GERMAN HOWITZER 15cm sFH18 GUN CREW TRUMPETER 1/35

Box package of German howitzer 15cm sFH18 gun crew Trumpeter 1/35

Though I was looking forward to a lucky bag of a FUJIMI model at New Year, there seem to be no sale schedules for the New Year’s in 2016, and it’s very regrettable. Though stock increased, I wanted to buy it this year. Anyway the person concerned of FUJIMI seems to rest sufficiently at the New Year’s holiday.
I had stocked this Trumpeter Germany army artillery set for five years. I buuilt the heavy howitzer the other day, so I have begun to make this one. The figure set price has been rising recently, how about the quality.

making figure of howitzer commander

The mold is not clear carving. I improve a little if I sharpen it with a design knife here and there. Because the hollow around eyes is emphasized as for the molding of the face, I wonder it is easy to paint.

take off a jacket and are the pose of only wearing their shirts

These two crews take off a jacket and are the pose of only wearing their shirts.

complicated parts connection figure

This kit includes the complicated parts connection figure.
(26-December-2015)

making shells of howitzer 1/35

I have a pain in my throat from yesterday, and both the nose and the eyes have bad condition. Possibly does cedar pollen fly now? The person with hay fever may get a symptom early this year because Japan is warm. The filing of the howitzer shell, it takes time because there are many numbers and size is very small.

making shells of howitzer

Though the mass production of the shell was already experienced at the last German howitzer kit, a further number is attached to this kit… It can be said it is the equal volume as the figures. It’s interesting that there are four kinds of shells.

additional work on gun crew

Everybody except the commander do not attach a water bottle and a duffle bag, the personal thing including the ammunition pouch. They seem to be light clothes for not disturbing operation of a gun.

additional work of making hair with putty

This is the soldier who holds a shell and holding his ears to protect from the air blast of the explosion. I had a dull mold impression when I built the Trumpeter’s modern American infantry before. Maybe this manufacturer’s figure is like that quality. Although, I like the Trumpeter models of AFV and aircraft kits for the sharp mold.

Gold paint of shell

I think I’ll draw the base of a shell having gold belt. AFV Club package was certainly like that, but I’m not sure whether this is the correct answer.

attaching the string of a helmet

Now I’m attaching the string of a helmet and gap covering with the putty.
(13-January-2015)

leaving gold with masking tape

I cover a place, leaving gold with masking tape in a belt.

the shells and helmets in field gray.

I blew the shells and helmets in field gray.

each figure is an active pose

The each figure is an active pose.

blew all colors by airbrush, now drawing the detailed parts

At first, I blew all colors by airbrush, now drawing the detailed parts and all the surface was repainted in oil painting at all.

painting gun crew figure

This gloss effect was cleared after blowing matte paint. Now I’m painting small belt and other badges.
(18-January-2016)

German howitzer 15cm sFH18 gun crew Trumpeter 1/35 build and painting to finish

An artillery crew set of the heavy howitzer and the accessory equipment have been completed. Unfortunately, it did not become the finish to my satisfaction.

gunner of shell and gun powder tube puts it in the Chamber

It is a gunner of shell and gun powder tube puts it in the Chamber.

loading gun powder

The loading stick looks very good.

painting of the face is difficult

Though the painting of the face is difficult, the round seal of the cap is more difficult which is small rounds of black white and red.

caring howitzer shell

I felt it’s fresh that the soldier who took off a jacket and a belt, it’s a rare motif.

took off a jacket and a belt

It is a soldier holding a shell. This soldier does not put the hem of the pants in his boots. It’s like wearing jeans.

soldier holding a canister

I drew a little rusty on his helmet.

gun crew is holding a canister

After all the mold of the face is important. I think this is also good, but it’s difficult to paint.

gun crew figure 1/35

It is a soldier holding a canister. This figure’s parts component was a lot and tiny.

gun crew figure 1/35

They worked on the ground, so I attached mud and dirt on the crew’s boots and pants.

a lot of mats to put the shells 1/35

There are a lot of mats to put the shells. This is the soft material like the rubber caterpillar of Dragon Models. The mold is real.

pile up many kinds of shells

There is a sense of reality very much in this way when I pile it up and display it.

This soldier will protect his ears from a blast.

This soldier will protect his ears from a blast. It seems to run away from a howitzer.

It seems to run away from a howitzer.

The figure is lightly dressed, wearing a work shirt and pants.

this one is comparatively nice painting of the face

These six figures, this one is comparatively nice painting of the face, since it is the pause which looked down and expression is invisible.

this figure to the measurement device of the howitzer

Though I do not fit this figure to the measurement device of the howitzer perfectly, I think it’s matched to the howitzer.

hollow-eyed, and it’s very difficult to paint

This kit is hollow-eyed, and it’s very difficult to paint. It is enough just to make a black shadow. It is easier to paint the Dragon Models figure.

military figure of gun crew

He’s an artilleryman, so the shoulder insignia was trimmed in the red line.

commander of the howitzer team

Though I wanted to put the shadow, there is a place which has just a black dirt.

I used Tamiya insignia decals for these figures.

Even if a uniform was splayed by airbrush, I had to retouch the details. It’s difficult to make the same color in oil painting.

Tamiya insignia decals

My painting method, I feel that something is wrong fundamentally. I will think a little more.

photo with the howitzer and gun crew 1/35

When it’s joined with the heavy howitzer, it’s vivid.

German howitzer 15cm sFH18 gun crew Trumpeter 1/35

The appearances will be better when I make the ground. But in fact, I’m not interested in a diorama for the moment. I like seeing the work of other modeler diorama works.

German howitzer 15cm sFH18 in the operation

Change the layout a bit from a different angle.

lively figure and howitzer combination 1/35 scale

The figures are needed much effort. Many accessories rather than a figure were made this time, so I paid attention not to lose of a small part. Only a cannon is cool, but I think such one is also fascinating.
(20-January-2016)

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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