Hay Wagon with Wooden Tank
Plusmodel out of the Czech Republic continues its great diorama accessories this kit of a European style wagon with a wooden tank in 1/35 scale. the kit is entirely resin with 27 gray resin parts and a small piece of wire. The parts molding is excellent with wood grain molded in subtly to the parts. The base of this kit is similar to the hay wagon in its undercarriage with the base and tank included. As with any resin kit, each part will need cut from its pour block and cleaned. The parts are well done but it pays to take care here. I used a fine razor saw and cut the parts loose and scraped/sanded away the molding lines. Once done, I washed the parts in dish soap and warm water in case there was mold release and the parts were ready for assembly.
Assembly was very straight forward and quick. The front wheel/axle assembly is first and fit is excellent. The brake assembly is added also. Super glue was used for all building by the way. Next, the rear axle/wheels are added and joined to the front. You can leave this part moveable. Lastly, you add the base to the wagon. The tank is split in half and joined. This required a little putty to smooth and then you add the valve and cap.
The next task is painting and for this, I used my wood process (same as the Hay Wagon) which starts with a solid base coat of Tamiya Buff. Tan would work also and would be brighter but I wanted muted colors. This was sealed with DullCote and then Citadel sepia wash was added. Then oil color wash of burnt umber added and when dry sealed. These are both generously applied and allowed to dry. Another flat coat and then I hand painted the metal parts with Reaper Miniatures 9205 Blackened Steel. This paint is great for hand detailing and self levels. This color is black with some metal flake in it and looks great. Once this was done and things were touched up, I sealed it again and we are done.
This was a lot of fun and I can see many uses in dioramas for it from armor to aircraft. Highly recommended! My thanks to Plusmodel and IPMS/USA for the chance to review the kit.