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8 | 17. September, 23:38
Michael Osadciw
It looks great, nice work. The weathering on the fenders is particularly amazing.
18. September, 00:03
Neuling
I agree with Michael. You make plastic look like real metal.
18. September, 20:04
Al
Thank you both, I give all credit to the Uschi Dark Iron burnishing powder!
18. September, 22:00
Jay G.
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.
18. September, 22:37
Al
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.
19. September, 13:02
Al
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.
19. September, 13:10
gorbygould
That weathering is pretty remarkable.
19. September, 14:05
Al
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.
19. September, 14:57
Jay G.
Thanks for the info Al!!!!! I'll give it a go.
19. September, 19:21
Olivier
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.
19. September, 19:35

September 17, 2020

Al added a new project.
Albums: 1 with 26 images
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Completed
1:35 Tiger I Late Production (Rye Field Model RM-5015)
 
17. September, 23:37
Al completed this item
17. September, 23:37

September 9, 2020

Al added a new photoalbum.
1 | 9. September, 15:13
Al added a new photoalbum.
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Project: sturer emil
Scratchbuilt
4 | 8. September, 12:45
Al
A few builds and dioramas from last year
8. September, 13:26
8. September, 13:35
Spanjaard
the bike dio is amazing.
8. September, 13:36
Al
Thank you; the amazing thing is they just rode through a minefield LOL!
8. September, 17:34
Neuling
Nice dios! Those bikers not only withstood the minefield they will also successfully fend off the corona virus!
9. September, 06:14
Al
Thank you and LMFAO! Good one on the Coronavirus and the masks!!!
9. September, 15:03

September 8, 2020

Al added a new photoalbum.
9 | 4. September, 17:27
Neuling
Very cool diorama! - Btw you built an air force Schwimmwagen: Number plate "WL" means "Wehrmacht Luftwaffe".
5. September, 09:39
Al
Thank you; yes the Luftwaffe had to loan out the Schwimmwagen for some recon work. :)
7. September, 13:27
Spanjaard
wow. that is certainly one of a kind of a dio.... not the usual subjects. excellent!
7. September, 14:35
Al
I'm fascinated with the Aerosan; the Russians have always had interesting military equipment and a fairly good military.
8. September, 18:02
Olivier
Close encounters of the Xth kind...

Nice !
8. September, 21:53
Al
Thanks Olivier!
8. September, 23:44
Al added a new project.
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8. September, 13:18

September 4, 2020

Al added a new project.
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1:35
Completed
1:35 Aerosan RF-8/GAZ-98 (Trumpeter 02322)1:35 Schwimmwagen Type 166 (Tamiya 35224)
 
1 | 4. September, 17:20

September 2, 2020

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5 | 1. September, 16:04
Al
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.
1. September, 20:57
joe strenko
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
1. September, 22:31
Al
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.
2. September, 20:52

September 1, 2020

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1 | 31. August, 20:32
Al
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!
31. August, 21:03
Spanjaard
that is a beautiful Tiger you got here. congratulations
31. August, 21:42
Al
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.
1. September, 01:00
Neuling
Good work on this big game! I like picture No. 3: "Jawohl, Herr Hauptmann!"
1. September, 07:50
Al
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?
1. September, 20:19
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5 | 23. August, 01:23
Rui S
Great dio. Very well done
25. August, 13:02
Spanjaard
wow, amazing job Al!
25. August, 14:26
Gary Dahlström
Eye candy in its' roughest form. Great job!
25. August, 16:01
Al
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!
26. August, 12:01
Spanjaard
some smaller debris and dust may help blend it in?
26. August, 17:47
Al
Yes, absolutely but my workbench is full and then some
30. August, 11:42
Olivier
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 ?
30. August, 20:02
Al
Thanks; I might just give that a crack, also a little pigment powder.
1. September, 20:17
Al added a new project.
Albums: 1 with 33 images
1:35
Completed
1:35 Bergepanzer Tiger I (Rye Field Model RM-5008)
 
1. September, 15:57

August 31, 2020

Al added a new project.
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Completed
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31. August, 20:49
Al completed this item
1:35 Tiger I (Tamiya 35146)
Pz.Kpfw.VI Ausf.E Sd.Kfz.181
Tiger I Late Version
Tamiya 1:35
35146 (146)
1989 | New tool
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31. August, 20:26

August 26, 2020

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Project: Maus
1:35 Maus (Dragon 6007)
3 | 13. August, 13:25
Spanjaard
i need to remember this idea when i get into some Friuls that i have waiting in my stash....
25. August, 14:31
Al
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.
26. August, 12:00
26. August, 17:49

August 25, 2020

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Project: Friulmodel
Scratchbuilt
2 | 13. August, 14:21
Treehugger
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?
13. August, 14:47
Al
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.
13. August, 14:56
Spanjaard
excellent idea, and the also the jig
25. August, 14:28

August 16, 2020

Al added a new photoalbum.
5 | 15. August, 20:44
Ben M
Amazing weathering. This tiger is metal af
15. August, 21:14
Al
Thank you, it's one of the better Tiger kits I've had a chance to build, the molding has very realistic metallic surfacing.
15. August, 21:58
Neuling
That tank really looks like a chunk of heavy metal!
16. August, 08:44
Al
It's the burnishing compound, I love this stuff and probably over use it but thank you!
16. August, 17:09

August 15, 2020

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Project: Maus3
1:35 GERMAN SUPER TANK 'MAUS' (Cyber Hobby 9133)1:35 MAUS V2 tracks with sprockets (Workable) (Takom 2094)1:35 Set of Barrels for German Heavy Tank Maus V-2 (Aber 35L-225)
2 | 15. August, 18:57
Spanjaard
Excellent
15. August, 19:02
Al
Thank you! I'm about done with the Maus although it has a lot of flat surfaces that encourage weathering.
15. August, 19:07
Al completed this item
15. August, 18:55
Al
These are excellent and are very workable.
15. August, 19:06
Al completed this item
15. August, 18:55
Al added a new project.
Albums: 1 with 20 images
1:35
Completed
1:35 GERMAN SUPER TANK 'MAUS' (Cyber Hobby 9133)1:35 MAUS V2 tracks with sprockets (Workable) (Takom 2094)1+
Pz.Kpfw. VIII Maus
3R Military Wehrmacht Heer (German Army 1935-1945)
104 | Fictitious marking 1945 | Dark Yellow, Dark Green, Red Brown
 
1 | 15. August, 18:11

August 13, 2020

Al added a new photoalbum.
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Project: Maus
1:35 Maus (Dragon 6007)
9 | 11. August, 22:11
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JD
Wow, metalizing powder? I learned something new! What a superior result, now I have to get some to play with!
12. August, 18:19
Guy Rump
Great result, your camo is excellent :)
12. August, 18:51
Al
Thank you JD - yes I use the dark iron powder to simulate steel. The metalizers for steel tend to be a little too bright for a piece of equipment out in the field. A little pot of the Uschi will last quite a while too.
12. August, 23:26
Al
Thank you Guy, I used Tamiya and my old airbrush.
12. August, 23:27
Lenny Li
Very nice steel effect, next time try to use a pencil, you will be surprised!
13. August, 01:16
Chris Church
Stunning. Very, very well done!
13. August, 01:35
Al
Thank you both; I actually try the pencil and it works very well but the Uschi powder works best for me.
13. August, 14:13
Spanjaard
i was thinking about using graphite powder... but i guess you just answered when you mentioned the pencil ;)
13. August, 14:35
Al added a new project.
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Scratchbuilt
 
1 | 13. August, 14:20
Al added a new photoalbum.
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5 | 31. July, 18:15
Bob Hall
Top Notch, Top !
1. August, 03:24
Spanjaard
beautiful
5. August, 08:44
Al
Thanks guys. I'm not a fan of full interior kits though.
5. August, 19:30
Treehugger
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.
5. August, 19:42
Al
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.
12. August, 12:13
Al
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.
12. August, 15:01
Wayne Lee
Superb detail on exhaust pipe, rust/texture is very convincing! Bravo!
12. August, 15:20
Al
You should have a go at the Trumpeter kit one day Anna, it's really one of their better ones.
12. August, 23:22
Al
Thank you Wayne, all I need to do for inspiration is look at the piles of rusty junk outside my barn ha!
12. August, 23:23
13. August, 08:57

August 11, 2020

Al added a new project.
Albums: 2 with 47 images
1:35
Completed
1:35 Maus (Dragon 6007)
 
1 | 11. August, 22:08
Al owns this item
11. August, 22:07

July 31, 2020

Al completed this item
31. July, 18:09

July 23, 2020

Al added a new photoalbum.
2 | 17. July, 17:22
Neuling
This really is something off the beaten track. I like it!
18. July, 18:15
Rui S
Very Good indeed. lot of attention to the details and nice figure painting. Well done
18. July, 21:24
Al
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.
19. July, 22:12
Spanjaard
excellent job. certainly different than most dios. really great
23. July, 00:28
Al
Thank you; it's definitely a "what if" that gave me an excuse to combine some oddball equipment.
23. July, 13:11
Al added a new photoalbum.
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4 | 17. July, 18:43
James C
Great job on a cool subject.
17. July, 20:10
Rui S
I agree, nice details, well done
17. July, 20:45
Al
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.
18. July, 12:09
Spanjaard
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
23. July, 00:30
Al
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.
23. July, 13:09
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4 | 17. July, 19:12
Spanjaard
well done!
23. July, 00:29

July 17, 2020

Al added a new project.
Albums: 1 with 20 images
1:35
Completed
1:35 M2A1 Half-Track (Dragon 6329)
 
17. July, 19:09
Al completed this item
17. July, 19:00
Al added a new project.
Albums: 1 with 27 images
1:35
Completed
1:35 DUKW Amphibious Truck (Italeri 6392)
 
17. July, 18:40
Al added a new project.
Albums: 2 with 26 images
1:35
Completed
1:32 Focke Achgelis Fa 330 (Fly 32007)1:35 Human torpedo "Neger" (Verlinden Productions 816)
 
17. July, 17:08
Al completed this item
17. July, 17:04

June 17, 2020

Al added a new photoalbum.
1 | 17. June, 13:16
General Fail
Great rust effects. Well done :)
17. June, 17:51
Al
Thank you General!
17. June, 18:12
Al added a new photoalbum.
8. June, 20:10
Neuling
Top build! Impressive metalizing!
9. June, 11:21
Spanjaard
impressive used look! some of the pics looks like reference material!
9. June, 12:09
Al
Thank you both, it was fun to paint and weather, not so much to build; a bit more flash and ejector pins than other Trumpeter kits.
9. June, 16:48
Rui S
Great work and paintjob
16. June, 21:29
Al
Thank you, it was my first shot at late war urban camo/disruption pattern.
17. June, 18:13

June 9, 2020

Al now follows Bob Hall
9. June, 16:58

June 8, 2020

Al added a new photoalbum.
8. June, 09:50
Al
In progress, hoping to push it over the finish line today.
8. June, 10:31
Al added a new project.
Albums: 2 with 53 images
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In progress
1:35 Geschützwagen VI 21cm Msr 18 (sf) (Trumpeter 01540)
 
8. June, 09:43

June 3, 2020

Al and Bob Hall are now mates.
3. June, 16:38

May 29, 2020

Al added a new photoalbum.
24. May, 10:21
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Al
Thanks for your service Bob, I did four in the beloved Corps before going Army, 35 years but only 12 active, the rest in the Reserve including a couple of tours to the sandbox in the recent unpleasantness there.
29. May, 01:36
Al
Thanks for your service too Brian and yeah all my modeling is a little excessive on the rust, it's my way of decompressing from all the motor stables we had to do :)
29. May, 01:41
Al
Thanks Spanjaard, I've been practicing a while, also I'm retired so I can spend that time now.
29. May, 01:42
Bob Hall
Cool beans ! Been to the sandbox a few times, Kablamistan a few times and chilled my pills in Bosnia a few tours. Semper Fi ! My grandfather was in the Corps for 33 years ! Love your work on the Armour, was a 19D for the first 8 years and 31B the rest !
29. May, 01:52
Al
Awesome, haven't heard kablamistan in a while (Iraqistan)! My nephew was a tank gunner, did several tours in Bosnia two of them back to back (not his idea). How did your grandfather hack 33 years in the Corps? I did four and rushed over to the Army where I got treated with slightly less abuse LOL. I was 0311 in the Corps, 11B in the Army and then re-classed to 38B for the last 10.
29. May, 02:00
Bob Hall
He was my hero, but he is why I joined the Army, he made Gunnery Sargent Hartman look like a girl scout ! LOL !!!!!!!
29. May, 02:03
Al
Those old Corps Marines were a little rough around the edges, they made life way harder than it had to be. One day after an FTX we were assembled and waiting for the very rare Deuce and a half ride back, about 10 miles. The Company Gunny said "The Pride don't ride" and sent the trucks away then road marched us up a dry river bed. When we got back, after weapons and field gear inspection we had to field day the barracks. Institutionalized sadism LOL.
29. May, 02:10
Al
I'm gonna hit the rack brother, great shooting the breeze with you.
29. May, 02:11
Al added a new photoalbum.
28. May, 22:13
Spanjaard
Looking very realistic! welcome to SCM
29. May, 00:26
Al
Thank you mate, I'm still figuring out all the bells and whistles on this platform.
29. May, 01:54

May 28, 2020

Al added a new photoalbum.
28. May, 21:42
Eelco Gregoire
Something completely different! I like it!
28. May, 22:50
Al
Thank you, the kit is actually very easy for a Dragon kit. I purchased Sector35 tracks otherwise it's OOB.
28. May, 23:13
Rui S
Nice weathering efects, great macro photos
28. May, 23:28
Al
Thank you, I did it with my Iphone, never imagined they could make a phone that powerful.
28. May, 23:32
Al added a new photoalbum.
28. May, 23:18
Al added a new project.
Albums: 1 with 28 images
1:35
Completed
1:35 Type 2 (KA-MI) Amphibious Tank (Dragon 6712)
 
28. May, 23:14
Al owns this item
24. May, 00:41
Al
This is on my queue for builds; I want to build a diorama to honor my father who operated an LCVP in WW2 in the Pacific.
28. May, 23:12
Al added a new photoalbum.
23. May, 00:24
Xerxes
Great Build
23. May, 06:43
Neuling
Stunning metal effects and impressive realism!
23. May, 18:02
Al
Thank you both, it was a fairly easy kit.
28. May, 21:58
Ingo F
Looks great.
28. May, 22:13
Al
Thank you, it was enjoyable
28. May, 23:05
Al added a new project.
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1:35
Ideas
1:35 VK72.01(K) (Amusing Hobby 35A007)
 
28. May, 22:10
Al started this item
28. May, 22:09
Al added a new project.
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1:35
Ideas
1:35 Special Type 4 "Ka-Tsu" (Dragon 6849)
 
28. May, 21:40

May 24, 2020

Al completed this item
24. May, 10:03
Al
This is the old Italeri kit essentially, still a champ in my book.
24. May, 10:29
Al added a new project.
Albums: 1 with 32 images
1:35
Completed
1:35 Schwerer Zugkraftwagen 18t (Sd.Kfz.9) Famo (Tamiya 35239)
 
24. May, 10:17
Al owns this item
24. May, 10:03
Al owns this item
24. May, 10:03
Al completed this item
24. May, 09:58
Al completed this item
24. May, 09:46

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