OK Guys, anyone up for a small build log?
So, the story is... I've still got some FJ parts I want to use up (Yeah, I really should get the FJ's out of my system!). Now, I've pretty much got the pose set but, I want to do something a little bit different with the finish this time. I thought about the usual settings.. Normandy, Cassino, Ardennes etc, then came up with the idea of the SS-FJ btn 600 fighting it's way along the Oder. Now just to throw everything way out, how about if he was wearing the SS Pea-Dot smock?
Yes, I know, it was never issued, but it did actually exist! Apparently, a number were found at the clothing works at Dachau and taken back to the US for use as duck-shooting camo. Other reports say that a shipment was destroyed on a bombed train en route to the unit. I have heard that a photo exists of an officer actually wearing it in the field. So although highly improbable, it's just possible it may have been issued in very small quantities. Whatever the truth of it, it should make for an interesting piece? What do you all think?
So....What have I got so far? Here's a few WIP's.
The legs are a mix 'n' match from the DML hedgerow set and the set with the 'Puppchen' AT Gun. The detail was pretty soft, so I re-scribed them and put them together at the right angle using the crate as a guide. The torso detail was completely removed, but the area where the arms would join the shoulder was left at the same size as a guide to where the putty thickness should be. The hands are Gen2 items. The left knee was pared down slightly to get a better 'sit' for the left hand. The forearms are spare para arms from the above sets, The upper arms are made from twisted wire. I find that this gives me the flexibility i need to position the arms correctly. The belt and webbing is made from the old stand-by, lead foil. The buckles are cut from etched mesh and filed to shape. Shaped wire completed the 'O' and 'D' rings. The collar is a Gen2 item, reshaped to the cut of the smock.
The head, oh boy, this was a good one! Two Hornet items. I liked the look of the face but, I wanted an M43 cap tilted to the back of the head. Another Hornet head was brought in and the cap carefully cut away. The full head was then cut off at the back and the two parts carefully aligned. The gaps will be built up with putty at a later date. I did at one point, think about an FJ helmet with SS runes but, after reading about it on a collectors forum,decided against it. One poster reckons that finding one of these would be about the equivalent of finding Adolf's porn stash!
At the moment, nothing is set in stone for this one, so any ideas..Shout up!
All the best,