Tamiya 175 mm M107 Mechanized Howitzer in 1:35 (#37021), with diorama
I reported twice on this build before, but now I found the time to drive things to completion. This is basically an Italery kit reboxed by Tamiya dating from the late Eighties. I upgraded the mold by adding tubing for hydraulics and electrics on the gun mount and loading ram to bring more life to the model. I also scratch built the drivers compartment and printed some of the parts using my 3D printer.
I finished the howitzer upgrading and started the weathering process. I made a base out of wood, cardboard and fine plaster and painted it using acrylics. I tried to mimic the feature photograph of an M107 SPG at Camp Caroll near the DMZ 1968.
I brought depth to the base using chalk powder as pigment. I also started sculpting the figures for the diorama from wire and green stuff. This step will take a bit of time, but since next year marks the 50th birthday of the 1968 Tet offensive marking a turning point in public support to the war in SEA, I found it very worthwhile. This one is in honor of all those who served in SEA! I will use Hornet heads and some scratch built items. I will report back again soon on this.
Meanwhile, enjoy the pictures.
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