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PK-83 SdKfz 251/1 Hanomag - FINISHED


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Hello everyone. With plenty of time still to go I thought I'd get this out of the stash.  A nice little street scene with this one but the old SS recruiting poster I remember from the original Matchbox version has, perhaps unsurprisingly, been replaced on the decal sheet by a less contentious one instructing people to take cover during an air raid. Anyway, this little halftrack was always a favourite of mine so I'm looking forward to having another crack at it. 😀    

 

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So good to see you tackling another one of Matchbox's AFV kits Ian, however after the excellent job you did on the P-47 I was kinda hoping for another kit with wings! 

I'm sure this Hanomag will add greatly to your already impressive Matchbox collection. 

Cheers and best of luck.. Dave 

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13 hours ago, Rabbit Leader said:

So good to see you tackling another one of Matchbox's AFV kits Ian, however after the excellent job you did on the P-47 I was kinda hoping for another kit with wings! 

I'm sure this Hanomag will add greatly to your already impressive Matchbox collection. 

Cheers and best of luck.. Dave 

 

Thanks Dave.  Sadly I have no more Matchbox wings in the stash. In fact, the only other one I've built since the 1970s is this Me 410 which I posted on BM a while back. I wish I'd stocked up before prices went mad on eBay. 😔   

 

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I agree with Greg, that 410 does look the goods. No worries Ian, hopefully a few cheap Matchbox aircraft kits will fall your way in good time. 

Cheers.. Dave 

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I have a soft spot for the 251 series - built 3 Fujimi 1/76 and many years ago a rather impressive Tamiya? 1/35 one. I keep meaning to buy the "austerity" version - think it was the 251 Ausf D which was simplified and lost some of the nice sloping side panels.

 

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Construction of the little SPW is now complete and a bit of undercoating done. Matchbox chose to do an early version of the 251 - an Ausf B - so the paint scheme will have to be boring panzer grey, and the setting France 1940 or perhaps the early stages of Operation Barbarossa in 1941.   

 

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As is the case with some of the other Matchbox armour kits, the figures are slightly overscale - more 1/72 than 1/76, although I love the dramatic pose of the chap throwing himself out of the back. And their uniforms are suitable for the early war period (unlike the half-track's armament of two nicely moulded MG42s..) 

 

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It hasn't taken long to get the painting and decaling stage done. I've used a much lighter grey than is strictly accurate, but a truer Dunkelgrau would I think overpower such a small model and obscure what detail there is.  Not sure how much weathering to do on this one, but I'll see how it looks when the base is done.  

 

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The finished model, completely out of the box and with the kit decals. I used Tamiya paints for the SPW and the base, and Vallejo for the figures. This was followed as usual by some weathering with oils and pigments.     

 

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  • IanC changed the title to PK-83 SdKfz 251/1 Hanomag - FINISHED

Good call on the lighter grey! I used Hu67 on mine and it looks black. Good to see the figures in use as nature intended too.
 

Seeing yours finished reminds me I need to give myself a KUTA!

 

Regards,

Adrian

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Thanks Adrian. Yes Dunkelgrau is one of those colours that doesn't translate well to a small scale model. 

 

Good luck with yours! 

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