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Saturday, 5 January 2019

VICKERS MACHINE GUN manned by Australians in the PACIFIC

This weekend has provided me with some time  to finish off my Vickers Machine gun and progress further with my Australian Infantry Platoon as CANCON is getting closer.

I have scratched built the Vickers gun and converted Perry plastic  28mm figures as the crew. 

Japanese sniper in the palm trees has his sights on the gunner.

Completed Vickers gun with Australian crew.
Vickers gun with crew prior to painting.
The starting point of the scratch build.
 Once more  I used odds and ends of plastic,brass rods and whatever was lying around for the build.

On completing the Vickers , I moved onto converting  Perry's 8th army figures to man the gun.

Completed Vickers gun.

Green stuff putty was used to help with the conversion work.

I also modeled the spent ammo belt which runs out the other side of the MG.

Two crew members the loader with a metal slouch hat and other member pointing out targets.

The other 2 crew members, one opening a ammo case while the other is carrying in more ammo.

Figures and gun painted and flocked.

Gunner

I modeled the gunner in such a position, to portray him  blasting away at a target.  









I also constructed a Log entrenchment for the Vickers.

It's constructed with fallen branches off a tree in the local park , trimmed and super- glued in place. I also added some fine flock, this was a very quick build.
 
I decided to make the log emplacement without a base so that it would sit on-top of  and blend in better with the terrain on the gaming table.

I also made one for the 2 pounder gun I  recently constructed.

Here is the 2 pounder in place, if you notice I had to leave a gap in the front of the log emplacement to accommodate the chassis of the gun.


cheers John 

24 comments:

  1. Keep them coming John, fantastic work.
    Pat (silverwhistleblog)

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    1. Thank you Pat, waiting to see more of your work.
      cheers John.

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  2. Bleedin' brilliant conversions and scratch-builds, John!

    As a tip for any future MMG/HMG builds, cable ties are great for making ammo belts

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    1. Thank you for that great tip TamsinP, will keep that in mind and thank you for your comments.
      cheers John

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  3. Crikey mate! Another fantastic bit of kit. Excellent painting and modelling.
    Cheers
    Matt

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  4. Absolutely awesome! Your creativity is impressive.

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  5. Fantastic work as always. Most of us mortals would have just converted some figures! ��

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  6. Lovely work, u r smashing these out

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    1. Thank you Bradley,yes trying to get all done before CANCON on Australian day.
      cheers John

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  7. Wow!Outstanding. Can't wait to see them at Cancon. In case you're looking for slouch hat heads, Eureka has them. http://www.eurekamin.com.au/product_info.php?cPath=87_126_840_861&products_id=13319

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    1. Thank you Spyros and thanks for the heads up on the hat heads.
      cheers John

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  8. fantastic build. did you realise wartime do a 28mm vickers? http://www.wartimeminiatures.com.au/ourshop/prod_6167289-WTMAMF35-28mm-Late-WWII-Australian-Vickers-MMG-Crew.html

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    1. Thanks Catweaseloz, yes they do make a nice range.
      cheers John

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  9. Cracking stuff as always John, really looking forward to seeing all your work at CanCon.

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    1. Thank you Mark, it be good to catch up, you could give me some pointers on jungle fighting as you are a seasoned jungle gamer.
      cheers John

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