Dragon Models German officer figure of Kursk and Hobby Boss VK601 tank. I built them from December 2012 to March 2013.
C type has adopted staggered wheels like Tiger and Panther. Black left and right parts are the caterpillar. At this time, I had not been considered the caterpillar assembly is very hard.
First, the mounting caterpillar illustration is reversible, This is a mistake. Very dangerous here. Although I checked it with my documents in hand, the box picture is most helpful after all. This kit’s caterpillar parts are hard to assemble compare with the kit I assembled in the past. It’s hard to joint, one of the reasons is that these are made of not usual plastic parts like dragon models, but a kind of vinyl. Parts fitting is not so good. Fundamentally, sprocket wheel pitch and caterpillar are not matched.
I thought the quick method is like a photo, cutting the teeth of the sprocket wheel after all the caterpillar adhered, I re-bond these teeth. Overall, it would be OK, some part is unnatural.
I was very busy for account closing job and was not able to get Year ends and New Year holidays. I did not feel inclined to make a model at the last Saturday and Sunday cause of holiday working. I can take a holiday today and at last, I completed the panzer Ic assembly. Compared with the next Zippo lighter, it’s a very small vehicle.
The photo-etched parts were used moderately and the precision feeling has risen. These reserve caterpillars of the vehicle’s rear originally were bad shape, I chose the excess parts of caterpillar assembly.
The size of a hatch is small and it is likely to be hard to make fit with the tank commander. I have to look for a figure from somewhere. Since the antenna was likely to be broken by the painting process, it has made sturdy using piano wire.
Since general tools are seldom attached to the tank crew body, the manufacture is simple. But there are many general tools among foot soldiers. Board weight was cut down for the leather strip of the sub-machine gun, and it was pasted.
In the box art, it is the helmet which the soldier who is wiping the frame hotly has. However, the inner side of the helmet is not truly reproduced like the photograph right. Then, additional work was carried out with the board weight, etc. which were used above. The inner side had a leather pat with many small holes of the air vent, I tried to reappearance them.
It’s my favorite pose in four bodies. Although the expression of the face of an old injection figure was the not quite satisfactory result, this one is doing a quite good expression. It seldom changes to the product made from resin. The fingertip and their eyes, which have pointed out the direction coincided. Pistol size differs between this tank crew and other officers’ pistol. May be tank crew possesses Walther, and officers may be a Luger.
Since they are attached with wood blocks, the interval of a figure is large, but it is such touch when a layout like a box art. Tank crew was sitting on a Panzer Ic rear. The box art crew is sitting on the Panzer IV, and this photo crew posing seems very natural.
The real vehicle has produced a total of 40 cars in late 1942. As for battle disposition, test employment of the two cars was carried out by the 1st armored division, and the others were used for training.
This tank was two-person riding. I guessed that it was serious to make treatment of reconnaissance and handling arms in operation and driving only two people. It seems to be narrow the inside of a tank.
Photography of the figure is more difficult than vehicles without knowing why. Sometimes it is to become dark too much, sometimes become much too bright. His class is the highest of four persons. He is a major general.
Ummmm… I feel the base color of a camouflaged smoking jacket is different from the real color. The person of the box art is winding the bandanna or the scarf around the neck, I painted it on this figure. It is conspicuous too much on the battlefield. Maybe this is under tactical exercise. I painted his hair expressed in silver hair.
Marking of rank and medal, I used the WWII German Military Insignia Decal Set by Tamiya as much as possible. Since appearance worsens, if the decals are not suiting the form of a part, cautions are required. Some of my figures are actually shifted when sticking decals on parts.
Although I’m worried how do I do for a map, since the 1/35 scale of the map is attached to the box of Tristar’s figure kit, it is diverted. The map was dipped in water, the backside was removed, thinly, and it’s pasted with the woodwork bond. I think it’s a pretty good reality.
Even it’s a small tank, making together with four figures took time very well. Unexpectedly the figure, I took the time. Although it does not become a very much precise figure finishing, puts on the side of a tank, presence will rise. The assembly of the tank was also enjoyable that the strong individuality shape.
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.