Conflict: Vietnam – Kiwimodeller.com Indochina/Vietnam Wars GB
The Indochina Wars were a series of wars fought in Southeast Asia from 1946 until 1989, between communist Indochinese forces against mainly French, South Vietnamese, American, Cambodian, Laotian and Chinese forces. The term "Indochina" originally referred to French Indochina, which included the current states of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.
The focus of our GB will be the first and second Indochina Wars.
The GB will be launched on 1st November 2016, and run until 1st November 2017.
The build is open to any scale and any subject that played a role in the First and Second Indochina Wars.
The model must be built in its entirety within the specified build dates and the build should be accompanied by a thread in the group build forum documenting regular progress. Post shots of your sprues at the beginning of your thread.
By the end of the GB (and no later than 24 hours after the completion date) participants should post five pictures of the completed build in the GB completed builds thread. There is no entry fee for the GB, but a donation for the upkeep of Kiwimodeller is welcome The winner of the group build will be decided by popular vote.
Voting will run for the week following the 1st of November 2016, ending Midday the 8th of November 2017. A deadlock will be decided by a separate run-off vote.
Nice to see it getting to this spot. That's a lot of stowage. Check pictures if you can so you get the right amount, not too much or too little, just what you need to tell a story. Doing a really nice job.
Starting to think about the stowage layout as well. I'll place stowage first that would have been in place while the vehicle was moving. Then add weapons and ammo that would have been to hand / in use. Finally personal items
Really well done. You have incorporated lots of little details but you've given the driver the map. No crew commander would do that :<)
Accuse me of being a rivet counter but I am surprised at the red trigger and finger piece (latch in the centre if the trigger which holds the bolt to the rear for single shot) on the .50cal MG. In 30 years of being an instructor on that weapon I've never seen them painted red so if they were, it was probably a field modification.
That looks fantastic Kerry.
I hope you don't mind some personal critiquing, bear in mind that I'm no expert modeller and this is just my opinion.
I can't speak for the accuracy of the vehicle or the scene it sets but if you got photos then that would be good enough for me. My only comment is that it all looks a bit "placed" or contrived it needs a wash or dust or something to "bind" all of the elements together. It's one of the hardest things to do and I don't do it well myself so I'm the last person who should be giving advice.
I suppose they look individually weathered and then placed, what you need is some stains or spills that are cause by these additional object, like stains from the Jerry cans or dust on the roof and matching dust on the tarps.
Nothing I've suggested means the repainting of changing of anything you'd done, its just enhancements, I personally hate people telling me to change something that requires rebuilding etc so I wouldn't suggest it unless it was necessary which in this case it isn't.
Just me 2 cents.
You are right Gary, I have two figures for this and eventually will build them and place in a diorama. Then I'll dust the lot at the same time so they all tie together and add extras. However with the speed I build it may sit on the shelf like this for a few years
Looks like they're preparing to leave on mission or have stopped for the night. Lots of lovely work going on. The beautiful thing with Vietnam is that all this can be tied together as Gary, has suggested, with washes and dustings of red dust/ mud. There are lots of great colour shots of it all over US vehicles and all over the gear hung from them. That's all this now needs and you don't have to remove anything as everything got covered with the stuff.