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PostSubject: Gunner Munro's collection.    Sun Jul 24, 2016 9:53 pm

Hi folks,

Let me quickly introduce myself  to those folks who may not know me from over on UAMHQ. ( many thanks to  SomeKindaJoe and BlondeActionMan for their support )

I'ma 55 year old bloke who has decided to fully embrace my VAM 'itch' . This took place in December when I went up into the loft and found a  case of kit and men I'd collected back in the mid 80's.

I had some of my original figures ( whom I had on display in the downstairs loo Shocked ) or their heads ! So I decided to "just fix them up" .. started to do a bit of research on the internet and before you know it ...I'm hooked!

I'm running a project to create my own VAM army . I share Steve (SKJ)'s 'itch' for uniformity . To help I'm creating  a back story. The peaceful loving republic of Munrovia has been overrun by its more technolgically advanced neighbour Dragonia. They are after some key Munrovian natural resources .

The D Coy of 2nd Battalion of the Munrovia Volunteers are holding out in the Sandiway Hills. They are attracting remnants of the overrun Munrovian forces and attracting new volunteers to form the Liberation Forces.

Aiding them is the CO11 ( Childhood 11)- Crack VAM operatives Thanks Dal for the inspiration!

So as you can see I'm very much a 'enthusiast' and plan to indulge my 10 &3/4 old self in "recreating' new VAM adventures  Very Happy

Here are a few of the troops Very Happy

The collection on display


The CO11-I'm just missing a Tommy Gunn to complete the line up plus a Marx Knight . General Custer was in bits when this shot was taken but is now nearly restored.



BLACK & NO1 - A couple of characters from the CO11- They are my first AM & my last . I'll post a story ( Saga) of a recent Holiday adventure soon. Sorry about the names - I was rubbish at naming them back in the day  Embarassed - some thing I'm intending to put right 2nd time around  Smile



D Coy
The Co ( Major Mike Baker)& 2 ic Captain Ezra Kobina


13 Platoon- regulars.- They have  recently recieved their SLR's from Wiscan Armouries.



14 Platoon- reservists- waiting to be kitted out with 'old stores" a captured Dragonian weapons



The Recruits & the training team - These guys are in training & will soon join the fray.



The Scouts
Their Commander is Zabaletta.


Members of 1st battalion 1 Para  survivors of the regular forces




Special Squads- Uniformity project

Assault troops-Yes Know - how lucky am I?  a Missile trooper-from my 1980's carboot stash.( its about 95% complete)




Base Security



MAM- Heavy weapons Support


Recent MAM recruits


And now the Enemy...

These guys are Dragonian Clone Warriors. They have been cloned in Dragonian MattelLabs . They are elite Shock troops.
Two Black Crows and a Red Claw.


Two elite N-tek Hunter Scouts- Drax , the guy on the left is a key figure.



Hunter squad-


Heavy weapons support group



I'll be adding to the back story with some posts over the coming few days . Forgive me if I post in the wrong place to start with- take care Very Happy  Gunner
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PostSubject: Re: Gunner Munro's collection.    Sun Jul 24, 2016 10:16 pm

Awesome first post!!!! A nice and diverse range of guys you have! I also have a mix of figures! Keep up the posting I'll look forward to more Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Gunner Munro's collection.    Sun Jul 24, 2016 10:40 pm

Nice selection of squads there Gunner, and nice Special Team
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PostSubject: Re: Gunner Munro's collection.    Sun Jul 24, 2016 10:49 pm

Hi gunner , nice mixed collection going on there , welcome to the forum !

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PostSubject: Re: Gunner Munro's collection.    Sun Jul 24, 2016 11:48 pm

Great set of guys

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PostSubject: Re: Gunner Munro's collection.    Mon Jul 25, 2016 6:34 am

Fantastic intro post and what a line-up of troops!

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PostSubject: Re: Gunner Munro's collection.    Mon Jul 25, 2016 6:52 am

Awesome post Gunner! You have a great selection of troops, Th CO11 stand out for me, but there are also a couple more, the commander in the camo's looks awesome! (I do like an EE!) and the idea of using Max figures are clones is just inspired cheers cheers cheers .
It will be fantastic to see how the guys progress and evolve, good guys and bad bounce . plus it looks like the boys have escaped the loo! cheers cheers cheers cheers .
Looking forward to more great posts! and of vourse, welcome to AMMO! bounce bounce bounce bounce

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PostSubject: Re: Gunner Munro's collection.    Mon Jul 25, 2016 10:36 am

Wow! Great looking collection you have there! Love the mix of old and new figures!

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PostSubject: Re: Gunner Munro's collection.    Mon Jul 25, 2016 12:15 pm

Cracking looking bunch G.M, welcome to the madhouse Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Gunner Munro's collection.    Mon Jul 25, 2016 7:10 pm

What a fantastic set of troops you have Gunner! Great story and set up, look forward to your future posts cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Gunner Munro's collection.    Mon Jul 25, 2016 10:58 pm

Great story and great figure collection!!!

All those Max Steel clones do worry me a little... Wink Laughing Wink

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PostSubject: Sewig with Super Glue Starting to Equip the Munrovians    Tue Jul 26, 2016 10:47 pm

You may recall I'm creating a fantasy unit ( well going back to my 10 3/4 old self ) 

Its D Coy of the 2nd Battalion... re-forming after the invasion by the Dragonians' in the Sandiway Mountain's .

13 Platoon is a group of regulars & 14 Platoon are the reservists. One of the challenges is getting a Uniform look...( see SomekindaJoes post) without spending a fortune... so I've had a go at creating a set of webbing for each unit... here are the prototypes...let me know what you think.  



All ideas /hints & tip really welcome ! I certainly relearnt the old adage "measure twice cut one "!  

13 Platoon. The regulars. Here is a basic squaddie. They will have SLR's /Sterling SMG mix with LMG.(Bren)

I'm using VAM cammo gear and using a brown Leatherette like material I got from the market. I have some black as well for the Dragonians.

I needed an inspiration for Leather webbing...did some googling and came up with this Argentinian M67 rig . The post should be subtitled - sewing with Superglue.



Front view.



Rear view


Side View


The Ammo pouches - This is why this site is so great- did a search on holster pips and came up with the press stud method- genius !

I need to use some Card/plastic formers for the SLR mags next time.. but they do open.



QM's view- I'm using a water bottle / fighting knife from the special forces figures I'm using for my SKJ/uniformity project.





Eventually the guys will have scrimmed up Brodie helmets - aka Wiscans post.

14 Platoon- the Reservists. This is a typical Section commander. Issued with a SMG . The rest of the Squad will probably have a mix of M1's /and one LMG .

I'm going for a OG fatigues look. The idea being their kit is being drawn from old stores and is therefore more basic . A bit like using 38 Pattern vs 58 pattern. Not sure what type of helmet they will have.-Mix of US/Brodie?



Holster rig. Uses press stud method. Key problem here is the leatherette material frays when cut thin , so will find some thread for leg tie & experiment with a flap for the holster.


M3 Ammo pouches. The learning here is use thicker card formers . Also the pips are for show as the material is too thick to hold on pip to make the scale 'look right'



So I have some initial templates now .. still very amateurish.. but I'm remembering a lot of old 54mm Airfix modelling tips from back in the day (1976 !)....but the troops need to be alert ....The Dragonian Clone troops- the Red Claws and Black Crows are closing in ....
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PostSubject: Re: Gunner Munro's collection.    Wed Jul 27, 2016 2:54 am

Great collection of figures! Give Max Steele hell!

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PostSubject: Re: Gunner Munro's collection.    Wed Jul 27, 2016 8:42 am

Those webbing rigs are amazing Gunner! top work mate! YOu have come up with two great looks for your troops. Looking forward to seeing more bounce bounce

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PostSubject: Re: Gunner Munro's collection.    Wed Jul 27, 2016 10:31 am

have you thought of using dsd weight belts for the dragonian's webbing ? i only ask as there seems to be plenty of those about

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PostSubject: Re: Gunner Munro's collection.    Wed Jul 27, 2016 7:08 pm

Great collection of figures! Give Max Steele hell!

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PostSubject: Re: Gunner Munro's collection.    Wed Jul 27, 2016 11:55 pm

Top effort on the webbing fella... keep at that...looks good ! Twisted Evil
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PostSubject: The Captain gets a suprise   Fri Jul 29, 2016 10:43 pm

Due to a severe case of itchy e-bay finger, there have been several parcels arriving at The Munrovian HQ.

One of the CO11 is a Pedigree Captain Scarlet. Well actually just the head on a Cotswold body.
I'm thinking he arrived at the hight of The Captain Scarlet TV series of the 1960'- so I'm guessing 67 or '68. I remember being so excited and I wasn't disappointed.

He remained in his original gear for a year or so, but pretty quickly after that started tp appear on active duty with the rest of the VAM gang. I actually had his jumpsuit, Helmet/Cap ( minus mike) Vest and his pistol when my gear went into the loft in the "cardboard box" around 76/77. Alas - that went to "Neil up the road" while I was at Uni.( Thanks Mum!)

So as my restoration project of the CO11 started to form, I thought I wonder about getting Captain S some gear... and the Blimey ! I couldn't believe some of the prices on e-bay.  ..so a plan attached to give a key CO11 player a trip down memory lane without breaking the bank !  

Sgt Gunner 2.0 takes Captain S to one side.

"Captain S , you know how Gunner has always had a soft spot for you ?"

" Really? .. to be honest I thought he hated me ! How come I was the one who seem to get shot first and fall down any cliff or what about the time I was buried in the mud at Bardsea?"

"Well take a look over there.."



"What the holy Mysterons ?....is that...I don't believe it...

Captain S. is over come ...and needs a moment.



"That looks like my old operational gear ! Can it be ?"

" Well not exactly . Its from a 1993 reboot..but you'll he able to look the part if you want !"
"Come on - let me try it on!"



"This a little short in the sleeve, but a nice fit around the budgie smugglers "
"Try the jacket on for size"



"Hmm.. I'm not too sure about the boots"



"The Jerkin looks great mate"
"Yep but these boots will never fit "
" Well, when faced with a problem,ask what would the lone ranger do?"



"Ta da !!- Just don't ask me to run after Captain Black or Destiny Angel !"



So Captain S, gets to relive the feeling of '67...Armed with a Chad Valley pistol and a Star Wars Storm trooper Blaster, he looks the part...

...But he will soon be back in his CO11 gear for any active Ops against the Dragonians.. but until then he can dream ....Dreams of Destiny  lol
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PostSubject: Re: Gunner Munro's collection.    Fri Jul 29, 2016 11:22 pm

He looks great

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PostSubject: Re: Gunner Munro's collection.    Sat Jul 30, 2016 1:54 am

Superb collection! cheers cheers cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Gunner Munro's collection.    Sat Jul 30, 2016 12:30 pm

Outstanding Steve! bounce bounce Great to see another of the CO11 restored and ready fro duty again!, and best of all, he is indestructible! (well within reason Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy ).

Are the captain Scarlett boots too small? or just a very tight fit?

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PostSubject: Re: Gunner Munro's collection.    Sat Jul 30, 2016 2:11 pm

Hi Dal
they are probably both. They are a solid plastic , ideal fro fitting in a bendy 'barbie' type leg foot but no good for our man.

I may be able to kit bash some Dragon Jackboots or something similar ?
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PostSubject: Re: Gunner Munro's collection.    Sat Jul 30, 2016 2:29 pm

sounds great Steve cheers . it is such a pity that the boots are no use to vam bodies Sad

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PostSubject: Re: Gunner Munro's collection.    Sat Jul 30, 2016 5:26 pm

He looks fantastic

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PostSubject: Re: Gunner Munro's collection.    Sun Jul 31, 2016 5:43 pm

Great looking Captain Scarlet! In terms of the boots; though the shape is different the Captain Action Ironman or Captain America boots would work. They were going to do a Superman (as Ideal had done in the 60s) but the reboot line ended before the DC figures were made.

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