June 17, 2021
And there it is...the classic ending, all that's missing is the blue sky James 😉 Great build, the chipping on the panels is awesome.
Very convincing Sturmovik James...as usual 😉 ! I love it 👍
Nice Heineken-plane! No kidding: you did a really good job.
Many thanks Tom, Gary, Sebastian and Mike. Much appreciated 🙂
@ Gary - The weather has been a bit wet and gloomy these past few weeks, so wasn't much opportunity for outdoor pics with better natural lighting. These pics were the best of a bad bunch, with some being a little dark... but the overcast sky kind of grew on me, making for a somewhat menacing looking scene which I thought fit the subject and Russian theatre quite well 😉
June 11, 2021
June 8, 2021
May 23, 2021
Very nice James! A great execution of a "desert" MiG 👍🏻👍🏻
Many thanks everyone for your positive feedback. Very much appreciated 🙂👍
Nice recovery James. Good job mate!
Thanks Maciej 🙂
May 20, 2021
May 16, 2021
May 8, 2021
As we all do with those models that have 'had their day'. 🙂 Yet strangely enough, mine never see the bin outside, but rather get put into a box marked. "One day I will..............................................." hahahahahaha 🙂 🙂 🙂 👍
Very nice 👍
What a great collection 👍
Cheers guys 🙂
@ Kerry - Heh, In my youth I'd probably have set fire to them in the back yard or targeted them with the air rifle etc... but, nowadays I suspect I will do the same as you lol 😉👍
Given that there are so many products available for us to strip old paint and chrome, I have saved so many from the bottle of metho and a box of matches. hehehehehe🙂
Only to see most of the old kits re released !!!
I have become very selective as to what I keep and pension off. The choices available to us these days are so good and varied these days. 👍
April 22, 2021
April 12, 2021
Thanks Shane and Ingo 🙂
@ Shane - The Takom kit is such a vast improvement over the much older 70's era Tamiya kit. But, if you do decide to build it, be wary of the tracks as by following the instructions you end up a link short. Fortunately there are spares included, and I added an extra link just forward of the rear return idler wheels where the upper track run lay's flat.
Thanks Alfonso 🙂
Cheers James...I'll keep that in mind...😉
April 4, 2021
I like the end product, it was worth the fight. Oils for weathering?
Top result and interesting info on the kit!
Thanks Brian and Neuling 🙂
@ Brian. Yes, a combination of Italeri Acrylic for the base coat of olive drab, followed up with Tamiya dark brown panel liner and MiG oil brushers and assorted pigments.
April 2, 2021
March 26, 2021
March 15, 2021
James, you've build a true beauty. It was a joy to follow this build. I'm looking forward to your next
Fully agree with Lode 👍
The deal is on the table and it´s a stunner (again)
Great job over all aspects, especially the paint-job on the upper delta - applying shading but only the mildest contrast in panel lines - looks super-realistic and the NZ sun nods approvingly 👍
Looks exactly like the mental picture I had from my early days seeing it in the magazine 🙂
@ Murad, Lode, Daniel and Slavo - Many thanks for your feedback guys 🙂
Having completed this one, the QF-106 is definitely on my to-do list now... but need a brief change after building aircraft for the last five months😉
March 14, 2021
Clean and careful work all around! And good pictures ..... 👍
Very nice bird. Well done 👍
Thanks Rui 🙂
Thanks as well Neuling 🙂 sorry I missed your reply before
March 12, 2021
February 4, 2021
January 31, 2021
January 20, 2021
Beautiful Tomcat James, great choice of markings too!
The 1/48 Italeri F-14 Tomcat is the very first model I built when I got back into modelling as an adult, so I have a soft spot for that kit!
Thanks Daniel and Michael 🙂
@ Michael - How did you find the kit?
I actually enjoyed the build, and being my first I luckily did not really encounter the issues you did. I used an earlier boxing than you, so maybe the plastic was better on mine since the molds were newer when the boxing I used was made. You are right about not many parts and detail being just ok. The shape of the forward fuselage is a bit off and the gun area is really poorly done.
That's interesting to hear. Perhaps I'm just getting too fussy. On the bright side, kits like this make you appreciate more modern and recently tooled kits a lot more😉
Re the nose gun, yeah I had a similar issues, as it wasn't very clear where exactly to position it, and looking back mine is probably a little too far back (and high) as well.
I think that the positioning of my pitot tubes is also off. If I were to start over I'd also separate the decals that make up the assorted stencils and placards on both sides of the nose and place them individually as I found that the rescue arrow sat way to high on the right side but was too late to do anything about it having already detached it from the backing paper. 🙁
Thanks Joshua 🙂
January 9, 2021
Merry Christmas mates!
Beautiful! Such a pretty little aeroplane😎
Thanks Rob 🙂 It was a very enjoyable kit to build and paint.
Very nicely done. Great scheme you picked, and wishing you the best in the new year James.
Thanks Ben, likewise mate😉👍
January 8, 2021
Very very nice model from the new russian "supertank". Well done job!
Thanks Richard 🙂
Wow! Thats a stunner James.
Thanks David 🙂
Love those colours and the subtle weathering! 🙂
December 29, 2020
December 23, 2020
Thanks again Josh.
Just a small update with my last completed build of 2020. Happy X-mas peeps and all the best for 2021!!!
Results look great. And you used pinwashes on some models?
Thanks Shade and yes... most of them had an application of a wash in some form.😉
Nice KT, where the dots brushed on?
Thanks Otto... But no, I used a wooden tooth pick to apply the dots. I blunted the end to vary the shape etc.
December 22, 2020
December 15, 2020
Excellent build, really impressive 🙂
Many thanks Bob, Ingo, Eelco, Neuling, Slavo and Guy.
Cheers guys, I really appreciate your feedback 🙂👍
@ Slavo - I started the year with the goal of representing the British army... and having done that, these latest Russian units are all a bonus!
I do have 1 failure... in the form of an Italeri F-14.... I'm in two minds whether to put it back on the bench or not....
back on the bench! 🙂
Thanks Ömer 🙂
December 12, 2020
November 22, 2020
November 17, 2020
October 31, 2020
That's a really nice tank, James! Great looking pictures too! 👍
Many thanks Thomas and Björn 🙂
Excellent workmanship, immaculate camouflage! Excellent job, James! This monster is also on my wish list..., one day, who knows...
Thanks Jorge, despite it's large size it is quite a simple and very enjoyable kit to build.
If you can afford it, I highly recommend that you replace the plastic tracks with metal Friuls etc, as doing so will allow you to mount the sponsons to the hull prior to painting making life a LOT easier and not to mention that they look a lot better as well 🙂
Thanks for the tips, James.
October 30, 2020
October 27, 2020
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October 7, 2020
Thanks James! Great info.
That is a awsome job James you have done with this model, really nice job!
Great work & stunning paintjob James 👍
Thanks Henrik & Sebastian 🙂
Album updated with assembly pictures and a few more outdoor shots of the completed build.
October 6, 2020
October 5, 2020
September 24, 2020
I guess that was a "challenge accepted" scenario 🙂
Looks excellent in desert finish, lots of cool fine details with the grilles and I really like how you treated the barrel 👍
Slavo, James is an expert in highlighting and weathering with oils. Never overdone, always subtle and always revealing the details. I don't know how he does it, but the results speak for themselves
Thanks Slavo & Lode 😳
This is one of my older builds. But I was doing a bit of binge watching on youtube from the Tank Museum in the UK and thought the short clips were really interesting and would go well with some of my previous build albums. I'm still undecided on how to paint the 2S35 Koalitsiya
Very well done James 👍
Wow, great work. I like the weathering.
September 23, 2020
Well I like all your models 👍
Thanks Rui 🙂
@ Olivier - Not sure what ***** means, but thanks ?😉
looks great in my opinion!
Very nice Stug, nicely painted and weathered!
@James. It means five stars.
@ Olivier, wow... and thank you. You didn't have to do that. But I appreciate it 👍
All praise you got here is well deserved.
September 22, 2020
Just figured I'd add these links as they are quite interesting.
Very interesting ! Thanks James for the links.
September 21, 2020
September 13, 2020
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August 26, 2020
Looking forward to this one James. Is is a Zvezda new/recent tool? (saves me looking).
Supposed to be a recent and newly tooled kit. It's molded in grey so I think I should be ok with this one... (I hope)😉
Gonna follow this one!
August 25, 2020
August 22, 2020
Total dog shit of a kit full of flash, vague assembly instructions and lousy fit in places.
I gave up on it after getting the running gear and tracks assembled only to find that they overhang the upper hull (and side skirts) by about 5mm at the front on either side. I just couldn't be bothered wasting my time attempting to modify the front axles to make it fit properly. This kit has nothing in common quality wise with Zvezda's more recent releases such as their newly tooled T-90 and Ferdinand; and being reboxed in line with their other newly tooled kits is deliberately misleading which I find somewhat infuriating. This is the same Dragon kit that dates back to the 1980's!
If your after a decent T-72B with ERA... Do yourself a favor and buy the Trumpeter kit instead as this kit is definitely one to avoid. 👎
Isn't this a rebox of the Dragon kit?
Yeah, that's what I mentioned at the end of my comment😉
Appreciate the 'forthright' report James C. = ] Like you, I don't mind the newer tool Zvezda 1/35 armour kits, and especially their 1/48 aircraft series which are universally, good, but I won't buy anything from them which is old old tool. With Zvezda's policy of now reboxing everything in their new glossy brand associative yellow outer boxing, all I can say is thank goodness for Scalemates so people can identify the original year of tool release. A repeat of the Airfix rebranding nonsense when Airfix started reboxing everything including a lot of dross from the 1950s & 1960s in bright red boxes.
Yeah, I stopped purchasing Airfix kits altogether because of that. (Italeri as well) I won't even consider their supposedly newly tooled kits either unless they are drastically reduced in price.
Kits retailed here in NZ cost generally twice as much as they do in Europe or the US presumably due to the shipping costs of stock etc.
This kit reminded me of their similar vintage T-80UD which was also originally a Dragon tooled kit.
I received that as a Xmas gift about 6 years ago, and was the only reason that I persevered and modified it to complete it, but vowed never again. Seeing this one headed in the same direction was very disappointing to say the least.
I don't mind building older kits, and/or having to use a bit of filler to clean up joins etc.
That's just modelling, and if it's in it's original boxing you accept that as being a product of it's time. What is unacceptable (to me) is passing off shit like this from the past as being something new, without making any attempt to correct the original assembly flaws... yet still charging prices equal to that of their newly tooled kits when they don't have the same quality of modern molding and engineering techniques etc.
Anyway, that's my whinge, piss and moan for the month over with😉
Haha.. No you just speak the truth. Airfix pricing in AU is outrageous as well. I place the blame squarely on the single line import distro's shoulders. Before Turnbull pushed 10% GST onto all AU imports regardless of value, I used to buy Airfix from Hattons in the UK who would take off UK VAT which compensated for the international shipping and exchange rate which worked well if amortizing consignments cleverly. But Airfix squashed that refusing supply to Hattons because of High street retail Hobby shop unceasing whinging re Hattons "predatory" local pricing in the UK. Whilst Airfix's newer tools are a vast improvement, their pricing isn't. It's also just a nonsense over here. Armour is reboxed Academy, Dragon Smart Kits 2020 they ain't. Aircraft, well let's just say Eduard before the USD went 'bullistic', and I'm glad I bought my new tool Airfix Whitley V, Blenheim I & Do-17Z from Hattons. I like Soviet, Japanese and German subjects, so I'm well served by a healthy stash of Hasegawa, Tamiya, Zvezda, Eduard for air with a smattering of reboxed Hasegawa Revell or new tool Revell & predominantly Dragon for armour although Zvezda new tool opportunity buying is increasingly featuring due that import/USD situ.
August 20, 2020
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July 29, 2020
Thanks Joe. Sorry for not replying sooner.
The camouflage was achieved by airbrushing the basic green pattern first (Over black primer) then I masked it off with thinly rolled tubes of blue-tack. I then sprayed the Dunkelgelb over the top.
After removing the blue-tack, I did a number of touch-ups to the green again free-hand.
I finished up by using assorted oils on the lower panels and recesses to give it a bit of depth.
Great looking model 🙂
Good tip James to first spray the green areas with the Blue-tac afterward... learned something again! By-the-way a superb model mate, love it 👍!
Agree Jame's camo result was super. Just a heads up. For those who mightn't know, J's Work do two different camo scheme 1/35 Ferdinand mask sets. Search here for PPA5070 & PPA507. Another way to achieve the scheme. I've used them on other AFVs e.g. my early and late Hetzers, aircraft with complex camo patterns e.g. Su-33. They're very good, but with the caveat they do result in that harder edge look typical of a factory stencil or field brush applied scheme. The Kursk Ferdinand camo was field applied by crews using both application methods. J's Work stencils of course, come at additional cost in terms of $ and time. What James did works fine for the price of some Blu Tack and would be easier to and take less time to apply IME. Alternatively you could also use Microscale liquid Micro Mask or its ilk marketed under various brandings.
Thanks Guy, Jos and Bigglesof266 🙂
July 18, 2020
You made quite a good showcase for the Caunter scheme with this one.
IMHO, Both Matildas are very well painted 👍
Thanks guys 🙂
This is Tamiya's older tooled kit from the 70's and is WAY over scaled and when compared to their newly tooled Matilda kits... is a bit of a turd to be honest.😉
The AK "Caunter Scheme" (AK4030) paint set that I used was a bit disappointing in that the silver grey didn't even come close to matching the colour as indicated on the box art. The colour provided was just a slightly darker version of the "Portland Stone" with a slight greenish hue to it. For this one, I tried to darken it up a bit and add more contrast by going over the top of it with a blue-grey from Tamiya's weathering Master pastels set which largely did the trick. The rest of the colours in the set look ok though.
It is for this reason that I chose to use the RLM blue when I did the newly tooled kit.
While it too isn't correct, it was a far better and more accurate kit to build and the paint scheme looks much tidier as well.
Good job despite the kit; I know exactly what you mean about the older tooled kits, I made the mistake of buying a couple on Ebay because the price was really good (compared to the newer tooled kit) . Of course I got what I paid for and life is too short to waste time on polishing turds.
Missed this one: a mistake! Very beautiful, especially your choice of colors!
Thanks Al and Neuling 🙂
@ Al - I couldn't agree more 👍
June 24, 2020
Great, I see that the truck brings the trailer. I'm looking forward to see that big set, Mate.
Do you have a album of the Sd.Kfz.231 build? Why it was an abomination? I like that armored car.
No I didn't bother re-shooting it as I disliked the result so much. If it had been priced more in line with other typical Italeri boxings like their Puma kit that I also did, I wouldn't of minded so much. For what its worth, the Italeri 234 Puma (8 wheel) is better than the Tamiya/Italeri 232 (6 wheel) and just a quarter of the cost! Very dishonest marketing by Tamiya.
In comparison, I found their 232 is poorly molded, the fit of that angular hull was not the best and the fit of the rear axles to the chassis was just sloppy as hell. Tamiya included a metal barrel which given it's basic shape was a bit unnecessary, as well as a standing commander figure to pose outside of the vehicle and then quadrupled the price!
I agree that it's a cool looking vehicle, and If you can find the original Italeri (2004) boxing, I'd recommend it as it includes the overhead aerial frame, but I would not recommend the Tamiya re-issue as your not getting anything for the inflated price and they did away with the aerial frame. Given the overall quality, I'd also avoid the later (and much more expensive) Italeri re-boxing as well)
I'm a fan of Tamiya engineered kits in general as you know your getting quality... even with their older kits. But your not getting that quality with these re-released Italeri kits, but your still paying Tamiya prices.
I see, and I agree 🙁 To pay a lot more just for a nice boxart??? Tamiya shouln't overprice it.
Italeri had an upgraded kit with PE & resin parts.
Sd.Kfz. 232 6 Rad (Italeri 6445, 1:35)
Thanks Zach 🙂
June 23, 2020
Looks great. Would like to see details 👍
I've got some close ups from the original album backed up somewhere. Just need to find them again.
You really brought this old kit to life. Good paintwork!
James, nice paint and detailed. I like it
Thanks guys. 🙂
It looks better attached to the half-track with its top up in this album:
Sd.Kfz. 7 with towed 88mm Flak 37 | Album by Jim C (1:35)
Great camo and weathering 👍
I agree with Rui.
Not my favorite kit, but you always turn it into beauties
Thanks guys 🙂
@ Lode - Yeah, 90% of it was Tamiya's old Sd.Kfz. 7 kit from the 1970's. But it was a simple enjoyable build, and a good test bed to practice the camo pattern on. There are more recent and accurate kits of this vehicle by both Trumpeter and Dragon.
like this one for exemple 👍
Thanks Rui. This one got on top of me and I did not intend it to look so beaten up.
Nice work James. I remember selling many of these at the old hobby store. Its great to see it built up.
Thanks Nathan 🙂
Menacing looking vehicle. Good work!
Thanks Neuling 🙂
Very nice weathering. It sure does look as it has some miles done
Cheers Lode... It was way too heavy handed on the weathering with this one and toned it down a LOT after this build 🙂
Nice paintjob 👍
Thanks Rui 🙂
The russians knew how to build tanks. This one fired a lot of shells apparantly
Nice big daddy Josif Stalin tank - been in the wars, a little rusty & itchy...😉 Nicely done 👍
Thanks guys 🙂
June 20, 2020
I like the weathering 👍
Why last attempt ? Are you unhappy with the outcome ? By the way what is this red thing amongst the crew in picture 1 ?
Thanks Rui 🙂
@ Olivier - Yes, I was never happy with the final result of how the crew turned out, and overall I just didn't enjoy the process. The crew member in the second row is supposed to be eating an apple. Perhaps I should have painted it green instead. I made another attempt to do the crew figures on the Patrol boat build but I ended up just binning them.