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ICM Sdkfz.222
For his atmospheric desert diorama, Doug Frame chose ICM’s Sdkfz. 222 in 1:48th Scale (Ref: 48191).

Only problem was, it required a fair bit of remedial work.

The basic kit comes in dark grey plastic. Details are soft but fairly flash-free. The overall kit dry assembled well enough & fit was good, although care must be taken as no locating points or pins are present.

Basic hull construction went fairly quickly & was trouble-free, the overall shape of the complex hull looked fine but the front visors & all the rain channels were replaced. The visors came from a Tamiya Sdkfz. 251, while Evergreen plastic was used for the channels.

A small-etched brass set is included in the kit, featuring the rear deck & grenade screens, however this is thick brass mesh & would be better replaced. Nevertheless, it was retained for this build.

Some missing weld seams were added from plastic rod softened with liquid glue, then notched with a scalpel blade.

To sharpen the details, the Notek light was replaced with a Tamiya item with a home-made mount. Width indicators were scratch-built using brass tubes & PVA glue balls, covered in superglue.

A sweet wrapper that had a close weave effect like canvas covered the spare wheel as the kit one is too plain & smooth.

The main problem with the kit turret is that it has a solid turret ring & is very thick on the sloped edges. To fix this, the lower turret base was cut away & the sides thinned as much as possible. A new piece of plastic card was then added to the base of the turret. A few extra interior boxes were added to the turret ring but nothing too detailed as once the screens were on, nothing much would be seen.

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Looking at wartime pictures of the Sdfz. 222 in service, they often had lots of stowage items added to them for their long recon roles. A Black Dog accessory set was chosen to complete this look along with a Hauler etch sand channel set.

For painting, automotive primer was followed by several light base coats of Tamiya Desert Yellow XF59. Then, highlights were added with Tamiya Buff XF57 & Flesh XF15. Fading was done with the airbrush again using successive coats of misted on light buffs & browns. Final weathering was done with good old fashioned drybrushing – a bit of a rarity these days.

A few grease & oil runs, drips & muck finished the painting.

The figure was a Gasoline item, cleaned up & painted using Vallejo acrylics & added to the Sdfz. 222.

For the base, a piece of foam board was covered in plaster & while still wet, stones were added using cat litter. Near drying time, tyre tracks were created by rolling a set of spare wheels over the plaster. When dry, fine sand & grit was secured using more PVA glue. An old paintbrush provided the dry vegetation. Plus Model’s brass barbed wire was painted a suitable rusty colour & added to the base of a home-made sign.

Painting was done with the airbrush & various washes, followed by a few Mig powders dusted in certain areas.

A nameplate from Name-It was purchased to complete the scene. Enjoy!

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