AFV Club (35125) 60cm Flakscheinwerfer (Flak-Sw 36) mit Sd.Ah.51 (searchlight)

AFV Club (35125) 60cm Flakscheinwerfer (Flak-Sw 36) mit Sd.Ah.51

Back in 2014, I was trying-out various kit manufactures when I decided on this fun little AFV Club kit. I built this basically OOB… with a catch. :grin:

And more recently, a fellow KitMaker member asked if I would post my build here. So here we go…

The transporter starts out with some nice detailing and goes together quite nicely.

[Disclaimer: The two ammunition magazines located at the inside of the transporter’s fenders are incorrect and should not be used.]

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Next, the searchlight base.

And then, the searchlight mount with a nice touch of PE.

Now the housing and lens ring with nice PE baffles.

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In this step, the tiny latches were extremely fiddly.

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The searchlight cradled onto its transporter assembly looks kind of cool with two different colors of styrene.

Paint Specs:
• Vallejo Grey Primer (73.601)
• Vallejo Base Grey (71.097)
• Vallejo Dark Rubber (70.306)
• Vallejo Liquid Mask (70.523)
• Vallejo Matt Varnish (70.520)

Washes:
• Vallejo Rust (76.506)
• Vallejo Dark Rust (76.507)
• Vallejo European Dust (76.523)
• Vallejo Desert Dust (76.522)

Hope you enjoy!

Cheers!:beer:
—mike

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Thanks for sharing the build up review. I’ve recently purchased this kit but have not started yet.

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Very nice Mike…
Yeah, as you say, the foil is not correct - the inside should be gray too, only the mirror at the rear was a reflective surface. Nice idea with the led though.

@kosprueone

There is also this thread from Angel, one of our guru scratch builders, which has some detail pics and info on accuracy mods if you are interested.

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Hi guys, thank’s for stopping buy!
Yes indeed, Angel’s thread is the real deal for accuracy. :mag_right:

—mike

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It is always good to see what you are up to…

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Victory Museum - Auburn, Indiana

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Nice Luftwaffe version, Mike!
Thanks for the pictures,

Cheers,
Angel

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@ 165thspc: Nice reference pics. Pretty sure I’ve seen them before. Looks like I left off a ton of parts and cables.:thinking: But as mentioned, my version and images are from 2014 and was built Out Of Box … or it’s “in a box” now… and it’s stayin’ that way. :grin:

—mike

Just trying to offer general reference on the topic.
I have one under construction building right out of the box as well!

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Always good to see more pics so you can compare Michael. The light painted equipment is much easier to see details on than darker ones. As Angel says, it is a great example of one without the internal shutter arrangement.

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Museum one also has the ammo box, at least on one side. And looks like the rack for one on the other. So not necessarily inaccurate.

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Yes, but I am leery of one off example Museum pieces, as quite often they are cobbled together from various pieces of equipment or similar parts. Have a look at Bovington’s Panther with the solid guide horns - made especially for them and not original.

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I can second what Peter wrote.

IMHO the Sd.Anh.51 used here comes from a 2.0 cm.Flak 30/38, thus the ammo box on the RH side fender.
I don’t see a frame for ammo box on the LH side fender either, what I see is one of the supports of the fender.

Cheers,
Angel

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I tend to agree with Peter. I’d put more faith in photo evidence than museum Franken-displays. Easy enough to omit the 50,000 candle-power magazines altogether.:candle:… or maybe use them as lunch-boxes instead? :sandwich::beer:

Happy searching the starless skies!:bulb:
—mike

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Ah, yes, the much requested Sd.Anh.51 mit brotdosen, second most requested version after the Sd.Anh.51 mit Bierfess :stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes:

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Thanks for posting. It looks great. I should have bought this when it first came out, but apparently other kits must have caught my eye. I may have to locate and buy this one.
Cheers!

chuck

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‘German SW-36 Searchlight.’ Available at Scale Hobbyist

Note: No affiliation with company.

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Thanks, Mike. I kind of thought it would be a ‘hit and miss’ ebay search.

Cheers!

chuck

I’m sure the sole purpose of the Special Trailer with Bierfass was to offer a special service during the Bierfest :wink:

But here is a picture from the Sd.Anh.51 manual, showing the version used for carrying the Flakscheinwerfer 60 cm:
Vorderansicht Sd.Anh.51 f.Flakscheinwerfer 36

Sorry guys- there are no bread cans and no beer barrels present.
And no 2.0 cm Flak ammo holders too.

Cheers,
Angel

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