German Flakpanzer Gepard A1/A2 Meng Model 1/35

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GERMAN FLAKPANZER GEPARD A1/A2 MENG MODEL 1/35 MAKING
This will be the first time a Bundeswehr vehicle has been built. Inbox art, an antiaircraft gun that goes upwards to the limit, makes me eager to build.
GERMAN FLAKPANZER GEPARD A1/A2 MENG MODEL 1/35 MAKING
Like the Jagdpanther I made last time, the box is quite thick. I don’t feel like opening it up and assembling it all at once unless I am in high tension because the parts seem to be packed tightly. Why don’t we watch a video of Gepard to make ourselves feel better?

GERMAN FLAKPANZER GEPARD A1/A2 MENG MODEL 1/35 MAKING
The chassis has quite a few small parts to attach. I didn’t do the part shaping very carefully, but I put them all in. Maybe I don’t need to install it because I can’t see it much. After all, it is hidden by a roller.

GERMAN FLAKPANZER GEPARD A1/A2 MENG MODEL 1/35 MAKING
I was able to assemble it with a pretty arrangement of wheels. If the center is misaligned, the track will not fit well.
(2021/06/25)

GERMAN FLAKPANZER GEPARD A1/A2 MENG MODEL 1/35 MAKING
The top surface of the tank is molded with sandy anti-slip material. Great.

GERMAN FLAKPANZER GEPARD A1/A2 MENG MODEL 1/35 MAKING
After installing the wheel, the body part didn’t have many parts, so it was assembled quickly. The hatches at the front of the tank were bonded in a closed state because of the complexity of bonding various parts.

GERMAN FLAKPANZER GEPARD A1/A2 MENG MODEL 1/35 MAKING
It looks like the older man often seen in the assembly manual of Tamiya.

GERMAN FLAKPANZER GEPARD A1/A2 MENG MODEL 1/35 MAKING
The suspension moves. Or rather, I am worried about the strength because the shaft is twisted, elastic, and bent. I think I’ll fix it with many adhesives after winding the track.

GERMAN FLAKPANZER GEPARD A1/A2 MENG MODEL 1/35 MAKING
There was a silver seal on the mirror part of the rearview mirror. I think I will use masking sol after pasting.
(2021/06/27)

GERMAN FLAKPANZER GEPARD A1/A2 MENG MODEL 1/35 MAKING
This Gepard antiaircraft AFV track is very cumbersome to assemble. I can separate the parts of the connecting track one by one, arrange them on one side, and assemble them all with glue. This time, it is too much work to put the parts on a special jig and sandwich them…
GERMAN FLAKPANZER GEPARD A1/A2 MENG MODEL 1/35 MAKING
The adhesive is strictly prohibited on the attached jig. However, it is difficult to fix the small parts, so if I use the adhesive unintentionally, it gets dirty, and when I try to peel the parts, they break into pieces. It didn’t go well. The accuracy of the parts themselves is not bad. So if I persevere, I’ll see the goal someday. If the accuracy of the parts is poor, it is the level that is thrown away.
GERMAN FLAKPANZER GEPARD A1/A2 MENG MODEL 1/35 MAKING
I tried to assemble it, again and again, using a jig about three times. But it worked well until the middle, but it broke apart. I can’t say anything because I’ve never made a Leopard kit with other kits, but this is too much!
GERMAN FLAKPANZER GEPARD A1/A2 MENG MODEL 1/35 MAKING It’s hard to have five parts per track.
I can’t see the upper part of the track because it is a side armor, so the work is finished here. Leaving a few spare parts will help to recover from failures on the other side.
GERMAN FLAKPANZER GEPARD A1/A2 MENG MODEL 1/35 MAKING
The trick I learned from my experience was to glue one track at a time and glue a little bit to the hollow in the middle. We can maintain strength if we pour a lot of glue after winding the track around the roller. In this case, the suspension function of the roller wheel was ignored, and all were bonded. Priority is given to the strength of the lower part of the vehicle. It will be over if I get used to assembling and staying patient.
(2021/06/30)

GERMAN FLAKPANZER GEPARD A1/A2 MENG MODEL 1/35 MAKING
After attaching the side armor, it becomes like this. I can’t see the upper half of the crawler belt. I had a hard time assembling the track, but I can somehow manage to see it.

GERMAN FLAKPANZER GEPARD A1/A2 MENG MODEL 1/35 MAKINGI noticed later that if there is something like a sleeping bag in the back, it will get in the way when I put the decal. Eventually, it will shift the decal slightly. Not too bad.

GERMAN FLAKPANZER GEPARD A1/A2 MENG MODEL 1/35 MAKING
The assembly of the parts other than the turret was almost completed. I enjoyed assembling the appropriate amount of etched parts and high-quality clear parts. Except for the track parts… I didn’t need a trunk at the back for the A1 type. It will get dirty if I remove it now, so I will leave it as it is.

GERMAN FLAKPANZER GEPARD A1/A2 MENG MODEL 1/35 MAKING
From here, I am going to assemble a pair of antiaircraft guns and turrets, which is the most distinctive feature of Gepard. At first, I assembled small parts I didn’t know which part would attach to.

GERMAN FLAKPANZER GEPARD A1/A2 MENG MODEL 1/35 MAKING
You can choose between the A1 type and the A2 type. In my case, I chose the A1 type, so I think there are more unnecessary parts. I wonder if A2 has more parts to use.
(2021/07/02)

GERMAN FLAKPANZER GEPARD A1/A2 MENG MODEL 1/35 MAKING
This MENG Gepard is very easy to assemble. It’s great. The antiaircraft gun is excellent. I remember that this process was complicated at Tunguska of Panda Hobby.

GERMAN FLAKPANZER GEPARD A1/A2 MENG MODEL 1/35 MAKING
The left and right antiaircraft guns are structured to adhere to each other inside. It’s not strong enough, so I think it’s better to dry it for a while. Even after completion, the angle is changed by holding both barrels ends. To be honest, this is the part I don’t want to move to.

GERMAN FLAKPANZER GEPARD A1/A2 MENG MODEL 1/35 MAKING
GERMAN FLAKPANZER GEPARD A1/A2 MENG MODEL 1/35 MAKING
The chain of the smoke discharger is shaped like an excellent chain when it is crushed with pliers after the fine copper wires are put together. If you cut and glue it to a suitable length, it will look like a homemade simple etched part.

GERMAN FLAKPANZER GEPARD A1/A2 MENG MODEL 1/35 PAINTING
Some parts use clear parts, such as headlights and periscopes, so I covered them with masking tape and masking sol before painting. This time, I will mask the fragile rearview mirror without gluing, installing it at the end.
(2021/07/04)

GERMAN FLAKPANZER GEPARD A1/A2 MENG MODEL 1/35 PAINTING
This time, the angle of the gun barrel is movable. So I took a shot with a different angle.

GERMAN FLAKPANZER GEPARD A1/A2 MENG MODEL 1/35 PAINTING
The rear panel under the rotating radar at the back of the turret didn’t have to be assembled if it was assembled in a closed state. I have some leftover parts. But I feel the enthusiasm of MENG to reproduce this part.

GERMAN FLAKPANZER GEPARD A1/A2 MENG MODEL 1/35 PAINTING
At first, I used matte black as a primer.

GERMAN FLAKPANZER GEPARD A1/A2 MENG MODEL 1/35 PAINTING
I will use NATO black again as one of the camouflage colors, but I don’t have an image yet, so I painted the whole with the base NATO green. As you will see later, NATO black is like gray, so if you keep it matte black, it may be too black.

GERMAN FLAKPANZER GEPARD A1/A2 MENG MODEL 1/35 PAINTING
Come to think of it; the German Bundeswehr tank is painted for the first time. I have never had NATO black, NATO brown, and NATO green paint exclusively for NATO AFV. Perhaps I could have substituted an approximate color for something. I tried the exclusive colors released by Creos. I’m used to using lacquer for basic painting, so I also ordered Creos this time. Tamiya also sells NATO black, NATO brown, and NATO green; I’ll try using Creos, which I’m used to. I don’t think it’s much different from the dark green and red-brown used in WWII German camouflage, so maybe it doesn’t make much sense after the weathering process.

GERMAN FLAKPANZER GEPARD A1/A2 MENG MODEL 1/35 PAINTING
I attached the decal that comes with the Gepart kit. This decal is very thin, adheres to the vehicle body, and the color is beautiful. I thought MENG was great, but it was a Cartograf decal. I think the MENG kit is high-level overall. That’s why they order from Cartograf.
(2021/07/07)

GERMAN FLAKPANZER GEPARD A1/A2 MENG MODEL 1/35 FINISHED WORKThe Gepard antiaircraft tank was finally completed. It’s cool to look up the 35 mm twin guns at a sharp angle. When I watched the shooting scene in the video, the firepower and the shooting speed were tremendous.
GERMAN FLAKPANZER GEPARD A1/A2 MENG MODEL 1/35 FINISHED WORK GERMAN FLAKPANZER GEPARD A1/A2 MENG MODEL 1/35 FINISHED WORKMarking is Westerwald Caravanguard, 2nd Regiment, 2nd Armored Anti-Air Battalion, Bundeswehr, 1989.
GERMAN FLAKPANZER GEPARD A1/A2 MENG MODEL 1/35 FINISHED WORK GERMAN FLAKPANZER GEPARD A1/A2 MENG MODEL 1/35 FINISHED WORKIt was deployed to West Germany in 1973 and dropped out in 2010. There seems to be a type of Gepard with Stinger attached, but it is not reproduced in the MENG kit.
GERMAN FLAKPANZER GEPARD A1/A2 MENG MODEL 1/35 FINISHED WORK GERMAN FLAKPANZER GEPARD A1/A2 MENG MODEL 1/35 FINISHED WORK GERMAN FLAKPANZER GEPARD A1/A2 MENG MODEL 1/35 FINISHED WORK What are they piled up in the back? A sleeping bag or a tent? Three persons operate this vehicle. I think it is pretty busy for its size. In the future, these weapons may be operated by one person or unmanned.
GERMAN FLAKPANZER GEPARD A1/A2 MENG MODEL 1/35 FINISHED WORK GERMAN FLAKPANZER GEPARD A1/A2 MENG MODEL 1/35 FINISHED WORKI like this orange vehicle number because it stands out.
GERMAN FLAKPANZER GEPARD A1/A2 MENG MODEL 1/35 FINISHED WORK
What’s this mark for? “Don’t step on.” or “Don’t stand in front of this? “
GERMAN FLAKPANZER GEPARD A1/A2 MENG MODEL 1/35 FINISHED WORKOerlikon’s 35 mm cannons employ an excellent fire control system and are used in many countries. It seems to be used for self-propelled antiaircraft guns in the Japan Self-Defense Forces.
GERMAN FLAKPANZER GEPARD A1/A2 MENG MODEL 1/35 FINISHED WORK GERMAN FLAKPANZER GEPARD A1/A2 MENG MODEL 1/35 FINISHED WORKIn Germany, there was a 38(t) light tank-based antiaircraft tank called the Gepard in WWII. In Japan, the battleship that played activity in WWII was reborn the same name as the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force battleships.
GERMAN FLAKPANZER GEPARD A1/A2 MENG MODEL 1/35 FINISHED WORK GERMAN FLAKPANZER GEPARD A1/A2 MENG MODEL 1/35 FINISHED WORK GERMAN FLAKPANZER GEPARD A1/A2 MENG MODEL 1/35 FINISHED WORK Before I started making it, I thought it would be difficult because of its complicated shape. Still, the assembly manual was surprisingly easy to understand, and I could complete it smoothly.
(2021/07/09)