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Matchbox 43 Willies jeep

Postby Cpl Overby » Sat May 31, 2014 6:28 pm

I had gotten a couple of these off ebay a short time ago.
I had a Tan one and this Green one.
I stripped the tan down of all it's Parts and paint
and was getting ready to start on it when I got distracted by something else.
Now I have misplaced the Tan one (whats left of it)
So .... let's talk about the Green one.
This is how it looks right out of the Package.

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As always the first thing I wanted to do was switch out the wheels.
But I didn't have any......
but the spare tire on these had the correct rim.
So because the spare tire was only 1/2 the proper thickness,
I planned to be rid of it as well.

So even though I could not find the parts to the tan jeep,
I had already cut off the spare tire and had it ready for modification.
and so taking that, the tires from a Kiyosho Diecast M151 Mutt
I startled to make them work.
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I took the spare and trimmed away the tire portion till all I had was the rim
I popped it into the Kiyosho Tire and had this.

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But this only gave me one (1) tire.....
So I threw it in the rubber with some other parts I needed for a different project.
and got this.

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Once I had four (4) good tire casts ....
I made another mold,
once that had cured I could get four tires with every pour.
And thus I could do this:

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This is how it looks painted,
now this still has other issues that I will need to deal with,
One being that God Awful Gas Can.
But will be another day.....

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Re: Matchbox 43 Willies jeep

Postby The General » Sat May 31, 2014 9:28 pm

I'm claiming that I'm responsible for re-naming that model. :D

How you ask?

When it was first released it was simply known as a generic (no year) Willy's Jeep. I like all models to have an actual year attached to them so seeing that the U.S. was involved in WWII from 1941-1945 I chose 1943 as the middle year. In a poll on another forum I listed it as a "1943 Willy's Jeep". It wasn't long before people on that forum began referring to it as the 43 Jeep. The acceptance of it being a 1943 model spread to other forums. A year or so later I'm Toys R Us and there on the shelf is a latest release Matchbox Willy's Jeep with " '43 Willys Jeep" on the blister card. :D
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Re: Matchbox 43 Willies jeep

Postby The General » Sat May 31, 2014 9:35 pm

Cpl Overby wrote: Image


Someday I would love to set myself up to create my own moulds in order to replicate pieces. Very jealous. Job well done.
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Re: Matchbox 43 Willies jeep

Postby Cpl Overby » Sat May 31, 2014 10:27 pm

The General wrote:I'm claiming that I'm responsible for re-naming that model. :D

How you ask?

When it was first released it was simply known as a generic (no year) Willy's Jeep. I like all models to have an actual year attached to them so seeing that the U.S. was involved in WWII from 1941-1945 I chose 1943 as the middle year. In a poll on another forum I listed it as a "1943 Willy's Jeep". It wasn't long before people on that forum began referring to it as the 43 Jeep. The acceptance of it being a 1943 model spread to other forums. A year or so later I'm Toys R Us and there on the shelf is a latest release Matchbox Willy's Jeep with " '43 Willys Jeep" on the blister card. :D


Good On You Sir!!
Nice to know that we can have a little influence in the world,
and make it count!

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Re: Matchbox 43 Willies jeep

Postby Cpl Overby » Sat May 31, 2014 10:31 pm

The General wrote:Someday I would love to set myself up to create my own moulds in order to replicate pieces. Very jealous. Job well done.


I'd like to let it be known, that these are available to all who feel the need.
I even have a fellow that wants 9 sets now.
he's doing a troop of European SAS for an up coming campaign.


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