Tuesday, 11 May 2010

The 'Meat Chopper'

This is another model that I had wanted for a long time, but took ages to find in the shops. It's an M16 Multiple Gun Motor Carriage. The real vehicle is based on the chassis of the White M3 Half-Tracked Personnel Carrier. As usual, this was really nice to build, not too easy, but with plenty of details to paint.
The M16 was primarily used in the Anti-Aircraft role, but was sometimes used against enemy infantry, hence its nickname, the 'Meat Chopper'. I love this model, it's got lots of small details, especially its powertrain, which includes its engine, gearbox, driveshaft, differential and exhaust. I also like the fact that Tamiya included extra details like the crewmen's personal weapons, backpacks, water bottles and blankets! Nice one Tamiya!

My M16 Multiple Gun Motor Carriage

I did, however, make a major mistake with this model. I used Humbrol's Olive Drab, (I forget the paint number, as I have since thrown it out) which is too light. I should have used Tamiya's Olive Drab XF62, it's almost exactly the right shade of Olive Drab for U.S. Army WW2 vehicles.

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