Tuesday, 14 September 2021

Panzer 38(t) Ausf G in 1:35 scale

Even though this is supposed to be a wargaming blog, I'm really into these larger scale tank models now. I have to admit it is a very nice facet of our wonderful hobby which until now I had only touched upon occasionally. My latest model is a 1:35 scale Panzer 38(t) Ausf G from Hobby Boss. These early tanks proved to be very resilient and even though production was discontinued around 1942 (they had become hopelessly obsolete by then), they continued serving practically until the end. The 38(t) hailed originally from Czechoslovakia - the "(t)" in its designation stands for tschechisch which is german for czech according to wiki - and even though it stopped being used as a front line tank mid way during the war, it's hull and chassis formed the basis of the Marder, Hetzer and Jagdpanzer 38. It's four large road wheels are unmistakable! 
 
This kit from Hobby Boss is extremely well produced. Parts fit perfectly, are extremely well moulded and highly detailed. It's a pity that the only interior detail is in the turret and the interior of the hull is completely devoid of detail. I even had to scratch build a partition in case light from one end of the hull would be somehow visible at the other. Seems to me a bit nonsensical to put detail in the turret but not in the hull as going for an open turret hatch would surely reveal the empty hull interior below. The version I opted for is a 1944 Bulgarian army vehicle painted entirely in dark yellow as was also customary for the Wehrmacht in the later war years. It seems the Bulgarians had only ten 38(t)'s delivered during the war. I was not aware the Bulgarians used a black cross insignia on their tanks, very similar if not identical to the markings the fascists used in the Spanish Civil War in pre-WW2 years. So you see, you also get to learn stuff apart from enjoying the build!
 
The extensive riveting on the wheels, hull and turret made for a lot of painstaking washing and highlighting (each rivet was individually washed with oils and highlighted in a buff colour) but it is such an outstanding feature on the model that it seemed a shame not to invest some more time on it. In the end I was quite pleased with the way that turned out.  Weathering and general polluting was with the usual AK pigments and washes.





 






10 comments:

  1. This is a terrific build, Dai! All details especially the weathering and rivet work are fab. Do you plan on skirmish gaming with 54mm figures or is this a display piece?

    I have often wondered about the quality of Hobby Boss kits. From the looks of this, no need to be concerned.

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    1. Thanks a million Jonathan. It's supposed to be a display piece more than anything but I never rule anything out so never say never. Hobby Boss kits are very good, no doubt, but I always have a quick look at the reviews before committing. You can never be too sure.......

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  2. Lovely job, very skilfully weathered. This 'awkward' looking vehicle is one of my faves.

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    1. Many thanks Norm. Yes, many of the early tanks were a bit ‘quirky’ which seem to make them more attractive to me when deciding what to build.

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  3. Really nice modeling job on this tank. 😀

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  4. Wow, sorry I missed your post earlier, Mike, but amazing work on this early Panzer. Weathering and markings look great. Per Jonathan's question on figures, I can see skirmish games in this scale.

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    1. Thanks Dean! So glad you liked it. I'm not much into larger scale gaming but then I never say never. If anyone else from the gaming group decides to go for a skirmish I'd be more than willing to field this baby!

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  5. I really like the 38t and you've done a great job on this one!
    Best Iain

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    1. Thanks a lot Iain. The 38t is one of my faves too. It was a very enjoyable build.

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