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Build Report: Dave Ward’s Tamiya 1/35 German Sd. Kfz. 223


Dave Ward submitted this build report on his Sd. Kfz. 223. Great work Dave!

Here is an oldie picked up on eBay for $7. This is Tamiya’s 1/35 kit No. 62, the German Sd. Kfz. 223.  Inspite of its age, and all Japanese instructions, it was a little gem to put together. Great fit and reasonable detail – enough to please my taste and serve as a palette for painting and weathering which is what I like to do.

For paints I used a combination of Model Master acrylics mixed to various shades, and for the tires Floquil Grimmy Black lacquer. Next up came oil washes with turpentine followed by at least a half-dozen finely ground pastel chalks applied with soft brushes. Chipping was gray acrylic paint applied with a fine point brush.  Testors Dullcote mixed 40% to Testors Glosscote at 60% sealed the finish.

As a side note the original decals were used and completely disintegrated on the first try. Micro Superfilm came to the rescue, so only one decal was lost. The pics don’t show it but the license plate numbers don’t match front to rear – and I could care less. This will give you a little insight into my modeling. For me it’s all about the experience, and not the perfect end result. This one took about 20 hours with most of the time puttsing around with the finish.