It is UE Carrier which had a fine work prize of Tamiya’s 74the Patch Photo Contest in 2014.
I made Marder INI in 2007, that time I got Bronze Prize. It was after a long absence and applied, and I felt good that the prize with such a small kit. This upload was delayed, without getting time very much, but was able to place here somehow by the end of 2014.
I wonder why only this kit is attached a pair of tweezers. Not so strong and practical. Maybe I’ll use it for sticking decals. Chassis component assembling is no problem, all the parts are very good matching each other.
After making up the tank body like this.
The caterpillar tread is divided partially and can easily express the slack of upper belt. This partial method is one of my favorite along with the magic track of the Dragon Models. I hope all models kits have the partial tread method.
The loading platform was also assembled easily.
Because there are four figures in this kit, I’m in two minds make it or not, four figures are lots of work.. Because I have not yet decided it, the part of the driver and side seat leaves without adhering.
The back detail and mold is fine.
I brought the tin canned milk and woody barrel from other kits. I loaded oranges and tomatoes, which I made with epoxy putty onto small boxes.
As for the orange, I molded the surface with a needle. I made the tomatoes leaves and stem end with a plastic sheet. I think it’s not tank model field work but very enjoyable.
I blew surfacer before basic painting. These days, I don’t use surfacer without any multi-material or use many putty, after I got an opinion from oversees reader on using it by e-mail.
After all, I decided to make four figures, the spirit of Tamiya who released rare French AFV military kit is valuable. I made sling of the rifle by fishing belt weight, but the metal was too soft and was not easy to handle. There is a difficulty to handle, but use a brass belt, which is a blank space of other photo-etched parts.
Because I usually get used to look my hand, end of the finger unnatural parts stand out. It is difficult to craft the shape of holding the belt, sling is little too thick.
The specified color of Tamiya was car XF-51, but I don’t know the color to match Creos and mixed khaki with olive-drab comparing with the box illustration.
I painted basic color on goods loaded. The wood sticks are holding of Japanese ice bar (Popsicle).
I remember all the parts are fixed in this process. All decals are attached.
I mixed the basic color of French Infantry uniform with dark yellow, red brown and orange, ratio 7:2:1.
On the other hand, tank crew was indicated to paint with brown, because all the tank crew at that time in France used leather jacket.
This French Army carrier UE had a fine work prize of Tamiya’s 74th Patch Photo Contest in the summer of 2014. I produced it in August and remained, but it’s good to show you during this year.
I arranged various things to have attractive colors in this model, red tomatoes, oranges, the white metal barrels, brown wood barrel and silver milk can. Maybe this white barrels are for drinking water. It was more colorful than the ordinary works.
I did chipping randomly on the edge of the tank and cart.
Joint of the tanks and cart is only hook, we can display them separately.
I did weathering paint of dust and rust with pastel on the chassis and caterpillar.
It’s amazing and enjoyable to mold the tomatoes and oranges. They looks like fresh?
The painting of the wooden box was not so bad, I suppose.
I see spots of the painting through a magnifying lens like this photo. Better to use more colors for describing rust? But it is against my preference too much weathering.
According to the Tamiya’s assembling manual, this marking is in France in 1940 but the unit was unidentified. I wonder this mark is a pineapple…..
Tamiya’s this item choice was very nice that we can say French non-armed carrier is not major field. Maybe there’s demand of many German tank builders who are tired a little and need for a change something.
They are like Russian folk craft dolls Matryoshka as both hands are molded in one part. Two tank crews are exact same mold, I fitted goggles for one of them.
This painting is a good feeling of leather material.
After the tank crew boarded as this photo. Ah!!, almost uniforms are not in sight. I worked hard to paint the cherry color leather jacket…..
By the way, I have a leather jacket alike the above one, Aeroleather half-belted cherry color. Aeroleather is a company producing many good quality leather clothes in Scotland.
French infantry soldiers uniform is all khaki from head to foot and no changes. I painted gaiter brighter color and did dry-brushing to touch some changes. I dry-brushing all the edge and wrinkles to have some contrast.
Black eye is a little too big, maybe.
I play in various ways what kind of placement is attractive. This is almost same as I was a child, hold a hero in one hand and another is a monster. I’m not changing mentally since very young……
It is very rare to make French infantry for me. I can understand the form of French duffle bag and water bottle in this back sight figures.
I have many photos which I intended to up in my homepage, all upload completed. Many figures allocated is like one scene of the battle field, much more dramatic. I wish everyone good modelling for the coming year!!!