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Half a Year for a Half Track
ClaytonFromEllijay
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Posted: Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 06:15 PM UTC
Beautiful work, Karl! Your interior details are great! Thanks for your contribution!!
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Posted: Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 04:12 PM UTC
Looks nice, Karl!

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Posted: Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 01:03 PM UTC
I'm calling mine completed now having spent the last couple of days putting the finishing touches to it. I'd decided that I wanted to finish it as a 251/9 of 12th SS Hitlerjugend but my problem was it's ID mark. As we all know it denotes company, platoon, individual vehicle in the platoon but as the make up of a German Panzer Division, especially an SS one difers so much to a British or American one I was stumped as to what number to give it as I do like to get things as close to historically right as possible. Salvation was found online when I found a partial book called "Tip Of The Spear" which is about German recconaisance battalions within a panzer division which had the breakdown of 12th SS from 07/06/1944 to November of that year. The recconaisance battalion of Hitlerjugend saw a disproportionate amount of fighting in Normandy, being cut off a couple of times and also elements of it defending villages on it's own, up to the eventual collapse of the German forces there as explained in Michael Reynolds excellent book "Steel Inferno". His book which explains in detail the activities of 1st SS Panzer Korps in Normandy (1st SS Panzer Division Liebstandarte Adolf Hitler and 12th SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend made up 1st SS Panzer Korps) with the lions share of the fighting being borne by Hitlerjugend and the figures I got hold of yestreday illustrate that perfectly as their strength declines month by month quite drastically. As a retired Major General his knowledge of tactics serves to make the book even more interesting as not only is a he an expert on the Waffen SS, he actually understands the tactics and explains them to the reader. (Definitely worth a read if you get chance)I'd already worked out that their vehicles were marked with black numbers with a white outline so I was back in business.









I'd originally used Tamiya XF74 OD (JGSDF) for the green but decided it was too dark so chabged it for XF67 NATO Green as it was a lot lighter and looked more in keeping with a vehicle that had been sprayed in workshop conditions with the paint thinned with the right thinners ie petrol rather than whatever is available in the field. Normandy was Hitlerjugends baptism of fire so all of their equipment was pretty much new when they entered the fray so to speak. With this in mind I've gone easy on the internal weathering as the life of this vehicle would have been a couple of months tops so I've avoided the "been in combat for 40 years" look some people go for which while showing off peoples excellent techniques doesn't look right as combat vehicles on both sides had a relatively short service life. Especially German ones in Normandy as they had to contend with overwhelming Allied firepower on the ground plus marauding Typhoons shooting up anything that they saw move on the ground.

Anyone who's seen my previous halftracks or open topped vehicles will know how much I enjoy doing the inside, adding personal kit, ammo, weapons etc to give it that lived in appearance. From my own experience I know that the inside of military vehicles is never pristine and carry anything and evrything lol. That's what I've attempted to show here.







The decals I used were the excellent Cartograf ones from the kit and the divisional insignia was from an ADV dry transfer sheet courtesy of ebay. Very nice transfers as they went on smoothly with a rub from a pencil.

Just for a change, due to the location of the radio in the rear, all the wiring is visible. Usually I do the wiring, put on the weapons shelf and it vanishes out of sight. This time it can be seen. Many thanks to Peter for giving me the requisite info so I could wire it up properly. I'd done most of it before the hull top went on using fuse wire as usual but was having trouble with the last bit going to the antenna as the wire wouldn't stick in place when I tried bending it. I remembered however I'd bought some wire for Tiger towing cables in 1/72nd by mistake off ebay last year ( I really ought to read descriptions when I've got my glasses on!) so tried that. Spot on! Very flexible and stayed in place. I didn't like the kit antenna as scalewise it was about 4 inches thick so used an AM metal one I'd got plus an AM mount for it as well. Makes all the difference. Due to it's length it goes through the body's mount so I could attach the radio to the antenna bottom which I think looks quite effective. Not that noticeable but it's one of those little details that makes me happy.











All that remains to be done now is to paint up the two crew members that I've chosen to go in the back and to weather the outside. I'm leaving that until I've got all of the vehicles together (I need to get some pigments anyway) and built the street for the dio so I can get continuity between all the different vehicles and personnel. Paints used were mainly Tamiya. XF60- Dark Yellow, XF67 NATO Green, XF68- NATO Brown. XF84- Dark Iron for weapons and the breech block of the main armament. paint chipping and areas of wear were done with vallejo 70822 German Camouflage Black Brown. I've really enjoyed this build (although it tested my patience at times with DML's notoriously crappy instructions) as half tracks are one of my favourite kit types plus there's been some lovely work shown through the campaign. Thanks to Clayton for putting on such a cracking campaign and for his words of encouragement throughout. It's a thumbs up from me. Thanks for letting me join :-)

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Posted: Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 05:42 AM UTC
finaly got my laptop sorted so i can get pics uploaded, work wont allow me to do it so heres my photos of my m16 half track









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Posted: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 01:56 AM UTC

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Chris that's a really nice clean build. How did it go together? Any problems? I'm quite tempted by DML's US tracks (being a fan of half tracks) as a change from my stash of 251's so wondered what they're like buildwise.



Thank you. This one has been almost trouble free. Typical Dragon instructions but everything fits and you can super-detail if so inclined.
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Posted: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 06:54 PM UTC
Sharp looking
ClaytonFromEllijay
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Posted: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 06:20 PM UTC
Looks great, Chris!
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Posted: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 02:34 PM UTC
Chris that's a really nice clean build. How did it go together? Any problems? I'm quite tempted by DML's US tracks (being a fan of half tracks) as a change from my stash of 251's so wondered what they're like buildwise.
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Posted: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 08:48 AM UTC
The join between the front cab and rear compartment still needs to be fixed but at least the main pieces are together





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Posted: Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 04:36 AM UTC
Impressive work guys
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Posted: Friday, May 12, 2017 - 01:36 AM UTC
Thanks Clayton, almost there now. I love 251's but wish DML would produce decent instructions and have a better parts fit. I've got another three to build. I got a couple of the Stuka das Fuss C 3 in 1 kits cheap and another with a 251/10 option to build at some point but I think once this is done I'll have a break from them for a bit. Maybe a tank next as I've got a few in the stash I've been meaning to build for a while.
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Posted: Friday, May 12, 2017 - 12:23 AM UTC
Wow! You guys are laying down some really nice looking Dunkelgelb and OD!🍺

—mike
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Posted: Friday, May 12, 2017 - 12:03 AM UTC
It's looking great, Chris!
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Posted: Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 11:58 PM UTC
Moving along. Time to get the sub-assemblies together and to apply markings.





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Posted: Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 06:45 PM UTC
A very clean "cluttered" look there, Karl, it's coming along great!
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Posted: Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 12:51 PM UTC
I've had a concerted effort on it as after I'd spent a couple of hours finishing off the inside I thought I'd better do some proper building.







I'd forgotten just how tricky DML's half tracks are. Just for a change the instructions are vague, misleading and basically crap so it's quite hit and miss at times. I had the storage boxes off three times as they weren't sitting right but eventually got them to look okay. As it's Normandy bound hopefully I can hide the rough edges with foliage attached to it.



The worst part was trying to fit the armour plate to the front of the gun. After numerous attempts to fit it and failing each time drastic measures were called for. For some reason there are two raised areas on the back of the plate which prevent it touching two side plates. They don't seem to serve any purpose so I trimmed them off and sanded it flat. It then fitted. Then I had a nightmare trying to get the gun to fit in properly. Eventually I did it after a lot of swearing so all that's left now is the little bits like width indicators, MG's, number plates etc. All the bits that get knocked off easily lol. I'm leaving all those bits off until I've airbrushed it otherwise I'll end up knocking them off and losing them.





I've got one last piece of cabling to put in going to the aerial which I regret not doing before I put the top on. Doh! Hopefully I'll get some paint on it later today then I can do the crew. I've found a couple of relaxed SS figures that will fit in nicely for an admin setting. I'm leaving the doors open and the storage boxes as it seems a shame to close them after being given a choice so I'll have to find some appropriate bits to put in them. I'm going for a three colour cam seeing as it's Normandy. That's where I'm up to today gents...
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Posted: Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 05:45 PM UTC
Thanks Clayton, going to have another bash at it today so hopefully I'll get quite a bit done fingers crossed.
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Posted: Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 02:03 PM UTC
Looking good everyone.

Time to get my sorry butt back to the 250/9.
ClaytonFromEllijay
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Posted: Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 06:46 AM UTC
Looking great, Karl, hope you get to feeling better!
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Posted: Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 04:38 AM UTC
Peter, thanks for the info. That will make things a lot easier. I'd worked out a couple of them but can now add the rest of the wiring with confidence. I managed to knock the headphones out anyway lol. Done a bit more work on it, not a great deal as I've been feeling crap. I've done my chronic pancreatitis the wrong way round and after 4 years have now grown some gallstones which make me feel really s****y so haven't done much over the last few days. I've picked up some resin ammo boxes to add to the shells already inside and just need to put a bit more kit in before I stick the top on. Once that's done then it's plain sailing having built a few of these now.









I've not gone mad on the weathering inside as I'm finishing it as a 12th SS Hitlerjugend one so it will only have had a month or so in the field considering most of their kit was as issued when they received it being a new division. I've not long finished reading "Steel Inferno" by Michael Reynolds which is about 1SS Panzer Korps in Normandy so the bulk of the books about 12th SS. If you get opportunity to read it do so. Changed my whole outlook on the Normandy campaign. Brilliant book. This is hopefully going in the big Normandy dio I have planned. I'm still stockpiling built vehicles and figures for it before I start on the base
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Posted: Tuesday, May 09, 2017 - 06:51 PM UTC

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I had to back out of my very first campaign guys. With some sickly parents and a house to run I simply have not time at the moment. Things seemed so hopeful at the beginning. I'll be watching at least. Carry on.



Sorry to hear that, Bob. I hope everything works out okay and you can get back to some relaxing time.



X2, Bob, look us up when you can!
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Posted: Tuesday, May 09, 2017 - 04:29 PM UTC

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I had to back out of my very first campaign guys. With some sickly parents and a house to run I simply have not time at the moment. Things seemed so hopeful at the beginning. I'll be watching at least. Carry on.



Sorry to hear that, Bob. I hope everything works out okay and you can get back to some relaxing time.

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Posted: Tuesday, May 09, 2017 - 07:11 AM UTC

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Hi Guys, I'm calling this one finished. Tamiya 1/35 M-21. I learned a great deal, tried some new techniques and materials with mixed results but that's how you progress.



Ken-Came out nicely for a vintage kit. Stowage also looks good. Always good to try new stuff. Keeps things interesting, no?
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Posted: Tuesday, May 09, 2017 - 06:40 AM UTC
I had to back out of my very first campaign guys. With some sickly parents and a house to run I simply have not time at the moment. Things seemed so hopeful at the beginning. I'll be watching at least. Carry on.
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Posted: Sunday, May 07, 2017 - 05:35 AM UTC

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Give it to my wife for a few weeks and like every plant she ever owned, it will brown up...