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Started this a couple of years ago and shelved before I gave it flying lessons. This is the 40+ year old Italeri/Peerless kit. This vehicle's destiny was utter failure. Packing a 37mm AT gun, it was equivalent to throwing tennis balls at German armor in North Africa. Based on the Dodge WC 51/52 chassis, it had lacked any armor except the "splinter" shield around the M1 37mm gun.

 

As stated above, this kit was first molded in the late '60's and then released by 3 or 4 different companies since. It defiantly shows it's age. The only kit dedicated aftermarket set was a pe set manufactured by Eduard back in 1993. After about 4 months of searching I found a set in Australia. This was produced when pe was in it's infancy. Frets are very thick. So…..getting my hands on anything WC 51 related and digging deep into my spares bin, I jumped off the cliff.

 

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Wheels are just sitting loose to see if by chance they all touched. Of course they didn't.

 

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Used a steel square to draw our mounting points for the windshield rests.

 

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Little bit of coaxing to get the hood to line up.

 

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PE rear bumpers, pedals and dash installed.

 

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Forming the tie down hooks. Pencil to show size.

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Used .015 lead solder for the headlight wiring.

 

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Wind screen was toy like over width. Sawed apart to resize.

 

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Drive shaft was too short. I'm sure I did something wrong here. A little styrene rod to the rescue.

 

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Used the kit seats cushions and shaped them to fit the Eduards armored seat shields.

 

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Lead foil is formed to make a canvas windshield cover. Did this so I wouldn't have to scratch build wiper motors or blades.

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Adding stowage and such. Stowage vendors are too numerous to remember muchness list. Rear stowage rage is built from a left over pioneer tool rack.

 

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Added a few "wrinkles" to the kits seat cushions before installing into armored buckets.

 

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Attaching the small little do-dads. Older (1993) pe really thick. Had to anneal almost everything for it to bend smoothly.

 

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Saw a photo of a M6 with a field manufactured .30 caliber mount. So  i followed suit trying to mimic the crude nature of it.

 

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Finally have some progress to report. Construction done and primered. The after market brush guard is made of compressed paper. We'll see how it paints up before I pass judgement on it. Will start paint after I construct a jig to hold it up side down.

 

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Construction is done. Few little do-das and finish the base and I can move it over to the "completed" area. The gun was a bitch as there isn't really any positive mounting point. Glue, tape, glue. Then don't go near it for 2 days.

 

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My last do-dads will be the bucket hanging on the pintle hook and the muzzle  cover made from dental x-ray foil.

 

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Next came the base. Cut an oval from a pice of birch and then route the edges to give some interest. 2 coats prestain sealer, 1 of natural tint stain and then seal it up. Sand it with ultra fine sanding pad followed by 8 coats of polyurethane gloss.

 

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I printed a battle map of the Battle of Kasserine Pass of February 1943. I sprayed each side with 14 layers of Krylon Acrylic Gloss clear. Putting the wood base on my printers platen glass gave me and actual size copy to cut out a template for the map. After cutting it out, the back side received a covering on Kilnz primer so it wouldn't be so transparent. Mixed water and and some Elmers Glue All and let it set overnight with a couple of books on it. I didn't like the reflection I was getting from the map surface, I taped the exposed wood and applied 2 like coats of matt enamel. # years and 11 months later it's done. I will photograph the finished build tomorrow and post in the finished forum.

 

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Had to add 2 more items. Just don't know when to quit. Found that Legends makes an early "C" rations set. Had to have one of those. Very nicely detailed resin boxes with decals included. Great stuff. Now a helmet. A Japanese company called "Feeling Parts" has a US sling set that include helmets and liners. The liners and slings are made of what appears to be rice paper and assemble like the real deal. Wanting a "netted" helmet, I used the Verlinden netting and screening material. I used diluted white glue to attach to helmet. 

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I placed the C ration box in the bed and ca'd the helmet in front of the drivers position.

 

Done! Done! I swear this time! 4 1/2 years and done!!

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