please accept my congratulations for your review, I'm not even a returned-modeller yet (I still have to decide where to start) so my point of view has little value compared to the others, but I really appreciate the accuracy you put in the description of the Sd.Kfz.7
Thanks, Riccardo. My goal is to be helpful wherever I can be.
On the other side I think it is well over my head, I was reading on another thread that for re-entering in the armor model world the best choice would be a Tamiya kit in 1/35 scale. So Dragon or AFV Club kits are "too much", right?
Not at all! The Trumpeter version might be a challenge because the gun shield is PE, but the Dragon kit is mostly styrene. The Tamiya versions are NOT RECOMMENED. The wheels are wrong, the tracks are vinyl, and the front wheels a poor grade of vinyl. I would suggest the Dragon Sd.Kfz.7/1 (early war).
Let's say three kits from Tamiya in 1/35 that are good as warm-ups? I have a preference for tanks and any nationality will do given that the crucial point is to begin again
Tamiya's Panzer III Ausf. L is one of my favorite kits that builds up very nicely OOB. The Dragon Tiger IIs are very nice kits, especially the "Smart Kits" which have fewer parts and usually little or no PE.Russ Amott writes:
Bill, I liked the review. Everything you said made sense to me. I keep thinking about the Trumpeter kits as I haven't built one yet, and I wanted to do one with the trailer. I build for myself, OOB mostly, with some basic scratch building. I just cant decide between this variant and the 3.7 cm flak. That, and I suck at painting German camo.
Thanks, Russ, I appreciate your support. I would recommend the 7/2 Early War (kit 1525) since you only need Panzer Gray.Doug Dropeskey writes:
Thanks for that, Bill. I will pick up the appropriate Griffon sets and some resin wheels before I dive in. Do you have a recommendation for the latter, specifically for Trumpeter 1514? Has anyone released replacement front fenders for these things? I love scratch building, but that will require some effort to correct and while maintaining symmetry.
You're welcome. I like the Tank Workshop version:
also make a superb set:
I have also used the ones by R & J
but found them requiring quite a bit of work removing the resin pour plug. They DO have one advantage in that they offer a snow tire version I have used on this build here
Your only solution at present for the front fenders will be scratchbuilding. Terry Ashley has some rather detailed analysis of the problem, but he says fixing it will require major surgery.