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Incoming! "Yankee Ingenuity"
LogansDad
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Posted: Friday, October 01, 2004 - 05:54 AM UTC
Hey everyone! This is my Incoming submission, & it's kind of wierd. I first saw this photo in Time Life's WWII series-"Across The Rhine" when I was a teen. I've had it in the back of my mind to model, but never quite got around to it

So, enter The Big A & Treadhead's Incoming Campaign. Well, I knew I wanted to try this, but of course couldn't find it or even remember exactly where I had seen it. After months of scrounging I located it in my libraries' copy of the aforementioned book. Then Life happened(New Baby, out of town visits/visitors, work,etc. ) so I was on hold again. However, I like a challenge, so I crammed this one in coming in under the wire on 09/30(only to find we'd been given an extension...) Finishing the bulk of it in an all-night marathon session starting @2000 on 09-29 & [email protected] on 09-30. SWMBO :-)8 was not pleased, but it was fun.Enough talk, onto the pictures...and,er,MORE talk...

The Vignette as submitted-
The title will be "Yankee Ingenuity" when complete, but as my welder appears to have wandered off, the working title is "YI-Coffee Break"
I built the wall & base first (hey, why do it the easy way when you can do it @$$ backwards?). for the wall I soaked the paper off of a piece of 3/8" sheetrock, coated it with several layers of thinned white glue, then scored the brick pattern with a razor saw & dental picks. I used the old Italieri bricks as a size guide, but wanted to match the Running Dutch Bond in the photo, hence the scribing. After painting the bricks a generic dark red,a tan/grey wash was added to highlight the mortar. I then selectively picked out individual bricks with tans, yellows, oranges, greys, etc. to give the wall some depth. after tying the colors together w/a sand wash, I weathered with algae& paint splatters. [Crikey, almost forgot! Sharp eyed modelers may recognize the window from the old 'European building Ruin', cut form the wall, split in half, & fit into my brick wall, then filled& sanded] The base The base is an inverted Haagen Dasz pint lid, painted then filled with tinted Durham's Water Putty. while this was curing, I inserted & braced the wall, then pressed some brick & wallboard fragments into it followed by a healthy dose of (go ahead & laugh)coffee grounds.


The idea behind the original picture is that this Infantryman is trying to fill the time while staging to cross the Rhine, so he borrows a welding kit & some angle stock to build -get this-a grenade launching crossbow!
To replicate his bow, I used Plastruct angle (stock); Squadron .010 sheet (Bow + bracing); soft wire(Windlass handles);sewing thread (cable 'bowstring'); foil from my son's applesauce cup(cable clamps); all of which was held together with CA.

The Grounding 'C' clamp is part of the old M7 Priest Hex wrench, flattened w/a vise-clamp and drilled to accept a braided copper wire 'T' screw.

a shot of the completed & slightly weathered Crossbow-
Messy weld beads were added with white glue before painting. I did brush lots of Black 'soot'(pastel) on the welds, but the camera chose to ignore this...

For the (Temporarily) finishing touches, I wiped off the loose Coffe grounds, did some selective staining of the groundwork, and added the welding cables(soft brass w/speaker wire add ons). End result:


The cables will be repositioned to rest on the window sill when I get around to adding the Generator. The figure is in work, a heavily modified mishmash of Tamiya J.A. Infantry(kneeling legs), US infantry(torso & left arm) & various German 'donors'(right arm, head, field cap). The welding mask will be vacuformed from a carved master.
The Scale is 1:35. making the crossbow just over 5.5cm long, and all components to this point have been painted with Ceramcoat & Liquitex acrylics.

As Always, all questions, comments, suggetions, critiques, & rotten Vegetables are appreciated.
Cheers!
RobH
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Posted: Friday, October 01, 2004 - 06:15 AM UTC
In one word, Brilliant!!
A crossbow indeed, what a choice of subject. If you didn't have the picture to back this up , they would call the man in white coats :-) . I love the ground coffee groundwork (there's a pun inthere somewhere). Hurry up with the figure, this is good!
I think you're brickwork deserves an extra mention, looks very realistic.

Cheers
Henk
LogansDad
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Posted: Friday, October 01, 2004 - 07:50 AM UTC
Wow, thanks for the positive response, Henk. I knew I'd need that photo for proof! :-)
As to the fig, it may be a while. SWMBO :-)8 is starting to get wise to the fact that I have an easier time putting the newborn to sleep(I don't smell like food to him, if you get my meaning... )
Thanks also for the comment on the wall- when you first start putting the extra colors to it , you think "AAghh-what've I Done?!?", but the washes & filtering tone it down. Glad you like it.
The coffee was one of those inspired bits of lunacy (yes, the entire time I was thinking of Ground-grounds puns, even my three year old made that joke! :-) #:-) ), I try to save everything for modeling, it drives my better half nuts. Well I found a use for it, and I think it duplicates the crumbly brown soil in the original picture very well. Plus, it makes the vignette smell great! :-)
Thanks again for the commentss, and I'll keep you posted as I get more done
Cheers!
RobH
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Posted: Friday, October 01, 2004 - 06:28 PM UTC
You have done a wonderful job here! Spot on duplication and must say the brick work looks "A "number 1.
LogansDad
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Posted: Sunday, October 03, 2004 - 10:59 PM UTC
Thanks, John. After seeing your Canteen Truck Dio, that's high praise indeed!


O.K.-now isn't there anyone out there with a critique? maybe someting I could improve with weathering? Marty- surely I've yapped up your stuff enough? No comment? Anyone?... Anyone?... Beuller?
Henk
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Posted: Sunday, October 03, 2004 - 11:37 PM UTC
Well Rob, you ask and you will receive. There is one thing I noticed, and that is that the bow seems to be a bit shorter across then in the picture. If you really want to nitpick, your bow would probably not have enough travel to create the inertia needed to lob the grenate to a safe distance. Not that I think that is wat this dio is about, and that's why I didn't mention it earlier. How's the welder coming on?

Cheers
Henk
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Posted: Monday, October 04, 2004 - 12:11 AM UTC
You're right HenK! I noticed that the bow was drawn too tight AFTER I had posted the photos. Probably too tired to realize it when I did it. I will change that thread out for a longer piecebefore I consider the Vignette 'Complete'.
As to the welder...
After I rescued him from the CAT , I found that his puttees, coattail, and right glove were lost to posterity
Must be something in that A+B putty that turns kitties on...I'm so frustrated with it right now I think I'll finish the generator before I go back to the fig. clear my mind a bit.Then again, I'm very fickle so I may just dive back in to resculpting on the fig, or shelve the whole thing while I work on my Project X entry...Anybody else have these moods?
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Posted: Monday, October 04, 2004 - 12:33 AM UTC
Rob- That is great work! It's different, and scratchbuilt, and...what more can I say? Congratulations, sir!
LogansDad
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Posted: Monday, October 04, 2004 - 01:09 AM UTC
Booshammer, coming from the Loco Scratchbuilding King (that's LOCOMOTIVE, btw) , I will take that as a great compliment.