Bronco 1/35 Pz.Kpfw.II Ausf.D
Since returning to this hobby in 2020, I decided to focus on WW2 armour in 1/35. My first purchase happened to be this Bronco Pz.II Ausf.D and a HobbyBoss Pz.I Ausf.A. I was thinking of building some german tanks in a somewhat chronological order. This Pz.II was my first new kit build as I was a bit intimidated about the full interior of the HobbyBoss Pz.I.
The Panzer II Ausf.D was developed in 1938 by Daimler Benz and used a different hull, superstructure and suspension to the standard Panzer II. Only the turret was retained from the earlier tank. A total of 43 Ausf. D tanks were built from October 1938 through March 1939 by MAN, and they served in Poland. They were withdrawn in March 1940 for conversion to the flamethrower tank Panzer II (Flamm).
This Bronco kit was an eye opener compared to the Tamiya kits I was familiar with. Impressive detail but that meant more complexity and tiny parts.. Photo etch? I've heard of it but never worked with it. Individual styrene link tracks? I quickly learned that cleanup was long and tedious. Other than taking more time, everything went together well. Fit was great. The decals didn't work for me though.. they were just too delicate and basically disintegrated on me. I ended up airbrushing the crosses. Not perfect but ok for a first. I skipped the cross on the gun mantlet as I was afraid of messing it up.
I depicted a Panzer in 1939 Poland so it's finished in early war camouflage of 2/3 dunkelgrau & 1/3 dunkelbraun (dark grey, dark brown). I practiced airbrushing on old unpainted tanks from my youth. I used Tamiya acrylics- Dunkelgrau Nr.46 is XF-69 NATO black (60%) + XF-2 White (20%) + XF-18 Medium Blue (20%), Dunkelbraun Nr.45 is XF-72 Brown/JGSDF+ XF-68 NATO Brown (1:1) + couple drops XF-69. Mix from YouTuber Panzermeister36. Enamel pin-washed & acrylic chipping, then light weathering with AK enamels. I'll stick with subtle for now. I grew up fawning over Tamiya catalogues and I love that look. I completed this unique Panzer II in December 2020.