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Friday, 13 May 2016

HALF TRACK 28mm

Latest addition, a Half Track plastic kit from Warlords Games, fits nicely together and comes with a metal American driver. 
The British used the M5 and M5A1 versions of the half track.
Unfortunately I thought I had the M5, but I wrongly purchased the M3 plastic kit rather that the M5 from Warlord games.
Thanks to a couple of guys on the Chain of Command Face book site who pointed this out to me, so I am currently making some superficial mods by trimming back the front mud guards to help it pass for a M5 see last photo.
This link is a very helpful site:
look under United Kingdom and USA halftracks

I chose to model  the vehicle without the  Machine Gun ring as  per: http://armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=SquawkBox&file=index&req=viewtopic&topic_id=230948
The only items I added to the model are the back packs hanging off the sides, I also continued with the wet mud look as opposed to dry.


The supplied American driver was modified to look more like a British infantry man with replacement of his head with a spare from the Vickers machine gun team and the addition of British webbing.
The standing infantry man is plastic from the Brit Infantry set. I modified his arms to fit both MG s.
Both figures have earth magnets on the base of the figures .
The 50 cal and 30 cal machine guns are mounted on thin cut down nails with magnets glued on the bottom and sealed with Green Stuff.
Circle indicate where magnets have been embedded in the seat and the floor of the half track and sealed with Green Stuff. 






Half track with 30 cal MG
Half track with 50 cal MG
Trimmed away the the mud guards to help make it look more like a M5.







15 comments:

  1. Very nice work on the panel shading John. Top quality work as always.

    So the M5s had no ring mount, while the M5A1s did?

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    1. Thanks Andy for your comments,
      I am no expert Andy but these are some of the sites I visited before putting the half track together.
      http://moderndrawings.jexiste.be/WW2Drawings/Files/Site.htm
      http://moderndrawings.jexiste.be/WW2Drawings/Files/Site.htm
      http://moderndrawings.jexiste.be/WW2Drawings/Files/Site.htm

      The model kit is actually a M3 Plastic kit from Warlord games I though I had purchased the M5 and currently cutting back the front mud guards around the wheel to try and make it more like a M5.

      On a site note I am actually working on a section of dug in infantry, hope to post next week.
      Cheers John

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    2. Hi Andy.
      If you visit the above site, look under United Kingdom and USA half tracks.

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    3. Hi Andy found these links may help with the M5 machine gun ring.

      review of Plastic soldier Company Halftrack M5 showing the assembling diagram:
      http://themadtinhatter.blogspot.com.au/2013/05/the-plastic-soldier-company-ltd-15mm.html

      FOW site that talks about M5;
      http://www.flamesofwar.com/hobby.aspx?art_id=292

      cheers

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    4. Cheers John,

      I've got a Warlord M3 kit sitting on my shelf, but wish it was an M5 really. Bit surprised Rubicon didn't do the M5 as an alternate version when they did the M3. There's a gap in the 28mm market there, really.

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    5. Yes Andy I agree,I probably saw that the M5 at Warlord games was made of resin while the M5 was a plastic kit and looked more appealing and forgot that the British used the M5.
      You could do some mods on your vehicles to help it look more like a M5.
      Trim down the front guards,round off the back section of the carriage, remove some of the rivets etc.
      cheers

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    6. Ah, they do a resin M5? Interesting.

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    7. M5 Follow the link
      http://store.warlordgames.com/collections/great-britain/products/m5-half-track

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  3. Superb work once again John and I look forward to seeing the dug in section of infantry.

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  4. Wow! That's another superbly painted and weathered vehicle!
    Well done John :o)

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    1. Thanks Matt, I really enjoyed painting this vehicle,there is something about Half track whether Ally or Axis, that make them very interesting vehicles.

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  5. So much going on with this one, took me ages to get through the photos just wowing. Splendid stuff.

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    1. Thanks Dia, and great to hear you are enjoying the imagines.
      cheers

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