Sunday, January 6, 2019

'Reconnaissance' from PaulSS: Sd.kfz. 231 (8-rad)



Reconnaissance 
a preliminary survey to gain information
especially : an exploratory military survey of enemy territory


I was rather at a loose end for what to do for this bonus round, I'm trying to concentrate my focus on the Hundred Years War collection and did not have anything suitable for that, likewise for the American Civil War collection, I could have done a cavalry patrol but did not have any spare figures that would do for what I wanted.




However, buried in the pile of shame was this Sd. Kfz, 231 (8-rad) that I had taken in trade a few years ago. It was much unloved and missing a few bits, for example, I fashioned the 20mm cannon from a spare Perry Miniatures medieval spear and the hatches are clipped from cereal box cardboard.



There was also a tatty base-coat of Panzer Grey so this was cleaned up and re-applied then the whole lot was given a wash with 'Secret Weapon Soft Body Black'. Once that was dried I painted in the panels using Vallejo German Grey, then added a couple of highlights by adding successively more Neutral Grey. The wheels and tools were picked out and then a couple of Balkenkreuz decals added.

The crewman had a 'rush-job' and was stuck in the turret.




This thing is a beast, it's cast in white metal and while doing the decals I put it on the scales - it came in at over 350 grams! There was no way this was not going to get a magnetised base, otherwise put in a box with any other figures the slightest slip would result in carnage. So I grabbed a Warbases 120mm x 60mm and textured it and painted it Field Drab then drybrushed with Iraqi Sand then Pale Sand.

The armoured car was then glued onto the base with copious amounts of superglue and I went to town to muck it all up with a Tamiya weathering kit.




I wondered what to do with the base then remembered that I has some Noch wild-grass foliage, so as my little joke decided that an armoured car the size of a bus should be trying to hide in the long grass.

Schwerer Panzersp√§hwagen translates as "heavy armoured reconnaissance vehicle" I don't see it as much of a stealth approach!



It's a pretty horrible model, but an hour or so work has taken about a pound of metal out of the lead mountain.

18 comments:

  1. Great job clearing up and finishing a tough old model! Well done.

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  2. I'm with Greg, great work on this fiddly beast - it sure turned out nicely (love the early war grey btw).

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    1. Thank you Curt. Early War grey is easy when you are in a rush ;)

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  3. Really nice work on this radical recon vehicle. Cheers

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  4. Well done on getting this monster patched up and on the table, nice work!

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  5. Nice brushwork. It's funny how on these bonus rounds. The dreaded box of unloved odds and ends comes in very handy.

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    1. Thanks Ray. Even though I dumped loads of unloved before I came to the US I seem to have amassed another pile in the last 30 months or so.

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  6. Good work on this and great scrounging to use a Medieval spear and cardboard. Excuse my ignorance but what's the thing bolted on the front that looks like a snowplow?

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  7. Thanks Peter, not sure what the snow-plough is, but I suspect it is to stop ditching when crossing wide gaps.

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  8. Great recovery job! I do like the 8-wheelers.

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  9. Nice work, great looking beast of an armoured car!
    Best Iain

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  10. It came out well, I like the quirky look of the 8-rad and you've done a good job with it.

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