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Sector 1 - Command HQ
Sector 2 - Cove and Boat Facilities
Sector 3 - Airbase
Sector 4 - The Barracks
Sector 5 - Fire Services
Sector 6 - Bomb Disposal/Hazmat
Sector 7 - Training Facilities
Sector 8 - Tac Med Unit
Sector 9 - Armory and Quartermaster
Sector 11 - TOP SECRET REVEALED!
Sector 11 - What is Anomaly 26F?
Sector 11 - The Mission, OPERATION DARK PORTAL
Sector 11 - OPERATION DARK PORTAL PHOTOS CONTINUED
Sector 11 - OPERATION DARK PORTAL PHOTOS CONTINUED
Sector 11 - The End of OPERATION DARK PORTAL
Mainland Support Operations - Undercover
The Girls of Capistrano Island
Story of the Dragon Pup Aircraft
Photo Album - Dad's WWII Pics
World Trade Center/Pentagon Tribute
Flash Force in Afganistan: Operation Enduring Freedom
Vintage Iron Knight tank and Kitbash
Building a 1/6 Vickers Mk VI tank
Building a Type 97 Te-Ke Tankette
Building a 1/6 scale Bomb Disposal Robot
Marder III - Sunny Smile Tank Conversion
Research and GI Joe Links
My USDOC Uniform Page
Marder III - Sunny Smile Tank Conversion

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When the Sunny Smile tank was sold at Target around 1998-99 for $30.00, it was one of the first mass produced 1/6 tanks since the Vintage years. Unfortunately, it doesn't really resemble any existing real tank in scale or design. Just under two feet in length, it was begging for customizing. Only the smallest tanks and tankettes are best for this but even then it's a bit of a stretch.

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THE MARDER III

The Germans used early german tank chassis to build this and also used many different captured tank hulls of various sizes for the Marder III.

I built this one in two days for a diorama done with Fredrick and Ilya during the 21st Century Convention in 2000. I wanted something German to contribute and the theme was "A Bridge Too Far". I only had two days to work on it and I was very surprised at the result.

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Marder III Interior View

Having only two days to work on this project, I didn't have time to do a proper interior and the breech was hastily thrown together. However, there is plenty of space for two crewmen.

Modeling tip - blow molded plastic is tough to glue stuff to. I use Styrene plastic sheets for my model building and to glue the panels and parts to the Sunny Smile plastic I used generous helpings of clear Silicone glue. The same stuff you can buy at Hardware, Grocery stores, hobby shops, Home Centers, etc. It's the stuff you can use to waterproof windows or bathtubs.

Modeling tip - When doing vehicles or choppers, make a triangular shape of masking tape tosimulate the windshield wiper area, mask it off with the masking tape, then apply dullcoat over the windshield, add a splosh of dirt brown here andthere, then remove the masking tape,, looks just like the wipers have keptthat area clean, and the windshield is covered over with dirt and grime.

Thanks to Larry W. Espey for this tip