It is an ordinary SWS half truck for the transportation of soldiers and goods. The loading platform looks like there are many wooden parts. Italeri’s three-digit product number, this kit is #360. It was probably a very old kit for such a three-digit numbering.
The chassis combines thin frames. Previously, I was making the SWS anti-aircraft self-propelled gun so this area was the same process.
Caterpillar is a partial connection type. Parts are irregular and it is difficult to wind up. There was a case where a slight gap could be made. I paint these parts in black and add the weathering effect so no need to be so nervous.
Because this kit plastic is quite fragile, the movable part of the front wheel, I fixed them with superglue. There is no problem for decorating it without movable section.
There are a lot of burr and parting lines for old Italeri kits, so shaping parts is a little troublesome.
A carrier and a driver’s seat aren’t glued together yet. I’m thinking to glue together after I finish painting inside the driver’s seat at least.
Although I’d like to have a soldier sit at a later date, I put three drums of the fuel together as of now. Although it is actually modern US drums, such a mold is scraped off and it is diverted to the WWII German military use.
It’s a big vehicle, so the painting area is wide. Maybe I should use a hairspray ( technique only for bonnet? Because I am still hesitating, it is roughly painted in black.
I used dark yellow of water-based paint, blended Creos and Tamiya.
I wanted to make it muddy weathering so I rubbed three-dimensional mud onto the bumpers and fenders. It is a mixture of sand and matte medium. As I paint my taste later, original sand color is not concerned.
I made masking sheets for dirt on the wiper using Voyager masking template. Although it is a rarely used tool, it’s quite fun when I am examining such convenience goods.
Schwerer Wehrmachtschlepper (Heavy Military Tractor) was a half-track simplified the complex mechanism of the former half-track for mass production. Caterpillar was wide and suitable for a muddy ground of the Eastern Front.
This mass production started in December 1943 and 825 were manufactured. Many vehicles are cargo carrying vehicles of the wooden platform. This kit also has all the loading platforms made of wood, several benches are set up.
All the carriages are made of wood, and there is no particular increased armor around the driver ‘s seat. Although half-track has off-road driving performance, there is almost no defense against battle, it is “Cargo track” as the title of the blog. The maximum speed is 28 km, it’s quite slow, so I’m worried that the Soviet army will soon catch up when retreating.
I painted the windshield with masking of the wiper trace. After all, it was muddy that I used weathering frequently and the glass fogged.
I thought whether the caterpillar looks like heavy if it shines, I emphasized pretty much.
The number of this decal was difficult to cut and paste one by one. I can do it as my favorite number, but I would like to be prepared one ready-made number decal.
Even if the canvas is hung on the driver’s compartment, both sides are all opened, so this is almost open top vehicles. Before gluing the canvas, almost brushes reached inside the compartment so there was no problem of painting procedures as the ordinary tanks.
I drew rust on the driver’s compartment and bonnet with a hairspray technique. It is slightly heavy weathering compared with my usual vehicle with dry mud. Image of the mud of the Eastern Front.
Even if 3 drums are put, space has not been filled so much.
Hmm, weathering is monotonous and boring? It is difficult to paint color variation because there is too much space of the open top loading space and the considerably large vehicle.
I thought that the headlight would be a few accents, I painted the interior with silver and let the clear parts shine.
This time it was a Schwerer Wehrmachtsschlepper of Italeri’s easy price kit. The partially connected caterpillar was a little difficult to build. Bronco’s SWS is a higher price. It is a pity that the total price will not be so cheap if shipping fee is included in overseas mail order. If the review is good, I’d like to build that next time.
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.