Welcome to Krueger's Krieger
SF3D was a Sci Fi plastic model series which ran during the mid 1980s. The series was created by artist Kow Yokoyama with Kunitaka Imai and Hiroshi Ichimura. SF3D was introduced in the Hobby Japan Magazine as a special monthly installment of scratch built models. Nitto, a small Japanese company picked up the rights to make plastic kits of Kow's designs. The models produced were very high quality with crisp molding, fine details and they included copper rod, brass tube, spring coils, and photo-etched parts. They were one of the first multimedia kits produced. The series ended after a few years. In 1998, the series was reintroduced by Nitto and Kow under the new name Maschinen Krieger Zbv 3000. Or simply MaK.
The main focus of this site is the Ma.K. 3000 model. This site will include tips, reviews and a gallery of my builds.
My exploration of 1/35 scale military models has been varied so far with no real focus. I'm either choosing kits I've had in the stack as donor kits or just something I've found interesting and picked up for a deal. This is the later example. I traded a kit I wasn't ever going to build to a buddy that had this kit he was never going to build. The GMC 6x6 isn't the most glamorous vehicle but it is something different to experiment on.
I bought the Tamiya kit with all intentions to use it for a Firefly and a couple other SF3D builds, but after building Futche's FF, there was no point. I used a few bits from the trailer on another scratchbuild so I couldn't flip it on EBay and hope to make anything back. The next logical choice was to build a Churchill.
I haven't built an actual armor model since 1994 when my last build was a 1/35 Italeri Hetzer. Sure, I've acquired quite a few armor kits over the years since 1994, but these have been sacrificed for the greater MaK. This is my first attempt in 18 years to build a historical model.
I'm such a fan of the SandStalker designs and I've been wanting to scratch build one for years. I couldn't decide if my first crack at one in 1/35 would be a canon build to match Kow's 222/232 scratchbuilds, or something in that vein. I had a Dragon 250/9 and the tedious looking individual track links were enough to convince me this kit was never going to be build OOB.
What started out as a concept study while working on the Nutcracker, has turned into its own build. I thought Kow hit a home run with the Merc Sandstalker designs. A recognizable vehicle like the German armored cars that can hover. That's a winner in my opinion. So I took the same basic concept and applied it to the Nutcracker.