M107 Final Reveal, the Bien Hoa Proud American
I found the time to finalize this build. I reported on it before, in all this has been an on-and-off build for 18 months or so. I added extra detail like hydraulic piping, sharpened the detail based on the field manual for an M110 mechanized howitzer I found on the internet.
Last addition were the figures. Literally the first time I sculpted myself… I painted the figurines in one batch, together with those for the Tiger and Opel Kasserine GB of David A. Thomas revealed yesterday.
The model depics an M107-175mm howitzer of 2nd battalion 32 field artillery regiment (Proud Americans) in South Vietnam 1969. This unit was based near Bien Hoa airfield, Saigon (Xuan Loc). The figurines are posed to correspond to the exact moment where the piece is fired, the Chief Section shouting FIRE!
Here is what I learned:
– Figurines with metal 0.5 mm wire skeleton first covered in sticky green stuff, clothing is added with Staedtler FIMO oven-harded polymer putty, heads and hands are Hornet throughout
– After primering the figures, I used enamels for the paintjob based on a book by Osprey but I prefer my acrylics so that was a lesson for me! I have the feeling I can better control the color shading using acrylics and – of course – they are odorless.
– The SEA red dust is modeled using chalks as pigment, which worked out fine!
– Special details: Section Chiefs’ intercom wire, arrest brake on the gun mount, drivers’ compartment interior, adjusted seats and chains
I hope you like it!
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