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Monday, June 24, 2013

Bolt Action - Review: Tamiya 1/48 Scale 88mm Flak 36

Tamiya has long been know as one of the best model kit markers in the industry.  Their highly detailed kits come in a variety of scales and rarely disappoint.  I picked up an Tamiya 1/48 scale 88mm Flak 36 for Bolt Action the other day and plan on putting it to good use.

The photos I have posted here only include about 70% of the kit.  The kit itself comes with lots of extra bits, including the wheel mounts, ammo, create, barrels and a tent.  These piece will be utilized in future projects.  This left me with more than enough extras to create a cool diorama for my new gun.

The kit came with eight crew members, but I only mounted seven since it only needs seven crew for Bolt Action. Crew included a gunner, a loader, a radio operator, an officer (who looks like Rommel) a grenadier, and two other crew men.  The missing crew was another grenadier with a rifle.  I also generously littered the ground with empty shells and gave the crew a sandbag emplacement to take cover behind.

You'll notice I added three slots on the base for dice.  One for orders, one to track pins, and for tracking hits.  I had contemplated single bases, but like basing my fixed teams together on the base.  I think it looks cooler and allows me to have fun making a mini diorama.

This kit is a true 1/48 scale kits, so the figures are much skinnier than my Black Tree and Bolt Action 28mm figures.  It took me about 2 hours to assemble the whole kit, most of the work being put into the 88mm Flak 36.  It could have taken longer, but I opted not to build the wheel mounts, which likely would have added another hour onto the project.  You also probably noticed the shorts.  This was a North Africa kit, but I am not collecting a North Africa themed army.  I made the assumption that Germans wore shorts in Russia also.  I just hope I have historically represented the use of shorts on the Eastern front on my 88mm Flak 36.  ;)

I didn't notice it during assembly, probably because the plastic was a light color, but I missed some of the mold lines on the crew.  This did not become apparent until after I dipped the diorama.  However, the spurs were easy to navigate and the directions where easy to follow.  Very little clean up was required and piece fit together very well.

I absolutely love this kit form Tamiya.  It was easy to build and came with a lot of extra bits which makes this kit really stand out.

I give this kit 10 out of 10 historically accurate eastern front short shorts. (New favorite scoring metric! - Judson)

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