For starters, I thought I might post an update on where the M16 half track is at the moment, I haven't given up on it but what I have been doing really isn't worth pictures. I'll just post one quick shot so you can get a feel of where it's heading and what I have in mind.
The idea for this scene is taken from Concord publications U.S.Half-Tracks in Combat 1941-1945 by Steve Zaloga. On page 55 there is an M16 half track of the 447th AAA battalion in Belgium on New Years Day, 1945. The vehicle is parked in large trench dug into the frozen ground by the crew. This was a fairly common practice for anti aircraft half tracks as the downward slope of the vehicle also allowed the turret to cover ground targets as well as aircraft. The quad fifty caliber turret could be devastating against ground targets.
Obviously as you can see in the pictures, I have a lot of detail painting to do to the stowage/gear and figures as well as adding of all the groundwork. This is just to give an idea to where the project currently stands.
As a break from all of this hardware I decided to build one of my planes I have in the stash. I had to dig out an older DML kit of the German Focke-Wulf in 1/72 scale, I started the build years ago but had shelved it because the kit was just too aggravating back then. I wanted to start a new airplane kit but told myself that I would start no new kits until all of my shelf queens were complete, so I forced my way through this one, and I'm seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.
To those of you unfamiliar with 1/72 scale, it's fairly small and for the last picture I included an object for scale purposes. I finished the assembly of the kit and applied some basic camoflauge colors but haven't began painting any details. No decals/markings have been applied and no weathering has been started, my next pictures of this aircraft will be after it's completed and will show those steps. Hopefully, that shouldn't take too long.
The biggest hurdle I have yet to clear is the front canopy, the clear part is a 'short shot' on the sprue, the first picture below shows what I was supplied with as well as a crude outline of what I should have been given. I will have to scratch build one to complete this build and considering it needs to be clear, it wont be easy. Wish me luck.