50 Shades of Green
This, o’course, is the trusty, old model of Tamiya’s 1/35 PBR. It’s basically a simple build, but the real fun, for me, started after the boat , itself, was assembled. At that point, it became the “canvas”, and allowed me to take it in any direction I chose.
I chose to try to make it look as if it had been just lifted out of the water, in the middle of action, and placed on it’s base. We all have seen some beautiful dioramas and other work, done with this kit. I chose this route.
As you can see, I’ve added a few things, including an extra crew member. Doing the figures was as much fun as the rest of it. The “used” look came from many pictures found on line. Scratches and scrapes were different on this boat, because it’s not of metal construction. Also very little in the way of rust stains. Getting the armament to look “right” was a challenge, but I was pleased with the result.
A couple of things I found exception with, as far as the kit instructions went, was the use of the tire “bumpers”, and the bottles of “Lite” (decals) beer. I followed photos on the bumpers, and my friend, Bruce, a Viet Nam vet, pointed out to me, that “Lite” beer had not arrived on the scene as of the period this boat was in use. I quick check of dates confirmed this, so my crew will remain “dry”.
I thoroughly enjoyed building this, from start to finish. It was a great diversion from my usual modeling, and allowed my the lattitude to be a little more creative, experiment, and think outside the box.
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