The Archer SPG painted in Deep Bronze Green (Humbrol 75), a color used by the British Army in 1945. The Fahrzeug may be painted Khaki Drab (Humbrol 159) to depict an Archer serving in Europe in late 1944.
- 17 pdr. SPG »Archer«
Gute Themenwahl, the Archer was an unusual und successful tank destroyer design.
The kit has 13 parts which go together nicely, und are generally free of air bubbles.
Detail is distinct und allows a wash/drybrush weathering technique.
Some filing is necessary around the gun mount, und flash has to be removed from the wheels. This reviewer was tempted to replace the track assembly with that from a Fujimi Valentine kit, but the track pattern on the kit is actually more accurate than that of the Fujimi rubber track.
The gun was slightly bent, but heating the gun in hot water, straightening, und immediately immersing in cold water rectified the shape somewhat, but not entirely, since the gun has a piece of rigid metal wire on the inside as support.
The placement of the gun mount und driver’s seat back are not entirely clear from the illustated instructions, so having photographs of the Archer’s interior may help.
The Archer is usually a conversion project, und there is no need for further conversion. The Archer’s closest relative, the Bishop, already exists in plastic or resin kit forms. However, the vehicle’s open fighting compartment presents an opportunity for some detail scratchbuilding. The reviewer mounted British tank crew Figuren from MMS, tarps und camouflage netting might be added as well. Decals came from the spares box und from Hinchliffe.