Andreas Koziol There it is - my new model kit! After my very lengthy last project, I need something small that can be implemented faster. My choice fell on the Leichttraktor Rheinmetall 1930 tank.The Leichttraktor (Vs.Kfz.31) was a german secret experimental tank designed between WW1 and WW2. Also this time there are some premieres for me: this is my first model kit from the Ukrainian company ICM and I will attach a 3 tone camouflage for the very first time. So let's go!
Andreas Koziol Welcome Mike!
Thomas on the test site in kasan, they had something against brand new!
22. July 2019, 22:28
Andreas Koziol First gluing steps! My Tamiya Extra Thin Cement was empty, so I'll try the new cement from Ammo of Mig. My first impression of the kit: As far as good, but the plastic is very soft, which I really don't like. We will see.
Andreas Koziol Thanks Slavo & Rui and yes, this build is to come down!
26. July 2019, 16:54
Andreas Koziol The gluing work is done! This was my fastest assembly so far. Except the one bracket and a few holes were missing, I have nothing to complain about this kit. How good (or bad) the vinyl tracks are will show up later.
29. July 2019, 14:13
Dave Flitton Watching to see how you paint this little puppy!
29. July 2019, 14:17
Rui S Does the real exaust pipe had that seam line? Or is it going to desapear with the base coat?
Andreas Koziol A small size comparison between Tiger & Leichttraktor.
Now I know why they call him the "LOLtractor" in World of Tanks.
30. July 2019, 14:18
Andreas Koziol Now we come to the paint and I need your help! The tank will get a classic 3 tone camouflage (for me the first time). I actually like the Box Art Cover most. In the instructions, the colors look very different again and the recommended color selection (Revell & Tamiya) also gives completely different colors. I have now put together the possible color combinations I own - Tamiya is my favorite. What do you think about that?
31. July 2019, 13:21
Andreas Koziol Tamiya is as you can see the most realistic color combination in my opinion. I also like Vallejo but it is much darker and stronger in color. And what happened with the Ammo of Mig colors? I have absolutely no idea! I used the color straight from the bottle without any thinner. The yoghurt cup has been given a light gray primer before use. What do you say about what could have happened and which color combination would you take?
Slavo Hazucha While Mig created a nice abstract artwork, I´ll side with Tamiya - all 3 colors seem to be the best matches... But maybe I only saw too many tanks painted with these
1. August 2019, 15:27
Augusto @Matin Oostrom Not entirely true. I recently painted a Rafale with Ammo and brush and it worked just fine. The secret is to apply the first coat directly over the primer, with no dilution. The next coats can be thinned down.
Andreas Koziol thanks for your opinions mates. ammo colors are suitable for airbrush & brushes. i have NOT use any thinner and shaken it sufficiently beforehand. i just think ammo colors are not good for brushes. at the end maybe i will take a color from every combination.
1. August 2019, 23:05
Thomas Kirschbaum The Ammo Colors will be in light layers. a primer ist to do always! a Video is in youtube about handling the color; When you have understand the colors they are really nice!
2. August 2019, 17:15
Andreas Koziol Thanks Thomas, I know how it works with airbrush, but the bottles say also for brush, and want to paint this test cup quick with a brush.
2. August 2019, 19:08
Robber Penguin Ammo is good for brushes, you just used a very THICCKK layer
2. August 2019, 19:51
Andreas Koziol yes this was a thick layer, the same thick layer I use with tamiya & vallejo. when I use a thin layer, I have zero cover.
3. August 2019, 08:50
Jos Jansen Ammo is superb for brushes, but before applying use a good primer...I use the primer of Alclad, master!
3. August 2019, 09:01
Andreas Koziol I used vallejo surface primer. I test it a second time with longer shake and thin layer, at the end I must say, the Ammo of Mig colors works very well with airbrush, but not with a brush.
3. August 2019, 09:34
Martin Oostrom We all have our experiences and our preferences. Luckily there is choice enough to get a favourite for everybody
Andreas Koziol After the whole back and forth which color combination I take now for the camouflage, I decided for the crazy variant. I take from each manufacturer the color that I like best - let's see what comes out. I started with a light gray primer and the first color dark yellow - both from Vallejo.
Andreas Koziol Before we come to the next two colors for the camouflage, the Leichttraktor get his first chipping.
6. August 2019, 15:28
Martin Oostrom Nice chipping. I really ought to try that myself. Once. Someday.
6. August 2019, 16:01
Andreas Koziol Poooh, that is a lot of work to prepare a tank with masking putty for the upcoming camouflage paint. My first time!
7. August 2019, 14:04
Andreas Koziol The second camouflage color has now found its way onto the tank. It's the Ammo of Mig color with which I had my problems before with the brush - with the airbrush it covers without any problems.
Andreas Koziol The third and last camouflage color has now found its way onto the tank. This time the brown Tamiya color with the most matte finish of all and ~ 25% thinner. A little thing I wouldn't do next time: draw the camouflage with a pencil! I used a soft pencil for it, but it's very difficult to get it erased!
9. August 2019, 14:26
Andreas Koziol It's time to take a little care of the tracks. This time after a long time again vinyl tracks. Although these tracks save a lot of time during construction, but they usually don't look very nice. I glued them together with superglue in the normal way. After that came a black primer on it, then a tire black as color and in the end I gave the contours a metallic gloss with a soft pencil. I left out the mud & dirt because I have not yet decided on the final weathering.
10. August 2019, 15:23
Andreas Koziol And it happened once again - from a planned light washed out camouflage pattern has become a strongly washed out camouflage pattern. I simply do not yet manage to find the right measure during weathering. The real chipping comes now the days and is applied with a brush.
14. August 2019, 13:36
Holger Kranich Die Ketten sitzen aber noch nicht richtig, oder?
Hast Du mal chipping mit einem Schwamm versucht? Geht bei mir besser als mit einem Pinsel.
Macht richtig Spaß dabei zu zusehen, wie Du dich entwickelst.
Andreas Koziol @Holger Nein die Kette ist nur lose drum gelegt. Ja Schwamm-Chipping habe ich schon getestet, gefällt mir auch sehr gut, nur das was ich hier gemacht habe soll mehr abgewaschene Farbe darstellen (wie bei Wintercamo). Das richtige Chipping kommt noch.
Thanks @Irving and @Slavo I know Nightshift and follow him, an absolute brilliant modeller.
Andreas Koziol Today was the exhaust on the program! He always gets a dark brown base color, then pigment fixer, on which I then dab two different colored rust pigments with the brush and that's all.
19. August 2019, 13:24
Andreas Koziol So slowly we come to the end! I'm now at the final weathering and the last steps to complete the Leichttraktor. So that it stays a bit exciting at the end, I'll show you only small sneak previews before hopefully soon the final photos can be taken.
Andreas Koziol It's done, the little tractor is finished! I am quite satisfied with my eight tank project in which I put a total of 28 working hours spread over a month. More photos & details will follow the next days. Constructive criticism is welcome - I hope you like it too?
Neuling This is another top build. Weathering, rusting, metalizing and dirting are fine. Chipping is not overdone: a heavily used vehicle actually can look this way.
25. August 2019, 17:26
Slavo Hazucha Great outcome, the weathering looks great, I really like your personal style and use of techniques, the wet/dry mud contrast & the plasticity just look great. Nice little "bridge build"!
25. August 2019, 21:05
Andreas Koziol @Frank @Augustin @Mike @Roland @Nathan @Neuling @James Thank you so much for your kind words!
26. August 2019, 10:06
Andreas Koziol @Slavo And I like how you analyze finished models. Thanks!
26. August 2019, 10:07
Andreas Koziol @Hans I know exactly what you mean. But I did some research and these rubber tracks hardly get any dirt. In addition, the dark pigments I have used for the dirt and mud, barely offer contrast to the black tracks, so it looks like at the end then, as it looks.
26. August 2019, 10:14
Andreas Koziol Here are some more detail pics of my Leichttraktor, 1/35 from ICM. As you can see, I left out the railing around the turret and the two headlights. Why? simply because I don't think it fits well with the overall picture and I also don't think that they had been in use for a really long time.
26. August 2019, 18:25
Andreas Koziol Here are some more detail pics of my Leichttraktor, 1/35 from ICM. Come closer!
27. August 2019, 14:10
Holger Kranich Wenn Du bei dem Tankdeckel jetzt noch mit dem selben Zeug, nur 50% verdünnter, noch ein mal um den Deckel gehst, dann kommt der "Sprit-verkippt" Effekt noch geiler.
27. August 2019, 14:13
Holger Kranich But in the end a really nice Model. Maybe you give the tracks some light dusty pigments, so they blend more into the vehicle?
27. August 2019, 14:18
Andreas Koziol @Holger gute Idee mit dem Sprit-Effekt. Wobei wäre schon geil wenn man irgendwie diese lila Ölschlieren nachproduzieren könnte.
28. August 2019, 11:57
Slavo Hazucha When you find a method, let us know! I can very well imagine a Soviet derelict airstrip scene with some contamination...
28. August 2019, 13:02
Andreas Koziol Slavo I have a first idea...give me some time...and some more money! ;D
Andreas Koziol That's right, in terms of logic, that would be the simplest solution, but I think you have to dilute the oil so much to be able to process it that the end effect is barely visible. maybe you have the smell!
29. August 2019, 12:54
Andreas Koziol Since it is my goal in model building to be able to design a beautiful diorama at some point, or for the beginning just a base, I tried my hand at it. Nothing special, just a little landscape. What do you think of it?
30. August 2019, 13:09
Holger Kranich The Leichttraktor in ist natural Environment! Looks great!
30. August 2019, 13:42
Nathan Dempsey Great shot. Looks like it is awaiting prey behind the tall grass.