Much has been done in the last 2 weeks but I'll post my progress in sections. With the basics of the vehicle complete work began on the Flak. Another very busy section in the instructions with quite a few sub-assemblies and some choices to be made.
First up was the left and right frames, one thing to watch for when cleaning them up is what appears at first glance to be mold lines (at least to these old eyes) are actually welds. There are also mold lines where other components fit, so clean up accordingly.
Gun and sight shields were often removed, to give the crew more room and also for a lower profile. Reference photos show both with and without in combat duty, and I chose to see how the kit parts go together. The gun sight shield has a 1 piece styrene or 7 piece PE option, after assembling and setting the two side by side I opted for the styrene. Even though thicker I thought it showed more details, extra details could be added to the PE one if desired. Also, looking ahead, the main gun shield is only offered in styrene, so the scale of the 2 shield thicknesses would be very evident. Too bad the PE parts from the original DML Flak kit weren't included.
The moveable front shield PE brackets are included, though the instructions do not show them as an option. These I decided to use, even though when all completed will be barely visible. I removed the styrene mounting tabs since it seemed like a good idea at the time!
Other options at this point are early (pilot version) or late (production) gun sight, since I'm going for a production model the late sight was used. 3 choices of receiver covers are offered, and I believe either the ribbed (J2) or smooth (J4) would be correct, and I would lean more towards the smooth cover for accuracy. But in the end I chose the ribbed since I liked the appearance better!
In step 16 are shown 4 options for the elevation rod and this is where you skip to step 18 and decide on either 0, 20, 40 or 60 degree elevation as each uses different parts. Couple of items to note, Part A29 fits into both part A43 and A58 so be sure to line them up. The instructions indicate removing 2 angle brackets off the gun floor plate, but do not show that part R8 gets fastened in this area.
The front shield lower sections have an option of different styles (A56,A57 or R9,R10) I used the R parts, if using the A parts check for clearance as the seem to be too large for the fighting compartment to allow the gun to traverse. Again, I didn't check this out closely but the difference can be seen in the photo below, the lower left is A57 and lower right is R10. The inner pieces are offered in styrene or PE, with no option shown on the instructions. I went with the PE parts here and won't go into the stupid mistake I made with them at this time!
Found a couple of extra straps on the PE fret, although a bit long they still are better than nothing for the jack.
And the weathering has started on the wheels.
Thanks for looking