by Gil Gonsoulin
The 1/35 Bronco Diana ain’t for the faint of heart. It makes a nice model, but it’s a fight
To build the kit you should be familiar with building resin kits and 1/700 ships with photo etch. The tracks were the only thing that fit well. This is definitely not a shake and bake project!
They give you 46 photo etched tie-downs. The models requires 42 but by the time you lose some you’ll need all 46. Another caveat is: do not use the template for cutting trailing arm of guns or you’ll be 1/16 inch short.
I scratch built the Door latches. The instrument panel is made from generic half-track instrument panel decals as they don’t give them to you in the kit. I put them on wet transfer paper and then coated with clear to look like glass.
I added chain on back You’ll also have to scratch build a radiator cap. Although it is shown on box art and shown on instructions, it is not included. After a base coat is Floquil Mud, the whole vehicle was washed with oil based burnt sienna. Rivets were also highlighted with burnt sienna
Burnt metal was used for the 1/4 inch band around the top; tracks are painted steel with burnt sienna wash; and the pads are floquil weathered black (as well as the road and main wheels).
Photos by Jeff Junker