U.S. MACHINE-GUNNERS M1917A1 BROWNING HEAVY MACHINE-GUN MASTERBOX 1/35

US MACHINE-GUNNERS MASTERBOX 1/35 BOX PACKAGEIt is an American machine gun crew set. I think it was released relatively early in the master box kits. It is a familiar weapon of the Allied Army in various movies, dramas, battlefield photos, etc., for it has a characteristic shape of a machine gun which has a thick cylindrical shape water cooling device around the barrel.

US MACHINE-GUNNERS MASTERBOX 1/35 MAKINGI can’t say the quality of the attached decal is good. However, I am thankful to include such a decal in the kit.

US MACHINE-GUNNERS MASTERBOX 1/35 MAKINGThe figure’s face mold is very good, but I will try to replace it with resin heads. I think it looks like a somewhat younger soldier than the original heads.

US MACHINE-GUNNERS MASTERBOX 1/35 MAKINGIn order to give the stability of the figure, I cut the fishing weight to fit the empty space around the butt.

US MACHINE-GUNNERS MASTERBOX 1/35 MAKING US MACHINE-GUNNERS MASTERBOX 1/35 MAKINGIt is a cool pose, but the M1917A1 Browning machine does not have a water-cooled tank. In the box art, the tank was clearly drawn so I wanted this part to be attached. So I built a water tank from Tamiya’s accessory set. Making a water hose that connects to the barrel of the machine gun with a 0.5 mm brass wire and added the lid and chain from the stock parts. It is a little detail upgrade.

US MACHINE-GUNNERS MASTERBOX 1/35 PAINTING US MACHINE-GUNNERS MASTERBOX 1/35 PAINTINGThe master box painting instructions are hard to understand, anyway, I painted the uniform by referring to the TV drama, Combat or Band of Brothers. Also, this box painting was helpful. When I painted with khaki, khaki drab, olive drab, flat earth, dark yellow, sandy yellow, it became like US uniform.

US MACHINE-GUNNERS MASTERBOX 1/35 FINISHED WORKBullet belt was partly painted metallic colors.

US MACHINE-GUNNERS MASTERBOX 1/35 FINISHED WORK US MACHINE-GUNNERS MASTERBOX 1/35 FINISHED WORKM1917A1 Browning Heavy machine gun is an improved version of M1917 developed in 1917. It is a long-standing weapon that it is being used until the Vietnam War. We have experience in using the Japan Ground Self Defense Force. Water-cooled machine guns have difficulty in securing water on the battlefield, affecting mobility as well.

US MACHINE-GUNNERS MASTERBOX 1/35 FINISHED WORK US MACHINE-GUNNERS MASTERBOX 1/35 FINISHED WORK US MACHINE-GUNNERS MASTERBOX 1/35 FINISHED WORKI painted the wool watch cap on the figure replacing the head in olive drab.

US MACHINE-GUNNERS MASTERBOX 1/35 FINISHED WORK US MACHINE-GUNNERS MASTERBOX 1/35 FINISHED WORKI would like to be sure to attach insignia decals to every figure model like this machine-gun kit. Because it is rather troublesome as the data creation and coloring is not so good if I make the original decals.
(13-Apr-2017)

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