Armour Build

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  1. muller

    muller Active Member

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    I suggested in another thread that Cory (Catch22) and myself could build a couple of tanks. Cory has a 1/35 Tamiya Panther V Ausf. G, I have a 1/35 Tamiya Panzer IV Ausf. D.

    Well she's been started. :)

    This kit must have been once sold as a motorised version, there are spaces for batteries and holes in the bottom for a switch and other stuff. So I filled them in using plastic card and filler and used a coffee stirrer to strengthen the bottom and fill in the 2 holes in the side too.

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    Upper hull with additional armour for the late version added. Ventilated doors over engine for Afrika korps version added and gun completed.


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    Turret completed with toolbox on rear. All bits primed and dry fitted.


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    Next update in about a month.... after I paint all the wheels! :D
     
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    Ill be intersted to see how the tracks turn out but it looks good so far
     
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    Looks great Keith! I'll have a start on mine when I get back from holiday, as I leave on Friday and have to finish the Helldiver first. I'm gone till the 20th, so it'll be a bit! Hopefully I can catch up.
     
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    Cool Corey, I'm going to take my time with this on, lot's time till the MTO GB.
     
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    Nooooo, not armor! Dont give in, you are your own person.. just.. aircraft.. :cry:

    Looks good :)
     
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    Dang it, and I just got sucked into the airplane builds!
     
  7. Airframes

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    Aw heck! Here we go! You've just given me a kick in the butt to finish some of my armour stuff now! I'll join in soon, as I've got a PzKfw IVH to finish, plus ten vehicles for a Normandy diorama already done, just waiting for the fairly large base - but that's a loooonnng job!!
     
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    I like it...the L/24 is a favourite of mine.

    Looks like the guy has a .22 pistol until you get hit and you find he was carrying a .44 magnum!

    Darryl
     
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    Oh...something different..nice Keith...:D
     
  10. muller

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    More armour builds?! Cool! :D

    I wanted to try a weathering method I've read about to see how it looks. So I tried it on the drive sprockets.

    Wheels primed and painted with XF-9 (Hull Red)....

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    Gave them a coat of Klear, when dry, sprayed them with some hairspray, and while still wet sprinkled some salt on...

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    Then when dry, i gave them a coat of XF-59 (Desert Yellow)....

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    When dry, washed the wheels with a brush soaked in water to remove the salt...

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    I'm happy with how they turned out! :)
     
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    Nice one Keith! Turned out pretty d*mn good!
     
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    Very nice!
     
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    Sorry for the lack of updates on this one, I've been busy learning how to paint backwards! I'm training on a new machine in work and my trainer is into RC racing. 1/8 scale off-road vehicles, 2 stroke engines, I think they use methanol for fuel. When he heard I have an airbrush, he asked me to spray a new body for his 'truggy'. I'm practicing with Tamiya acrylics on sheets of acetate. He wants a blue/white/orange scheme with flames! You have to paint the clear body on the inside so you need to paint backwards, it's a bit strange, different from how we paint models, I'll post pics of the results.

    So the tank has been on the backburner for a while. I've got it painted and decaled. I used the 'salt chipping' method on the body too. Most 'D's' went to North Africe painted panzer grey, the earlier ones were covered in mud which dried to a sandy colour, later the upper surfaces and outer wheels were roughly painted in the field with desert yellow. So I've left the undersides grey.

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    Looking very impressive Keith.
     
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    Keith, do you work in santas shop or something? You spring these tanks up so quick, and I thought "tank" modeling was more difficult in several perspectives! Looking great, maybe one day you can make a how to model "armor" thread. I might want to make a scout car or something.
     
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    Cheers lads :) Mag check out some of the armour modelling forums, there's loads of tips on them for building and weathering, armorama.com is a good one. I reckon armour building is a lot quicker than aircraft cos you can put it all together then paint it.
     
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    Great work Keith!

    Your comment about the motor, I agree. I used to build 1:35 Tamiya stuff in the 80'as and remember their PzKpfw II had the same cutouts. There may even have been a comment that it was designed as such, but no motor was supplied if I remember right.

    Is this a proper unofficial build? Would Airfield ground vehicles, and light tow vehicles (Kettenkraftrad, etc) count?
     
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    Love the salt effect! I've read about it but never seen the effect.
     
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    Nice work Keith....:thumbright:
     
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