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Firebase-Italeri's M110 8in. Self-Propelled Howitzer.

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Firebase-Italeri's M110 8in. Self-Propelled Howitzer.
Posted by TigerII on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 10:23 PM

I'm starting my next diorama which I'm calling 'Firebase'. I'll be using Italeri's M110 8in. SP howitzer and a resin base which I don't recall who made it. Along with a gun crew from MasterBox, ammo by AFV Club and other assorted goodies. Here is just the start.

 

 

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Posted by keavdog on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 11:22 PM

Looking forward to this.

Thanks,

John

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Posted by HeavyArty on Thursday, October 29, 2020 8:08 AM

This one should be nice.  Are you going to modify/update the figures?  They are WWII figures and the M110 was not fielded until 1963 and heavily used in Vietnam.  The uniforms on the figures are not right for post WWII (Vietnam or later).

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Posted by Gamera on Thursday, October 29, 2020 8:46 AM

Oh that's cool! 

I was wondering about the figures too. I've been told they're the earlier WW2 style and not right for my Korean War era M40 either. 

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Posted by TigerII on Saturday, October 31, 2020 1:21 AM

HeavyArty

This one should be nice.  Are you going to modify/update the figures?  They are WWII figures and the M110 was not fielded until 1963 and heavily used in Vietnam.  The uniforms on the figures are not right for post WWII (Vietnam or later).

 

I saw that the arty figures were wearing boot legging/gaiters so I might have to kitbash them, but I didnt see much of a problem with their upper uniform sateen shirts and helmets. IMHO those figures should work fine.

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Posted by HeavyArty on Saturday, October 31, 2020 8:51 AM

You also need to add cargo pockets on the pants and extend the shirts below the belt line and add the lower pockets.  In Vietnam, the uniforms were not the OG-107 w/tucked in shirts.  Vietnam uniforms were Jungle Fatigues which were lighter and worn untucked.  All helmets had camo covers too.

Some Vietnam guncrews

 

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Posted by TigerII on Sunday, November 1, 2020 1:34 AM

HeavyArty

You also need to add cargo pockets on the pants and extend the shirts below the belt line and add the lower pockets.  In Vietnam, the uniforms were not the OG-107 w/tucked in shirts.  Vietnam uniforms were Jungle Fatigues which were lighter and worn untucked.  All helmets had camo covers too.

Some Vietnam guncrews

 

 

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Posted by goldhammer on Monday, November 2, 2020 9:23 AM

Don't know why, but still have mine packed away from '73/74.  

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Posted by HeavyArty on Monday, November 2, 2020 10:02 AM

TigerII
Oh ye of such little faith...

I didn't say you couldn't convert them.  Just that out of the box, the figures are not correct for the piece.

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Posted by Real G on Monday, November 2, 2020 11:16 AM

It is disappointing that there are no plastic Vietnam era gun crews out there.  Tamiya missed the chance when they reboxed Italeri’s M107.  They just tossed in their M577 command crew set from the 1970s.  Instead of new, relevant crew figures and new tracks, we got some folded cots.

To paraphrase Deadpool “That’s just lazy repackaging!”

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Posted by TigerII on Monday, November 2, 2020 11:03 PM

So true Real G.

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Posted by TigerII on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 12:03 AM

Some WIP pics. I weathered the M110 with oils and added the decals and a "Jolly Roger" from Archer Fine Transfers. There will be some more weathering and tweaking as I progress with this project.

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Posted by TigerII on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 3:12 PM

I've added a couple of new decals to the howitzer and I've attached the vinyl tracks. I'm not happy with how they don't sag onto the road wheels. But I will attend to that. As for the rounds the one on the left is the plastic version which came with the kit while the other 3 are the heavier AM copper ones already primed for painting. Also the wooden racks, rounds and powder bag containers are primed and ready and waiting for their colors and construction.

 

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Posted by Real G on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 4:26 PM

Looking really good, TigerII!

There was a metal track set from China that I got through E-Bay:

They provided steel wire for the pins, which are very hard to cut.  I'm planning on substituting brass or copper.

 

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Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 4:37 PM

It's a shame that there's about nuttin' in the post-korea to pre-vietnam era. My Checkpoint Charlie dio died for a lack of interest in converting all of those figures.

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Posted by HeavyArty on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 6:15 PM

There are also indi-link metal tracks by Spade Ace Models out of China as well.  They look the same and go together the same as the ones RealG listed.

Spade Ace Models M110 Track Review:  https://www.armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=Reviews&file=index&req=showcontent&id=9692

 

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Posted by TigerII on Friday, November 13, 2020 4:17 PM

Thanks Gino for link on the indi-link metal tracks. But I'll make these work for now. Here are some pics of the AM 8in rounds. Instead of a flat olive drab color I went with a deep green color instead. The copper rounds just need to be decaled and then I'll weather them a little bit. 

 

 

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Posted by TigerII on Monday, November 16, 2020 10:50 PM

Here are the rounds along with 2 powder charge bags. Now onto the base and the figures (whenever they arrive). Looking forward to a figure kitbashing.

 

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Posted by HeavyArty on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 10:10 AM

The rounds and powder cans are looking good.  I wouldn't weather them too much though.  They didn't sit around that long once they reached the guns, especially the fuzed ones.  Where did you get the powder bags, they look good?   Of note, the rear of the powder charge should be red.  It is the igniter pad and always goes to the rear when loaded.

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Posted by TigerII on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 11:31 AM

Thanks for the comment Gino. The powder bags were a scratch build. Also thanks for the tip on the powder charge rear. Sometimes reference pics don't give you everything. This is what happens when you're attached only to 105mm arty batteries.

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Posted by TigerII on Sunday, December 6, 2020 11:48 AM

I've kitbashed the figures together with what I have in my parts box and primed them and I've started the groundwork. I'm waiting on another kit and then I'll do the wooden bern slats at the gun position. Its coming along and I hope to finish before Christmas.

 

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Posted by TigerII on Thursday, December 10, 2020 5:09 PM

I ordered the helmets but they have not arrived yet. I still have to add some rank insignias and unit patches to finish off the figures. Now to finish the base and tweak what needs to be tweaked. Enjoy.

 

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Posted by TigerII on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 4:41 PM

I finally received my helmets, now I can prime them, paint them and finish my figures. While waiting I was able to put on some Army ranks and name tags on the figures. I've put together my PRC-77 and components and they'll be ready for painting. Also my M110 did not come with a rounds hoist, so I scratch built one. Seems like all my components are coming together.

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Posted by TigerII on Monday, January 4, 2021 11:00 PM

A Happy & Safe New Year to everyone. I finally got some work done. The figures were finally finished along with the scratchbuilt round hoist. Then I was able to put all the components together to finish off this diorama. However there is still one tweak that has to be done. I wonder if 'Heavy Arty' (Gino) will notice it? As always all comments and critiques are greatly appreciated. Enjoy.

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Posted by HeavyArty on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 7:11 AM

It looks good to me.  I do see two fixes.  The RTO needs a haircut and the shirtless guy's helmet looks weird.   Other than that, everything looks great.  Good job on it.

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Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 8:16 AM

Ohhhhh, that's some nice work!!! Yes

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Posted by TigerII on Friday, January 15, 2021 7:23 PM

HeavyArty

It looks good to me.  I do see two fixes.  The RTO needs a haircut and the shirtless guy's helmet looks weird.   Other than that, everything looks great.  Good job on it.

 

Hey Gino, what I was really going for was that the gunner did not have the firing lanyard in their hand. I was thinking about using EZ line. As for the other two. You have to remember this is Vietnam in the field, sometimes the Army gun-bunnies were a little lax with their haircuts and you're right that helmet was really bad. The figure had a somewhat large head but I changed that and he looks somewhat normal now. So I'll just post my last pic on this diorama.

 

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Posted by HeavyArty on Friday, January 15, 2021 9:36 PM

Yup, I missed that part.  The figure looks much better with the helmet swap.

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Posted by ww2Xplorer on Friday, January 15, 2021 10:01 PM

Very cool diorama. I am curious, during which period this vehicle was used exactly?

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Posted by HeavyArty on Saturday, January 16, 2021 12:33 PM

ww2Xplorer
during which period this vehicle was used exactly?

It was originally fielded in 1964 during Vietnam and was in active service until the mid '90s (about '94).  

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