U.S. ARMY TANK DESTROYER M10 GMC ACADEMY 1/35

Since Merkava building, I tried to make an Academy’s tank again. It was completed in October 2015.

Box package of US Army tank destroyer M10 GMC Academy 1/35

Now I’m trying to build this M10 tank destroyer from Academy. It was released in commemoration of the Normandy landing 70th anniversary last year. This kit is almost same as the older M10 resale of released one in 2003. I suppose the accessories and the others may change in various ways.
Recently, a premium is attached to the model magazine frequently in Japan. No, it is not premium value. A magazine sales price becomes around 3 times rising. I think that it is a factor to obstruct purchasing for the unnecessary person. I’m wondering this spending is for kit or information. If its increase the sales amount instantaneously, it is the prohibited strategy, I suppose. Even the kit is high quality.

Cartograf decal, M10 GMC Academy 1/35

A vivid decal made of Italian decal maker Cartograf is included. I’m really happy. It’s possible to build a tank of a French free army.

sprocket wheel,  M10 GMC Academy 1/35

The sprocket wheel can be chosen from 2 types, with and without holes.

Track roller 6-spoke press type and 5-spoke perforated type,

Track roller 6-spoke press type and 5-spoke perforated type of wheel had been prepared. The mixture of the wheel seemed to be seen in a real tank during the WWII.

frame number are molded, M10 GMC Academy 1/35

Molds like the frame number are molded on the various parts.

tracker rollers 6-spoke press type, M10 GMC Academy 1/35

I choose all the tracker rollers 6-spoke press type after all.
(04-September-2015)

making chassis, M10 GMC Academy 1/35

I thought it was somewhat a lot of parts, I noticed this kit has a quite high degree of inner reproduction. Because it is a gun turret of the open top, it’s in precise contents. Well, I’m not interested in internal modeling, but parts are prepared so many, I’ll make it.

interior, M10 GMC Academy 1/35

Fitting of parts is good and it’s very easy to build. The interior making was becoming fun.

interior, M10 GMC Academy 1/35

Maybe after painting, it’s good looking.

caterpillar is the T-51 type

Though it is a quite old kit, I think the suspension is nice. The caterpillar is the T-51 type that the surface is flat. The top of the caterpillar is floating, and I do not feel it’s heavy. This is the problem that I want to do something about.

two hatches an open state, M10 GMC Academy 1/35

I think two hatches an open state, before deciding it I confirm the gun turret does not interfere these open hatches.
(23-September-2015)

mold was carved on the surface of the armor,

A mold was carved on the surface of the armor plate to an installation guide of OVM. I am thankful for the feeling, but scrape it off.

building turret of M10 GMC Academy 1/35

All except for shells glued, and seems no problem.

turret and armor checking, M10 GMC Academy 1/35

Even if the hatch is made open, it doesn’t hit a gun turret.

rubber track belt, M10 GMC Academy 1/35

Though I am not a connection caterpillar fundamentalist, if anything, I dislike belt one. A thin board-formed caterpillar like T-34 should not be a belt, I suppose. The Sherman series, M48 and M60 are the caterpillar which has no slack so much, so even a belt is nice looking. But I adhere to all the tracks because the caterpillar is floating above the guide wheels, it doesn’t look heavy metal as this photo.

rubber adhesion suitable glue

This caterpillar didn’t stick by glue for plastic, so such glue was used. It’s a little expensive.

glued together strongly rubber track belt

It could be glued together strongly. I think it became very better than an upper picture.
(28-September-2015)

strong primer before painting rubber, plastic model tanks

It is necessary to paint with a primer because paint does not adhere to the caterpillar made of polypropylene. MITCHAKURON of this Somay-Q Technology was used with that purpose. Because this primer is sticky when I spray it, we should complete undercoating early.

antislip molds on the internal floor, American tanks

The painting in the tank was completed. The detail rises when I did a drybrush lightly to the antislip molds on the internal floor, and an appearance is good.

interior of American tank

It’s moderate weathering, may be just right. At last the next step is overall assembling outside. It’s like a plane modeling process this time.
(30-September-2015)

painting shadow of tank

Because an assembling manual did not have explanation about the deployment of accessories, I loaded the place that looked good while seeing the photographs of the old tank magazine. (Ground Power magazine No.50 in Japanese publishing.)  I think it’s imagination, it’s a feeling.

There are many accessories in this kit, M10

There are many accessories in this kit and building them is fun. I placed the spare track roller, jerrycans, spare ammunition boxes and duffle bags in the place that did not interfere with the decal markings. The belt or ropes were attached and fixed them.

fixing band with the masking tape

I thought that it was not such a fixed way, I made a fixing band with the masking tape. I made the cramps of a shovel and the hammer.

I attached grouser racks to both sides of the chassis.

I attached grouser racks to both sides of the chassis. This may lose space of the favorite decals.

marvelous front and rear light guard of American tank

I am very thankful for the front and rear light guard being the etched parts.

metal wire antenna, US Army tank destroyer M10

I have made a mistake in how to attach the etched part of the antenna base….. I’ll paint a basic color soon.
(07-October-2015)

alphabet and number molds for tanks

These parts are alphabet and number molds such as the casting number on the gun turret upper part.

masking to prevent a mist blowing inside

It is a masking to prevent a mist blowing inside.

molding number attached to the gun turret

To prevent failure of the cut, I transplanted the parts solidified of polyester putty from the simple mold. The right mold may be usable again.

Marking is the Free French army M10.

Marking is the Free French army. The Cartograf decal is easy to stick, and tough and beautiful.
(10-October-2015)

US Army tank destroyer M10 GMC Academy 1/35 build and painting to finish

M10 was completed. I can look into the inside as the vehicle interior is reproduced and leaves the front hatches open, big open top turret. The degree of reproduction is high, and looking very nice. The lower body is similar to M4A2 tank mostly.

Free French army M10 GMC Academy 1/35 build and painting to finish

The small round rising of the body surface is intended to attach increase armor. Because M10 armor was thinner than the M4 Sherman for weight saving, it was allowed you to strengthen it later.

rear view of M10 GMC Academy 1/35

The antenna is a metal wire.

Free French army decals are beautiful

I forgot to put out a line of the jerrycan. It’s said to be after a weld? That would be a problem.

heavy weathering on the chassis and belt track

Another little failure. Because I minded only the installation form of the caterpillar, I have forgotten that I smoothed off the scarring such as the injection pin mark of the left T-51 caterpillar. As for the T-51 type, rubber was completed on a surface flat part. Therefore, I’ll call this a moving scratch.

heavy weathering on the wheels

Was there too much rust of the caterpillar? When a construction machine isn’t operated and is left for several days, rust comes out, so can’t this expression also be called a fiction?

rear armor of M10

Because the gun turret rear had a space, I put some baggage and touched an accent with the light and shade of the painting.

main armament is 50 calibers of 3 inch gun

A main armament is 50 calibers of 3 inch gun. Inside the gun turret, there are 6 shots and a total of 54 shells are being stocked in the vehicle.

turret of M10 GMC Academy 1/35

I thought by which timing I shall paint inside. After all, I painted it after winding the caterpillar.

decided to open a hatch, M10 GMC Academy 1/35

I decided to open a hatch because after turning a gun turret during assembling, the turret does not interfere the front hatch.

Free French 5th panzer division developing it in Germany in April, 1945.

A marking is the Free French 5th panzer division developing it in Germany in April, 1945. Marking in the motif of the French national flag, the US military of star mark, the logo of the Strasbourg on the turret.

upper view of M10 GMC Academy 1/35

Five crews are in this tank. Three of the gun operation, a driver and a radio man. There are three folding chairs in the gun turret inside. It seems to be considerably smaller if three crews are in the turret.

Tamiya clear epoxy resin for headlight making

A clear part of the light didn’t attach in this kit, I used Tamiya clear epoxy resin. Since this clear is surprisingly clear, This time, the back of the lens is rough finish up, it looks bad. Therefore, I let a lot of mold lines and showed it like a headlight lens. I did washing of the silver thinly and it didn’t stand out a roughness of the inside. This Tamiya item is going to be a powerful effect if working properly.

Browning M2 machine gun and the M1919 Caliber 30 heavy machine gun.

Browning M2 machine gun and the M1919 Caliber 30 heavy machine gun will give a strong impression.

caterpillar of the rubber does not seem to have any problem

The caterpillar of the rubber does not seem to have any problem. After primer coating, paint is durable.

build and painting of M10 GMC Academy 1/35

Without doing a dry brush by too flashy metallic silver, metal part of a vehicle held at the expression of shining dully.

US Army tank destroyer M10 GMC Academy 1/35

I had a feeling of not want too much weathering on the gun barrel this time. Is it like a little isolated? At first the kill mark of the swastika was some joking. I suppose the kill mark is only band as German army is better looking.

American destroyer M10 GMC 1/35 build and painting to finish

Shell is a good accent.

US Army tank destroyer M10 GMC Academy 1/35 shade effect

When I wind up a caterpillar and building the interior inside the tank, I wonder it is completed. I like it very much after completing. Courage would be necessary for having rallied in a thin armored tank with the powerful enemy Germany forces. Regarding the Free French Army, markings are characteristic and are interesting.
(12-October-2015)

 

I am interested in models of tanks, airplanes, ships, military figures, I build it little by little when I feel like it. I am also interested in the history of war. My starting is Tamiya’s Military Miniature series in the elementary school.
From elementary school through university students repeatedly suspend and restart my modeling, it’s about 25 years of this hobby’s history.
Born in February 1970, I live in Tokyo. From February 2007 I was quietly doing a site called “Miniature-Arcadia”. It is being transferred to this blog with the same name from December 2016. My update pace is uneven, but please come to see here occasionally.

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