Modeling the Sherman Tank in 1/72nd Scale
M10 Achilles Interior Friendship Models
Kit #WVC72106
Article by Doug Chaltry; last updated 21 October, 2023
Designed for the HäT (Armourfast) kit, I doubt that it's possible to adapt the parts to other kits of the Achilles because of differences in body shape and scale between manufacturers. But most of the other kits on the market don't need this extra detail anyway. The set consists of the three parts shown here, which are all very detailed and finely molded in a light gray resin. There are a couple of very small air bubbles in the resin, but the ones that will be visible once built will be very easy to fill. The floor of the turret will need to be carefully carved open without damaging the seats, but it's very thin, so that shouldn't be a problem. What I really like the most about this set is that the 17pdr cannon shells are correctly depicted as being stored "naked", outside of their shipping tubes, which is correct for this calibre of ammunition. All of the other M10 17pdr kits on the market incorrectly include the ammunition only in the storage tubes (carry over from the 3-inch versions of the M10 kits). With some good reference material, one will be able to add even more, finer details to the vehicle interior, and make a truly quality replica of the Achilles from a kit that was originally designed for wargamers. I am very much looking forward to using this set.

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Modeling the Sherman Tank in 1/72nd Scale