This kit has too many the part number misprints of the assembling manual. I felt it was the most brutal manual in the Dragon kits I have ever made. It was the level that I wanted to throw out, not the spelling mistake of the color names as usual. I have thrown out around this photo in this March…..
Then, I restarted it because the artillery crew 2 kits stock will not be completed forever without starting. If it is a car, a problem may become bigger than a recall. Though the parts mold is sharp, then this kit is very disappointing.
Including the cylindrical part of the A47, often there are not indicated parts of the instruction manual, part number difference mistake is scattered.
The brass hydraulic pressure piston should be jointed to the plastic parts. If the plastics component was glued together like a picture, it was a mistake. It’s difficult to explain by sentences.
I have written only a bad point of the assembling manual. There are a lot of parts with the part of 2 legs, it is also complicated. The parts mounting layout is shown from the left and from the right, which is very helpful for my assembling.
The metal barrel is very good. I think these days manufacturer had a full of service spirit like this metal barrel often attached to the kit from the beginning. When it’s metal, the complete round goes out easily, so such intention does whether you say that I increase in a precise sense. It may be complacency. The metal barren is easily reproducing true circle, and it will increase the precision. Even it may be a self-satisfaction.
I think the measuring instrument to have good appearance if perpendicular with the ground. Firstly, I intended to adjust it perpendicularly and adjusted it last, because of the measuring inclined by the height of the slip stopper at the tail end.
I will dirty other parts equally in a good balance when I make here splashes of mud. After all, I fixed it. I piled photocoagulation putty and sharpened it. Still, there was an irregularity and was difficult. Well, it became very better than leave it without a fix.
I refrained from heavy tipping this time. I gave a delicate surface by washing and emphasized an edge by a dry-brush lightly. I thought that this had better balance when I set it beside the shells not to do weathering.
If it is called a dragon, I’m waiting for the Patriot missile system which was scheduled to release on this April, but now not yet on sale. Dragon model had led the AFV model field with the highest quality kit before, and I’m disappointed with the present situation. There are a lot of legacies of the dragon in my stock.
Sorry, the Dragon did the massive hike in prices recently, and I used the reproachful term. Anyway, I hope Dragon releases the Patriot set early!
The painting procedure of the body and limber.
1. Airbrush paint in German gray overall.
2. Lightly airbrush paint on a wide part with brighter gray that mixed white in German gray.
3. Airbrush paint in black on a muzzle and the shadow areas.
4. Handwriting brush for tires, shells, an aiming scope and the painting of the red and white poles and the pickaxe, etc.
5. Pasting the decals.
6. Overall coating of Mr.Color Clear.
7. Washing with enamel thinner and dark brown, the next is washing with enamel thinner with dark yellow.
8. Washing with a pastel (Mig’s pigment is famous for modelers) and enamel thinner and a little enamel clear for rust. Enamel clear is good for sticking the pastel particle, in case it’s too glossy, maybe needed matte clear coating.
9. Drybrushing in the buff and sand yellow.
10. The last is a dry brushing in a metal exposure part with metallic silver.
In Japan, the Creos Mr. Color is famous for lacquer paint. It’s very handy and strong paint surface. I usually use lacquer for basic paint and use the enamel paint for color adjustment. I suppose the Humbrol Enamel has many users in Europe.
I thought the cannon has not so much appeal points compare to a tank model. After all, I took a lot of photographs after completed. The outward appearance was quite cool, I like it very much. It’s the fact that it was very difficult to assemble. It is perfect if I make the remaining gun crew figure.
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.