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Postby Ad Lav » Wed Sep 09, 2020 8:58 pm

As many of you have noticed I have sold most of my rc collection. It’s not that I don’t enjoy it anymore, it’s just I’ve found a different hobby :)

One that required a massive sacrifice of one hobby to fund the other.... I’ve been restoring a Willys Jeep for about a 18 months now.

I have got a couple of rc vehicles left in my arsenal but no tanks sadly!

1/1 scale is a whole different ball game, lots to learn but it’s been a fun journey. Hoping to have her finished by the end of this year.

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Postby Model Builder 4 » Wed Sep 09, 2020 9:00 pm

Very cool Adam 8) maybe a Sherman next ;) :thumbup:

Cheers, Lee.
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Postby c.rainford73 » Wed Sep 09, 2020 9:01 pm

Congratulations on an excellent vehicle and new hobby! Maybe you will get the rc bug again, but if you don't I wouldn't blame you

I've always enjoyed your builds and positive thoughts and feedback

Hope to see you around and keep us posted on your 1:1 scale new hobby

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Postby Ad Lav » Wed Sep 09, 2020 9:04 pm

Model Builder 4 wrote:Very cool Adam 8) maybe a Sherman next ;) :thumbup:

Cheers, Lee.


Thanks buddy :)

My pockets weren’t deep to start with let alone funding a Sherman :haha:
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Postby Ad Lav » Wed Sep 09, 2020 9:05 pm

c.rainford73 wrote:Congratulations on an excellent vehicle and new hobby! Maybe you will get the rc bug again, but if you don't I wouldn't blame you

I've always enjoyed your builds and positive thoughts and feedback

Hope to see you around and keep us posted on your 1:1 scale new hobby

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Thank you Carl. I won’t be leaving the hobby or the forum, made a lot of friends and still enjoy the builds and banter :)
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Postby c.rainford73 » Wed Sep 09, 2020 9:46 pm

This is great news I'm sure that jeep can empty ones wallet too!

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Postby Jimster » Wed Sep 09, 2020 9:53 pm

Beautiful Jeep. I’ve driven Jeeps for over 35 years (still do) and there’s nothing like them. I started out with CJ-5s but I’ve always wanted an old MB someday. Are you rebuilding the original engine? Damn, I’m jealous!!
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Postby FredtheFrench » Wed Sep 09, 2020 9:57 pm

What beautiful hobby!!! I understand now all your sales. I hope this Jeep will visit Normandy one day!!! Congrats. :clap:
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Postby Kaczor » Wed Sep 09, 2020 10:09 pm

Boys never grow up only change toys for bigger :D
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Postby Jimster » Wed Sep 09, 2020 10:21 pm

:clap: That is so very true! :clap: :haha:
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Postby 43rdRecceReg » Wed Sep 09, 2020 10:55 pm

:thumbup: :D Very, very nice!
I think a Bren/Universal carrier project would also make a great crossover hobby, Adam, as it's a lot smaller than a tank- but a great deal bigger than a model. :D
Deep down, I think many of us have that latent restoration bug in us: it's a really strong one- almost irresistible :D :thumbup:
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Postby Exhibitedbrute » Wed Sep 09, 2020 11:30 pm

I had the chance to buy one of these a few years back priced at £500, though the bodywork was sound I don’t believe it had the engine or gearbox as the guy was using it as diorama, as a pose to a working vehicle so I never bothered, I don’t believe it would be easy to source what it needed

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Postby Ad Lav » Thu Sep 10, 2020 6:45 am

Jimster wrote:Beautiful Jeep. I’ve driven Jeeps for over 35 years (still do) and there’s nothing like them. I started out with CJ-5s but I’ve always wanted an old MB someday. Are you rebuilding the original engine? Damn, I’m jealous!!


Engine has had a full rebuild. I bought it knowing the engine had low oil pressure, but otherwise the jeep was mint. Only one spot of rust below the axe bracket.

Ended up doing a ground up restoration and replaced all seals/bearings etc so it’ll never need doing again for a long time.
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Postby Ad Lav » Thu Sep 10, 2020 6:47 am

FredtheFrench wrote:What beautiful hobby!!! I understand now all your sales. I hope this Jeep will visit Normandy one day!!! Congrats. :clap:


Thank you :) Normandy is my plan, maybe within the next 5 years.

Kaczor wrote:Boys never grow up only change toys for bigger :D


Can’t get too much bigger, the wife will notice it in the garden ;)
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Postby Ad Lav » Thu Sep 10, 2020 6:48 am

43rdRecceReg wrote::thumbup: :D Very, very nice!
I think a Bren/Universal carrier project would also make a great crossover hobby, Adam, as it's a lot smaller than a tank- but a great deal bigger than a model. :D
Deep down, I think many of us have that latent restoration bug in us: it's a really strong one- almost irresistible :D :thumbup:


Thanks Roy :)

Armour is way down on my list of wants - if anything, a GMC or M8 Greyhound but the latter is £40k+!
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Postby Ad Lav » Thu Sep 10, 2020 6:49 am

Exhibitedbrute wrote:I had the chance to buy one of these a few years back priced at £500, though the bodywork was sound I don’t believe it had the engine or gearbox as the guy was using it as diorama, as a pose to a working vehicle so I never bothered, I don’t believe it would be easy to source what it needed


Should have bought it - spare engines and gearboxes are readily available!
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Postby Rad_Schuhart » Thu Sep 10, 2020 7:36 am

Ad Lav wrote:
Can’t get too much bigger, the wife will notice it in the garden ;)


Man, you look new here... Put a camo net over it, she will never find it!
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Postby jhamm » Thu Sep 10, 2020 10:15 am

But
in the jeep you can take your wife and children with you ...
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Postby 43rdRecceReg » Thu Sep 10, 2020 3:03 pm

jhamm wrote:But
in the jeep you can take your wife and children with you ...


With the Jeep, you could even terrify the Mother-in-Law :lolno: ...especially offroad, over bumps, and with no seatbelts fitted :haha:
Thinking of In-Laws, I used to have a WW2 British gas mask hanging from our toilet/bathroom door- for 'emergencies'. ;)
However, my late Mother-in-Law (born, and steeped in 'The Raj'.. ;) ) was simply not amused.
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Postby jarndice » Thu Sep 10, 2020 3:46 pm

My Father was commissioned into the Indian Army and served through the late 20s and 30s until 1939 when he resigned and joined the British Army ,
He waxed lyrical about his time in the Raj,
It was the 60s and I was on a train out of the Hooglii Station, Calcutta bound for Jogbani Junction on the Indian/ Nepal border where I was destined to join my detachment at the Ghurka Training base at Dharan Cantonment.
My feelings about my Country changed over the 36 hours of that train ride.
I shared the carriage with an Indian Doctor who without rancor or bitterness explained to a naive boy how he saw the British Raj from an Indians viewpoint,
I learnt a valuable lesson that has stood me in good stead ever since,
There is always at least two sides to any point of view and until you have heard each viewpoint it is foolish at best to take a particular side.
I have never ridden in a Jeep but I have driven many miles in an Austin Champ the layout of which is not dissimilar except it had fully independent suspension all round and an 8 speed all wheel drive transmission (4 forward and 4 Reverse),
Brilliant in the tropics awful in a Northern European Winter :lolno:
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