This time, I try to build a German self-propelled howitzer, the Heuschrecke. The biggest concept of this vehicle is that it can be removed with the turret and fired as a battery on the ground. Even though it was a prototype vehicle, it probably didn’t need a detachable function. But AFV with these features are rare and interesting.
It hasn’t had a lot of parts, so it’s been built up smoothly. I wonder if the parts fit better with the Dragon at the time. This Trumpeter kit is a bit difficult to build because of its poor accuracy.
That was dangerous. I almost left the flat spring-type suspension, the thin tip of which had to go through the inside of the other side, so I hurriedly corrected it. I think it would have been more difficult to handle if the glue had dried out.
When I saw a runner of the connecting tracks, I felt there were fewer parts, and I was worried if there would be enough. This looks like it could be assembled without any problem because I just cut off half the parts of the tracks and lined up the required parts, leaving a little extra.
I was able to fit the two sides of the track properly. The direction of the track is fine. I can’t be wrong. You can choose between a belt type and a connecting type, so if you find assembly cumbersome, it’s easy to make.
The clamps, such as shovels and hammers of plastic parts, are well reproduced, but I felt like it this time, so I tried using proper etched parts such as Aber. I think the accuracy has improved a little.
The turret assembly is complete. It’s pretty small. It’s an open-top self-propelled howitzer, so it’s probably a thin armor plate with little thought to defend against anti-tank guns. It may be that the development period was early in the war and they didn’t think of such a thick defensive version at that time.
When I read the assembly instructions, there were two final assembly options: moving and unfolding the gun to the ground. The state of movement is that the large wheels attached to both sides of the law are parked at the rear of the tank body. The four large frames of the gun’s base are loaded on both sides of the rear of the tank. It’s all in one piece as a display. On the other hand, when the gun was unloaded, the turret was placed on a large frame, and as an individual, the turret was separated from the tank, and the interior of the body from which the gun was removed was empty and not reproduced, so the appearance was not good. But the vehicle-mounted simple crane is upright and interesting. I guess it’s rolling out and the big parts of the gun are still attached to the body, and I’ll just stand the crane. That’s because they even put a crane chain on it, so I felt sorry not to use it.
Hanging over the rear of the vehicle like a backpack are the wheels on both sides when the turret is lowered and installed as a howitzer. It’s taken quite seriously. I don’t think it’s much different from letting a horse pull it.
Heuschrecke is finished. I appreciate that this kit has a thin chain but is hard to paint. When I try to paint it seriously, it peels off in many ways, revealing the metallic color of the bare metal. It was hard because there were so many chains. I’m putting primer on it. It would have been easier if they had used the black chain often found in model ships, but is that a selfish overstatement?
By the way, Heuschrecke means grasshopper in German. In fact, 3 prototype Heuschrecke self-propelled howitzers were built in 1943. The body of the Type IV tank is quite large, so it has great versatility. The Hummel and the Nashhorn also look pretty big, and the base is the Type IV tank.
The main gun is a 28 caliber 10.5 cm light howitzer leFH18/1 made by Rheinmetal. It’s a standard field howitzer for the German army. The biggest feature is that the turret can be removed and mounted on the back with a crane that can be set on the ground and used as a regular gun.
I get sleepy and get weird patterns when I’m weathering and chipping. I chipped it evenly in various places, but it would have been better to vary it more by area. Weathering is so funny that I can’t help overdoing it.
I used Aber etched parts for the clamps of external equipment. Unexpectedly, it was a lot of work because there was a lot of equipment. Perhaps even after the gun has been placed on the ground, there is a lot of buildup around it, and shovels, pickaxes, axes, and so on are needed to build a defensive position.
In the case of a kit of a prototype vehicle, it may or may not have a decal, but this time it had a nationality mark and a number decal with a white border in the red. Sticking a cross mark and a vehicle number decal like this makes it look even more like German tanks. Was it operationalized somewhere?
In the end, the Vespe, which was developed at the same time, was highly operational and Heuschrecke was not adopted, but I think it is a very interesting prototype vehicle that looks attractive. Maybe the Trumpeter and Dragon who kit these vehicles were kind of sick at the time. I became so attached to it when it was completed.
I am interested in models of tanks, airplanes, ships, military figures, I build them little by little when I feel like it. I am also interested in the history of war. My starting is Tamiya’s Military Miniature series in elementary school.
From elementary school through university students repeatedly suspend and restart my modeling, it’s about 25 years of this hobby’s history.
From February 2007 I was quietly doing a site called “Miniature-Arcadia”. It is being transferred to this blog with the same name from December 2016. My update pace is uneven, but please come to see me here occasionally.