11 June 2011

Academy 1:35th M163 Vulcan SPAAG - Vietnam

I recently completed this kit in time for IPMS Niagara Frontier's annual show and contest called BuffCon this past April. I am pleased to say that it took first place in it's category at the show. 

I built it out of the box but did add my own antennae from Plastruct rod stock and the tow cable on the back door is fine gauge twisted wire. The majority of equipment tie-down brackets were sliced off of the kit and replaced with small staples bent to shape. The model was painted with Tamiya acrylics through an airbrush and detail painted with a variety of Model Master and Polly Scale acrylics.

Weathering was accomplished with Jeff Herne's line of Warpigs weathering powders mixed to match the red-tinted dirt typically found in Vietnam.