A couple of years ago I came
across an old issue of Armor Modeling which had an article in it on converting
Tamiya's then-new 1/35 Famo to the mobile flak cannon version. Now,
normally I build airplanes but vehicles also interest me if there is some
connection to airplanes. The Germans developed an impressive variety of
anti-air tanks and vehicles during WWII, most being based around 20mm or 37mm
massive armored half-track with a 8.8cm flak gun on the back looked really cool,
so I bought the mag from the used book shop and stuck it in the bookshelf at
home as a reference for a future project.
The Armor Modeling
article provided templates for the armored cab, bed and magazine.
Modification was required as the two kits are different (aside from the scale,
of course!), but with test fitting and trimming everything went together pretty
well. The cab, bed and magazine were made from sheet styrene, with brass
rod, pipe and sheet being used for handles, the bracing legs and other details.
The ladders on the cab were cut and filed out of aluminum sheet, wire mesh was
used on the lowered sides of the firing platform and premade brass anti-skid
plate was cut to size for the floor.
On the one hand, this lack of detailed information could be seen as a hindrance, on the other hand it is something of a blessing. You can make one of these vehicles without being dogmatic or worried about whether best guesses made during construction are "right", and if anyone says anything just ask them for "proof". What's important is that you have fun building something you find interesting, and I know I had a lot of fun with this conversion.
I hope you enjoy the pictures.
Photos and text © by Lance Braman