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PlaStix last won the day on May 8

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  1. Certainly looks good under paint! Kind regards, Stix
  2. Interesting stuff! Kind regards, Stix
  3. Thank you very much Glynn! Your Universal Carrier, over in the Made in Britain II GB, is turning out beautifully too. I haven't got the 1/35 version like yours but the 1/48 one - but your build is making me think it may get made sooner rather than later. I'm looking forward to seeing yours with the figures and stowage stuff too! Kind regards, Stix
  4. Looking rather lovely Steve! Very nicely done. Kind regards, Stix
  5. Excellent progress John - looking very nice! Kind regards, Stix
  6. Kind regards, Stix
  7. Looking great with the decals on! Kind regards, Stix
  8. Thank you Steve! Most kind. Thank you John for your very kind comments. Thank you too Glynn - very kind of you to say. Thank you very much Robert and me too!! Thank you very much Craig - very kind of you. All my weathering effects are done with standard acrylic paints - Revell's Light Grey and Gunship Grey, Revell's Anthracite, Railmatch's Light Rust and oil streaks from Citadel's Nuln Oil. All are applied very thinned but almost dry with a very fine pointed brush. I use farily rapid, dragged downward stokes. If I think there's too much paint I use a finger end to remove some - moving in the same direction as the flow of the effect. It can take several strokes to build up the effect. It actually doesn't look as noticeable in real life as in the photos but I must admit really like the effect it gives both in the photos and on the tank itself. Some modellers go more overboard with rust effects on armour than I have - I have toned the effects down a lot compared to some. I agree that the actual armoured surfaces themselves wouldn't be prone to rust but I think that some of the fittings, etc. might be more susceptible and that is what I have gone for. I think it's a matter of of personal taste and I do like these effects. I'm not doing these tanks as being heavily battered and weathered but as if they have been around for a couple of years. The scene I am doing (with some artistic licence) is based later in the war. So they may be a bit rusty here and there. Thank you for your comments though! Kind regards, Stix
  9. Hi. I will be interested to see your version of the KV-1. I have thoroughly enjoyed making mine. For a good, free, photo site - you could try Flickr. Kind regards, Stix
  10. That is superb! Looks just like the real thing! Kind regards, Stix
  11. That really is looking very impressive! Beautiful modelling. Kind regards, Stix
  12. Yet more stunning attention to detail John. Looking excellent! Kind regards, Stix
  13. That is looking superb Rob. The weathering and stowage really bring it to life. Very well done! Kind regards, Stix
  14. Definitely can't! You are seriously way too kind! But thank you. Hi Glynn. The diorama is probably going to be the three tanks passing the edge of an airfield where the Yak is being worked on. I have a couple of idea for some small scenes within the diorama but a lot will depend on time. I must admit I thought I'd be a bit further on than I am now. Progress was slow at the weekend and I got less done than I thought. I decided to concentrate on one tank at a time from now on and chose to work towards the finish with the SU122 first - mainly due to the fact that I felt it was my least favourite of the three to start with. As I've worked on it, however, it has definitely grown on me and I've come to rather admire the kind of brutal appearance of it. First off I concentratrated on getting the chipping effects applied with a very fine brush using Humbrol's Gunmetal. Over these areas I stippled a wash of Revell's Anthracite to tone done the shine a little. Then I applied some Railmatch Lght Rust to various locations before adding a range of streaks using different colour washes. Finally there was a stippled on wash of Humbrol's Dark Earth. Here's a photo before I started assembling the remaining parts: Then once all the other parts were attached: I still need to work on some areas of the weathering plus add some mud before it'll be finished. Comments and suggestions welcome. Kind regards, Stix
  15. Wow! Very impressive progress! It's going to be one stunning cockpit. Kind regards, Stix