|Old-school rides for IDF mech troops in '73 - Peter Pig on the left, other two are from Battlefront|
Two of these models are mixed resin/plastic/metal from Battlefront, and one is a metal model from Peter Pig, with the addition of a ball turret conversion piece from Battlefront. The Peter Pig one had been painted last year, and so it has my older style of painting "Sinai Grey". They don't quite match up, but Sinai Grey always looks different every I see it in pictures anyways, so I'm not too fussed about it.
|All of the stowage pieces are from a Battlefront conversion pack - they are very nice|
The Battlefront models were OK to work with, but Peter Pig makes a much better M3 halftrack. You really notice it on the cupola MG in particular - the plastic .50 cal from Battlefront is heavy on the seam lines and light on detail. With hindsight, I could simply have combined Battlefront's excellent halftrack conversion kits with Peter Pig models. Oh well. But they are just 15mm, so it doesn't stand out too much.
|I left the extra stowage off of the Peter Pig track...just a way to mark it as a command APC|
Where I do give Battlefront more credit is the decals - the air recognition stripes look MUCH better with the decals than with my weak free-hand painting on the Peter Pig model (how hard is it to paint a white stripe? jeez Greg). The decals look a LOT better.
|Ready to roll for Prairiecon!|
I now have five of these IDF halftracks completed - enough to mount a full platoon of IDF mechanized infantry. These will take to the table on Saturday morning in Brandon Manitoba as Dallas and I will be staging a scenario set at the Battle of the Chinese Farm during the Yom Kippur War in 1973. I am looking forward to another Prairiecon!