Once upon a time I got a great kit from a 50% off sale in a toy shop around (and not only this one). To be honest, I never seen this kit before but knew that Tristar tanks are a safe buy so to speak. I looked in the box of the Panzerkampfwagen I Ausf. A ohne Aufbau (=w/o turret) and was overwhelmed. Sharp details, PE parts. Single tracks. And even two figures - what can go wrong for 15€ only?
Some words about the history of the tank - directly from the box:
Prevented by the Treaty of Versailles from possessing or manufacturing tanks or similarly designed armored fighting vehicles, Germany skirted the treaty restrictions by producing 15 tank hulls without superstructures, turrets or armament. To spread production experience as far as possible, five companies had been selected in 1933 to produce three vehicles each. The official designation "Landwirtschaftlicher Schlepper" helped to disguise the fact that any type of tracked armored vehicle was being manufactured.
Desiogned as a training vehicle, the turretless Krupp tractor was not intended for combat. In spring of 1934, it was issued to the first two Panzer regiments, Kraftfahrlehrkommando Zossen and Ohrdruf* to give the troops their first experience of driving a fully tracked armoured vehicle. Krupp-Gruson-Werk was awarded a contract to overhaul these 1st Serie/La.S chassis and convert them into training vehicles by adding a rail.
*note: The Truppenübungsplatz Ohrdruf is still active today and the German Bundeswehr uses it. Went there in 2001 when I did my military service.
So... this is it so far. The factory building from Reality In Scale is a project for its own I guess. Base just for playing around for the moment.
Engine is painted. Additionally, I had a "roundhouse kick" on the dio - i. e. something of everything was added: the small tree besides the hall got green, grass tufts were glued (Noch) and the first figure found a place: a welder from Royal Models.
Thanks again Andy for helping out with early German tank uniforms. After a while, I found suitable figures - in this case from MiniArt (German Tank Crew, France 1940, Art# 35191) and even some resin heads found their way in my stash.
Always a BIG help for diorama builders like me are punch & die tools. I use some from RP Toolz. All you need is brownish paper or - even better! - real leaves. Real leaves have the big advantage that they are in most cases thin enough to make the punching easy (not the case with thicker paper etc.) and besides, they even have the right color.
So whats next? Chains I guess. That can take a while... See you soon!
Last Edit: Mar 16, 2017 13:40:06 GMT -5 by tigrazor
After priming the base black and adding the first colors, I took care about the tool shop. MasterBox tools, spare parts and PlusModel oil cans helped here a lot. A friend recommended me the author of the two books, so I got two from him for a good price.