U.S. Howitzer Motor Carriage M8 - Grills and Basket

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Review Author(s)
Scale
1/48
MSRP
$10.45
Product / Stock #
HLX48408
Base Kit
Tamiya
Company: Hauler - Website: Visit Site
Provided by: Hauler Brengun
Package

Hauler continues to produce high detail PE sets for mainstream models. The U.S. Howitzer Motor Carriage M8 - Grills and Basket set complements the recent Tamiya 1/48 M8 HMC.

Tamiya kits are known for their ease of building and detail. There are some tradeoffs that come with that philosophy, particularly with engine screens and lightweight metal baskets. This PE set fills that void and takes the Tamiya kit to the next level. This PE set contains four engine screens, the rear turret basket and, not mentioned in the packaging or instructions, 24 tool straps (Part Nos. 6), all in a small 1.5” x 1.5” fret.

The only bends required are simple 90o angles for the basket (the tool clamps take a bit more effort but have the strap and buckle assembly that really is crisp). An advantage to PE for the screens and basket is the ability to add damage and imperfections to replicate armored vehicles operating in the field.

This is an easy-to-use PE that adds another level of detail to an already impressive kit. It is also highly recommended for those wanting to learn PE skills.

This set is also available as part of HLX48407 U.S. Howitzer Motor Carriage M8 (Tamiya kit) for those who want all-in-one detail package for the M8 HMC.

For those looking for that extra detail for your M8 Howitzer Motor Carrier, or M3/M5 Stuart tank, this set does not disappoint.

Profuse thanks to Hauler and Brengun and IPMS/USA for providing the review sample.

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