Tamiya M10 IIC Achilles 1/48
The 17pdr Achilles was a British adaptation of the American M10 TD armed with a very effective 17 pounder anti-tank gun, similar to the Sherman Firefly.
As with all other Tamiya 1:48 kits I’ve tried, this was nearly flawless which left plenty of time to focus on painting and weathering. The only modification I did was to add plastic stock to the main body to divide the tracks from the crew compartment. Otherwise the tracks would have been visible when looking down through the turret.
I assembled and applied the initial painting and weathering by working on the three main components separately. The final exterior finishes were applied after joining the upper and lower hull halves.
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