A while back (March actually) I posted an update about the S&S Models +15 Club - you can read it here if you are so inclined.
In the post I put forward my keeness for an American M106 Mortar Carrier and for the similar West German variant.
In an impressive display of responsiveness two S&S M106s arrived in the post on Monday. I spent the last couple of nights cleaning and assembling and now mine looks like this:
Yeah - I know - crappy photos, but the best I could do at short notice!
These wil be my entry into The Guild's next Group Build which is sponsored by S&S Models
I might make a little diorama - but from the little research I've done I think in reality that these vehicles would have deplyed about 200 metres apart when firing - so a diorama might look kind of sad with the tow in action right next to each other.
Next I have to decide how to paint them... I find US Armour cam colours in the 1980's a fairly confusing topic.
It appears that in 1970s the US Army came up with a camo scheme names MERDC. Here is an excellent photo of one version of it borrowed from the Plastic Warriors blog. An excellent and inspirational blog it is too - so I hope they don't mind me using this picture :-)
That looks truly difficult to paint and I'm not sure if I can be bothered - however as an end result - it's pretty cool.
In Europe though - it gets even more confusing becasue as I understand in the early 1980's all M1s and M2/3s arrived looking like this:
This picture is borrowed from another exceptional website called Armoured Acorn. This site has fantastic pics of a range of Canadian, NATO and even WARPAC AFVs - as well as a whole heap of other stuff like Soviet TO&Es so is well worth looking at.
Anyway later in the 80's a M113 might have looked like this:
From the same site as above. This was meant to be the standard NATO 3-tone camo. Fortunately this is a little to late in the 80's for what I'm trying to do so I can safely ignore this one.
Amusingly enough, in action I'm sure they all actually looked like this:
Photo from the armorama website. That's supposedly a MERDC cammed M1 - pretty hard to tell.
So... perhaps I need to paint my M1s and M2/3s in Forest Green (I'll be using FoW War Paint US Armour), and my M113s, M901s and M106s in MERDC? I've no idea!
That's all for now - have fun