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Help a fellow modeller getting back on his feet again - literary! ;)
Will Pattison a.k.a. rubegoldberg needs stem cell treatment in Panama and has created a gofundme page.

I've posted info about it here with link to the campaign.

Let's help him out!
If you can't afford to donate a couple $ then please just share the link so we can make this happen!

Many thanks in advance
01. April at 13:34:28 Share

March 07, 2018

Jens Andrée added a new photoalbum.
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Project: Takom Mk.IV Male in scale 1:35
1:35 Mk.IV (Takom 2076)1:35 Stormtroopers (Meng Model HS-010)
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Jens Andrée That's it - I'm calling it done now, otherwise I'll never be finished...
Done or "done", we shall see but now I move on to the corner of shame and those massive project I've started ;)
Many thanks for all of your kind comments!!!
01. March at 16:29:11
Timothy Heimer That is too cool! Nice work! I got one of those corners too! If I could only stay focused on that instead of doing more! At least the one I'm on now will soon be done.
01. March at 18:29:44
Jens Andrée Cheers Timothy!
I don't think there is a modeller who hasn't got a corner of shame, that's just how it is.
Some kits are abandoned because they are wonky, others because we can't decide how to progress?
I've got a few that simply were super fun to build and I almost finished them in the first sitting and I stopped so I could enjoy them more but then never go around to start them again... Weird, I know!
I've also got two kits in the corner of shame because they are overly complicated and I get frustrated building them because they are very hard to put together and I don't do my best work when I'm frustrated.

But I've said I will finish 50% of my corner of shame before I start my Schwerer Gustav diorama so I better crack on! ;)
02. March at 01:31:11
Michael Kraft Isn't that weird? We are feeling bad for the kits we started and left in a corner (which happened for a reason in most cases). I know that feeling as well. But it's for our entertainment, so those kits should just leave us alone, not bothering us ;)
Some time ago I finished a kit that someone started in 1996, so it's never too late :)
Cheers Jens, go and have fun!
02. March at 09:09:52
Jens Andrée Michael - Your comment really made me think. Why should we feel responsible for abandoned kits? In the end of the day they are, like you said, plastic kits made for us to enjoy - and when we don't enjoy them we are under no obligation nor contract to finish them! Perhaps I should no longer call it the corner of shame and instead call it the corner of blame... ;)
Some kits aren't meant to be finished, or finished another day?! I build because it is fun and it is creative. If a kit hasn't got these values then I often park them somewhere and start something different - but we learn something from every build - even the bad ones!

Thank you Michael! Best comment ever I think! :)
03. March at 12:43:03
Timothy Heimer I agree as well but most of those kits I do really want to finish! I think we get bored or another kit gets us more excited. I'm still trying to figure out how a kit that I wasn't all that excited about compared to the other 4 I was working on got under my skin and to where I'm almost done with it.!? So I think it's just the corner of unfinished kits, no blame or shame, just the lost interest pile. I used to open a kit, finish a kit and go to the next, now this insanity takes over and WTF! LOL
03. March at 14:23:57
Michael Kraft Thanks Jens, but you made me think as well ;) As a result, I grabbed one of the kits from my corner of shame - and soon it will be finished! It's an IBG Einheitsdiesel truck that I've started almost a year ago and that gave me a very hard time. But now I'm ready for it. Maybe I've learned a few things in the 1,5 years since I returned to this hobby after decades of absence :).
Looking forward to your next build!
06. March at 15:10:36
Jens Andrée Nicely done Michael!!! :)
One day one of us might actually work out why these kits end up in the corner of shame, but whenever I take one from there and finish it I feel really good about it and at least two such kits are builds I'm really happy with today?! Perhaps they need to sit and "mature" a bit, like a good cheese? :P

I'm very much like Timothy where I get bored with a kit after a while when the initial excitement has gone down... I just love opening a new kit and getting into it and that's why I often have 4-6 going on at any given point in time, not including corner of shame... But it's just a hobby at the end of the day and whatever makes you happy is what you should do!
At least we're trying to build the kits unlike so many others in this hobby?! Nothing wrong with collecting kits - not at all, but I am a modeller first and that's it I think. Or do I also collect?

I'm going to put up a large whiteboard so I can visually see which kits are on the go. That will hopefully make it easier to organise my builds and perhaps even make me aware of some kits I've forgotten... ;)

Happy modelling!!!
07. March at 02:16:32
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March 01, 2018

Jens Andrée added a new project.
Status: Work in progress | Scale: 1:35 | Albums: 1 with 61 images
14. October 2017 at 00:39:24 Share
Jens Andrée Here's my latest "TV-kit" that I've built the last four days. I like to have a kit in front of me whilst watching TV in the evenings and this was a fun little kit! (didn't really watch any TV though... ;) )
Lining up the road wheels without using a single drop of glue was interesting to say the least, but I managed somehow and all roadwheels and tracks are working.
Tomorrow I shall being weathering this tank after this evenings paint and varnish session!
14. October 2017 at 01:10:27
Jens Andrée Added some more photos, including the hairspray chipping that didn't go as planned at all due to hairspray affecting all layers of paint... sigh. Weathering to the rescue I think...? Sometimes modelling is more challenging than expected but lesson learned. Don't trust "any" hairspray without testing it first. I'm buying dedicate chipping fluid next week to be on the safe side! ;)
15. October 2017 at 03:01:59
Jens Andrée Weather Report update in the album!
Recover from disaster is the title but I think I pulled it off...
16. October 2017 at 03:38:41
Jens Andrée Uploaded some pictures of mud/dirt weathering. First time so I wasn't really sure how to go about it but I looked at some reference photos and just started. It's too uniform and dark at the moment so next step is lighter pigments and some splash effects, but after that I'm clueless... That's for tomorrow to figure out ;)
17. October 2017 at 22:27:25
Jens Andrée Finally got the figures I needed for the small vignette I'd planned! It took the poor excuse of a postal service (PostNord) almost three months to deliver them AFTER they'd arrived in the country!?! The only good thing about this abysmal service is that I'm saving money because I've stopped buying kits since you never know if, and when, they arrive?

This is my first ever vignette so you can be sure I made all the errors I could, but I learned loads from it and the next one will hopefully be less "eventful"... ;)

There are still some detailing to be done like correcting the colour of the mud tracks, figure weathering and some "clutter" along the duck boards. I ripped up and redid the duck boards but they still turned out too big. I simply don't have any thinner balsa wood and I'm not going to do it a third time. I'll sort this out on my next vignette/diorama but I feel I have to move on and not get stuck any longer on my first ever attempt.

It's got its fair share of flaws but as a learner piece it served a purpose and in certain angles it almost looks plausible ;)
18. February at 15:36:27
Michael Kraft Well, just looking at the final pictures I can't see any sign of trouble during the weathering. It looks fantastic! And the presentation of the whole thing in that scenery is superb as well! Very, very nice!
18. February at 16:01:24
Jens Andrée Cheers Michael! :)
I made so many errors making this first vignette that I'm surprised I ever got here, but the difference between a beginner and an expert in modelling is the ability to recover from a failure and this I'm slowly getting better at... ;)
I just need to fix the last couple of things and then get on with the next one. I'm thinking perhaps a winter scene? Or an urban scene? So many things to try...

Once again many thanks for you kind words!
18. February at 20:59:24
Jens Andrée That's it - I'm calling it done now, otherwise I'll never be finished...
Done or "done", we shall see but now I move on to the corner of shame and those massive project I've started ;)
Many thanks for all of your kind comments!!!
01. March at 16:28:42
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January 15, 2018

Jens Andrée Added a new review for:
1:35 Panther (Meng Model TS-035)
German Medium Tank Sd.Kfz.171
Panther Ausf. A Late
Meng Model 1:35
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14. January at 16:48:37 Share
Jens Andrée 5 out of 5 was my score which I almost never say so it's a really good kit! Sadly not the same can be said about the zimmerit decals, but the tracks and suspension upgrade was really good. Easily the best Panther kit out there right now!
14. January at 21:29:21
Sebastian Meyner HI Jens! Happy belated new year!!! One quick question: What exactly is wrong with the Zimmerit decal? Was thinking about to get the Meng Panther fully "loaded".
Btw: How is your Entwicklungsserie coming along? ;)
15. January at 12:07:32
Jens Andrée Hi Sebastian! Happy new year to you as well!!!
The Meng zimmerit water slide decals are just too thin to look realistic, and this is a shame because it worked so much better than the Tamiya vinyl zimmerit they did for a couple of models. I fully understand that you can't make really thick decals but the pattern isn't deep enough to look plausible.
I saw someone who'd painted their zimmerit with some sort of "pure" acrylics and the pattern almost disappeared... I'm using Tamiya paint and lacquers so I'm not worried here, but realistic it ain't sadly.
My Entwicklungsserie project is coming along nicely but it's a hefty build - and I've gone and added yet another kit to it... Some are part in GB's this year so I couldn't start all the E-100 at the same time for example, but I've got three of them on the desk right now! It'll take until the summer to complete these ones - just the plastic, and then paint, but that should go a bit quicker since they all share common colours.
It was nice to take a break from them though and build something different like this Panther ;)
I'm also going to start my massive Schwerer Gustav diorama at some stage in the spring... I've got a busy year ahead of me for sure :P
15. January at 15:19:02
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December 24, 2017

Jens Andrée added the Eduard Draken (1:48) to his stash.
1:48 Draken (Eduard 1135)
Eduard 1:48
2016 | Changed parts
24. December 2017 at 20:56:16 Share
Jens Andrée Found this under my Christmas tree tonight so thank you old geezer in red :D
Kitted out with extra extra resin parts too so there's no excuse not to make this a cracking build!
The J 35 Draken is my favourite Swedish jet fighter and one with lots of memories after having these flying over me every week growing up so I've got a very specific paint job in mind recreating the ones from the local air force F4, Frösön (Östersund), Sweden. I've got a specific mount and idea for a vignette to pay homage to the mighty J 35 Draken! (which means Dragon)
Merry Christmas to you all!!! :)
24. December 2017 at 21:01:35
Holger Kranich Yeah merry x-mas!
24. December 2017 at 21:27:57
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December 07, 2017

Jens Andrée added a new project.
Status: Work in progress | Scale: 1:72 | Albums: 0
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Derek Huggett Jens - Display cabinet? More like a small greenhouse or conservatory! :) I will park my mobile-home/camper van outside if that's okay!
07. December 2017 at 08:45:50
Jens Andrée Hahaha Derek! :D
You are probably correct because the base will almost be the size of a door, and some height is also required...
And of course you can park your camper van here! I could probably do with some help finishing this build ;)
07. December 2017 at 08:50:46
Wim van der Luijt count me in for this huge project too, how big is the gun in 1:72?
07. December 2017 at 11:32:05
Sebastian Meyner Big plans for a big gun! Looking forward to see it come together!

The display cabinet "German Style" but not IKEA?! Sorry Jens but these days IKEA could pass as "German Style" me I'm German and we love IKEA :)

07. December 2017 at 11:40:23
Udo Browarczik Curiosity might kill the cat, but count me in.... Good luck!
07. December 2017 at 12:41:45
Jens Andrée I haven't built and measured the gun yet but the model is ~120 cm long so the gun should be almost 1 meter long!

I've got a surprise in store for the cabinet, hence the "German style" and not IKEA ;)

The plan is to build the type of diorama you see on a picture and think "I wish I had one of them" but secretly knowing it would be too big and possibly a bit silly, and that's why I'm doing it!
We're not getting any younger, not me anyway, so I'm going full bonkers and will have a lot of fun getting there! :D

Cheers for all of your kind and supportive comments!
07. December 2017 at 17:33:48
Sebastian Meyner Lots of luck for this monster. See you in about a year! ;)

Speaking of put the other one (Entwicklungsserie...) on hold? Don't tell me I have to struggle alone on that on!
07. December 2017 at 18:02:03
Jens Andrée Sebastian, No, the Entwicklungsfahrzeug Sammlung is in full swing but I tend to have more than one build going on at the same time ;)
A few of the tanks in the Entwicklungsfahrzeug Sammlung are going to be built as group builds next year so I can't start them yet, but I've made good progress so far but just doing similar tanks, one after the other, gets boring - as will the Schwerer Gustavs 400 wheels or so to make, so that's why I'm starting this project at the same time!
I'm retired after an accident so modelling is pretty much all I do nowadays and that's why I can churn out so many models. At least I found one benefit of breaking my spine and pelvic bone!
I need to get better taking photos but the new modelling area is going to have better lights so taking photos should be much easier!
07. December 2017 at 19:13:09
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November 27, 2017

Jens Andrée
Finally got my hands on this today, with all the trimmings! ;)
For my third and final GB for 2018.
1:35 Panther (Meng Model TS-035)
German Medium Tank Sd.Kfz.171
Panther Ausf. A Late
Meng Model 1:35
2017 | New tool
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November 19, 2017

Jens Andrée added a new project.
Status: Work in progress | Scale: 1:35 | Albums: 0
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Sebastian Meyner N-I-C-E !!!
15. November 2017 at 16:09:43
Wim van der Luijt well politically incorrect dad....count me in!
15. November 2017 at 16:09:44
Jens Andrée Ingo F - I omitted that Jagdpanzer E-100 on purpose because I think it's... well... ugly?!
But it's a god base for a custom/bash build for sure. I might add it OOB when I decide to add the E-50 & E-75 Flakpanzer? This is probably going to turn into the never ending project :P
15. November 2017 at 18:42:26
Jens Andrée Sebastian and Wim van der Luijt - cheers! :D
15. November 2017 at 18:43:07
Blaubar Great project, these E series prototypes at all so awesome. Enjoy the project! :)
19. November 2017 at 11:39:27
Jens Andrée Thank you Blaubar! Some say the E-series were inferior and that's why they never happened. My view is that the German war machine was too strained in 1944 and simply didn't dare changing direction with regards to their armour. Both the French and the Russian took a lot of design elements from the E-series when they begun building their post-WWII tanks and that's something! ;)

I have begun taking some pictures so I will soon add some to the album, but I'm mostly still in planning stage and don't want to start any major tasks before Christmas because this "little" project will take many hours to complete, and I will work on it full time until it's complete!

A friend with a laser cutter will help me to cut the details for the scenery so I can make a base and a backdrop in shape of the exterior of a "factory" as some sort of diorama to showcase the lineup... Lots of work - but all fun so I'm really enjoying this project for sure and it's a homage to the skilled German engineers who designed and built all the tanks they did!
19. November 2017 at 14:19:40
Timothy Heimer I always said....think BIG and you my friend are!
19. November 2017 at 14:43:56
Jens Andrée Hahaha! :D
Cheers Timothy and yes, you are so correct!!! The bigger the better!
I'm also building the HobbyBoss 1/72 Dora in spring so I'm not deviating from thinking BIG! ;)
19. November 2017 at 15:35:52
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November 16, 2017

Jens Andrée added the Hobby Boss 80cm K(E) Railway Gun "Dora" (1:72) to his stash.
1:72 80cm K(E) Railway Gun "Dora" (Hobby Boss 82911)
80cm K(E) Railway Gun "Dora"
Hobby Boss 1:72
2010 | New tool
16. November 2017 at 09:35:59 Share
Jens Andrée Ho ho ho! Merry Christmas to me, from me! :D
16. November 2017 at 09:36:28
Greg Baker And it's just your size too!
16. November 2017 at 09:40:18
Jens Andrée The more bonkers the better - and this must be the most überbonkers there is!!!
I can admit that I've been looking at the 1/35 scale version but apart from being rather expensive - it takes up a lot of space so it had to be the 1/72 scale instead - which is still a huge build!
16. November 2017 at 09:51:41
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November 14, 2017

Jens Andrée
If someone's got an Amusing Hobby #35B001 E-5 tank to sell I'd be a happy man! I can't find it anywhere on eBay, only in bundles, but I've got all of those models already. Many thanks in advance!!!
12. November 2017 at 04:26:16 Share
Jens Andrée Bought another E-100 35A015 to get the E-5 35B001 so I'm now sorted!
14. November 2017 at 20:01:34
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November 08, 2017

Jens Andrée Added a new review for:
1:35 Entwicklungsfahrzeug E-25 (Trumpeter 00383)
Entwicklungsfahrzeug E-25 Development Vehicle E-25
Trumpeter 1:35
2007 | New tool
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08. November 2017 at 22:11:06 Share

October 26, 2017

Jens Andrée Added a new review for:
1:35 Jagdpanther II (Amusing Hobby 35A011)
German Tank Destroyer
Jagdpanther II
Amusing Hobby 1:35
2016 | New tool
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26. October 2017 at 10:51:08 Share

October 21, 2017

Jens Andrée Added a new review for:
1:35 Mk.IV (Takom 2076)
WWI Heavy Battle Tank
Mk.IV Male/Female 2 In 1
Takom 1:35
2016 | Changed parts
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21. October 2017 at 01:31:57 Share

October 16, 2017

Jens Andrée will attend C4 Open
C4 Open
SE 28. and 29. September 2017, in Malmö
16. October 2017 at 14:08:52 Share
Jens Andrée
Added a new "Featured Modeller" on my blog. This time it was David Damek - a.k.a PLASMO and he is a stunning modeller if you ask me!


Please read, comment and share if you agree! Modellers who share their experiences and who teaches their techniques deserves to be credited!
16. October 2017 at 00:47:59 Share

October 06, 2017

Jens Andrée added a new photoalbum.
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1:35 EUROPEAN STREET (MiniArt 36011)
05. October 2017 at 23:59:38 Share
Jens Andrée One error I've already made is to use a non-matt paint for the blue colour... I used Tamya X-14 instead of XF-14 :( I'm going to have to fix this later so they surface isn't so shiny, but the colour looks great apart from this. Learning is fun but sometimes I prefer to be right from the beginning ;)
06. October 2017 at 00:13:51
Rui S Looks nice.
You could airbrush a clear Matt varnish over the gloss blue.
06. October 2017 at 00:25:24
Jens Andrée Rui S - it's going to get a matt varnish before weathering anyway but you got me thinking... Doesn't Tamiya have a matt base they're selling? I think it's called X-21. It's made to "convert" clear paint to flat. I wonder if it works as a separate coat? Thanks for the tip! :)
06. October 2017 at 01:54:16
Rui S Np, glad to help ;)
I use matt varnish over gloss surfaces and normally it works reducing the shiny finish.
06. October 2017 at 12:17:02
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Jens Andrée added a new project.
Status: Work in progress | Scale: 1:35 | Albums: 1 with 4 images
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Jens Andrée Started this project yesterday and it's coming along nicely. Not an easy glueup though...
06. October 2017 at 00:02:33
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October 04, 2017

Jens Andrée added a new photoalbum.
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Project: Haunebu II by Sqadron in scale 1:72
1:72 Haunebu II (Squadron SQM0001)
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Jens Andrée oh, regarding my surgeon. After 5 years of desperately searching for a surgeon who could work on me I finally found one - the only one in the country (Sweden) that did the type of procedure I needed in order to walk again and he was rather upset that I'd been neglected for 5 years so he booked me in as soon as he could and 6 months after that surgery I learned to walk again! There's still a long way to go and I will never be fully repaired, but next step is to fix 3 broken disks in my lower back. He was going to fix them just before the summer but he discovered a lot of small fractures on all of these disks so he didn't dare to drill and screw them together with fixtures then, but with a bit of luck he might be able to in December - if they've begun to heal - so we shall see. Modelling is my therapy and it saved me from going totally mad whilst being bed-ridden for all those years and that's why this wonky kit felt extra bad since I was doing it to feel better - not worse...

...but by overcoming the issue and push on is some sort of victory and I felt pretty good early this morning after doing all that slow and painstaking weathering :)

And always remember this: NEVER walk down concrete stairs wearing wellies if it's wet. I did and I slipped, and landed on the last step. I fractured my pelvic bone, trashed three disks, sustained permanent nerve damage and were left on my own by the hospitals saying there was nothing they could do... 5 years later I met a private surgeon who fixed me! (and the state hospital had to pick up the bill for neglecting me!)
Never wear wellies when wet walking down stairs boys and girls! I was totally sober too... bummer :P
29. September 2017 at 22:40:42
David Thor I will take that advice and won't wear wellies! :)
29. September 2017 at 23:46:20
Alexander G. Your acrylic weathering looks brilliant! That oozing rust between the panel lines looks very convincing, like an old battleship that has seen many sea battles.

btw I am myself recovering from a motorcycle accident right now where i broke a vertebrae this May and had my second surgery 6 weeks ago, so i feel yor pain mate...though i was VERY lucky and have been spared a wheelchair. Sound good how your healing process has turned to the better and from now on it will be only a way up! It may be a long healing process but in the meantime you can build many awesome models because it IS definitely a form of therapy which i experienced myself. Heads up and finish this sucker!
The upper half definitely needs a good wash, that's the part where it comes "alive"!

cheers, Alex
30. September 2017 at 11:42:13
Jens Andrée Ouch Alexander, I hope you're able to fully recover! My nerve damage from having a fractured pelvic bone, amongst all things, for five years sadly made me an impossible subject and all we can do is to try to make me as stable an predictable as possible whilst managing the pain. I'm not complaining because I thought I'd never walk again, but I've still got a long way to go - now 8 years later.
I've been working on the upper hull for the last two days and it's got a different structure with panels and rivets so I've had to change method many times - and I'm still not happy... My lack of experience with air planes are showing through here. I'm thinking any flying object to and from space must take a fair bit of beating due to friction, heat and weather. Especially a late 1940's vehicle. I've tried to cover 100% of the surface with some sort of method, but most of it is more or less invisible, but still there in order to create seamless weathering.
Had a bit of an issue last night when working with the acrylic burnt umber and that was the Vallejo varnish dissolving when wet brushing with water! Ok, I was using a fair bit of force on the brush but not that hard, but it's something to know. I'm going to run a test where I use a rattle can varnish and see if that holds up to dry+wet brushing the weathering?
I'll try to add some "in progress" pictures although I'm far from happy with the current state...

Cheers and thanks for all your kind words guys! :)
30. September 2017 at 22:43:00
Eric RENOUX Good job with this kit !
01. October 2017 at 08:25:01
Jens Andrée Thank you Eric! It was a journey of frustration instead of joy which killed all creativity for sure, but I somehow managed to make something out of it in the end. I just love all of these crazy wunderwaffen and not just the "what if " tanks but also the "perhaps"," maybe" and even the "yeah right" ones :P
I wish someone could make a 1/35 or bigger Die Glocke kit and a Kugelpanzer. The Kugelpanzer existed briefly in 1/35 scale as a resin kit, but for some reason it's only available in 1/72, or was it 1/48 at the moment? I might do a scratch build of the Kugelpanzer, but I'm currently doing a scratch build Landkreuzer P.1000 Ratte in 1/35 scale and it's a monster since it's 100 cm long!!! It's mainly being built out of wood since ABS or styrene would be too expensive, especially if it's going to be rigid. It's a long-term project though that hopefully will be finished sometimes during 2018. Most details will be laser cut so I'm doing a full CAD 3D design. I might release the files as Open Source when done if I have enough time to make them 100% complete and easy to use? We'll see.
Scale modelling is more fun when it's not too serious, although I also love the serious stuff, but humour tends to win for me anyway!
Happy modelling!
04. October 2017 at 08:15:36
Holger Kranich "Scale modelling is more fun when it's not too serious, although I also love the serious stuff, but humour tends to win for me anyway!"

Thats the true spirit mate! :D
04. October 2017 at 09:14:01
Wim van der Luijt like your attitude Mate
04. October 2017 at 16:24:55
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Jens Andrée Added a new review for:
1:72 Lockheed Martin SR-71 Blackbird (Italeri 145)
Lockheed Martin SR-71 Blackbird with Drone
Italeri 1:72
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Jens Andrée Added a new review for:
1:72 Haunebu II (Squadron SQM0001)
Haunebu II German Flying Saucer
Squadron 1:72
2017 | New tool
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October 03, 2017

Jens Andrée Added a new review for:
1:35 EUROPEAN STREET (MiniArt 36011)
MiniArt 1:35
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September 29, 2017

Jens Andrée added a new project.
Status: Work in progress | Scale: 1:72 | Albums: 1 with 24 images
12. September 2017 at 22:44:50 Share
Jens Andrée Kit arrived after finally breaking out $115 and ordering it! More money than I could afford but the kit seemed so cool...
12. September 2017 at 23:24:07
Jens Andrée Sadly things wend south as soon as I begun assembly of the lower hull. One of the pieces was really bent out of shape! Like 12 mm (1/2 inch) out of shape! On a thin plastic part this is easy-ish to bend back, but this is really thick plastic and there's a lot of spring force behind this!
I've tried to glue it 3 times, used extra material to strengthen it on the backside, and heaps of CA glue but when applying putty and trying to reshape the mating surfaces it snapped again and now I've had enough!
12. September 2017 at 23:30:42
Jens Andrée I contacted Squadron and super kindly told them about the ordeal, and that I was unable to continue this build.
I even asked if I could purchase new parts to replace my faulty ones - obviously hoping they'd admit some sort of manufacturer problem and send them for free, but the only reply I got was "this is a normal issue, nothing we can do".

That answer put me off all kind of modelling and I just put it back in the box and was angry for over a week.
Is this the expected quality when paying $115 for a kit? From a company that's just produced their first kit???
I sent them a reply to their response with another picture really explaining why I can't continue and that I was unhappy with their answer, but this is now five days ago and they haven't even bothered to reply...

I'm NOT happy how Squadron has handled this at all! I fully understand that thermoplastics can be tricky sometimes, especially when making this large pieces, but to say that there's nothing they can do and this is normal is bullshit! Dodgy/broken/faulty parts should be replaced if you ask me - not just ignored.

This is not a $10 cheap Chinese knockoff eBay kit, this is a premium kit by a company that lives on making/selling scale modelling equipment, and now their own kit.

A big fat thumbs down to Squadron for this! Right now my Haunebu II is probably just going to go in the bin because I'm to upset to even think about it. I haven't got the parts I need to finish it anyway...

Beware of this if you, like me, plan to buy this expensive kit because there's zero support if something's wrong or broken, just "this is normal, nothing we can do".

Project on hold.
12. September 2017 at 23:40:40
Wim van der Luijt have you tried running hot water over the parts and then bending into shape?
13. September 2017 at 08:39:53
Jens Andrée Wim van der Luijt - the plastic parts in this kit are very thick. I mean really thick! I contemplated using a hot air gun but by that time I'd had enough to be honest. It's too far off. If I'd known beforehand then perhaps I could've done something when it wasn't assembled, but with the centre piece in place it's not so easy to heat and bend. You shouldn't have to - especially when it's such an expensive kit!
We must be allowed to demand some sort of quality. That's my opinion anyway.
13. September 2017 at 14:42:01
Jens Andrée Big update in album! Long story short, still no reply from Squadron and I've given up, but instead of throwing the kit in the trash I decided to just bodge it and do what I could and I've been somewhat successful! Read the rest in the album ;)
26. September 2017 at 12:23:35
Jens Andrée ...and the weathering process has begun. Bought acrylic burnt umber by mistake instead of oil paint but it kinda worked out anyway... Took forever though.
29. September 2017 at 04:41:14
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September 27, 2017

Jens Andrée Added a new review for:
1:35 Maus V2 (Takom 2050)
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September 14, 2017

Jens Andrée Added a new review for:
1:35 Sd.Kfz.184 Schwerer Jagdpanzer "Elefant" (Tamiya 35325)
Sd.Kfz.184 Schwerer Jagdpanzer "Elefant" German Heavy Tank Destroyer Elefant
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September 13, 2017

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1:35 King Tiger Pz.Abt.505 (Takom 2047)
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September 12, 2017

Jens Andrée Added a new review for:
1:35 NASHORN (Tamiya 35335)
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Jens Andrée Another fantastic kit from Tamiya - the golden standard!
12. September 2017 at 23:57:18
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Build has started but not without having a pretty major issue on the very first step... Big enough to ask Squadron for replacement parts but they declined. Lots of putty and sanding a fair bit of plastic and I might get this back on track. Lost my enthusiasm to be honest and I actually regret spending $115 for this kit right now :(
More about this later.
1:72 Haunebu II (Squadron SQM0001)
Haunebu II German Flying Saucer
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Jens Andrée Looks like I've solved the problem with some heavy handed sanding and a big splosh of putty! ;)
I fully understand the problems involved making as big parts as the Haunebu II consists of, but still it was less than exciting to discover the problem my kit came with. Luckily I was able to move on.
30. August 2017 at 04:41:10
Jens Andrée It did not solve the problem and the bottom hull has snapped three times. Kindly asked Squadron for help, and as a last resort to BUY replacement parts hoping the did the right thing but no joy. Squadron couldn't care less since this was "normal issue".
When I responded to their reply with more information, and pictures, from my part they couldn't bother to reply...
I know it can be hard to make such big pieces - but when a part is faulty, from a $115 kit!, you think they'd be a bit more helpful?
I'm not ever buying anything more from Squadron - that's for sure!
12. September 2017 at 22:25:56
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August 23, 2017

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Status: Work in progress | Scale: 1:35 | Albums: 1 with 30 images
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Jens Andrée This is my first Takom build and I've so far only built Tamiya models and it takes some getting used to Takoms a bit different plastic/polymer composition and especially their - in my world - not as good build description...
I've been keen on starting this build for several weeks now but I'd decided to do this when the other models on my table were done. Done as in building that is, not painted. I'm rebuilding the "mancave" in order to make a better paint department so I've got a few models that haven't been painted yet. This model will obviously require continuous painting throughout the project so in a sense it's a means for getting the paint area done! ;)

I'm a beginner modeller and only started building scale models again 6 weeks ago after a 30+ year hiatus. This model will test my patience and ability to stop before something goes wrong. Painting is something I still struggle with due to lack of experience, but I'm in no rush and I practise in order to get better! Never used an airbrush before but I'm slowly getting there.
05. July 2017 at 11:53:36
Jens Andrée Sorry for lack of progress the last week.
My painting skills were simply not up to scratch with AMMO of Mig paints and after a near disaster with the Mayback engine I decided to sort out that problem before I carried on.
I now think I've learned using the AMMO paints enough to get going again, but damn what a complex paint it is to use, compared to Tamiya e.g.

I can though say that the quality of the Takom King Tiger is fantastic and I really hope I can do it justice in the paint department when done?!
If you want to do one really highly detailed build - with "full" interior - this is the one!
When this is done I'm saving up for a 1/16 full interior build :D
17. July 2017 at 21:59:54
Jens Andrée Finally some progress after making a huge error gluing the turret roof on by accident... sigh.
Also struggling with the AMMO paint and getting that to work has been a pain in the ...
The project is now on again and I will receive the needed AMMO thinner on Tuesday so I can continue painting the model.
The Friulmodel tracks are assembled and looking awesome though :)
06. August 2017 at 22:21:49
Jens Andrée Frustration - yet again - over the AMMO by Mig paint... sigh.
After weeks of trying to get it to work, and having some real success, I hit a new snag that's really annoying...

AMMO paint does not like to dry in humid weather!!! Come on!?!
The summer is more or less over and late August is soon September and that means humid weather and there's nothing I can do about that. In fact it's going to be humid until spring, unless I run the heating 24/7.
Does this mean that I can't use AMMO paint until spring?

I will find a way around this but this but when I'm done my whole collection of AMMO by Mig bottles are going in the bin and I'm sticking with Tamiya (and some Vallejo) in the future - that works whenever, wherever and however!!!

This project was going to be special in so many way but sadly it turned into a "special" project...

To be continued...
23. August 2017 at 05:10:47
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August 09, 2017

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Jens Andrée The project came to a stop for two reasons. First I needed Ammo by Mig thinner for the paint. This I discovered whilst learning to paint with AMMO acrylics, and also why the white paint on the engine looked like it did...
The second reason was that I accidentally glued the turret roof on in the spur of a moment whilst modelling away and not having my brain connected... I thought about cutting it open so you could see inside the turret but it wouldn't look right with the rest of the build. I also contemplated ordering new parts and redo the turret, but I felt that was too much hassle...
In the end I decided to live with the fact and write it off to learn by doing. I will try to put a small mirror under the turret in the display to showcase some of the interior. With a bit of luck it'll work, but it'll require interior LEDs to be installed but that's super easy.

The build in on again but I have to admit that the AMMO paints are much harder to use than Tamiya acrylics and honestly I don't know if I'll ever use the AMMO paints again for this very reason. I know they're trying to be "100% acrylic and non-toxic" but there's a limit what you can take when there are so much better products on the market - and in my own collection. Another lesson learned I guess ;)
06. August 2017 at 22:19:11
Kerry Cox Jens. I admire your honesty and determination in the face of what you have had to deal with.
I have really looked closely at what you have posted and for such a so called 'well engineered' kit, I was not happy to see such large gaps on the joins, especially the breach mechanism of the gun. !!
Your recovery was a treat to see, well done.
If I may ask a question about your surface prepping for the paint application. :-O
I have seen that 'separation' you spoke of, that looks like the 'orange peel' effect, with some of my attempts with various paints, and my fault was that I had NOT given all the parts a wash with a tooth brush, prior to assembly, in tepid water with some gentle dish washing detergent. !
There are oils that will come out of plastics that is really hard to overcome and will show up when paints are applied, a real bummer, and just a bit annoying to remedy.
Having said all that. I am most impressed with all your showing and describing as you go.
Something I will be coming back to as I proceed with mine, once it gets here. :-~
A slow job I will be doing now I have read your advice on some of the minor 'annoyances' mate.
Thanks for the heads up on what I may have to deal with.
I love your work. :)
Cheers. :) :) :)
06. August 2017 at 22:52:59
Jens Andrée Thanks for your kind words Kerry!!! :)
I'm a firm believer in "learn by doing" and admitting your faults helps you to remember them then next time. Also it could benefit others from doing the same mistakes so why not share the failures as well as the successes?!

I also initially thought that the problem I had with the AMMO paint was due to unclean surfaces but I had cleaned them and when testing the paint on various plastic items after the failure this turned out to not be the case. The problem with AMMO by Mig paints is that they're "proper" acrylic paints, i.e. no solvents in them like Tamiya acrylics. Tamiya paint you can almost pour on with a spoon and it still looks great when it dries but that's not how AMMO works. You have to spray it on in super fine layers - many layers! - and thus building up the paint. If you try to spray the next layer before it's completely dry you get the orange peel effect, and god forbid that you try to cover the piece with just one spray because that'll really ruin the day...

I should've watched a few instructional videos on AMMO paint beforehand but if you don't know about the problem, how are you going to search for the solution?

I've since learned how to use the AMMO by Mig paint and I get an acceptable result, but you can forget the smoothness that you get from Tamiya acrylics thinned with cellulose thinner and if that's the cost then I will live with things being a bit smelly. Tamiya + thinner also dries in a matter of minutes whereas the AMMO paint requires many many hours, unless you're creative with a hairdryer - which I don't have one due to not having that much hair ;)

What I do like about the AMMO acrylics is that their colours scale really well with regards to reflections etc, and they've made excellent mixes for the historical colours I wanted for this build. Tamiya isn't that far behind and I'm capable to mix my own paint so this is probably the first - and only - time I will use the AMMO paint.
I've also tried to use the AMMO paint with brushes on figures and you have the same problem. It just doesn't bite into the plastic so it pools in small tiny droplets which gives you an orange peel effect.

Could be great if painting 1945 Wehrmacht combat camo oranges but I don't think they were that common to be honest... hehe... :P

08. August 2017 at 01:26:07
Jens Andrée Kerry, your observations about the poor fit on some details are correct and almost made me lose the spirit at first because I thought this was going to be "the perfect" kit...
Don't get me wrong because in most areas it is a fantastic and well designed kit with almost perfect fit - but all that goes out the window when you find some parts that just doesn't fit and/or have terrible seams that needs filling.
I don't mind going all the way in trying to fix everything that's not perfect, and to a certain extent it's part of the hobby - but the parts must fit if you ask me, otherwise it's like going back to the 80's and the wonky kits we had back then...

I've read about other problems with these King Tiger kits where some have had major problems getting the road wheels aligned correctly and others with warped hulls. I've had to ream out the holes on the right side of the lower hull in order for the suspension arms to fit properly and that was down to the right side "scale armour" piece not fitting 100% properly down into the hull (which I didn't see) and it was too late to correct after the cement had dried. It was easy to fix when knowing what the fault was but if you don't see it and just push the suspension arms into the hull you're at risk of having slightly skewed road wheels.

If I'm going to add more complaints I have to bring up the build instructions too. Being used to Tamiya style instructions this was not a pleasant surprise because all they've done is to export 3D rendered black & white (mostly just white) images that are really hard to follow since sometimes it's a guesswork to figure out where some parts goes - and with a full interior kit one single error has dramatic consequences - which you won't be able to recover from! This is partly why this kit is taking so long time to build - together with the fact that you have to paint sub assemblies all the time, with paint that needs to dry overnight - for every layer.

I still think it's a fantastic kit and I will build more Takom kits in the future. Perhaps even with full interior again. They do require a whole different kind of planning and execution and it's not a kit you tinker with whilst watching TV for example because you have to be 100% focused on what you're doing.
I only hope that my vision for this tank is something I can pull off in the end of the day because done right it can look awesome - but it only takes one thing wrong for the whole kit to look wonky, and it's only down to me putting it together so it's going to take some time before I'm finished - but it's a great journey and the sub assemblies are looking great - even though putty was involved.

I've also mixed some Tamiya basic putty in a bottle of Tamiya fast cement (which was half empty) so I have a more "liquid" cement to apply with the internal brush in the bottle, and that's something they should sell because it really floats into badly joined parts, it dries a lot quicker - and it dries a lot harder! Makes sanding much easier and application is a breeze! I don't know if it'll go off in the bottle or not, but putty from the tube isn't super easy to work with on small details, and I like to fill all the tiny cracks and joints that aren't perfect. Also having putty ready without any mess in an instant is a nice feature too!

I'm finally getting the AMMO thinner tomorrow so I can get the paint sorted and after that there should be regular updates again on this build!

08. August 2017 at 02:11:24
Kerry Cox Jens. Your vivid description of the pit falls have me wondering IF my kit will be the same. (worried).
In the 'reviews' I have watched on Youtube, there has not really been any mentioned of the misfits and extra work needed doing if the suspension and road wheel alignment is to turn out well. Mmmmm !
The thinning out of the Tamiya putty with the liquid glue is a brilliant way to get that 'flow in' to the recess ability you talked about. I AM impressed and will give that a definite thumbs up for ingenuity mate. Very smart application and a great result.
The paint effect you mentioned with having to do MANY layers is something I have had a problem with too, being so used to just lay up what you like with Tamiya but be a bit more controlled with paints I am yet to understand their peculiarities. :-~
For the size of the model the price was what stunned me a bit. But now I have seen the drop in price here, I have cancelled my order with "Luckymodels" from Hong Kong and will see what is on offer at the competition this year at the Queensland Model and Hobby Expo, and I am wanting the "Voyager" brass PE for the 'to scale ' skirts and fenders. But I am wanting the Takom one, as it has been well presented in their sales pitch, but for the right price. Grrrrr :(
Thank you for a most informative post Jens. I will be looking out for all the issues you highlighted when I tackle mine. So now you have all of us fascinated by what your doing. :) :) :)
Cheers mate.

08. August 2017 at 06:15:10
Jens Andrée Kerry, after I encountered my first problem with the Takom King Tiger I searched the net for any issues with those kits to see if there were any common and usual problems with the kit, and although many had a few minor issues, few had any bigger issues. This is what I found out from searching anyway.
Some people might not admit that they'd run into problems and some might've caused the problems themselves - which isn't hard to do with all those parts, but a bad kit it ain't if you are careful - but there will be a couple of minor things you are going to have to correct.

I don't think I'm responsible for putting any parts in the wrong place and therefore causing issues further down the road, but I've sure taken my sweet time with every piece and sub-assembly to get them right because the instructions are sometimes unclear.
I wish they could've released a pdf of the instructions so you could zoom in on some details (and the printed instruction clearly demonstrate that it is a digital instruction) but I've searched high and low without finding it...

Apart from a few minor issues - and one big one on the gun breach, it's been pure joy to build this King Tiger! I wish I hadn't glued the roof on but modelling is a moment when you can sit down and clear your thoughts and when you have to change the order of some steps because of unforeseen things you can miss something you'd previously planned. This was an error on my part but I'll live with it.

I've found building all the interior details very entertaining and it gives a whole new depth and perspective to the mechanical wonders we try to recreate, and from a "bang for the buck" perspective it is a cheap model if you look at all the hours you get out of it compared to a simple kit - but 100% perfect it isn't and with all of the marketing they've done that's what I, and everybody else expected, hence the critique...

I still think you should go for the kit because it is a beautiful kit - certainly the best King Tiger out there that I know of, but "some putty required" sadly.

I don't care that some, or most, of the details are hidden when you're done because I want them to be as perfect as I can because that's why I'm doing this build. It's for my enjoyment and not anything else - and I would know if I'd cheated somewhere and that's not a path I'm going to take. Perhaps I will skip certain steps in future "full interior" builds, but not on this one.

My biggest recommendation is to not go for the AMMO by Mig paint unless you're already using them because this has been the biggest headache. Some people are using them and obviously made it work so there's not reason why I shouldn't either - but damn how much better the Tamiya paints are!!!

I hope Mr. Postman has my package with the AMMO thinner this afternoon so I can start using it tonight!

08. August 2017 at 13:02:45
Kerry Cox Jens. :) Once again. A superb essay in what this hobby is all about. .
You have a gift with words I am happy to read and accordingly, I gain a better perspective of what lays ahead for me. :)
I too have search high and wide for a set of instruction that would show a clearer definition of what to do and when, but like you, nothing as yet, but I am sure something will crop up somewhere. (x)
So, in the meantime, as I patiently wait for the one weekend I live for, I will watch all the videos again and based on what you have posted, work out some sort of plan for showing off all it's attributes. :)
I am sorely tempted to buy two just for the hell of it, as it is something I do with all the models I build is buy two. Maybe and maybe not, a bad thing, but as I have just me and my hobby, I do spoil myself a LOT. hahahahahaha L0L
Are you going to get the working track kit or go with the boxed units.?
Besides, My son said he would gladly have all my works when I move to the other side, and with the passion he has for the hobby too, I know that my legacy will not end up on some rubbish tip.

08. August 2017 at 14:14:39
Jens Andrée Thank you! :)

I would love to buy two of each and earlier this year I bought some extra kits for the kids to try but they found them a bit too complicated. Well, perhaps not complicated but they took way too long time to complete - and their only influence was their dad who spent hours upon hours just sanding the damn road wheels!?!? :P

It'll come with time I think because they're still only 11 and 13 years old - but when I found a place that was dumping all of their "Lego" tanks (the brand was COBI) for next to nothing, I bought almost 30 tanks for us to build together and even the 13 year old - who according to himself is "too old for LEGO" - was building LEGO like never before!!! :D
I payed less than $200 for all that LEGO so it was a fantastic deal, and we're now building a huge diorama together - and I think in time they both will have another go at scale modelling for sure.
The COBI tanks and airplanes are actually really well made and they were a joy to build because they were way more complicated than the usual LEGO kits. Perfect for both kids and dads to build because honestly, you're never too old for LEGO! ;)

For tracks I bought Friulmodel ATL-16 since this was going to be a special build with all the bells and whistles, and it was a gamble since I've never used them before, but they are now assembled and looking fantastic.
I've obviously yet to mount them on a tank but they have a really realistic sag due to the weight - but they were a bit on the expensive side when you factor in shipping...

If I could I would put working tracks on all of my scale models because of several reasons, but some of the rigid "link by link" plastic tracks are looking as good. Just way more work making them look good and zero chance of changing them, or the look, afterwards.

I also want to build a bigger tank in the future. 1/16 at least - and I was really keen on the new Tamiya Jagdpanther they just released!!! Sadly when I had a look at the kit I was disappointed because it's just a gutted R/C kit - and there's not a whole lot to build apart from the suspension. The rest are just ready ready made pieces, but the end results are fantastic. Too much money though for just sitting on a shelf... or is it?
I do prefer to build the whole kit and not just screw three large pieces together and call it "done".

There are some bigger kits but I've got more than a few tanks waiting to be built so perhaps next year?
Larger scale should mean even more higher quality and detail?

Anyhow, many thanks for your kind words Kerry! I hope you do get your own Takom King Tiger soon and then know what you're doing for quite a few weeks ahead ;)

Cheers and take care!
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