U.S. HOWITZER MOTOR CARRIAGE M8 TAMIYA 1/35

It is an old kit, but I made my own loading items with Super Sculpey clay. It was built in October 2014.

Box package of U.S. Howitzer Motor Carriage M8 Tamiya 1/35

This time I try U.S. Howitzer M8. It’s very old, released in 1974 and resell with a new figure of loader and gunner.

Assembling wheels, U.S. Howitzer Motor Carriage M8 Tamiya 1/35

Assembling wheels.

faster assembling compare to AFV Club’s M3 kit, U.S. Howitzer Motor Carriage M8 Tamiya 1/35

It’s easier and faster assembling compare to AFV Club’s M3 kit. I think easy making is an important value.

open top vehicle, U.S. Howitzer Motor Carriage M8 Tamiya 1/35

This kit is open top and there are inside parts of shells and extinguisher. Panel floor mold is very nice.

Super Sculpey, baked in 10 to 15 minutes in oven, M8 Tamiya 1/35

I could make this tank easy, so adding extra sand bags, bed rolls and cloth bags. This is Super Sculpey, baked in 10 to 15 minutes in oven to harden up.

Super Sculpey, making many bag and accessories, M8 Tamiya 1/35

Considering right and left balance to attach many bags. It’s total weight is a little heavy as attaching many clay parts.

Turret top is open and I can see quite large inside space.

Turret top is open and I can see quite large inside space.

blew surfacer, U.S. Howitzer Motor Carriage M8 Tamiya 1/35

Before painting, first I blew surfacer as it’s multi-colors material.

blew olive drab U.S. tanks basic color, U.S. Howitzer Motor Carriage M8 Tamiya 1/35

I just blew olive drab U.S. tanks basic color. This kit includes belt caterpillar. I usually want to use pieces divided truck links, but this M3 and M5 caterpillar is not needed to consider precisely. This model is covered by side armor and caterpillar have tension.

decals are trimmed to adjust the spaces, U.S. Howitzer Motor Carriage M8 Tamiya 1/35

After painting basic colors, I feel it’s close to completion. Firstly, I attached all OVM and bags and boxes, decals are trimmed to adjust the spaces.

like a brand-new car, before weathering, U.S. Howitzer Motor Carriage M8 Tamiya 1/35

It’s strange, like a brand-new car. But remain weathering.

US tank crew included in this Tamiya kit

I just made one figure. Inside the turret is too narrow and difficult to set him in. I’ll just him sitting on the sandbag. This kind of U.S.soldier figure wearing tanker jacket was precious in the old time. Now we can get it from Alpine, Miniart or other material maker.
(18-October-2014)

The M8 is self-propelled howitzer based from M5 Stuart light tank body.

The M8 is self-propelled howitzer based from M5 Stuart light tank body. It was produced approximately 1,800 tanks during World War II. French military used them after World War II in Vietnam, and the South Vietnamese forces used it until the early 1960s after France Army withdrew.

This marking is in European front

This marking is European front with the Tamiya’s manual.

attached a lot of additional baggage, making in clay and putty

I attached a lot of additional baggage, making in clay and putty, concerning American tanks tended to be having a large amount of equipment. Only wooden box seeming not to be fixed….

appliance of iron tools side on the gun turret was called additional grousers for going through muddy or sandy loose area

By the way, the appliance of iron tools side on the gun turret was called additional grousers for going through muddy or sandy loose area, they are attached with caterpillar treads. It was written on Tamiya’s instruction. When I made Stuart M3 AFV Club kit, I was wondering these tools, but became clear. Though it was a trivia, I became smarter.

headlight was changed to clear parts, M8 Tamiya 1/35

The headlight was changed to clear parts made by runner by myself.

vehicle inside is quite small, and figure is not readily set position

The vehicle inside is quite small, and figure is not readily set position. It is quite interesting to glance inside.

U.S. Howitzer Motor Carriage M8 Tamiya 1/35, build and painting to finish

I painted weathering to use pastel with acrylic resin here and there for the expression of three-dimensional effect.

US tank crew is sitting on the sand bag

I let one figure sit down on a baggage.

turret of M8 Tamiya and tank commander

Another shot from different angle. This Tamiya’s kit was easy assemble nice kit, I suppose.

turret of M8 Tamiya and tank commander

When I rode a lot of baggage, and some sandbags piled up, this model size is small but the big presence. It was slightly troublesome to bake clay called the Super Sculpey. I’ll use it again soon because I still remain a lot of clay.
(30-October-2014)

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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