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Friday, 6 April 2018

Scratched built sdkfz 222 Armoured Car

Scratched built a sdkfz 222 German armoured car in preparation for a upcoming scenario I will be playing soon. 




  

I used off cut of MDF from my building projects ,glued them together to make a block, then cut the different angles using a saw and file to construct the body of the vehicle. 
 
 Next step is to coat each surface of the MDF with Evergreen Styrene secured in place with super glue.

When set use a hobby knife to trim off the excess, flush with the MDF.

 More detail added with the styrene, this images shows glue applied to the bottom just before the bottom piece of the stryrene is added.

 More detail is added using brass metal for the exhaust pipe and odd infantry sprues for other bits.

Here the main body of the vehicle is complete and I have shaped the turret in MDF.
A Opal truck can be seen in the background, that is still a ongoing project .

 The turret base is sealed onto a piece of styrene and the process of covering the whole turret has started.
Before encasing the top of the turret with styrene I first used a fine saw to cut the top surface to mimic the mesh. 
 
 2 plastic German heads where added, along with the spare wheel sculptured with Green stuff putty.
The MG was straight from the plastic pack of German infantry and the 20mm gun is a metal wire that was tapered down and shaped with a file.
Spare wheels  found in my odds and ends bin added.
A metal wire bar added to the create a bumper bar.
Plastic infantry sprues were cut and shaped using a hobby knife and file and added to the front of the vehicle..

One big mistake I made was calculating the size of the turret which is too big but I am hoping not too many people notice on the gaming table.

Holes where drilled into the base of the vehicle and on the underside of the turret.
Miscalculated the position of the turret , which was corrected with the addition of another hole.

Completed work. 
Painted the vehicle with Vallejo Model colour German Grey, had to lighten the colour a bit as it was too dark.







next project 
Currently working on a sdkz 234 Puma which is also needed for the upcoming game.

cheers John


26 comments:

  1. I'm blown away. Incredible scratch building skills.

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    1. Thanks Allan for your comment
      cheers JOhn

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  2. I agree, you really have quite amazing skills.

    John

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  3. I honestly couldn't believe the title of the thread on Facebook. Now I am in a state of utter disbelief. Quite remarkable.

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    1. Thanks Michat for your comment
      cheers John

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  5. If you hadn´t shown the build process I´d have had to say it´s a kit. Amazing scratchbuild!

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  6. Goodness John, like the esteemed gents above me I am gobsmacked. Brilliant work!

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    1. Cheers Dai,thanks for your comments.
      cheers John

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  7. Brilliant- some people would ask why not just buy one?....and none of them would be capable of making one - which is why they would have to ask the question in the first place.... really nice work

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    1. Thanks Chris for your comments, I sometimes like the challenge.
      cheers John

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  8. Astonishingly good John!
    Cheers
    Matt

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    1. Thanks Matt for your comment
      cheers John

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  9. Blimey! Is there no end to your talents. 10/10

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    1. Thanks Pat for your comments and score
      cheers John

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  10. Very impressive.I didn't notice the turret until you mentioned it.

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    1. Thanks Junkbarbarian for your comments,I thought I would mention it before someone pointed it out to me.
      cheers John

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  11. Absolutely brilliant once again John. Very much enjoying your work I have to say and your blog is sensational.

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    1. Thanks Carlo for your comments and good to hear you like the blog
      cheers John

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  12. Hey John,
    I think the turret is a real problem and the only solution is a complete re-do for the entire thing! Lets call this first one a 'test' model. Maybe I should PM you me address so you can send me this one to make sure it is played with, ehh I mean disposed, of properly. :)

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  13. Like your humor Aaron, very funny, I also spotted that I forgot to place 2 viewing hatches on the sides of the turret! back to the drawing board!
    Thanks for your comments.
    cheers John

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  14. Is there anything you cant do? Fantastic!

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    1. Yes get my kids to clean their rooms! :-),thanks Dave for your comments
      cheers John

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