This British Staghound, it is an item that had been neglected for many years with the only first touch. Again, I have a mind to complete it to the finish.
I remembered Bronco Models’ Staghound. At the time of purchase, I was thinking to build it enthusiastically, but I was frightened at seeing this detailed assembly manual and gently shut the box and put it on the rack. I think whether assembling little by little and paying attention to the loss of small parts, it will be built without problems. Parts matching is good.
Suddenly start from the assembly of side armor plate accessories. The box assembly of the body seems to be a little later. Higher building techniques are required for finely dividing parts.
Perhaps, I thought that the more parts were chopped up, the more the mind and spirit of the manufacturer were understood to the modeler. I am interested in what direction Bronco Models are now.
There are too many fine parts. The AFV club kits have also quite small parts, but it may be more than that. I don’t think I can see the goal, even if I make many parts.
At the beginning, the assembly process that seems to be disgusted by too much detail also becomes stereoscopic at the box set and the tension will increase suddenly. There was an impression that it is a considerably large vehicle from this box package and Tamiya Italeri’s Staghound box art. It is surprising its overall size is smaller than my image. Originally the quality of the Bronco’s kit is high, small parts of the chassis panel set of fine parts can be assembled without collapse.
It is better to adjust the four tires with the ground to prevent rattling at the same time when the suspension is assembled.
I used a tool that was made only for bending the etched parts in a straight line called “Etch mate”. Long ago, I bought it more than 10 years ago, I feel like I have done quite an expensive shopping. I may not recover my investment, but anyway, it’s convenient tool.
Perhaps it seems almost impossible to see, but the installed radio is reproduced in the rear of the turret inside. It is a quite nice feeling.
For the time being, the interior of the turret was painted white and the radio was painted with olive green, black, and silver.
The two large windshields are fitted in part. This area looks like a normal car.
I think I will draw the gradation with black & white.
For US Army to use XF-62 Olive Drab, for Commonwealth Army to use XF-58 Olive Green. Since it is the latter this time I painted it with olive green.
Paste the decals.
I’m not particularly fond of view a play, but recently I often go to the traditional performing arts of Japan such as Rakugo (Japanese sit-down comedy) and Noh (Japanese lyrical Noh drama, traditionally masked dance-drama). I would like to read “The Tale of the Heike” again because I saw the Noh.
About 3,000 Staghounds were produced and deployed in each British Commonwealth country. It seems that the US military originally planned to use it.
After WWII was concluded, it was exported to many other countries such as Denmark, Italy, Cuba, Egypt etc. in addition to the British Commonwealth countries. It is also used in Israel and this kit includes a decal for the Israeli army Staghound.
Staghound was manufactured by Chevrolet and provided to the British army, etc. by the Lend-Lease Acts. The first actual fight was in Italy in 1943. For armored cars, it had a heavy armor, front armor is 25 mm, the front of the turret is 30 mm. It is pretty big and seems to be heavy. The tires are also big.
The maximum speed was 100 km/h on the paved road and the action radius was about 720 km. It was mainly used for unit command and reconnaissance mission. The main armament is 37mm M6 anti-tank cannon. Metal barrel is attached in this kit and it is a sharp finish.
If we go through the piles of rubble, it will be weathering that bright dust will be attached to the top of the fender as this.
The marking is the 2nd Household Cavalry VIII Corp, N. W. Europe 1944-45.
I painted the glass window of the front driver’s seat in shiny black green. It is just better not see inside.
A vertical stripe mold is on the clear headlights, these are nice parts.
This rear view mirror is thin and fragile.
The Chipping, washing and dry brush are moderate, or modest. Characteristics of the Staghound, the big tire has a logo with a fine mold on the side so if you make a dry brush and make it stand out, it is also good with nice expressions.
The turret had small hooks to hold with the body, but I removed it so that it would float slightly, and I made it to the method only to put the turret on the chassis. It is not bad without a strange gap.
The turret hatches are not glued. I’d like to have tank soldiers on it later.
Bronco’s Staghound had many small parts. It looks round and compact, but actually, it is an extraordinarily big vehicle. It is an interesting AFV item.