M119 105mm Howitzer, 25ID in Afghanistan, *Complete w/o figs* Aug 30, 2008

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M119 105mm Howitzer, 25ID in Afghanistan, *Complete w/o figs* Aug 30, 2008

  • 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.

    Rounds Complete!!

    "The Moral High Ground....A Great Place to Emplace Artillery."

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  • Try not to breathe too hard on it!

    I'm from the government and I'm here to help.

  • For the life of me, I don't understand the allure of resin...
  • Subfixer - I'm turning blue just trying to finish!!Smile,Wink, & Grin [swg]

    Thanks

    ps1scw - Well the allure is that it is not made in styrene (1/35 scale). My allure is US artillery. With that I'm stuck, but I'll make the best of it.

    Thanks for looking

    Rounds Complete!!

    "The Moral High Ground....A Great Place to Emplace Artillery."

  • I'm sure you'll make it look great, I guess I just don't have the patience for it.

  • WOW Mike! Give it your best shot... I'm sure that in the end, that it'll be another beauty to add to your collection! I think that the 119 is the coolest looking light howitzer around and I'm looking forward to seeing you do wonders with this kit as well!

     

    Thanks,
    Kevin Keefe

    Mortars in Miniature
    A Scale Model (Plus!) Collection of the Infantryman's Artillery

  • It's putting up a good fight Mike but I'm sure you'll persevere with it and beat it into submisison. Looking forward to what you do with this one. Thumbs Up [tup]

    Resin is one of those things that can be hit or miss depending on the castings and storage conditions, and of course, packing and shipping. When it's the only game in town, you don't have many options for some subjects, especially for things like modern artillery and softskins.

  • I'll be watching this with great interest too.  I'm not much into artillery but I do like to work with resin after a building few 1/16th conversions.
  •  Hey redleg12,

     It looks like you worked over the barrel and the recuperating cylinder pretty well. Sorry to hear about the trashed axle, but the platform/mount looks like a very nice casting. Your Howitzer looks like a winner, especially with the "In Action" pics. Thanks for posting.

     Best Regards,

     

    "It's a problem of applied physics" Roy Brown

  • Looking good Mike.  Keep plugging away at it, I'm sure it will be a gem in the end.  I may have to get one and build it too.  Maybe if I do, Trumpeter or AFV Club will come out w/one in plastic, like when I did the M198.  :)

    Gino P. Quintiliani - Field Artillery - The KING of BATTLE!!!

    Check out my Gallery: http://smg.photobuck...v231/HeavyArty/?

    "People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." -- George Orwell

  • Guys - Thanks for the confidence.

    It's never over until it's over, just a period of frustration Banged Head [banghead], but I don't believe in giving up or putting a kit back on the shelf!!

    Gino - Yep, I would figure even before you tried one, just as I finish, the styrene version will come out!  You mentioned the M198....did I miss something...is there a styrene version coming...would be nice!

    Rounds Complete!!

    "The Moral High Ground....A Great Place to Emplace Artillery."

  • You mentioned the M198....did I miss something...is there a styrene version coming...would be nice!

    Yup, one coming from Trumpeter.  Looks good too.  Check it out here.

    Gino P. Quintiliani - Field Artillery - The KING of BATTLE!!!

    Check out my Gallery: http://smg.photobuck...v231/HeavyArty/?

    "People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." -- George Orwell

  • Cool subject Mike.  And good for you tackling the all resin kit.  I plan on doing one of those too...

    Just as soon as I build 1 each of ALL the plastic ones first. Wink [;)]

    Marc  

  • Marc - Lets see at your current building rate, divided into the number of kits available, not accounting for cash flow.....I guess we will see on from you next week! LOL

    Thanks for the confidence

    Gino - I missed that one....looks great....guess the resin one in the stash is time to sell!

    Hopefully the M198 and the M1078 come soon. Also looking forward to the M1028 MGS. finally some good stuff for the OD minority!!

    Rounds Complete!!

     

    "The Moral High Ground....A Great Place to Emplace Artillery."

  • Here we are a week later. Here is where I am at so far.

    I would like the group to know, I have been in contact with Mouse House, the kit manufacturer, and I have traded numerous emails on my problems with the kit and he is open to the assistance and looking to improve his product.

    The two main assemblies were joined. Continued filling and sanding all the resin imperfection. Before adding some details which would make painting difficult, I primed and base coated the model in NATO Green.

    Here is the based coated model with some details being added

    Finished most of the small details and it was time for some camo with NATO Black

    After the camo, I added the wheels, detailed the breach, added the hand wheels and started adding the sights.

    Still to go are the equilibrators (big springs on either side of the tube that gives assist in elevating), finish the sights and the base plate assembly. Then it will be onto the display.

    That's it for now. Thanks for looking. All comments welcome.

    Rounds Complete!!

    "The Moral High Ground....A Great Place to Emplace Artillery."