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M21 Mortar Motor Carriage

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The DML (6362) ‘M21 Mortar Motor Carriage’ kit was built for the 2017 ‘Half a Year for a Half Track’ campaign, during which I did a bit of scratch-building and threw in some additional aftermarket parts. The M21 was then painted with Vallejo Acrylics. There is no weathering to the vehicle at this time, as figure and diorama base completion is pending.

Aftermarket bits:
ABER Infantry Accessories
Archer M2/M3 Halftrack Instruments & Placards
Evergreen Styrene
K&S Brass Rod
Legend Stowage
LZ Models chain
MENG Nuts and Bolts
RB Models M2 .50 Caliber Machine Gun Barrel
Tasca/Asuka US Jerry Cans
UTC Ultra Wire
Vallejo Acrylics
Value Gear Stowage
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About the Author

About Mike Freeman (justsendit)
FROM: COLORADO, UNITED STATES

Started up model building again after about thirty years away due to life and other interests. I've gotta' say ... products and resources have certainly come a long way! I'm very excited to finally return to the hobby! I absolutely love dioramas, figures ... and all modeling!


Comments

Beautiful work and like Mark I like the lack of heavy weathering. I would limit it when applied to a bit of dust overall rather than heavy mud.
JUN 13, 2019 - 12:52 AM
Best appointed Mortar Carrier I have ever seen: (Both yours and Phillip's as seen here below.) All photos copyright Mike Koenig - All rights Reserved Entire photo album if interested: LINK
JUN 13, 2019 - 04:38 AM
Outstanding work!! The in-progress pics are great, too, since they help show the extra details. Amazing how much it looks like the real one. Thanks for showing this beauty!
JUN 13, 2019 - 05:46 AM
There was a problem with my link to the photo album. It has now been repaired. LINK
JUN 13, 2019 - 07:03 AM
After all this time, I expected a layer of dust Mike Still waiting to see the guy with the chaw finished, but see still looks great as is. Thanks for the Link MK. Very nicely restored vehicle. Love the pin up on the door interior - nice period type touch.
JUN 13, 2019 - 07:22 AM
Oh, this is so-o-o-o nice! Beautifully done! Thanks for the photos of the real item as well, whoever sent those!
JUN 13, 2019 - 09:55 AM
Great work!! The stowage etc looks dead on the money!! I would like to see a bit of weathering, this things in the field, it at least needs a bit of dust. Keep em coming.
JUN 13, 2019 - 12:02 PM
Hi Guys! Thank you for the kind words! @ Mark, With only one coat of Vallejo (73.608) USA Olive Drab Primer — gotta’ admit, I’m pretty happy with the result. And for my purposes, I won’t be applying additional OD filtering effects. However, I am fully aware of the shiny stowage bits which are long overdue their final dull coat. @ ivanhoe6, Glad you like that guy! Quite a bit of franken-figuring was needed to cram him into his respective driving position. More GI’s to come. Stay tuned! @ Steve, Thank’s for keeping my evil heavy-handed weathering twin in check! @ Michael and Phillip! That half track is a beauty! Wish I could see it in person! So, where were those mortar images when I was struggling to scale those ginormous base hex-nuts? Lol! @ Frank, The “whoever” you mention would be Michael Koenig; his collection of vintage WWII vehicle images is an ever-growing resource to the forums! @ Jack, Glad you like them! The WIP photos help me keep my mistakes to a minimum. I take lots of notes as well. @ Peter, You know me by now! Slow as a molasses delivery from China... well, unless I’m facing a campaign deadline. Lol! Door pinup?!!! — I have got to add that! @ Cam, When the time comes, I hope to deliver a realistic weathered look to match the diorama. Please stay tuned! ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Brief note: The M21 Half Track, a GPW Jeep, and approx. nine figures are slated for insertion into a forthcoming diorama. At which time, said vehicles and figures will be put into duty where they will lose their factory-fresh appearances. The figures have been franken-fitted to their respective positions and just await my shaky paintbrush. In addition, I’ve been collecting my thoughts and a few materials needed for the diorama base construction. If you’d like to read along, here are some related threads to pick through: ‘M21 Mortar Motor Carriage (advice needed)’ (Armorama figures forum) ‘Half a Year for a Half Track’ (Armorama campaign) ’Jeeps!’ (Armorama campaign) Thank’s again for having a look!🍺 —mike
JUN 17, 2019 - 01:47 AM
Great job Mike. Brings back memories of building the Tamiya kit way back when Adam was a lad. - Steve
JUN 26, 2019 - 03:28 AM
Hi Steve, I really appreciate the compliment! Thank you for having a look! Just knew I had to build one of these half-tracks ever since my youth and my more recent return to the hobby. Cheers!🍺 —mike
JUN 27, 2019 - 01:52 PM