M8 U.S. HOWITZER MOTOR CARRIAGE 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.

MOTOR CARRIAGE M8 TAMIYA 1/35 BOX PACKAGEThis time I try U.S. Howitzer M8. It’s very old, released in 1974 and resell with a new figure of loader and gunner.

MOTOR CARRIAGE M8 TAMIYA 1/35 MAKINGAssembling wheels.

MOTOR CARRIAGE M8 TAMIYA 1/35 MAKINGIt’s easier and faster assembling compares to AFV Club’s M3 kit. I think easy making is an important value.

MOTOR CARRIAGE M8 TAMIYA 1/35 MAKINGThis kit is open top and there are inside parts of shells and extinguisher. Panel floor mold is very nice.

MOTOR CARRIAGE M8 TAMIYA 1/35 MAKINGI could make this tank easy, so adding extra sandbags, bedrolls and cloth bags. This is Super Sculpey, baked in 10 to 15 minutes in the oven to harden up.

MOTOR CARRIAGE M8 TAMIYA 1/35 MAKINGConsidering the right and left balance to attach many bags. Its total weight is a little heavy as attaching many clay parts.

MOTOR CARRIAGE M8 TAMIYA 1/35 MAKINGTurret top is open and I can see quite large inside space.

MOTOR CARRIAGE M8 TAMIYA 1/35 PAINTINGBefore painting, first I blew surfacer as it’s multi-colors material.

MOTOR CARRIAGE M8 TAMIYA 1/35 PAINTINGI 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.

MOTOR CARRIAGE M8 TAMIYA 1/35 PAINTINGAfter 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.

MOTOR CARRIAGE M8 TAMIYA 1/35 PAINTINGIt’s strange, as a brand-new car. But remain weathering.

MOTOR CARRIAGE M8 TAMIYA 1/35 PAINTING US TANK CREWI 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 makers.
(18-October-2014)

MOTOR CARRIAGE M8 TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED WORKThe 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.

MOTOR CARRIAGE M8 TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED WORKThis marking is the European front with the Tamiya’s manual.

MOTOR CARRIAGE M8 TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED WORKI 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…

MOTOR CARRIAGE M8 TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED WORKBy the way, the appliance of iron tools side on the gun turret was called additional grousers for going through the 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.

MOTOR CARRIAGE M8 TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED WORKThe headlight was changed to clear parts made by runner by myself.

MOTOR CARRIAGE M8 TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED WORKThe vehicle inside is quite small, and the figure is not readily set position. It is quite interesting to glance inside.

MOTOR CARRIAGE M8 TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED WORKI painted weathering to use pastel with acrylic resin here and there for the expression of three-dimensional effect.

MOTOR CARRIAGE M8 TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED WORK US TANK CREWI let one figure sit down on a piece of baggage.

MOTOR CARRIAGE M8 TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED WORK US TANK CREWAnother shot from a different angle. This Tamiya’s kit was an easy assembled nice kit, I suppose.

MOTOR CARRIAGE M8 TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED WORK US TANK CREWWhen 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)

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