Building the M7 Priest early
Academy #13210 - 1/35 scale
by Eduardo Andreoli © 2010 Modeler Site
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Since time ago, I wanted to make an early version of M7 in North of Africa. I had kept one from Italeri waiting to get some good M3 bogies since the ones from the Tamiya Lee/Grant did not convince me at all. To correct these bogies, I had to make a homemade conversion which would take a lot of time) or buy an expensive resin aftermarket.
Manufacturers are always announcing news and I read that Academy was going to release a new “early” Priest and then I asked myself if it was worth keeping my Italeri kit for a project like the M7 early and decided to buy this highly detailed new release.
Steps 1 & 2
The bogies were assembled according to instructions. To get a close fit, and so as to avoid freeplay, I filled the attachment points.
To avoid problems when mounting the tracks, I glued the bogies so that they remain fixed with no movement. My intention was not to make a diorarma but place the M7 on a base, so the movement the manufacturer offer is unnecessary for me.
I finished gluing all the bogies and idler wheel to the lower hull tub.
Steps 3 & 4
Along these steps, I worked on the interiors and driver’s station. They come well detailed, I just added wire, hoses and other minor details missing in the kit.
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