Not at all.
It’s just that I was at Mega Mall on Saturday looking to see if I could expand the memory in my laptop (I can’t – brickbats to Asus) and after failing at that, madam suggested slipping down to the lower ground floor. There is a Lil’s Model Shop there with an extensive range of Tamiya kits and modelling equipment as well as Trumpeter, Fujimi and others.
It was there that two things caught my eye. One was the 1/72 scale M26E2 Pershing Heavy Tank.
The Pershing was the first operational heavy tank of the United States Army. It was designed in World War II and saw a little action there.
The M26 was supposed to be an improvement of the M4 Sherman and although it was heavier and better armed, and indeed a match for the German Tiger I and Panther tanks, it was pretty unreliable mechanically. Its most famous use in World War II was with the 9th Armored Division and the dash to take the Ludendorff Bridge during the Battle of Remagen.
Pershings also were active in the Korean War, where they were superior to the T34/85s used by the North except that they suffered in the hilly terrain. They were replaced by the M46 Patton.
It will look good displayed next to the Panther I already have. So, you can see my interest.
Speaking of interests, I’ve always had a interest in some of the more esoteric Soviet vehicles from both the Winter War and World War II. In this case it is Aerosans.
This model, the NKL-26 was an armoured aerosan based on an earlier vehicle, the NKL-6 (OSGA-6). It was constructed from plywood and protoected with 10mm armour plate to the front. Armarment was a 7.62mm machine gun in a ring mount. It was powered by an M-11G aircraft engine.
There were two crewmen and could carry four ski troops riding outside the vehicle on its skis or towed behind.
The Trumpeter kit is 1/35 scale and includes two crewmen.
Also included is the coloured colour painting guide. Painting guide? Paint white :-)
I’m really looking forward to building this model as it covers a vehicle not often seen. I am also looking forward to trying my spray gun out on this – after all, how wrong can a bloke go spraying white?
The big surprise for me with this kit was the number of etched brass parts included. Now I am really going to need to pay attention during the building.
I think next I’ll pick up some 1/100 scale aircraft next, just to relax with mind ;-)
And as I say in the title, this is not the start of a new project or interest – just a bloke building a couple of models on a cold Manila evening!