This is part of my entry to David’s “Kasserine” Group Build. Upon general request, the reloading of a Tiger I initial in Tunisian setting will be built as a diorama.
The Opel Blitz was one of the main workhorses of the German army in WWII with over 80.000 pieces built in many different versions. This truck had a max loading of about 2 tonne on leaf suspension and was featured of a 6 cylinder in-line petrol engine.
This kit by Italeri dates back to the seventies and was reboxed in this version in 2003. You can tell that the kit lags behind on the level of detailing newer makes have to offer, but as a secondary vehicle to the planned dio (the Tiger 1 being the main act) I thought it was fine to build it OOB with some after detailing.
The build status on Sat 2017-12-16:
I started only yesterday and because this is a basic old kit, it is actually nice to see things moving forward smoothly. I’m usually building armor kits offering more detail but of course this goes at the cost of time spent. I managed to get the main assemblies done: Driver compartment, load tray, suspension and engine.
The engine block was after-detailed somewhat because part of it may be visible from underneath. The manifold is there such as gas generator and fuel lines. That should do. Tomorrow I plan to assemble most of these parts after setting and will apply a base coat to ready it for altering.
Until now I’m happy with this build although there were some nasty ejection pin marks that required filling. Also, I altered the interior of the cabin with emphasis on the seat. The kit version is too pristine to have driven thousands of miles all the way to Egypt and back to Kasserine!