Time to change eras, so this build will be the M119 towed 105mm Howitzer. The 1/35 scale kit is by Mouse House and is an all resin kit. I will set the kit with the 25ID at firebase Alpha in Afghanistan.
The kit has only 52 parts and should be simple....big mistake!!
Drawback, the directions that come with the kit boarder somewhere between bad and horrific. Just a series of out of focus or very grainy photos with part numbers and arrows.
If it was not for Prime Portal, other photos and my old TM, the model would be next to impossible to assemble properly.
The model is shipped in a plastic bag, and is in serious need of a small box to protect the small and fragile parts.
The parts are LOADED with flash, some parts with gels and fisheyes and as you will see, hollow due to air bubble.
Here is the violin bow which was broken in the bag (along with most of the thin small parts)
The other part is one of the axles. I had it glued to the trails, sitting on a Tamiya paint stand. The trail fell to the table and to my surprise the axle broke in half. As you can see the axle is hollow due to poor air evacuation during molding
I replaced the axle with a scratch built axle made from styrene rod and thin sheet for the brake handles.
It may be hard to see but the recuperating cylinder (small tube on top of the cannon tube) was loaded with fisheyes and gels as was the barrel bottom and the muzzle brake
On the good side, it is a nice little kit. No one else makes a 1/35 scale of this howitzer, some details are quite good.
Here is the base trail assembled and ready for priming.
Here is the cannon and yoke after a bunch of fill work to fix the casting problems.
Well we are off for priming and getting some base color in those hard to reach places.
All comments are welcome, thanks for looking.