September 19, 2020
It looks great, nice work. The weathering on the fenders is particularly amazing.
I agree with Michael. You make plastic look like real metal.
Thank you both, I give all credit to the Uschi Dark Iron burnishing powder!
Looks great!!!! Love the work of the paint effects. May I ask how you achieved it??? Getting ready to finish a Afrika corps panzerjager 1 and would like to show the original grey paint under the afrika color.
Of course! I use a piece of packing foam/sponge and tear off little bits to create even more texture. I apply 3 consecutive coats of the following acrylic paints Rust Texture by Vallejo. When dry I apply Dark Chocolate brown (sometimes sold as Mecha chipping brown) and a final coat of Tamiya Dark Iron.
You want to dab this out onto a paper towel, the key is to wok in very light passes; practice on the bottom of your vehicle.
When all is dry I rub on Uschi Dark Iron powder; I use my finger tip and really burnish it in.
I also work in sub-assemblies, in fact when I airbrush, the model is more unassembled than it is assembled. Each wheel, fender, door, hatch and tool is painted, weathered and allowed to dry before final assembly.
For showing exposed undercoat of paint you could use the sponge technique above combined with the hairspray technique (Panzer Grey enamel rattle can followed by hairspray 24 hours later, followed by Afrika sand)
After the hairspray technique you can finalize by sponge dabbing on panzer grey over the Afrika Korps sand color. The desert winds sandblast vehicles a lot but there is little ambient moisture to cause too much rust but you do see some rust, just not like the South Pacific.
The initial Afrika Korps paints were applied in the field much the same as winter white so there should be lots of "holidays" or missed portions.
That weathering is pretty remarkable.
Thank you; I read that some tank crews were in continuous operations for 29 months without a break and that includes their tank except for field maintenance.
Thanks for the info Al!!!!! I'll give it a go.
Nice ! But I doubt that any Tiger had time enough to rust like this one in operation. 29 months of continuous ops w.o. leave or back to training periods seems odd. The German army was well organised until the last few weeks of the war. And most armoured vehicles did not last very long in the field.
September 17, 2020
September 9, 2020
A few builds and dioramas from last year
the bike dio is amazing.
Thank you; the amazing thing is they just rode through a minefield LOL!
Nice dios! Those bikers not only withstood the minefield they will also successfully fend off the corona virus! 👍
Thank you and LMFAO! Good one on the Coronavirus and the masks!!!
September 8, 2020
Very cool diorama! 👍👍 - Btw you built an air force Schwimmwagen: Number plate "WL" means "Wehrmacht Luftwaffe".
Thank you; yes the Luftwaffe had to loan out the Schwimmwagen for some recon work. 🙂
wow. that is certainly one of a kind of a dio.... not the usual subjects. excellent!
I'm fascinated with the Aerosan; the Russians have always had interesting military equipment and a fairly good military.
Close encounters of the Xth kind...
September 4, 2020
September 2, 2020
I love Rye Field Models; just built this kit from my stash and it was the most detailed Tiger I've handled, even better than the Trumpeter and AFV kits and that's saying a lot.
That is a great level of mastery in chipping on that Berg..very realistic looking..you can tell she's been around and seen a lot of action In battle
Thank you; I had read an article by a German WW2 Tank crewman who had been in combat continuously for 29 months! It spoke to me of the enormous wear and tear on their equipment.
September 1, 2020
Tamiya Tiger I Late in 1/35 with peel and stick Zimmerit, also an Aber barrel. This kit is a bit old especially compared to the RMF Tiger I just got into!
that is a beautiful Tiger you got here. congratulations
Thank you. It's an older kit but fairly simple. I got it on eBay years ago. It came with Verlinden interior kit but I didn't use it.
Good work on this big game! I like picture No. 3: "Jawohl, Herr Hauptmann!"
Jawoh!!! He's actually the commander so I'm going to pretend he is merely shading his eyes, like when you are in the movie theater and you first walk outside?
Great dio. Very well done 👍
wow, amazing job Al!
Eye candy in its' roughest form. Great job!
Thank you both, I need to blend and dust in the rubble piles; it doesn't look like rubble to me in the pictures, it looks like somebody dumped a load of debris in the middle of the road LOL!
some smaller debris and dust may help blend it in?
Yes, absolutely but my workbench is full and then some
Do not be too hard with yourself. I like this diorama. Might a very light coat of buff or gray paint with your airbrush help with the blending ?
Thanks; I might just give that a crack, also a little pigment powder.
August 31, 2020
August 26, 2020
i need to remember this idea when i get into some Friuls that i have waiting in my stash....
It works so much better than the old way of cutting individual pins but PLEASE be careful when you trim the sewing pins, they are hardened and will fly off like projectiles
Also please don't use your hobby cutters, use wire cutters, you will break your hobby cutters. Otherwise it's so easy and quick.
August 25, 2020
Ah, so you do not use the included wire in the Friumodel track kit, but instead using these pins? And if so, do these pins go all the way over the width of the track?
Yes, that wire is quite flimsy and requires you to drill them out one at a time. I usually order several packs of the pins and get the 1 3/8" ones. If the tracks are wider I find longer pins. Use Extra-Fine, normal sewing pins are a bit too fat.
excellent idea, and the also the jig
August 16, 2020
Amazing weathering. This tiger is metal af
Thank you, it's one of the better Tiger kits I've had a chance to build, the molding has very realistic metallic surfacing.
That tank really looks like a chunk of heavy metal! 👍
It's the burnishing compound, I love this stuff and probably over use it but thank you!
August 15, 2020
These are excellent and are very workable.
August 13, 2020
Thank you Guy, I used Tamiya and my old airbrush.
Very nice steel effect, next time try to use a pencil, you will be surprised!
Stunning. Very, very well done!
Thank you both; I actually try the pencil and it works very well but the Uschi powder works best for me.
i was thinking about using graphite powder... but i guess you just answered when you mentioned the pencil😉
Top Notch, Top !
Thanks guys. I'm not a fan of full interior kits though.
Interesting seeing the model next to a forest.
I've been wondering if I should make some trickery to my Challenger tank, by blending two photo, so that I can show this tank in a farm field, and remove the excess (the stand) so that the tank *maybe* looks like it is really in the field in 1:1 size. 🙂 That way one can match the lighting and get some realistic shadows, and match it with the field nearby, if one takes the photos at the same time of day and with the same angle vs sun/shadows.
If you are using your phone's camera it has amazing capabilities to give depth of field or to bore down, I encourage you to do this! Also it's not trickery, it's art. Frankly I photograph outdoors because there is no substitute for sunlight to add realism.
I've just finished the Tiger I by Trumpeter and it's on my finish table for weathering, will post another album later this week. Having built the Tiger I by Academy, AFV Club and Tamiya, this was the best; the cast surface texturing was superb.
Superb detail on exhaust pipe, rust/texture is very convincing! Bravo!
You should have a go at the Trumpeter kit one day Anna, it's really one of their better ones.
Thank you Wayne, all I need to do for inspiration is look at the piles of rusty junk outside my barn ha!
August 11, 2020
July 31, 2020
July 23, 2020
This really is something off the beaten track. I like it!
Very Good indeed. lot of attention to the details and nice figure painting. Well done 👍
Thank you; the kite/copter was a bit finnicky to work with. The resin figures are easier to paint than the styrene ones i found. I use highly diluted enamel paints to wash the colors instead of trying to control paint. My styrene figures are frustrating and I'm never happy with them.
excellent job. certainly different than most dios. really great
Thank you; it's definitely a "what if" that gave me an excuse to combine some oddball equipment.
Great job on a cool subject. 👍
I agree, nice details, well done 👍
Thank you both; I built it last year and now I already want to redo it with the things I learned from everyone up here.
you mean get a another kit and do it again, or you will remove the paint from this one?? looks really good as it is
i might redo this one because i'm running out of room for displays. Thank you. The danger of coming up here is I keep learning more techniques and then I wish I knew then what i do now.
July 17, 2020