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"Not Happy About Getting a Haircut" Vietnam 1967

Discussion in 'Completed Figures' started by Jungle James O'Leary, May 13, 2022 at 11:54 PM.

  1. It has been a long time since I have posted anything on this site. This is my latest diorama which I completed last weekend. The diorama depicts Soldiers from 2d Battalion, 47th Infantry (Mechanized), 9th Infantry Division during a rare standdown at Camp Bearcat, Vietnam in 1967. The guys are relaxing and some are finding a bit of amusement in the misery of an unlucky Soldier who caught the First Sergeant's eye sporting hair longer than allowed by regulation. He was hoping to grow his hair out a bit so he wouldn't stand out once he got out of the Army upon his return to the world, but the First Sergeant killed that plan and this young Soldier is not happy about it.

    Something I should point out is that you may notice that there are no weapons present. At Camp Bearcat, since it was one of the larger bases, it was policy that weapons were not carried within the basecamp unless if you were on duty that required them, the base was under attack, or if you were departing for or returning from operations/missions outside the wire. Since these Grunts are on standdown, their weapons are secured with the rest of their gear. This may have be a precautionary measure instituted by higher headquarters to prevent the likelyhood of drunken shooting incidents.

    The figures consist of two that are original sculpts by me, four conversions of Bravo 6 figures, and a conversion of a Royal Models figure. They were painted with acrylics. The bunker depicts one of the types used for protection from rocket and mortar attacks which is based on photos of the bunker that was located behind my dad's tent. The bunker facade was created by gluing some pieces of balsa wood to a part of the base that I had cut out from the block of wood forming the base for this purpose. Once the doorway was in place, I made the door flap out of thinly rolled Magic Sculpt, painted it once dry, then started stacking sandbags. The sandbags are made from Magic Sculpt and were textured with the cross thatched pattern of the tightening knob on my hobby knife.

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    Overall, this was a pretty fun diorama to build.

    Thanks for looking.
  2. MoboSchreuder A Fixture

  3. Nap A Fixture

    Hi James

    That's a great diorama, love what you've done with the figures, like the story behind it ...sure it happened many times !

    Lovely interaction and overall presentation, like the cool box and the reclining figure and of course the mass of hair on the ground , his face says it all

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    Good to see your benchtime

    Look forward to the next from you

    Happy benchtime

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  6. Dr Bison Active Member

    What a nice change: a peaceful military diorama! Love your idea and the execution.
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  7. Mirofsoft A Fixture

    Good, I like that very much " At rest "
    But they forgot something :
    This is my rifle. There are many like it, but this one is mine.
    My rifle is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life.
    Without me, my rifle is useless. Without my rifle, I am useless. I must fire my rifle true. I must shoot straighter than my enemy who is trying to kill me. I must shoot him before he shoots me. I will ...
    My rifle and I know that what counts in war is not the rounds we fire, the noise of our burst, nor the smoke we make. We know that it is the hits that count. We will hit ...
    My rifle is human, even as I [am human], because it is my life. Thus, I will learn it as a brother. I will learn its weaknesses, its strength, its parts, its accessories, its sights and its barrel. I will keep my rifle clean and ready, even as I am clean and ready. We will become part of each other. We will ...
    Before God, I swear this creed. My rifle and I are the defenders of my country. We are the masters of our enemy. We are the saviors of my life.
    So be it, until victory is America's and there is no enemy, but peace!
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  8. Thank you for the positive responses and warm welcome.

    In regards to the lack of weapons in this scene, it was common practice and policy in the 9th Infantry Division at Bearcat in 1967 that units on standdown and those not actively engaged in duties requiring weapons keep them secured when not in active use. It may seem insane to do that in the middle of a war, but it was done there and at several other large bases in Vietnam depending on the tactical situation and command policies at that base. I served several tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and usually had at least a pistol on me at all times with a few exceptions like when I visited the ancient ruins at Ur, going back and forth from mid-tour R&R, and the three weeks I spent at Tallil Air Base enroute back to the States at the end of my first tour.

    Most of my figures and dioramas of Vietnam War subjects depict actual people, units, and events. During the planning and building process I am in contact with some of those individuals getting feedback on the details. In the case of this diorama, I was originally going to include M16s against the wall of the bunker but was informed otherwise.

    Again, thanks for looking and it appears that this is one project that seems to be well received.

  9. Ferris A Fixture

    Excellent! Great attention to detail and historical accuracy, love it.

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  10. Mike - The Kiwi A Fixture

    Hi James
    Really admire your project here.
    It has sense of authenticity many of us would admire.
    This can be seen in many details from chilly Bin to can opener.
    All figure personality & character helps us understand their stories.
    Of particular is the sandbagging which is some of most authentic I’ve seen. Lots of work in laying these out, sagging & arrayed in a natural way from many years of personal research. ;-)
    Please do share more of your work for us to learn from.
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  12. Steve Ski A Fixture

    Beautiful work, James, as always! Good to see you back on here.

    Cheers, Ski.

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