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1:72 Sd.Kfz. 251 Half track collection

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  • Member since
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  • From: Poland
1:72 Sd.Kfz. 251 Half track collection
Posted by Pawel on Sunday, June 04, 2017 5:11 PM

Hello everybody!

I've got another 1:72 model for you - this time, untypically for me, a Hanomag Sd.Kfz.251/6 Ausf. A. It started as a kit from a Polish company called First to Fight (often abreviated as F2F). It brings out 1:72 models of equipment that was used in Poland, in September 1939. Thosekits are cheap (about 5$), designed to be wargamers and easy to assemble, but detailed enough, that with some tinkering can be made into nice models, especially as often it is the first time that the subject appears in styrene in 1:72.

As for the Hanomag - it has some really nice details, like the dash, the radios or the MG34. Then again the tracks are one-piece with the wheels. I have transplanted the tracks from Italeri-ex-ESCI half track and did some minor modifications and detailing (tool handles, the "antennae" on the fenders). Now here's what my model looks like now:

1:72 F2F Sd. Kfz. 251/6 Ausf. A by Pawel

1:72 F2F Sd. Kfz. 251/6 Ausf. A by Pawel

1:72 F2F Sd. Kfz. 251/6 Ausf. A by Pawel

1:72 F2F Sd. Kfz. 251/6 Ausf. A by Pawel

1:72 F2F Sd. Kfz. 251/6 Ausf. A by Pawel

1:72 F2F Sd. Kfz. 251/6 Ausf. A by Pawel

1:72 F2F Sd. Kfz. 251/6 Ausf. A by Pawel

And that would be it for now - I hope you liked it, thanks for looking and haev a nice day

Paweł

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

www.vietnam.net.pl

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Monday, June 05, 2017 3:46 AM

I have seen these for sale on hannants, they have a nice range. You have done a good job on this.

Those 'antennas' on the front are width indicators.

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Posted by Pawel on Monday, June 05, 2017 8:26 AM

Hello Bish!

Thanks a lot for your kind words. I can recommend those F2F kits, especially when it comes to rare subjects - like this one Ausf. A.

And thanks for clarifying those width indicators - I knew what they were there for, they just reminded me of the of the antennae on a bug.

Have a nice day

Paweł

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

www.vietnam.net.pl

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Posted by RX7850 on Tuesday, June 06, 2017 9:03 PM

Nice work  on the 251. Good to see 1/72 being represented as wellYes

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  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Wednesday, June 07, 2017 11:27 AM

Hello!

Thanks a lot!

You're right, we don't get enough of 1:72 builds, especially in the non-aircraft category!

Have a nice day

Paweł

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

www.vietnam.net.pl

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, June 07, 2017 11:35 AM

Oh that's some nice work Pawel! And you replaced the road wheels and treads too? Wow, oh wow, I imagine in 1/72nd she'd be about 8cm long or so. My hands and eyes can barely handle 1/35th not to mention something that small. 

"Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed." -G.K. Chesterton

 

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Posted by Pawel on Thursday, June 08, 2017 3:50 PM

Gamera - thanks a lot! Yeah, it's a tiny model but was very nice to work with, the transplant wasn't very hard, although if I were to do it again, I'd take the Revell kit as a donor, much nicer parts. Somehow I like 1:72 very much. Thanks again for your comment and have a nice day

Paweł

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

www.vietnam.net.pl

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  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 9:34 AM

Hello everybody!

I liked the first half track so well, that I thought I'll do other variants, too, to show the development of the family. So here's another. The chassis is from Revell, a very nice kit, and the pioneer version parts are from ESCI/Italeri /7 kit, after some detailing. Inside I have put some generic crates and some "Tellerminen" that I have scratchbuilt.

I got some very critical comments on the camouflage, so if you think it's shidda, I'd very much like to know it. I have to tell you that I like that camo very much, but I'd just love to know your opinnion, too.

1:72 Revell Sd. Kfz. 251/7 Ausf. C by Pawel

1:72 Revell Sd. Kfz. 251/7 Ausf. C by Pawel

1:72 Revell Sd. Kfz. 251/7 Ausf. C by Pawel

1:72 Revell Sd. Kfz. 251/7 Ausf. C by Pawel

Thanks a lot for looking and have a nice day

Paweł

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

www.vietnam.net.pl

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 10:32 AM

I like that a lot. Can't say if a vehicle ever carried that pattern, but then i also can say one didn't. But its perfectly done for a brush painted camo scheme. Its the sort of paint job many avoid because they think it looks silly, but its actually very realistic.

Nice build and well done for trying somthing different.

''I am a Norfolk man, and i glory in being so''

  

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 11:12 AM

Yeah. I've never seen a scheme like that but you've done a beautiful job on it. Great job there on the bridge and the mines too. 

"Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed." -G.K. Chesterton

 

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Posted by ManCityFan on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 1:14 PM

I don't know enough to comment on whether or not this is an historical camo scheme, but I certainly think it is possible.  "Here's your brush, there's the paint.  Get to it."

I think you did a really good job on this.  The scratch built mines are very well done.  Personally, I like the camo, but I think it is a lot more important that you do. 

Sounds like you had fun building this, and that, after all, is the point.

Thanks for posting, and I hope you have a nice day.

Dwayne or Dman or just D.  All comments are welcome on my builds. 

 

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Posted by DasBeav on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 5:17 PM

Looks great to me, Pawel! I love a little creativity.Smile

Sooner Born...Buckeye Bred.

 

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Posted by Pawel on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 5:59 PM

Hello!

Thanks a lot for your comments and for your kind words - they mean a lot to me!

I didn't write what I wanted to achieve, but I see it comes over, or pretty close.

A hand painted camo - yes. But painted with a local mud and a bunch of rags. I guess that's why the photos are so hard to come by - if you can't find paint or a brush, a camera might be as hard to come by. And also such a "hillbilly camo" doesn't fit well with an image of a superhuman fighter, now does it? But the Italeri model shows something like this in the colour options, and it did look interesting to me, so I went for it.

As for fun - it definitely was a fun build, thank you very much!

Thanks again, and have a nice day

Paweł

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

www.vietnam.net.pl

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Posted by RX7850 on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 7:43 PM

Hey Pawel,

Really like your 251/7 especially the added details and paint scheme. I would'nt worry if it's historically correct but you already know that.

Esci's box art of a 251/1. Looks pretty similiarWink

Keep them coming....

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Thursday, October 26, 2017 1:48 AM

Pawel, i was thinking it looked like mud rather than paint, and we do know the Germans did that, especially pre 1943.

''I am a Norfolk man, and i glory in being so''

  

On the bench: Hasegawa 1/32nd Fw 190D-9    

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Posted by Pawel on Thursday, October 26, 2017 6:46 AM

RX7850 - thanks a lot! Looks like there are far more box arts showing that kind of thing than there are actual photos. But they are there - look at the top right:

Bish - thanks a lot! I'm glad I was able to show it on the model - it's no fun having to explain what the model was actually SUPPOSED to represent.

Thanks again for your comments and have a nice day

Paweł

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

www.vietnam.net.pl

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Posted by Bish on Thursday, October 26, 2017 6:51 AM

I know the feeling pawel, but sometimes you feel like you just have to explain it. I am looking to do some of these rough schemes on some of my 251's just to get away froim the normal camo.

That image you posted, the one on the left is a great example of mud camo. I take it that page is from one of the Squyadron books?

''I am a Norfolk man, and i glory in being so''

  

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Posted by Pawel on Thursday, October 26, 2017 7:34 AM

Hello Bish!

It will be interesting to see you do such a camo.

I don't really know where this page comes from - I have it from here:

http://ww2-germanarmy.conceptbb.com/t185-sdkfz-251-sonderkraftfahrzeug-251

Thanks a lot for your comment and have a nice day

Paweł

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

www.vietnam.net.pl

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Posted by Gamera on Thursday, October 26, 2017 7:40 AM

Thanks Pawel. I have the first two of those Squadron books Bish refers to and remember them talking about the mud camo but had forgotten about it at the time. Thanks for clearing that up!

"Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed." -G.K. Chesterton

 

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Posted by Bish on Thursday, October 26, 2017 9:07 AM

Pawel

Hello Bish!

It will be interesting to see you do such a camo.

I don't really know where this page comes from - I have it from here:

http://ww2-germanarmy.conceptbb.com/t185-sdkfz-251-sonderkraftfahrzeug-251

Thanks a lot for your comment and have a nice day

Paweł

 

Its just the way the captions are written make me thing Squadron, but its not one i recall from any of the books i have. I am especially interested in that pic because its the Heavy MG version and i have yet to decide what scheme to do my Ausf C HMG vehcile in, so might well do that. So thanks for the inspiration.

''I am a Norfolk man, and i glory in being so''

  

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Posted by ManCityFan on Thursday, October 26, 2017 2:21 PM

"A hand painted camo - yes. But painted with a local mud and a bunch of rags."

I amend my previous post to "there are the rags, there is the mud.  Get to it."

Anyway, I still really like it.  Sounds like you are going to do some more in this scale?

D

Dwayne or Dman or just D.  All comments are welcome on my builds. 

 

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Thursday, October 26, 2017 2:35 PM

ManCityFan

"A hand painted camo - yes. But painted with a local mud and a bunch of rags."

I amend my previous post to "there are the rags, there is the mud.  Get to it."

Anyway, I still really like it.  Sounds like you are going to do some more in this scale?

D

 

Don't forget mops and brushes, wasn't unknown to use those to apply camo as well.

''I am a Norfolk man, and i glory in being so''

  

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Posted by Pawel on Thursday, October 26, 2017 3:05 PM

Gamera, Bish - if I could help you in any way with this thread, I'm very glad!

Dwayne - yeah, right - get to it! I build a lot in 1:72, but not much from WWII. Now I want to build another Hanomag, this time the D version. I've got a kit from Dragon.

Bish - about thirty years ago I used a broom made of young birch twigs to apply whitewash. To trees, mind you, not to tanks!

Have a nice day

Paweł

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

www.vietnam.net.pl

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Thursday, October 26, 2017 3:07 PM

WEll, if it works, its good. I can just imagine German troops useing brooms especially for applying white wash.

I look forward to seeing more of your 251's. I currently have 30 35th kits, adding 2 more soon when the ICM kit is released, and always look forward to seeing them in any scale.

''I am a Norfolk man, and i glory in being so''

  

On the bench: Hasegawa 1/32nd Fw 190D-9    

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Thursday, October 26, 2017 3:47 PM

Pawel, i just checked my books and that page is indeed from the Squadron 251 in action, i had not checked that book for a while. And indeed that pic top right certainly has a scheme very similar to yours. So, now you indeed have proof.

''I am a Norfolk man, and i glory in being so''

  

On the bench: Hasegawa 1/32nd Fw 190D-9    

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