This is Bronco Models Sturmgeschutz III Ausf E. I thought there are many parts because it is a Bronco, but not so much. Bronco kits aren’t the only ones, but it’s a bad thing that the prices of multiple overseas manufacturer kits go up considerably when they are distributed in Japan. I really like the manufacturer itself.
The guide ring of Type III tank series contained the same photo-etched parts also in the Dragon Models kit. Broncos are the same. Why would they stick to this point that’s barely visible after I’ve made it?
Because of the virus in Tokyo, a special warning has been issued and people are not allowed to go out (It’s not an order. It’s a request from the government.), but today the weather is good so I took a walk with my wife on the bank of Arakawa. It was beautiful weather without a cloud, and the scenery was so peaceful that I could not believe it was such a bad thing in the world.
The news I watched today introduced the tense atmosphere of the intensive care unit of a hospital, and it was impressive. I don’t want medical collapse to happen.
This kit’s connecting track is a movable type with small plastic pins inserted from both sides. It’s amazing to include such complicated tracks in the kit from the beginning. Even if it has a special jig, assembling is quite troublesome. Especially it is troublesome to insert side pins.
A movable track is the best because it can be adjusted slowly when I wind it around a tank. When I connected it, it became a little diagonal, but in the end, I could wind it normally. If I want to take the time to make it, I can choose the movable type. I was surprised that it took longer than I expected.
This time there were several photo-etched parts that bend at right angles, so I tried using the Mission Model Etchmate after a long time. It doesn’t have a good cost performance, but it’s a convenient item to use.
Towing ropes at the rear of a tank body. If I attach it according to the size of the assembly instruction, I feel it is short somehow. Even so, I couldn’t do it again, so I forced it to make it look better. If I just attach it, I would only put it on the engine grill, so I tried to use the attached etching parts, but it was too difficult. I added some extra work with a thin plastic sheet to fit it, I wonder if it’s structurally different. Better than nothing.
The Abeno mask that is rumored on the street has arrived at my house. I don’t think it’s that small. It may shrink when washed. We still have a few masks in stock, so if we run out of stock, we will be glad to use them.
Maybe I should have pressed it more tightly against the sprocket wheels and the track when I took a photo from the side. I didn’t see much detail. If I’m worried after painting, I have no choice but to fill it with mud.
There are 3 colors of German gray in the latter number of Mr. Color. I mainly used 514 this time. I think the blue-gray matches well with the early German tanks. But what color is it exactly because it is undercoated and contrasted?
The sponsons are stretched out from side to side, and the radio is stored inside. Two antennas are installed to improve the communication capability, and these are the features of the appearance of the E-type.
Overall, I like the angular form and the unreliable antenna case. Since it is a short gun barrel, it may be an infantry support weapon. After that, the characteristics of the anti-tank weapon became stronger and the main gun was changed to long and powerful.
It is a nice point that I personally have a high evaluation that the connected track is included in the kit. Is that why the price goes up? But I can’t say for sure if track parts will directly lead to higher costs since the price is higher in the distribution process compared to the price overseas.
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.