It is the building of third U.S. Army Stryker. I made it in July 2015.
This time, I’ll try a derivative type of the Stryker armored car once again. Because I produced normal personnel carrier and a type mounted with missiles in the past, I think the building is not hard. This type equipped with a 105mm gun is my favorite.
It’s a different order with the assembling manual that I glued the top and bottom parts together when attaching a front bumper to avoid upper and bottom fitting gap. And at the same time, I needed to have trial assemble of the rear hatch together.
After the photo-etched parts of the dustproof filters are installed, the main body is almost completed. If I don’t care in handling, I do again small parts attaching because some parts are sticking out.
The assembly of the machine gun mounted on the turret is difficult. I needed to assemble the gun parts quickly, otherwise, some of them are not connected, too late to make small adjustments. AFV Club kits are often many small parts included, it’s based on the high reproducibility.
Yes, an appearance from the front is quite good. It will become more real after I put clear lights while painting. The metal gun barrel makes me feel expert working, I like it, of course, there is not remarking point of the accuracy of the parts.
I made two jerricans of the spare fuel, but there was no indication where to load on this manual. Because I put two water tanks on the vehicle right side, I can’t say precisely, but I loaded the fuel jerricans onto the left rack and attached a unity band using with metal parts.
I sprayed the shade color, fade away expressing. This is same as a modern airplane, I made before. It’ll be adjusted at coating later, I suppose now is slightly much gloss?
It’s needed detailed painting and light weathering for completion.
The anti-tank gun mounted type Stryker armored car has finally been completed. A couple of years ago, I watched a Discovery Channel TV program that Stryker was tested in a polar cold resistance test at the Alaskan base. Since that day, I have felt the Stryker proportion is very nice and want to make it sometime.
Because there is mobility at lightweight than a tank, there is the merit of dispatching to all the world quickly in case of the regional conflict. Because the gross weight is less than 20 tons, according to the manual of this kit, air transportation is possible by C-130 carrier.
Besides, there are some variations, mortar deployment type, engineer car, ambulance car, car mounted with an anti-tank missile, reconnaissance car, etc. It only possible to change equipment leaves the chassis, quite convenient. I have made the personnel carrier and the missile car before.
They were dispatched for the Iraqi War, but because the armor was thin, it was easy to be damaged by RPGs and seemed to have a hard fight. The Stryker’s better strategy is using mobility, and to move quickly, even if they have the powerful main gun.
Regarding the weathering, I didn’t put the rust at all on this modern vehicle. I did only dust and mud effect this time. Because I wanted to show the feeling that run about on a battlefield, I strongly performed weathering in spots.
One-shot from the front. I think headlights may shine a little more. The inside of the clear parts were silver-painted, lights are clouded like mist over. Possibly, this vehicle is dusty, so I can say it’s balanced in total.
I would like to make it smoother but got wrapped up in the simulation game on the way, and it has stopped suddenly… I played Fuhrer play in HoI3.
The armored car has different charms from tanks, it’s cool!! As for the striker, I’m enough cause already made 3 types. I’m interested in German eight wheels armored car. I have bought sdkfz223 when I noticed, though it was not eight wheels.
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.