Comrades...this is my new girl: Infantarie Panzerkampfwagen Mk II (E) mit 5cm KwK 38 L/42
For do this beast, I´ll use an old Tamiya Matilda kit:
Plus a Verlinden Kwk 38 L/42 5cm naval gun (this gun will be modified...) and tons of plasticard and fun...
So, I don't use the original Tamiya´s holes to build the suspension boogies. I glued the boogie´s pins under the original holes, to raise the suspension...
With the upper hull (dry-run):]
So far, so good !!! As the Germans modified him, also painted the interior of the oswald with with characteristic cream-colored ...
After the paint dry, I did the internal weathering (light condition...) and closed the hull!
As I closed the hull of Oswald, now it's time to start building the gun.
I kept the original shield gun because of this photo: The inner shield is clearly the same shield used in the gun in the bunker configuration: The tank shows two shields: the internal (original) and the external, thinner.
|Matilda II captured named "Oswald"|
|"Oswald" - front view|
|"Oswald" in landing training...|
|A very old kit from the "Dark Ages"...|
|Kwk 38 L/42 5cm gun, from Verlinden.|
The ideal would be to order a new Tamiya kit and a complete interior in the Inside the Armour to her, but as I live in the "wilderness" of the earth, any order placed now takes 30 to 60 days to get here. So I'm going to do with what I have and do a lot of scratch ...
First of all, the suspension. This beast had the raised one...
|Notice the raised suspension...|
|Raising the old Tamiya´s suspension|
The Oswald was a turretless vehicle. So, the inside of the tank was visible. As the vehicle must have been modified by their captors, I decided to make an interior of Matilda based on photos and a certain "creative freedom", which I impute to the Krauts...Scratch and spare parts...
|Scratching the interior...|
|Kraut design !!!|
With the upper hull (dry-run):]
|To rear view...|
|Hull closed and glued|
Notice the raised suspension and original Tamiya´s track
The Verlinden kit is a jewel...No bubbles, flashes or defects in the casted parts.
|KwK 38 L/42 5cm parts|
|kit parts - close up|
The instructions are clear and very well designed:
I In my search for the tank and the gun, I found that the cannon KwK 38 with this platform was used in bunkers and coastal defense. Since this tank has been modified for use in training and coastal facilities, nothing more logical to infer that the Germans used what they had.
So, I thought of changing the platform of the gun as they would their builders: Take the torch and cut the platform at the right height to fit the tank, keeping the maximum normal components of the platform.
|Gun completed. This gun is a L/60, not the L/42|
|The kit gun: L/60 with muzzle brake (long barrel)|
|The correct gun: L/42, without muzzle brake and short barreled gun|
|Testing the elevation axis|
|Surgery done !!!|
The gun is a L/60, not the L/42. I'll have to cut the barrel of the cannon to the right length later...
Testing the gun in place:
Building the cradle of the gun platform:
|The cradle - Note the small screw that will be the rotation pin|
|Testing the gun...|
|Two "legs" to stabilize and reinforce the cradle...Notice the step|
|The legs with steps|
|The cradle with legs and step - close up|
|The little screw as a pin|
|Notice the internal shield - see pic below...|
|KwK 5cm in the bunker configuration (same of the kit)|
And the gun in place:
|The cradle glued in place. I forget the barrel ...uops...|
Well, after cut the barrel, I start the construction of the external shield. The only references are the real pics...I used paper and perspectives... and...
The shield is done !!!
|Notice the supports and the reinforce in metal (blue arrow)|
And it has horizontal drift ...
|Eyes right !!!|
|Eyes left !!!!|
Now, it´s time to finish the hull details ...
I painted the shield with primer, for better visualization:
|Frontal view - all measures are in millimeters|
|Side view - left|
|Left view of the shield - close-up|
|Angles of the lateral shield|
|Lateral shield - specs|
|top view - specs|
|bird view - specs|
The novel continues....More details in the "Oswald" Matilda:
|Notice the Mg 34 support|
|Oswald with full armament|
|Oswald with full armament - front view|
After discovering this picture:
|Matilda KwK with LWS in landing training, in good company...|
I had the idea to do the cammo similar to that of LWS ...Let´s go...
|Cammo done. Notice the LWS in background|
|Decal with Future|
Well...Next, weathering !!!! Another finished project:
|The weathering starting....|
|Left side - The lower portion of the suspension will|
be "dirty" when I make the base for the model ...
|The gun with horizontal swivel...|
|Oswald is impressive !!!|
|Kojak in the Matilda Kwk 5cm|
|Notice the ammo racks...|
Oswald with another "Navy Girl" !!!