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Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP23 Apr 2018 4:31 a.m. PST

It's been finished for quite some time, but only now got it up on the blog.
Still Rubicon models I'm playing with.



LeonAdler Sponsoring Member of TMP23 Apr 2018 4:59 a.m. PST

Very nice :)

wrgmr123 Apr 2018 6:40 a.m. PST

Agreed good work GF!

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP23 Apr 2018 7:35 a.m. PST

Great work!

Daithi the Black23 Apr 2018 7:39 a.m. PST

Very nice!

I might be a little under-educated here, but if it is a British jeep, why does it have Yank markings? Was this a thing?

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP23 Apr 2018 8:35 a.m. PST

From what I understand the start was universal allied sign for "don't blow ne up" to other allies.

Vigilant23 Apr 2018 9:06 a.m. PST

The star was on all allied vehicles. Like Gunfreak says, a plea not to be blown up by their airborne allies. Not always successful of course, but then again your average brown job would shoot at pretty much anything that flew for much of the war and the Navy would generally regard anything that flew as the enemy until they fished the bits out of the water.

Daithi the Black23 Apr 2018 7:50 p.m. PST

Ah, thank you :)

Marc33594 Supporting Member of TMP24 Apr 2018 8:45 a.m. PST

In spring of 1944, in anticipation for D-Day, the allies adopted the star as a universal symbol in Northwest Europe. A plain white star would be used on vehicle sides and a star within a circle for any upper surfaces for aerial recognition. The circle was added because it was too easy, apparently, for a fast moving aircraft to mistake just a star for a cross.

In addition, due to problems with friendly air attacks in Sicily, vehicles also had fluorescent panels for display on top of vehicles. These came in 3 colors and were changed daily with the color of the day released with other codes the night before.

zoneofcontrol Inactive Member24 Apr 2018 8:57 a.m. PST

Here's a link to a site that shows the differences between a standard issue jeep and one adapted for airborne use.

The Visual Collector:

JARROVIAN Supporting Member of TMP28 Apr 2018 9:39 a.m. PST

Yes, that is a jeep, but not an airborne jeep, needs front bumper shortened, grab rails removed and spare tyre relocated, amongst other things.

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