2nd Build Report M107 175mm Mechanized Howitzer
I reported earlier on the build and post-detailing of this Tamiya-Italeri kit out of the seventies. This build also suffered delays because of my workbench being unavailable for months due to refurbishment works in my home. The prospect of a better modelling den kept me going while I reflected on future projects such as this one… 🙂
You can check my earlier report here:
The build (99% finished)
The first task was the paint job. I primered the model black, and applied some white shading on the free surfaces. After that followed an olive drab light coat so that the shading can do its work. I’m happy about the result, the extra detailing of the gun mount really comes out perfectly!
I also modeled the interior of the drivers compartment. This was mainly done using copper wire of various gauge and styrene sheet. The interior was painted flat white. I printed some dial outlines from the actual user manual of the similar M110 howitzer and reduced to 1:35th scale. The track is DS type so still needs the sagging-job but will be part of the diorama and weathering task.
I will now build a little diorama around this machine, depicting the US Army M107 at the 3rd marine forward fire base at Camp Caroll near the DMZ in February 1968. This artillery detachment was responsible for the outgoing HEX mail towards the VC and NVA regular units surrounding the US Marine base at Khe Sahn during the Tet offensive. I intend to depict figures at the moment the howitzer is fired with ears covered, a bit like in the real picture. From my research, there is no kit available for such figurines, so I will need to sculpt them myself.
I will keep you posted on this one so stay tuned!
Here are some pictures for you to enjoy, comments welcome! I already spent 40 hours on this one including researching the build. More to follow!
7 additional images. Click to enlarge.