Sunday, August 23, 2020

Japanese artillery

Check this out.

I've been researching Japanese artillery for the project and I came across this cool Youtube on the subject.  It's great footage from the Japanese point of view that I've never seen before.  It answered some questions for me regarding Japanese camouflage schemes on their guns.



Here are some frames that I captured that will be helpful for my painting:




This one shows foliage attached to the gun tube, which was an unexpected find that I think that I may replicate.


Lots of fun in the offing...

Soldier on!

Mannie

Thursday, August 20, 2020

The Battle of Guam: bargains are out there!

An unexpected surprise.

On display, as part of  Guam's War in the Pacific National Park, is a Japanese type 96 twin-barrel anti aircraft gun.  I'm trying, as much as I'm able, to represent the various vehicles and materiel that was on the island during the battle.

The type 96 was out of reach, the Pit Road 1/35 version (the only one, I believe) comes in at $109.  Too rich for my blood.

Then I remembered a source that I used for one of my ship models...Shapeways.

Shapeways is a clearing house for dozens, or maybe hundreds, of people with 3-D printing skills and equipment.

Through Shapeways, I will eventually be buying a 1/35 Type 96 for $21.64.




Keep the 3-D printing option in mind for your own projects, and...



Soldier on!

Mannie

Monday, August 17, 2020

Battle of Guam: You are invited to share a story

Kindly watch this short video, and perhaps you can let me weave your family's Battle of Guam story into the upcoming battle narrative.

Soldier on!

Mannie


Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Battle of Guam, progress report video.


Don't be scared by this still frame of me.  This is an update on the project.  It's swallowing me alive, and I couldn't be happier about it.

Wear a mask, practice social distancing, stay healthy, and...


Soldier on!

Mannie