Inspired by Love of Family, Country, and G.I. Joes, Florida Man Creating Historically Accurate and Authentically Detailed 1/6th Scale Vehicles

This GIjOE Marine looks proud to be riding on one of Bob Jason's amazing custom vehicles. In this closeup, you can see Bob's addition of custom drop-down windshield armor, hand-crafted machine-gunner's box and addition of correct yellow-colored USMC ProSeries decals by Patches of Pride. Amazing work all around! (Photo: Bob Jason)

This 1st Marine Division GIjOE looks proud to be riding in one of Robert Jason’s amazing 1:6 scale customized vehicles. In this closeup, you can see Robert’s addition of a custom windshield, a hand-crafted machine-gun “pulpit” and the addition of service-correct (yellow-colored) USMC stars and other ProSeries waterslide decals from Patches of Pride. OOH-Rah! (Photo: Julie Kostick)

GIJOE fan, collector, and customizer, Robert Jason (58), details and customizes 1:6 scale vehicles for sale on ebay. (Photo: Julie Kostick)

“I grew up listening in AWE to their stories of sacrifice, bravery and courage.”

One Man’s “Commemorative Customs”

As members of America’s “Greatest Generation” continue to slip away, concerned family members have begun to transfer their fading WWII photos, slides and movie reels onto to more permanent storage media such as DVDs, Blue Ray discs and USB hard drives. Other relatives, grateful of their loved ones sacrifices, are “getting creative” and producing commemorative keepsake objects such as scrapbooks, artwork and shadow boxes, comprised of their family member’s service medals, unit patches, war mementos and other personal effects.

Not surprisingly, many collectors and customizers of GIjOE (and other) 1:6 scale action figures are now busy creating commemorative custom figures (see HERE), custom uniforms (see HERE), custom figure boxes (see HERE) and even full-blown custom dioramas (see HERE) depicting the military exploits of their own family members during WWII. One such customizer, Robert Jason of Cudjoe Key, Florida, has chosen to produce (and sell) historically accurate and heavily detailed custom 1:6 scale vehicles. We asked Robert to describe how he became interested in GIjOEs, 1:6 scale vehicles, and the production of his exciting “commemorative customs.” He replied:

“Well, I’ve been doing customization for a while now and collecting GIjOEs for a very long time as well. I played with them when they first came out waaay back in the day, and now this is my hobby. It’s a great means of relaxation for me from my full-time job.

My interest and motivation comes from my Dad who served in the Italian campaign of WWII. He was an infantryman with the 85th Infantry Division as US troops marched through Italy. He became a POW for a year until liberated by Patton’s 3rd Armored Division.

Another inspiration was my Uncle, who was a Marine with the First Marine Division and fought through the entire Island campaign. I grew up listening in AWE to their stories of sacrifice and bravery and courage. I knew I was listening to true American heroes! I make these customs to commemorate their service and of all the other heroic WWII Veterans who unselfishly fought for our country.”

This overhead 3/4 view of Robert's 1st Marine Division halftrack reveals the addition of side and rear storage racks, gun emplacements and much more. Outstanding! (Photo: Robert Jason)

This overhead 3/4 view of Robert’s 1st Marine Division halftrack reveals the addition of side and rear storage racks, gun emplacements and much more. Outstanding! (Photo: Julie Kostick)

This 3/4 front view of Robert’s USMC halftrack reveals even more detail including a tow rope, gas cans, bumper markings and .50 cal ammo box decals from Patches of Pride. Fantastic work! (Photo: Julie Kostick) Click to enlarge.

“I am a Detail Guy.”

Judging from his work, Robert has an affinity for the many variations of American Jeeps, ambulances, armored cars and halftracks of WWII, leaving the more “heavyweight realm” of tanks, etc. to others. We asked him what he hoped to accomplish with his custom creations and he replied:

“I try to put that ‘personal feeling’ in each custom with pin-up photos and what limited personal comforts there were back in that era. These vehicles were the soldiers homes , they lived in them and fought from them and I want people to see that in each vehicle. Whenever I build one of these custom vehicles, I use actual WWII combat museum photos to be as accurate as possible.

When I first started selling them, I discovered there was a need (and market) for reasonably priced 1:6 scale custom vehicles for serious collectors. Yes, there are much higher priced all-metal kits that are extremely well detailed, but one must have model-building experience and the time required to assemble them, and as you know, TIME is often very hard to come by!”

Robert's superb M8 armored car was upgraded and customized with a new OD paint job, "circle-n-star" decals from Patches of Pride, storage racks, .50 cal machinegun and a GREAT looking custom GIjOE driver. WOW! (Photo: Robert Jason)

Robert’s custom M20 armored car was upgraded with an OD paint job, “circle-n-star” decals from Patches of Pride, storage racks, bed rolls, a .50 cal and a custom commander. (Photo: Julie Kostick)

This closeup of Robert's Army halftrack reveals some of the many additional details that make his customs so special, including gas mask bags, radios, food stuffs and much more. (Photo: Robert Jason)

This closeup of Robert’s Army halftrack reveals some of the many additional details that make his customs so special, including gas mask bags, radios, food stuffs and much more. (Photo: Julie Kostick) Click to enlarge.

“These Vehicles Were the Soldier’s HOMES.”

Robert’s recently completed a pair of halftracks for two lucky buyers, an US Army version in OD green (shown at right and below) and a yellow-starred USMC version with unique “machine-gun pulpit” (shown above). We asked him to describe his production techniques and methods in greater detail and he replied:

“On the USMC halftrack, the machine-gun pulpit, the side racks, the rear racks, and the rusty tailpipe were all scratch-built from sheets of Plastruct and strip plastic. The machine gun ring is from a Hasbro M8 armored car, although I usually scratch-build those as well (I just happened to have one in my parts bin). All of the miniature screws and bolts used on my vehicles are from MicroMark as are a lot of the miniature tools and brushes.

Each custom I create is a one of a kind. I use Patches of Pride decals exclusively, because of their high quality and accuracy. I’ll also add some light paint ‘distressing,’ as on the USMC one, creating a ‘rusty’ tailpipe, paint variation on the star on the hood to indicate a field repair or battle damage. I’ll airbrush or use rattle-can paint to achieve the effect I want. I will be expanding my weathering and distressing in future projects.”

This side view of Robert's custom Army halftrack shows the addition of rear and side storage racks, decals, props and a multitude of tiny rivets and bolts, all of which add greatly to its realism. (Photo: Robert Jason)

This side view of Robert’s custom Army halftrack shows the addition of rear and side storage racks, decals, props and a multitude of tiny rivets and bolts, all of which add to its realism. (Photo: Julie Kostick)

“The detail of WW II equipment and uniforms these days from manufacturers like Dragon, DID, Ultimate Soldier and others is incredible ! They are spot on. I am a detail guy, and I believe ‘It’s all in the details.’ And I feel that is also what collectors are looking for—at a reasonable price.”

Even tiny objects such as radios and medical kits benefit from Robert's keen attention to detail. (Photo: Robert Jason)

Tiny objects such as radios and med kits benefit from Robert’s keen eye for detail. (Photo: Julie Kostick)

Robert's taken an ordinary Jeep and converted and customized it into a perfect 1:6 scale replica of MASH field ambulance. Outstanding! (Photo: Robert Jason)

Here, Robert’s taken an ordinary Jeep and converted and customized it into a perfect 1:6 scale replica of a MASH Army field ambulance. Head to the front! (Photo: Julie Kostick)

A second custom Army ambulance sports Robert's amazing, hand-crafted canvas top, complete with racks for the stretchers, medical accessories, a hood flag and decals. (Photo: Robert Jason)

A second custom Army ambulance sports Robert’s amazing, hand-crafted canvas top with racks for the stretchers, medical accessories, a hood flag and medical decals. (Photo: Julie Kostick)

This 3/4 rear view of Robert's custom ambulance is breathtakingly realistic! (Photo: Robert Jason)

This 3/4 rear view of Robert’s custom ambulance is breathtakingly realistic. Look at all the tiny straps and buckles!  (Photo: Julie Kostick)

Bottom Line: Robert states he was inspired by the heroism and sacrifices of those from the “Greatest Generation.” Well, we’re inspired by his attitude and his superb custom vehicles. Hopefully, he’s signing the underside of each of his creations, because to us, they seem like works of ART! You’re an inspiration to us all, Robert. Keep up the great work! Contact Robert HERE.

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12 thoughts on “Inspired by Love of Family, Country, and G.I. Joes, Florida Man Creating Historically Accurate and Authentically Detailed 1/6th Scale Vehicles

  1. AWESOME! Would love to have this linked to my FB page!
    http://www.facebook.com/6THscalevehicles
    Thank you!

  2. GIJOEBILL says:

    I am so happy to see you get the story behind Mr.Jason amazing and inspirational work!! I have been eyeballing them for a while now. Awesome works of 1/6th scale art.

  3. Julie Kostick says:

    Bob just finished his latest piece; a 101st Airborne Glider Transported Medic Jeep. It can be seen at http://r.ebay.com/q7q1cs

  4. Julie Kostick says:

    Bob just finished a new half track. This one depicts the life of the soldier in the field and the vehicle features a front end bumper winch that is not found on any 1/6 scale models.
    You can see it here…
    http://r.ebay.com/zvSodD

    Julie

  5. Harris Olson says:

    That’s great work! It makes me jealous of his talent, time and work space.

  6. Um, Harris, his work space is mostly the dining table on the screen porch and the living room couch in front of the TV… and yes, we watch a lot of war movies!
    Bob’s current projects in the works:
    Willys 6×6 Superjeep with 37mm Anti-tank gun
    Harley Davidson Prototype 1942 XS Motorcycle with Sidecar

  7. Charlie Burke says:

    I have been watching Bob’s work for awhile and was lucky enough to win the auction for Bob’s T14 6×6 Willys Jeep with the 37mm gun. At first I thought the AT gun was out of scale but research shows the Bob’s project is perfect. I feel very lucky to own this beautiful work. All the detail work is museum quality.

  8. tom ferentinos says:

    Bob, It’s Tom Ferentinos from Virginia. I lost your site. Please contact me regarding anything new. I’m a great fan!

  9. Robert Jason’s new customization… The M16 Half Track! This one has been a long time coming and has just been posted to Ebay. KWJuls

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