Sunday, March 9, 2014

Converting PSC M5 into IDF Halftrack in 15mm

Here is what you need to have to convert the M5 into one used by the IDF in the Yom Kippur war.  First item is Battle Front M3 Halftrack Stowage AIS671

Before assembling the M5 you will need to do the following.


 RH window armor removed
 Removed door handle and tiedown handles.  The door
needs to be removed so the decal will not distort. 
Found that out the hard way.
 Side equipment add

 Rear stowage added
Front machine gun installed.

The M5 was painted with Tamiya paints. The mix is 
 33% XF-57
33% XF-59
Desert Yellow
33% XF-20
Medium Grey

  I got this mix of a IDF modeling sight.  This according the modelers there
   is the correct mix for the 73 war. Decals are for Battle front sets.  Need to paint the front roller     black. 

There are few more things to be painted before the M5 is ready for gaming table. Mud flaps, gas cans on the sides of the hood need to be added and the machine guns.  The books I used for reference are Israeli Half-track Vol 1& 2 by Tom Gannon.   The Halftracks after the Yom Kippur war where upgrade along with many changes where made to the interior.  The big visible change was the mount of the fuel track outside of the vehicle where the rear stowage is on.

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