Thank you for your service

The story behind this M48A3 is that while we were having our house built, a friend of my wife dropped by to see how the house was coming along. My wife told him that I build models and he wanted to see my work. At this time, I was working on a Sherman. He told me he learned to drive tanks in a Sherman. So of course I started asking questions. This is when I found out he was a tanker in Vietnam and drove this tank, so I asked him more questions about his time and the tank. After the house was finished and we moved in and got everything setup, I found his tank that I wanted to build for him. This was more or less a thank you for his service and advice. After I was done, I had left it with the tracks unfinished and no weathering. Sad to say we have not seen him since the visit.

So today I finished it in memory of him and it is completed and in the display case.

The rest before it was totally completed.

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Tamiya U.S. Self-Propelled 155mm Gun M40 (finished)

I’m calling this M40 done and it was a great kit that I highly recommend. I took the finished shots before the bucket of water was finished drying so I’ll go back and take a few close ups.

The diorama is a Korean War scene as the M40 saw limited action in WWII. So enjoy

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Tamiya U.S. Self-Propelled 155mm Gun M40

As we go through Harvey’s heavy downpours here in Houston I figured it was a great time to work on this M40. Added the metal barrel and finished off the tracks so their ready. Also started on the figures as there is 8 of them…. All this rain makes me sleepy so I might take a nap and wake up to more work…

 

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Tamiya Japanese 4X4 Light Type 95 Kurogane 1/48 scale

This is not my normal build or scale (almost too small for me), but a friend wanted this for a gift so here it is. Now moving onto the U.S. M40….

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Tamiya German Self Propelled Howitzer Wespe and Diorama ((Completed))

Finally completed this cold project. It just started out as a replacement for a Wespe I built about 20 years ago and moved before it was 100% done and lost the tools to this diorama. Then I kept thinking of more and more to do or buy to add on, ended up using 2 full kits and extra parts from past completed builds. I used wood putty to mold the campfire logs and Tamiya snow.
Now to clear out the area and get ready for a small build for someone requesting a Japanese WWII car (first for me)

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Two Wespe 20 years apart

Tamiya Schwerer Panzerspähwagen Sd.Kfz.232 8-Rad (finished)

This was nice to have back in the collection again. A lot of clean up work for this older Tamiya kit also added a photo etched leftover for the hook for the bucket and made rope and wire for the canteens from heated sprues.
Chipped and rusted the body and added the copper to the antenna mount area, the kit shows to paint as body color but box art and other photos show copper. Muffler covers are not right and came with the kit solid when the should be screens so I rusted the hell out of them. This is around 1939 time frame… Poland

Please let me know what you think….    Next is the Wespe

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