M109A6 Paladin U.S. Army Self-Propelled Howitzer Italeri 1/35


It is a Paladin self-propelled artillery built from November to December 2008. It’s my first Italeri kit.

M109A6 PALADIN ITALERI 1/35 BOX PACKAGEThis is the M109 A6 Paladin of Italeri kit. Since the release was about eight years ago, the detail might be slack.

M109A6 PALADIN ITALERI 1/35 MAKINGI jointed many large-scale parts from the beginning.

M109A6 PALADIN ITALERI 1/35 MAKINGI looked for connecting caterpillar of AFV Club. But at this time, it’s not on the market, and gave up buying it. I put the hollow with the soldering iron because it was not a satisfactory detailed caterpillar connection part on the side of a rubber caterpillar. How about the result though it is a rough way?

M109A6 PALADIN ITALERI 1/35 MAKINGCut six umbones on the front of the body. Because it was a smooth one plate in the real tank photograph.

M109A6 PALADIN ITALERI 1/35 MAKINGNow smoothing the front side. 39 caliber 155mm howitzer cannon parts are large in size.

M109A6 PALADIN ITALERI 1/35 MAKINGIt is the movable part that the prop-like parts at the back of the body while the firing.

M109A6 PALADIN ITALERI 1/35 MAKINGI fitted easily to cut out the net of the side rack from the paper pattern.

M109A6 PALADIN ITALERI 1/35 MAKINGAssembling was completed. Trying to loosen with bundled caterpillar was difficult with plastic adhesive and instant adhesive.

M109A6 PALADIN ITALERI 1/35 MAKINGAfter all, the caterpillar has forced the tension downward in the 0.8mm brass line and showed them as having loosened. This is stronger for it is fixed from the inside. It’s unremarkable to paint in mat black. However, 155mm howitzer cannon is a powerful symbol!

M109A6 PALADIN ITALERI 1/35 MAKINGI loaded many accessories from the Tamiya Allied vehicles accessory set. It is an Alice pack, sleeping bag, tent and duffle bag, sheet, etc.

M109A6 PALADIN ITALERI 1/35 MAKINGOrdered Dragon model’s US tank crew set to an overseas hobby shop. I suppose it takes quite a long time to get it. Sometime after 2 months.

M109A6 PALADIN ITALERI 1/35 MAKINGI piled up the carton of the combat ration from the above-mentioned kit of Tamiya. According to the explanation of Tamiya, 12 meals for 1 carton, there are 24 kinds of menu. I hear that it is also for the vegetarian and was able to take a warm meal at any time with the chemical reaction heater.
It is a greater meal than my overtime work food!!

M109A6 PALADIN ITALERI 1/35 PAINTINGBasic painting in a Sand body color of the Iraq War.

M109A6 PALADIN ITALERI 1/35 PAINTINGAfter all, I could not wait for the arrival of overseas mail order, I bought an “Infantryman and accessories part set” for collaboration with ICM. These kit’s main parts are ICM.

M109A6 PALADIN ITALERI 1/35 FINISHED PHOTOPaladin has the M284 39 caliber 155mm howitzer cannon and the chassis is the latest vehicle of the M109 series. The accuracy of the impact area has been improved with GPS equipment. The maximum firing range is as much as 45km to use special ammunition and the normal range is 30km.

M109A6 PALADIN ITALERI 1/35 FINISHED PHOTOWhile net surfing, I found a vehicle where a part of the barrel was painted black. It looks very nice and I referred to it.

M109A6 PALADIN ITALERI 1/35 FINISHED PHOTOI did the washing and pastel to erase the monotony of the body color as much as possible.

M109A6 PALADIN ITALERI 1/35 FINISHED PHOTOSkids are attached behind, it’s placed while bombardment.

M109A6 PALADIN ITALERI 1/35 FINISHED PHOTOSince M109A6 has a big turret as equal to the underbody, the painting area is wide. By the way, the crew of this AFV is four people.

M109A6 PALADIN ITALERI 1/35 FINISHED PHOTOThree antennas are a good accent. I used the 0.3mm brass line for thinking about strength. The wireless is indispensable to fight in the present age.

M109A6 PALADIN ITALERI 1/35 FINISHED PHOTOThis time I painted Tamiya’s figure, usually I paint high-quality resin heads. It is a stern expression.

M109A6 PALADIN ITALERI 1/35 FINISHED PHOTOThis kind of shape polyester tank is for water and instruction indicates to paint black. But for a change, some of them I painted in sand color. I had a mistake, it’s a polyester tank, but I put the chipping rust on it.

M109A6 PALADIN ITALERI 1/35 FINISHED PHOTOThis desert camouflage uniform pattern is considerably difficult. It is necessary to draw the black in three colors of a brown similar color and the white mottle, there are a lot of processes.

M109A6 PALADIN ITALERI 1/35 FINISHED PHOTO COMBAT RATION CARTONPile of combat ration carton and vehicle equipment.

M109A6 PALADIN ITALERI 1/35 FINISHED PHOTOI thought the three rods in red and white color may be an unexpectedly good impact. It’s like a construction area tool.

M109A6 PALADIN ITALERI 1/35 FINISHED PHOTOTo tell the truth, the painting of the desert specification is difficult. I think that it is difficult to adjust the adjustment of Weathering.
I enjoyed and felt refreshing to make active AFV. You can see the size in this model comparing the crew size. Its first work was in 2009 and I felt satisfied with it.


  1. Steve TEDSTILL says:

    Great job on the Paladin ! I have a 3 colour NATO one , but I think I will repaint it in desert colours after seeing yours ! Sayonara .


      Thank you for your comment. I’m glad my paladin stimulated your modeling. Repainting is good, but making a dessert color with the new kit seems like a good option. There seem to be some items that are easier to make than Italeri kits.

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