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Part 7 - Final assembly and painting

The painting begun with the installation of the gun mount, but without the guns themselves yet, and masking the insides of the mount, to protect the paint already there:

1:35 M42A1 Duster - zamaskowany do malowania

The bottom of the hull was painted red oxide Humbrol 113, then the center of each bigger surface were picked out in olive drab Humbrol 66, using an airbrush:

1:35 M42A1 Duster

The top of the model was painted similarily - preshading in Humbrol 113 and centers of the panels in Humbrol 66:

1:35 M42A1 Duster

1:35 M42A1 Duster

All the model was then covered with a mixture of water and "Sidoluks" floor polish acting as acrylic clear with additions of black acrylic paint and "Vietnam Earth" pigment from a company called CMK. After it dried, the decals were put on using "Mr. Mark Softer" solution, and again recoated with the mix mentioned above. The ragged national star on the front door and the yellow bridging marking were painted using stencils cut from masking tape, and the paint was applied with a sponge:

1:35 M42A1 Duster - wash i kalkomanie

1:35 M42A1 Duster - wash i kalkomanie

1:35 M42A1 Duster - wash i kalkomanie

On the photo below you can see the comparison of the kit's vinyl tracks (on the right) and the individual link tracks from the AFV Club set number 35046 "T91E3 Track" (on the left). It turned out I had to buy two such sets, because the first one didn't have enough parts to build both runs of track (75 links per side):

1:35 M42A1 Duster - gąsienice T91E3

The tracks were first painted a mixture of Humbrol 113 (red oxide) and Humbrol 53 (metallic gray):

1:35 M42A1 Duster - gąsienice T91E3

Then I masked off the tracks, to show material wear in places where the road wheels move on the track.

1:35 M42A1 Duster - gąsienice podczas malowania

I pictured the raw metal using Humbrol 53 paint (metallic gray), and the rubber with Humbrol 32 (dark gray). The rubber pads included in the AFV Club track set have let me simulate worn rubber by sanding the track with sanding paper:

1:35 M42A1 Duster - gąsienice T91E3

Finished tracks put on the model:

1:35 M42A1 Duster - podwozie

Spare 40mm gun barrels with their brackets:

1:35 M42A1 Duster - zapasowe lufy dział 40 mm

Driver's and track commander'r hatches installed on the model. Arrows point to the latches that keep the hatches open in a real vehicle:

1:35 M42A1 Duster - włazy kierowcy i dowódcy pojazdu

1:35 M42A1 Duster - właz kierowcy

Jump seats of the ammo loaders. The top part comes from the old Tamiya kit. Below are parts scratchbuilt by me and taken over from my old model. The seats have their bottoms made out of wood veneer, to show wood structure - like in the real thing, where the seat bases were plywood. In the bottoom of the photo there's the AFV Club kit part:

1:35 M42A1 Duster - siedzenia ładowniczych

The seats assembled, painted and weathered:

1:35 M42A1 Duster - siedzenia ładowniczych

After installation:

1:35 M42A1 Duster - tył łoża uzbrojenia głównego

1:35 M42A1 Duster - tył łoża uzbrojenia głównego

The armoured "wing" of the weapon mount with a binocular holder (photoetched detail from the Eduard set):

1:35 M42A1 Duster - pancerne skrzydło łoża uzbrojenia głównego zuchwytem na lornetkę

After painting (with Tamiya binoculars installed):

1:35 M42A1 Duster - uchwyt na lornetkę

Gunners business office, with the motor controller stowed, and it's wiring:

1:35 M42A1 Duster - siedzenie strzelca

Radio antennae, that will be put on the gun mount. They are made out of guitar string. The antenna on the left is a AT-912/VRC with a MX-2799 base:

1:35 M42A1 Duster - anteny radiowe - AT-912/VRC z lewej

M1942 machette in a sheath, scratchbuilt out of sheet styrene:

1:35 M42A1 Duster - Maczeta M1942

Finished main armament mount, complete with the guns, calculating sight and radio antennae:

1:35 M42A1 Duster - łoże uzbrojenia głównego

1:35 M42A1 Duster - łoże uzbrojenia głównego

1:35 M42A1 Duster - łoże uzbrojenia głównego

Gas mask pack and machette put on the radio antenna base:

1:35 M42A1 Duster - podstawa anteny radiowej

Tools to be installed on the right side of the vehicle:

1:35 M42A1 Duster - narzędzia

1:35 M42A1 Duster - narzędzia

1:35 M42A1 Duster - podwozie

Tools for working on the track and spare track links on the left side of the vehicle:

1:35 M42A1 Duster - narzędzia

Front of the hull with the ragged national star and the headlights painted:

1:35 M42A1 Duster - przód kadłuba

The water can in its place:

1:35 M42A1 Duster - przód kadłuba

Stowage: Additional can, autoloader lifters (soldered out of copper wire), ammo cans and scratchbuilt folding stretcher:

1:35 M42A1 Duster - przedmioty przewożone na pojeździe

M60 machine gun - I decided to use a converted Tamiya M60 with Dragon's bipod. There's also a load bearing belt with two canteens and two ammo pouches. The canteens and the ammo pouches come from a Dragon figure set, the belt is made out of tissue:

1:35 M42A1 Duster - przedmioty przewożone na pojeździe

The belt and the machine gun now painted, there's also the machine gun tarp made out of Pawelite - it's a material consisting of two layers of tissue with a layer of alluminum foil sandwiched between them:

1:35 M42A1 Duster - przedmioty przewożone na pojeździe

The tarp wrapped around the machine gun:

1:35 M42A1 Duster - pokrowiec karabinu maszynowego

1:35 M42A1 Duster - pokrowiec karabinu maszynowego

1:35 M42A1 Duster - pokrowiec karabinu maszynowego

And painted:

1:35 M42A1 Duster - pokrowiec karabinu maszynowego

1:35 M42A1 Duster - pokrowiec karabinu maszynowego

"The stuff" installed on the vehicle:

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40mm gun ammo. The parts come from the Orange Hobby set number G35-070-58:

1:35 M42A1 Duster - amunicja 40 mm

1:35 M42A1 Duster - amunicja 40 mm

Completed ammo in its holders:

1:35 M42A1 Duster - amunicja 40 mm na łożu uzbrojenia głównego

The skull hung on a piece of polyurethane foam - a historic photo detail that I decided to depict:

1:35 M42A1 Duster - czaszka

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Part 1 - Suspension and hull

Part 2 - Main armament and its mount

Part 3 - Scale plans

Part 4 - New suspension and hull

Part 5 - New main armament and its mount

Part 6 - The crew

Part 7 - Final assembly and painting

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