Rnagata Jeep (not RC)
A lot of inspiration for this jeep came from others I found
on the Sixth Army Group
So thanks for the tips!
I started this project before I
knew about the Dragon Jeep. So I was a little bummed that I had put so much work
into converting a Hasbro. So I tried to make it even more detailed than the
Dragon, which I think I succeeded in. As I stated in the subject of the thread,
it's also an RC conversion, so I'll have to post a video of it in action when I
get a chance. The coolest detail I added was a working steering wheel. I
replaced the solid steering column with a brass tube and connected the steering
mechanism to the servo that controls the front tires. So the steering wheel
moves when the jeep turns! My hope is to get the driver's arms to move by
attaching them to the wheel.
The headlights and rear blackout lights
also work, which I will post a photo of when I get a chance. I made tiny lenses
for them with the 4 red "v" marks that were used on WWII vehicles in blackout
conditions, so the lighting is completely accurate. The reflectors on the back
also work as they are clear red lenses with scotchbrite behind them.
Accept for the main body, pretty much everything is scratch-built; the
windscreen and rifle holder, canopy bows, the .30 caliber mg mount, rear
bumperettes, front bumper, real cloth seats, the fuel tank under the driver
seat, the dash supports, shovel and axe hardware, the decontaminator, the grill,
etc, etc. I even added a real brass mini Pyrene fire extinguisher under the
dashboard. All the labels were waterslides created by me in Illustrator.
I was trying to make a Jeep as it might look sometime around D-day, so
it has a 48 star flag with fording instructions in the windshield and shipping
data painted on the side. All the markings on the jeep were painted on with
stencils I made in illustrator. It was a real pain cutting those tiny letter out
with an xacto!