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Forum topic by recycle1943 posted 11-22-2019 10:28 PM 223 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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recycle1943

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11-22-2019 10:28 PM

This year while set up at our annual Fall Festival https://www.atwoodfallfest.org there was a vendor a few spots down from me that made wood replica jeeps, trackhoe etc. I made the mistake of walking down to look at his things. To my surprise he had a M38A1 replica with a pull behind trailer on his table.
I spent 1 1/2 years in the seat of one and close to 60K miles while stationed in Germany in 1961/62 and till I left in 1963. It didn’t take too long for it to be on my table in my travel trailer at our site.
Now I totally understand about painting a wood project BUT I didn’t build this jeep and I so want it to look like the one I spent so much time in while in the Army.
Olive drab, a few stars and bumper markings like Hq.11 – 3rd armoured Div. etc.

So, if there is anybody here that likes a challenge, I can mail both pieces to you – just need to talk $$$$ -ahh maybe I should make that 3 dollar signs instead of 4.

seriously, I don’t have the talent for this project and I know there are more than several here that are blessed with the talent needed to paint the jeep and trailer.
PM me if you’re inclined to take it on

Thanks
Dick

btw – all of the lumber is oak and I realize there will be a grain pattern showing, but it’s a model, one would expect that

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them


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#1 posted 11-22-2019 11:10 PM

congrats on your find !!

instead of painting on the graphics,
you may want to check out “water slide decals”.
the basic paint job of OD Green isn’t that big of a deal.
you can make the VIN with your military service number (before the SSN was used).

please make a projects page so we can share your journey.

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-- I am a painter. That's what I do. I paint things --

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#2 posted 11-22-2019 11:49 PM

Hey Dick I learnt to drive in one of those!

Sadly he sold it and bought this machine

From memory the army wrecked more air dripping them than wore them out!

-- Regards Rob

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pottz

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#3 posted 11-23-2019 12:41 AM

damn your old RC!-lol.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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robscastle

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#4 posted 11-23-2019 01:02 AM

They are my younger bros and sisters this is me and my dad and older other brother. (about the same era)

BTW Dick

Johns comment about transfers is a good one I did some work with printable transfers some time ago, I still have the material if its of interest.

Also check out this link ...avoid the trucknutz though!

EDIT # 2

-- Regards Rob

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#5 posted 11-23-2019 01:05 AM

current picture of me today.

-- Regards Rob

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#6 posted 11-23-2019 01:33 AM

I have used water slides off and on but never was too happy with the results I ended up with. I always found the surface prep very key but was trying to get smooth surface. I also was not using high end product and just local hobby store model car/truck stuff. Very easy telegraph surface imperfections or float over the imperfections along the edges. Much of my issue was the printer/ink I was using. I figured the next time I would try adhesive vinyl and get my wife to run it through crafting toy.

Much will depend on the look your are wanting to go for. I would really think about the end product. Trying a traditional paint job over oak may not give you the results you want. May look odd have slick smooth areas and then wood grained areas. I would be leaning more towards staining or a paint wash myself to accentuate the fact it is a wood model. I wouldn’t want to bondo it either as it is a wood model and that was part of the appeal.

Some scrap oak pieces may be in order to determine the look you would be happy with.

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#7 posted 11-23-2019 03:14 AM

Dick, I have a friend in Chandler.Az. who is a very detailed painter of airplane models he makes. He is so detailed , he goes to the airport to look at a plane to see just how the trim is and and all the lettering I think he may have been in Germany too.
I’ll copy your note and send it to him to see if he is interested.

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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recycle1943

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#8 posted 11-23-2019 11:08 AM


Dick, I have a friend in Chandler.Az. who is a very detailed painter of airplane models he makes. He is so detailed , he goes to the airport to look at a plane to see just how the trim is and and all the lettering I think he may have been in Germany too.
I ll copy your note and send it to him to see if he is interested.

cheers, Jim

- Jim Jakosh

Thanks Jim – I’m not looking for a museum job, just one that is olive drab and a couple stars. Hq 11 is (to me) the most important part. I can send you some pics if you want -

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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