Finally! With a handful of friends from IPMS Stockholm I finally can conclude this monster of a model to be done. It just took...a number of years...to finish. I first thought this beast to be an easy match as everything big must be simple to assemble. Wrong! All problems were scaled up. Look at any model in a microscope and you will see joints the size of trenches to fill with putty, mould lines to sand with a power tool and all sorts of problems. I used tie downs to secure front and rear sections to the hull before flowing liquid glue in all joints, ruining my floor in the process. After a week of curing time I dared to loosen the straps. That is what you have to deal with when scale and weight is working against you. My friends did the turret, boogies and tracks. When attaching the top to the bottom it took a number of people to do this and generous amounts of glue and screws holding it all together. At one point a whole sprue went missing and we had to scrounge a new one, not the easiest thing to do. Tamiya´s spray cans were used to get it in uniform and an hour of airbrushing broke up the uniformity of the shiny OD. Stars were airbrushed on using home made stencils.
The model was built for the Arsenalen military vehicle museum in Strängnäs, Sweden, and will be officially presented to the museum in a few days time. Why would a Swedish museum want a model of an American WW 2 era tank? Simply because there are a number of them in the museum collection. These tanks were brought over and used for tests right after the war. Now they rest in the care of the best armour museum in northern Europe.
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