Panzer II Ausf J (VK 1601)
Panzer II Ausf J (VK 1601 Reconnaissance Tank)
images by Brett Green
1/35 scale Panzer II Ausf J is available online from Squadron
Here is my 1/35 scale Panzer
II Ausf J. This is a new kit from Alan Hobbies.
Only 22 Panzer II Ausf Js
were built, with the first being rolled out in April 1942. To my eye it
looks very much like the love child of a Tiger I and a Panzer I!
Alan's Panzer IIJ proved to
be a nice fit with good fit.
The tracks use 56-57 links
per side. Each link features a big hollow guide tooth.
I built the kit with minimal
modifications and additions. Brass wire was added as an antenna, as was a
light chain to the front of the vehicle. I thought this made sense as
there was no tow cable in the kit.
I also drilled out the ends
of the gun barrels and hollowed out the headlights and tail lights.
Markings and Weathering
My Panzer IIJ was painted
with Tamiya Field Blue lightened with Light Blue.
The tracks were painted Flat
Earth then dry-brushed with Silver. This was followed by a was of Sienna
oil paint thinned with odorless solvent.
Detail on the vehicle was
livened with an overall wash of Raw Umber oil paint (once again thinned
with odorless solvent); with pinpoint washes of a Black/Burnt Sienna mix
in specific areas.
Chips and scratches were
added to edges using a Silver artist's pencil. The chipping and wear on
the vehicle hull and turret were achieved with a blunt hobby knife blade,
scratched against the painted plastic. This revealed darker paint beneath.
I used decal that were left
over from another kit. These were applied with the assistance of
Microgloss and Solvaset.
The entire model was sealed
with Testor's Dullcote.
Red-Orange pastel chalk was
dusted on the spare track links, the exhaust and also a few streaks on the
hull and the turret.
I can thoroughly recommend
Alan's 1/35 scale Panzer II Ausf J as a simple, nicely detailed and
The kit was bought from NKR
Those lucky enough to live in Sydney can see
some of Steve's models on display at
Avenue Hobbies in Victoria Road Chatswood.
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Model and Text Copyright ©
2003 by Steve Palffy
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17 March, 2004
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