Hogan's Heroes WWII Jeep
AMT/Ertl (kit #31752)
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With AMT/Ertl's reissue of their Hogan's Heroes Jeep, I finally got a chance to replace my Hound model with a more accurate representation. It still required some work to really look like Hound, but the simpler WWII style lent itself to the proper modifications better than the much later CJ kit I had used previously.
The most obvious difference between the WWII Jeep and Hound is the front fenders; the earlier model had simple flat-topped fenders, while later Jeeps had a short angled flap extending from the front of the fender. I also modified the windshield (making it slightly larger and removing the center divider), added a recessed fuel fill in front of the left rear wheel, and added louvers to the side of the cowl behind the left front fender. The WWII Jeep's grill was also the wrong style for Hound, but fortunately the kit had an optional grill that matched perfectly. The winch was taken from my original Hound model (as it was a near-perfect match for the prototype), and the steps came from AMT's Dukes of Hazzard Jeep.
I also made several modifications to the Jeep's running gear. Instead of the in-line flathead 4cyl, I used a late model V8 (modified from it's original use in a Mustang). The new engine/transmission required a new transfer case and a new exhaust system, both of which were scratch built. Though the wheels are the original kit's components, I replaced the tires with an updated set of street tires.
For the "accessories" (Hound may be best remembered for having some of the most delicate and/or easily lost parts of any Transformer) I used the gas can and machine gun straight out of the kit, while the spare tire came from a Revell van kit.
The Jeep body is painted Model Master Dark Green with a thin layer of Gloss Coat. Other than the star on the hood, I custom made all of the decals using a Hound sticker sheet from ReproLabels as a reference.
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