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#1 Casey

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Posted 17 August 2012 - 05:42 AM

I hadn't seen nor heard of this one, but it looks like Round2 is just about to reissue (Tower Hobbies lists it as a late August release) the MPC World War II Jeep kit, like so:

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Posted 17 August 2012 - 06:30 AM

That's the kit that was later re-issued as the Hogan's Heroes Jeep.

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It's a great kit!!

B)

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Posted 17 August 2012 - 06:33 AM

IF it's as complete as the original, it SHOULD come with a trailer, if my memory serves me still. i have the releases that you show, but not the original release.

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 12:28 AM

That jeep is very similar to the Daisy's Jeep, exception being wheels and tires and body. For a military vehicle, it is lacking the correct tires as this has the Goodyear Suburbanite snow tires.

Not a bad kit, just not very accurate.

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 04:12 AM

That Jeep has been reissued several times over the years with various additional parts. Some options were a CJ2 grille, Surrey top, and off road parts. The chassis, stock wheels and tires are the same as those in the Daisy's Jeep but the engine and body are different. The WWII Jeep has the flat head four while Daisy's has an F-head four. The F-head has one valve in the head and one in the block. It was taller and required a taller hood. The main inaccuracy of both kits is the nonmilitary tires and wheels.

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 02:38 PM

That's neat, that recoil-less rifle might be fun to have.

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 06:54 PM

Perfect,I have been wanting to build a postal jeep (Not accurate, just similar) for a while now.

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 12:50 PM

I'd prefer the "World War II JEEP" for the same reason as Fat Brian.
I like collecting reasonable looking weapons in 1/24 - 1/25 scale

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 03:48 PM

That's neat, that recoil-less rifle might be fun to have.


PM me, I might still have that from one of the kits I bought.

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 03:50 PM

Perfect,I have been wanting to build a postal jeep (Not accurate, just similar) for a while now.


There is a resin postal Jeep available if you do want to build one. Check with DRAG, I think Jeff Ballard at Motor City Resin has one, complete kit if I remember correctly.

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 03:53 PM

The trailer would make this kit worth buying .

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 03:10 AM

l bought the Hogan Heros jeep a long time ago. when Toys r us was getting out of models in the late 90's they sold the Hogan Heros jeep for 5 bucks. Still in the stash...

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 03:40 AM

I think the Jeep that had the trailer was the one from the Korean war and that became the CJ5 later on. I have one of the Korean Jeeps and it has the trailer. The problem with this kit (and all of the military Jeeps) is that they have snow tires and not military tires in them. If this had the military tires I would by a few of them. I already have a few of the Jeeps and all of them have the snow tires in them. Bummer big time. :( Dan

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 01:35 PM

At one time somebody was casting military tires for this kit, but I have no idea who the cater was, and since I'm 90% certain they're not in business now it would be moot anyway. If you could find some 1:35 military tires (I know, fat chance, right? B) ) they might be made to work, though you might need to widen them a little.

I'd love to see the Italeri 1:24 WWII or fire jeep reissued, but having this one back instead is really cool!

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 03:14 PM

What would a "correct" military tire for this Jeep look like? Like these?:

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 03:30 PM

Yep, those would be the tires Casey...

I've got the Testors issue of the Italeri Willys with those tires, they are two-piece styrene though. They are yours if you want them, just let me know!

Yes, those pics are shocking and sad to us Jeepers :(

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 03:45 PM

I've got the Testors issue of the Italeri Willys with those tires, they are two-piece styrene though.


These are the Italeri/Testors tires, correct?:

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Now, are they accurate? Close enough? The best available? I know squat about military tires and kits/parts.

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 03:59 PM

I'll go cut two halves free from the sprue and tack them together & post a pic...

I'd like to see the Hasegawa 1/24 Willys parts for comparison, anyone have one? Posted Image

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 06:20 PM

Here you go...no glue or anything here, nice detail and fit. I think a liquid cement and careful sanding will yield an accurate tire!

The 4 rims intended to be mounted on the Willys have sinkmarks as seen here, but the rim for the spare looks nice?

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 06:27 PM

Note to Casey- to be 100% correct, jeep should be spelled without a capital j when referencing the military version. jeep is military, Jeep is civilian. B)
And yes, those would most certainly be the correct tires for a military version. I might have the Italeri fire jeep laying around someplace, but I'll have to look. I'm pretty sure the tires from that kit have too large an OD to work with the MPC wheels, but the Italeri wheels look better anyway.