This article is part of a series:
1. The Day the Music Died – The Glenn Miller Story Intro
2. The Day the Music Died – Part 2: The Aircraft
3. The Day the Music Died – Part 3: The Diorama.
Twinwood Control Tower and support Vehicles
As previously stated, the premise is to recreate the last time Major Glenn Miller was seen on December 15th, 1944. To catch up, please venture back to the first article.
This new article will cover the building of the Control Tower, the support vehicles and various other additions to the Diorama. It will be a ‘Work in Progress’ and will extend into the next year, beyond the end of the Group Build Deadline.
The plan is to include a U.S. Army Staff car that delivered Major Miller to the Control Tower at the Twinwood Farm RAF base first. This will be followed by several other vehicles as space permits. Possibly a Tilly and an Albion AM463 Refueller.
There is some controversy over the Tilly’s roll in the RAF. Tamiya got it wrong. The Tilly was never ordered or acquired by the RAF. Contrary to popular belief, this has been proven. I will simply add it as a delivery vehicle. It’s kind of a unique vehicle and I cannot resist.
U.S. Army Staff Car
Tamiya U.S. Army Staff Car Model 1942 No. 32559
Over all a really simple build. Straight forward enough to be a quick build. The kit includes a metal base and not a lot of detail. Lacking an engine and a sparse interior, it is very rudimentary.
The front of the box.
I initially applied a primer to the entire kit. Checking for imperfections, which are almost zero, but I did find a slight dimple in the roof of the car. The metal base is a different animal. Multiple ejection spots that probably won’t be seen, but were in plain view.
I applied a general coat of O.D. to the entire model. Once that was dry, I inspected for further touch up and decided to ‘Spruce’ up the interior a bit. Starting with the floor boards, I made some floor mats from Strathmore paper stock, cut to fit. Here’s a few views of the carriage base with the seats and floor mats.
1. Front Seat
2. Rear Seat
I then turned my attention to the front seat. It is lacking a back. Might not be visible once assembled, but what the heck. I attached some Strathmore stock to the back end, and then stuffed the void with some tissue to give it some visual effect.
Of note, the dry fit at this time indicates there may be a gap between the rear seat deck and the body. This could be because the interior window is not installed, we shall see.
Stay tuned, more to come………….