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1/76 M3, M5A1 & M9A1 US Armored Halftracks
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For the fiddly 50-cal MG pulpit, this time I used two sides from the Airfix one, thinned down considerably, for stiffness. Then added the rest from plastic strip.
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I made a bend in the kit RHS (as viewed by the driver...) and then trimmed the width of the front to compensate.
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I also added an ammo box for the 50-cal and carved the firing handles:
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On the M9A1 itself, I added replacement resin Jerry Cans because the kit ones had sink holes right in the middle, right where most of the detail is. I also added the side 30-cal MG mounts on either side. Shown here with the pulpit dry assembled:
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I airbrushed the overall SCC2 on the outside of the M9 and all over the 6-pdr, then sprayed an SCC14 disruptive pattern on the halftrack. The pulpit is attached, and just needs the support post added at the back. The decals are for the 8th Motor Battalion/The Rifle Brigade, 29th Armoured Brigade, 11th Armoured Division in Normandy 1944. The tracks/wheels are still dry assembled here, and next up is my least favorite painting exercise - tires (tyres). At least the tracks are rubber, so it is easier to paint the tires on the bogies...

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My favorite part... the first round of mud and dust! The suspension is now attached and everything sealed with a coat of matt varnish. Next up is the pin wash, detail painting, some stowage and a final dusting. I may even finish on time!
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And finally, the finished result:
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Airfix White Halftrack M3A1 Converted To M9A1 BRR

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Airfix White Halftrack M3A1 Converted To M9A1 LF

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Airfix White Halftrack M3A1 Converted To M9A1 LHS

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Airfix White Halftrack M3A1 Converted To M9A1 LR

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Airfix White Halftrack M3A1 Converted To M9A1 RF

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Airfix White Halftrack M3A1 Converted To M9A1 LFTop

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Airfix White Halftrack M3A1 Converted To M9A1 LRTop

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Airfix White Halftrack M3A1 Converted To M9A1 RFTop

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Superb work! The track and gun almost look 35th scale with all that fine added detail. Well done.

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Beautifully detailed.

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Nice one.

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I've been asleep at my post here, Neil and have missed some of these updates. What a cracking job and this series of builds has to be some the best examples of these US half-tracks that I've ever seen in this scale. The paintwork and additional details are exemplary IMHO and you have really shown what can be done in 1/76th - some of those details would be tough to replicate in 1/35th and I can only assume that a microscope forms part of your modelling toolbox :ha:

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A great application of dirt under the vehicle; how did you achieve that?


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