Step-by-Step Finishing German Armor Vol. 35 Sd.Kfz.263 Funkspahwagen


Passing In Review – an ongoing series of reviews of models, accessories, tools and reference materials of interest t plastic model builders, by Ned Barnett, IPMS Life Member


Sd.Kfz. 263 Panzer Funkspahwagen – Volume 35 in Glenn Bartolotti’s ongoing series of eBooks in the Step-By-Step Finishing series, this part of the German Armor sub-series.


This is the free edition offered by Glenn Bartolotti to provide a sample of what’s in store for you.  If you want some useful step-by-step hints on painting and finishing models, Glenn Bartolotti provides you everything you’d want to see, and more.  There are more than 40 of these low-cost digital books available, each on a specific topic, and each well worth the relatively small cost.

This particular volume in the series is focused on the build of a 1/72nd scale German heavy armored car, the radio version of the 8-wheel (8-Rad) Sd.Kfz. 263 heavy armored car. It begins with a brief history of the type, along with photos of the real deal, useful for reference.  Then he gets into the tools he uses, emphasizing low-cost and ease of use, along with results. Impressive.


Techniques presented are those particularly suitable for small scale armor, and not just for this particular armored car.  Glenn’s techniques don’t involve anything fancy, but each step is illustrated and explained in sufficient depth to get the job done.  I like the fact that he uses low-cost alternatives to high-cost specialty materials, putting modeling back in the reach of everyone.
This is a short edition – I assume it’s short because it’s a free sample, but that’s an assumption, not a fact.
Glenn starts by explaining how he mounts the vehicle for painting, then he gets into the use of black instead of a primer coat – being small, and with abundant detail, he doesn’t want to “disappear” it with too much paint.  And it works.

Getting into details, he shows how to paint the tires with washes, to avoid the unnatural-in-this-scale look of black-painted tires.  He then shows how to handle pin washes, and even how to make your own powers – then how to use them.  The entire build is “less is more,” and in this scale, that certainly makes sense.  The results look every bit as good as you’d find in 1/35th scale, all because of the simple-but-sophisticated techniques.

Finally, Glenn’s no shrinking violet – his email address is on the cover, so he’s clearly open to favorable and less-than-favorable input, something I’ve always respected.

I look forward to obtaining and reviewing more of Glenn’s series of eBooks. If the rest live up to this example (and I have no doubt that they will) these will certainly help me with my own modeling.  And while I tend to build a bit of everything, one of my most recent models was an AFV in 1/76th scale – the Indiana Jones Last Crusade faux-tank … and if I was to do it over, and I just might, I’d use several of Glenn’s technique tidbits to make the end result not only better, but more enjoyable.


Please stop by and have a look at the many Step-by-Step selections from Glenn Bartolotti!




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