German Gebirgsjager Mountain Troops Caucasus 1942 Dragon 1/35
I’ll try to build the German mountain soldier old kit in practice. Volstad’s box picture looks good atmosphere.
I could not put it together too quickly because of the whole adjustment.
It is difficult to set up the ammunition belt of the machine gun.
All except for a sniper equipped with large backpacks.
All four heads are changed to resin parts.
I think face painting is difficult after attaching the gun near the face, so some figures are not yet glued with their weapons.
The mountain troops ice axes are not real attaching as it is. It’s imagination, but I used a board weight of fishing to hold the ice ax on a backpack.
It is incomprehensible whether I deleted the parting lines of colored light gray injection parts. Probably securing water is difficult, the mountain soldiers have two water bottles.
On the left side of the cap, there is an emblem of Edelweiss, which is a symbol of the mountain troops. The mold of the kit is almost invisible. I tried to paste the etched spare parts for 1/700 ship that looks like the shape of the Edelweiss.
Because I replaced all the heads, I added his hair growth with the epoxy putty.
It is not a very sharp backpack mold. Well, it cannot be helped as it is a very old kit. I have improved the mold a little with my design knife.
I painted them in black as the base coat.
I painted the uniform with water-based paint.
I was wondering about the timing to attach a rifle sling. Because I have left the rifle attaching last for some figures this time, I attached a metal sling at the same time.
To be frank, I had no feeling to assemble anymore after the paint was settled down. In particular, when the painting of the face was over, I was satisfied. I also thought it’s OK without a sling.
German Gebirgsjäger was completed. Gebirgsjäger in WWII played active roles in the Caucasus, Norway, and Finland, various battlefields including Crete.
I got the wrong setting this time and have become a considerably big photograph. I think there is no meaning to take a photo so big as several times of the real thing.
All was changed to the resin-made heads. I chose the serious faces.
I wish to more precisely make a firearm strap.
Trousers of mountain troops look comfortable moving action. I thought all have a pickaxe, but I try to think of it, it looks ice ax. He has sloping shoulders.
The mold of climbing shoes is very good.
It does not seem to be so effective giving the first coat with black. I should put the shadow of clothes after the basic painting because there was not the concealment power of the skin color, difficult to paint, I felt. I need more research and trying.
Because I did not sweep the powder of weathering properly, dust stands out.
He is a sniper. It is difficult to match the line of sight. It may slip a little. Edelweiss insignia of the hat mold is almost disappeared, I pasted some similarly shaped parts from 1/700 ship model photo-etched parts. I’m not a professional molder, but I think the overall poses may not be bad. During shooting, the heavy baggage is taken down.
The soldier insignia color of the Gebirgsjäger was green. I have used the infantry color this time.
The handwritten eagle mark of the hat is quite small. I drew a mark of Edelweiss, this is the limit of my skill. Speaking of which, when I drew an American national flag on the sleeve of the modern U.S. tank crew, it was minute. All epaulets were exposed. The setting of equipment straps was passed under that. I think that an appearance is good when I expose all the epaulets.
What a far reason German troops invaded the Caucasus! Is it a sense like the Japanese Imperial Army, having invaded in Imphal and New Guinea?
It’s my first time building Gebirgsjäger, it was interesting there is pretty original equipment.
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.