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WORKSHOP with JULIO CABOS - AMAZING !!!! May, 25-26 2013

    MODELERS !!! 

      On May, 25 and 26, 2013 there will be a Practical Course of Painting Figures Technics with the great Spanish Master Julio Cabos.
Julio Cabos, a trully artist !!!
      The workshop will be held in Porto Alegre, capital of Rio Grande do Sul state, with 25 participants. The students will dive into the fantastic techniques of this great artist. The event is responsibility of our fellow modeler Fabricio Fay.
Juliko Cabos in action...
Julio Cabo's figure
Julio Cabo's book - Andrea Press
And I'll be there, please the Gods!

Let's see if I can improve my painting figures techniques ...If I can't, I guarantee you it won't be the teacher's fault, but this bad student's !!!
Julio's figure
Julio's pinup
      Keep you guys informed ...

      And if someone wants to join us, there is still a last open slot in the event!!


Jeep 1/4 ton 4x4 Ambulance - Brazilian Army WWII - case report

Soldiers !!!!

   Today, I'll show to you guys a model from 2011. A very simple kit, but rare and in my opinion, beautiful: One Jeep, in ambulance version, used by the Brazilians in Italy (1944-45), in the  Brazilian Expeditionary Force (FEB).
Take care !!!
Jeep ambulance in the winter, in Brazilian hands...
      The Willys MB US Army Jeep (formally the Truck, 1/4 ton, 4x4) and the Ford GPW were manufactured from 1941 to 1945. These small four-wheel drive utility vehicles are considered the iconic World War II Jeep, and inspired many similar light utility vehicles.
Willys truck 1/4 ton 4x4 Jeep
      Over the years, the World War II Jeep later evolved into the "CJ" civilian Jeep. Its counterpart in the German army was the Volkswagen Kübelwagen first prototyped in 1938, also based on a small automobile, but which used an air-cooled engine and lacked 4 wheel drive.
German VW Kübelwagen in the mud...
      Even though the world had seen widespread mechanisation of the military during World War I, and the US Army had already used 4x4 trucks in it, supplied by the Four Wheel Drive Auto Co. (FWD), by the time World War II was dawning, the United States Department of War were still seeking a light, cross-country reconnaissance vehicle.
      The tensions were heightening around the world in the late 1930s, the U.S. Army asked American automobile manufacturers to tender suggestions to replace its existing, aging light motor vehicles, mostly motorcycles and sidecars but also some Ford Model Ts.
Ford Model T ambulance 1917- US Army Medical Corps
Ford T ambulance in France (Reims) - 1917, WWI
      This resulted in several prototypes being presented to army officials, such as five Marmon-Herrington 4x4 Fords in 1937, and three Austin roadsters by American Bantam in 1938 (Fowler, 1993). However, the US Army's requirements were not formalized until July 11, 1940, when 135 U.S. automotive manufacturers were approached to submit a design conforming to the army's specifications for a vehicle the World War II technical manual TM 9-803 described as "... a general purpose, personnel, or cargo carrier especially adaptable for reconnaissance or command, and designated as 1/4-ton 4x4 Truck."
   By now the war was under way in Europe, so the Army's need was urgent and demanding. Bids were to be received by July 22, a span of just eleven days. Manufacturers were given 49 days to submit their first prototype and 75 days for completion of 70 test vehicles. The Army's Ordnance Technical Committee specifications were equally demanding: the vehicle would be four-wheel drive, have a crew of three on a wheelbase of no more than 1,90 (later 2,0) meters and tracks no more than 1,20m, feature a fold-down windshield, 300 Kg payload and be powered by an engine capable of 11,7 Kgf m (115 N·m) of torque. The most daunting demand, however, was an empty weight of no more than 590 kg.
      Only two companies entered: American Bantam Car Company and Willys-Overland Motors. Though Willys-Overland was the low bidder, Bantam received the bid, being the only company committing to deliver a pilot model in 49 days and production examples in 75. Under the leadership of designer Karl Probst, Bantam built their first prototype, dubbed the "Blitz Buggy" (and in retrospect "Old Number One"), and delivered it to the Army vehicle test center at Camp Holabird, Maryland on September 23, 1940.
Bantam Blitz Buggy
Bantam in Holabird
      This presented Army officials with the first of what eventually evolved into theWorld War II U.S. Army Jeeps: the Willys MB and Ford GPW. Since Bantam did not have the production capacity or fiscal stability to deliver on the scale needed by the War Department, the other two bidders, Ford and Willys, were encouraged to complete their own pilot models for testing. The contract for the new reconnaissance car was to be determined by trials. As testing of the Bantam prototype took place from September 27 to October 16, Ford and Willys technical representatives present at Holabird were given ample opportunity to study the vehicle's performance. Moreover, in order to expedite production, the War Department forwarded the Bantam blueprints to Ford and Willys, claiming the government owned the design. Bantam did not dispute this move due to its precarious financial situation. By November 1940, Ford and Willys each submitted prototypes to compete with the Bantam in the Army's trials.
Ford Pygmy
Willys Quad
      The pilot models, the Willys Quad and the Ford Pygmy, turned out very similar to each other and were joined in testing by Bantam's entry, now evolved into a Mark II called the BRC 60.

      By then the U.S. and its armed forces were already under such pressure that all three cars were declared acceptable and orders for 1,500 units per company were given for field testing. At this time it was acknowledged the original weight limit (which Bantam had ignored) was unrealistic, and it was raised to 980 kg.  For these respective pre-production runs, each vehicle received revisions and a new name. Bantam's became the BRC 40, and the company ceased motor vehicle production after the last one was built in December 1941.
Bantam BRC 40
      After reducing the vehicle's weight by 109 kgs, Willys' changed the designation to "MA" for "Military" model "A".
Willys MA
      The Fords went into production as "GP", with "G" for a "Government" type contract and "P" commonly used by Ford to designate any passenger car with a wheelbase of 2,0 m.

Ford GP
      By July 1941, the War Department desired to standardize and decided to select a single manufacturer to supply them with the next order for another 16,000 vehicles. Willys won the contract mostly due to its more powerful engine (the "Go Devil") which soldiers raved about, and its lower cost and silhouette. The design features the Bantam and Ford entries had which were an improvement over Willys' were then incorporated into the Willys car, moving it from an "A" designation to "B", thus the "MB" nomenclature. Most notable was a flat wide hood, adapted from Ford GP.
Willys MB side by side with Quad. Notice the flat hood
      By October 1941, it became apparent Willys-Overland could not keep up with production demand and Ford was contracted to produce them as well. The Ford car was then designated GPW, with the "W" referring to the "Willys" licensed design. During World War II, Willys produced 363,000 Jeeps and Ford some 280,000. Approximately 51,000 were exported to the U.S.S.R. under the Lend-Lease program.
      A further 13,000 (roughly) amphibian jeeps were built by Ford under the name GPA (nicknamed 'Seep' for Sea Jeep).
Ford Jeep GPA
      Inspired by the larger DUKW, the vehicle was produced too quickly and proved to be too heavy, too unwieldy, and of insufficient freeboard. In spite of participating successfully in the Sicily landings (July 1943) most GPAs were routed to the U.S.S.R. under the Lend-Lease program. The Soviets were sufficiently pleased with its ability to cross rivers to develop their own version of it after the war (GAZ-46).

      One account of the origin of the term "jeep" begins when the prototypes were being proven at military bases. The term "jeep" was used by Army mechanics for any untried or untested vehicles. Another likely factor in the popularization of the jeep name came from the fact that the vehicle made quite an impression on soldiers at the time, so much so that they informally named it after Eugene the Jeep, a character in the Popeye cartoons created by E. C. Segar. Eugene the Jeep was Popeye's "jungle pet" and was "small, able to move between dimensions and could solve seemingly impossible problems."
Popeye and Jeep
      In early 1941, Willys-Overland staged a press event in Washington, D.C., having the car demonstrate its prowess by driving up the Capitol steps. Irving "Red" Hausmann, a test driver on the Willys development team who had accompanied the car for its testing at Camp Holabird, had heard soldiers there referring to it as a jeep. He was enlisted to go to the event and give a demonstration ride to a group of dignitaries, including Katherine Hillyer, a reporter for the Washington Daily News.
Willys prototype climbing th Capitol steps
      When asked by the reporter, Hausmann too called it a Jeep. Hillyer's article appeared in the newspaper on February 20, 1941, with a photo showing a jeep going up the Capitol steps and a caption including the term 'jeep'. This is believed to be the most likely cause of the term being fixed in public awareness. Even though Hausmann did not create or invent the word Jeep, he very well could be the one most responsible for its first news media usage.
      Willys made its first 25,000 MB Jeeps with a welded flat iron "slat" radiator grille. It was Ford who first designed and implemented the now familiar and distinctive stamped, slotted steel grille into its cars, which was lighter, used fewer resources, and was less costly to produce. Along with many other design features innovated by Ford, this was adopted by Willys and implemented into the standard World War II Jeep by April 1942.


ModelYearNumber Built
Bantam pilot19401
Bantam Mk II / BRC-60194070
Ford Pygmy19401
Ford Budd19401
Willys Quad19402
Bantam BRC-4019412,605
Ford GP19414,456
Willys MA19411,553
Willys MB1942–1945361,339 (335,531 + 25,808 'slats')
Ford GPW1942–1945277,896
World War II Total1940–1945647,925
Ford GPA 'Seep'1942–194312,778

Military Jeep Ambulances
      Even before the jeep went into standardized production in 1941, the prototypes were tested as litter carriers.
Jeep Ambulance - 3rd Canadian Infantry Division, France, 1944.
     Throughout its history the jeep has been effectively used to evacuate casualties from the front or to move within base or field hospital areas when ambulance trucks were not available. While there was no special production jeeps for this use in the Willys MB or Ford GPW line, the jeep was frequently used this way in World War II and in Korea. Thereafter, newer models of the jeep (M38A1 and M151) did have special ambulance configurations. In Korea, and more so in Vietnam, helicopters took over much of the front-line evacuation vehicle role.
      The vast majority of Jeep ambulances were field adaptations. The holders of stretchers varied to infinity.
Jeep ambulance - US Army - Germany, 1945
Jeep Ambulance - US Army - Burma, 1944.


Willys MB/Ford GPW
Manufacturer  Willys & Ford Motor Company
Production640,000 standardized;
8,690 other (1941–1945)
AssemblyToledo, Ohio
SuccessorWillys M38
Body style2-door
LayoutFront engine, rear-wheel drive / four-wheel drive
Engine2.2 L Go Devil I4
Transmission                                       3-speed manual
2-speed Dana 18 transfer case
Wheelbase2,032 mm
Length3,327 mm
Width1,575 mm
Height1,829 mm with top up
reducible to 1,321 mm
Curb weight1,040 kg

The kit:
      To do this medical vehicle, I used a very old Italeri kit (nº 326) Ambulance Jeep:
Italeri's art box
       I bought my kit from a colleague (a real bargain). The Jeep was a bag-kit (no box) and was in good aspect.
The package...
The parts...
The booklet
      My goal was to build a Brazilian Jeep, in ambulance version, used in Italy, 1944, with the colors of Brazilian Expeditionary Force. The actual photo:
Jeep ambulance - FEB , Italy - 1944.
Brazilian Expeditionary Force - FEB 
      Let's have fun. Starting by the Jeep's body. My kit was warped in the windshield base....Putty time:
Fixing the body with putty
       The body and wheels...
       I replaced the Italeri wheels by resin wheels from Electric Product. Very better and with chains 
Resin stuff: Electric Products
Notice the defect in the Italeri wheel: plastic contraction...

The holders of stretchers done...
       But the stretchers were awful !!!
       I decided to make the stretchers with metal rods and tracing-paper ...I wore the metal rods in my mini-lathe
Making new stretchers...
Tracing paper with PVA glue
New stretchers...Good !!
Rear view
      Painting time: Olive-drab
Future, to prevent silvering...

Best part: decals...Brazilian markings: 1st Infantry regiment - FEB, 1944-45.

Notice the South Cross mark: Brazilian Army

Waiting the weathering...

      And the Girl was ready: Notice the MVLenses in the Jeep...
Jeep ambulance - 1st. Infantry Regiment of Brazilian Expeditionary Force
Italy, 1944-45.

Jeep ambulance - 1st. Infantry Regiment of Brazilian Expeditionary Force
left side

Jeep ambulance - 1st. Infantry Regiment of Brazilian Expeditionary Force
rear view

Jeep ambulance - 1st. Infantry Regiment of Brazilian Expeditionary Force
right view

      Kojak approves !!

In tribute to all Brazilian soldiers who fought on the fields of Italy in WWII

      Até mais, amigos !!!