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#677 wz. 34

Building the Polish Samochód pancerny wz. 34 from the 1:35 Mirage Hobby kit, with some figures from MiniArt: “The Lost Christmas”



The Samochód pancerny wz. 34 was the basic armoured car of Polish Army at the outbreak of World War II in 1939, despite it already being obsolete.


  • WL: Wojska Lądowe (Polish Land Forces)
  • WP: Wojsko Polskie (Polish Military)

The Kit

I picked up the Mirage Hobby No. 355020 1:35 kit in a bag for $5 at a charity sale.


Paint Scheme

In 1936-1937 there was a standard camouflage scheme introduced for Polish vehicles:

  • irregular patches of greyish sand and dark brown (sepia) over base color of brown-green.
  • airbrushed, with soft transitions, their shapes were mainly horizontal. No standard pattern

An older scheme was used between 1932 and 1936 aka “Japanese camouflage”:

  • patches in bright yellowish sand, dark green and dark brown, separated with thin black stripes
  • recent publications suggest that the colours might have been yellowish sand, olive green and light blue-gray

It was the bizarre “Japanese camouflage” scheme that initially caught my eye, so I’m going with that, using the following colours:

Feature Color Recommended Paint Used
camo Sand Yellow 70.916 Hunbrol 110 + 70.917 Beige
camo Olive Grey 70.888 70.893 US Dark Green
camo Beige Brown 70.875 70.981 Orange Brown + 70.846 Mahogany Brown
camo German Grey 70.995  
tires Black Grey 70.862 70.862
gun barrel   70.073  
tool handles Refractive Green 70.890  

Build Log

It is quite a basic kit and some of the detail is a little soft, but a nice quick build.


How could I not chose the so-called “Japanese camouflage” scheme, used between 1932 and 1936. i.e. the interwar period when apparently someone lost the memo on what camouflage was for!!


I selected two figures from the MiniArt Polish Tank Crew set for a little diorama


So as I was finish this up just before Christmas, I couldn’t help myself and went with a light-hearted, festive variation…


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LEAP is just my personal collection of projects. Two main themes have emerged in recent years, sometimes combined:

  • electronics - usually involving an Arduino or other microprocessor in one way or another. Some are full-blown projects, while many are trivial breadboard experiments, intended to learn and explore something interesting
  • scale modelling - I caught the bug after deciding to build a Harrier during covid to demonstrate an electronic jet engine simulation. Let the fun begin..
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