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Hi all,

Some weeks ago a LHS had this little kit for me for a very special price (-10€ off!). As you may know, Im a bit japanophile - and what can go wrong with a Tamiya kit?! ;) A friend came up with a simple, but very convincing idea: what about a footprint of Godzilla next to it in the sand?!

http://plamoya.com/bmz_cache/b/b2f2418e ... 00x333.jpg

It features a metal chassis.


A little history
- directly taken from the instruction sheets:

With the HMV Hayate and Type 73 Small Utility Vehicle fitted with little armor and having poor defense capabilities, in 1997 the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF) began development of a new high mobility light armored transportation vehicle. Designed to be strong against guerilla and terrorist forces, the Light Armored Vehicle (LAV) was deployed to JGSDF regiments from 2002.

Capable of accomodating 4 personnel, the JGSDF LAV was fitted with a 160hp liquid-cooled 4-cycle 4-cylinder diesel engine, allowing it to reach top speeds of 100 km/h. Weighing 4.5 tons, it could be used as a long distance transportation vehicle utilizing Japanse public roads and highways, and was able to be carried by a CH-47J helicopter or C-130H transport aircraft for emergency air drops.

Taking advantage of its superior durability, maneuverability and small size, the LAV is capable of providing critical access to the front line and undertaking vital transportation operations during confrontations. The gun mount on the roof can be fitted with a 5.56mm MINIMI* machine gun or Type 01 Light Anti Tank Guided Missile.

Vehicles deployed to the Iraq town of Samawa in 2004 were fitted with reinforced bulletproof windshields and extra equipment such as wire cutters, updating it to the standards of light armored vehicles of other nations. Many vehicles also featured an armored cover around the gun mount for extra protection. Due to the historical significance of the JGSDF Samawa reconstruction mission, the JGSDF LAV gained much international attention in 2004.



As always, I created the base from white glue/water/sand mixture, added some wood dust here (there was loads left when I created the Godzilla footprint) and thats it so far. This kit builds itself literally. Some figures will be added to the dio - ICM Russian patisan (archeology professor), soldier from MENG (from the "Far Easteners" set) to create a little scene around the LAV:











The footprint seems to be a bit too flat, Ill take care of this. ;)

 

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Many thanks. :)

I continued with detailing the base a bit using old Hasegawa "Zero" decals, copper wire and thin metal pins as well as a resin crate. The lettering means "15th Army Corps" btw. in case someone is asking. ;)

The LAV itself is a real dream to build and comes with some TS-70 paint (Tamiyas "JGSDF Green"). No complaints from my side so far about the build of the LAV.
















 

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:eek: This is looking realy nice bud! love the work on the base so far! can only dream of my basses loking that good!
 

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Thanks Ron & J.

Just got some additional accessories and some figures this weekend. ;)
 

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Many thanks, PG.

Some more progress here. This weekend, there was an expo and I got some additional diorama stuff from BlackDog (CZ) for example. You can never have enough of this, can you? What had been done additionally so far?!

-Washing for the footprint (darker look, fresh earth)
-additional layer of clear paint/brown washing 1:1 in the puddles
-painted the driver, hes supposed to sit on the boxes, having a meal or something (not sure about it atm)
-painted the female soldier, insignia was scratched from paper and a tiny dot of dark red paint

The photographer is missing, Ill tell you later about him.













 

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Fun with flags!" :D

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=he6xz19186o



MRE - Meal refused by the enemy:





And last but not least the slightly changed BlackDog photographer. That strange piece of plastic and putty is a former Gebirgsjäger cap - a good base for a basecap that I dont have in my stash in 1/35:







Dr. Jones sr.:

 

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Flashburn,,on her right bicept?!?
Lookin great.... Again
Tig
Cheers
 

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Hehehe... No fleshburn, just a washing gone a bit wrong. ;)

All fits together very well, but the ejection marks are obviously something that shouldnt be there. Especially the 5 doors have them, as well as the inside of the MG stand. Would be insane to sand those - the doors shouldnt be a problem, though.









 

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The hardest part is done. The LAV needs only small detailing like mirrors, windows, decals, cockpit etc. Tamiya says XF-58 for the cockpit, Ive chosen Testors Italian Green (imho its the better choice for the airbrush job).


Cockpit color:




Doors I




Doors II





Doors III





Cockpit:





Chassis taped:

 

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Photoshop is fun. :D Some comics, a sign and the base label are in progress:

 

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Done. Here are the gallery pictures:


Diorama complete








Details:

































Thanks for looking!
 

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