Can't Get Away From Us!

A squad of US Marines and a LAV-25 has just finished sweeping a sector of a small town. Two insurgents tried to give them some trouble and one insurgent wasn't lucky enough to get away and the other was captured. A young LT is telling the the lucky Marine who got the kill to clean up the mess while the radio man is caling it in. The kneeling Marine is asking the POW questions while his buddy is keeping security on him. The LAV crew is also providing security for the squad to make sure no else makes the same mistake.
Kits used
Trumpeter 1/35 LAV-25 with Eduard photo etch set
Verlinden ready made base
Warriors LAV-25 crew
Think-180 Marines
Verlinden Dead Insurgent
Warriors captured Insurgent

The LAV was built straight out of the box with the addition of the Eduards photo etch set and misc. gear from Legend, Tamiya and Verlinden. Vehicle was painted with Tamiya paints and weathered with MIG pigment powders. All the figures were painted with Vallejo paints and lightly dusted with MIG pigment powders. The base was also painted with Vallejo paints and heavily weathered with MIG pigment powders. Boxes, maps and other paper stuff was printed of the computer courtesy of HeavyArty and Urutu and some I made myself.
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About the Author

About Pete Becerra (Epi)

I am 48 years of age. I have been modeling since I was around 8 years old. As you can see from my signature, I am retired from the US Army and Texas Army National Guard. I served 6 years in active duty from 1989 to 1995 and in 1998 I joined the Texas Army National Guard and been serving up unt...


Good work. Very realistic!
MAR 03, 2007 - 11:30 PM
"Fortunately there are those of us who are willing to fight so you can have the right to be a pacifist if you choose to be." Nothing political there at all. Just a simple fact. Without the military and those who are in it, defending your rights throughout our history, you might not have the right to choose to be a pacifist. That is all. Where are the politics there? Obviously we disagree and never will. Don't always believe what you read on the web either, most of it skewed towards some one's agenda. Just like you obviously have an agenda. I am done talking to your lilly-livered self. Go hug a tree or something. Sorry that your thread had to end up this way Pete.
MAR 04, 2007 - 01:47 AM
Hi guys, do try to relax and not take the issues brought up here too personally. Real sorry that this had offended you so strongly Andras, i really am. Creative license will always be in the hands of the modeller and not dictated by someone else otherwise it's just takes the fun out of this hobby. Sorry for the high-jacking of the thread Pete. Politics aside, I really think you did yourself well with this one.
MAR 04, 2007 - 03:09 AM
Good looking model. How did you achieve the sand color over the camo? I can't seem to do it!
MAR 04, 2007 - 03:20 AM
Before I go into what has been said here in this thread, let me answer a couple of the guys questions. Jimmy and Lucas, I scratched built the scissor mount with the help of a page from the parts manual of the mount. If you want the page, I have it saved here on my home computer and at work. Austin, I used Mig Powders to acheive the weathered look over the camo. They work great with a little practice. The color I used was actually Gulf War Sand #P037 To all, thanks for the nice comments on my work despite the subject. I really didn't mean to offend any one here, just trying to honor my fellow brothers and sisters becasue I haven't had the chance to go over there THIS TIME( I was there during ODS). I do my part for the war in a different way. As to jacking my thread on the serious discusion that Andras started, it doesn't bother me any. Like Gino said that's why me and him and others like us are in the military, so guys like Andras can have the freedom to speak out. I don't want any of these post to get deleted, on that note, to Gino, an officer, a fellow soldier, and a friend please take it easy. Some people don't know the harsh reality of war like you or myself do and that is there choice. And to Andras, I ask the same of you, lets not take this to where the moderators will start deleting post. But i am still confused like the others Andras, pacifist and military modeling, but hey, to each it's own. Once again, thanks for the comments, bad or good!
MAR 04, 2007 - 05:33 AM
Truely an amazing piece of work. Congrats on a fine dio man. I love the scene. Really realistic and that is what I like. Great job. You're a fantastic modeller.
MAR 04, 2007 - 06:13 AM
Very nice work Pete. I'm still waiting for the model to make it out here to the frozen north. Looks great.
MAR 05, 2007 - 06:14 AM
Weird...I remember the first time Pete posted these photos they looked great (the FIRST SET of photos, that is). I think these photos are a second set taken with a flash, that just washes everything with white light. I'm surprised that the first photo set wasn't used, which is why I'm thinking, "Weird." If the first set of photos can be found, I think they should be used instead of this set. The first set of photos show Pete's diorama and skills a lot better than this set, not to mention the colors were way more vivid in the first set because there was no flash. Please correct me if I'm mistaken.
MAR 05, 2007 - 06:31 AM
Yup Peter, the first set was better, but I didn't have the captured POW in the first set of pictures.
MAR 05, 2007 - 08:19 AM
Glad I didnt miss this one. I just got back from Snowmobiling in montana and Wyoming in Yellowstone last night. Pete, the additions look great. I particularly like the bag over the head of the captured insurgent. I had seen that figure from Warriors before and was curious why they didnt add the bag themselves as most of my referance pictures show the insurgents either bilndfolded or bagged (sorta speak LOL). looks great! I dont mean to feed into the political discussion, but I wanted to only say there are always two ways of viewing the same issue. More specifically, how does anyone know that the Abrams and soldiers in that picture is responsible for the so called deaths of the pictured dead children? How do you know the sildeirs involved werent responding to an incident that already happened? I see way more civillian deaths in general created by suicide bombers then anything else. I for one think it is more PC to depict the reality of a war and show casualties then it is to inaccurately depict ANY war to be one big keg party.
MAR 05, 2007 - 10:24 AM