GERMAN Sd.Kfz.251/1 Ausf.D SCHÜTZENPANZER HALF-TRACK 1/35 AFV CLUB

GERMAN Sd.Kfz.251/1 Ausf.D SCHÜTZENPANZER HALF-TRACK 1/35 AFV CLUB It is a standard 251 half-track of the AFV Club. Before I start this blog and my homepage before this blog, I think it was over ten years ago, I tried to challenge the 251 of Zvezda, too difficult to complete and threw out on the way. The Tamiya seems to be easy to assemble, I wish I could try Tamiya, but I have never made it yet.

GERMAN Sd.Kfz.251/1 Ausf.D SCHÜTZENPANZER HALF-TRACK 1/35 AFV CLUB It was regrettable and having five Sd.Kfz.251 series of the AFV Club, thought to complete it sometime. Because I had a prejudice that the German 251 half-track is hard to assemble, I unconsciously avoided it. In the meantime, I had an occasion to see a video of this vehicle, I would like to build and complete it this time.

GERMAN Sd.Kfz.251/1 Ausf.D SCHÜTZENPANZER HALF-TRACK 1/35 AFV CLUB The caterpillar is a belt type, both front and back are sufficient detail. If we pay attention so as not to raise the belt in the air from the road wheels, it will look real.

GERMAN Sd.Kfz.251/1 Ausf.D SCHÜTZENPANZER HALF-TRACK 1/35 AFV CLUB In the past, I had a memory that the joint of each armor panel of the cube became rattled and failed to assemble caterpillar. I decided to bond as many parts as possible by adjusting them together.

GERMAN Sd.Kfz.251/1 Ausf.D SCHÜTZENPANZER HALF-TRACK 1/35 AFV CLUBIf you look closely, the sprocket wheel is slightly angled by the track width. I guess the caterpillar’s real feeling will come out if I adhere along this. Is the actual structure the same as this wheel?
(04-July-2018)

GERMAN Sd.Kfz.251/1 Ausf.D SCHÜTZENPANZER HALF-TRACK 1/35 AFV CLUB It is a pattern of rolling wheels like a Panther tank. In the case of the half-track 251, it cannot be relieved even if the underbody is completed. There is an impression that assembly of the upper half is difficult. I still have a long way to go.

GERMAN Sd.Kfz.251/1 Ausf.D SCHÜTZENPANZER HALF-TRACK 1/35 AFV CLUB If it is a belt caterpillar, the upper half is floating and it is quite unnatural.

GERMAN Sd.Kfz.251/1 Ausf.D SCHÜTZENPANZER HALF-TRACK 1/35 AFV CLUB I think that the upper half of the caterpillar can express the weight feeling if it adheres carefully as above photo.

GERMAN Sd.Kfz.251/1 Ausf.D SCHÜTZENPANZER HALF-TRACK 1/35 AFV CLUBI am wondering when painting the interior of an open top AFV. I have to decide whether to make it dark-yellow or German-gray.
(06-July-2018)

GERMAN Sd.Kfz.251/1 Ausf.D SCHÜTZENPANZER HALF-TRACK 1/35 AFV CLUB Finally, after assembly and painting inside, I felt all works were completed. After that, I need to paint the outside.

GERMAN Sd.Kfz.251/1 Ausf.D SCHÜTZENPANZER HALF-TRACK 1/35 AFV CLUB Although it is almost invisible when it is completed, I painted the meter on the panel such as the speedometer of the driver’s seat with a brush. I also painted small equipment.

GERMAN Sd.Kfz.251/1 Ausf.D SCHÜTZENPANZER HALF-TRACK 1/35 AFV CLUB I think that the rack with the backrest and backrest of the passenger compartment should be installed at the end in terms of structure. Painting after completion of assembly is a little hassle.

GERMAN Sd.Kfz.251/1 Ausf.D SCHÜTZENPANZER HALF-TRACK 1/35 AFV CLUB I tried lightly washing the interior and made a little sense of use.

GERMAN Sd.Kfz.251/1 Ausf.D SCHÜTZENPANZER HALF-TRACK 1/35 AFV CLUBI think fitting of parts is good, but it is unusual for vehicles of this type to fit all in tightly, and gaps will be created somewhere. I’ll try to fill in the putty later, and move on. Because it cannot be improved even if adjusted too much.
(08-July-2018)

GERMAN Sd.Kfz.251/1 Ausf.D SCHÜTZENPANZER HALF-TRACK 1/35 AFV CLUB When I attach the backrest, I cannot see clearly of the rifle arranged in the rack. Slightly regrettable.

GERMAN Sd.Kfz.251/1 Ausf.D SCHÜTZENPANZER HALF-TRACK 1/35 AFV CLUB Because the details of the clamp on the equipment are not good, I tried additional work with a thin metal wire.

GERMAN Sd.Kfz.251/1 Ausf.D SCHÜTZENPANZER HALF-TRACK 1/35 AFV CLUB It’s an open-top vehicle, I covered the painted inside with masking tape and tissue.

GERMAN Sd.Kfz.251/1 Ausf.D SCHÜTZENPANZER HALF-TRACK 1/35 AFV CLUB I thought about trying the hairspray technique even with camouflage paint, painted the base black.

GERMAN Sd.Kfz.251/1 Ausf.D SCHÜTZENPANZER HALF-TRACK 1/35 AFV CLUBBasically, it is a three-color camouflage in vertical. Vertical stripes are comfortable even in small vehicles.
(10-July-2018)

GERMAN Sd.Kfz.251/1 Ausf.D SCHÜTZENPANZER HALF-TRACK 1/35 AFV CLUB Pretty of AFV plastic models, especially the German army, I have made. However, for some reason Sd.Kfz.251 half-track did not have the opportunity to up to this blog until now. This time I am glad that I completed 251 type-D.

GERMAN Sd.Kfz.251/1 Ausf.D SCHÜTZENPANZER HALF-TRACK 1/35 AFV CLUB The 251/1 is the ordinary military transport vehicle. It has two machine-guns front and rear of the compartment. In comparison with truck transport, the bulletproof performance against a small firearm has improved drastically, and non-flat running performance is also good. Such equipment would have been deployed preferentially to elite troops.

GERMAN Sd.Kfz.251/1 Ausf.D SCHÜTZENPANZER HALF-TRACK 1/35 AFV CLUB The crew is commander and driver, it was possible to transport up to ten soldiers.

GERMAN Sd.Kfz.251/1 Ausf.D SCHÜTZENPANZER HALF-TRACK 1/35 AFV CLUB GERMAN Sd.Kfz.251/1 Ausf.D SCHÜTZENPANZER HALF-TRACK 1/35 AFV CLUB The type A, type B, and type C are complicated manufacturing process and it took time and effort to complete. The D type was changed to a simple shape, the shape of the rear part and the fender was also changed. It might be the reason why it was easy to assemble as a plastic model.

GERMAN Sd.Kfz.251/1 Ausf.D SCHÜTZENPANZER HALF-TRACK 1/35 AFV CLUB Both of the machine-guns that were installed attached a drum magazine.

GERMAN Sd.Kfz.251/1 Ausf.D SCHÜTZENPANZER HALF-TRACK 1/35 AFV CLUB GERMAN Sd.Kfz.251/1 Ausf.D SCHÜTZENPANZER HALF-TRACK 1/35 AFV CLUB I do not see the driver’s seat clearly, I can barely see the speedometer. It was good that I painted lightly.

GERMAN Sd.Kfz.251/1 Ausf.D SCHÜTZENPANZER HALF-TRACK 1/35 AFV CLUB GERMAN Sd.Kfz.251/1 Ausf.D SCHÜTZENPANZER HALF-TRACK 1/35 AFV CLUB The handrail interfered and there’s no place to put the antenna, it was replaced to the backward. Since the radio is on the right side of the front part of the vehicle, I think that the antenna was better to be in front if possible.

GERMAN Sd.Kfz.251/1 Ausf.D SCHÜTZENPANZER HALF-TRACK 1/35 AFV CLUB Wow!! The decals are a bit silvering. Is it because Tamiya’s acrylic particles are rough? Before pasting, I made the surface as smooth as possible, but it seems there was not enough adhesion.

GERMAN Sd.Kfz.251/1 Ausf.D SCHÜTZENPANZER HALF-TRACK 1/35 AFV CLUB This kit Sd.Kfz.251 can be chosen as an initial type, standard type, latter type, I choose the form and position of the passenger seat and headlight to the latter type.

GERMAN Sd.Kfz.251/1 Ausf.D SCHÜTZENPANZER HALF-TRACK 1/35 AFV CLUB GERMAN Sd.Kfz.251/1 Ausf.D SCHÜTZENPANZER HALF-TRACK 1/35 AFV CLUB GERMAN Sd.Kfz.251/1 Ausf.D SCHÜTZENPANZER HALF-TRACK 1/35 AFV CLUB The marking was the vehicle of 2nd-SS Panzer Division “Das Reich”. By the way, Das Reich is German meaning “nation”. It was a vehicle around July 1944. In February 1944 Das Reich Division was reorganized and supplemented and it was transferred to the direction of Normandy from the Eastern Front.

GERMAN Sd.Kfz.251/1 Ausf.D SCHÜTZENPANZER HALF-TRACK 1/35 AFV CLUB The interior of the car is not as much as outside, but the lightly weathering is a natural feeling.

GERMAN Sd.Kfz.251/1 Ausf.D SCHÜTZENPANZER HALF-TRACK 1/35 AFV CLUB GERMAN Sd.Kfz.251/1 Ausf.D SCHÜTZENPANZER HALF-TRACK 1/35 AFV CLUB GERMAN Sd.Kfz.251/1 Ausf.D SCHÜTZENPANZER HALF-TRACK 1/35 AFV CLUBStriped camouflage painting did not work so well in past works, for example, Jagdpanther. I think that camouflage paint was successfully painted this time.
(12-July-2018)

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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