From model to diorama: A day’s work at the German air ministry 1941
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Some of you noticed the build report and first reveal of the German air ministry already.
Because a model is a model and a diorama something different, I opted for adding vehicles and figures in order to bring the building to life.
I opted for two vehicle kits to do the job, so in a way this is a sort of build review for these. The ICM Opel Admiral Saloon #35472 (left in the picture) and Masterbox’s #35113 [Mercedes] Type 170 which comes with some nice crew set (right in the picture).
ICM Opel Admiral Saloon:
A bit of history:
The first kit is ICM’ kit #35472 of the Opel Admiral Saloon. This 4-door passenger car had the same engine as the Opel Blitz and was at the time of its introduction the largest vehicle of its kind. Most Admirals purchased by private citizens in Germany were requisitioned during the war and saw extensive use as a staff car like the one depicted here.
ICM really did it’s utmost best to introduce some very detailed soft-skinned vehicles into the modeling community. This kit is no exception and the molding is of the highest quality. You get a highly detailed engine, X-chassis and body for an aggressive price and are guaranteed of hours of pleasure watching the car take shape when building the kit. ICM also released an open top version of the Saloon (#35471) but here, I opted for the sedan version. There is absolutely no flash to speak of in this kit and ejection pin marks are well positioned so most are hidden from the eye once the model is finished.
The build (ongoing):
This kit really is a joy to build, but careful ordering of the sprues and parts is required given this car had a lot of chrome and lacquered areas that are best painted separately prior to assembly. The paintjob consisted in two layers of light grey primer (rattle can) and 4 layers of black gloss laquer paint on the body. I posed the car in its current shape in front of the Air ministry building so you get the idea how massive the building was (or how small the Opel Admiral for that matter) 🙂
I opted to have one of the rear doors open. Fortunately, ICM has forseen this option alas without hinges. I need to figure out attaching the opened rear door to the car next. The windows have not been added yet as they required a chrome lining. Finally, there are some decals to the kit.
Masterbox’ [Mercedes] Type 170 Tourenwagen:
A bit of history:
The second kit is in fact a Mercedes Type 170 although Masterbox does not use the name of the brand name, probably because of licensing issues. There is not much to say about this classic German car as it was widely used as staff car during WWII and has seen action in virtually every theater.
Masterbox has capitalized on the mold by re-boxing, slicing and dicing this one, sometimes in various diorama-style kits so typical for this manufacturer. It is to my knowledge the best kit available for this vehicle and a joy to build. I do not know whether the mold is worn, but this kit does have some flash. It would not be fair not to mention the both the occasional flash and ejection pin marks in this kit, for other manufacturers do better and deserve an extra citation, notably ICM’s Opel Admiral reviewed here. The flash is nothing we modelers can’t deal with and the only nasty ejection marks were on the license plates as far as I can tell. The vehicle model is featured of a hyper-detailed engine and transmission and I could not find dimensional deviations with 1:35 drawings I had in a magazine. There are some very small parts in this kit, note the engine hood holder on the 50 EURcents coin…
I have assembled most of the vehicle and started to primer it. I plan to bring this Type 170 into the diorama as a plain German grey “Stabwagen” featured of a driver. The figures in the kit will be part of the dio but not in the usual way… You know me 😀
Well that’s about it! Stay tuned for more!