German armored 8-ton half-truck derivative type, equipped with an anti-aircraft gun.
Previously, when I built Tamiya 8t half-truck, I tried to use this Modelkasten track set and assembling halfway. At first, I assembled the chassis and road wheels of the kit, I abandoned the use of caterpillar on the way. At this time I would like to carefully consider the work process.
Basically, the width of Tamiya’s belt caterpillar is completely different from original, so I think that it is parts configuration like whole chassis and wheels exchange to the third party parts like this. Tamiya parts need some small adjustment, but the work itself is easy.
Because one track is big, I wrapped a masking tape and compare it with the actual caterpillar in order to obtain the necessary length as precisely as possible.
Tamiya’s caterpillar is also not bad mold, but the backside is flat, If there are a budget and energy, it is better to exchange.
It is cutting out the wire mesh of the truck side panels.
Tamiya’s plastic model is easy to make at any time, but the driver’s seat cabin of multi-faceted armor has gaps. It is necessary to put a putty filling in the large gaps.
Adhesive for an acrylic board called Sun Bond is powerful, fluid and easy to use and the price is inexpensive. However, when it protrudes a little, plastic becomes whitened. The surface is smooth, so it will not be a problem if painted, but the feeling is not okay because of the looks bad. It may be better not to use it in large quantities, paying attention to flow into the gap. After all, Creos or Tamiya is easier to use.
I used this Sun Bond in a transparent bottle, but when I noticed it got completely glueless bond strength. Do not melt plastic anyway. Perhaps the quality has deteriorated. I took out a new portion of the original metal can and tried the adhesion of the plastic, it maintains a considerably strong adhesion. Does it deteriorate when exposed to light? Or deteriorate when exposed to air? Does it deteriorate when exposed to light? Or deteriorate when exposed to air? It is due to moisture, but it is not instantaneous adhesive. I wonder if there are such changes in the characteristics of dichloromethane (methylene chloride). I do not know chemistry at all, I still have much left. So I will make a black container and put it in it for a while. I will transfer it to a black container and try using it. I don’t know what kind of phenomenon occurs unless I actually use it. By the way, dichloromethane is carcinogenic and dangerous, It is better to stop using it in a place where ventilation is impossible. I think that there is no problem with the model using a bit, but using it in large quantities is not good for health.
I’m additional work on equipment. Photo-etched clamps are attached to the OVMs.
Four extra magazine containers are attached. It would be better to leave it without gluing.
It is more active feeling to expand the frame of the truck. However, I pasted the mesh to the back side of the frame with an instant glue, there is not much sense of precision. I think that it is better to keep the frame upright because the Modelkasten connected caterpillar is well visible.
Anti-aircraft machine-gun, the gap between the chassis and the caterpillar track, the back side of the chassis is complicated and it is easy to leave unpainted, so I blew it in black. It might be too much to blow.
I have a bit of confidence of blowing the ordinary German tri-color camouflage recently, but I am not good at drawing such thin line camouflage pattern. I think such camouflage would suit well for light armored vehicles such as half trucks. Dark green and red-brown mixed a little dark yellow and tried to be familiar with the basic color dark yellow. A beautiful brand-new decal, there is a sense of security very much.
8-ton half-track Flak37 was completed. The German army developed various anti-aircraft self-propelled guns in the latter half of World War II as the Allied forces tend to be deprived of the air-defense authority. The German army used a lot of half trucks and tank bodies to produce vehicles such as anti-aircraft guns. 8-ton half-track is a large trailer originally used for towing 88 mm gun. Armor plates were added to the driver ‘s seat and the front of the radiator to strengthen the defense capability.
The shooting speed is as low as 160 shots per minute, but the destructive power is awesome compared to 2 cm guns. In the early days of the war, 3.7 cm guns were the main gun class of tanks, By around this time it is used as an anti-aircraft gun. Approximately 120 vehicles were produced from 1943 to February 1945. The number of production is very small in many vehicles compared with the Allied Forces. There are very many kinds of vehicles. So it may be popular among an enthusiast.
I could choose the marking two types, Gross-Deutschland Armored Grenadier Division and Herman Gering 2nd Battalion. I chose Gross-Deutschland.
As it is an armored driver’s seat, it’s like the assembly of tanks.
I drew weathering effect of washing and chipping on the loading platform. Several shell cases are included.
The gun mount turns. The gun barrel also moves, but the sighting device fixed. When decorating it looks more natural that the gun barrel and the sighting device are parallel.
It was nice to have successfully use the connected tracks of Modelkasten this time. It was not so difficult to assemble because the length of the caterpillar was short and one track was big.
This 37mm gun was used for anti-aircraft guns, the initial speed was fast, so I suppose this gun could destroy the enemy armored cars with a single blow. By the way, it is very rare that Tamiya ‘s MM series does not contain figures.
Well then, everyone, I wish you good luck for the next year!