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armor fiend 02-22-2011 07:40 PM

M-10 'Duckbill' - 773rd Tank Destroyer - Ardennes
 
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Way back when, when building my Lee, which approaches doneness, I picked up Academy's M-10 Duckbill, because it has the engine I needed for my Lee, which would be easily viewable from deck, as opposed to the M-10, unless it had the deck opened.

After spending about a year on the Lee, I needed a break, so I picked up the M-10, whose box was still nearby, and began throwing it together. Again, I'd planned to do it OOB, and again, that didn't happen. I was going to do it, also, as a Lend-Lease Soviet vehicle, but there is no record of the Soviets getting duckbills that I could find. Then I though, maybe, Polish, cuz they've got those camo paint jobs, but again, no duckbills. Then I ran across this td from the 773rd. Nice paint job, plus a little modification. Fun. I decided to mod it old school, no aftermarket, but I broke down and got a barrel, cuz in sanding the plastic barrel smooth, I tapered the end. :(

http://cf.mp-cdn.net/dc/fc/b5029d21b...7990c20db4.jpg

armor fiend 02-22-2011 08:04 PM

I didn't do a lot of detailing of the interior. I planned to, but after taking a close through the ports and with tanks gonna be standing in them, I decided it was an awful lot of work for nothing.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/_6...U/IMG_2958.jpg

One of the things that was bothering me was how to paint with an air brush and get everything at the angles that can be seen. If I installed everything first, then I wold have areas with no paint. If I painted it outside the hull, how would I stick the canteens and lights in the interior. I hit on using very thin sheets which I'll glue to the hull. Of course, now that I'm not super detailing, it probably doesn't matter as much.

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/_6...c/IMG_2959.jpg

Notice the old style road wheel in the middle bogie, just to make things different.

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/_6...Q/IMG_2960.jpg

I built the grouser rack from scratch. I built up the "eyebrows" on the mantlet. Stuck in a pipe whose purpose I don't know, removed the horn, thinned the brush guards, cut and thinned the fenders, fixed the angles of the doors, removed the molded in seam and created a new with with sprue, made periscope covers out of lead foil (which you can't see here).

The barrel is from Barrel Depot.

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/_6...8/IMG_2970.jpg

I similarly detailed the turret. I created new attachment straps and bolts for the counter weight. I moved the cover spikes. I drilled a hole through for the sighting scope. I added levers for the turret breaks? I detailed the crank for turning the turret. I added a compass? thing. And I took out the existing 50 cal. mounting point and put in a new one from the Academy U.S. machine gun kit.

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/_6...0/IMG_2967.jpg

gordy 02-22-2011 08:36 PM

Nice work, some great mods you are doing :thumb:

Panzerjaeger 02-22-2011 09:08 PM

Looking good!

schlichtr 02-23-2011 12:02 AM

M10s are COOL. Keep it going. Want to see this one finished.

Roy

alexwencho 02-23-2011 12:51 AM

I'm a big fan of the allied TDs.
Thank you posting this great build and looking forward to further updates in-progress and finish.

AWD

armor fiend 02-24-2011 11:33 PM

So I built the .50 cal machine gun from Academy, which is a model by itself, and looks quite nice. Yes, it's not scratched, but I have a set of U.S. machine guns, so why not? Also threw on stowage from a couple of kits, including the Duckbill. I put the tacks on just for the pictures. Looks like I need to add some weight to get the wheels to sit right. I need to add some straps, and some bars inside the turret for the straps to hang on to.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/_6...720/m10aft.jpg https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/_6...39w/m10bow.jpg

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/_6...0starboard.jpghttps://lh5.googleusercontent.com/_6...7c/m10port.jpg

gordy 02-24-2011 11:36 PM

Nice :thumb:

armor fiend 02-24-2011 11:37 PM

And just to show that I can do it, an OOB Marder II Sd.Kfz. 131 (Tamiya).

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/_6...marder2aft.jpg https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/_6...er2portbow.jpg https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/_6...marder2bow.jpg

armor fiend 02-24-2011 11:39 PM

BTW, I dropped the M-10 this evening. :eek: Luckily, nothing broke. Just knocked some glued items loose.


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