M10 Régiment Blindé de Fusiliers-Marins
Hello from New Zealand: Been a while since I shared a build, so… It’s hard to explain, the M10 is just one of those subjects that has a very definite appeal to me, but I would never commit to building one until recently because I knew my ‘skills’ (such as they are), would never come close to building what I saw in my head. It’s only in the last two or three years that my AFV ‘skills’ have started to coalesce, so in 2018 I took a deep-breath, bought the kit and then left it alone… still nervous of it y’see.
Started work finally on it just before Christmas and have been grabbing a few sessions here and there for the last eight weeks or so. The Academy kit is NOT a straightforward build, a lot of planning is needed especially in the early stages where building-up, masking and painting the interior sub-assemblies has to be done in such a way as to minimise re-painting and re-masking over and over again. The fit of the turret halves was a nightmare as they seemed to be entirely different sizes, but with some good super-glue, some pulling and twisting and a fair chunk of swearing it did work-out. The kit-supplied gun-barrel is terrible and best consigned to the bin in my opinion – the kit-specific barrel & mantlet set from DEF Model is a massive improvement and highly recommended.
I decided before I began that the finished model would have very little in the way of stowage as historically the RBFM vehicles that took part in the Paris Liberation skirmishes drove only short distances from their lager areas, fought then retreated for the evening to start all over again the following day !. Also I recently finished an Easy 8 in ‘road march’ configuration and fancied something a little more ‘minimalist’.
As ever thanks for taking the time to look and / or comment, please feel free to ask any questions or suggest any improvements. Next for me is a Eurofighter and then an M41 Walker Bulldog, both for GB’s elsewhere on t’interweb.
Have a great weekend, folks.
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