Trumpeter Sd.Ah.116 Tank Transporter Build in 1/72 Scale

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This is Trumpeter kit number 07249, the Sd.Ah.116 Tank Transporter. This was usually seen being towed behind an Sd.Kfz. 8 or Sd.Kfz. 9 FAMO halftrack. The trailer was rated at 23 tons but could haul up to 28 tons, most commonly vehicles based upon the Panzer III were carried but there are several photos showing Panzer IVs as well.
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The parts are well molded and my example had no flash, but there are some ejector pin marks on the underside of some parts.
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The driver’s cab is a single piece of slide mold wizardry. A small length of thread is provided to represent rope but this is fuzzy and best replaced. You also get a short run of metal chain which is useful. Tires are the flexible vinyl type with the impossible-to-remove mold line down the center so hopefully the seam can be hidden with mud.
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The parts build up into three major assemblies, and these can be completed in any order you wish. I’d recommend jumping around a bit to allow for time for the glue to set as keeping these assemblies square and aligned will certainly make life easier later on.
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The built-up kit is 6.5 inches (165 mm) long, which is pretty impressive for a 1/72 model, with a towing vehicle it will really stretch out. I’ve begun to develop an interest in tank transporters so there will be more of these coming in the model pipeline.
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Paint on this one will be just the basic Panzer Dunkelgelb. My intention is to use this build to test various weathering techniques so I wanted a finish which could show the effects of being beaten up.
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Here the model has been assembled and the decals applied. The red and white stripe decals on the edges of the mudguards were too wide to fit properly so I just painted the markings. Everything is sealed with Future (Klear) which is an acrylic in order to protect the base coat from being worn away by solvents. The driver’s cab is not glued down at this point.
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The model after some simple washes with Tamiya Panel Line wash. I applied a black wash first, and then brown. I found I was able to modulate the effect that way and I used the brown wash to push the black wash around, removing it from areas where I didn’t want it and emphasizing areas where I did.
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Here are a few more weathering layers. Chipping was done by stippling on oil paint, dirt and mud is Vallejo weathering powder pressed into yellow ochre oil paint. I then misted a light layer of dust over the whole thing, which toned down the tires quite a bit.
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A detail shot of the rear section showing the weathering. In general this is the appearance I was hoping for but there is still room for improvement. There is no substitute for practice!

8 thoughts on “Trumpeter Sd.Ah.116 Tank Transporter Build in 1/72 Scale

    1. Thanks Chris! The transporters caught my imagination as an unusual way to display a tank. In this case the trailer is also good place to practice new weathering techniques where they will be somewhat hidden.

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  1. Great build, finish, and weathering. Glad to know the Tamiya panel line washes work well over Future/Klear as I was wondering if they did. Question: do you brush your Future/Klear, or spray it with your airbrush? I always thought it would go on well with an airbrush, yet I’ve heard some swear they’ll never do that again after a bad experience doing so. Just wondering what your experience was in doing this.

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    1. Thanks Warren! I sprayed the Future on with my airbrush. The only thing I’d caution about is to make sure your airbrush is thoroughly clean afterwards as you won’t be able to see if there’s any residue.

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