Since the Merkava building, I tried to make an Academy’s tank again. It was completed in October 2015.
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 the 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 it increases the sales amount instantaneously, it is the prohibited strategy, I suppose. Even the kit is high quality.
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.
Though it is 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.
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 that 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 like heavy metal as in this photo.
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.
Because an assembling manual did not have an 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 and building them is fun. I placed the spare track roller, jerrycans, spare ammunition boxes, and duffle bags in a place that did not interfere with the decal markings. The belt or ropes were attached and fixed them.
M10 was completed. I can look into the inside as the vehicle’s 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 the M4A2 tank mostly.
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, the rubber was completed on a surface flat part. Therefore, I’ll call this a moving scratch.
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.
Five crews are in this tank. Three of the gun operation, a driver and a radioman. There are three folding chairs in the gun turret inside. It seems to be considerably smaller if three crews are in the turret.
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 as a headlight lens. I did the washing of the silver and it didn’t stand out a roughness of the inside. This Tamiya item is going to be a powerful effect if working properly.
I had a feeling of not want too much weathering on the gun barrel this time. Is it a little isolated? At first, the kill mark of the swastika was some joking. I suppose the kill mark is the only band as the German army is better looking.
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 it. Courage would be necessary for having rallied in a thin armored tank with the powerful enemy German forces. Regarding the Free French Army, markings are characteristic and are interesting.
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.