Diana Sd.Kfz.6/3 7.62cm(R) Anti-Tank Gun German 5 ton Half-Track Bronco 1/35
I made a German half-track Diana of the Afrikakorps. It is a considerable volume kit. Built from March to April 2014.
Now I run out of thinner and surfacer, I can not paint the other two under making tanks. I began to make this, German 5t half-track “Diana”.
There is a heap of parts…
I had made two Bronco kits in the past, and compare with them, this Diana is excellent. The past two are also not so bad, but it’s easy to assemble.
The dragon models half-track that I made before also has the engine. These inside contents are disappearing portion when all completing.
Although inside is individually unnecessary, when it turned and sees as this photo, I’m very satisfied that all the parts are arranged exactly like the real vehicle. It’s a big difference between tanks and truck models.
There are many parts and some of them are tiny but no problem. Like the side panel’s small photo-etched parts, there are so small as 1/10 size of a rice grain, can you see the photo-etched parts on the panel?
I just assembled each part roughly. The radiator filter was painted in black before attaching it to the body.
Now handling tiny parts. It’s good if there are many spare parts in case of loss.
I’ll hold this body for a little, tiny photo-etched parts attaching should have been later. I lost 3 pieces and searched them, re-pasted up.
A small gap on the bonnet is necessary to correct later. I decided to stand on a windshield.
Usually, I hardly used a movable track, it’s fresh for me to make a movable half-track caterpillar. It’s very interesting.
It is an assembly of 76.2 mm field gun M1936 captured from Russia.
It’s better to have adjusted and fixed the angle at this stage because the main barrel interferes with a standing windshield.
The assembly of the field gun was completed. I didn’t know that whole field gun on a half-track and continue using, and this gun was from Russia.
To attach to 5t half-track, the gun mount was shortened. The long stick in this photo was the left long mount.
It’s wonderful that the main gun inside has a rifling.
The complicated mechanism of the backside is nice to taste.
Because it’s difficult to paint after all assembled, I stopped to this. Though I usually like painting after assembling completion.
Blew surfacer lightly.
I found a very nice figure for Diana. It’s a DAK panzer & Artillery Crew Libya 1941 set from Dragon Models. The left two crew, a good pose. An illustration of Mr. Volstad is a cool, precious historical document. I’m thinking about the right two crew, that it’s matched for Panzer III in North Africa in my stock kits.
Linkage of the camping pot and both hands finger-tip was the most important in this figure, I adhered to it first, I can take care of both shoulders later. Small finger-tip adjustment is sensitive work.
I used the same shape camping pot in the days of a child. Because many parts learned the modernization of the army from the German military, the Japanese army influenced such a small part. For instance, the schoolchild’s satchel, too.
Completed two soldiers. It is very rare that plastic injection kits desert soldiers in North Africa.
It’s not the difficult assembling of coat parts.
The expression is not good-looking as the Hornet but is enough tasteful faces. I suppose it’s skillful model sculptor’s handling, of the German soldier kit who is changing its clothes which I assembled before, and this North Africa kit.
I made trial and error and finally completed it. What I regretted is having glued a caterpillar with the body. I should have put it on after painted it.
I think I’ll paint coats of the figure again because Mr. color yellow ocher which is indicated in the instruction manual is different from my image.
I had the camouflage painting of the red-brown this time. German gray of the groundwork is left here and there. Originally there is no conclusive evidence painted in German gray, this is my feeling. In other words, it is an image of the North African painting of a German vehicle.
Regarding the white aviation identification mark, I thought that decal was in the box but wasn’t there, I must paint it by myself. I masked it and now painting it matte white.
I blew sand dust. I found a white identification mark is run off here and there, need to repaint later. The open-top vehicle has many painting areas and is hard work. There are a lot of processes to completion.
This is the 5t half-track tied up the 7.62cm field gun on the loading platform which was captured from Russia. The full length of the models is 18 cm.
Nine vehicles were produced, and this type of vehicle was operated all in North Africa as the 605th tank hunting battalion. So a small number of productions, you may think it’s the same as a trial manufacture vehicle or vehicle for an emergency.
I did the weathering paint exaggeratedly because of the hard condition of the vehicle in the severe climatic of the North African battlefront.
The good accent of measurement pole vivid color.
The bottom of the box compartment where an antitank gun was in only blew earth brown lightly, but I should have done more tipping weathering. I feel it’s a little simple.
The loader area was shone in silver and looking good.
Bronco prepared many decals for the dashboard panel and after using them, like the real stuff.
Because it was the place where a gunner worked busily, I painted the floor with rust and soot moderately. I think the gunner’s area is a very narrow space.
There is a board on the rear side, I painted the rust and I shone in silver some edge rubbing place.
I did weathering like after a deluge of rain, especially on the seat. The long-distance moving outfield in a hard condition climate, many places were beaten.
I wanted to make the feeling that the painting came off and show up the German gray undercoated., but the hue of the gray painting part was too dark.
Camouflage of the red-brown was too much contrasted at the beginning, finally matched with the base color dark yellow.
Caterpillar was made of metal and rubber, the side was metal and I shined by dry-brushing. I painted the rectangular parts in rubber black.
This kit includes helmets and shells, putting them on the rear rack during operation.
The artillery crew is relaxing now for serving coffee.
After finishing both the face and the coat by oil painting, a drawing brush spot has appeared. I can not see these spots as far as decorated on my shelves, but it was unpleasant when took a photo especially zoomed up. I’m not good at handling oil painting, maybe I should have thinned down by thinner or something.
All two of them looked down and hard to take a photo, this shot is from underneath by force. The oil painting is easy to do blending, but the drying time is too much longer. It takes a few days until I can touch it without a problem.
I need to do trial and error a little more for figure painting. This figure’s back site is also good-looking. The color taste of the coat matches this vehicle.
The crew pouring coffee is a sergeant and the other is the command sergeant major. The piping color of the artillery is red in the German Army.
This kit was considerably substantial content. The notation of the assembling manual was careful and of good quality. One point I would like to say is that the price of Bronco Model merchandise is higher than other makers if their price falls a little, there are not words.
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.