FLAKPANZER IV Ausf G WIRBELWIND GERMAN ANTI-AIRCRAFT TANK DRAGON 1/35

Smart Kit’s quadruple anti-aircraft tank. I built it in January 2015. From the previous homepage, the posting of the making notes exceeded 70 items in half. I think it is easier to see the article in the blog categorization.

FLAKPANZER IV Ausf G WIRBELWIND DRAGON 1/35 BOX PACKAGEHave a happy new year! Now I’m making Dragonmodel’s Flakpanzer IV Wirbelwind.

FLAKPANZER IV Ausf G WIRBELWIND DRAGON 1/35 MAKINGIt is almost same as the Stug IV chassis making. I needed the patience to assemble many road wheels.

FLAKPANZER IV Ausf G WIRBELWIND DRAGON 1/35 MAKINGIt’s effective to use photo-etched parts for clamps on spare caterpillar tracks.

FLAKPANZER IV Ausf G WIRBELWIND DRAGON 1/35 MAKINGI attached all the wheels to the chassis. I choose the fenders with the body after winding caterpillar. There is enough space to work between fender and upper wheels so maybe no trouble.

FLAKPANZER IV Ausf G WIRBELWIND DRAGON 1/35 MAKINGI just finished winding caterpillar. Dark gray tracks are left and light gray is right. This kit has inside parts of the visor (klappe). This kind of detailed work is a wonderful point of Dragonmodels kits. I made an open scene of both sides.
(02-January-2015)

FLAKPANZER IV Ausf G WIRBELWIND DRAGON 1/35 MAKINGI could hardly see the inside after displaying and viewing from the side. I painted inside on matte white lightly. It will be OK if the viewer understands that the inside was painted.

FLAKPANZER IV Ausf G WIRBELWIND DRAGON 1/35 MAKINGThe spare machine gun barrels are set on both vehicle rear sides. Besides that, they can be an open state. I choose both sides to open even the painting is more difficult.

FLAKPANZER IV Ausf G WIRBELWIND DRAGON 1/35 MAKINGAssembling antiaircraft machine-gun, there are many small parts, but it is not difficult according to the instruction procedure. These molds are very sharp and high quality.

FLAKPANZER IV Ausf G WIRBELWIND DRAGON 1/35 PAINTINGConsidering the painting process, it’s the limit of assembling. After basic paint and light weathering, I attached each module.

FLAKPANZER IV Ausf G WIRBELWIND DRAGON 1/35 PAINTINGI blew gloss black on the shadowed areas and caterpillar. I blew gloss paint this time, no need to be nervous, almost finish up will be coated in semi-gloss clear or matte clear later.
(05-January-2015)

FLAKPANZER IV Ausf G WIRBELWIND DRAGON 1/35 PAINTINGI painted a dark yellow basic color. This tank is open-top style, so the inside of the turret is also blew in dark yellow.

FLAKPANZER IV Ausf G WIRBELWIND DRAGON 1/35 PAINTINGReferring instruction and box art, completed 3-color camouflage. I only used airbrush until this process.

FLAKPANZER IV Ausf G WIRBELWIND DRAGON 1/35 PAINTINGPainted detailed parts with a brush and attached national insignia, unit marking decals. It is almost complete.
(10-January-2015)

FLAKPANZER IV Ausf G WIRBELWIND DRAGON 1/35 FINISHED WORKWirbelwind is the antiaircraft tank which carried 4 x 20mm antiaircraft machine-guns on the IV panzer chassis. There is not so much number of the total production at around 100 vehicles.

FLAKPANZER IV Ausf G WIRBELWIND DRAGON 1/35 FINISHED WORKGerman military did not have enough air force to keep air supremacy. The barrage of this anti-aircraft machine-guns needed to protect tank battalion from allied air attacks.

FLAKPANZER IV Ausf G WIRBELWIND DRAGON 1/35 FINISHED WORKI painted mud splash with the elastic force of brush. Maybe hard to see them…

FLAKPANZER IV Ausf G WIRBELWIND DRAGON 1/35 FINISHED WORKThe turret was guarded with a 16mm steel sheet. I blew it with a little semi-gloss clear coating as metal texture.

FLAKPANZER IV Ausf G WIRBELWIND DRAGON 1/35 FINISHED WORKThis kit has three kinds of marks. I choose one of them, the 509 heavy tank battalion operated in the suburbs of Darmstadt in 1945. Darmstadt location is near Frankfurt and Baden, a German city. So I think it would fight against Western Allied Forces mainly.

FLAKPANZER IV Ausf G WIRBELWIND DRAGON 1/35 FINISHED WORKBecause there were unnecessary holes on the body rear and side, I buried it with putty. Not only this kit but almost Dragon Models tank kits include a lot of unused parts and assembly is complex.

FLAKPANZER IV Ausf G WIRBELWIND DRAGON 1/35 FINISHED WORKInside of the turret, 3 crew operated in here. It seems too small and terrible noise occurred.

FLAKPANZER IV Ausf G WIRBELWIND DRAGON 1/35 FINISHED WORKThe turret is only put on the chassis, movable and unloaded.

FLAKPANZER IV Ausf G WIRBELWIND DRAGON 1/35 FINISHED WORKI mix blue with black on the barrels, showed a cold metal feeling.

FLAKPANZER IV Ausf G WIRBELWIND DRAGON 1/35 FINISHED WORKThough OVM cramps are not photo-etched parts, Smart Kit is not omitted them at all and moderate mold plastic parts, I like it very much.

FLAKPANZER IV Ausf G WIRBELWIND DRAGON 1/35 FINISHED WORKMilitary insignia is tiger marking. This tank belonged the 509th heavy tank battalion, which was deployed King Tiger and Tiger I. The 509th are Wehrmacht unit, not Waffen SS.

FLAKPANZER IV Ausf G WIRBELWIND DRAGON 1/35 FINISHED WORKI painted caterpillar glaring like making Soviet tanks as usual. Road wheels are molded company name on the side with very small letters and I made it readable with dry brushing.

FLAKPANZER IV Ausf G WIRBELWIND DRAGON 1/35 FINISHED WORKIt loaded spare barrels for it became burnt and need to be changed. This is one part molded, difficult to paint.

FLAKPANZER IV Ausf G WIRBELWIND DRAGON 1/35 FINISHED WORKOpen top tank is nice looking from the top to see the complicated mechanism.

FLAKPANZER IV Ausf G WIRBELWIND DRAGON 1/35 FINISHED WORKI can say this weathering is “wet” if choose “dry” or “wet”.  I suppose it’s moderate weathering in the situation of German territory in 1945. This tank’s most appeal point is quadruple-mount machine-gun, still, I like caterpillar tracks.
(20-January-2015)

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