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Panzer II Ausf L Luchs

by Steve Palffy

 

Panzer II Ausf L "Luchs"


images by Brett Green


Tasca's 1/35 scale Luchs is available online from Squadron.com


For more images of Steve's Tasca Luchs before painting, see his recent review on HyperScale. The text from the review has been incorporated into this article.

 

Introduction

 

Tasca is a new name in the hobby industry, but this company does have previous form. Its most recent incarnation was "Bego". They released a very nice Kubelwagen some years ago which was later re-boxed by both Hasegawa and Dragon.

 



Tasca's brand new 1/35 scale Panzer II Ausf. L Luchs (Lynx) is a must for light tank freaks and those just wanting to build a nice model straight from the box.

 

 

Tasca's 1/35 Scale "Luchs"

 

This model is a cut above the earlier release, with terrific detail, a turret interior and working suspension. I don't mean poseable - the torsion bars flex, the wheels turn and the vehicle will be able to be displayed in many realistic stances. The rear idler is adjustable after assembly too, permitting tracks to be installed and removed .

The flexible tracks are the only limiting factor for the suspension, but it is my guess that we won't be waiting for long before a selection of workable individual track links will be available from a number of sources. If you are using the flexible tracks, the top run can be tacked to the roadwheels in order to simulate "droop".

 

 

A few of the teeth on the flexible track are short-shot, but fortunately these can be hidden behind the outside roadwheels.

The model is quite accurate compared to plans in the Kagero book, Panzer IIc and Luchs. The timing for this recent book is perfect, and it will be an ideal reference for Tasca's kit.

Some of the hull parts were warped, but they are easily bent back into shape. The track also has some holes that need to be filled. I used superglue for this little job.

A nice touch in the instructions is that they show the location of headlight wiring. I added mine using lead wire, but stretched sprue would be equally appropriate.

 



The spare track sections are beautifully detailed, and can be displayed in a rack on the front of the vehicle.

Two different styles of hatches are supplied for the turret

Installation of the jack mounting brackets is a little fiddly, but the result is very nice.

The rear deck screens included on the photo-etched fret is also very impressive, as are the jerry can racks. The gun barrels are hollowed out at the ends - more thoughtful details from Tasca.

 

 

Painting, Markings and Figure

 

The model was painted with Tamiya Dark Yellow highlighted with white, applied with the Tamiya HG airbrush. Disruptive colours are Deep Green and NATO Brown. The underside and lower hull sides of the vehicle were weathered with Flat Earth and Buff.

An oil wash of Raw Umber and Sienna using odorless solvent as a thinner was applied to the finished paint work.

Kit decals were applied over Polly Scale Gloss, followed by Micro Set and Micro Sol. Once the decals were dry and settled down, an overall coat of Polly Scale Flat was sprayed.

 

 

Although I used the kit decals, which are red, the Kagero book on Panzer II suggests that the numbers were black and supplies these as decals on their included sheet. Your choice, but I thought that the digits looked lighter in shade than the black crosses on the vehicle in the photo. I will leave the debate to the experten, but I chose the red ones (mainly because I liked 'em!)

Track sag was achieved by gluing the top run to the top of the first and last road wheels using super glue.

The figure is okay, but I will replace it later with an after-market item.

The base was entirely scratch built by myself, and painted with a bunch of mixed colours (Tamiya) and Burnt Umber oil wash.

 

 

Additional Images

 

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Model and Text Copyright 2003 by Steve Palffy
Images Copyright 2003 by Brett Green
Page Created 27 October, 2003
Last Updated 17 March, 2004

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