Tamiya 1/35 SdKfz 251/1 'Hanomag'






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Fidel Mendez


Photos by Ramses Montes



               When German tank divisions were organized in 1935,the Germans naturally started development plan for vehicles carrying infantrymen to support tank forces.  In 1938,the German Army decided to develop an armored personnel carrier on the basis of the 3-ton half-track. Design work was hastened on the model of existing armored cars and a prototype was completed at the end of 1938. The type A employed a Maybach HL 42, 6-cylinder 4,171cc engine of 100 HP. The transmission permitted 4 speeds and 1 backward. Its top speed was 55 Km/h. 

            WW2 was a war of mechanized power, that is to say, a war of systemized power. It must not be overlooked that the part- although not the leading part- that the German armored personnel carriers played in and the influence they exerted on this total war were very great and also that most of personnel carriers used during the war were of half-track type.



When I saw the kit, I saw good quality plastic Tamiya, in the surface of the model there wasnít even a bit of flash to remove and that I like. The model is injected plastic so I had to get out the evidence of the holes with my sand paper. The decals were kind of thick but it had good cutting edge.

 Personally I liked the Tamiya decal sheet of this model because it brought the Swastika with it although itís very controversial.



First I started out with the interior of the model witch is the assembling of the water tank and the meter panel, then came the construction of the floor that consisted in assembling the dash board and the seats. Later came the fixing of the shafts witch a lot of flash had to be removed from the shafts to make it look smooth and round after fixing the shafts I fixed the floor to the lower part of the model, finally it started to look like something.

 Then I fixed the wheels and drive sprockets, when fixing the wheels to the model I recommend doing it in groups. Then I proceeded to the construction of the front axle witch I didnít like because the wheels are supposed to be free but I glued them steady. 

Then I proceeded to the rear of the model to the construction of the rear hatch and the construction of the machine gun support. Then came the construction of the fenders witch I recommend using gravity when placing together the headlights otherwise it will be messy. Now the model is ready to paint.



            To paint the model I used Tamiyas Dark yellow as overall paint then I applied some future floor wax to create a smooth surface for the decals to be applied later on. 

            After the decals were placed I sprayed another layer of future floor wax to seal the decals. Then I did some researching about weathering and I found out that with a little oil paint you get very good results.



            When I saw the model done I said thatís a nice model its worth the time spent in it and also the money spent in it I was very satisfied at the end I recommend it to every Panzer lover scale modeler.



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