Sd.Kfz. 9/1 "Famo" 6t.Bilstein Crane

Scale: 1/72

This is one of Famo variants from Planet Model, with resin moulds, rubber tracks and a small set of P.E.

To start with the construction, I used the Tamiya 1/35 Famo 18T. instructions, to get an accurate perspective of all the details from the chassis and other important parts. I made a new windscreen with cleaner devices. The hooking system must be scratchbuild also, following the mark already made by P.M. The exhaust pipes had to be completed, opening 2 holes on the rear, and introducing, 2 small metal tubes, to complete the undone work by P.M. The 2 firing extinguishers are not provided with the kit. The Bilstein crane must be completed to get is real appearance, and that's the hardest part. I improved my "crane" increasing another tube to let the crane in the "working position". The hook is hammered/sculpted by me with white metal. The Bilstein cables are hand-made also. I made new terrain supports with hollow plastic tubes, then I connected the tubes to the ground plates with metal pins, to let theme movables. The small chains are from Extratech "snow-chains Willy's". I opted to let the box in opening position, so I made a new box with Evergreen.

There are 2 important references also: Volº12 from NutsBolts, and also the best book on the market about the Famo/variants: The military machine - FAMO 18T.

My Famo was based on pictures token from an Sd.Kfz.9/1 in the Russian Front/Beginning of Spring. I airbrushed my Famo with Tank-grey Humbrol and Black-grey Tamiya. To the whitewash, I airbrushed Tamiya white and White oils very diluted. After the white colour, I applied some transparent layers of Sepia oils, and I washed the wheels with Scenic track colour from Humbrol, very diluted in thinner.

I spent almost 2 month working carefully, to avoid mistakes. In the end, I was very pleased with the result from my dedication and research around this 18T.Famo Variant.