I made it from June 2011 to November 2011. At this time I changed my camera and I enjoyed taking pictures too much.
I have resumed my modeling after a long time. Since it’s a long time, from small kit I began. AFV Club cannon has reputation of highly sophisticated details. This is not a simple kit, I must stir myself for the spiritual work.
Number of parts is smaller than Dragon Models but there are many tiny parts. Seems to be included some photo etched parts.
I assembled about 25 parts, only this one. Excellent rivet detail.
Life rings are reproduced inside the barrel. I tried to light it with my Mag-lite.
Breech is open now.
Almost closed breech looks like this photo.
Assembly of the body part is a bit difficult, the basic parts fit is good. I have to fill with putty the little gap in the breech part. The parts next to the body is a back of the wheel. It consists of 10 small parts.
I can choose 3 types of wheels. 2 kinds of Metal wheels with rubber and wooden wheels with rubber. My choice is wooden wheels that were produced in the early stage or before WWII. Suspension unit was installed to joint with a half track that you can see the front springs.
Cannon carriage and body combined. Adjustment was necessary because the body is perpendicular to the built-in wheels.
You can choose three types of sighting device (which is unsightly, but the protruding rod that extends to the top of the round handle in the middle). . I choose the type of middle length. I opened the panel at the end of the body that the inside was nicely reproduced.
It’s too simple only cannon, I decided to make one anti-aircraft crew beside the cannon. The second soldier was from the right, I pick up.
I had been expected to work quite easily without adjusting the position to grab the shell but necessary for minor adjustment.
I have extra difficulty because of using piano wire in the arms. It’s too strong for adjustment. Brass wire is better for that kind of work.
Assembled other various accessories.
This cannon has a number of recessed areas. Tire-black and mahogany blended paint made shadows and prevent the no paint remaining area visible.
After a long interval, I proceed. Painted a base color, pasted the decals. Small character decals on the shells strengthen reality. So far every painting was airbrushed.
Completed the basic figure painting. Face is shining because of oil painting. I’ll adjust it later.
Finally completed the 15cm heavy infantry gun. This gun was started to develop in 1927 and formalized in 1933. Warhead weight was 38kg, maximum range of 4.6km. It’s a fairly powerful weapon.
Main mission is infantry fire support and operation together with infantry. It’s effective to attack the pillbox and other enemy defensive position. Seems to be produced more than 4,000, active from the beginning to the end of the war.
To the left of the back shield you can see two tables pasted black, I think this indicates the angle and distance of warhead. This shield is too small to hide effectively.
Slightly less effective of washing. But I thought dark yellow color is reasonable.
Converting position from here to there, part of the rubber tire had more frequent scratches. I damaged them with my design knife.
I painted and did the weathering under the chassis,too. I’ll continue to try to paint under the chassis as much as possible because the modern kit molded them very nice detail.
I didn’t make the exposed metal parts glossy this time. Only use a little dry pigment powder or pencil brush.
A long wooden stick, like a lever and rotate this cannon probably adjust the direction of fire. Painted like wood is every time difficult.
Regular maintenance prevents from rusting, I presume. But I made chipping and weathering much.
I made one figure to increase the atmosphere. It’s from Dragon’s antiaircraft artillery figure set and attached infantry gun warheads instead of AA gun bullets. I suppose it’s a good expression even injection kit and without use resin head set.
It is so difficult to take good pictures of a figure with a helmet because of lighting adjustment. This person’s role is loading ammunition so need to move around this gun. It must be hard, dirty cloth.
Above I commented the warhead weight is 38kg and wonder it’s possible to carry by oneself.
It’s like commemorative photo.
I’m interested in the black and white photo, like that.
The rear of the artillery. Bluish shade of white clothes was expressed. Then deep in the wrinkles were more lightly coated with gray.
This shot is with special accessories ammunition. This is attached 3 rocket fins to stabilize the trajectory. I wonder how far would it fly away…
Other accessories. Cartridge case and the bullet case of wooden frames, empty shell, etc. Wooden frame was painted like fading some parts. This time finally completed, having to start making since this summer.
Now my job is busy and sometime holiday working, It’s 100% impossible to take Japanese traditional new year holiday which every Japanese are waiting for… Like I’m assigned to a penalty battalion in WWII German or Russian army… 🙁
Now It’s hard to share, time to modeling cause now I’m studying for the qualifying examination. It quite happy to completed one modelling.