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Armor/AFV: Allied - WWII
Armor and ground forces of the Allied forces during World War II.
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1/35 m2a1
thefngreek
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Posted: Monday, November 23, 2020 - 01:05 PM UTC
Starting a 1/35 m1a2 half-track. I never did allied ww2 armor before so I could use some guidance! Right now I'm working on the chassis. Were the chassis all black or olive drab when they rolled out of the factory? Thanks!

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stikpusher
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Posted: Monday, November 23, 2020 - 04:15 PM UTC

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Starting a 1/35 m1a2 half-track. I never did allied ww2 armor before so I could use some guidance! Right now I'm working on the chassis. Were the chassis all black or olive drab when they rolled out of the factory? Thanks!




Chassis in OD. The WWII US Army loved to paint everything in OD.
thefngreek
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Posted: Tuesday, November 24, 2020 - 03:03 PM UTC
Thanks for the tips! What color did the us use as primer back then? I wanna start practicing chipping and all the fun stuff!
m4sherman
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Posted: Tuesday, November 24, 2020 - 03:18 PM UTC

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Thanks for the tips! What color did the us use as primer back then? I wanna start practicing chipping and all the fun stuff!



Primer was red oxide.
thefngreek
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Posted: Tuesday, November 24, 2020 - 03:40 PM UTC
Red oxide? Is that like a red-brown or a red-orange? I looked it up and it looks like both
thefngreek
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Posted: Tuesday, November 24, 2020 - 03:58 PM UTC
One other question ... The floor.... Is it the same OD as the rest of the body?
stikpusher
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Posted: Tuesday, November 24, 2020 - 05:47 PM UTC

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One other question ... The floor.... Is it the same OD as the rest of the body?



Yes, same shade of OD for the interior and exterior.

There are some photos that look to be lifted from the TM for the vehicle at this link.


http://afvdb.50megs.com/usa/pics/halftrackm2.html
DanEgan
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Posted: Wednesday, November 25, 2020 - 07:43 AM UTC

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Thanks for the tips! What color did the us use as primer back then? I wanna start practicing chipping and all the fun stuff!



US manufacturing quality was pretty high and extensive chipping would be rare on those vehicles.
m4sherman
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Posted: Thursday, November 26, 2020 - 04:40 PM UTC

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Red oxide? Is that like a red-brown or a red-orange? I looked it up and it looks like both



US WWII red oxide is a red brown. The best color match I found was Rustoleum Rusty Metal Primer. I had some color samples on my WWII Jeep that I used. As has been stated before, WWII paint was tough, and I did leave some original primer on my Jeep when I sand blasted the frame and suspension.
thefngreek
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Posted: Friday, November 27, 2020 - 05:40 PM UTC
Thanks everybody for your replies! I have another forum of this going and everybody saying the same thing about the paint being very durable! This is what I have so far! All criticism is welcome!
And please point out any flaws so I can learn!!
Having hard time posting pictures abd I starting to get frustrated! Here is the link to the new forums with pictures

https://forums.kitmaker.net/t/1-35-m2a1-half-track/2416/6

Also my text isn't as small either on the new forums!!!