This is Meng Models 1/35 “Pickup with ZPU-1” which we all recognise as a Toyota Hilux, but to spare Meng’s blushes at trademark infringement the vehicle retains the somewhat coy, more genralised ‘pickup’ moniker.
I’m posting this in ‘Armor’, but without the Russian heavy machine gun stowed on the flatbed, the vehicle is just a beat-up old truck – albeit a Technical, or militarised civvy ride, hence this category.
It was going to be a second Steampunk conversion (see recent “Matilda Swann” posting), but I changed my mind and decided to do a straight build with the exceptions of removing the front doors, adding battle damage, removing all glass and replacing it with mesh in various configurations, and distressing the paintwork (… well, straight-ish…).
It’s an intricate little kit, particularly the machine gun. It’s one of those models that’s come through via CAD, and makes you wonder if anyone actually tried to build it before manufacturing it, such are the delicacy of the details.
The kit plastic is offered in three different colours depending on which part of the build is underway. The elements of black plastic I definitely don’t care for, as the items are tiny and reflect no light to see the attachment points, etc. Ditto comment for the PE which is black as well.
The main paintwork is chrome silver over primer, followed by the application of various ink washes, with pigment powders to finish, to replicate a vehicle that’s been in harsh conditions to the point where the paint has simply worn away.
The interior is matte black – I didn’t even use the dashboard dials decal. There’s a spare tyre (all the tyres are nice) but no engine. There’s also a figure of a Taliban fighter (?) to pose seated at the gun, but he was so basic I didn’t use him. I used the windscreen wipers but posed the blades bent or missing as there were no clear parts used.
The project took about three days to complete.
To note, since the original photos were posted, I decided to make a terrain base for the vehicle (see image), from an old picture frame, a few pieces of shaled brick, grass tufts, and painted with acrylics. Accordingly, I’ve rephotographed and posted a new series of images.
9 additional images. Click to enlarge.