It is a smart kit anti-aircraft half-track. I made it from August 2011 to May 2012.
This half-track model contains many quite small parts same as a cannon kit of AFV now I’m making. It’s my first time to try German half-track.
There are over 800 parts. Photo-etched parts are included effectively.
I failed in the first stage that is the assembly of the tire. The left tire, required to match the five parts that is a real good tread pattern. I just made them wrong stacking order in tatters. It’s helpless, so I had thought to manage the normal type of tire, the right side one in this picture. This kit contains three tires, I could prepare two front tires that is the middle one in this picture.
I need to adjust all parts of the front chassis. Without it, some of the parts mounting positions are inadequate and finally it’s impossible to complete all assembly.
There are many misprint in the manual, some parts are not indicated and incomplete explanation. There’s an errata slip in Sembado’s HP, that is quite helpful. I would like to request to Dragon Models to complete maintenance for accurate description. I suppose there are many ways to give out the revised version of description, for example, they can distribute it from Dragon Models Home Page.
Detailed engine and gear parts. I have mistaken some parts of the engine attaching. Well, I don’t care small things and go to the next step.
The painting around the engine. Base paint was black and repainted gunmetal from the top. The engine room is dark yellow, and the inside of the front radiator was painted in black. Finally inside will not be so visible, I presume.
I struggled to produce anti-aircraft artillery ammunition cases. First, the case lid parts should be leap out from the panel horizontal line, but I glued them to the bottom. I wanted to keep ignoring this, after trial assembly, it was standing out and it can’t be left alone. The correction was hard that all parts are attached by instant adhesive mighty hard. In the end, I feel them pretty good detail.
Tightly just fit assembled panels of the engine room, it’s quite difficult. Poor fitting of the accessory box both side of the engine room, unfortunately I opened a little gap. Maybe I was wrong assembly of the front tire guard (the parts of the curved surface one) angle. If such a gap would be bad looking, I try to fix with my putty.
Assembled fences with ammunition cases. Every single part quality is really good. I was surprised how the rifle storage on this vehicle is characterized, you can see it on the right of the photo. The shift gear lever in the driver’s seat, parts was missing and I had to make it by myself…
Since I’m in Finance & Accounting section, I had to attend the quarter closing on the last weekend. I did not go completely assembled model. Modeling does not proceed at all. Would not such an unreasonable schedule cannot be improved?
Complete the 20mm anti-aircraft gun at last. Cartridge case emission net was divided into four photo-etched parts and difficult assembly. This process is easy to use round bars and eraser as this photo.
Anti-aircraft gun was attached to the body. I can choose 4 types of degrees and this photo is 40 degrees like aiming air target. Each part is connected to an unexpected place which is various intricate so I need to assemble this gun very carefully.
Assembly of the caterpillar. With a small amount of adhesive, this caterpillar is movable.
A little strange feeling because the bottom roller was attached against the ground flatly. Looks cool the front and end of the caterpillar is rising slightly. So I tried to adjust the upward force with cutting bottom roller shaft.
This looks more natural look.
Left side, I also raised the rear wheels slightly. Characteristic of the half track caterpillar is good looking.
Recent models come with masking tape. Before not so long, I can have painting process. Left half of the hood was glued and remain open the right side, I intended. I tried to shave a little thin edge of the bulletproof plates.
I used the sitting pose soldier second from the left one.
The masculine look. Good shape of both hands. Face and head parts are divided so I had to fill the gap.
I loaded machine gun and equipment. I attached haversack on the passenger seat. The Next stage is painting so let’s wash the parts.
Hard to reach painting area was airbrushed with dark color in advance.
Completed the basic painting. Camouflage pattern is narrow dark yellow and red brown line. It is difficult to adjust the air pressure of airbrushing.
Completion of the 1-ton half-truck with 20 mm anti-aircraft gun. 1 ton means the towing capacity is one metric ton, it’s the most compact models of the German half-trucks. This vehicle had been active from the very early scene of WWII.
When I bought this kit, I was expecting it’s not so big fire power of 20 mm. In the movie “Saving Private Ryan, the 20 mm gun appeared in the almost last scene”, German soldiers are shooting 20 mm to U.S. soldiers who placed on Tiger side turret, human body became shattered, quite shocking picture, that I remember.
After complete this kit, the size is as small as fit on your palm, it’s fine details, many tough parts, even if you make it straight from the box, it’s quite acceptable contents.
Open top vehicle’s have large painting space and it’s time-consuming to chipping all the surface.
Because there are many viewing highlights in a variety of places, I did not dry brush of the caterpillar glare too much metal. Too much washing with enamel thinner makes easy to break thin, fragile parts such as rear view mirror, poles side of front bumper, please be careful.
Engine compartment is half open. On the passenger seat, the accent here is put miscellaneous equipment.
This kit has detailed decal of speed meter and something. Using them, you can finish it up with real front panel.
Trace of dust on front glass is with masking tape of cutting circle shape. I measured the radius from the origin point, rubber length and I draw small and large circle. It’s not perfect but almost good.
I attached one figure, I tried to make German soldier but it’s like… Asian people. I feel quite well to use insignia decals released from Tamiya. I could not make it by my handwriting, I presume. Especially I like the decals on cap.
There are too many sleeve mold of wrinkles on this figure. But the feeling of the shape of hands is very natural. I drew blood vessels while watching my own hands. Decal of the belt buckle is also good.
So the lightest half-track, small working space for soldiers. When the shooting, left, right and rear enclosure fall horizontally and give some more space. I attempted to be movable this mechanism but too small and it’s impossible.
On the helmet, there’s 3 colors nation mark on the right side. This mark was abandoned since the summer of ’43. The figure’s atmosphere is better not to be able to see the eyes, this time….. It means eyes are the most important factor in the face.
I made this half-truck operating in Normandy, but this kill-mark recording is doubtful, too many! Maybe replacement from Russian front while long battle experience.
One of the feature of this half-truck is the mechanism of anti-air gun itself. This gun can move 360 degrees, but after assembled, the rear bench disturbs to round smoothly.
I have quite a sense of accomplishment to be finished work between a long time interval. The company I work for was acquired by super giant global industrial corporation based in the US. Then, fairly busy, did not take quite time for modeling.
No spare time for modeling is because of business, I’m due to work in a US capitalized company for accounting & finance so begin to study USCPA. I can’t imagine I started studying for certificate at this age….. If I update my HP very often, it’s meant I have not studied seriously for test…. : )