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Nakpadon Crew and Infantry Assault Team
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The figures for my Nakpadon were divided into two groups, the vehicle crew (commander and machine gunner) and the infantry figures in the rear. The two crew members were converted from Preiser US tank crew figures with arms from their WW2 Russian Tank Rider sets. Using Milliput, plastic card and rod, I modify the helmets and uniforms. The body armour was created with Milliput, which was carved and sanded into shape once it had set hard. Additional detail was added using plastic card and rod to create the shoulder pads, straps and fasteners. I based my infantry figures on Preiser’s Russian Tank Rider sets 72523 and 72525, as some of the poses were similar to those required to fit the rear hatch area. Using reference photos of Nakpadons and other Israeli heavy APCs, I chose the most likely four poses for the infantry figures. These four poses were then selected from the two Russian Tank Rider sets and positioned on the vehicle. Their arms were selected and temporarily attached to confirm their positions in the limited space between each figure. With the arms removed, work could start on the changes to the uniform and personal equipment. The Russian jack boots were replaced with boots from Plastic Soldiers Late War British Infantry set. Milliput was used to define the trouser bottoms and blend the boots into the legs. Other uniform details such as the large trouser pockets and shirt collars were also made with Milliput. The load carrying vests were made with plastic card and Milliput, with the pouches made separately from plastic card and added once the vest had been shaped. The IDF helmet cover, which looks like a shower cap is called a “Mitznefet” and aids camouflage by breaking up the outline of the helmet. These along with the Knee pads were modelled from Milliput and finished off with a bit of carving and sanding to create the desired shape. The figures were painted with Humbrol enamel colours and finished off with a coat of Vallejo Acrylic Matt Varnish.

Copyright Tim Neate