It is a smart kit anti-aircraft half-track. I made it from August 2011 to May 2012.
I failed in the first stage that is the assembly of the tire. The left tire, required to match the five parts that are a real good tread pattern. I just made them wrong stacking order in tatters. It’s helpless, so I had thought to manage the normal type of tire, the right side one in this picture. This kit contains three tires, I could prepare two front tires that is the middle one in this picture.
I need to adjust all parts of the front chassis. Without it, some of the part’s mounting positions are inadequate and finally, it’s impossible to complete all assembly.
There are many misprints in the manual, some parts are not indicated, and incomplete explanations. There’s an errata slip in Sembado’s HP, that is quite helpful. I would like to request Dragon Models to complete maintenance for accurate description. I suppose there are many ways to give out the revised version of the description, for example, they can distribute it from Dragon Models Home Page.
The painting around the engine. Base paint was black and was repainted gunmetal from the top. The engine room is dark yellow, and the inside of the front radiator was painted black. Finally inside will not be so visible, I presume.
I struggled to produce anti-aircraft artillery ammunition cases. First, the case lid parts should be leaping out from the panel horizontal line, but I glued them to the bottom. I wanted to keep ignoring this, after trial assembly, it was standing out and it can’t be left alone. The correction was hard that all parts are attached by instant adhesive mighty hard. In the end, I feel them pretty good detail.
Tightly just fit assembled panels of the engine room, it’s quite difficult. Poor fitting of the accessory box on both sides of the engine room, unfortunately, I opened a little gap. Maybe I was the wrong assembly of the front tire guard (the parts of the curved surface one) angle. If such a gap would be bad looking, I try to fix it with my putty.
Assembled fences with ammunition cases. Every single part of the quality is really good. I was surprised how the rifle storage on this vehicle is characterized, you can see it on the right of the photo. The shift gear lever in the driver’s seat, parts were missing and I had to make it by myself…
Since I’m in Finance & Accounting section, I had to attend the quarter closing the last weekend. I did not go completely assembled the model. Modeling does not proceed at all. Would not such an unreasonable schedule cannot be improved?
Complete the 20mm anti-aircraft gun at last. Cartridge case emission net was divided into four photo-etched parts and difficult assembly. This process is easy to use round bars and erasers as in this photo.
An anti-aircraft gun was attached to the body. I can choose 4 types of degrees and this photo is 40 degrees like aiming air target. Each part is connected to an unexpected place which is various intricate so I need to assemble this gun very carefully.
A little strange feeling because the bottom roller was attached against the ground flatly. Looks cool the front and end of the caterpillar are rising slightly. So I tried to adjust the upward force by cutting the bottom roller shaft.
This looks more natural look.
Recent models come with masking tape. Before not so long, I can have a painting process. The left half of the hood was glued and remain open on the right side, I intended. I tried to shave a little thin edge of the bulletproof plates.
Completion of the 1-ton half-track with 20 mm anti-aircraft gun. 1 ton means the towing capacity is one metric ton, it’s the most compact model of the German half-trucks. This vehicle had been active from the very early scene of WWII.
When I bought this kit, I was expecting its not-so-big firepower of 20 mm. In the movie “Saving Private Ryan, the 20 mm gun appeared in the almost last scene”, German soldiers are shooting 20 mm at U.S. soldiers who placed on Tiger side turret, the human body became shattered, quite shocking picture, that I remember.
After complete this kit, the size is as small as to fit on your palm, it’s fine details, many tough parts, even if you make it straight from the box, it’s quite acceptable contents.
The open-top vehicle has large painting space and it’s time-consuming to chipping all the surface.
Because there are many viewing highlights in a variety of places, I did not dry brush off the caterpillar glare too much metal. Too much washing with enamel thinner makes it easy to break thin, fragile parts such as the rearview mirror, poles side of the front bumper, please be careful.
This kit has a detailed decal of the speed meter and something. Using them, you can finish it up with the real front panel.
Trace of dust on front glass is with masking tape of cutting circle shape. I measured the radius from the origin point, rubber length and I draw a small and large circle. It’s not perfect but almost good.
I attached one figure, I tried to make a German soldier but it’s like… Asian people. I feel quite well to use insignia decals released from Tamiya. I could not make it by my handwriting, I presume. Especially I like the decals on the cap.
There is too many sleeve mold of wrinkles on this figure. But the feeling of the shape of hands is very natural. I drew blood vessels while watching my own hands. The decal of the belt buckle is also good.
So the lightest half-track, small working space for soldiers. When the shooting, the left, right, and rear enclosure falls horizontally and gives some more space. I attempted to be movable this mechanism but too small and it’s impossible.
On the helmet, there’s 3 colors nation mark on the right side. This mark was abandoned in the summer of ’43. The figure’s atmosphere is better not to be able to see the eyes, this time… It means eyes are the most important factor in the face.
I have quite a sense of accomplishment to be finished work within a long time interval. The company I work for was acquired by a supergiant global industrial corporation based in the US. Then, fairly busy, did not take quite a time for modeling.
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.