I will make a plastic model of TAKOM for the first time. I chose Turtle, an armored car of the Czechoslovak army. I stock the tank Lee and Grant kit, but this is the first manufacturer for me, so I will try to make a small car with fewer parts.
Actually, this point was the biggest concern. If the chassis is not parallel to the ground, I think it will be difficult to do anything in the future. The parts fit well, so there was no problem, but now I think of it, it was one way to reinforce it with plastic rods.
I roughly drew the pattern in white to make a rough decision beforehand. If you use a dark color, it will remain. It seems better to draw the black line at the end. At first, I was going to draw a line faithfully following the painting example of the kit, but in the middle, I got tired of the details and drew with feeling.
I don’t know why, but this kit indicates only the color number of MIG Paints, so I choose a color close to the Vallejo Model Color. It seems easy at first glance, but it’s actually a difficult choice. These days, I can choose from a wide variety of colors of the Vallejo, but if I don’t have any of those colors in my hand, I put them in a closet and wait.
The selected camouflage colors are Vallejo Model Colors: 70890 Refractive Green, 70916 Sand Yellow, 70905 Blue Gray Pale, 70846 Mahogany Brown, and 70881 Yellow Green. I choose the approximate color of the painting and finally my own taste.
The tires are made of rubber, so I thought it would be better to apply a light matt coating instead of painting, but I put the Vallejo black on the pallet too much, so I tried painting it. I think it’s better because it’s easier to wash weathering later.
I painted the back of the light with Vallejo silver. I don’t think the color of this silver is that good, but I don’t think I need to worry about it that much as it is behind the clear parts. I think it looks like a matte aluminum color of Tamiya Enamel Paint.
Skoda began production in 1923 and received an order for 12 units. Vienna police bought three in 1927 and the Czech police bought the other nine in 1937. Germany, which annexed Czechoslovakia in 1939, took over the PA-II and used it as an armored radio car. Come to think of it, this kit has a large circular antenna part at the top if I chose the German painting example. As long as you’re not a hard German tank enthusiast, the Czechoslovak military’s camouflage paint can be enjoyable.
The car marking is the 1937 police headquarters of the Czechoslovak military. By the way, the Czech Republic, which used to be part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, became independent as the Republic of Czechoslovakia after the merger of the Czech Republic and Slovakia after World War I. This car is from that time. In 1993, the Czech Republic and Slovakia were separated.
The crew consists of five people including the driver. The maximum speed was 70 kilometers per hour. It was armed with four MG08 machine guns. This is a water-cooled machine gun used by the German army in World War I.
I could have painted a little more weathering. Maybe I’ll make it dirtier the next time I build a tank. But this time, it was a car without a caterpillar, and it was almost like a passenger car, so I was wondering if it would get dirty in such a tough way. I would like to make more tank kits of TAKOM in the future.
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.