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8-Ton Halftrack w/ Flakvierling

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  • Member since
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  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
8-Ton Halftrack w/ Flakvierling
Posted by Real G on Monday, July 13, 2020 10:00 PM

Since I missed yet another GB deadline Embarrassed, I figure I'd start a separate thread.  So anyway, here is a recap of the build so far of the venerable (1972) Tamiya 1/35 SdKfz.7/1 Flakvierling.

The kit and AM stuff:

Lotsa ejector pin marks to fill:

Modelkasten plastic indie tracks:

Beyootiful Master brass gun barrels and exquisite flash suppressors:

And Eduard PE, used only where deemed necessary:

And that was all back in December!

I rolled out the airbrush this weekend and got some primer on the kit:

Now to address the multitude of unattended seams and mold lines.

 

“Ya ya ya, unicorn papoi!”

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    May 2011
Posted by dazzjazz on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 12:18 AM

Looking very good. I'd forgotten about that kit entirely, I wonder if it's still made.

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    May 2011
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 1:07 AM

Yes, it is still available, although those looking for a more modern kit should consider DML’s.  I bought this kit specifically for a nostalgia build, but quickly succumbed to the allure of aftermarket!

“Ya ya ya, unicorn papoi!”

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    December 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 4:03 AM

Looking very nice tehre and i do like those barrels.

I am planning on getting the Dragon ikit, but thats not easy to fin d at the moment.

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

On the bench: Revell 1/72nd Type VIIc U-Boat

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  • From: Central Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 10:26 AM

Wow I bought that at Orange Blossom Hobbies in Miami when it first came out in the 1970's. I built it and had it for a ton of years and eventually sold it for some decent cash. It's looking very good!Beer

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  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 6:06 PM

Thanks Bish and Plasticjunkie!

So I'm refining the filled areas and addressing stuff I missed.  I have also started to black out the chassis to prep it for painting.

I like that the brown plastic of the wheels show through the paint a little.  I plan on making a custom black-brown paint to use for future jobs like this.

I have kept the model in pieces to facilitate painting in all the nooks and crannies.

“Ya ya ya, unicorn papoi!”

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  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Sunday, July 19, 2020 7:26 AM

The Modelkasten tracks have been test fitted for the first time.  The only adjustment needed was to shorten the kit's metal axle for the drive sprockets.

A nice feature of the Tamiya kit is the adjustable idler axle, so the track can be properly tensioned.  One of the benefits of the kit's motorized past.

The tracks are a little stiff, so I will try working them in abrasive cleanser to see if they will limber up.

“Ya ya ya, unicorn papoi!”

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    December 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Sunday, July 19, 2020 9:13 AM

Looks good, never tried MK tracks before, are they any good.

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

On the bench: Revell 1/72nd Type VIIc U-Boat

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  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Sunday, July 19, 2020 9:28 AM

Bish,

They are more cleanly molded than Friul metal tracks, but the “snap-off” feature touted in the MK instructions is complete nonsense.  You have to remove the parts like any other plastic kit and clean up the nubs.

The one thing is that if the tracks are of the dry pin type, they are too light to reliably sag on their own.  They are also more fragile because they are plastic.  I would not use enamel washes to weather them for fear of causing the delicate tracks pins from falling off.

“Ya ya ya, unicorn papoi!”

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Sunday, July 19, 2020 9:36 AM

Thanks. That is one issue i have found with plastic tracks when useing oil washes, i often have tracks just fall apart.

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

On the bench: Revell 1/72nd Type VIIc U-Boat

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    November 2005
  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Sunday, July 19, 2020 6:40 PM

I built this kit, back in the 70s, and the plastic netting was a bear in those day before CA glue was ubiquitious.

I don't remember the Sd.Kfz 7 ever being morotized, but, that's likely faulty memory (but, there's not a lot of room for batteries or for Tamiya's preferred mabuchi motors.  I do remember that lovely fat metal axle, though.

A note for those building the Dragon versions:  They come with a detailed engine of elebenty dozen (it seemed like) parts, and no provision to open the hood to show it off.

The Dragon 20mm cannon are pretty nice, and can be displayed without magazines inserted in a statisfactory manner.

Both kits wind up with too thick gun shields, whic hshould have been a nice brass PE accessory.  But isn't.  Sigh.

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  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Sunday, July 19, 2020 6:52 PM

The problem with the PE shields is that their attachment to the gun base is precarious.  I bought the Eduard PE set, but will leave the overly thick kit shields alone.

When I started this build, I told myself this was going to be a “fun” build.

“Ya ya ya, unicorn papoi!”

  • Member since
    November 2005
  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Monday, July 20, 2020 12:57 PM

Real G
The problem with the PE shields is that their attachment to the gun base is precarious.

yeah, hard to beat that nice sturdy styrene rod and socket's engineering.  And getting the curve into the ones over the gun barrels would be a bear.

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    September 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Monday, July 20, 2020 1:09 PM

CapnMac82

I don't remember the Sd.Kfz 7 ever being morotized, but, that's likely faulty memory (but, there's not a lot of room for batteries or for Tamiya's preferred mabuchi motors.  I do remember that lovely fat metal axle, though.

The one I built was, circa 1980 or so. The motor was where it was supposed to be.

The batteries fit in a box that snapped in place under the rear deck. It was definitely one of their better runners.

I briefly fooled around with motorizing the Flak, but there was no place to put the batteries.

Also kind of pointless as the sides would be folded up, the gun stowed for travel and the crew somewhere else.

Modeling is an excuse to buy books

 

  • Member since
    March 2015
  • From: Close to Chicago
Posted by JohnnyK on Monday, July 20, 2020 6:58 PM

wow!!!! That thing is really neatBig Smile The last time that I built a halftrack was back in the mid '60's. It was a Revell kit.

  • Member since
    May 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Monday, July 20, 2020 7:15 PM

JohnnyK
wow!!!! That thing is really neatBig Smile

That's just what I was thinking.

That gun is a model in itself. Interesting kit, sure looks like you are off to a good start.

-Greg

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