1 Success and 1 Failure

Over the weekend I worked on a couple of models seen below.  Both models are by Rawan.  The first is a Kubelwagon as part of a “kit” which includes a tiger tank recolored in desert colors.  I rescaled it from its original 1:100 scale to 1:72 scale.  For those not in the know, you can simply divide one denominator by the other to rescale.    To make a larger scale print, simply divide the smaller by the larger.  Example: 100/72 = 1.39.  That is the amount you must increase your image by.   But enough of the math lesson.

The vehicle went together easy enough with the main chassis being one “box.”  There were few extras except the wheels and the fenders.  The rear fenders protrude a bit much but not overly so.  The front fenders are a bit skewed.  the designer probably should have tapered them, something that I will try tonight,.

The second models are German BMW motorcycles.  One with a side car and one without.  This was an extremely fiddly model.  Again, I rescaled it to 1:72 scale for the build.  I couldn’t imagine trying to make the build in 1:100 scale!

I quite like the Kubelwagon.  It is a solid piece that is easy to build.  Great traits to have when you need a dozen or so for your wargame table.  The BMW, I am afraid, is too difficult and fragile for a wargame.  I was taking a close look at my motorcycle with the side car and accidentally dropped and broke it.  So, I will not pursue those as an option.  It is a nice looking model and does go together well, but you have to have a lot of time per vehicle to get them together.  I ended up ordering the 11 motorcycle platoon from Plastic Soldier Company.  It works out to about $3.50 per bike and sidecar and has the bonus of coming with two riders.

BMW Bike with Sidecar, BMW Solo Bike, Kubelwagon.  All are in rough form without touchup paint though I did ink the wheels with a Sharpie.

BMW Bike with Sidecar, BMW Solo Bike, Kubelwagon. All are in rough form without touchup paint though I did ink the wheels with a Sharpie.

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