It is an ordinary SWS half truck for the transportation of soldiers and goods. The loading platform looks like there are many wooden parts. Italeri’s three-digit product number, this kit is #360. It was probably a very old kit for such a three-digit numbering.
Caterpillar is a partial connection type. Parts are irregular and it is difficult to wind up. There was a case where a slight gap could be made. I paint these parts in black and add the weathering effect so no need to be so nervous.
Although I’d like to have a soldier sit at a later date, I put three drums of the fuel together as of now. Although it is actually modern US drums, such a mold is scraped off and it is diverted to the WWII German military use.
I wanted to make it muddy weathering so I rubbed three-dimensional mud onto the bumpers and fenders. It is a mixture of sand and matte medium. As I paint my taste later, the original sand color is not concerned.
Schwerer Wehrmachtschlepper (Heavy Military Tractor) was a half-track simplified the complex mechanism of the former half-track for mass production. Caterpillar was wide and suitable for the muddy ground of the Eastern Front.
This mass production started in December 1943 and 825 were manufactured. Many vehicles are cargo-carrying vehicles of the wooden platform. This kit also has all the loading platforms made of wood, several benches are set up.
All the carriages are made of wood, and there is no particular increased armor around the driver’s seat. Although half-track has off-road driving performance, there is almost no defense against battle, it is “Cargo track” as the title of the blog. The maximum speed is 28 km, it’s quite slow, so I’m worried that the Soviet army will soon catch up when retreating.
Even if the canvas is hung on the driver’s compartment, both sides are all opened, so this is almost an open-top vehicle. Before gluing the canvas, almost all brushes reached inside the compartment so there was no problem with painting procedures as the ordinary tanks.
This time it was a Schwerer Wehrmachtsschlepper of Italeri’s easy price kit. The partially connected caterpillar was a little difficult to build. Bronco’s SWS is at a higher price. It is a pity that the total price will not be so cheap if the shipping fee is included in the overseas mail order. If the review is good, I’d like to build that next time.
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.