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1⁄35Rise of the Guardians
M1117 GuardianBeing mostly a Wehrmacht armor guy, the chance to build something very different appealed to me. While researching the USMC Humvee, I came across references to the M1117 Guardian (ASV) as its "big brother" with more armor and a dedicated "let's fight!" mission. Something about its compact look inspired me, and I built it pretty much out-of-the-box. The only exceptions were DEF Model resin weighted wheels, some electrical cables for the radio masts and the turret searchlight made from small diameter wire, and guitar string for the radio masts themselves. A little paint, some washes and pigments and it was ready for duty.
The Dioramas Plus "Iraqi Street Scene" is also pretty much OOB: you get everything you need in the kit, including cabling for the rat's nest "improvised" Iraqi electrical grid. I had hoped to put a Marine "tuna boat" on the street, but the M1117 fit much better.