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Dragon's 1/35 scale
Sd.Kfz. 164 Hornisse

by Chris Wauchop


Sd.Kfz. 164 Hornisse

images by Brett Green

Dragon's 1/35 scale Sd.Kfz. 164 Hornisse is available online from Squadron




Here is Dragon's 1/35 scale Sd.Kfz. 164 Hornisse. Dragon issued a version of the Hornisse as one of its earliest releases in the 1980s, but this is the new and greatly improved kit.

Chris Wauchop was asked to build the Hornisse as a commission for one of his regular customers. The model received some extra detail per his client's requirements.

These included the installation of the Royal Models photo-etched set (item #319), and AFV Club 88mm brass ammunition rounds.



There are a number of errors in Dragon's kit instructions, so beware! These errors have been documented by Terry Ashley on the PMMS website.

The tow cable is made up from picture hanging wire, with towing eyes from the spares box.

The "wire" for the camouflage on the side of the vehicle is invisible mending thread. The loops are fine wire bent with tweezers and glued into the many pre-drilled holes with super glue.

The jack block is balsa wood.

Although he was dreading the individual link tracks, Chris found that they actually went together quickly and easily.



Painting and Weathering


The base colour is a 50/50 mix of Tamiya XF-59 Dark Yellow and XF-2 Flat White. The disruptive Green camouflage is a 50/50 mix of Tamiya XF-61 Dark Green and H330 Dark Green.

All paints were applied with the Testor Aztek A470 airbrush.

Weathering comprises Gunze H344 Rust in places, plus a 50/50 mix of Tamiya XF-1 Flat Black and XF-64 Red Brown.



The entire model, interior and exterior, received a thin wash of artists oil paints - a mixture of Black and Indian Red.

Decals were used from the kit.



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Model and Text Copyright 2005 by Chris Wauchop
Images Copyright 2005 by Brett Green
Page Created 06 June, 2005
Last Updated 05 June, 2005

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