Generally I've been posting completed models recently. As a bit of a change I thought I'd do some posts following a single project through.
Next up for attention is an old Matchbox kit, and M16 Half Track. As I've mentioned before, I have a particular soft spot for this kit, as I made one whilst still at school. At a time when I was mostly building model aeroplanes (and mostly getting bored and not finishing them), this was one of the few ground vehicles I made (the other being a Leopard 1), and one of the first I completed without help from either my Dad or Grandad (the other two prolific model botherers in the family!). It later go repainted and converted to be used in GW's Dark Future road wars game and after that, who knows? I picked up this kit from ebay, the box is a bit tattered, but otherwise everything is in perfect order.
First up, the box art...
I like how matchbox boxed their kits. You could see a bit of it, there was a nice clear drawing of how it should look assembled, and the box artwork was always top notch.
First job, after clearing away any flash (absolutely minimal with these kits, despite their age), was a quick spray with Flames of War, US Armour. This gives me a good base to work from, as well as getting the main colour on and making sure it gets into the nooks and crannies I wouldn't be able to paint with a brush once assembled. Small details get picked out as required, in this case the tyres (vallejo grey-black), small metal parts (MG's, winch), seats (FoW Khaki) and the gunner (FoW russian uniform for fatigues, Brown Violet for helmet, and GW Tallarn Flesh, all washed with Devlan Mud)
I'm going to take a bit more care and attention with this one, compared to some of my recent builds, So expect it to end up with some extra details like added stowage and crew (those spares from the Hasegawa Jeep are likely to find a use here).
Until next time...