Building DML's T19 105mm Howitzer Motor Carriage
Modeling the U.S. Army in WWII

Ready for Paint

After shooting photos of the subassemblies, I glued the front cab to the rear compartment and let it dry solid. Note that on the underside where the cab meets the fighting compartment, there is a void on either side behind the cab that needs to be filled. I dropped some short sections of .080" half-round in there, topped off with a schmere of putty. Over this should be a flange (probably not necessary if you're going to muddy-up your undercarriage). Jim Mesko's Walk Around book has some good photos of this area, and you can see flange end here.

It's best to put the engine louver housing into place on the chassis, then glue it to the body as you lower it onto the chassis, again keeping a sharp eye on alignment of the parts and how the body sits ont he frame. BUT BEFORE YOU DO: paint the radiator black, so you don't have to poke around in there with a brush between those louvers.

Just before painting, I added the mud flaps. It would have been nice if DML had provided a little more real estate to which the photoetch flaps could be glued. They can fall off if you look at them wrong.

The vehicle will be painted in this mode, working separately on the gun and other smaller parts (ammo, seats, steering wheel, brush guards, and wheels).

NEXT MONTH: Painting and weathering the T19.



Modeling the U.S. Army in WWII © Timothy S. Streeter