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1/35 Tamiya Sd. Kfz. 222 light armored car

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Thursday, September 29, 2022 9:13 PM

Looks good. I did this recently with the Tamiya M41 Walker Bulldog I got at 40% off at Hobby Lobby. Easy to build, looks like a tank.

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Posted by M. Brindos on Thursday, September 29, 2022 11:05 PM

Rob Gronovius

Looks good. I did this recently with the Tamiya M41 Walker Bulldog I got at 40% off at Hobby Lobby. Easy to build, looks like a tank.

 

"It's an older code, sir, but it checks out"

That certainly was a good kit to add goodies to. I've got the Takom M-41 in my stash for later.

Thanks for taking a look, Rob!

 

- Mike Brindos

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Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, September 29, 2022 11:12 PM

That's a fun simple kit. I did one a few years back and really enjoyed the project.

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

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Posted by M. Brindos on Friday, September 30, 2022 1:53 AM

It has been fun so far, Carlos.

The only things missing, from my technical drawings are a tiny radio behind the gun and some brush guards for the lights.

I might scratch build the radio because it is somewhat barren in the turret lol. They don't even have padding for the gunner or loader. I imagine they had a lot of head and shoulder injuries in there lol.

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Posted by stikpusher on Friday, September 30, 2022 11:12 AM

Inside any AFV there are always bumped head and shoulders.... Whistling The radio you're referring to is most likely an intercom box. WWII era radios were quite bulky due to the technology of the time. 

I added some basic stowage inside of mine to liven up the interior based off of what reference I could find

 

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

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Posted by Gamera on Friday, September 30, 2022 12:04 PM

Looks cool Mike! Nice work on your's too SP! I like the PE anti-grenade screens, don't think theres much way of doing those in plastic without them being overscale.

Are you going with a Battle of Poland look Mike? I think someone said around here that by the Battle of France the Germans were camoing their stuff with large brown blotches over the grey.

 

I can see the whole giant radio thing, I think everything back then was vacuum tubes. Not only large but you needed a lot of ventilation because they cranked out enough heat to cook the thing if you didn't get good air circulation.

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by Real G on Friday, September 30, 2022 12:55 PM

That's an oldie-but-goodie kit Mike!  Basic in details, but easy and fun to build - the Tamiya experience all the way!  I also built one, a later boxing with the nice PE screens and new figures (which I haven't put together Embarrassed).

My only mods were to replace the coaxial MG with one from the spares box, some leftover nylon string for the tow cable, and used the newer Jerry cans in the kit with brackets made from an old tube of glue.

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Posted by stikpusher on Friday, September 30, 2022 1:01 PM

Gamera

Are you going with a Battle of Poland look Mike? I think someone said around here that by the Battle of France the Germans were camoing their stuff with large brown blotches over the grey.



Yes, from the start of the war until June 1940, the official color scheme specified was brown over gray. In June, the change over to solid gray was directed. 

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

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Posted by M. Brindos on Friday, September 30, 2022 6:44 PM

Wow, thanks for all of the info and the pictures!

You guys know me, I'd love to add an interior, and I seriously thought about it. However I just want to just complete this one lol. I'll get mired down and lose focus like I usually do otherwise lol.

But to answer the question about which time frame, I'm thinking of France. I've got the old boxing of the Tamiya Pz IV D and I don't have anything from that period and these two kits fit the bill perfectly.

As to the 222, this is the kit with the aluminum barrel and the PE screens. If I do this right it should be a nice clean build with minimal weathering just to park next to my tanks. Kinda like my "California Special" Kübelwagon. 

 

 

- Mike Brindos

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Posted by Gamera on Monday, October 3, 2022 7:39 PM

stikpusher

 

 
Gamera

Are you going with a Battle of Poland look Mike? I think someone said around here that by the Battle of France the Germans were camoing their stuff with large brown blotches over the grey.

 

 



 

Yes, from the start of the war until June 1940, the official color scheme specified was brown over gray. In June, the change over to solid gray was directed. 

 

Thanks SP, I wasn't sure. 

 

Mike - cool Kubelwagen!

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by M. Brindos on Tuesday, October 4, 2022 5:14 PM

Thanks, Gam. I rescued it from my teenage collection of broken junk. It was missing one wheel, one seat, one headlight, and the windscreen. 

I sourced out the bucket seats (not seen) and the wheels from some random box scale Corvette. I had to scratch build the windscreen.

Then I attached it to the motor pool as some kind of, "what are we going to do with this old beat up parts car?" project with future parts lol.

 

Anyways, I've put together a kind of coms box measured from the scale plans. It was lacking details so I invented my own, but the dimensions are right lol.

PE screens came next, which weren't difficult once I torched them a bit. It warped the mesh a bit, but it's not inaccurate for such thin meterial. My attempt at soldering failed but super glue should solve the issue of attaching the corners.

I just need to run some putty around the inside turret ring to make it look a bit more clean. Then it's off to step 9 in the instructions where I finally attach the fenders.

I'm going to go and scratch up some fuel can holders as the stock ones are aweful. Thanks for that idea! The kit comes with spare cans that have much better details.

So far it's a pleasant build. I'm enjoying it a lot.

- Mike Brindos

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Posted by M. Brindos on Tuesday, October 4, 2022 11:35 PM

Well...

Not only did I get some new water can brackets made, but I changed their orientation and locations as well. 

The water cans are removable so I can paint them separately. 

I'm enjoying myself immensely lol.

- Mike Brindos

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Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, October 5, 2022 8:28 AM

She's coming along nicely! Yes

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