As with most Dragon kits, there were some hassles with the Bison II model, but the kit eventually came together quite well. I struggled with some of the photo-
I tried paint modulation for the first time on this model. Basically, I painted different shades of the base coat to represent highlights and shadows. I like the effect, but I didn’t use quite the range of shades I often see with modulation. Even though Panzer Grey is very dark, I decided to go the bluish-
Weathering consisted of pigments and AK Interactive products. I did the chipping with Vallejo paints, and then added a lot of dust and streaks. I paint one jerry can in Dunkelgelb, as if it were thrown on at the last minute without being repainted. I kinda like the color pop the yellow adds.
The Bison II was a factory modification of the Pz. II, which mounted a sIG 33 assault gun in an open top design. If you notice, the back end of the gun extends into the engine compartment. Literally, the wheels were removed and the sIG 33 was dropped onto mount. The chassis was extended by one road wheel to accommodate the gun.
Documents are scarce, but we do know that 12 were made for use in the North Africa campaign. Due to engine overheating, the production was canceled, and all 12 were either destroyed or abandoned.
I have one photo of a Bison II painted in a dark color and set in a snow-