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Tamiya Flakpanzer IV Mobelwagen (WIP)

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    May 2011
Tamiya Flakpanzer IV Mobelwagen (WIP)
Posted by dazzjazz on Saturday, July 11, 2020 1:19 AM

Despite it's vintage (1975 stamped on the chassis), this is a nice kit. 

The turret was quite complicated, and the hinges for the armour plating are proving to be uncooperative, but I'm sure I can fix those. One mistake I made: There room in the chassis for a motor and batteries, but no instructions for those. I wouldn't be interested in that anyway, but because I didn't want the tracks to move, I deliberately left the rubber spacers out of the road wheels (I know). Unfortunately this means the wheels have too much play in them, so I will have to figure out how to glue them so they're all even. I might attach the tracks first, then use that to guide the wheels into place?

I'm really happy with the paintjob - the photos make it look a little green tinged, however the paint is Vallejo Model Air Dunkelgelb.

Here's a bunch of photos...I'm planning on displaying it with the armour plate all the way open.

 

 

 

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Saturday, July 11, 2020 1:53 AM

Nice looking so far!  I did the quad 20mm gun ages ago and really enjoyed the kit.  Looking forward to the rest of your build

Thanks,

John

Ain't no reason to hang my head, I could wake up in the mornin' dead 

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    May 2011
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Saturday, July 11, 2020 11:11 AM

I built the Flakvierling on the 8-ton halftrack back around 1978 and it was one of my favorite kits.  I recently started building another one, but this time I had a lot of construction and fit issues.  The mold lines are quite heavy and it took ages to fill in the many ejector pin marks!  I guess it’s just the AMS talking there.

Anyway, I look forward to seeing your Mobelwagen progress!

“Ya ya ya, unicorn papoi!”

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    May 2011
Posted by dazzjazz on Sunday, July 12, 2020 4:53 AM

So the upper section is finished in terms of build, paint, lacquer. I'm tossing up if I want to use any washes or other weathering but there's no hurry. Still gotta deal with the wheels that I didn't place the rubber washers in (d'oh). 

 Should  have bothered with filling the ejector pin holes? They don't bother me that much...

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    May 2011
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Sunday, July 12, 2020 9:19 AM

Only do stuff that matters to you.  If not, it’s no longer fun.  

For me, it was a test to see if I could do it, and how well.  When I started building the kit, I was surprised at the number of ejector pin marks and heavy mold lines.  They didn’t matter to me in 1978, since I don’t even remember them.  And that’s why it was fun.

BTW, did Tamiya provide new figures for the Mobelwagen?

“Ya ya ya, unicorn papoi!”

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    September 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Sunday, July 12, 2020 9:30 AM

The model looks good and the paint job is sharp.

Since you asked; yes consider filling in the ejector pin holes. It will take some work.

For the poly caps, could you drill out the axle hole in the back of the road wheel to a size where you can slip in the cap and glue it?

 

Bill

Modeling is an excuse to buy books

 

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    May 2011
Posted by dazzjazz on Sunday, July 12, 2020 6:14 PM

Real G

BTW, did Tamiya provide new figures for the Mobelwagen?

There are two sprues of figures in dark green plastic. I'm not sure if they're new or old.

I might have a go at the one that looks like he's about the climb aboard.

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    May 2011
Posted by dazzjazz on Sunday, July 12, 2020 6:15 PM

GMorrison

For the poly caps, could you drill out the axle hole in the back of the road wheel to a size where you can slip in the cap and glue it?

Thanks Bill - good idea, I will give it a go.

Darren

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    November 2005
  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Sunday, July 12, 2020 6:38 PM

dazzjazz
There are two sprues of figures in dark green plastic. I'm not sure if they're new or old.

Stick a photo of the sprues in, we'll likely be able to tell.

if it's this one:

Then they wil be the not in winter smocks, which was handy for other Flakvierling kit models.  At least until the Warriors kit of figures came out.

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    May 2011
Posted by dazzjazz on Monday, July 13, 2020 4:16 AM

GMorrison

For the poly caps, could you drill out the axle hole in the back of the road wheel to a size where you can slip in the cap and glue it?

thanks Bill, that worked a treat! Really appreciate that advice. 

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    May 2011
Posted by dazzjazz on Monday, July 20, 2020 6:09 AM

Pretty much done. I might do some light weathering, but I'm happy with the look I achieved with the paint job.  I'm having some trouble getting the top to sit properly on the base. I don't want to force it yet. 

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