Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Chaffee Tanks

Paul Heiser Models M24 Chaffee in HO scale.

It's a very nice model.

Hull, two tracks, turret, hatch, and gun.  Easy fit.

I used different markings on them to organize the platoons.

A US Army tank battalion had a light tank company.

Five tanks per platoon, three platoons, per company, and two headquarters tanks for a total of 17.

Five tank platoon, circled white star on front and plain star on turret side.

Next platoon has US Army serial number on the side and a circle star too.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Halftrack Mortar Carrier

Roco M16 halftrack modified into a 120mm mortar carrier.

The mortars are from some M106 carriers that were converted to other uses, and the mortar was surplus.

Israel mounted a 120mm mortar post war in the halftrack.

These are made up as a field conversion, as far as I know the US Army never did this in WWII.

I only did four since it's unlikely to have actually existed.

Welcome to my readers from Italy!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

US Army Vehicles

Spraying primer on some of my WWII American vehicles.  

Hard to see under the light and shadow of the pergula on my patio.

Tanks, tractors, half tracks, anti-tank guns, rocket launchers.

Most of these are Paul Heiser Models.

Some are Roco.

It's been a long time since I have had time to work on the American forces.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Taking Photos

60mm troops recently released by BMC, formerly from  the LIDO molds and back in production after decades.  These are great troops and stand up even without bases.

Take pictures of Army Men by getting down low and close in to them.  Make sure there is plenty of light.

Hold the camera still and give time for the auto focus to work.  Take lots of photos and later you can delete the ones that don't turn out well.  It's easy to crop photos and its a good way to make use of pictures that have an odd item on the edge.

Take the figures outside and post them in the dirt, on the lawn, or even on the sidewalk.

Take both group shots and individual figures.  Get down very low and get in very close.  Use the zoom even from a foot or two away.

It's not hard to take good photos, I manage after years of practice to take reasonable photos.

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