sd.kfz 251/22

Joined: November 3rd, 2012, 11:06 pm

April 30th, 2018, 6:15 pm #1

It took me a long time and lots of glue to realize that when kit parts don't fit for me it is usually my fault. However not in this case. I had read warnings about this kit but since it's the only 251 I have and I wanted to take part in a group build on the Panzer Page on FB I thought I'd use it to sharpen up my modelling skills- what doesn't kill you makes you stronger right?

It also showed me how useless in the box reviews are- there are countless such glowing reviews of this kit - it's only when you get to the build reviews on YouTube and the like that the truth comes out.

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The top hull is too short for the bottom but luckily another modeller had been there before and advised making it fit at the front where there more angles which just leaves one gap to fill at the rear. Lots of other fit issues and pieces to trim. The mounting of the gun doesn't fit without surgery and the gun doesn't fit the mount without more surgery.


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The two part gun shield is a nightmare to fit- it's recommended that you place the inner shield on, build the rest of the gun and then fit the outer shield but I couldn't see that happening so I did it after assembling most of the gun. The instructions show holes in the gunshield for location tabs but there were none

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but the two part shield really looks the part when done

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The decals crumbled when I tried to use them so I used some from the spares box


Nearly there, the side lockers needed a lot of fettling to fit (Surprise surprise)

I have all the suspension wheels assembled and painted so onwards to that now




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Pat McGrath

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Joined: June 6th, 2017, 11:19 am

May 1st, 2018, 7:06 am #2

For all that it might be a difficult kit, it looks amazing. Lovely work Pat.
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Joined: October 28th, 2012, 6:03 pm

May 1st, 2018, 3:14 pm #3

Liking this one Pat - must have been some recoil off that gun.

Dermot
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Joined: November 3rd, 2012, 10:12 pm

May 11th, 2018, 1:58 pm #4

Nice build Pat , I like the different camo on the gun .Dermot, Hilary Doyle said at IPMSS Sturm Tiger crews could only fire one shot as they were left dazed and deafened .If it wasn’t fired from around 2-3km the crew were sometimes inside the blast radius ( lethal at 500m) so it was useless for intended street fighting role .Id say the 75mm would be mild enough by comparison although it’s mad to think it was in the Hs129 .Must have taken a fair chunk of speed when fired as I read once that the Yak fighters with 37mm ( and 45mm ?) slowed down loads under recoil )
So Pat how will you tackle those rubber rims ? Freehand by brush with thinned paint ?The wheel cutouts make it look hard to get masks to stick .Some use blutack but you’d be fairly sick if it was left inside the holes !
I think the first few lines of Pats post could be the manifesto /epitaph etc of Most modellers !(Prologue to ‘Small Pladtic Wars II ‘?!)





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May 12th, 2018, 4:33 pm #5

Dermot wrote:Liking this one Pat - must have been some recoil off that gun.

Dermot


Yeah I'd say if you were a passenger it'd make your teeth rattle
Pat McGrath

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May 12th, 2018, 4:37 pm #6

fs2005 wrote: So Pat how will you tackle those rubber rims ? Freehand by brush with thinned paint ?The wheel cutouts make it look hard to get masks to stick .Some use blutack but you’d be fairly sick if it was left inside the holes !
I think the first few lines of Pats post could be the manifesto /epitaph etc of Most modellers !(Prologue to ‘Small Pladtic Wars II ‘?!)
Yeah free hand and tidy up mistakes afterward although I know I have a set of quickwheels masks somewhere that enable you to spray everything black and then mask the tires and overspray the wheel colour
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Joined: November 3rd, 2012, 11:06 pm

July 1st, 2018, 11:45 am #7




A flurry of activity on the 251 this weekend in an attenmpt to get it finished for a group build on the Panzer Page on FB. It's still wet in the photos

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Still a lot of tidying up to do

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July 1st, 2018, 3:42 pm #8

Well worth the effort Pat, and sure the struggle always adds a notch to our belts, experience wise.

Glen is hankering after 250s and 251s, I'll steer him clear of this one though ;)
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On the bench:
1/35 Revell Dingo GE A3.3 PatSi (mine protected APC)
1/16 Trumpeter T-72B1 with Kontakt ERA
1/35 AML-30 prototype
1/35 Djibouti BTR-60 with AML-90 turret
1/72 S-Models BMD w/scratch slat armour.
And about 100 other part built kits... ;)


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Joined: November 3rd, 2012, 11:06 pm

July 1st, 2018, 5:20 pm #9

ReccebyStealth wrote:Well worth the effort Pat, and sure the struggle always adds a notch to our belts, experience wise.

Glen is hankering after 250s and 251s, I'll steer him clear of this one though ;)
Thanks Glen

The old Tamiya one which builds into a great result is only €15 in Marks

https://www.marksmodels.com/?pid=8236


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July 2nd, 2018, 7:21 am #10

That looks really well. I've always been a fan of those WWII Half tracks (I did get to go on a ride in an American one as well, which was amazing fun)
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