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#1 Proud Kraut

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Posted 21 March 2018 - 12:07 PM

It's high time to start a new project before springtime & yard work are in sight... As mentioned I took an interest in Tamiya's new 1/35 scale "U.S SELF-PROPELLED 155mm GUN M40". While the kit was on the way I did some online research. I found less pictures than expected of this vehicle. In WW II only one single piece saw action during the battle of Cologne. Here's some more information:

 

https://en.wikipedia..._Motor_Carriage

 

I had to pay 65,- Euro (US$ 80) for the kit, rather much money for a Tamiya model. I thought the high price was caused by the additional gun crew of eight. Yesterday the kit arrived. Going through the box I think the kit is well worth it's price. Some first impressions:

 

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Posted 21 March 2018 - 12:08 PM

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Posted 21 March 2018 - 12:09 PM

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#4 skypilot6670

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Posted 21 March 2018 - 01:47 PM

YES ! Another build to watch and enjoy. Thanks Lars. Mike

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Posted 21 March 2018 - 01:51 PM

Looking forward to your usual fascinating build reports, Lars. My dad served in an M-43 battalion (the 8" self-propelled howitzer version) so your M-40 will be of great interest.
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Posted 22 March 2018 - 05:49 AM

Interesting project !! What made you choose Tamiya's kit over AFV Club's one ?

 



#7 Proud Kraut

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Posted 22 March 2018 - 12:18 PM

@Mike: Thank you very much!

@Terry: The 203mm M43 conversion is definitely om my to do list as well!

@Etienne: It was for sure the gun crew that made me choose the Tamiya kit. As far as I know it's not available separately yet.



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Posted 22 March 2018 - 01:46 PM

Hi Lars, looking forward to this build. 

 

Hobby Fan has (or had) a Long Tom gun crew available that perhaps also fits the M40. But to me this Tamiya kit looks alright.

 

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Posted 23 March 2018 - 07:13 AM

@Etienne: It was for sure the gun crew that made me choose the Tamiya kit. As far as I know it's not available separately yet.

 

Good reason indeed !! In addition, the crew figures seem to be very nice, do you confirm ?

 

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Posted 23 March 2018 - 09:04 AM

Hey Lars,

I saw this vehicle being a WIP on a different site. The builder was quite good but it was the figures that he painted very well and put the whole model over the top.

I'm looking forward to your build. 

 

Semper Fi.

 

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Posted 23 March 2018 - 11:29 AM

Lars Waiting for the progress of your project 

 

 

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Posted 24 March 2018 - 08:38 AM

Think it will be another great work.



#13 Proud Kraut

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Posted 24 March 2018 - 12:50 PM

Thanks everybody! I started to build the upper hull of the kit yesterday. Tamiya quality as usual. All parts fit perfectly yet, it seems to be a rather easy to build kit.

 

Rene, thanks for the hint! I did find indeed two different crews. One with 3 and one with 4 gunners.

 



 

Good reason indeed !! In addition, the crew figures seem to be very nice, do you confirm ?

 

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Yes, I do confirm, they look well molded.

 

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Posted 15 April 2018 - 10:43 AM

Whats new? Not much progress with the kit for several reasons. Well at least a little progress with the chassis and the hull.

 

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BUT, I decided to build the 8 inch/203 mm variant M43 as well. For the conversion I ordered the AFV club kit that was mentioned here before.

 

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Posted 15 April 2018 - 10:44 AM

Here are the sprues for your interest.

 

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Posted 15 April 2018 - 10:45 AM

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Posted 15 April 2018 - 10:45 AM

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Posted 15 April 2018 - 10:50 AM

In addition I have found the AFV club 155/203 mm ammo set. Don't know how I missed this one. It was not easy to get over here since the set is not longer available in most modeling stores. Don't know, if AFV has stopped production of this set. If you get your hands on one I would recommend to get a set as long as it is possible.

 

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Posted 15 April 2018 - 10:56 AM

Guys, I have a serious problem. At the moment I'm unably to purchase ANY 1/35 scale 203mm howitzer M115 over here. AFV Club had a kit M115 8in Howitzer - AFV Club No. 35S06

that is not longer available over here. I THOUGHT I had found a build M115 and purchased one at ebay....

 

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Posted 15 April 2018 - 10:56 AM

Unfortunately it was a 1/32 scale "21st CENTURY" howitzer. Can anybody help out here and point me into the right direction where to find the AFV Club M115????

 

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Posted 15 April 2018 - 11:01 AM

...last but not least I noticed that my knowledge of English artillery equipment terms got a little bit rusty recently. I got me a couple of cold war Arty manuals to be well prepared for the following project & discussions. :lol:

 

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Posted 19 April 2018 - 04:13 AM

Hi Lars,
Compare your AFV Club parts # C 9, 34, 35 (breech ring and rear gun tube halves) to the corresponding Tamiya offerings and you'll see that AFV has already given you the rear half of the M43's 203 mm tube. They only made this shorter, thicker version and released it with both guns. There are more details regarding this and other shortcomings of this kit in my build report at panzer-modell.de/berichte/m40/m40e.php
So, you will "only" have to find a replacement for the aluminum front part of the tube. Decades ago, Verlinden had a resin conversion set for Italeri's M107; maybe that might help, if you could find it.
Good luck, Peter

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Posted 19 April 2018 - 12:04 PM

Hi Peter,

 

OUTSTANDIG build report, wow! Thanks very much for the hint, I'll check this at the weekend. Maybe the Verlinden conversion set is still available...

 

Danke & Horrido - Joho!

 

Lars



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Posted 20 April 2018 - 11:37 AM

Hi Peter,

 

OUTSTANDIG build report, wow! Thanks very much for the hint, I'll check this at the weekend. Maybe the Verlinden conversion set is still available...

 

Danke & Horrido - Joho!

 

Lars

Hey Lars,

 

Don't wait too long; you know that Verlinden went out of business. I hope you find it and if you do it should be at a very nice price.

Good luck.

 

Semper Fi.

 

Manny



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Posted 20 April 2018 - 12:21 PM

Lars,
Just came across another reference, especially for the M43 projo racks:
panzerserra.blogspot.de/2017/02/m43-howitzer-motor-carriage-203mm-t89.html

Peter


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