So, time for a new model!
I bought this off Amazon, about 25 €.
It looks like a new kit, it has lots of clear plastic bits for periscopes.
Instruction booklet is big and very detailed.
It allows you to build either an early or later version:
Naturally I went with the later model because I am a kid and just cannot say no to a big gun.
It also allows you model an American or a Free France version by having 2 sets of decals. I went for the US one.
The build session went really smooth and everything fits nice (for now). I also completed the tracks.
I just left out all the tiny tools and bits that need to be hand painted and of course I left out all the clear plastic parts to avoid getting primer/paint on them.
Now, my idea is to make a very simple model, olive green with minimal weathering and perhaps I could try some new things like chipping.
I saw many videos about chipping techniques but they were way too advanced/labor intensive for me (like using specific fluids) , I would just like to simulate it with some paint. I am open to your advices on the matter.
As for the base color, I think this should be fairly accurate, am I right?
In the end, an issue:
This piece goes under one of the hatches and provides the glass effect on the viewports around it.
As you can see, the circled bit ended up a little mangled.
Maybe it was a factory defect, or it was me being careless while removing from the sprue, it don’t know.
I was wondering how to fix this best, as it will be noticeable on the finished model.
I think I have at least one spare periscope bit, I could carefully cut a piece and glue it on the mangled part.
Or maybe I was thinking of fixing it by adding some transparent tape behind the viewport to simulate the glass. Or maybe just leave it as it is pretending it to be broken in battle.