Mk.23 MTVR USMC Cargo Truck: Tow Vehicle for my M198 155mm Gun
Last week I posted my build of the Trumpeter 1/35 M198 155mm Howitzer Gun. I received some good feedback and some asked if I built something to tow it. This article is a response to that question. Yes, I put a good amount of time into this Mk.23 Truck by trumpeter. Problem is I built the 155mm in a firing configuration b/c it looked so cool that way so I never was able to hook the two together as planned. Would not have a display case big enough to hold the two together anyhow.
The Trumpeter Mk.23 is a great model with fantastic level of detail. Although it does not include a full engine, and, it does not include the tarp cover. Trumpeter please dont show your box art that does not accurately represent what is in the box, especially such a significant feature. Also the kit supplies the .50cal gun ring but no .50cal. Not a big deal for me.
Regarding the build the model had no significant surprises and went together well except for one area related to the cab sitting on the frame. There was this one frame structural element which played a large role regarding how the whole cab sat on the frame. The instructions did not properly illustrate how to attach this crucial element and based on the information obtained I did the best I could to place it. I did the best I could with some dry-fitting of the cab but Cab was not assembled at this stage. Thought it would be fine. Well it was not right and I needed to do some surgery to fix, and get the cab to sit carefully. I also felt the hood assembly needed more support sitting on the frame in order to align securely with the cab section. Sort of a fiddly fit for such a prominent feature.
I enjoyed myself weathering and finishing the model using all acrylic paints by Vallejo and Ammo/Mig. I also used AK interactive and Tamiya washes and filters as a final step. Chipping was done mostly with a brown/chocolate paint and dark aluminium applied using the old fashion sponge method. Finally I did a lot of dry-brushing over the entire vehicle using a lighter version of the base color. Overall a decent enjoyable build with minimal issues. Hope you enjoy the photos and all comments are welcomed.
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