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James C (Jim C)
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1:35
Panzerkampfwagen III Ausf.L 1st Company, s.Pz.Abt. 502 Russia - September 1942
37 | 30. June, 06:15
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Deltic21
This looks bang on James!! Will definitely be following your example when i get to painting mine. 🙂 A question if i may, looking at how you "wedged" the top of the tracks, does the track sag itself with the wedges in place or does it need encouragement with a thicker wedge to get it to set correctly? It has been suggested that tissue paper is a good way to go?
15. July, 12:02
Spanjaard
Great job James (as always 😉 )
15. July, 12:34
Michael Osadciw
Yeah, that is a great kit. Excellent painting!
15. July, 17:46
James C
Thanks guys 🙂

@ Deltic - The wedges just help the tracks sag over the upper rollers, drive and idler wheels. The tracks themselves are made of a material that can be glued so I just literally glued them into position where the track and wheels made contact. The wedges help obtain the shape etc.
15. July, 21:33
Michael Osadciw
I'll have to try that Vallejo mud stuff out; I really like the way it looked.
15. July, 23:24
James C added a new photoalbum.
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1:35
Panzerkampfwagen IV Ausf.D France, May 1940
43 | 19. June, 07:09
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Ingo F
Looks great! 👍
8. July, 23:04
James C
Thanks Ingo 🙂

I've illustrated my above comments in my current Panzer III build.
While the kit is different... including the material the tracks are made from, the weathering process is mostly the same:

Panzerkampfwagen III Ausf.L | Album by Jim C (1:35)
10. July, 21:06
Deltic21
Hi James

Just had the chance to digest your reply, thank you so much for taking the time to write such a detailed message! I will certainly take on board you points and have a look for the suggested weathering set when i next pop to the shop. I am waiting to pick up some German Grey before i can spray the models, so once i have that i will have a go at painting and weathering.

Thanks for the additional offer of help, i am sure i will take you up on it sometime!! 🙂
15. July, 11:50
Kim Branders
Fantastic wheathering job and the mud 🙂
NICE
15. July, 12:32
James C
Thanks Kim 🙂
15. July, 21:34

July 14, 2021

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1:35
Panzerkampfwagen III Ausf.N 8th Panzer Regiment, 15th Panzer Division Tunisia - 1943
49 | 23. June, 22:42
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Bruce Huxtable
Many thanks for your step-by-step for the painting and weathering, James. I've been waiting all week til I could have a look at your finished work, on a reasonably-sized screen. I really like the subtle gradations you have achieved, as well as the bare-metal scuffs 🙂 It all looks very convincing, and tells a story for sure!
3. July, 15:21
James C
Thanks Bruce 🙂
4. July, 16:24
Guy Rump
Lovely panzer James 👍
11. July, 10:42
Lode Schildermans
Beautiful. Very nice result and a subtle weathering. It has your full signature
14. July, 04:59
James C
Many thanks Lode. I appreciate your feedback the most of all.
14. July, 11:26

July 11, 2021

James C added a new project.
1:35
Ideas
1:35 M4 Sherman (Tamiya 35190)
M4 Sherman
US Military US Army (1784-now)
756 Tank Bn., C Co.
February 1944 World War 2 IT
 
1 | 11. July, 00:12

July 10, 2021

James C completed this item
10. July, 23:25
James C completed this item
10. July, 23:25

June 29, 2021

James C started this item
29. June, 05:28

June 26, 2021

James C completed this item
26. June, 02:42

June 23, 2021

James C added a new project.
1:35
Completed
1:35 Panzerkampfwagen III Ausf. L (Tamiya 35215)1:35 Grilles for Pz.Kpfw. III & StuG III (Aber 35G05)
Pz.Kpfw. III Ausf. L
3R Military Wehrmacht Heer (German Army 1935-1945)
s.Pz.Abt. 502 133
September 1942 World War 2 SU
RAL7028 RAL6003 RAL8017
 
22. June, 17:42
Michael Osadciw
That kit is awesome in the classic Tamiya way. Beautiful fit.
23. June, 20:45
James C
Yeah, I'm just finishing up the Ausf.N and have decided to build the Ausf.L next... 😉
23. June, 22:18

June 21, 2021

James C started this item
21. June, 05:39

June 19, 2021

James C added a new project.
1:35
Completed
1:35 Panzerkampfwagen III Ausf. N (Tamiya 35290)
Pz.Kpfw. III Ausf. N
3R Military Wehrmacht Heer (German Army 1935-1945)
15 Pz.Div.
1943 TN
Gelbbraun, Sandgrau
 
19. June, 21:02
James C completed this item
19. June, 06:43

June 17, 2021

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1:48
Ilyushin IL-2 Stormovic White 82, Unknown Squadron Russia 1944
31 | 22. May, 21:46
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Gary Kitchen
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.
17. June, 06:06
Sebastian Meyner
Very convincing Sturmovik James...as usual 😉 ! I love it 👍
17. June, 09:49
Mike Roelofs
Nice Heineken-plane! No kidding: you did a really good job.
17. June, 11:41
James C
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 😉
17. June, 18:06
Gary Kitchen
👍 absolutely
17. June, 18:45

June 11, 2021

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11. June, 21:18
James C added a new project.
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Completed
1:35 Panzerkampfwagen IV Ausf. D (Tamiya 35096)
 
1 | 11. June, 18:14

June 8, 2021

James C completed this item
8. June, 06:16
James C completed this item
8. June, 06:15

May 23, 2021

James C added a new photoalbum.
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1:48
MiG-21MF "Fishbed" J Unknown Squadron, Black 28 Soviet Airforce
27 | 3. April, 22:46
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Erik Leijdens
Very nice James! A great execution of a "desert" MiG 👍🏻👍🏻
22. May, 16:21
Jan Peters
Beautifull Mig!
22. May, 17:46
James C
Many thanks everyone for your positive feedback. Very much appreciated 🙂👍
22. May, 17:56
Maciej Bellos
Nice recovery James. Good job mate!
22. May, 19:39
James C
Thanks Maciej 🙂
23. May, 18:45

May 20, 2021

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20. May, 18:30

May 16, 2021

James C added a new project.
1:48
Completed
1:48 IL-2 Stormovik (Revell 03932)1:48 Il-2 Stormovik Single Seater (Eduard EX194)
Ilyushin Il-2 Stormovik
SU Military Voyenno-Vozdushnye Sily (Soviet Air Force 1918-1991)
82 White
1944
 
1 | 16. May, 03:17
James C completed this item
16. May, 03:10
James C completed this item
16. May, 03:10

May 8, 2021

James C added a new photoalbum.
21 | 4. February, 22:09
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Kerry COX
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 🙂 🙂 🙂 👍
8. May, 08:27
Roland Gunslinger
Very nice 👍
8. May, 08:29
Stuart Fowle
What a great collection 👍
8. May, 09:12
James C
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 😉👍
8. May, 17:36
Kerry COX
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. 👍
8. May, 19:52

April 22, 2021

James C will attend
Scalemates Mig-21 Group Build 2021 in Spijkenisse
Scalemates Mig-21 Group Build 2021
NL 15. March until 31. December 2021
22. April, 06:35

April 12, 2021

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1:35
Unknown unit of: 3rd Royal Tank Regiment North Africa 1942
45 | 19. March, 01:41
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Ingo F
Wonderful! 👍
7. April, 11:59
James C
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.
7. April, 19:02
Alfonso
splendid! 👍
9. April, 13:03
James C
Thanks Alfonso 🙂
10. April, 18:55
Shane Hodgetts
Cheers James...I'll keep that in mind...😉
12. April, 21:49

April 4, 2021

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1:35
M24 Chaffee 81 Cav, Reconnaissance Sqn. 1 Arm. Div. Italy, April 1945.
Project: M24 Chaffee
1:35 M24 Chaffee (Tamiya 37020)1:35 M24 Chaffee (Friulmodel ATL-39)
14 | 31. May 2020, 08:20
Brian Eberle
I like the end product, it was worth the fight. Oils for weathering?
31. May 2020, 11:54
Neuling
Top result and interesting info on the kit!
31. May 2020, 16:57
James C
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.
31. May 2020, 19:12
4. April, 09:28
4. April, 09:37
4. April, 10:03

April 2, 2021

James C completed this item
1:35 M3 Grant (Takom 2086)
British Medium Tank
M3 Grant
Takom 1:35
2086 2017 | Changed parts
2. April, 02:18

March 26, 2021

James C added a new project.
1:48
Completed
1:48 MiG-21MF Fishbed J (Academy 2171)1:48 MiG-21MF (Montex SM48103)
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21MF Fishbed-J
SU Military Voyenno-Vozdushnye Sily (Soviet Air Force 1918-1991)
28
FS20260 FS30140 FS34092 FS35550
 
26. March, 06:00

March 15, 2021

James C added a new photoalbum.
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1:48
Convair F-106 Delta Dart 159 FIS, 125 FIG, Florida ANG
48 | 4. February, 20:42
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Murad ÖZER
ÜBER!😎
14. March, 17:13
Lode Schildermans
James, you've build a true beauty. It was a joy to follow this build. I'm looking forward to your next
14. March, 20:01
Daniel Klink
Fully agree with Lode 👍
14. March, 20:07
Slavo Hazucha
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 🙂
15. March, 09:03
James C
@ 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😉
15. March, 16:34

March 14, 2021

James C added a new project.
1:35
Completed
1:35 M3 Grant (Takom 2086)
M3 Grant
GB Military British Army (1660-now)
3 Royal Tank Reg. T-24243
1942 - North Africa
Sand Yellow, Khaki Green, Brown
 
14. March, 20:45
James C added a new photoalbum.
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1:48
English Electric Canberra B(I) Mk.12 14 Squadron, Royal New Zealand Airforce (RNZAF) Based at RAAF Butterworth Operation...
64 | 30. December 2020, 21:20
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Neuling
Clean and careful work all around! And good pictures ..... 👍
12. March, 10:46
Rui S
Very nice bird. Well done 👍
12. March, 20:25
James C
Thanks Rui 🙂
12. March, 22:08
James C
Thanks as well Neuling 🙂 sorry I missed your reply before
13. March, 17:57
14. March, 09:50

March 12, 2021

James C completed this item
12. March, 01:40
James C completed this item
12. March, 01:39
James C completed this item
1:48 F-106A (Eduard EX456)
F-106A Trumpeter
Eduard 1:48
EX456 2015
12. March, 01:39

February 4, 2021

James C completed this item
4. February, 01:50
James C completed this item
4. February, 01:50
James C completed this item
1:48 BAC/EE Canberra (Model Alliance MA-48144)
BAC/EE Canberra International 'Fighter Canopy' Version - Part 2
Model Alliance 1:48
MA-48144 2006
4. February, 01:50

January 31, 2021

James C added a new project.
1:48
Completed
1:48 F-106A Delta Dart (Trumpeter 02891)1:48 F-106 Delta Dart - Pitot Tube (Master AM-48-046)1:48 F-106A (Eduard EX456)
Convair F-106A-120-CO Delta Dart
US Military US Air Force (1947-now)
159 FIS, 125 FIG, Florida ANG 59-0060/04

FS16473
 
1 | 31. January, 17:09

January 20, 2021

James C added a new photoalbum.
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1:48
F-14A Tomcat CVW-14 VF-1 "Wolfpack" USS Enterprise - 1975
40 | 2. December 2020, 18:48
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Michael Phillips
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!
12. January, 23:28
James C
Thanks Daniel and Michael 🙂

@ Michael - How did you find the kit?
13. January, 17:13
Michael Phillips
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.
13. January, 17:28
James C
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. 🙁
14. January, 17:20
James C
Thanks Joshua 🙂
20. January, 16:47

January 9, 2021

James C added a new photoalbum.
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1:48
PLAAF (Chinese) MiG-15 "Fagot" - Korean War 1951
22 | 22. December 2020, 18:50
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Maciej Bellos
Merry Christmas mates!
23. December 2020, 20:55
Rob Henderson
Beautiful! Such a pretty little aeroplane😎
8. January, 18:02
James C
Thanks Rob 🙂 It was a very enjoyable kit to build and paint.
9. January, 16:33
Ben M
Very nicely done. Great scheme you picked, and wishing you the best in the new year James.
9. January, 17:42
James C
Thanks Ben, likewise mate😉👍
9. January, 17:58

January 8, 2021

James C added a new photoalbum.
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1:35
T-14 Armata Completed.
Project: T-14 Armata
1:35 T-14 ARMATA (Takom 2029)
49 | 29. October 2020, 17:07
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Richard Maxein
Very very nice model from the new russian "supertank". Well done job!
3. January, 18:17
James C
Thanks Richard 🙂
4. January, 18:22
David Wallace
Wow! Thats a stunner James.
5. January, 21:34
James C
Thanks David 🙂
6. January, 16:56
Rob Henderson
Love those colours and the subtle weathering! 🙂
8. January, 18:02

December 29, 2020

James C added a new project.
1:48 English Electric Canberra B(I)8 (Airfix A10102)1:48 English Electric Canberra B(I)8 S.A. (Eduard FE451)1:48 BAC/EE Canberra (Model Alliance MA-48144)1+
 
29. December 2020, 20:56

December 23, 2020

James C added a new photoalbum.
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Pz.Kpfw. VI Ausf.B King Tiger
20 | 13. December 2020, 16:58
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James C
Thanks again Josh.

Just a small update with my last completed build of 2020. Happy X-mas peeps and all the best for 2021!!!
23. December 2020, 16:47
Shade
Results look great. And you used pinwashes on some models?
23. December 2020, 16:54
James C
Thanks Shade and yes... most of them had an application of a wash in some form.😉
23. December 2020, 16:59
OttovonLindberg
Nice KT, where the dots brushed on?
23. December 2020, 17:20
James C
Thanks Otto... But no, I used a wooden tooth pick to apply the dots. I blunted the end to vary the shape etc.
23. December 2020, 17:23

December 22, 2020

James C completed this item
1:48 MiG-15bis (Eduard EX165)
MiG-15bis Tamiya
Eduard 1:48
EX165 2006 | New tool
22. December 2020, 18:46
James C completed this item
22. December 2020, 18:45

December 15, 2020

James C added a new photoalbum.
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1:35
2S35 Koalitsiya SV - Russian 152mm Self Propelled Howitzer
28 | 16. September 2020, 19:59
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Guy Rump
Excellent build, really impressive 🙂
7. October 2020, 16:34
James C
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....
7. October 2020, 18:09
Spanjaard
back on the bench! 🙂
7. October 2020, 20:43
Ömer YILDIRIM
looks great
15. December 2020, 10:18
James C
Thanks Ömer 🙂
15. December 2020, 17:18

December 12, 2020

James C added a new project.
1:48
Completed
1:48 MiG 15 bis (Tamiya 61043)1:48 MiG-15bis (Eduard EX165)
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15bis Fagot-B
CN Military 中国人民解放军空军 (People's Liberation Army (Chinese) Air Force 1949-now)
4115
1951 Korean War
 
12. December 2020, 18:20
Maciej Bellos
Following!
12. December 2020, 19:36
James C completed this item
12. December 2020, 02:08

November 22, 2020

James C added a new project.
1:48
Completed
1:48 Grumman F-14A Tomcat (Italeri 2667)
Grumman F-14A Tomcat
US Military US Navy (1794-now)
VF-1 Wolfpack NK 100
1975 - USS Enterprise
CAG Aircraft Gull grey Over White
 
1 | 22. November 2020, 17:00

November 17, 2020

James C completed this item
1:35 T-14 ARMATA (Takom 2029)
T-14 ARMATA Russian Main Battle Tank
Takom 1:35
2029 2015 | New tool
17. November 2020, 05:16

October 31, 2020

James C added a new photoalbum.
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1:35
Soviet SMK Heavy Tank.
30 | 14. October 2020, 22:40
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Björn Svedberg
That's a really nice tank, James! Great looking pictures too! 👍
28. October 2020, 20:52
James C
Many thanks Thomas and Björn 🙂
29. October 2020, 17:31
Jorge Coelho
Excellent workmanship, immaculate camouflage! Excellent job, James! This monster is also on my wish list..., one day, who knows...
29. October 2020, 17:52
James C
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 🙂
30. October 2020, 17:40
Jorge Coelho
Thanks for the tips, James.
31. October 2020, 11:27

October 30, 2020

James C started this item
1:35 T-14 ARMATA (Takom 2029)
T-14 ARMATA Russian Main Battle Tank
Takom 1:35
2029 2015 | New tool
30. October 2020, 05:33

October 27, 2020

James C added a new project.
41 images
1:35
Completed
1:35 T-14 ARMATA (Takom 2029)
 
27. October 2020, 17:39

October 26, 2020

James C completed this item
1:35 SMK (Takom 2112)
Soviet Heavy Tank
SMK
Takom 1:35
2112 2018 | New tool
26. October 2020, 21:31
James C completed this item
26. October 2020, 21:31

October 7, 2020

James C added a new photoalbum.
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1:35
2S19 MSTA-S Russian 152mm Self Propelled Howitzer
Project: 2S19 Msta-S
1:35 152 mm Self-Propelled Howitzer (Zvezda 3630)
30 | 9. September 2020, 21:07
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Brian Eberle
Thanks James! Great info.
18. September 2020, 00:15
Henrik Persson
That is a awsome job James you have done with this model, really nice job!
2. October 2020, 21:09
Sebastian Meyner
Great work & stunning paintjob James 👍
3. October 2020, 07:09
James C
Thanks Henrik & Sebastian 🙂
3. October 2020, 17:23
James C
Album updated with assembly pictures and a few more outdoor shots of the completed build.
7. October 2020, 00:25

October 6, 2020

James C completed this item
1:35 2S35 Koalitsiya-SV (Zvezda 3677)
2S35 Koalitsiya-SV Russian 152 mm self-propelled howitzer
Zvezda 1:35
3677 2019 | New tool
6. October 2020, 02:38

October 5, 2020

James C added a new project.
1:35
Completed
1:35 SMK (Takom 2112)1:35 KV 5 / SMK (Friulmodel ATL-184)
 
1 | 5. October 2020, 18:02

September 24, 2020

James C added a new photoalbum.
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1:35
Challenger 1 Mk.III Queens Royal Irish Hussars Operation "Desert Sabre", Iraq 1991
22 | 31. May 2020, 01:20
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Slavo Hazucha
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 👍
24. September 2020, 11:58
Lode Schildermans
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
24. September 2020, 12:57
James C
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
24. September 2020, 18:36
Christian Bruer
Very well done James 👍
24. September 2020, 18:43
Chris
Wow, great work. I like the weathering.
24. September 2020, 19:55

September 23, 2020

James C added a new photoalbum.
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1:35
Sd.Kfz. 142 Sturmgeschütz III Ausf.G
5 | 31. May 2020, 06:58
Rui S
Well I like all your models 👍
16. June 2020, 21:41
Olivier
*****
16. June 2020, 21:53
James C
Thanks Rui 🙂

@ Olivier - Not sure what ***** means, but thanks ?😉
17. June 2020, 15:29
Spanjaard
looks great in my opinion!
17. June 2020, 16:11
Tomaz Klemencic
Very nice Stug, nicely painted and weathered!
17. June 2020, 16:50
Olivier
@James. It means five stars.
17. June 2020, 16:52
James C
@ Olivier, wow... and thank you. You didn't have to do that. But I appreciate it 👍
17. June 2020, 17:00
Neuling
All praise you got here is well deserved.
17. June 2020, 17:01
22. September 2020, 02:50
23. September 2020, 07:45

September 22, 2020

James C added a new photoalbum.
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1:35
A12 Matilda II Mk.III 42nd Royal Tank Regiment, First Army Tank Brigade North Africa 1941
8 | 31. May 2020, 08:44
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21. September 2020, 22:27
Daniel Klink
👍👍👍
21. September 2020, 22:38
21. September 2020, 22:39
James C
Just figured I'd add these links as they are quite interesting.
21. September 2020, 22:40
Olivier
Very interesting ! Thanks James for the links.
22. September 2020, 10:53
James C added a new photoalbum.
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1:35
Russian T-72 M1
Project: T-72M1
1:35 T-72M1 (Tamiya 35160)
18 | 26. August 2020, 01:32
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James C
Thanks Ingo 🙂
27. August 2020, 19:30
Lode Schildermans
It just looks fantastic
15. September 2020, 22:28
James C
Thanks Lode 🙂
16. September 2020, 01:52
21. September 2020, 21:47
Bob Hall
NEAT ! Thanks J !
22. September 2020, 01:45

September 21, 2020

James C added a new photoalbum.
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1:35
Pz.Kpfw. VI Ausf.B King Tiger
6 | 31. May 2020, 07:25
21. September 2020, 21:56
Spanjaard
beautiful Königstiger!
21. September 2020, 21:57
Nathan Dempsey
Yes, more beautiful work James.
21. September 2020, 22:07
Spanjaard
really sorry about your loss
21. September 2020, 22:12

September 13, 2020

James C added a new project.
1:35
Completed
1:35 2S35 Koalitsiya-SV (Zvezda 3677)
 
13. September 2020, 19:06

September 9, 2020

James C completed this item
9. September 2020, 03:56

August 26, 2020

James C added a new project.
36 images
1:35
Completed
1:35 152 mm Self-Propelled Howitzer (Zvezda 3630)
 
2 | 26. August 2020, 02:26
Bigglesof266
Looking forward to this one James. Is is a Zvezda new/recent tool? (saves me looking).
26. August 2020, 02:47
James C
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)😉
26. August 2020, 02:57
Carlos Cisneros
Gonna follow this one!
26. August 2020, 03:06

August 25, 2020

James C completed this item
1:35 T-72M1 (Tamiya 35160)
Russian Army Tank
T-72M1
Tamiya 1:35
35160 (160) 1992 | New tool
25. August 2020, 06:18

August 22, 2020

James C
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. 👎
1:35 T-72B (Zvezda 3551)
T-72B Russian Main Battle Tank with ERA
Zvezda 1:35
3551 2019 | Changed box
1 | 18. August 2020, 22:19
Carlos Cisneros
Isn't this a rebox of the Dragon kit?
21. August 2020, 20:29
James C
Yeah, that's what I mentioned at the end of my comment😉
21. August 2020, 21:12
Bigglesof266
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.
21. August 2020, 22:43
James C
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😉


22. August 2020, 18:23
Bigglesof266
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.
22. August 2020, 21:31

August 20, 2020

James C added a new project.
18 images
1:35
Completed
1:35 T-72M1 (Tamiya 35160)
T-72M1
SU Military Soviet Army (Rabotsche-krestjanskaja Krasnaja armija 1946-1991)
345
 
20. August 2020, 19:02

August 15, 2020

James C completed this item
1:35 T-62A (Tamiya MM208)
Russian
T-62A Tank
Tamiya 1:35
MM208 (108) 1979 | New tool
15. August 2020, 04:29

August 13, 2020

James C added a new project.
1:35
Completed
1:35 T-62A (Tamiya MM208)
T-62A
SU Military Soviet Army (Rabotsche-krestjanskaja Krasnaja armija 1946-1991)
329
Dark green
 
13. August 2020, 23:24

July 29, 2020

James C added a new photoalbum.
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1:35
Schwere Pz.Jg.Abt. 654 Operation "Citadel" Kursk July 1943
20 | 6. June 2020, 04:21
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James C
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.
28. July 2020, 20:11
Guy Rump
Great looking model 🙂
28. July 2020, 21:16
Jos Jansen
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 👍!
28. July 2020, 22:04
Bigglesof266
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.
28. July 2020, 23:37
James C
Thanks Guy, Jos and Bigglesof266 🙂
29. July 2020, 19:25

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