I'm liking it! For my $.02 Yankee dollars' worth, in the artillery we named our howitzers, the name was picked by the gun section chief, approved by the battery Gunny and IstSgt., pilots named their planes, tankers name their tanks, even Marine gun crews on the big grey ships of WW2 named their particular gun section, I've seen some that had a different name for each barrel even. Once upon a time, I picked up a new gun crew and we hadn't gotten around to naming the gun yet. The 1stSgt. happened past our position to chat about something or other and looking everyone over made the comment that I had the butt-ugliest gun crew he had ever seen......"BUTT-UGLY" it was.UPDATE: Radio (PRC-25/AM2060 in a MT1029 mount, AS-1729 antenna, VIC-1 acquired. Two .50 cal replicas on order for a total of 3 on the truck. Pedestal mounts have been fabricated and are ready for primer once the weather gets back into the 40's. I have two M23 cradles all ready to go as well. The two .50's will be mounted so that the driver's side will be a little to the rear of the gun box mid-point. The passenger side will be forward of the mid-point.
My plan for "armor" will be a double armor setup consisting of 4ft tall sections for the outer, and 40" tall for the inner. That way I may put a few old NDCC's in between along with other accessories. There will be a back wall of armor but far enough forward to allow additional tire storage. A removeable panel in middle of the rear wall will provide access to the gun box. Armor will be 2 layers of 1/16" steel sandwiching 1/2" plywood. Radio will be mounted in the forward driver's side area. Antenna will be on the driver's side as well. I will not line the bed with ammo cans only because that's pricey and I plan on letting lots of folks on board. I want a good walking surface. No door or windshield armor for now. I still need to figure out how to make it removeable/retractable enough to keep the truck street legal.
My thought is to make this sort of a rolling museum piece when I take it to car shows. I will have placards, signs, etc. around to educate people on the gun trucks in general. I'll have plenty of pics of actual gun trucks too. I will advertise my truck as a "fictional" truck but kitted with what was typically found, or could be found on the trucks.
1. Anyone see any issues with this plan so far?
2. Did Marines name their War Wagons? A few people have already asked what I'm naming the truck. So far I've told them that Marines didn't paint their trucks the way the soldiers did theirs.
One other lil' thing I saw on some of our various vehicles were like pilots scores in dogfights. I did see some pictures of guys in Vietnam depicting lil' VC guys as scores (likely offending nowadays), but we also had guys keeping score on the door of their trucks of things that turned into roadkill. Turtles, snakes, bunnies.....just musing here again.
Once more, sounds like a great project, looking forward to seeing the progress and it's your truck.....make it the way you want it, name it what you want to (maybe let the Mr.'s name it.....almost valentine's day you know).