Takom 1/35 Krupp 420mm Big Bertha
One of the Takom range of 1/35 kits, this piece of WW1 German artillery is an interesting and unusual subject. It is also huge and makes for an impressive model in this scale.
Built during WW1, this huge gun was built by Krupp thanks to lessons learning from the Japanese during their war with Russia, specifically in the fighting for Port Arthur. They wanted a large calibre weapon that was road transportable. A relatively 'loose' description is it had to be broken down into 5 separate loads. About 12 were built in all.
The kit is nicely moulded and when you open the box it is quite surprising to see the size of the components. As you build it, and it goes together very well, the size of the completed model becomes even more apparent. Compared to other artillery pieces and even tanks, it makes for such an impressive comparison. In the photo album below you can see it part built, but dwarfing the chassis of an AEC Dorchester in the same scale.
Build it in the various sub-sections and then combine them. I suggest painting the base colour on the sub-sections as you go. Three colour options are suggested, though the one seen in the box art is the one I am choosing to go for.