Rick Taylor Thanks. The kit parts for the platform where almost devoid of detail. I was able to find two line drawings of the platform in the US Ordnance Manual and used those to add the missing steel reinforcing and rope grommets.
Rick Taylor Thanks guys! From the photos that I collected, it looks like the majority of these in France prior to the armistice were in the British 2 color camo scheme. As the US bought all of its initial artillery from France and Britain, they were often left in those country's camo. Pieces produced in the US used the US patterns and many of the pieces acquired from France and Britain were later repainted in the US scheme. Most US artillery units in the Great War entered the line very late in the War; so, wear and damage were minimal. Most of the US units equipped with the 8-inch howitzer saw only a couple of weeks of combat usage. Therefore, I've depicted this example with very little wear and weathering.
The Academy kit was good overall - good details, and fit, no flash or molding issues. The kit includes two options on the type of road wheels and drive sprockets. There is some type of dimensional issue in the drivers compartment and engine compartment - things didn't quite match the photos. But these areas are not visible in the completed model. I have a second Academy M12 that will be converted into a T30 ammo carrier to accompany the M12. I've already scavenged the 155 gun from it to kit bash with the Commander Models resin 155 GPF kit.
Neuling Another valuable contribution to your artillery collection.
17. August, 08:51
Rick Taylor Indeed. For such an important artillery piece, I am surprised that it took this long to get a high quality styrene kit. I had two rather unsatisfying resin kits and the old, crude TOM/RPM kit but just couldn't bring myself to build them. This kit was a welcome relief.
17. August, 16:46
Rui S I'm with Neuling. Another Beautiful piece and camo
Rick Taylor Thank you. I strive for accuracy. I'm a retired artillery officer. Weapon systems are very well maintained. They are cleaned daily in the field and are rarely as dirty as some modelers depict.
4. May 2019, 17:35
Spanjaard excellent. you certainly know yours toys
12. January, 21:43
walt Love to see it in 1/16 scale! I hate weathering! Weather is for free.