US Howitzer Motor Carriage M8 w/3 Figs

This is the 1/35 scale US Howitzer Motor Carriage M8 "Awaiting Orders" Set plastic model kit from Tamiya. For ages 14 years and up.

Tamiya US Howitzer Motor Carriage M8 w/3 Figs Plastic Model Military Vehicle Kit 1/35 Scale #35312
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 Tamiya # tam35312
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Tamiya Item # tam35312
Specifications :
  • Length: 4.92 inches (125mm)
  • Tamiya Product Number: 35312
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Spotlight Review

 
"good older kit with newer figures"
iraqiwildman (Jefferson City, MO)
The plastic is molded in an olive drab color, and even though this is an older kit, there was minimal flash to clean up from the parts. As with other Tamiya kits that I have built, the model all but falls together right out of the box. My only fit issue was with the drive shaft arts A26 and 27, as their fit to the lower hull required some filler to close up the gaps. Aside from this, everything went together with just a little seam line clean-up, and no additional filler was utilized. The hits of this particular kit in my opinion are the fact that I have not seen an M8 produced by any other company, so it is a one-off, and the detail in the molding includes weld seams for some of the pieces. Grab handles are all individually molded parts, and being plastic, are more three dimensional than their photo-etched counterparts. Ease of assembly is another big hit with me, and I highly recommend taking on an easier kit from time to time, just to keep the hobby “fun” as it is meant to be. My misses for this kit are minimal as I only had one fit issue during construction (the previously mentioned drive shaft parts mating with the lower hull). Some may consider the openings in the bottom of the lower hull and “on” and “off” markings an issue, but I left them alone for this build for the nostalgia. The holes could easily be filled in with some sheet styrene and putty, and the letters could be scraped off and sanded. I did have one decal break on me (on the rear deck), but as this goes over several raised items in the area, I may have self-induced the damage when pushing on the decal with a Q-tip to remove the excess water and Micro Set. The other potential miss would be the overall dimensions of the built up vehicle, depending on which source is correct on the measurements of the real thing.

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Features

  • Highly detailed plastic pieces molded in olive drab.
  • Includes (3) figures.
  • Open top turret.
  • Howitzer and overall form reproduced in rich detail.
  • Precisely reproduced main gun loading area, gun sights and crew seats.
  • Realistic weld and bolt details.
  • Waterslide decals with 3 types of markings.
  • 1/35 scale re-release of item 35110.
  • Illustrated instructions with paint/marking guide included.

Specs

  • Length: 4.92 inches (125mm)
  • Tamiya Product Number: 35312

Includes

(1) 1/35 scale US Howitzer Motor Carriage M8 "Awaiting Orders" Set


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Reviews

  
 
"Quick Build"
rkingsburyjr1967
Overall quick build for me. More molding lines than accustomed to with Tamiya products, but still an excellent build. Note of advice, before gluing machine gun and gunner in make sure they will sit cohesively across from each other.

Comments

Due to small parts that could cause a choking hazard please kee away from children 3 years of age and younger.

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