I am dropping in to show a few pics of my latest model, it's a full resin kit by KenGi of the M18 Hellcat Tank Destroyer. The M18 is one of my all-time favorite US AFV's, so I just had to build this model.
The kit is a great one, and despite a few small dimensional errors, It builds into a very cool replica, although the tinkerer in me just could not resist modifying a few things here & there.
On to a few pics...
The kit has a full interior, so sub-assemblies abounded...
The interior gets fully finished, although most of it is not really visible on the finished kit;
And the finished model. I was keen to make an M18 of the 805th TD Battalion in Italy, as I wanted to try the colorful markings this battalion used. so after I cobbled decals from about 8 different Tamiya sheets, and some careful masking, this is what I came up with.
I used the "B" color plate from Steve Zaloga's Osprey book on the Hellcat for the inspiration for this model. It's vehicle #1 of B Company, 805th TD Battalion, outside Bologna, Italy, April 1945:
NOTE: According to Steve Zaloga's book, this vehicle was named "BLack Cat", but after extensive searching, I had to settle for naming mine "Bad News", I bit of liberty, and I apologize in advance...
Also, my apologies for the long, monster posting, but this model took my most of the summer to finish, these open-topped AFV's require a fair bit more work to complete.
This model will also, in due course, find it's way into Military in Scale magazine.
All comments and feedback are, as always, greatly welcomed and appreciated. And I want to thank everyone in advance for taking the time to look.