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toadwbg

1/35 Tamiya Hanomag Sdkfz 251 "Halfatrack"

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I always liked the look of the halftracks and had seen many built at shows. So I decided this would be a fun and easy way to ease into armor. I picked up this kit at Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon for about $14.

The copy-write on this kit is 1973! The kit doesn't look bad off the sprues for a 40-year old kit, the mold seam lines are a little strong but otherwise no real flash and detail is good. I'm not worried about accuracy as I want to keep the build simple.

The kit goes together pretty easily and i was ready to paint by my second sit-down session. Before painting I soaked the sub-assemblies in a Simple Green/Water mix, I don't know if they really needed it or not but since i wasn't doing any priming I thought it wise.

I decided to go with a dark Panzer grey scheme for simplicity and used Tamiya XF-63, which is almost an EXACT match for the plastic. I also used a little XF-24 for some color variation (its a little lighter). I brushed on some Future as a gloss coat and than added a dark pin-wash of black oils later for recesses and than dry-brush of a medium grey to highlight areas. The dry-brushing also did a nice job of de-glossing the Future.

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I used some instrument decals and a data plate on the instrument panel.

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Putting the top to the bottom of the main assemblies was a little difficult. The parts are a bit warped due to age I suppose, so I had to use some aggressive clamping

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Time to let is sit overnight

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I plan on doing a lot of weathering post-build to make the overall panzer grey scheme look more visually interesting. I'll probably use pastels for dirt/dust and maybe do some overspray as well. I'll probably keep any "mud" light as I don't want it to overpower the model.

Next step- TRACKS! I've NEVER done tracks before. How should I start by painting them?

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Decided to basecoat the tracks with Tamiya Red Brown. Ill dry brush them next with some steel

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Those toothpicks came in handy for holding the tracks for painting. Much better than masking tape

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Looking good! I like the Tamiya halftracks as well, they might be old but they go together so well! For a relaxed build, they are better than DML's kits.

Robert

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I have that same kit waiting in the wings as a straight from the box pleasure build, youre make'n good progress

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Almost done. Decals, oil washes, pastel weathering, dry-brushin, and flat top coat applied. I tried to do a "medium" level of weathering and it turned out a hair light after the flat coat. My next armor kit ill go a little heavier.

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