This weekend has seen the completion of my 1/35 scale diorama "Generation Kill". I have been working on this for quite a while now and I have enjoyed it throughly!
This project was inspired by the book "Generation Kill" by Evan Wright. It tells the story of his time as a Rolling Stone magazine correspondent embedded with Bravo Company, 1st Recon. Batt. USMC during two months of the Iraq war.
The book led to the HBO TV series which only fuelled my imagination even more! The experiences, humour and spirit of these Marines was great to read and watch and I became so fascinated with the Humvee's that they used during their deployment that I wanted to build one.
Then came the question....Which one? I soon learned after doing a little research that many of the vehicles in Bravo Company were different from each other, depending on what kit was available at the time of deployment. I couldn't decide on one single variant so I began a project to build two Hummers, both from 2nd Platoon Bravo.
The first Humvee was the hardtop callsign "Hitman 2-1" and the second the open top callsign "Hitman 2-2".
The kit used for "Hitman 2-1" was the 1/35 Tamiya M1025. This suited me well as little modification would be required. I then set about making "Hitman 2-2". This was more difficult as I needed to make this vehicle from other kits. The upshot was that I cross kitted the Zvezda and Academy kits to make the modern day open top. I modified the bonnet mesh, scratch built new mirrors and cobbled together a mount for the .50 cal and some stowage racks.
Everything else was from the spares box or donated by my good friend Eric, who as an armour modelling expert gave me a lot of help with this project. Thanks mate!
Well, time to show you all how this build turned out, I hope you enjoy it.