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Frédéric’s Mobile Cinema Model

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models

UPDATE: Frederic spotted another example of a Mobile Cinema trailer on Google:

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Frédéric lives in France and recently completed a model, shown above, based on the mobile cinema operation shown in the photo below (see more mobile cinema photos here). We tried to find more pics of the mobile cinema setup, but we didn’t have much luck, so he had to use his imagination and experience for additional details. It took a year to complete and he did a great job!

His next project will be a German Car, a Stoewer from 691e Panzer Propaganda Kompanie that will include a couple german war reporters. 

In the meantime, as a health care professional, Frédéric is on the medical front lines in France fighting COVID-19. His region doesn’t have too many cases at the moment, so he’s in a relatively better place than other medical professionals in France. Stay safe Frédéric!

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Here are some more photos:

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Here’s a look at the trailer before it was finished:
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In this photo you can see how the green ‘leaks’ through the top coat to give the “canvas” some depth.

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These are the stickers he had created by a friend, which took him quite a while. Having had to recreate older fonts myself, I can tell you that it’s indeed a challenge!

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9 Comments on “Frédéric’s Mobile Cinema Model

  1. Frédéric

    Thank you Dave for publishing my model

    I wanted to pay tribute to these somewhat forgotten soldiers

    Many thank Chris for your comment

    Take care

    Frédéric

  2. Mike

    This is an amazing work of art, skill, patience, creative ability, would like to know more about the materials used in making such a model.

  3. Frédéric

    Thank you Dave

    I corrected one on my jeep I had made a mistake on the “registration Number”

    Before :
    https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/pw/AM-JKLX3XdwAIMmnc9n6Urks7XsV0erB6I1SyE_8tDZlVc0eSTC3r5yYBSgrfmLr7op5oBrD2d8Rp7GQVRaBmttgisDcIee7aVL_eQGU4HSiK77HU4STyXZK-uPcOyXyQO3w6aqbEu0rRrs8OsZw4J9BAGJc5g=w1178-h883-no?authuser=0

    After :

    https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/pw/AM-JKLVNQYSyqcGh8-5wqTXBc9_n2bC8VwEkKNA1eOIhlYOCYaPoI-o0y4jHc6D4tJbLpQVMQPXSCtSLPFdlAwdJF7nuTspyveTRgVjL-k7nySc8dRuGHSHuZXzB7i2YGXRobrhBYo3rSMPY_YFf2BvrlvzmKg=w662-h883-no?authuser=0

    Thanks to Mike a forum member https://hmvf.co.uk

    here is his message:

    Hi Frederic,

    Pretty difficult to read, but it has to be a six digit number starting with 14, so 14XXXX. Note the GMC further along the line has what appears to be a 5 digit number, but the sixth number is just partly visible. The fourth digit on the jeep appears to be a ‘ 7’, so 14X7XX.

    If the third digit is a ‘2’, the possibilities are: 142758 to 142799 inclusive.

    The third digit cannot be a ‘3’, as the only jeeps in that series are 143000 to 143085, ie none with a ‘7’ fourth digit.

    The third digit cannot be a ‘5’ , as there are none with a ‘7’ fourth digit.

    The third digit cannot be a ‘6’, as there are no possibles with a ‘7’ as the fourth digit.

    The third digit cannot be an ‘8’ as all the 148xxx series are trailers.

    The third digit could be a ‘9’. If so, the possibles are:

    149701

    149708

    149709

    149729

    149730

    149734

    149762

    149763

    149793

    149794

    The above are the only possibilities for the registration number of the jeep in the image.

    A little bit of detective work based on the images shows that 122 Mobile Cinema worked with 6th Infantry Division at Wewak, New Guinea in November 1945. 122 Aust Mob Cinema was one of a group of mobile cinemas formed at wars end to entertain the troops after hostilities ceased. We know that the images were taken while operating with 6th Infantry Division because the unit sign on the GMC CCKW353 is 2-4 over 91, which is the unit sign of 2/4th Aust General Transport Platoon, which was part of the 6th Division.

    Hope that all helps to provide a better ‘picture’ of what your model represents.

    Mike

  4. anonymous vernon

    when i wake up in the morning , i open the window and see a bantam jeep trailer parked right outside — olive drab , birds are roosting on it , seems like its been there since ww2 ? — it is a civilian 46 but the body was made during ww2 ..

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