Welcome to Krueger's Krieger
This site is a gallery of my finished builds, in-progress projects, tips, reviews, and reference articles. I have expanded my interests into armor modeling but the main focus of this site is still SF3D/Maschinen 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.
This project just kind of evolved. I picked up the Tamiya Steyr 1500 for a song at a local convention. The MG151 Drilling from the AFV Club 251/21 kit was originally planned for the 6x6 build but I decided against it. The trailer is from the unused pieces in the Dragon Flakpanzer 38 "Gepard" which again, I picked up for a pretty decent price at a local convention. Each of these on their own are nice enough kits, but I wanted to build something more unique.
Here are some preview images of Hexamodels's all new 1/20 scale 222F Sand Stalker. This is quite a unique kit. The artist had access to a 3D scan of Kow's original model and used that as a basis to create this highly detailed 1/20 garage kit. Kow's original used a 1/35 Tamiya 222 German Armored Car as the base. Hexamodel used references from real 222s to add additional details that would be missing if he simply scaled up the old Tamiya kit parts. The result is a highly detailed model with numerous sub assemblies that could only come from detailed knowledge of the real mechanics.
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'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.