I obtained two of the same kit by mistake and if someone would like to do a duel build this summer I would be willing to supply the kit. It's Dragon's Flakpanzer 38(t) Ausf. L "Gepard"~ Smart Kit. If your interested please pm me.
I wanted to set a begin date by mide July and this is my new knee surjory. I stress and that it seems like pretty easy build. First one to pm me I will mail it to you free of charge. I know it isn't a Whittman build buy I think it be a fun task to complete. Hopefully someone will take into account that I am giving one of the AFV to them for free. Come on who doesn't want a few WWII artillery under their belt. ideally the person should not have built this kit and my learn something. This would be a lot of fun. Hope to hear someone soon! Mike
The ultra cool Gepard duel build has begun! I have the pleasure of conducting this build with "reserve" one of the best model builders here and I hope to learn a lot from him during this build. I started and completed the first 6 steps and have lost no parts to the carpet as of yet! I will say this kit has a lot of detail and is a little above my skill zone but I will continue to push.
Presently I am working on this in conjunction with the T-72 so am a bit slow. Abandoned vehicles always had all possible hatches open it seems hence the model will be brought to different interior paint stages before I do anything with the exterior at all. This is so I'll not break off delicate parts while handling the model with my clumsy mitts. I'll try for a bit of extra engine compartment detail as well.
Good to be workin' along side of ya Mike nice progress for one session
Dragon wants you to assemble the fenders and attach, but issues with the front braces have me installing the center and rear braces to the hull instead. Once dry I'll pop the fenders on and then fit the front braces accordingly as it's not clear just how they'll fit, I'm thinking some modification will be necessary
I have completed the tracks and taped them to the mighty Gepard for display purposes only. These tracks went together very well and I hope will end up looking good. I have also put the fenders together and will be painting the interior over the weekend. Mark's looks great and I have been impressed with the interior painting he has done. Great job sir!
I started to add some base coat and black for shadowing in the engine and driver area. I also encountered a mislabeled part in the instructions for the ammo boxes. I was able to overcome this by looking at the parts and directions carefully. This little kit requires a lot of patience for the part placement and anyone who is all thumbs will have to take their time to make it work. This is a fun and challenging fighting vehicle.
That's a cheap way for DML to design the PE fret for sure...I suppose there's something to be said for taking advantage of the 'empty space', but still...it's a pain to have to deal with all those non-essential fret contact points. I feel for you Mark!