ELEFANT GERMAN HEAVY TANK DESTROYER TAMIYA 1/35

The 75th Tamiya Pachi Contest “Fine Work Prize”

ELEFANT TANK DESTROYER TAMIYA 1/35 BOX PACKAGEThis elephant was built in this summer.

ELEFANT TANK DESTROYER TAMIYA 1/35 MAKINGThis Elefant had a fine work prize of Tamiya’s 75th Patch Photo Contest in the summer of 2015. Because I made many models in this autumn and winter, I completely forgot it. The pictures of the making process were taken, so I update it little by little. There are building instructions and painting guide, they are looking detailed.

ELEFANT TANK DESTROYER TAMIYA 1/35 MAKINGCompared with the kits of the Dragon or AFV Club, which were being assembled numbers of works in the past, there are few parts and assembly seems easy.

ELEFANT TANK DESTROYER TAMIYA 1/35 MAKINGI like the caterpillars of the partial connection method most. Tamiya elephant tracks are sharp molded front and back and are highly realistic. As for the old kit, it’s not only Tamiya, the backside of the caterpillar had flat, simple and no molded on a belt caterpillar. This is a significant improvement.

ELEFANT TANK DESTROYER TAMIYA 1/35 MAKINGAssemble the chassis, the fighting compartment. The joining of parts is no problem at all.
(30-December-2015)

ELEFANT TANK DESTROYER TAMIYA 1/35 MAKINGThe suspension parts contain only three parts and assembling is easy. Now I’m building the sprocket wheels and tracker rollers, etc.

ELEFANT TANK DESTROYER TAMIYA 1/35 MAKINGBefore doing the Zimmerit coating, assembling is like this photo is best. I think many glued parts make difficult to work coating.

ELEFANT TANK DESTROYER TAMIYA 1/35 MAKINGThere are several kinds of similar caterpillar parts, and the curve condition seems to be delicately different each. I wrote a number in the backside of the caterpillar before separating it because I was not confused.

ELEFANT TANK DESTROYER TAMIYA 1/35 MAKINGIf I’m following the manual, a caterpillar tread goes one piece too much, and I removed it one piece so it’s too short. When I checked the connection is not a good fit, when it was corrected, I could wind tight by the number as shown in the instructions.

ELEFANT TANK DESTROYER TAMIYA 1/35 MAKINGFirst of all, starting from the area seems not too hard, to be covered Zimmerit coating. By using the WAVE Epoxy Putty, continue little by little.
(14-January-2016)

ELEFANT TANK DESTROYER TAMIYA 1/35 MAKINGI used the coating rollers for a base. I carved the small part with the metal spatula and shaping plastic runners properly.

ELEFANT TANK DESTROYER TAMIYA 1/35 MAKINGThe WAVE epoxy putty hardens in 3 hours. I recommend to use it little by little on the complicated surface because the putty becomes hard in an hour when the temperature is around 30 degrees centigrade.

ELEFANT TANK DESTROYER TAMIYA 1/35 MAKINGThis part is the most difficult. I put a coating radially like fireworks focusing on the big rivets.

ELEFANT TANK DESTROYER TAMIYA 1/35 MAKINGAfter one side is coated with putty, and the plastic wire parts are forced before solidifying immediately, they adhere firmly.

ELEFANT TANK DESTROYER TAMIYA 1/35 MAKINGWhen a caterpillar seems to be heavy, after all, it is good.

ELEFANT TANK DESTROYER TAMIYA 1/35 MAKINGThe coating around the side rivets is difficult. There is a way to shave and attach them after coating.

ELEFANT TANK DESTROYER TAMIYA 1/35 MAKINGThe rear round hatch is hitting and it seems damaged. The hatch rim coating was coming off randomly.

ELEFANT TANK DESTROYER TAMIYA 1/35 MAKINGThere are almost no accessories on both sides, only wire ropes. If there is not a coating, it is the quite flat appearance.
(21-January-2016)

ELEFANT TANK DESTROYER TAMIYA 1/35 PAINTINGPainted in gloss black.

ELEFANT TANK DESTROYER TAMIYA 1/35 PAINTINGIt is the three-color camouflage painting. About a painting manual of Tamiya, I blew a small pattern by airbrushing this time.

ELEFANT TANK DESTROYER TAMIYA 1/35 PAINTINGAt first, the base is gloss black, after blowing hair spray lightly, I use the Creos aqueous hobby color. I scratched off the aqueous colors randomly for rust and pell of the painting.

ELEFANT TANK DESTROYER TAMIYA 1/35 MAKING GERMAN TANK CREWThere are 3 tank crew figures attached in this kit. The mold is sharp and nice.

ELEFANT TANK DESTROYER TAMIYA 1/35 MAKING GERMAN TANK CREWFrom the other direction.
(23-January-2016)

ELEFANT TANK DESTROYER TAMIYA 1/35 PAINTING GERMAN TANK CREWI painted a uniform, but the colors seem to be slightly different. They are like an Israeli soldier or a U.S. soldier. When I mixed the oil painting, I thought that it was strange.

ELEFANT TANK DESTROYER TAMIYA 1/35 PAINTING GERMAN TANK CREWThe uniform left it and painted the face first of all. I thought the left crew is best. But it is hard to see the position where he is in the tank.

ELEFANT TANK DESTROYER TAMIYA 1/35 PAINTING GERMAN TANK CREWI mixed the oil painting again and painted like the German tank crew.
(24-January-2016)

ELEFANT TANK DESTROYER TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED WORKIt is the Elephant of Tamiya. I had a fine work prize of Tamiya’s 75th Patch Photo Contest.

ELEFANT TANK DESTROYER TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED WORKAt that time, Henschel and Porsche were competing in the Tiger prototype competition. Although Porsche was lost the competition, dozens of bodies were made before approving the determination, the chassis of this elephant was diverted from it.

ELEFANT TANK DESTROYER TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED WORKThe electric motor was selected as the drive of a vehicle, so does it look like an electric car in fashion now? Dr. Ferdinand Porsche seemed to be too much ahead of the times.

ELEFANT TANK DESTROYER TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED WORKThe power wasn’t enough considering the 65t body, and breakdown occurred frequently. Without the suspension failure, the Elephant is the strongest tank destroyer with thick armor and 8.8cm anti-tank gun power.

ELEFANT TANK DESTROYER TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED WORKThe number of all production was under 100 even if I considered the Ferdinand which is the former type of the Elephant. So, I think it’s not so great impact on the entire front line. The Germany AFV is a small production of many types. This is one of the reasons of many Germany AFV fans.

ELEFANT TANK DESTROYER TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED WORKThe rust is put on a reserve caterpillar, and the other weathering is a little.

ELEFANT TANK DESTROYER TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED WORKI think it’s almost no need to do washing on the Zimmerit coating area. I don’t like too much darken the paint in the ditches.

ELEFANT TANK DESTROYER TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED WORKThis vehicle marking is No.232, 2nd Company, 653rd Heavy Anti-Tank Battalion, Eastern Front, Summer 1944.

ELEFANT TANK DESTROYER TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED WORKI added dirt to the wheels and a caterpillar tracks more than the upper armor plates. The paint to come off condition is just right, I suppose.

ELEFANT TANK DESTROYER TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED WORKAt first, the dark yellow of Mr. Hobby Aqueous hobby color looked very whitish, but after doing three colors of camouflage, it was seeming exactly in the good shade.

ELEFANT TANK DESTROYER TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED WORKBecause I usually use only the lacquer, I considerably feel a sense of discomfort in the handling of the water-based paint. It’s like the thin rubber film, which is slightly sticky, it’s strange, but maybe it’s not yet dry completely. The coating hardens in one day.

ELEFANT TANK DESTROYER TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED WORKI did not usually do much tipping when it was the camouflage painting but performed this vehicle a little too much. I love tipping.

ELEFANT TANK DESTROYER TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED WORKThe coating came off here and there.

ELEFANT TANK DESTROYER TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED WORKWhen I began modeling, (when I re-started after my interruption), I paint it only in Humbrol and sometimes I painted it only with the Creos lacquer and tried it in various ways. Now I have lacquer, aqueous and enamel so the best is I use it properly depending on a scene.

ELEFANT TANK DESTROYER TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED WORK GERMAN TANK CREWTank Crew A. It’s not so good the thick headphone pole. The mold of the face is very good.

ELEFANT TANK DESTROYER TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED WORK GERMAN TANK CREWI choose the red for the combatant branch insignia color of the epaulet. When it is pink, it is a tank division. Because the crew of the Elephant at that time does not seem to be a uniform of the black tanker jacket. By the way, the red color means it’s artillery crew.

ELEFANT TANK DESTROYER TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED WORK GERMAN TANK CREWELEFANT TANK DESTROYER TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED WORK GERMAN TANK CREWELEFANT TANK DESTROYER TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED WORK GERMAN TANK CREWELEFANT TANK DESTROYER TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED WORK GERMAN TANK CREWThis hatch is not glued in case of removing the figure.

ELEFANT TANK DESTROYER TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED WORK GERMAN TANK CREWThe headphone band is bigger when I use the parts of Tamiya. Tamiya is not active to attach photo-etched parts. Figure expression is very serious.

ELEFANT TANK DESTROYER TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED WORK GERMAN TANK CREWThis is a large vehicle, but the figure makes easy to understand the size.

ELEFANT TANK DESTROYER TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED WORK GERMAN TANK CREWI think the Elephant is a cool tank destroyer that I would like to build again with the different painting. The kit assembly is easy.
(26-January-2016)

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