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Cal M2HB Mounts: One Style Does Not Fit All!
"Charby" Charbonneau offers this very helpful overview of the
various .50 cal machine gun mounts so you can select the correct version for your
Wheel and Tire
Kurt Laughlin convinces us there is nothing tiring learning
about tires for the 105mm howitzer.
Matter of Scale
In 1/35 scale, all figures are not created equal.
Sets for the M10 Tank Destroyer
Martin Dogger presents an overview of upgrades and accessories.
Academy's M3 Stuart
This little light tank gets some extra detailing
to represent one of the 194th Tank Battalion Stuarts defending the Philippines
Academy's M7 Priest
it's got problems. Who doesn't? But if you're willing to put in some time and
skill into it, you can have a respectable intermediate version of this self-propelled
Academy's M7 Priest as an Accurate "Baboon"
comes with decals for Baboon, but its nose is out of joint, so to speak. Using
historical photos, I swap out the three-piece differential cover and add wading
stacks and more to build a better Baboon.
- Building AFV Club's LVT-4 Late Type Water Buffalo
A lot of wheels and little parts but once you get in the swim this builds up into a shipshape armored vehicle.
AFV Club's M18 Hellcat
Hervé Charbonneau tweaks and details this kit, mainly from scratch.
an M36B1 Conversion from Tank WorkShop
This "complete conversion"
falls a tad short.
C.G.M.'s U.S. WWII K38 A Trailer Cable Splicer for Jeep
needs some TLC.
DML's 105mm M1A1 Howitzer and M1A1 Carriage
a sweet little kit, but it helps to have some references handy.
DML's T19 105mm Howitzer Motor Carriage
strengths of DML's refined half-track and 105mm howitzer overcome dodgy instructions.
Italeri's 105mm M101 Howitzer
It may be surpassed by DML, but it was
a good kit in its day and still suitable for younger modelers.
Italeri's 155mm Howitzer
needs a lot of work to make an accurate version of this important artillery piece,
but here's how you can do it.
Italeri's Dodge Ambulance
I add some detail to a sadly neglected kit.
Italeri's M7 Priest
nearly 20 years, I reacquaint myself with this classic kit.
Tamiya's M3 Lee
I try to make a silk purse out of this sow's ear.
Tamiya's M3 Stuart
lesser model can still be improved upon with a handful of simple changes.
Symbols and Trademarks, 1940 1945
you are interested in adding the correct foundry symbols that were cast onto significant
parts of many U.S. tanks, Kurt Laughlin's article will help you determine the
A list of the popular replacement lenses for U.S. AFV head
and tail lights.
Usage In the 5th Army, 1944
often ask what tracks are appropriate for a particular vehicle in a particular
place and time. Kurt Laughlin has the answers for the Fifth Army in Italy in 1944.
Army Pneumatic Tires of World War II
Kurt Laughlin explains the different
tires and road wheels used to keep the U.S. rolling forward to victory.
Burgess compiled this list of websites that are great sources of Sherman photos:
Walk In the Sun
A historical overview of modeling U.S. WWII AFVs and
Model "The Good Guys?"
to overcome the "German Mystique" and why olive drab still matters.
to the Tamiya Lee
Reflections upon the rumored scuttling of the Academy M3 Lee kit.
I attend my first national show of the Armor Modelers and Preservation
clubs still matter in the age of technology.
The olive drab is strong at the premier armor modeling show.