The Upper Hull
is where you can lay in a lot of rivets and flanges, taking your
cue from the rivets on the hull exterior.
the VP resin and Eduard photoetched metal sets, you have two different
approaches to the control panel. I opted for the resin piece because
I could drill holes in the bottom and drape wiring from it. I used
some gauge decals from Fingerprint Designs' "U.S. Internal
Stenciling" for the instrument panel. (If you're just looking
through the doors of the tank and not the turret opening, you can
get by just painting the circles black).
VP set also provides for the dual .30 machine guns that were originally
assigned to the front glacis, but by the time the Lee saw action
one of these guns had been removed and the open port plugged. VP
combines the two .30 bodies and the cradle into one piece. I carefully
carved off the left gun from the cradle. Both this part and the
instrument panel were installed late in the final steps, just before
attaching the upper and lower hulls.
detailing came from the Verlinden set (radio, generator, 75mm ammo
bin, and a pair of unidentified pressurized containers) and personal
additions, included wiring and junction boxes, ammo bins for the
hull .30, a fire extinguisher, canteens mounted on the turret brace,
and extended gun shield bracing that is missing from the Verlinden
puzzling omission from the interior set is the seat back for the
gunner. I made one out of scrap plastic and attached the completed
seat to the sponson gun just before sealing the interior.
and Research Notes
The Suspension and Tracks
The Lower Hull Exterior
The Lower Hull Interior
The Upper Hull Exterior
The Upper Hull Interior
Painting and Decals
Diorama (coming soon)