I was working on this one when the Panda Marder came along. You can tell it's part Italeri because the fit in one area at the rear is not perfect but otherwise Tamiya has updated the kit enough to make it worth while.
Anyway I got her together and the base paint on it so i'll pick up where I left off.
A friend gave me an extra road wheel so I drilled out the lug holes and mounted it here just to add a little interest.
O.D. I've read mixed opinions between the Tamiya M-40 and AFV's example.
Mainly the AFV's barrel needing attention which is not a big deal in my opinion.
The big thing going for the Tamiya kit is it has a crew. Downers are simplified details and it has a split barrel,you have to buy the aluminum barrel.
Possible price: somewhere between 65 and 93 USD, Tamiya price is $93
I built the AFV M-40
I converted another AFV M-40 to a M-43
I would build the Tamiya if I could get a sample but I wouldn't buy one. I like the AFV model better from what i've seen of the Tamiya.
You get decals for two units the 2nd Battalion,32nd Field Artillery Regiment 1969 and
the 7th Battalion,15th Field Artillery Regiment 1969.
I used the 2nd"B" 32nd F.A.R. (more decals) 1969 was when I was there.
During the Vietnam era, the unit again saw considerable battle in the Counteroffensive Phases II through VII, Tet 69/Counteroffensive and the Consolidation I and II campaigns, earning credit for 12 campaigns and was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation (Army) streamer.
There's even a decal label for the FE, tools painted and installed.Tamiya supplies you with a section of black tubing to use as hydraulic hose that was installed on the gun.
Gary, Olive Drab is another one of those colors that gets kicked around from time to time. Pick a brand you like and go with it,this one has Tamiya OD that i've had for a long while which they say is darker than the latest batch?????
I mixed Deck Tan and Buff to lighten it up as a faded paint coat and I feel my Brown wash layer should make it about right. The older OD had a Brown cast where as the earlier OD had a Yellow Green cast.
Smashing work Tony.
Out of curiosity what would you recommend for colour for Us vehicles in WW2.
Pretty broad time frame and knowing there were different manufacturers of paint etc in this period, it would be nice to have your opinion/choice
"Lighter shade of OD varied greatly from a pea green to a dirty tan, and even a medium green color with the most common being the color collectors now refer to as khaki. There is also variation in the Later darker OD from an even green color to a dirty greenish brown."
Check the brands color charts and pick one you like then adjust the shade or tone up or down.
I've got several brands of OD and have used them all at one time or another.
Best I can do my friend since there was never a standard for any paint color in the industry according to Sherman-Williams Paint Company.
Yes Tony is right the Steve Zaloga article is very good, a topic that divides and unites armour modellers everywhere.
AKs recently released OD colours are very different to those of say Lifecolor but depending on setting and the blue tinge of WW2 colour pics all appear right. The Lifecolor OD also has a colour that matches the lustless OD NZ vehicles were painted in.
The FS colours though did change so an M3 in North Africa would look different to one in NW Europe in 1945 taking into account the different FS and the operational location.
I didn't know for sure just how old the figures were but they didn't look like the latest generation to me.
Grover you better be careful the Dark Side can sneak up and grab you before you know what happened.
Update In Stash:
Lots of 1/35 Armor mainly WWII German and a few Modern British/American pieces, 1/32 Aircraft and 1/48 Aircraft. Aircraft chosen to replicate RNZAF and RAAF types through the years. Some RAF & USAF types exist also.
Not a bad kit overall I would say. The only problem I had was getting the upper and lower hulls to fit at the rear but with many dry fittings along with filing here and there and some persuasion I was able to get a pretty good fit.
This one is right out of the box and finished the way I thought any average modeler could achieve.
I'm happy with it and i'm sure others that build this reworked Italeri kit by Tamiya will be too.