GERMAN HOWITZER 15cm sFH18 with LIMBER DRAGON 1/35

Box package of German howitzer 15cm sFH18 with Limber Dragon Models 1/35

I have stocked only the Trumpeter artillery crew set for a long time. Then the crew was useless, I got this howitzer several years ago.

too many the part number misprints of the assembling manual, Dragon Models 1/35

This kit has too many the part number misprints of the assembling manual. I felt it was the most brutal manual in the Dragon kits I have ever made. It was the level that I wanted to throw out, not the spelling mistake of the color names as usual. I actually thrown out around this photo in this March…..
Then, I restarted it because the artillery crew 2 kits stock will not be completed forever without starting. If it is a car, a problem may become bigger than a recall. Though the parts mold is sharp, the this kit is very disappointing.

Including the cylindrical part of the A47, often there are not indicated parts of the instruction manual

Including the cylindrical part of the A47, often there are not indicated parts of the instruction manual, part number difference mistake is scattered.
The brass hydraulic pressure piston should be jointed to the plastic parts. If the plastics component was glued together like a picture, it was a mistake. It’s difficult to explain by sentences.

assembling the wheels and a pedestal part of the howitzer

I am assembling the wheels and a pedestal part of the howitzer. There are many complicated parts, and not easy to understand how to assemble. The not cleared points will be considered later.

making wheels, German howitzer 15cm

There seems to be no problem when I see it a little. My assembly might be a mistake. Since I got tired very much, I wonder shift to finishing up the SdKfz223 for a change…..
(05-November-2015)

German howitzer 15cm

I have written only a bad point of the assembling manual. There are a lot of parts with the part of 2 legs, it is also complicated. The parts mounting layout is shown from the left and from the right, which is very helpful for my assembling.

assembling was over, German howitzer 15cm

Because assembling was over, they are memo photograph by various points of view before the painting. I wonder there are many mistakes.

metal barrel, 15cm sFH18 with Limber Dragon Models 1/35

The metal barrel is very good. I think these days manufacturer had a full of service spirit like this metal barrel often attached to the kit from the beginning. When it’s metal, complete round goes out easily, so such intention does whether you say that I increase in a precise sense. It may be complacence. The metal barren is easily reproducing true circle, and it will increase the precision. Even it may be a self-satisfaction.

puzzle-like assembling process

By a puzzle-like assembling process, it was harder than expected. 15cm sFH18 Howitzer is quite big. This presence is interesting because I often made a small cannon on my palm.

making completed, 15cm sFH18 with Limber Dragon Models 1/35

I think the measuring instrument to have good appearance if perpendicular with the ground. Firstly, I intended to adjust it perpendicularly and adjusted it last, because the measuring inclined by the height of the slip stopper at the tail end.

15cm sFH18 with Limber Dragon Models 1/35

The backside is reproduced as such, too.
(21-November-2015)

Many artillery shells, German howitzer

Many artillery shells are attached. Now, the form is shaped. Processing of cleaning the parting lines is hard work.

small goods including the working mats and the bursting charge

There are the small goods including the working mats and the bursting charge.

basic color is German gray

The basic color is German gray.
(26-November-2015)

I failed. I would spill adhesive on the tire.

Well, I failed. I would spill adhesive on the tire. A part of the tire has melted. I say that this is splashes of mud and want to deceive it, but it is considerably unnatural…..

fixing the tire with putty

I will dirty other parts equally in a good balance when I make here splashes of mud. After all, I fixed it. I piled photocoagulation putty and sharpened it. Still there was an irregularity and was difficult. Well, it became very better than leave it without a fix.

light gray on a base of German gray

I blew a little light gray on a base of German gray.

An attachment is painted and a detail parts are painted.

An attachment is painted and a detail parts are painted. It will be completed soon.
(28-November-2015)

German howitzer 15cm sFH18 with Limber Dragon Models 1/35 build and painting to finish

15cm sFH18 is the German army’s main heavy howitzer. It was equipped on the Hummel self-propelled howitzer. It was produced approximately 5,500 by the end of the war.

Varies depending on the bullet type, the maximum range is about 13,000m to 19,000m.

Varies depending on the bullet type, the maximum range is about 13,000m to 19,000m. Compared to the Russian Army cannon, it was inferior in the maximum range.

German howitzer 15cm sFH18 rear view

This kit angle of elevation was movable, but I was worried about the durability, so the movable points were glued firmly.

German howitzer 15cm sFH18 with limber

This way it looks, even the instruction was difficult, anyway the main body has certainly good appearance.

metal gun barrel

I like the metal gun barrel which I could omit the filing and accurate shape.

red and white border straight on the measurement pole

It is difficult to paint the red and white border straight on the measurement pole by free hand. Is there any tips to draw a straight line neatly with freehand?

delicate surface by a washing and emphasized an edge by a drybrush lightly

I refrained from heavy tipping this time. I gave a delicate surface by a washing and emphasized an edge by a dry-brush lightly. I thought that this had better balance when I set it beside the shells not to do weathering.

decal on the gun mount side has small letters

The decal on the gun mount side has small letters, and exact feelings increase.

shovel and pickaxe placed on the one of the main arms

It is hard to see, the tools such as a shovel and pickaxe placed on the one of the main arms. I considered a balance of the worn-out condition of the metal surface and the rust for paint.

around the tire mechanism of German howitzer 15cm sFH18

I felt like having made many white and red poles this time. It may be a mistake. It’s a good accent for the model.

main arm of German howitzer 15cm sFH18

If it is called a dragon, I’m waiting for the Patriot missile system which was scheduled to release on this April, but now not yet on sale. Dragon model had led the AFV model field with the highest quality kit before, and I’m disappointed the present situation. There are a lot of legacies of the dragon in my stock.
Sorry, the Dragon did the massive hike in prices recently, and I used the reproachful term. Anyway, I hope Dragon releases the Patriot set early!

main arm of German howitzer 15cm sFH18

I received a question from a modeler in the Netherlands abount a painting procedure. I introduce it here, too. As an example.

The painting procedure of the body and limber.

1. Airbrush paint in German gray overall.
2. Lightly airbrush paint on a wide part with brighter gray that mixed white in German gray.
3. Airbrush paint in black on a muzzle and the shadow areas.
4. Hand writing brush for tires, shells, an aim scope and the painting of the red and white poles and the pickaxe, etc.
5. Pasting the decals.
6. Overall coating of Mr.Color Clear.
7. Washing with enamel thinner and dark brown, the next is washing with enamel thinner with dark yellow.
8. Washing with a pastel (Mig’s pigment is famous for modelers) and enamel thinner and a little enamel clear for rust. Enamel clear is good for sticking the pastel particle, in case it’s too glossy, maybe needed matte clear coating.
9. Drybrushing in a buff and sand yellow.
10. The last is a drybrushing in a metal exposure part with metallic silver.

In Japan, the Creos Mr. Color is famous for lacquer paint. It’s very handy and strong paint surface. I usually use lacquer for basic paint and use the enamel paint for color adjustment. I suppose the Humbrol Enamel has many user in Europe.

German howitzer 15cm sFH18 Dragon Models

For the howitzer loading part, I did lightly metallic drybrushing after blowing black.

the board on the left side of the cannon to be a calculation table

I think the board on the left side of the cannon to be a calculation table of something. Because an etched parts mold is sharp, I thought that it looked good as it is…..

I let a mold clear by a little dry-brushing.

I let a mold clear by a little drybrushing. I am content that there is with detail as a character seems to be readable.

limber of German howitzer 15cm sFH18 Dragon Models

The limbers has good mold like the main body.

working mats, German howitzer 15cm sFH18 Dragon Models

Feel of a material of equipment such as the mat improved by washing and drybrush.

right of the top rounded shells are anti concrete shells (Gr.19 Be), The left are a common ammunition for the soft targets (Gr.19)

The right of the top rounded shells are anti concrete shells (Gr.19 Be), The left are a common ammunition for the soft targets (Gr.19).

the painting of this equipment was unexpectedly taken a lot of time.

In fact, the painting of this equipment was unexpectedly taken a lot of time. It’s a good combination with the firing position cannon.

I displayed size AA batteries for an actual feeling of the size.

I displayed size AA batteries for an actual feeling of the size.

German howitzer 15cm sFH18 with Limber Dragon Models 1/35, build and painting to finish

I thought the cannon has not so much appeal points compare to a tank model. After all, I took a lot of photographs after completed. The outward appearance was quite cool, I like it very much. It’s the fact that it was very difficult to assemble. It is perfect if I make the remaining gun crew figure.
(30-November-2015)

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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