Dragon 7371 Sd.Kfz. 251 Ausf C rivetted version with Pak 35/36

Dragon makes an entire range of these half-tracked vehicles, at a very good quality. I picked it up mine for a half-track work group on Braille Scale Monthly Competition. The Pak 35/36 that comes in the box was a good addition to the vehicle.

In the box there some photo etched parts; most modellers will welcome these, but frankly I don’t understand why the lower sides of the hull are made from PE. And this is not an option, you are forced to use them. I would have been ten times happier if the gun shield of the Pak was made from PE, or even some other details. Anyway, the construction is pretty much straightforward.

First, I painted the interior:

After that I hand brushed a few layers of Vallejo’s Panzer Gray, I applied the striped camouflage as seen on the Russian front. I used Dark Sand, also from Vallejo.

A coat of gloss varnish was sprayed, as protection for the base coat. And I replaced the width indicators with ones made from thin wire.

If I remember well, this was my first time when I used oil colours for weathering. These are the final photos:

In conclusion, this is a lovely kit, and anyone who’d like to build some 1/72 Sd.Kfz. 251 half-tracks should check Dragon’s offer, as there are plenty of options.

This Dragon set and a whole bunch of Sd.Kfz. 251 options can be found through our Ebay searcher.

Zvezda 6158 German heavy anti-aircraft gun FLAK 36/37 1/72.

Hello all,

Work has been still mad, but now my boss has decided to give me a rest and banned working weekends so the I can now pick up the brushes again.

I was looking in the local model shop at the Italeri and Zvezda 88’s and on price the Zvezda won hands down. At nearly half the price and twice as many parts I would have been mad not to try one. The crew is not as good as the Italeri’s set and not nearly as many either.

The FLAK 36/37 must have been a can opener it is massive. I had no idea the size of it until I put it next to some figures. Who ever thought of using this as an anti tank gun was an evil genesis. At 16,200 yards the range and punch of this beast must have been terrifying for any allied tanker.

Back to the kit, it consists of 45 parts including 4 crew, not quite enough to serve it but a start. It requires no glue, or so it say’s but in certain parts like the gun mantel it would be recommended. All the parts fitted well and it only took about half and hour to build from start to finish. I really enjoyed this build due to the hangover that I was suffering from not having to work this weekend. I was glad of the option of not having to build it on the base, you have the choice of using the separate plates.

The crew will be built at a later date because I am looking at which dio base to build. I am leaning to using it in an anti aircraft roll. With it’s barrel poking menacingly into the air I think it looks more dramatic. To be fair I would look at buying a second one for the anti tank role in the north Africa desert, but the crew of the Italeri might just swing it for that. I might have to look at getting some of the SHQ spare ammo case’s and shells to have lying around the dio, I do not know why manufactures do not put more of these in kit is beyond me!!! If HaT can do it than so can the other’s. There new crew sets have several bits and bobs to have knocking around the gun pit. So come on then Zvezda and the like take note!

The set is available through our utility here.

Sherman M4A3 (76) W from Dragon

If you are ‘shermanholic’ in Braille scale and you want to build a plastic kit, Dragon is the best option, no doubt about that. They have an entire plethora of kits, covering all major variants of this legendary allied tank. There are some minor problems, especially with the boogies in the first released batches. Another subject for debate are the tools moulded on the hull surface. Personally I don’t dislike them so much.

Doug Chaltry runs a great website dedicated to 1/72 Sherman; if you want to buy a kit, or just to read a comprehensive review, you should check it out.

This was my second build Sherman and one of my favourite projects so far. When I build a model, I like to represent, if possible, a real vehicle. This was my inspiration for the Sherman:

I started with the bogies, and added a few details:

Then I moved up to the hull. Since Dragon doesn’t provide the periscope brush guards in this kit, I had to make them from scratch. I also added the grab handles on the hatches. Dragon does provide some etched brass parts, like the brush guards for the lights and the lovely rear luggage rack.

The turret was next in line, with some extra-details also:

After that the final fitting and my Sherman was ready for the paint job.

I hand brushed a few layers of Vallejo paints; a mix of US dark green and Olive drab.

The striped winter camouflage was followed by pigments and washes, and thus I ended my project.

In conclusion, this is a great kit, an excellent build just out of the box, but also a very good platform for those who like extra-detailing.

You can found the Dragon set here in the long range of Sherman tank in 1/72 scale available in the market.

Italeri 1/72 7051 – Autoblinda AB 41

Hello all,

I would like to apologize for not posting much work lately due to a massive amount of work and home life commitments, the real world rears it ugly head again!

Any way back to business. I really love Italian armour and especially Italeri Italian armour. I don’t know why but I just do. I wanted to try out a new product I came across on another modelling forum. It is a liquid filler that can be applied with a brush to get into those hard to reach places. It is called “Mr surfacer 1200”, there is several grades “500” as well as “1000”. I think with a bit of practice I can see really working for me.

The build was nice and easy for a change, a few problem’s with the smaller items like towing hooks and petrol caps that got eaten by the carpet monster. I wish manufactures would include more stowage on kits, this one to be fair did have several Jerry cans and separate pioneer tools which always add a bit of realism to a model rather than moulded ones.

The tires are a bit of a let down due to the fact that they have no tread what so ever, bald as a coot. There are resin ones on the market but I believe the other Italeri kit has tires with treads. It is a minor moan because the tires and hubs are separate with means it is easier to paint .

Once assembled the next stage was the decals. It came with three options and I had to go for the colourful police version. They went on very well as is normal I find with Italeri decals. A little help with micro-sol was needed to give a really good painted on look. A tip I found was leave off the front towing eye and petrol caps till after the decals are on.

The weathering was a heavy wash of pro modeller dirt wash, left to dry and then lightly washed off with a cotton bud. There is dirty and then there is driven into a pig sty! A pencil was used on the edges to give an illusion of scraped metal and general ware and tear. Then the whole model was brushed over with Tamiya weathering powder for that sandy look.

I am really chuffed with this build and I looking forward to getting my hands on the railroad version of this kit.
The model is available through our Ebay utility here.

Cheers Rich.

Zvezda 8032 Medieval Heavy Bombard

This set contains a monster of a siege gun…what in real life would be a 600mm cannon or Bombard. The kit consists of a 7 man crew and comes with a hillock cast out of hard plastic onto which the gun can be placed and behind it the wooden buttresses that would have absorbed the Bombards massive recoil. There are some accessories, a hinged wooden shield, some wicker fencing and wooden panels which are intended to be added in front off and to either side of the Bombard to form a protective screen for the crew. Also included are two barrels, two sacks, two buckets, 3 cannon (Bombard) balls, a big wooden hammer and a ramrod.

The crew are not really a crew interacting with the gun as such..they appear to be getting on with moving things about in the main except one who is holding the ram and the ” gunner” who is giving out orders, but they fit well with their “monster” cannon.

The only complaint I can come up with is the defensive fence pieces. The moveable shield is fine but it is when the others are attached to the mound. The wooden mantelets seem to “perch” on the mound and the wicker fences reach out into nothing, leaving a huge space underneath.

To overcome this, I glued the mound onto a slightly bigger base and built the side around it up with layers of sand and wood-glue mix until there was enough area to place the fences with a realistic amount of space and not have them hanging in space.

The set is available through our utility at Ebay.

Warlord Games – Roman War Machines

The Roman Scorpion. Crewed by two men this war machine was capable to fire a heavy arrow against troop formations or fortifications. Each centuria of each legion owned one scorpion, so around 60 scorpions were in a legion. The metal model from warlord includes two legionaries, the scorpion itself and a bunch of arrows.

Once the Greek States were conquered by the Romans in the 146-BC, the Greek war machines, more advanced, found their place in the Roman army. The most famous and used probably was the Ballista (a catapult) capable of fire stones against walls or formations.
After rework the Greek design the Ballista become to a very precise weapon, with a psychological and physic effect against enemies. The Warlord set comes with a metal Ballista, three legionaries and a stone pile.

About the set, it is very well details, although some problems were found to built up the ballista, the torsion springs are too shot and don’t fit properly their place, so some liquid putty (Citadel) was used to fill the gaps.

Ballista even had the wooden pattern in some parts and overall all the detail is good and the set is a pleasure to paint. The bases was primed all together, keeping the crew in position with “blu-tack” over temporal square bases to paint them separately.

Once painted is time to work the base, without the figures to work it comfortable.

 

The base is worked with Vandall (like Vallejo Pumice Stone) plus some natural stones. Devlan Mud was applied directly over the pumice stone and natural stones was worked with grey colours and dry-brush technique, applying light grey each time. After this some grass and turf were applied.

To built the turf (or moss) i used static grass, matt varnish and white glue. The string in the Ballista is made with a thick thread.

 

To paint the machines itself i used a mix of Bestial Brown and Fortress Grey (Both Citadel colours) and then Devlan Mud eash was applied. Highlight with dry brush of Fortress Grey (very dry). Metal parts are painted with Bolt Gun Metal, Devlan Mud and Bolt Gun Metal dry brushed again.
The roman legionaries are painted as in previous posts here.

A beautiful high quality set. You can find it through our utility here.

nº60 – Altaya – IXO – Sd.Kfz. 234/2 – Puma

Sd.Kfz. 2344/2 – Puma – 2 Pz. Div. Normadie (France) – 1944.

234 series was an improvement over the long time used Sd.Kfz 232 series. It mounted a new turret, with a 5 cm KwK 39/1 L/60 gun, similar to the one mounted in the late versions of the Pz.III.

It was manufactured since 1943 till the second half of 1944, even it is know as one of the best reconnaissance vehicles in the World War II. Although it was 12 tons weighted vehicle still was capable to achieve 85 Km/h in road.

As all the family it could be driven in both directions.

One of the visual characteristic of the 234 series is the one piece mudguard, instead the two-piece mudguards on the 232 series. There was three other versions in the 234 series which was produced till the end of the war, the /1 (2 cm KwK 38 L/55 gun and coaxial 7.92 mm Maschinengewehr 34 or MG 42 machine gun, open turret covered with a frame), /3 (short 7.5 cm KwK 37 L/24 in an open turret) and /4 (a 7.5 cm PaK 40 L/46 also in an open turret).

A nice Altaya’s model showing a classic late war camouflage pattern in one of the most famous reconnaissance vehicles from the war.

Revell Sd.Kfz. 9 “FAMO”

If someone would ask me ‘what will be the perfect small scale kit to start this hobby?’, I would definitely say Revell FAMO. This is one of the most accurate and highly detailed kit in 1/72. For those who like super-detailing, the lack of an engine could be its only “fault”, but this part can be borrowed from a Trumpeter FAMO (also a great kit).

It could easily be built out of the box, but I wanted to make mine with a tarp over the cargo area. So I added the sustaining frame, made from aluminium wire.

After that, I applied the base paint, German grey from Vallejo, and then I glued the link & length tracks over the road wheels; it fits perfectly. Another detail for a better appearance were the cabin side grip handles. Those were cut off and replaced with thin brass rod.

The tarpaulin was made from ordinary tissue soaked in a mixture from white glue and water.


At the end I put some “dust” on, with the help of pigments and oil colours. Because the original width indicators were too thick for my taste, I replaced them with new ones made from brass rod. I loaded the cargo with some accessories, and this is it:

In conclusion, this is a superb kit from Revell, highly detailed and easy to build.

This set and other from Revell are available through our utility here.