US Army Armored Half Track 1:35 Scale Monogram SSP Model Kit #85-0034 Review

2014 November 6
by Doug

Right On Replicas, LLC Step-by-Step Review 20141106*
US Army Armored Half Track 1:35 Scale Monogram SSP Model Kit #85-0034 Review

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The M16 Half Track was used in almost every portion of both World War II and the Korean War. The Half Track could be a troop carrier or have different types of armament installed onto it. This version has two 50 caliber machine guns with a power operated turret in the bed. As the Revell website puts it so graphically, “They hear the shriek – the thunderous combination of mechanical and natural noise as the Stuka turns into a dive, blazing fire at the column. These machines have torn apart Allied machines from France to the Crimea… but they won’t today. The powered mount traverses the gunner lines up the sights and hits the triggers. Quad .50 cal machine guns cut loose with a whirlwind of lead, sending the Swiss-cheese Stuka straight to the dirt. One down.” The half-track vehicle was a customizable mainstay of the battlefield for over thirty years.

For the modeler: This is a review of the Monogram US Army Armored Half Track with crew figures in a 1:35 Scale Selected Subjects Program (SSP) Model Kit #85-0034. It is  a 000b Skill Level 2 kit for the intermediate builder molded in olive drab green, clear, black vinyl tires and water slide decals. There are 84 pieces to this kit and very well laid out instructions. This kit contains the original parts of the first issue and an anti-aircraft variant half-track with gunner, driver and crew figures. The dimensions are; 7” L X 2½” W X 2¼” H. With the turret and machine guns installed the kit is 7” L X 2½” W X 2-7/8” H.

Covered in this Review: If you want to perfect your build; basic construction; preparing parts for better finishing; alternate assembly sequence suggestions for fit and ease of finishing; identifying and removing unwanted flash; complete paint and adhesive selections and applications; test fitting; front and rear suspension construction; track installation techniques; Battalion version considerations; identifying and removing unwanted script; replacing the kit driveshaft for accuracy; paint mixing ratios for authentic color; removing unwanted labels; windshield construction and appropriate adhesive; bogey wheel assembly; painting the crew figures; decal application and finishing; are all fully examined in this 16 page, full-color Step-by-Step review in PDF format.


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