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OKB Grigorov’s Winterketten and Ostketten for Pz III/IV family

OKB Grigorov's Winterketten and Ostketten
OKB Grigorov’s Winterketten and Ostketten

Today I received two of OKB’s latest releases – their Winterketten and Ostketten resin tracks for the Pz III/IV family of armored vehicles. I was impressed with the casting and level of detail, so I am in a hurry to show you what the fuss is all about.

First thing about the track sets is that they are provided in 4 bands per set, each about 102mm long, like so:

OKB Grigorov Ostketten set S72057
OKB Grigorov Ostketten set S72057

Considering you need about 175mm per vehicle side for the lenghtened III/IV chassis on which a Hummel or Nashorn was based – you’re pretty well catered for in terms of spares.

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SdKfz 10/4 fur 2cm FLAK 30 complete

A year after it’s done I am finally posting the gallery for this model.

Aside from the typical Dragon BS instructions that are supposedly there to keep you alert the only real problem to me is that insane idea of a gun shield. There is no simple way this is getting the proper shape and position the way people at DML HQ see it. And then there are those wingnuts…

The truth is the kit is a solid, high-value, good build that could turn to impressive completion by itself, in a vignette or a diorama. All it needs is a properly dressed gun crew and a few brass shell casings for you to scatter around.

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Building Dragon’s early SdKfz 10/4

Since I actually did build the thing about a year ago, I’ll post my thoughts about the construction sequence, and especially about the instructions and some peculiarities of the kit.

There are 23 construction steps and though they are logical I built my example in a bit different way. Also, I noted some errors I am discussing below.

Step 1: wheels – lots of them. Assembling the front wheels is no problem. The drive sprockets are handed (different) on the actual machine, but not in the kit. Dragon has issued you with 2 identical assemblies.

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Dragon 6739 1/35 SdKfz 10/4 fur 2cm FLAK 30

Dragon 6739 1/35 SdKfz 10/4 Boxtop
Boxtop

Sprue A – 90 parts for the suspension, engine covers and firewall, front lights, fenders, instrument panel, etc.

Dragon 6739 1/35 SdKfz 10/4 Sprue A
Sprue A

Dragon has put its favorite slide molding routine through its paces in this kit, and even without it the effort is still rather impressive. The cooling gills on the bonnet halves have been molded through – and most other kits will require a PE set for this. Also, the pattern on the radiator is discernible even if you look through the delicately molded guard grille.

Dragon 6739 1/35 SdKfz 10/4 Sprue A bottom
Sprue A bottom

The heat shield for the muffler also has its cooling gills molded as the real deal, so your weathering efforts here will be worthwhile. Delicate suspension parts and mirror supports, as well as lightbulbs molded in the bottom of the headlamp reflectors really contribute to the feeling you’re dealing with first-rate kit.

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Building Dragon’s Late StuG IV in 35th

Earlier on I’ve shown you both the contents of the box and the ready model. Now let’s get a look “behind the scenes”, or how the model was actually built about 6 months ago.

Some simple statistics. There are over 1200 parts in the box, yet in the 14 constructions steps only about 600 are used.I’ll just go over the tricky moments in each step.

Steps 1 and 2 is about assembling the wheels and the rear hull plate and adding a bunch of details to the latter.

– build the exhausts, but set them aside to paint and weather them later. They will fit if you keep the attachment points clean;

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Dragon 1/35 StuG IV Late – gallery

This kit is fantastic to the point that I am not afraid of building 1/35 anymore. It’s very detailed, yet builds together nicely, fitting pretty well, and looks accurate to boot.

Despite the serious part count building up of the main components/subassemblies is something a modeler can achieve within 8-10 hours. Clean molding means that filling and sanding will be done to a minimum. I’ve only used putty in a couple of spots, which can’t be said for most kits I’ve worked on in other scales (bar Eduard’s MiG-21 MF built last year).

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Dragon’s 1/35 StuG IV Late Production, kit 6211

After leading for years with its early model StuG IV, in the spring of 2012 DML has released a kit representing the late variety – a welcome addition to the fleet of German vehicles.

Dragon 1/35 StuG IV Late, kit 6211, Box top
Box top

The model is a mix of sprues from existing sprues and a new parts that cater for the parts that are specific to the late production vehicles. Let’s go through the box.

The first thing you notice is that the box is packed with 29 (!) sprues, 4 sheets with metal parts and 216 Magic Link tracks for 1242 parts (if my counting is correct). Sprues are carefully packed together to save space, and putting them back in could turn to be quite the 3D puzzle 🙂

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1/72 Mi-24P kitbash, WIP part 2

While the Squadron putty was drying I cut the nose of an ESCI FFAR pod:

Mi-24P ESCI: FFAR pod nose cone cut
FFAR pod nose cone cut

and inserted the base into the inlet of the APU to give it some detail.

Mi-24P ESCI: Stock engine/APU intakes
Stock engine/APU intakes

Here’s how the outcome looks before paint:

Mi-24P ESCI: New detail added to the APU intake
New detail added to the APU intake

The amount of putty required and the sanding is obvious on the series of pictures above, but let me tell you – this is a great stress-relief technique.

I also created a new gun mount to replace the missing part, using brass barrels of a design closest to the original GSh-30. These are fixed into a block of laminated styrene. The white brackets are scrap styrene sheet.

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1/72 Mi-24P kitbash: ESCI, Zvezda, Dragon, HobbyBoss – WIP part 1

I built this kit for a group build in April this year. My goal was to finish the build in the shortest time possible – it was intended as a kickstart after for quite some time I did not finish a kit.

The basic airframe used has been an ancient ESCI release which I bought dirt-cheap from a guy that regularly renews his collection. He had used certain parts from the kit, the gunpack included, so I was up for some scratchbuilding fun.

I started with the cargo hold doors, which were rather thick. I had to thin them around the edges in order for them to fit.

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Dragon 1/72 Churchill Mk. III, kit 7396 – complete

If you’ve previously worked on the Mk. IV kit – this one can be a quick and pleasant OOB build – few parts and the fit is rather good (no filler on this one).

A few letdowns, though:

– no parts for the deep-wading equipped Canadian Churchills for operation Jubilee;

– no corrections made for the errors in the instructions;

– thicker sprue gates.

As you can see from the images the results of the last problem are quire evident on the tracks and that’s partially my fault – had I selected the proper run placement these would have faced INSIDE instead of outside.

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