Friday, May 12, 2017

Dragon IJN Type 2 (Ka-Mi) Amphibious Tank

 Here's my Type 2 IJN Amphibious Tank I recently brought to the meeting. This kit is outstanding with just a few parts, but it includes individual track links and wire for the pontoon release mechanism. I finished it in a single green color. To break up the monolithic tone, I airbrushed random areas of each panel with a lighter shade of green. I added the chain (that wasn't in the kit) and weathered the model with oils. I used Tamiya smoke for the exhaust stains. Enjoy!
 The operational plan is for the tank to swim to shore, where upon reaching the beach, the commander moves a lever to release the fore and aft pontoons. It is interesting to me that the fore pontoon blocks the use of the bow machine gun when attached.
 Here's a nice reference for the actual vehicle: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Type_2_Ka-Mi
 This is just another step in my quest to be good at weathering armored vehicles.








Thanks, Jason

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Old Tamiya SdKfz-222

AFTER this was displayed at the Modelmania show as OUT OF THE BOX as required for our club entry, It was time to add stowage. The kit was originally a weekend build back in November when  the club  decided what to do for the entry.













Sunday, April 30, 2017

Russian 1K17 Szhatie

I cant pronounce it either, but it doesn't matter since it was a 1980s failure.  Yeah that's how long this blunder has been kept hidden.  It was intended to disrupt battlefield electronics, targeting, communications etc. Probably backfired but we may never know.  Now it sits rusting and parted out like an old model kit.
 It looks like they used a howitzer turret, gutted it and inserted a mass of laser electronics and optics.

The whole array of lenses can elevate at a very slight angle.

By the way, this was a Trumpeter kit.  Pretty typical parts and fit. The kit includes most of the parts of the original howitzer, so I have spares.  I built it as if it were operational, but it would be fun to do the current version rotting out in the boneyard.

And of course I lit it up. But now that I have taken the photos, I see some touch up is needed. 1% more to go before it gets into the museum.

Vince B Apr 30. 2017

Wednesday, April 26, 2017


Proposed 5.5cm Flakpanzer Panther

(I love Paper Panzers!!!)

The 5.5cm FlaKpanzer Panther was a proposal based on new, more advanced 5.5cm guns. The new turret, with new sights and guns, was to be mounted on older hulls returned for refit and/or repair. 

This 1/35th scale model turret was mastered by John Bottomley for Accurate Armor, kit # C033.
(https://accurate-armour.com/our-products/135th-conversions/page/5)

Accurate Armor kit#C033
For this very simple conversion used the Accurate Armor turret and the Tamiya Late Panther G (kit #35176). I used Tamiya Acrylic German Grey XF63 mixed with XF08 Flat Blue to make the base coat. I wanted the tank to look like it was just rolled from the train yard. The little bit of weathering used was pigments.

Just after paint

Simple and Fun Conversion!!





Sunday, April 23, 2017

Mtl. SPW. Sd.Kfz. 251/9 ausf. D 
Kanonenwagen mit 7.5cm KwK 37 L/24

   The Sd.Kfz. (Sonderkraftfahrzeug) 251 Hanomag was used from 1939 until 1945 by Nazi Germany. Several manufactures built 10,602 Ausf D's from April 1943 until the end of the war.

   The Mtl. SPW. Ausf D half track had been changed slightly, for easier fabrication, from the previous models. As the war progressed these vehicles were required to take on tasks they were never designed to accomplish initially. The Sd. Kfz. 251/9 nick named the "Stummel" a SPG variant (AKA the "Kanonenwagen") using a short barrel 7.5cm (2.95") howitzer with the same mounting as the StuG III, was one of these vehicles.
"7.5cm Stummel" in the Munster Tank Museum
Brutal broken down winter repair










 The first Stummels were used with the SS-Panzerregiment 4 "Der Furhrer" and the 2nd SS Armored Division. Later the Paratrooper division "Herman Goring" used them as armored reconnaissance.

I built the Tamiya model # 35147 of the Kanonenwagen in the late 90's. The results are below.



Saturday, April 15, 2017

Ratte & Maus

This is the Takom kit, one of their first, which introduced a new era in semi Sci Fi Modeling.  As we have read on the websites, this was an actual deign by Krupp in 1942, but scrapped before it could begin production as it was deemed ineffective and a waste of resources. I cant believe it was expected to do 24 MPH. Enough history.  Now to the fun stuff.

 This is 1/144 scale, so I needed to use some 'N' scale railroad figures to help visualize how big this really was, or would have been.  The kit also comes with 2 MAUS tanks to help with the scale enormity.
 Since this was for fun, I took some liberties and added some weaponry, and details. I imposed the assumption, being Sci-Fi, that the numerous heat vents on the rear deck were actually giant batteries so I engineered a spare replacement system by adding a battery trolley and crane.
 I used the Therapy Putty for the camo patterns on the Ratte and Maus. Yes, therapy, that is what I need.
 Since the anti aircraft guns that came in the kit were too fragile and lame, I upped the caliber by replacing with evergreen rod.
 This was too cool to leave out of the box and had enough room inside for me to wire up some LEDs and run fiber optics along with a battery pack accessible through the turret. So it has working spotlights, headlights and battery lights.
 I did replace the photo etch railings and ladders with plastic.  Anybody need any 1/144 scale ship railing? I also had to provide more decals which I got from my spares.
Vince B.  April 15.

"IT's A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD"
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057193/?ref_=nv_sr_1

This photo is not armor  (be careful) but I thought I'd share it non the less.

The world of model building extends to many areas. Like for example, Hollywood.

The photo shows Hollywood model maker Jim Danforth adding figures to the fire ladder for Stanley Kramer's famous scene in  "IT's A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD". One of my favorite scenes in the entire movie as the ladder is shown catapulting people (figures) in all directions.

Hope you enjoy this non-armor item!!


Friday, April 7, 2017

2cm FlaK on SdKfz 7 chassis Halftrack

Here's my German halftrack with a quad 20mm mounted on the bed. I enjoyed building this kit and adding the many chips and scratches. I went a little overboard but it was satisfying even so. My paint chips are of two colors...a lighter shade of the yellow followed by a smaller dot of dark brown If you look closely, you can see both colors in the chips.
As usual, I think I could have done a better job weathering this model, but I am very happy with the results I came up with.