German Half-track Riders Dragon 1/35

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German Half-track Riders Dragon 1/35 Building, Painting, Plastic Model Making, How to build plastic models
I’m just going to try making this kit of half-track riders because I probably won’t make it anymore unless it’s at this time. This is also a very old kit, released in 2011. The Dragon seems to have hardly been reproduced recently, so it may be quite a valuable kit. It seems to have a little premium on the used market. It was about 1,200 yen when I bought it. since there are so many figures. Even if we can’t get this kit, Tamiya’s 8t half-track comes with a lot of figures, which makes it easy to get one. But it’s an old kit, so I don’t know how well those kit figures are.

German Half-track Riders Dragon 1/35 Building, Painting, Plastic Model Making, How to build plastic models
There are two same runners and each part is replaced to create a subtle difference in posing. I was frightened for a moment, wondering if the same runner was in the wrong one, like in the Tristar anti-tank artillery figure.
The assembly itself doesn’t have a lot of parts, and the fact that the front of the jacket is divided into two parts makes gluing cumbersome.

German Half-track Riders Dragon 1/35 Building, Painting, Plastic Model Making, How to build plastic models
It’s a Gen2 Gear series, so the molds for accessories are improved, but the parts division of the figure seems to be the same as a standard kit. I don’t want to build 10 of them with shredded figure parts. I took the opportunity to put together a figure that looked like a driver. If I fit it into the driver’s seat, I can’t fit it at all because many things get stuck. I cut the handle to adjust the posing. In the first place, the crew is in a relaxed pose on the move, so they don’t need as many parts.

German Half-track Riders Dragon 1/35 Building, Painting, Plastic Model Making, How to build plastic models
They don’t have suspenders, so the atmosphere is quite different from figures in combat. There are no general pouches or gas mask cases, only a dagger if equipped. It may be better to have nothing because it is in the way of seating. I just have to fit it to the half-track seat first, so I can’t just glue any of them in the way just because there are so many accessories.

German Half-track Riders Dragon 1/35 Building, Painting, Plastic Model Making, How to build plastic models
The face of the figure is a common dragon face. The figure has a rather good physique, so if I replace it with a Hornet or a variety of other resin heads, I feel it’s not balanced. But I think a well-shaped face would be easier to paint later, so I decided to turn a blind eye to the slight awkwardness and put on my favorite head. I wish I could have included more than 10 dragon figurines, not just well-built soldiers but lean ones. It might be interesting to have at least one more with a fat body. If I can use a 3D printer casually, I might be able to shape a figure that fits my image. In my case, I don’t have a particular image of it, and I use it as a kit. It may not be a very good figure because it is stiff and has too wide shoulders.
(2022/10/09)

German Half-track Riders Dragon 1/35 Building, Painting, Plastic Model Making, How to build plastic models
The head looks small compared to the size of the figure, but I think the whole figure remained unified because everyone’s head was replaced. Well, I guess that they are usually trained because they are strong German infantry soldiers.

German Half-track Riders Dragon 1/35 Building, Painting, Plastic Model Making, How to build plastic models
Come to think of it, it included some soldiers holding rifles in their hands. I had run out of energy and forgot to work. And a couple of the rifle-stopping clamps in front of the seat would be nice. I almost forgot. Even so, assembling a half-track is always difficult. If you don’t mind, please take a look at that work note.

German Half-track Riders Dragon 1/35 Building, Painting, Plastic Model Making, How to build plastic models
Wow, I feel like I’ve done it when I put the figure on the seat tightly as I expected. Everyone is in a relaxed pose. I mean, I just realized that like the box art, three people, four people, four people are too cramped to ride.

German Half-track Riders Dragon 1/35 Building, Painting, Plastic Model Making, How to build plastic models
I airbrushed the uniform and face.

German Half-track Riders Dragon 1/35 Building, Painting, Plastic Model Making, How to build plastic models
I tried to quickly paint only the sticking out of the airbrush in Vallejo German uniform color, and the color would be quite different from Mr. Color’s field gray. Mr. Colour was a little more yellowish and I felt it was more olive drab. I feel like this is more like the German army if I put Vallejo on it. After changing only the German soldier’s head to a resin head, some parts don’t fit with the neck thickness of Dragon figures. But I don’t think there’s a head that would match the body of the bulky era of Dragon.
(2022/10/11)

German Half-track Riders Dragon 1/35 Building, Painting, Plastic Model Making, How to build plastic models
Brush painting is in progress—nothing to write particularly about. Without suspenders or accessories, it’s a little easier to paint on than a regular infantryman.

German Half-track Riders Dragon 1/35 Building, Painting, Plastic Model Making, How to build plastic models
I didn’t have a chance to use the original kit head because I replaced it, and this is what the head looks like. It can’t be helped that the mold is a bit dull because it’s an old injection kit. Some soldiers are dozing off.

German Half-track Riders Dragon 1/35 Building, Painting, Plastic Model Making, How to build plastic models
I might have written above that they all have the same head, and if I look closely I think they all have different expressions. It may look fairly good when painted.

German Half-track Riders Dragon 1/35 Building, Painting, Plastic Model Making, How to build plastic models
After painting a lot of faces on the figure, I also look like the second infantry from the right. Huh, I’m tired. There was also a short cap with the SS mark, but this time I would like to paint it, ignoring the mold, because I want to unify it with the Wehrmacht. It should be called the Luftwaffe, considering the combination with the vehicle.

German Half-track Riders Dragon 1/35 Building, Painting, Plastic Model Making, How to build plastic models
Small class badges are also painted as closely as possible. I can’t handle a lapel. I made them all noncommissioned officers, or rather, private, first class. The round mark on the cap, which is a symbol of the German state, is a circle of three colors, blue, white, and red from the outside, but I painted only blue for now. It’s hard to get any finer than this, but if I stop now if I stop here, it doesn’t look good, so I think I’ll paint a little more.

German Half-track Riders Dragon 1/35 German rifle
There were only four rifles in the kit. I painted it, for now, made the sling myself, and attached it. I’ll have to see if it fits on a half-track clamp.
(2022/10/18)

German Half-track Riders Dragon 1/35 Building, Painting, Plastic Model Making, How to build plastic models

German Half-track Riders Dragon 1/35 Building, Painting, Plastic Model Making, How to build plastic models
The German half-track rider figures are completed. The impression is very different from the one during the battle because there is no equipment such as suspenders, etc.

German Half-track Riders Dragon 1/35 Building, Painting, Plastic Model Making, How to build plastic models German Half-track Riders Dragon 1/35 Building, Painting, Plastic Model Making, How to build plastic models
The accessory parts included are Gen2, so the mold and details are good. I don’t really need to attach it because they’re just riding. If it is attached, it will be difficult for them to sit on a half-track. I wish I had a chance to use it for another modeling.

German Half-track Riders Dragon 1/35 Building, Painting, Plastic Model Making, How to build plastic models German Half-track Riders Dragon 1/35 Building, Painting, Plastic Model Making, How to build plastic models
Mr. Colour undercoat and brush with Vallejo for most details. I painted the pretty details and face with oil paint.

German Half-track Riders Dragon 1/35 Building, Painting, Plastic Model Making, How to build plastic models German Half-track Riders Dragon 1/35 Building, Painting, Plastic Model Making, How to build plastic models German Half-track Riders Dragon 1/35 Building, Painting, Plastic Model Making, How to build plastic models German Half-track Riders Dragon 1/35 Building, Painting, Plastic Model Making, How to build plastic models
I didn’t use the heads in the kit and replaced them with resin, so I forced the downward-facing soldier to paint his eyes as if he were sleeping. Maybe it doesn’t look like it, but it looks down so it doesn’t bother me much.

German Half-track Riders Dragon 1/35 Building, Painting, Plastic Model Making, How to build plastic models
German Half-track Riders Dragon 1/35 Building, Painting, Plastic Model Making, How to build plastic modelsGerman Half-track Riders Dragon 1/35 Building, Painting, Plastic Model Making, How to build plastic models
They’re all in a sitting pose, so I guess I could just put them together and set them in the backseat. I thought so, but it was a big mistake, and everyone’s poses are slightly different, so the elbows are hanging on the half-trackside, some figure the half of the body is twisted, and the width of the legs is different, so I’m a little careful to fit the AFV seat.

German Half-track Riders Dragon 1/35 Building, Painting, Plastic Model Making, How to build plastic models German Half-track Riders Dragon 1/35 Building, Painting, Plastic Model Making, How to build plastic models
By the way, the number of the 8t half-track is the Air Force and the marking is the Goering Regiment, but the crew has become Army soldiers because of the kit. Please be kind about this. I thought the eagle mark on the short cap was drawn in the air force style, but can’t you see it? Well, the Goering Regiment is almost like the Army, so I personally think this is fine.

German Half-track Riders Dragon 1/35 Building, Painting, Plastic Model Making, How to build plastic models
I wish I could be in the pose I want, capture it on a 3D scanner, and print it out on a 3D printer at a 1/35 scale. What’s more, the military gear of German, Soviet, US, UK, and Japanese, etc soldiers are programmed, and the fine-tuning is done when the 3D printer is output. Ah, but then it would be bad if all the face shapes would be the same as my own, or it would be better if the scanner only captured the pose and the head was whatever we wanted for output. Come to think of it, these things have been possible for a long time with the PC games’ default settings. Oh, and 3D scanners are pretty expensive.

German Half-track Riders Dragon 1/35 Building, Painting, Plastic Model Making, How to build plastic models German Half-track Riders Dragon 1/35 Building, Painting, Plastic Model Making, How to build plastic models
I haven’t used up all the parts in the kit, but I’m glad it was assembled for the most part. There are still a few left, so I wonder if it can be modified into a driver. I don’t really see German army driver figures.
(2022/10/20)

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