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1/35 DML T19 105mm HMC, WIP, 01/02/11, Complete

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1/35 DML T19 105mm HMC, WIP, 01/02/11, Complete
Posted by redleg12 on Monday, October 04, 2010 8:45 PM

Fire Mission…..

1/35 DML T19 Howitzer Motor Carriage

Along with the kit I will add Griffon PE kits for the suspension, the PE kit for the driving compartment and may look at the voyager set for the hood and front end. I also will be using the new AFV Kit for 105mm ammunition packaging and new AFV 105mm brass ammunition (not shown).

Research

If you are going to build a US Halftrack then you need the bible for the vehicle and the variants, Half Track by R. Hunnicuitt

A little over 300 were manufactured and were used by the US extensively in North Africa and a bit in Italy.

The build

Before building the kit, a good background was to read Tim Streeter’s web blog on the build.

http://www.usarmymodels.com/MANUFACTURERS/DML/DML6496/dml6496%201%20intro.html

Step 1 on the kit builds a number of small assemblies including the axels, radiator, engine, front wheels, track driver wheels and track idler wheel.

The kit instructions are a bit off in two parts. The picture would lead you to believe the fan goes on the lower pulley, but it actually goes on the upper pulley. I learned that one the hard way. The brake shoes A8 & A9 are reversed from what the directions show….that was a freebie from Tim

After that everything assembled well

Here are all the wheel assemblies

Step 2 & 3 assemble the track assemblies. I will skip those for now to do a little paint with the wheels. Some people prefer to totally assemble then paint. I am the sub assembly painted and then assembled modeler. I will try to work a method for the DML half track assembly

Step 4 takes the frame and begins mounting parts and assemblies. I mounted the transmission, front suspension, steering box and track drive axel mounts

The T19 was assembled early in the war, prior to the modification for a double coil spring idler on the track. To build what was typically fielded, we are lucky that the parts are in the kit. This is done by replacing parts C34 and C35 with parts C43 and C44 respectively. This allows you to now leave of part A22 and A21. Thanks again Tim. Design information can be found in Hunnicutt.

These parts (C34 & C35) will require a bit of seam work to the frame.

The remaining rear adjusting idler parts were left off until the tracks are mounted.

Step 5

This step adds the engine, radiator, exhaust system, front and rear axels, drive shaft and steering arm. The instructions don’t give the details but install the exhaust system before the engine or the rear axel. These all assembled nicely. The track wheel assembly is also to be put on in this step but as stated earlier, the will wait until later.

That’s it for now. I’m off and running.

As always thanks for stopping by. Your comments good or bad are always appreciated.

Rounds Complete!!

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Posted by SuppressionFire on Tuesday, October 05, 2010 5:55 AM

Looks like a good start to a cool project!

In WWII the US designed & manufactured three machines that had longevity beyond their original purpose. The Sherman tank, half tracks & the B-26 Invader bomber. All three were still fighting into the 70's. The B-26's airframes became tired and had to be re-manufactured to soldier on in Vietnam. The Sherman reached its ultimate lethality in the 80's as a up-gunned conversion in Israel. Modern footage of battle groups in Israel show the half tracks still serving along side the lethal Merkava battle tank transporting troops, proving a sound design, easy maintenance and accessible replacement parts never becomes obsolete.

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Posted by redleg12 on Tuesday, October 05, 2010 6:09 AM

Surpression Fire - Great designs go on forever.....look after the was ....the M113, B52 or the C130. And lets not forget the M109....the M115 and M114 which both lasted from WWII to the 80s....the list goes on!

Thanks for stopping by and for the comments

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Posted by jetmodeler on Tuesday, October 05, 2010 6:37 AM

Looks like your off to a good start. I was so close to getting this kit this weekend. But I ended up getting something else.

 

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Posted by Nachtflieger on Tuesday, October 05, 2010 7:20 AM

Good start Mike.Big Smile I'm looking forward to watching your progress. I haven't seen one of these built up yet.

Nate

 

 

 

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Posted by wing_nut on Tuesday, October 05, 2010 7:32 AM

And prep for Amps East '11 gets underway.

Marc  

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Posted by redleg12 on Tuesday, October 05, 2010 8:18 AM

Jetmodeler - Well....this will be a good way to decide on your next trip  Wink. Thanks for stopping in

Nate - I have a cool feeling Cool.....then again artillery in general does that to me!! Thanks

Marc - Well.....not exactly.....most likely AMPS International next April.....that looks like a great show!!

Thanks for stopping in

Rounds Complete!!

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Posted by iraqiwildman on Tuesday, October 05, 2010 9:06 AM

A question a little off topic, what are you using for a background on your photos? I usually see white paper, but I like this light blue. I also like you using a wood display stand.

 

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Posted by HeavyArty on Tuesday, October 05, 2010 9:23 AM

Looks like it is off to a great start.  Another winner in the works!!

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Posted by redleg12 on Tuesday, October 05, 2010 9:34 AM

IWM - To see my photo are look at the photos of my Bench  You will see the photo booth. The background is a cheap blue fabric ($2/yd), cut to fit. It is on a spring rod hanging down and then along the shelf. The base is a 3 x 3 Maple.....made from an ooops while making a model base....waste not want not. 

Thanks for stopping by

Gino - Always a welcome visit to the mortor pool!!

Rounds Complete!! 

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Posted by deafpanzer on Tuesday, October 05, 2010 12:59 PM

Now you have caught my attention... will be following you.  Looks like its a fun kit to build especially that it is a DML kit. 

Good luck!Yes

Andy

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Posted by Pvt Mutt on Tuesday, October 05, 2010 1:24 PM

Yeah DP this even interest me.Surprise I guess this falls into the SPG class Hmm

Get with it MikeToast

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Posted by redleg12 on Tuesday, October 05, 2010 1:37 PM

Andy - All you DML Germaholic fans are looking at a DML US kitSurprise....LOL....Yep....DML make  nice kit....they always have something screwed up in th directions!! But a nice detailed kit.

Just the bit I have worked with it so far, it makes the Monogram half tracks look like something from the stone age and the Tamiya like a rotary phone

Thanks for stopping by

Tony - Now....it is called a T19 Howitzer Motor Carriage.  Further....as I state on slide 12 of my artillery presentation.... “Self Propelled artillery is either tracked, half track or wheeled.  A self propelled unit has an integral engine to propel the weapon. Early self propelled artillery had open fighting compartment. More modern versions used closed fighting compartments. “   Whistling (I know blowing my own horn)

Thus yes, it is a SP weapon!!Wink

Tony, you are always welcome!!

Rounds Complete!!.

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Posted by Pvt Mutt on Tuesday, October 05, 2010 1:41 PM

Yep, the engine and tracks are a dead give away.Big Smile

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Posted by redleg12 on Tuesday, October 05, 2010 1:47 PM

Pvt Mutt

Yep, the engine and tracks are a dead give away.Big Smile

Tony LeeSmile

Yes ..... LOL

Rounds Complete!!

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Posted by shoot&scoot on Tuesday, October 05, 2010 4:39 PM

Mike, you can't fool me!  I know at least one of  these was used in Europe 'cause I saw it in Kelly's Heroes and every one knows Hollywood would never lie!  Looks like you have the start to another great one here, I'll be watching.

                                                                             Pat 

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Posted by minimortar on Tuesday, October 05, 2010 6:59 PM

redleg12

Just the bit I have worked with it so far, it makes the Monogram half tracks look like something from the stone age and the Tamiya like a rotary phone

 

 

LOL! Having been there and done that/those. Good Looking kit details so far... another WIPpy to keep an eye on.

Wink

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Kevin Keefe

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Posted by redleg12 on Tuesday, October 05, 2010 9:09 PM

Pat - as per Hunnicutt, there was a group of the T19s which saw use in the Italy campaign. The T19 was an early war stop gap until the M7 was produced. The 105mm was too heavy and too much recoil for the M3 frame and suspension to take.

Thanks for peeking in

Kevin - I know you know what a rotary phone is...and you have used one, along with a slide ruler, gum eraser, teletype, and of course that modern instrument....the electric typewriter!!! Wink....OK...now I feel old Tongue Tied

Thanks for the peek

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Posted by minimortar on Wednesday, October 06, 2010 7:07 AM

redleg12

Kevin - I know you know what a rotary phone is...and you have used one, along with a slide ruler, gum eraser, teletype, and of course that modern instrument....the electric typewriter!!! Wink....

Thanks for not including the stone tablet and chisel. Tongue Tied

redleg12

OK...now I feel old Tongue Tied

Ah... yep... and thanks again... pal.  Wink

Thanks,
Kevin Keefe

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Posted by wbill76 on Wednesday, October 06, 2010 4:50 PM

Looks to be the start of a fun ride Mike, looking forward to this one. Beer

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Posted by Pvt Mutt on Wednesday, October 06, 2010 5:22 PM

Hey Mike ever hear of using the "Right Tool for the Job"? I know I know,a man got to do what a man got to do.Whistling

You know I love you buddyBig Smile

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Posted by redleg12 on Wednesday, October 06, 2010 6:43 PM

Kevin - LMAO!!

Bill - Thanks for stopping in......a nice WWII model!!! I know...but its green (damm I love green)Whistling

Thanks for stopping by Wink

Tony - We are both from the viagra and flowmax generation.....just because it is old, does not mean it is bad.

Most times those "old tools" work a lot better than the new ones.....have you ever seen the batteries die on a slide ruler.....that old typewriter never suddenly ran out of ink.....and the rotary phone NEVER died.....old is good!!

Thanks guys

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Posted by mg.mikael on Friday, October 08, 2010 8:36 AM

Well let me just say that the fit of those parts looks perfect! Can't wait to see paint on them.Smile Now only if Dragon would release an M-3 Scout Car, I would be happy. Plus it's not like it's an entirely different kit, you omit the tracks/suspension from the back, add two more wheels and few other odds and ends and one would have a scout car.

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Posted by HeavyArty on Friday, October 08, 2010 8:52 AM

mg.mikael
 Now only if Dragon would release an M-3 Scout Car, I would be happy. Plus it's not like it's an entirely different kit, you omit the tracks/suspension from the back, add two more wheels and few other odds and ends and one would have a scout car.

Actually, it is very different.  The only usable parts from the M2 kits would be the front end from the windshield forward.  Everything else from there back would have to be redone.  It would basically be a totally new tooled kit.

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Posted by mg.mikael on Friday, October 08, 2010 8:58 AM

HeavyArty

 mg.mikael:
 Now only if Dragon would release an M-3 Scout Car, I would be happy. Plus it's not like it's an entirely different kit, you omit the tracks/suspension from the back, add two more wheels and few other odds and ends and one would have a scout car.

Actually, it is very different.  The only usable parts from the M2 kits would be the front end from the windshield forward.  Everything else from there back would have to be redone.  It would basically be a totally new tooled kit.

True, but it wouldn't be like trying to transform a Tiger II into a Scout Car. Since in a sense, it would be half-done for the Dragon engineers.

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Posted by camokid on Friday, October 08, 2010 9:03 AM

HeavyArty

 

 

Actually, it is very different.  The only usable parts from the M2 kits would be the front end from the windshield forward.  Everything else from there back would have to be redone.  It would basically be a totally new tooled kit.

 

Actually Gino the scout car is dimensionally different in the front end as well, to be accurate the half track nose wouldn't work. The half track may have been based off the scout car but ask any restoration guy who's tried to fit hood parts, side armor etc. from one vehicle to the other and he will tell you they aren't the same.

It would have to be a completely new kit (except for maybe the roller and bumper type parts) but I'm all for Dragon doing it, I would love nothing more than to finally be able to ditch my old scout cars for something new.

Ken

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Posted by redleg12 on Friday, October 08, 2010 9:14 PM

MG - Thanks for stopping in......and starting the M3 discussion

It would be great to see that done and for AFV to finish the rest of the WC series......someday....most likely after I build the old ones in the stash!!

If you build it ...it will come!!

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Posted by detailfreak on Saturday, October 09, 2010 8:39 AM

Cool looking build here,been contemplating one of these halftracks as a stash addition. Plan on superdetailing the engine compartment? That is the Continental engine yes/no ? will be checking in from time to time btwn my home overhauls.Cool   later, Greg"Detailfreak"Rowley

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Posted by Tojo72 on Saturday, October 09, 2010 2:40 PM

It looks real good Mike,those Dragon Half-tracks build up nice,I did an M-16.All that detail you are adding should look great !!

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