It is RSO of Dragon Smart Kit. I made it together with the German Army infantry extreme cold equipment figure. It was built from November 2012 to February 2013.
OK, this time, I try to make RSO Pak 40 bought in the summer last year. I made this kit of Ltaleri more than 10 years ago. At that time, too hard rubber tracks were not a good likeness of caterpillar, all the link of caterpillar I chopped with nippers and adhered one by one… I couldn’t satisfy with the finishing of the chassis after all, tried to make a muddy situation.
In this Dragon’s kit, accurate link caterpillar is very appealing to me.
I found there were old photographs. It’s covered with mud. I suspect that was made between around 1998 to 2000.
Seems to have finished wet in the rain and mud. Maybe I had a lot to challenge, try and error. In the Eastern front mud season, this would be quite normal circumstances.
Only one color of mud, without any washing, dry brushing, pastel works and weathering chipping. Sense of dynamic style… I wonder if I had not thrown it away…
Struggled during the assembly of the underbody. There is no indication in the manual mounting E20 and E21 engine parts. Part B18 pin size is different and need to care. Trial assembly was required to avoid trouble, especially the side exhaust pipe attachment assembles order, you need to care.
I want to keep this area painted, the engine can be seen from the side of the cockpit.
I was assembling, moving situation for Italeri kit, this time is in the battle or alerting in front, the season is winter, I imagine. So the side wood panels are open, cockpit panel left open.
I decided to stand on the side of the RSO German infantry wearing winter equipment. Such a kit that be released, we cannot even imagine in the old days.
These are one infantry’s part. 4 coat body parts combining to one is surprisingly difficult.
Right and left arm will be attached later. Unnatural gap of the coat joint will be fixed with the putty. Quite good looking face. I molded to emphasize chip strap of the helmet with my design knife for easier painting later.
Probably it’s a good atmosphere after small fixing.
Unfortunately, I had to work on this weekend. But I did a little work. I painted the engine and gun base part in black, although these cannot be seen.
Assembly is almost complete. The engine can be seen from the driver seat, which is now attached yellow masking tape.
I thought a gap of the gun mantlet skirt and the floor is the best as this photo. I adjusted the inner joint to show the good gap. The caper pillar distortion is very nice. It is thanks to the joint parts of dragon kit caterpillar.
Assembly is completed, 4 infantries accompany the next with Steyr. These four figures are fine depiction that hand grenades in the coat pocket, or put a magazine of sub-machine gun. Binoculars strap and rifle sling was made of the plate of shredded plastic panel.
Small gaps on the back of the fur coat, I have corrected in the light curing putty. Brass wire is embedded in the boots for fixed to the wood base for the next painting step.
Many artillery shell related goods are attached in this RSO kit. I painted these tiny parts attaching on a tree piece with double-stick tape. I was better to divide an artillery shell case and shell first, for easier to paint with color. Other parts should be divided by the paint color. My photo way causes troublesome later.
Completion of basic paint at dark yellow. I purchased this Tamiya rotation stand. I used PET bottle which was poured cement into, this was heavy and I had to fix a tank with screw clamp fixation. This rotation stand is easier-to-use much. It’s not so expensive and I should have purchased earlier.
I blew the white thinly as left the base color dark yellow.
The completion of airbrush paint of these figures. After this, details are painted with brush.
Steyr tractor RSO was completed. When the German army invaded into the Soviet Union at the WWII, serious trouble for transportation was caused by ordinary track on the road in the season of mud and heavy snow. These are the vehicles developed as it can move at the same speed as infantry under such severe circumstances.
Well, since a 75-mm anti tank gun was only mounted on the tractor, the armor was thin and almost nothing of defense power. But probably, it was very reliable rather than artillerymen and horses pulled a gun in mud or snow.
It is powder snow effect and snow effect of white, diorama texture paint of Tamiya products. Since the winter camouflage of my past works lack three-dimensional appearance, these are very effective items.
As this paint material was blended white marble, it is not likely to have most of fading or discoloration in many years. It’s no problem for using brushes, when washing the used brush before the paint became hard.
Since it’s a military operation in a snow field, snow is attached to the caterpillar. I set up the snow is piling up the working table where the gun mounted.
There is a space which can put in four artillery shells behind a gun.
This kit attaches many shells and shell case, etc… It’s hard work to complete. There are two kinds of 75-mm artillery shells by warheads differ. Isn’t it probably high explosive antitank shell? It has written on “HI/B” in this decal. The other words are too small characters to read.
These artillery shells, and shell cases and wooden boxes are useful for the presence rise of this model.
I did not carry out weathering on these shells. The way of new ammunition feels that the good result of this model. It will not become dirty so much, since it goes into the various cases and boxes to reach to a battle front.
The first figure is surveillance soldier who signs that something was found.
The second figure is a foot soldier who is looking into binoculars. Paint on a fur coat tends to become monotonous and is difficult.
Because it was not interesting when all the members were a same color fur coat, color was a bit changed for a while. Goggles were painted in clear at the end and it is glazed.
The foot soldier during a walk. Protection-against-the-cold boots are rugged. Since all the members are being covered to the neck warmer, it’s difficult to distinguish by different color between face part and neck warmer.
Combination with a vehicle like this photo.
Appearance that something was discovered beyond the snow field. It seems this kind of distance from lens and the object is a good looking face. I would like to paint faces better…
Gray color back is colder looking in the snowy field. Blue is not bad, either.
Winter camouflage was painted with a brush after airbrushed in white. It looks the real soldier also painting camouflage with brush painting.
Since it was a slightly tight impression when the back was blue, I tried in gray.
I think it was finished in fairly good touch, such as snowy textures and touch of winter camouflage. I enjoyed this working fairly happily. It was good to complete while it was cold an actual season…