the Jeep white.
Why white? Well there is a white YJ in our town (population 40.000) since new and I absolutely love it. Wranglers are rare here because of the petrol engines and their consumption.

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2012/06/221.jpg

First coat came out good considering it's white. Tomorrow second coat after some wet sanding. I hope it will look good with all the black details and carpet.

JeepMkd
06-23-12, 11:26 AM
After the paint cured I glued the details like the fender flares, side markers and turn signals


http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2012/06/230.jpg

Windshield frame and roll bar are still not glued in place
http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2012/06/231.jpg

White doesn't look too bad as I thought it would. I love the carpet!
http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2012/06/232.jpg

Here it is provisionally mounted on the chassis and with seats and dashboard.
http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2012/06/233.jpg

As you can see, the wheels look terribly wrong and they are not staying here 1no1
I have a big problem because I can't find proper wheels and tires for my Jeeps.

JeepMkd
06-23-12, 01:59 PM
I put the "glass" and the weather striping for the windshield.
You can also see the headlights. Front end is now complete.

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2012/06/239.jpg

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2012/06/240.jpg

Now to make a salad and enjoy the evening...

JeepMkd
06-27-12, 04:16 PM
The YJ is nearly complete. Everything is in its final position but the dashboard. It will be glued permanently in place once I finish the gages.

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2012/06/258.jpg


http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2012/06/259.jpg


http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2012/06/260.jpg




http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2012/06/261.jpg


http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2012/06/262.jpg






A family shot - 1943 MB, 1953 CJ 3B and the 1993 YJ


http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2012/06/263.jpg



http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2012/06/264.jpg

Dougritt
06-28-12, 05:06 PM
These Jeeps are really cool! I love that you built them all from scratch and now have several in the same scale...great job!

D-Stroke
07-27-12, 07:10 PM
All i can say is WOW1nworthy1.