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1st Battalion 13th Marines, Khe Sanh, 1968. 105 mm howitzer

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Thanks for looking

Tom


10 responses to 1st Battalion 13th Marines, Khe Sanh, 1968. 105 mm howitzer

  1. Nice work, Thomas…can you provide a little background on the construction?

  2. I purchased the base from Vietnam scale models. It comes in white plaster so I painted it and added additional ground cover with celluclay
    the ammo boxes were made with different size balsa wood and I used dental floss for the handles
    http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/uploads//monthly_11_2014/post-8684-0-96663800-1415301345.jpg
    the shells and casings were hand made
    http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/uploads//monthly_11_2014/post-8684-0-07967500-1415301198.jpg
    The shell containers were made from drinking straws painted black, cut and open containers were sealed at one by modeling clay the unopened ones were sealed at both ends
    http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/uploads//monthly_11_2014/post-8684-0-43960500-1415301563.jpg
    http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/uploads//monthly_11_2014/post-8684-0-92859300-1415301576.jpg
    The shells were made from bamboo skewer tips cut to size and the pointed tip blunted
    http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/uploads//monthly_11_2014/post-8684-0-82950500-1415301668.jpg
    http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/uploads//monthly_11_2014/post-8684-0-02940400-1415301682.jpg
    the spent shell casings were made from the plastic spruce from the kit I smooth it out and painted it brass cut to size. Then I took, a pin driver and hollowed out the center
    http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/uploads//monthly_11_2014/post-8684-0-20196100-1415301837.jpg
    http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/uploads//monthly_11_2014/post-8684-0-23413500-1415301848.jpg
    http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/uploads//monthly_11_2014/post-8684-0-45803000-1415301861.jpg
    The Marines were conversations of Verlinden Marines and the Howitzer is
    SAM_0450_Converted.JPG

    I hope I answered your questions

    Tom

  3. Hats off to you Tom the, sheer amount of effort you put into your builds is amazing. Ambitious too in the subjects/events you cover fitting tribute to the Marines who had to battle it out with the NVA

  4. Another fine dio Tom – love your stuff!

  5. Tom, another fine piece of work, a moment in time! You got the ground color right, that red dirt. The redlegs are gonna put the hurt on Charlie.

  6. 🙂 … Greetings … 🙂 :
    Nice work on that diorama Thomas.

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