The LT is still trying to get info out of those French woodsmen. I spent the day yesterday putting together my crew for the halftrack. I changed out the LT for another figure that I liked better. I really like the first generation body that Dragon. did because it is slender and looks good in my opinion as a WWII era soldier. My sergeant, Big Joe, the driver and the LT were already done, as well as one rifleman and my BAR gunner. So I set to work on 3 more riflemen. When I had them completed I went to place them in the HT, only to find that their legs would not bend sufficiently to allow them to sit down... Argggggggggh!!
The M2A1 half-tracks that Phil and I built were constructed using the driving compartment from the 21st Century White Scout Car. And the dimensions for the fighting compartment were based on the same 21st vehicle. The M2A1 was about a foot longer than the Scout Car and when the models were sitting next to each other I wanted them to look "correct". Mind you, that was done knowing full well that there was some selective compression here and there on the Scout Car and neither vehicle would be truly scale, but they are close enough to look "right". The issue however is that the fighting compartment is a little tight for figures that don't have a very flexible articulation.
I started digging through the nude figure box that I keep and found three Dragon figures that were a little more flexible, flexible enough that their legs would allow them to actually sit down on the seats. I need to redo five figures, so the last two were done with smaller super articulated GI Joes sporting Dragon headsculpts.
Once you get uniforms and gear on them, the compartment is pretty tight, but they fit and I am calling it a win. The radio man is standing in these shots but he will sit down in his little space as well.
I spent today reworking the five figures and took these shots when I got them finished just a little while ago. I wanted to have the finished HT and crew ready for the SSCC monthly meeting this coming Wednesday and I accomplished that goal. Thinking about trying to have some simple scenery for my display; some grass mat and a stretch of road.
This has been a long project, though a good bit of the time that it has taken to complete the vehicle and crew since I began in August has been spent waiting. Waiting for detail parts, uniforms and gear and finally, a decent day to spray paint my weathering.
All in all, a satisfying project. I never thought I would have a half-track and it came out better than I could have hoped for. I know that it doesn't compare to some of the M3 models that are out there, but if you sit it next to a Hasbro half-track, the size difference blows you a way. For me, it is a great addition to my 37th Tank Battalion. Thanks for looking - PM
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