Anyway, I thought this old warhorse could do with a bit of TLC. You can tell it s an old model as the photo is so grainy.
It was in a rather dubious paint scheme. I'd originally done it when I was fairly new to acrylics and 15mm vehicles in general. I thought it would be fun to do it in the interwar/early war panzergrey and rotbraun disruptive scheme so I slapped on some red brown over the faded panzer grey. I also added a radio antenna to makes it command role more obvious (0.5mm brass).
It is a fairly blobby casting, as was typical of a lot of early 15mm stuff. In fact it looks like it has a cast hull instead of the welded armoured box fixed to the chassis. It has got some engraved detail though.
I was going to put some command platoon decals on it (II01 sort of thing) but the hatches were so raised it was impossible. In the end I just managed to get a balkan cross on the back of the turret. I then gave the running gear a good going over in mud, and did a light tan drybrush overall to blend in the new disruptive colour.
The dust highlight obscured some of the detail so I went around the hatch edges etc with a micon lining pen. You can see how rough the track castings are compared to more modern offerings in metal or plastic.
I think it is a nice little model despite all my moaning about the casting, in fact it isn't just 'little', it is tiny. Tinypanzerbefehlwagen? Here it is posing with a WW1 Russian infantryman to show just how small it really is. Why is my command panzer 1 in the same box as a WW1 Russian infantryman? All will be revealed in due course....
Meanwhile, my little tank will no doubt appear commanding a horde of Pz IIs or Pz 38ts or similar at some point. They were retired from panzer battalions in 1942/43 but hung around as armoured command vehicles, ammo carriers and ambulances until the end of the war.