I made it from November 2008 to January 2009.
This is the new kit released from Tamiya in this summer. The old one also nice kit with four figures of the Afrika Corps.
The assembly process is early though the parting line, removing of the trank roller was troublesome for Tamiya kit.
The quality of the caterpillar seems was increased much than the belt one. As the photo, loosen expression is good.
I’ll bury the gap between the increase armor and the turret with putty.
All assembly was completed.
Since the clear parts was not included in the Tamiya kit, I made it by myself. I hollowed the headlight space and painted inside in silver and filled the transparent epoxy adhesive. Attached the wire rope on the front. The caterpillar holders were made from the sliced small plastic panel.
It’s a photo-etched muffler cover.
I changed the head to the hornet resin part. Serious face was matched with German tank.
Basic painting was completed. I mixed white a little to German gray.
Since only the machine gun had been equipped with the Panzerkampfwagen I. It’s originally for training use. German army needed to develop a useful tank for the combat immediately. Then, having been developed is this Panzerkampfwagen II. This tank’s maximal speed was 40km per hour and power was 140hp.
This tank equipped with a 55 caliber 2cm machine gun and 7.92mm machine gun MG34 by one and the fire power was greatly increased compared to I type tank. However, they understood it is dissatisfied with armor of an initial II tank with the battle against Poland and the increase armor was given as the A-C type of this kit.
Marking is the 36th regiment 4th armored division tank in the French campaign. The 4th armored division entered the campaign of Poland, and the fight in one place after another with Barbarossa, load to the Moscow, and Kursk.
I did weathering the chassis dirty with a bright pastel imaging a European soil.
I stopped the expression of grain painting on the wire cutter because it was made of bakelite, only painted in red brown.
The lower side of the body was painted dust color and the upper surface was painted with the pastel like white as the stone rubble.
Only here the jack stand is too beautiful like new one.
I think it is good to make figure with the tank since everybody understand the size of the tank in the sense. Is it a failure of the dust on the black tank uniform too much?
I think that this photograph is the most beautifully this time.
When I see the figure from this distance, it is considerably genuine, the shoulder strap and the collar badge were the Tamiya decal set.