Corporal Overby's Motor Pool
Kit # MP039 and MP072
|Construction Review by Rob Haelterman|
since I laid eyes on the diorama with the M8 HMC in Verlinden's
Showcase N°1, I was smitten by this cute little howitzer
carrier. Alas, kits of this vehicle in 1/72 were nowhere to be found
and as my modeling interests drifted to the dark side of German AFVs,
my love was put on the backburner.
While I was at it, I also ordered the improved tracks for the same kit.
opinion, the top run of the tracks is too straight. Furthermore, when
installed, the vehicle doesn't have the nose-down stance seen in pictures
of the real vehicle.
As can be seen, when using all these parts, little is left of the original PSC kit (basically only the lower hull), so I convinced Ken Overby to also sell me the lower hulls that were left over from the PSC kits that he used to make the masters for his conversion. As the M8, aka Scott, is an open topped vehicle, I decided to add an interior, based on pictures found on the internet (and in Verlinden's Showcase, obviously). In my opinion, since the turret interior is very convincingly done, Cpl Overby should have gone the whole hog and also added a detailed lower hull, making this a complete kit.
assembly is straightforward, when one remembers to keep the breech
opening to the left and check with pictures of the real machine. (A
construction manual is not provided.)
interior was detailed to the best of my ability and mated with the
upper hull of the conversion set. While the latter shows no warping
or other casting deficiencies, some strips of plastic were needed
to have a smooth joint in the nose area. In my opinion the pronounced
lip on the nose of the M8 (or the M5 for that matter) is a bit on
the sharp and thin side in this kit. I added a strip of plastic, sanded
to shape to make it conform more to my taste.
are some "dimples" on the side walls of the engine compartment.
In hindsight, I should have filled them in, as I the real vehicle
had flush screws in these places. Filling them would still have shown
a slight variation with respect to the hull if not taken too far,
and this might have been more realistic. The weld beads are also overdone,
but as they looked nice, I didn't bother to modify them.
not to add any stowage, except for a small blanket in the rear turret
basket. Scotts can be seen with a lot of stowage, but not consistently.
scale plans I have for the Scott are those in . Compared with these,
the overall kit is within a 1% tolerance in length, but about 3% too
narrow. This is most likely because the base kit (PSC), to which the
conversion set is tailored, being too narrow.
H8 HMC command version.
Division had some of its M8 HMCs converted to the command role by
eliminating the turret and putting a fixed structure in its place.
Judging from available pictures in  at least two were converted.
As these pictures only show the general arrangement, my conversion
is only speculative.
Sample kits bought by author.
 M5A1 Stuart, Photosniper 3, K. Mucha & G. Parada, Kagero
 Steelmasters 42
 U.S. WWII 75 mm Howitzer Motor Carriage M8 HMC, M. Franz (Tankograd Technical Manual Series 6014)
Light Tanks at War 1941-45, S. Zaloga, Concord.