Following from my camo scheme one a few weeks ago, here is my second M1A1 in the tan / sand colour in which they were originally delivered from the U.S.
It may not quite be up there with the Dragon MI kit in terms of quality, but the Trumpeter kit went together nicely and has good detail, including the non-slip / textured surfaces that many of the other M1 kits seem to lack.
Unfortunately I purchased the Trumpeter kits well before I knew about Arms Corps Models' conversion kit for the Dragon M1A2 SEP, so in addition to using Eduard's bustle rack extension, I also had to scratch-build a few parts to make the original kits resemble the Aussie version including:
- 'infantry phone boxes' on the rear of the hull;
- fridge / cooler box;
- round blanking plate in front of loader's hatch etc.
I had a couple attempts at trying to scratch build the 'Blue Force Tracking' (BFT) system located near the commander's hatch but couldn't even get close. Huge thanks to Jason (Arms Corps Models) for making a
couple available to me.
The stowage items are a combination of Verlinden stuff and a few bits and pieces from my spares box. The Australian water jerries are from 'Mouse House'. The kit was painted with acrylics, lightly weathered with chalk pastels and decals were from Echelon. The .50 & .30 cal liner decals are from Arms Corps Models.
Thanks for looking
The black square-shaped marks that I painted on the front lower part of the hull were an attempt to depict the rubber marks, which appeared in many of my reference photos as commonly being left on them by the heavy transporters.
Weathering such a light coloured model was a real challenge for me, as I'm still developing my weathering skills. I put off weathering it for ages as I was scared I'd stuff it up Needless to say there was a bit of scrubbing and respraying (and cursing) in areas where I thought it was a bit too much initially....