I’ll make this Tamiya German type III tank. This kit is unusual in Tamiya which is included the photo-etched parts and metal barrel. The illustration of the package is the coloring seems to be cold, but we can choose a tank of the Afrika Korps, too.
I don’t know well the selection criteria of Tamiya, the proper use of belt caterpillar and partially connected caterpillar. I think the type III tank is an item of perfectly matched for the connected caterpillar. The back side of the belt caterpillar is well molded and it seems not to be so bad.
It is a caterpillar for the late type of the III tank released from the AFV Club, which I had owned for several years. III tank can be used after J type, IV tank can be used from type G to H type. Or this caterpillar was seen in Hummel and Nashorn a lot. There are exceptions in maintenance on the way, so we may not need to worry too much.
Tamiya’s painting instruction is recommending the two color camouflage of buff and 5:2 fresh, red-brown. I cannot imagine a tank color in North Africa. I wonder whether a painting of orthodox dark yellow or sandy yellow is better.
I tried using the hair spray technique for the first time in a while. When spraying too much, it is difficult to control in the stage of peeling off. The rust becomes more like the destroyed vehicle as soon as the adjustment was overdoing.
The Panzerkampfwagen III Ausf. N was completed. Equipped with a 24 caliber 7.5 cm cannon, it had the main task of supporting infantry. Type-N is a model developed at the end of III tanks. As the IV tank changed the role of the main vehicle of the antitank weapon, the III tank became insufficient in terms of performance and changed to a tank of infantry support.
According to the instruction of Tamiya, it was also used in the anti-tank combat by using the high-explosive anti-tank warhead besides grenades. 150 tanks of Type-N fought in the Kursk tank battle of 1943.
It might be incorrect to paint a fire extinguisher in red. If it is in the tank, it’s OK, OVM will be too noticeable. But I painted it in red, dropped the tone to a dark color with a little weathering.
Marking was chosen from Leningrad, Kursk, North Africa. This tank was in 1943, North Africa, the 8th Panzer Regiment, 15th Armored Division in Tunisia. The mark of the spade is characteristic. I painted it dark yellow with my own preference.
And here is a tank crew of the Afrika Korps with a signal pistol. African corps uniforms are the same color for both infantry and tank soldiers. However, it seems that the fading condition of clothes is different between veteran and recruit. This may be similar in the field gray uniform of the Eastern Front.
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.