Kit Number: 2122
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Steps 1 through 3
The build starts with the standard lower hull build up. Breakers, shocks and return roller mounts go first. The detail is very good and the mounting points are robust. Return rollers then go on and finally the rocker arms finish out the first 3 steps.
This step covers the buildup and addition of the road wheels, idlers and drive sprockets. After build up I kept the road wheels, idlers and drive sprockets off for later painting.
Quick step that builds up the mounts for dozer blade and adds them to the hull.
Step 6 covers the build up of the track runs. I have read some negative comments on these tracks but I had a great experience. Once you clean everything up the runs go together very well. As with all individual link track you will invest some time to get them built up. I worked them up and set them aside for painting.
Another quick step to build up and attach the dozer blade. 5 pieces go together well and the mounting is easy.
Steps 8 & 9
Steps 8 and 9 build up the rear plate with its detail.
Steps 10 through 21
The upper hull is built up over these 12 steps. Tons of parts all over with great detail. Take your time as the small parts are delicate. The last few of these steps cover the rear deck with highlights such as the spare engine mount and spare road wheel stand.
This step covers the attachment of the upper and lower hull sections.
Steps 23 through 27
These steps deal with the tow cables and support arms used by the crane. Build up the mounting points and bars then attach them to the vehicle. This finishes the vehicle. The last steps cover the assembly of the crane.
Steps 28 & 29
13 sub steps make up step 28 which covers the majority of the crane build. The crane can be built to articulate, great if you want to pose it in action later on. The final step adds the last detail, you can make the cable workable if you so choose. I kept the crane separate for painting. This finishes the build.
Painting and finishing
The instructions offer 6 painting options. 5 of the 6 are West German vehicles, with the last example from the Army of Chile. I chose example 5. This is the NATO tricolor scheme. I primed with Vallejo black and then used Vallejo Model Air NATO brown, NATO green and NATO black, and free handed the camo using an airbrush. Detail painting followed and then an application of clear gloss. The decals were well done and easy to apply.
A dark wash was worked around the Bergpanzer and then I dry brushed the vehicle using Model Master enamels. This was followed with applying various weathering paints to the tools and cables. The track was painted using Vallejo and AMMO paints and weathering items. I attached everything left off or knocked off during the build and applied Dullcote to the entire build. This finished the project.
The Bergpanzer2 by TAKOM is a fantastic kit. I don’t usually build post WW2 armor but these TAKOM kits are changing that. The detail and engineering are first rate. Modellers of all experience levels can enjoy this kit. I had a great time with this build and look forward to building other TAKOM kits real soon.
Highly Recommended for Beginner to Advanced builders and lovers of Cold War vehicles.
Thanks goes out to TAKOM for this review kit.
Reviewed by Henry Milton
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