Assembly and Painting
top AFVs are always something of a challenge when it comes to painting and decaling.
If I get the exterior all dressed up with photo etch, I'm bound to bend or snap
something off while handling the beast and trying to angle a 000 brush to paint
a circular knob the size of a pinhead. So I painted the interior walls, set the
decals (mostly from Fingerprint Designs) where needed, and weathered the surfaces
before gluing the upper hull in place.
engine deck and rear had been painted prior to installing the two large vents.
I masked off the areas I wanted to protect. The tools, exquisite pieces from Formations,
were painted separately from the vehicle while still on their resin block.
giving the model a coating of ModelMaster olive drab, I went over it in places
with a faded OD. A camo mix of 90% Mud, 5% Daylight Orange, and 5% IJA Brownall
from PollyScalewas sprayed around the lower part of the hull and sides,
and over the barrel. After the paint dried, gave the sides and nose each a shot
of gloss varnish. I used the Academy star insignia. The side wall stars are flat
on the bottom, and the instructions show them set above the bolt rail for the
sand shields. I saw enough reference photos where the rail is painted white as
well, so I used some paint to continue the circle onto the rail. The unit markings
were accomplished with Archer Fine Transfers. The vehicle name "Can Do"
was pulled from other words on a transfer sheet. The tools and cable were installed
on the rear deck, and the ammo bins were set in place. The rack with the extension
poles for the tarp bows were glued over the star on the right wall, and the paint
on the rack touched up to match the spray of the camo color.
had planned on weathering the Italeri gun assembly separately, but it was a very
tight fit when I set it in place for these photos, so I left it.
H.M.C. M7, M7B1, and M7B2 Photo Detail CD, Chris "Toadman" Hughes.
9-1325 105mm Howitzers M2 and M2A1; Carriages M2A1 and M2A2; and Combat Vehicle
Mounts M3 and M4.
U.S. Armored Artillery in World War II, Steven Zaloga.
Self-Propelled Guns in Action, Jim Mesko (albeit with some errors in the text
WWII 105mm Howitzer Motor Carriages M7 & M7B1 Priest, Tankograd.
and Lower Hull
Upper Hull Exterior
Assembly, Painting, and Weathering