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Willys MB Jeep 2nd Bn Irish Guards

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Often a great talking point for us all is the cost of a new model or what we spend on a kit. We want better, more detailed and all singing and dancing kits and given the amount of new releases that come out we obviously will pay for them otherwise they wouldn't be there.

What about the other modellers that canít afford it, the new kid on the bock, not that Iím that old around here, but I put this short feature together to show that not everything needs to cost and arm and a leg. Many of the older kits can still be build into very enjoyable models and this one cost me £4.99 in Hannants, it was on the second hand shelf so no major expenditure. In fact the figure cost more than the kit but you could use a cheaper but equally useable figure to suit your needs.

I chose this kit because it had the hood and because of the picture form the Imperial War Museum.

This is my effort of a build of the Italeri Jeep kit No 314 Willys MB Jeep and Trailer, that has been around for many, many years. I used some of the Trazk PE Set 0058 and the British/Commonwealth Driver Figure form Ultracast. Additional stowage came from the spares box. The trailer went to a friend who needed one.

So a pretty cheap but very enjoyable build and another good chance to experiment with some things and help someone out.
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About the Author

About Alan McNeilly (AlanL)
FROM: ENGLAND - EAST ANGLIA, UNITED KINGDOM

Greying slightly, but young at heart. I've been teaching adults off and on for most of my life. Left the services in 85 and first started modelling in about 87 for a few years. Then I had a long spell when I didn't build anything (too busy) and really just got started again during the summer of ...


Comments

Great stuff again Alan! It would be nice to see more dedicated articles/projects focusing around nice budget oriented builds.
SEP 12, 2010 - 08:53 PM
Hi Jeremy, i really like this old kit with the hood up. A lot of fun to build. Al
SEP 13, 2010 - 05:41 AM
Alan, Superb work on that Jeep. These Italeri cheapies are classics - I've got a bunch stashed away because they're very good and better value than the Tamiya offering. Definitely one of the gems from Italeri's golden age... Tom
SEP 13, 2010 - 07:14 AM
Hi Tom, Thanks. I'd like to do their medical jeep again sometime if I come across a kit. I re-cycled an old one as a load in one of my LCMs, but when I spot another I will most probably pick one up. The Dodge Ambulance is also a sweet kit but desperately needs some decent windows. Cheers Al
SEP 14, 2010 - 06:28 AM
Hi there. Nice Jeep, i am doing the exact kit as we speak. have you ever considered getting an airbrush? it gives a really nice finish
OCT 09, 2010 - 09:02 AM
Hi Paul, No, I like painting by hand, it's half the fun. I can see the advantage of using an airbrush but the perfect finish is not something I'm after, although one would be great for the windows. Cheers Al
OCT 09, 2010 - 09:45 AM