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German s.F.H 18 15cm field Howitzer

1:35th Scale Trumpeter Kit.

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Gary's 1/35 15cm sFH 18 build...

Gary's 1/35 15cm sFH 18 build...

...of the Trumpeter kit Germany - World War 2

Gary Radford07/04/2012 18:00:45
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Hi gents.

I view as to what is happening in my family at the moment I feel I need a bit of a pressure valve. I have tried other things but I feel the need to stick bits of plastic together again, I find it helps me to relax.

The kit I have chosen to build is that of the 1:35th scale s.F.H. 18 15cm Field Howitzer. This kit was sent to me some time ago by our good friend Tony Dill out in what I hope is sunny South Africa.

The howitzer was released a couple of years ago by Trumpeter, upon opening the box you are greeted with six sprues of grey plastic, two very nicely moulded legs, four rubber type tyres and a moulded container in which you find the turned barrel, two metal tubes and a length on brass chain.

Sprue A (x2)

Sprue B.

Sprue C.

Sprue D.

And Sprue F on this you will find a moulded barrel, I must say the turned metal one is by far better as I am sure you will all agree.

Con't

Tony Dill 207/04/2012 18:03:05
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Nice one Gaz, and commisirations at the same time, but perhaps abit of plastic therapy will work for you. i did the Dragon version of this years ago.

Cheers

Tonysmile d

Gary Radford07/04/2012 18:05:55
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Con't.

As I have already stated there are also two moulded legs in the kit.

Along with four rubber type tyres.

And the plastic moulded container housing the metal parts.

There is also a 16 page instruction book.

And a colour ref sheet.

Gary Radford07/04/2012 18:07:49
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Cheers Tony,

Good to see you, it would be nice to hear you comment and comparisons with the Dragon kit mate.

Gaz.

Gary Radford07/04/2012 18:16:45
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Section 1 of the instructions deals with the howitzers chassis. I noticed there was some flash present of a lot of the parts but this was soon taken care of with my Swann Morton knife fitted with a #10 blade. At the same time I was removing the flash I also removed the moulding seams from the parts. If any newcomers are reading this, it is always advisable to remove the moulding seams as 9 time out of 10 they will be seen after the kit is painted.

The two parts joined together, you may notice the joints, no problem, these will be taken care of once the cement has set. wink 2

Gaz.

Johan07/04/2012 18:16:50
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Hi Gary,

Let me start by wishing you the best for your family. I hope they come out ok.

I like (big) guns. When I was young there were no guns, except for Tamiya's 88 and various AT's. Now I got a micro stash and half of it are guns.

Got my notebook ready.

Johan
Adam Kuller07/04/2012 18:19:29
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Hi Gaz--this looks good--
-should be an enojoyable build I think

couldn't hurtwink 2

Adam

Gary Radford07/04/2012 18:20:53
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Hi Johan.

Thank you very much for your kind word and thank you for dropping in on this build. Keep your pencil sharp for your notebook mate. thumbs upwink 2

Gaz.

Gary Radford07/04/2012 18:21:52
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Cheers Adam,

Good to see you buddy, hope you enjoy this as much as I enjoy your builds.

Gaz.

Tony Dill 207/04/2012 18:27:53
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Hi Gaz,

Indeed having both of these at the same time, I do recall feeling at taht time that the Trumpeter offering was perhaps the less complicated version and would thus be easier to build. But i also felt that it in no way suffered from lack of detail.

If you do not mind, this was the end result of my build.

Cheers

Tonysmile d

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