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Tamiya M10 Tank Destroyer - Mid Production #35350

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  • Member since
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  • From: Rockford, IL
Tamiya M10 Tank Destroyer - Mid Production #35350
Posted by AlanF on Saturday, February 11, 2017 5:51 PM

A lot has been going on since I started this about a month ago so I don’t have many progress pictures, but here is what I have so far.

While the suspension is much simpler than the Asuka Sherman build I did earlier, it is still nicely detailed and goes together quickly.

The bottom of the lower hull has some nice detail.

While the top does have some sink marks, it really isn’t worth cleaning them up since they won’t be seen.

The top of the hull looks pretty nice as well.

The kit comes with 3 crew members.  I’ve NEVER painted a figure before.  All in all they didn’t come out bad.  I tried using what was called “Magic Wash” which is simply Future with a bit of acrylic paint, in this case black. By applying the wash the Future tends to force it into all the little creases. Not bad.  The do need a bit of cleanup, some highlights applied and, of course, a flat coat. I’m not sure I’m going to put on the goggles. There are no straps for them, so I think they would look weird just “attached” to the helmet. Any suggestions???

The lower hull and turret have been primed with black Stynylrez after the inside of the turret was painted and detailed.

Finally, we have a coat of good ole Olive Drab.

Next up is a gloss coat, decals, crew placement and weathering.

 

-Alan

 

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Posted by stikpusher on Saturday, February 11, 2017 7:07 PM

Looking good so far. Your wash on the figures certainly helps define their detail more.

I'm not 100% certain, but I believe that the floorboards visible beneath the open turret top should be Olive Drab and not white...

 

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  • From: Rockford, IL
Posted by AlanF on Saturday, February 11, 2017 7:55 PM

stikpusher

Looking good so far. Your wash on the figures certainly helps define their detail more.

I'm not 100% certain, but I believe that the floorboards visible beneath the open turret top should be Olive Drab and not white...

Thanks.  Hummmm... the instructions do imply a white floor but instructions have gotten colors wrong before. Does anyone know?

 

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Posted by disastermaster on Saturday, February 11, 2017 8:47 PM

http://i485.photobucket.com/albums/rr217/darkside_999/victory.gif~originalYep,

Olive Drab......

 2 black + 2 yellow + 1 Red
                              
                http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b232/gluetank/Animated/Disastermastermotion-3.gif

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b232/gluetank/Sherman%20M4A3E2%20Assault%20Tank/th_M4A3E2Icon.jpg  http://cs.finescale.com/fsm/modeling_subjects/f/3/t/134935.aspx?page=11

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Sunday, February 12, 2017 6:50 PM

As I understand anything that can be seen from the air is painted olive drab. That would include the hull floor right under the turret. I've been painting the raised area od and the driver's area white. I think that's right though you should be able to find some photos online to make sure.

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Posted by AlanF on Sunday, February 12, 2017 7:00 PM

Thanks for all the help with regard to the turret floor.  

Floor color fixed (I hope.):

 

It still needs to be weathered and dirtied up a bit when it dries.  I also took the opportunity to fade some areas on the tank hull. Next comes the gloss coat and some decals before the M10 gets that lived in look and used look. 

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Sunday, February 12, 2017 7:03 PM

Hey Alan that looks really good! Yes

Really like the fading on the hull.

 

If you want you can drybrush the hull floor with a little metallic paint to represent where the crew's boots scuffed up the od paint. And add some mud in there too if you want.

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Posted by Reserve on Sunday, February 12, 2017 10:15 PM

Nice stuff here, and the guys are right about the floor color which you've corrected. When I put goggles on my figures I make the straps out of plain paper...easier to form and glue down plus you can soak the paper in the correct color paint before cutting and applying

 

Regards,

Mark

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Posted by Bish on Monday, February 13, 2017 10:37 AM

Looking good. I know nothing about US armour, but OD for the floor makes sense.

 ''I am a Norfolk man, and I glory in being so''

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  • From: Rockford, IL
Posted by AlanF on Thursday, February 16, 2017 6:18 PM

Well, the M10 has been gloss coated and decals applied. You can also see that the turret floor has been weathered.

I must say the decals weren't the greatest and one of the stars is kind of messed up so I will have to work that into the weathering. For some reason the decals wouldn't stay put and almost instantly turned to mush with MicroSol. My mistake in trying to reposition the slid decal after MicroSol was applied. I've never had that issue before - live and learn I guess. The decals did settle down very nicely after MicroSol application, so in that way, they weren't bad.

 

Markings are for the 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division, Southern France, August 1944.

Now onto the final assembly of the tracks and weathering.

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  • From: Rockford, IL
Posted by AlanF on Thursday, February 16, 2017 6:19 PM

Reserve

Nice stuff here, and the guys are right about the floor color which you've corrected. When I put goggles on my figures I make the straps out of plain paper...easier to form and glue down plus you can soak the paper in the correct color paint before cutting and applying

I might have to try that Mark.  Thanks for the suggestion.

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  • From: Groton, CT
Posted by warshipguy on Friday, February 17, 2017 7:38 AM

I am new to armor modeling, so I am learning something new with each thread I've read.  I am most impressed with your M-10 so far!

Bill Morrison

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Posted by Gamera on Friday, February 17, 2017 10:44 AM

Looking really good! Yes

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  • From: Rockford, IL
Posted by AlanF on Friday, February 17, 2017 12:58 PM

warshipguy

I am new to armor modeling, so I am learning something new with each thread I've read.  I am most impressed with your M-10 so far!

Bill Morrison

So am I Bill.  I usually build 1:48 planes but I'm on an armor kick and I really like it. Armor is really a different beast, but the guys and gals here are awesome and they KNOW things!  I've learned a lot. Hopefully I'm improving on every build.

Alan

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