M123 HMUPS Gun truck
In times of need, you do what you have to do. Even if it means scrounging the base mail delivery vehicle for service. The now well known M123 HMUPS was originally a stop gap initiative by local troops on over seas deployment but was so successful it is now produced state side to act as point defense and do road block service. HMUPS is to be read as High Mobility, Urban Pillbox, Small. It can be found defending docks, airfields, barracks etc.
Like many I have a pile of started projects in my cellar. This Daihatsu Midget in 1/32 had been lying in its box for a couple of years. I had started building it but never knew where to go with it in the end. A couple of weeks ago I brought it to a club meeting. While turning the slime green parts around in front of me it suddenly struck me…it should be turned into some sort of technical, maybe a gun truck! After a deep dive into the parts box i decided to cool it a bit and go for a restrained look, focus on the added armour rather than make it look like an over loaded shopping cart. Turret is from Tamiya´s M113 ACAV and add on armour is plastic card. Painting took a day and a half, most of it yesterday actually. Funny how many liquids and bottles of paint one can use for such a small project…
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