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Takom Mk.IV photos

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In progress photos of the Takom Mk.IV Male.

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As always I never remember to take pictures in the beginning of my builds... A bit eager perhaps? ;)

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One faulty part perhaps?

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Main hull done.

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Here we go. This is before "trying to get all the road wheels to line up"-session...

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...phew! Lining up all those road wheels without glue was no small task! And there's another to do as well... sigh.

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...and the second one done. Learned a few tricks on the first one so the second one was easier - but not exactly "easy".

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Things are taking shape! Lots of small panels to fit. Had to sand, scrape and tweak a few parts to get them to fit, but nothing hard.

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Unditching beam in place. Very tricky to get the chain in place - only to realist it had to come off before paint... It was so late here it was early in the morning. That's my excuse anyway ;)

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Primer and preshade on.

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...and base coat - all in the same session! That's working with Tamiya paint :) None of this AMMO "wait 24 hours between coats" here... ;)

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Not looking too bad for spending 20 minutes in all for primer, preshade and base coat! I've also given it a good spray of Vallejo matt varnish so I can begin the real work tomorrow! :)

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A bit of late night gardening, i.e. grabbing a few handful of dead grass to make the fascine that some Mk.IV were equipped with. Looking pretty good actually! I'm not even going to paint this one. Figure just for scale. (this is a German WWII figure)

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Adding the stripes. First mask then hairspray for chipping before the paint. This is about to turn into an epic fail...

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Mask did the trick and the paint looks good! Now let's start chipping with the cheap hairspray I just bought at the store...

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#%&/%#!!! Not only was it almost impossible to get the hairspray to dissolve - the damn thing had dissolved the varnish and the underlying coats to - including primer... sigh. Oh, well. This'll have to be fixed with creative weathering... bummer.

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Tamiya Pinwash/Panel liner black applied but I'm still rather upset about the hairspray that didn't work... I wonder what it'd do to hair? Luckily I haven't got enough to try so it's going straight in the bin instead. I might blow it up first though... ;)

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Operation salvage has begun with weathering to cover the hairspray disaster... I think I might've pulled it off?!

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Weathered and assembled the tracks to get an idea how it looks and I think this could work.

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Next step is to add some dirt/mud to in the usual places, but being careful to not overdo it. I'm going to add just a bit and let it dry before I continue I think. More weathering that I'd planned but it looks ok-ish and I'm pleased so far!

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Going in at the deep end here since I've never used dirt/earth/mud on a model before, but I looked at some reference photos and begun...

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I had to revisit the sponsons three times before it looked anything like the photos. I didn't want to to a totally dirty tank so I kept it somewhat light to begin with. Next step is lighter pigments and some splashes.

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The mud and earth is still wet here so the colour and contrast will change as it dries.

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I had to make a darker wash for the tracks because they were too light to fit in with the tank after the dirt & mud treatment and I think this might work... I will have a better look tomorrow when the sun is out.

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I'm not adding any mud to the tracks yet because I have to make the base/diorama first. It's easy to overdo the weathering towards the end I think so small steps and a step back between each step I think.

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Small vignette work in progress...

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Small vignette work in progress...

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Small vignette work in progress...

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Small vignette work in progress...

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Small vignette work in progress...

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Small vignette work in progress...

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Fixed the duck boards, the track marks and a few other details. Almost done...?

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Fixed the duck boards, the track marks and a few other details. Almost done...?

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Fixed the duck boards, the track marks and a few other details. Almost done...?

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Done! There are still things I don't like but I have to stop at some point. Learned loads that I will bring with me onto the next project!

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13. October 2017 at 22:49:54 Share
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Jens Andrée Here are a few photos of the Takom Mk.IV Male tank I've built the last four days in front of the TV in the evenings. I like to have a "TV-kit" and this was a fun one! Tomorrow I shall begin the real work - weathering!
13. October 2017 at 23:07:28
Rui S Looking GREAT, Jens and those fascine... beautiful 8)
Are you going to weather it over a matt varnish???
14. October 2017 at 13:23:27
Jens Andrée Cheers Rui! Yes, I'm weathering over a matt varnish - but the Vallejo "matt" varnish isn't all that matt to be honest. Especially not in 1/35 scale. Also all AFV's I've been in contact with are very matt and they still weather somehow... ;)
Jokes aside, I've been trying to work out how to weather with cheap acrylics instead of artists oil paints and it seems to work better on slightly dull surfaces. I don't know yet if this is the way to go or not but we'll see?! It's been a fun build so far with more than a few fit issues, but these early British box tanks were more or less armour plates just bolted together and I'm sure a couple of the plates weren't 100% aligned after seeing some action...
I will start the weathering process tonight and we shall see what it looks like tomorrow morning?
14. October 2017 at 14:35:31
Rui S Cheers Jens,
I thought the tanks came out of factory as glossy as a rolls from the stand, hehehe.
I've just asked because normally the used gloss varnish smother surface permits more and easier corrections of excess paint and capillarity in wash's (also easier to apply the decals)...
I've also bought some cheap acrylic tubes to use as washes/filters but I didn't try them yet.
I look forward to see your progresses. 8)
P.S. Just yesterday I saw a photo of a Stug in working order with a big gap between to perpendicular plates and I thought. If I let this happen in a model kit...??? someone would ask "do you know that those plates, where welded in the real thing"? So...
14. October 2017 at 16:15:46
Jens Andrée I've got a rattle can of glossy lacquer but it smells really terrible and it's really miserable and wet outside so I've been using my Vallejo varnish instead, but I agree with you that it certainly helps having a shiny surface when applying washes etc. Will add some to the next order!
The Germans spent too much on making their tanks over engineered whilst the Russians churned out whatever as long as it worked-ish. That led to large numbers of T-34 meeting up the Germans in Kursk and they withheld the attack due to their sheer number of tanks compared to the over engineered German tanks that broke down instead... It's funny that you saw a StuG with a gap between the plates since they were the ones that really tried to make everything perfect?! I've seen two T-34's in good condition and they are a bit rough to say the least, but they did the job!

I've just done hairspray chipping on the Mk.IV and the cheap hairspray I'd bought for the job almost wrecked the whole build... Not did in not just work but it also caused the varnish, base coat and primer to lift in a couple of places... I'm a bit upset right now but it can be salvaged with creative weathering, but I'm never using hairspray again that's for sure! It's better to stick with commercial weathering products if you're unsure of the stuff you bough at the stores... Lesson learned - try on scrap before you use it on a real model...

...but every hobby is about learning new skills and techniques so even if I didn't want this I know more now than I did a couple of hours ago ;)

I now need to plan the weathering since it's going to have to be heavier than I'd planned to cover the damage, but I think I'll just start and see what happen?

Cheers for now! With a bit of luck I might have something, or not, in a couple of hours!
14. October 2017 at 22:23:38
Rui S I'm sad to hear your troubles. I hope you can sort things out.
I've never used the hairspray technique yet, but I've heard people saying that a cheap one it's enough... :S
14. October 2017 at 22:28:58
Jens Andrée I think I've salvaged the "hairspray disaster" with creative weathering. In fact it made me use materials I hadn't planned to like a graphite pencil for example - which turned out great, and failing means that you've learned something so with this model I've learned new things about CA glue (disaster 1) and hairspray (disaster 2). I don't need to learn anything more on this build so please, no more disasters... ;)
Tomorrow is a dirt & mud day. Less is more and I hope I can stick to that mantra...
Keep your fingers crossed and I might finish this tomorrow! That would make it 7 days in total in front of the TV. This is one of the "TV kits" I build every evening whilst watching TV. I admit that I didn't see much TV the last week though...

The hairspray I bought didn't work at all for weathering and in fact it attacked both the paint and varnish and that's why it failed. There are marks on the hull where the hairspray had started to dissolve the paint?! And people put this on their heads?!?! My bottle is going in the bin!
16. October 2017 at 01:37:11
Rui S I think you've saved it pretty well.

The only thing I noticed, is the 2 side top horizontal plates looking a bit to "clean" without weathering. IMHO Looking a bit uneven with the central horizontal top (photo 36).

But the model It's looking great. 8)
16. October 2017 at 02:39:01
Jens Andrée Yeah, they're not done yet because I couldn't figure out how they would wear in real life and I decided to consult some photos to figure this out. I know how mud and dirt will collect on top of them but not how they take damage, so better to leave them for time being and figure out how to go ahead than to gamble and weather too much...
In fact the whole "roof" only has some basic weathering but I'm going to track down some reference material to give me some inspiration!
Thanks for your kind comments! :)
16. October 2017 at 02:49:48
Wim van der Luijt It is starting to look good....the fascines being hollow they look kind of weird to me
18. October 2017 at 08:46:53
Jens Andrée Wim van det Luijt - they are filled with putty since last night, but they are a wee bit too large for its scale so I'm looking at alternatives... The bristles on my broom looks really promising, but it would be rather useless without its bristles so the search goes on. I do want to do a fascine because it adds a bit of realism
and non-square to the model I think, and something I wanted to do from the beginning. I could use just the tips from the dead and dry grass outside, but it's going to take a long time to collect, and it might be too thin so we'll see.
This was my first mud & dirt weathering so I wasn't exactly confident whilst doing it, but a bit of tweaking and I think it can work. It's a start anyway ;)
18. October 2017 at 12:42:07
Alexander G. That looks great! Nothing to see from the "hairspray disaster"
18. October 2017 at 16:10:03
Jens Andrée Thank you Alexander! :)
The "hairspray disaster" was really depressing and I cursed myself for attempting it without testing the hairspray on something else first, but that's how we learn. The bigger the mistake the quicker you learn! At least you won't forget it anytime soon... ;)
I've ordered some Scratches and Chipping effects from AMMO - but they are going to be thoroughly tested
before they are used on any model!
18. October 2017 at 22:30:19
Jens Andrée New "work in progress" photos added. Description in the project.
18. February 2018 at 14:37:35
David Thor Amazing. The bad german ufo kit seems to be forgotten. ;)
18. February 2018 at 14:57:06
Patrick Hagelstein And just how long have you been in this hobby Jens??? Wow! Looking at the progress you made during a couple of models you really have a talent for this!!!
18. February 2018 at 17:28:09
Jens Andrée Cheers guys! :)
I've been doing this for almost 9 months now so I'm slowly getting better at things but I want to learn how to make realistic vignettes and dioramas so I made this piece as a learner and it wasn't just plain sailing...
But it really complements the kits and it's now possible to tell a little story and it suddenly just makes sense!
I've now bought a couple books on vignettes and dioramas to get both inspiration and to learn "why" you choose angles and levels and I think I was lucky with this vignette for making it like I did, but it felt natural with things a bit askew so perhaps it's just all about things looking interesting?
Anyhow, yet again many thanks guys and yes - I've almost forgotten the dodgy UFO by now... ;)
18. February 2018 at 19:55:15
Rui S Looking just beautiful
18. February 2018 at 22:22:19
Jens Andrée Thank you Rui! :)
Being my first meant lots of errors so we're talking a "few" hours spent on it - and there are a few issues that bothers me - but at the same time I'm pleased I got something at all and I really want to start another vignette where I hopefully won't make the same mistakes again... ;)
19. February 2018 at 00:29:36
Rui S The weathering job in the tank come out Great, but the wood floor in the trenche looks to clean and bright, IMHO.
Unless the planking was new, it would be darker than the sides? ;)
19. February 2018 at 00:42:55
Jens Andrée I've been going back and forth with the duck boards and when they looked right I decided to make them look a bit worn in the centre and that's when I sadly sanded most of the weathering away... :/
I've not yet weathered the figures with regards to mud splashes and pigments so there's still chance to fix it. Weathering is an awful lot of going back and forth and I often wish I stopped 30 seconds earlier and I think I'm not alone in thinking this?!

Huge thanks for constructive criticism! It's hard to get to be honest and it's ever so important when you try to learn and improve. A fresh set of eyes will spot different things yourself sees!

I'll address the duck boards when I sort out the figures. They should be a lot dirtier than they are right now for sure!

19. February 2018 at 01:33:06
Rui S Hi Jens,
How I understand you, mate.
Sometimes I stop 30 seconds to early, because I don't want to risk ruin everything, but than I start thinking :S I should had gone a bit farther in the process. :(
When you look to perfection, you'll never reach it, whatever way you go, hehehe.
Keep on with your great work
19. February 2018 at 10:09:53
Tim Heimer I feel your pain! Then you go a little longer trying to get that look and then it's CRAP I should've stopped 3 swipes ago! I love Dio's and vignettes also, most of mine are done so. Jens, I wish my first few were as good as yours! Looking great for a first, and I know sometimes thee months later you look at it and see that final tweak that you missed and it puts a smile on your face. Hey how's your health doing? Better I hope!
19. February 2018 at 12:40:54
Jens Andrée Rui - duck boards are fixed with burned umber and I've done the final touch-up to the mud tracks (famous last words...) so I'm only fixing a few minute details and I'm done. I have to route and paint trim pieces to frame the vignette too... Regardless I'm almost done and it made a big difference fixing the duck boards so huge thanks for pointing it out!!!

Timothy - Huge thanks for your kind comment! I've never done anything like dioramas and vignettes before so I was really going in blind. The plan was just to make a vignette base for fun and practise, not to put the tank on it so I just sploshed on not caring if it looked like crap or whatever. The same happened with the Mk.IV in the vignette when I had a total disaster with hairspray chipping and I almost threw it in the bin. Instead I used it to experiment with, not caring what happened, so I probably relaxed a lot more and just "sploshed on" there as well... In a weird way that worked out - probably from not over-thinking any steps, and in the end I had both a base and a tank that wasn't too bad for first attempts?!

It's all about learning and gaining experience - and having fun! I'm doing all of them and even if they turned out really bad I would still be having fun so it's a win either way ;)

Health has been a bit up and down lately. I was going to have major spinal surgery after Christmas but the discs in my lower back are in too bad shape to risk it so I've reached the end destination for surgeries sadly. They will only do it if things suddenly get worse than they are now and I'm facing the wheelchair again, permanently. At least I know where I am and what to expect! I'm ok with it though and honestly I wasn't looking forward to another major surgery and 1-2 years in major pain and being immobilised...
I've got my modelling and there is no better therapy! :D

Cheers everybody for your kind words and suggestions! I'm now trying to decide what to make next? I'd like to attempt an urban scene with lots of rubble and bricks but I also would like to learn how to use static grass properly... I've got more than enough of kits to populate vignettes and dioramas with ;)
19. February 2018 at 13:46:06
Tim Heimer Life is like a bad model have to make the best of it! Hey a diamond was once a lump of coal! :)
19. February 2018 at 14:25:30
Rui S
Well said, Timothy
Jens, I hope you are better from your pains and I'm really glad I could help.
I will wait for your constructive critics on my dios or vignettes. ;)
19. February 2018 at 15:09:11
Jens Andrée Cheers guys!!! :D
19. February 2018 at 20:14:46
Kim Branders Amazing.
19. February 2018 at 20:46:11
Jens Andrée Many thanks Kim!!!
19. February 2018 at 21:57:21
Jens Andrée Uploaded three new phone pics with the fixed duck boards. I need to put the whole thing under some proper light, take a few photos and check that things are painted properly. I think I have to fabricobble some sort of lightbox so I can take proper photos in the future?
That's for tomorrow though...

19. February 2018 at 22:00:07
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!!!
1. March 2018 at 15:29:11
Tim 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.
1. March 2018 at 17:29:44
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! ;)
2. March 2018 at 00:31:11
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!
2. March 2018 at 08:09:52
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! :)
3. March 2018 at 11:43:03
Tim 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
3. March 2018 at 13:23:57
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!
6. March 2018 at 14:10:36
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!!!
7. March 2018 at 01:16:32
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