1/48 Tamiya Sd.Kfz 251 half-track

Model by Michael Rinaldi,

Text and photos are Copyright Michael Rinaldi all rights reserved


Welcome to see my  1/48 Tamiya Sd.Kfz 251 half-track kit built with the new Gasoline resin 251/22 Pakwagen conversion. The following photos and notes document the process by which the model was built and painted to represent a vehicle possibly seen during the last days of fighting on the Eastern Front in 1945.


Interior Painting

Exterior Painting

Exterior painting mimics the interior processes. I start with a red primer under coat made using Vallejo 982 Cavalry Brown (rack #137)–a great out of the bottle red primer.

The base coat is made from XF-60 Dark Yellow with a drop of XF-3 Yellow added. Then I spray a lightened version of the same color by adding XF-2 White to the mix and thin it even more, around 60-40 with using lacquer thinner. I focus only on the upper hull and don’t spray the lower hull at all just letting the natural over spray happen.

I add some faint green camo spots next. I use a very thin mix of XF-5 Green and XF-21 Sky with the air pressure set to around 8-10psi and I move in real close to the model and you only the slightest needle movement when I spray the spots.

Next is to chip the model with water and some brushes. I use a larger flat one for the main application of water, and the short stiff bristle brush for the main chipping. I add the linear scratches with the metal Tamiya Paint stir stick. It has the right amount of sharpness to create scratches without damaging the paint underneath. Photo ref. study was crucial here for the natural placement of the marks.

I then go back over the larger chips and add some exposed bare metal to the center of each area using a very fine tip #2 round brush. Take your time, this step requires an Optivisor to perform correctly, because you need to see exactly where you are adding the paint. The color is a custom mix of dark grays, rust and dark brown Lifecolor acrylics thinned 50-50 with water in the bottle. This is my ready made paint mix for track and chip colors.

Finished model

Prototype photo

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