GERMAN 5 TON HALF-TRACK DIANA Sd.Kfz.6/3 7.62cm(R) ANTI-TANK GUN BRONCO 1/35

I made German half-track Diana of the Afrikakorps. It is a considerable volume kit. Built from March to April 2014.

Box package of German 5 ton half-track Diana Sd.Kfz.6/3 7.62cm(R) anti-tank gun Bronco Models 1/35

Now I run out of thinner and surfacer, I can not paint the other two under making tanks. I began to make this, German 5t half-track “Diana”.

All parts in German 5 ton half-track Diana Sd.Kfz.6/3 7.62cm(R) anti-tank gun Bronco Models 1/35

There is a heap of parts…

chassis of half-track Diana

I had made two Bronco kits in the past, and compare with them, this Diana is excellent. The past two also not so bad, but it’s easy to assemble.

Engine of German half-track Diana

The dragon models half-track that I made before also has the engine. These inside contents are disappearing portion when all completing.

chassis of German half-track Diana

Although inside is individually unnecessary, when it turned and sees as this photo, I’m very satisfied that all the parts are arranged exactly as the real vehicle. It’s a big difference between tanks and truck models.

front fenders of German half-track Diana

There are many parts and some of them are tiny but no problem. Like the side panel small photo-etched parts, there are so small as 1/10 size of a rice grain, can you see the photo-etched parts on the panel?
(06-March-2014)

before total assembly, German half-track Diana

I just assembled each part roughly. Radiator filter was painted in black before attaching to the body.

tiny parts of German half-track Diana Bronco Models 1/35

Now handling really tiny parts. It’s good if there are many spare parts in case of lost.

micro parts of German half-track Diana Bronco Models 1/35

I’ll hold this body for a little, tiny photo-etched parts attaching should have been later. Actually, I lost 3 peaces and searched them , re-pasted up.

Small gap on the bonnet, German half-track Diana Bronco Models 1/35

Small gap on the bonnet, it is necessary to correct later. I decided to stand a windshield.

movable half-track caterpillar, German half-track Diana Bronco Models 1/35

Usually, I hardly used movable track, it’s fresh for me to make a movable half-track caterpillar. It’s very interesting.

assembly of 76.2 mm field gun M1936 captured from Russia. German half-track Diana Bronco Models 1/35

It is an assembly of 76.2 mm field gun M1936 captured from Russia.

check the mounting the gun, German half-track Diana Bronco Models 1/35

It’s better to have adjusted and fixed the angle at this stage because the main barrel interferes with a standing windshield.

assembly of the field gun, German half-track Diana Bronco Models 1/35

The assembly of the field gun was completed. I didn’t know that whole field gun on a half-track and continue using, and this gun was from Russia.

gun mount was shortened, German half-track Diana Bronco Models 1/35

In order to attach to 5t half-track, gun mount was shortened. The long stick in this photo was the left long mount.

main gun inside has rifling, German half-track Diana Bronco Models 1/35

It’s wonderful that the main gun inside has rifling.

The complicated mechanism of the back side, German half-track Diana Bronco Models 1/35

The complicated mechanism of the back side is nice taste.
(10-March-2014)

before painting of German half-track Diana Bronco Models 1/35

Because it’s difficult to paint after all assembled, I stopped to this. Though I usually like painting after assembling completion.

Blew surfacer, German half-track Diana Bronco Models 1/35

Blew surfacer lightly.

Box package of DAK Panzer and Artillery Crew Libya 1941 Dragon Models 1/35

I found a very nice figure for Diana. It’s DAK panzer & Artillery Crew Libya 1941 set from Dragon Models. The left two crew, a good pose. An illustration of Mr. Volstad is cool, precious historical document. I’m thinking about right two crew, that it’s matched for panzer III in North Africa in my stock kits.

DAK Artillery Crew Libya 1941 Dragon Models 1/35

Linkage of the camping pot and both hands finger-tip was the most important in this figure, I adhered it first, I can take care of both shoulders later. Small finger-tip adjustment is sensitive work.
I used the same shape camping pot in the days of a child. Because there were many parts which learned the modernization of army from German military, Japanese army influenced such a small part. For instance, the schoolchild’s satchel, too.
(19-March-2014)

DAK Artillery Crew Libya 1941 Dragon Models 1/35

Completed two soldiers. It is very rare that plastic injection kit desert soldier in North Africa.

back shot of DAK Artillery Crew Libya 1941 Dragon Models 1/35

It’s not difficult assembling of coat parts.

Zoom up of Afrika Korps Artillery Crew Libya 1941 Dragon Models 1/35

The expression is not good-looking as the Hornet, but is enough tasteful faces. I suppose it’s skillful model sculptor’s handling, of the German soldier kit who are changing its clothes which I assembled before and this North Africa kit.
(25-March-2014)

painting base color, German half-track Diana Bronco Models 1/35

I made trial and error and finally completed. What I regretted is having glued a caterpillar with the body. I should have put it on after painted it.

front window glass masking, German half-track Diana Bronco Models 1/35

I think I’ll paint coats of the figure again, because Mr. color yellow ocher which is indicated in the instruction manual is different from my image.

camouflage red brown, German half-track Diana Bronco Models 1/35

I had the camouflage painting of the red brown this time. German gray of the groundwork is left here and there. Originally there is not the conclusive evidence painted in German gray, this is my feeling. In other words, it is an image of the North African painting of German vehicle.

masking for white line, German half-track Diana Bronco Models 1/35

Regarding the white aviation identification mark, I thought that decal was in the box but wasn’t there, I must paint it by myself. I masked it and now painting matte white.

blew dust sand, German half-track Diana Bronco Models 1/35

I blew sand dust. I found a white identification mark is run off here and there, need to repaint later. The open top vehicle has many painting areas and hard working. There are a lot of processes to the final completion.
(01-April-2014)

build and painting to finish, German 5 ton half-track Diana Sd.Kfz.6/3 7.62cm(R) anti-tank gun Bronco Models 1/35

This is the 5t half-track tied up the 7.62cm field gun on the loading platform which was captured from Russia. Full length of the models is 18 cm.

operated all in the North Africa as the 605th tank hunting battalion. German 5 ton half-track Diana Sd.Kfz.6/3

Nine vehicles were produced, and this type of vehicle was operated all in the North Africa as the 605th tank hunting battalion. So a small number of productions, you may think it’s same as a trial manufacture vehicle or vehicle for emergency.

weathering paint exaggeratedly, German 5 ton half-track Diana Sd.Kfz.6/3 7.62cm(R) anti-tank gun Bronco Models 1/35

I did the weathering paint exaggeratedly because the hard condition of the vehicle in the severe climatic of the North African battle front.

Good accent of measurement pole vivid color, German 5 ton half-track Diana Sd.Kfz.6/3 7.62cm(R) anti-tank gun Bronco Models 1/35

Good accent of measurement pole vivid color.

The bottom of the box compartment, German 5 ton half-track Diana Sd.Kfz.6/3 7.62cm(R) anti-tank gun Bronco Models 1/35

The bottom of the box compartment where an antitank gun was in only blew earth brown lightly, but I should have done more tipping weathering. I feel it’s a little simple.

Loader area was shone in silver and looking good.

Loader area was shone in silver and looking good.

many decals for dashboard panel and after using them, like real stuff.

Bronco prepared many decals for dashboard panel and after using them, like real stuff.

German 5 ton half-track Diana Sd.Kfz.6/3 7.62cm(R) anti-tank gun Bronco Models 1/35

Because it was the place where a gunner worked busily, I painted the floor with rust and soot moderately. I think the gunner’s area is very narrow space.

hard weathering on German 5 ton half-track Diana Sd.Kfz.6/3 7.62cm(R) anti-tank gun Bronco Models 1/35

There is a rack in the rear side, I painted the rust and I shone in silver some edge rubbing place.

German 5 ton half-track Diana Sd.Kfz.6/3 7.62cm(R) anti-tank gun

I did weathering like after deluge of rain especially on the seat. Long distance moving outfield in a hard condition climate, many places were beaten.

painting came off and show up the German gray undercoated

I wanted to make the feeling that the painting came off and show up the German gray undercoated., but the hue of the gray painting part was too dark.

half-track Diana Sd.Kfz.6/3 7.62cm(R) anti-tank gun

Camouflage of the red brown was too much contrasted at the beginning, finally matched with the base color dark yellow.

caterpillar of half-track Diana Sd.Kfz.6/3 7.62cm(R) anti-tank gun

Caterpillar was made of metal and rubber, side was metal and I shined by drybrushing. I painted the rectangular parts in rubber black.

This kit includes helmet and shell

This kit includes helmet and shell, putting them on the rear rack as during operation.

DAK Artillery Crew Libya 1941

Artillery crew are relaxing now for serving coffee.

DAK Artillery Crew is drinking coffee

After finishing both the face and the coat by oil painting, drawing brush spot has appeared. I can not see these spots as far as decorated on my shelves, but unpleasant when took a photo especially zoomed up. I’m not good at handling oil painting, maybe I should have thinned down by thinner or something.

DAK Artillery Crew is drinking coffee

All two of them looked down and hard to take a photo, this shot is from underneath by force. The oil painting is easy to do blending, but drying time too much longer. It takes for a few days until I can touched it without problem.

DAK Artillery Crew in long coat

I need to do trial and error a little more for figure painting. These figure’s back site also good looking. The color taste of the coat matches this vehicle.

DAK Artillery Crew in long coat oil painting

The crew of pouring coffee is a sergeant and the other is the command sergeant major. The piping color of the artillery is red in German Army.

German 5 ton half-track Diana Sd.Kfz.6/3 7.62cm(R) anti-tank gun Bronco Models 1/35 build and painting to finish

This kit was considerably substantial contents. The notation of the assembling manual was careful and good quality. One point I would like to say is that the price of Bronco Model merchandise is higher than other maker, if their price falls a little, there are not the words.
(13-April-2014)

I am interested in models of tanks, airplanes, ships, military figures, I build it little by little when I feel like it. I am also interested in the history of war. My starting is Tamiya’s Military Miniature series in the elementary school.
From elementary school through university students repeatedly suspend and restart my modeling, it’s about 25 years of this hobby’s history.
Born in February 1970, I live in Tokyo. From February 2007 I was quietly doing a site called “Miniature-Arcadia”. It is being transferred to this blog with the same name from December 2016. My update pace is uneven, but please come to see here occasionally.

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