AFV Club 88 mm gun and tried combining the artillery figure of the Dragon. I built it in July 2014.
Like past cannon kit which I made, I don’t get a hint much what area I make in the whole process at the beginning. There are a lot of small parts, I assemble them carefully. This stage, I’m a little worried about the parts which are not clearly indicated in the instruction manual, finally, all modules can be installed to fit or not…
The gun part is almost completed. The feeling of multiple material kit assemble is somewhat I did the great work even it’s bare composting straight from the box. Actual assemble is hard work for the many small kit, but the instruction manual is easy to understand and accurate explanation, almost no worried.
Regarding the vertical angle, it’s movable, but I think to fix it in some timing after because is easy to come off some joints.
I was available to choose transportation form or shooting position, this time shooting as the photo. Remaining is a gun carrier, same as quite a lot of detailed parts. The very cool gun part was completed, and next, I would like to let stand by some artillery crew.
Gun career was almost completed, but a process to wind nylon cable on reels are remaining. This seems to be a hard process… Career contains many small parts as same as Gun itself like I don’t know how to hold the finished work.
The main body of antiaircraft gun was attached a bulletproof board and is completed. Now still movable the angle of the barrel, any angle seems good looking and in case I fixed the angle, I wonder which pose is the best.
Regarding the two figures left side, because the faces almost hide, I didn’t change the head to the resin. One figure is looking through a rangefinder, the other one is with binoculars. They are watching the enemy airplane approaching.
Two soldiers role of the ammunition loading. I use the photo-etched parts for a shell bottom, when set up to the loader’s hand, we can’t see them, but anyway it’s luxurious detail up. The left figure is slightly gaining weight, he has no chin which I am a dissatisfied point. In the real world, not everybody is a handsome guy so it’s OK.
The figures standing positions are scattered but are more lively feeling when it locates the only gun. I think the proper operation of this artillery gun needs around ten soldiers, although I only set up 5 men. You can see this gun is really big, contrast with the human height.
According to the manual, this marking’s gun belongs to either place of the Eastern Front. There is the kill mark of the ship and the mark of the tank. I presume the lines with no mark is the number of shooting down airplanes. It’s the warrior having a long military record. AFV Club’s decals are thin and delicate, need to handle very carefully.
I continue to try hair spray technique following the Pz. Kpfw III type H which I completed last time. I blew mat white thinly and this matte white comes off here and there. Base color German gray is seen randomly. I think whether the winter camouflage white might be easy to come off while the hasty emergency painting on the battlefield.
German 8.8 cm FLAK18 was finally completed. 8.8 cm gun’s muzzle velocity was fast and complete penetration power was effective against enemy tanks. The effective range to the anti-aircraft was around 7,000 m.
Because color depth was not reflected in the painting when it was only matte white and German gray, I did washing with brown, dark brown not too much performed. Particularly, the weathering effect comes out soon on the white area.
The transportation vehicle has quite careful parts composition. The reason why there is a lot of the pickaxe and hammers will be that there are works in various ways when the crew fixed the gun to the shooting position.
They are wearing heavy winter clothing and plump feeling. I paint gradation of the clothing to use dark and middle color, the wrinkles are highlighted with the brightest color. The figure painting is difficult every time.
I think the shells are burnt and will become hot after shooting. He fits the mitten on the right hand, which is like using home bakery. it is a good atmosphere with metallic shining that gives a solid feeling.
He is not a snowboarder, he completely turned to the bottom so I took a photo like this angle… I would like to paint the eyes that contained more power and need it more detailed brush painting technique.
It is very pleasant to think about a layout in one way or another. Figures skin painting was mixed blue because it is the battle in cold districts and I would like to express freezing, but almost same as always…
The main kit becomes the form to be divided into three and five figures, all in the photo is like this. This kit quality was unquestionable and I was able to enjoy assembling. I succeeded in the winter camouflage so it seems to look good after display it.
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.