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Archeologist's Jeep
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 Posted: Sun Sep 18th, 2011 01:27 am
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W C Greene
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Just after WW2, surplus Willys Jeeps were available and found uses far removed from combat. Here is a Jeep MB that is now used by an archeologist who specializes in Southwestern US ancient cultures.







I just had to build this because I am totally nuts! The  model is a 1:35 scale Italeri "Commando Car" which is a nice replica of the famous Jeep MB but built without all the armaments and load of grenades. I will use these for another bit of craziness. The kit came with a driver figure who only needed a hat instead of a helmet, so kitbashing was pretty much limited to hatmaking. The details were all from the kit also. Even though this is a 1:35 model, I do know that the same kit is available in 1:48 scale and Roco makes a 1:87 model also so those in other scales could build a similar replica. I thought a yellow color would be easy to see amongst the rocks and cactus plus I had a spray can of the color available.  Just something to keep me busy while we get some rain (YAHOO!!!).

                     Woodie



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 Posted: Sun Sep 18th, 2011 02:28 pm
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Right on, Mr Greene!

BTW. WW2 jeeps had a small "platform" on what would be the "tailgate" if it opened (I think that Ford built Jeeps were the only ones with operating tail gates) There were some straps, as I recall, so that one of the 5 gallon "jerry" cans could be carried along side the spare. Might give your man room for a cooler, with a suitable liquid to combat the heat.


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 Posted: Sun Sep 18th, 2011 02:51 pm
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Thanks Herb, I don't think this Jeep has a tail gate part, but one could certainly be fabricated, the kit's jerry cans are to be mounted with straps and are nicer than the funky ones I threw in the back. In fact, I like this one so much, I think I will find another kit for an "expedition" scene. I still have more things to glue on, one of which is a bicycle and some water bags. It has been a very interesting departure from aerial tramways and dumping ore.
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 Posted: Fri Sep 23rd, 2011 12:04 am
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Woody-as an archeologist and a jeep nut-I love it!



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 Posted: Fri Sep 23rd, 2011 05:11 pm
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I happened to "remember" that there already was an old touring car that had been used by the archeologists in earlier times. Here is a little scene with both old & new vechicles.




I believe the old car is a 1911 Chevy (?) that has seen many hot miles along the Gila Rim. There are water bags on the radiator (something I need to add to the Jeep) and a back seat full of bedrolls, tents, and digging tools. So, maybe I really don't need another Jeep now.



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