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M2s complete! Victory Declared!
Well, finally got around to getting some paint on the M2s. Base colour is Testor's Field Drab. Drybrushed a little dirt and dust, and added some black wash to the engine grates and exhaust. Not too bad if I do say so myself! Now back to some Civil War stuff...

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Scratchbuilding a US M2 Medium Tank in 28mm Part 9
Picture 39 Construction Complete:   And here are both tanks ready for paint. The project moved along very quickly. There was some delay as I figured out the track work and the mould making was slow. Keep in mind the flow here is not as it actually was.  I w...

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Scratchbuilding a US M2 Medium Tank in 28mm Part 7
Picture 36 Box of Details:   Here is a box of detail bits.  The small squares are the hatches for around
the turret. A piece of thin plastic rod will be used for the hinges, and
slightly thicker rod for the hinges on the doors.  The stepped tubes are layere...

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Scratchbuilding a US M2 Medium Tank in 28mm Part8
Picture 38 Adding a Tank Commander:   As you have
seen the project evolved as it went along.  About this point I had ordered some Old Glory
WW1 Americans for the force, and decided one of the vehicles needed a tank
commander.  I made new hatch for the one
t...

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Scratchbuilding a US M2 Medium Tank in 28mm Part 6
Picture 29 Hull Details:   While the track assemblies dried
(Don’t rush them—when in doubt give it overnight to dry.) I was adding details
to the hulls and turrets.  Here plastic
strips add detail to the glacis, rear deck and machinegun turrets. Some thin
s...

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Scratchbuilding a US M2 Medium Tank in 28mm Part 5
Picture 21 Starting Suspension:   While the structures were being built, usually while the glue was drying, I gave some thought to the suspension.   Originally it was planned to phoney-up the running gear from some model tank parts.   Most of my stuff is 1/...

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Scratchbuilding a US M2 Medium Tank in 28mm Part 4
Picture 15 Planning Turrets:   The basic
octagonal box structure was repeated for two turrets.  Note the top panel of the turret is sloped
down at the front so top and bottom of the turrets are not identical.  This is structure, so thick plastic again. Pict...

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Scratchbuilding a US M2 Medium Tank in 28mm Part 3
Picture 8 Drivers Compartment:   Here we start
fitting some of the skins for the driver’s compartment. The front section forms
a pyramid structure. Two sets of drawings I had did not match and one showed a
“cheater” plate to fill the driver’s compartment an...

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Scratchbuilding a US M2 Medium Tank in 28mm Part 2
For the M2 model the plane just above the tracks is a good starting point.   I began with a rectangle of plastic the width of the model but longer than that required.   I will build the tank’s upper works on top of this plate, and the lower works on the bot...
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