The kit is by Trumpeter and was an easy build everything fitted perfectly . The tracks come as an almost complete unit and makes life easy. The canvas cover is very well represented and just as well as there is an error in the load area. I used light plastic for the windows in same. I had to remove the grab handles on the cab as they were moulded solid. I replaced them with wire. the most difficult part was fitting the cab windows, I had to make templates and needed to be accurate in this as there are recesses to fit them into which looks way better. The worse part were the windscreens which are split horizontally. I fitted etch wipers by Hauler.I also replaced the rearview mirror stem with wire as the plastic one broke. Only two small decals required. Paint was Humrol enamel 86 which I am told is close to Russian green.
Next is the U.S. M4 High-Speed Tractor over 5,500 built and in service from 1943 to the 60's. Based on the chassis of the obsolete M3 Light Tank it's primary use was towing heavy artillery such as the 155mm "Long Tom".
The kit is by Hobby Boss and in many ways was similar to the Trumpeter kit in layout and design, the tracks again moulded as a unit. The instruction sheets were very similar also. No option on the doors as all are moulded closed. For the door windows I used light plastic but the windscreens again were far more difficult. I made templates for recessed curved at the corners windows which took several attempts. Again I used etch wipers. Paint choice was Humbrol 155. Lot of decals on this and very nicely done too. Well produced and easy to use. Vallejo Set and Medium as usual.
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