Improving the Sd.Kfz.7 Half-track

Tamiya #35148, 1/35 scale

by Eduardo Andreoli © 2008 Modeler Site

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I’ve always had the intention of building a Tamiya SdKfz 7, even knowing it was a very old kit, and like many old items produced by this and other companies, they were not so detailed and accurate kits. I knew this project would take me several months of hard work ahead, besides of a lot of aftermarket and scratch to finish it to my liking. Anyway, I decided to take it on, since today this is the only kit available on the market and also there are detail sets to correct the main mistakes. So, I started to gather the things I would need.

First of all, I searched for information, nothing difficult thanks to the Internet. It took me a couple of hours to find full walkarounds that would be useful for me to face this project.

As for the aftermarket, it’s essential to get at least two detail sets (useful for any version of this half track), one is the front axle and wheels from Signifer (Ref.35005) and the other is the Modelkasten set which supplies the rear running gear, the drive sprocket and idler wheel and the tracks.

I also decided to buy the Eduard eteched set (Ref 35105) for this version. From the Tamiya’s kit, I would use the basic shape of the vehicle and some spare part.


Kits de Tamiya disponibles

Sd.Kfz.7 Halftrack

Sd.Kfz.7/2 8t HalfTrack w/Flak 37

18t HalfTrack (Sd.Kfz.9) Famo

I’ll not describe the kit itself because as I said beforehand, it’s not outstanding but the shape and dimensions are on target, so, the main work involves detailing this basic kit.

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