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  1. Nice one Andy. -matt
  2. Geez guys you're gonna make me blush. Thank you very much sir. Y'know I just realized that this is the first in depth tank build since I completed an Abrams back in... 2007. Damn. This was also the first 1/35 figure I've painted since 2007 too! May I just say Andy that you're own work helped more than you think with the T29. While nearing the completion of the build as I was beginning weathering I was feeling pretty down about how everything was coming together. The model looked ok, but it needed... something! That little touch to help it pop. Well I remembered this photo and I saw the light! TIE Striker wip by Andy Moore, on Flickr The dark shading you applied to a few of the panels here was just what I was looking for! So I started to scrub some dark brown oil paints around certain details like the turret hatches where dirt could accumulate. Suddenly the model looked much more three dimensional and I had that POP I was desperately searching for. It sounds like a tiny detail but to me it was a huge moment and the mental boost helped me push on. So keep sharing your work Andy! That inspiration can feel monumental at times. Oh I probably have some spelling errors to fix in the post somewhere still. Thanks Francis. I really didn't expect the gold so I was thrilled to receive it! -matt
  3. Thanks very much Andy. I appreciate that. Here's the link to the gallery displaying the completed model. http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235020346-135-takom-t29e3-world-of-tanks/ Thanks to all those who watched and commented along the way. It was a fun and crazy journey! 20170423-MJS_0219 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr -matt
  4. The build. http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235017273-135-takom-t29e3-what-if/& Despite time becoming my enemy with this one, I managed to get it done in time for ValourCon 8 hosted by IPMS Winnipeg (Canada). Here she is. 20170422-MJS_0158 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr 20170422-MJS_0150 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr Takom's new 1/35th scale T29E3. An American heavy tank which was conceived in 1944 but a prototype wasn't completed until after the end of the Second World War. The vehicle has since gained popularity among the online gaming community. It is featured in both War Thunder and World of Tanks games. After acquiring a T29E3 in World of Tanks (and falling in love with it's performance and imposing looks) I was thrilled to discover Takom had released a new series of kits based on the T29. I decided to build the model to represent the tank I own in the game. A big thank you to Tiger Model Designs for supplying a large number of brand new resin upgrade parts. The replacement parts really took the model to the next level replacing many of the smaller and less refined kit parts. 20170422-MJS_0108 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr 20170422-MJS_0110 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr 20170422-MJS_0117 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr The model was painted primarily in Tamiya and some Vallejo. Oils, acrylics and enamels were used for detail painting and weathering. A variety of Mig pigments were used for dust and rust.The pigments were applied over several applications. Some wet, some dry. 20170422-MJS_0126 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr This was my first ever attempt at using the hairspray technique. And I absolutely love it. The hairspray was decanted from the bottle and sprayed on via airbrush. 20170422-MJS_0127 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr The figure is from Alpine with a blanket that was sculpted from Milliput. My T29 commander in World of Tanks is presently at the rank of First Sergeant, hence the rank on his sleeve. The decals on the figure are both from Alliance Modelworks. All the markings on the tank (well, all six) were airbrushed on using stencils. The national insignia stencils used on the turret are from DNmodels. 20170422-MJS_0133 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr In the game World of Tanks each nation has a different way of showing off how proficient the player is in each of their tanks. Players driving American tanks can earn up to three stars (called marks of excellence) based on the average amount of damage they cause. I've currently earned two marks of excellence and I made my own paint stencils to represent this. Since it takes a while to earn each star I weathered the stars differently to indicate passage of time. I still have the stencil so if I do earn that third and final star you better believe I'll be adding it to my 1/35th scale T29! 20170422-MJS_0141 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr Virtually all of the smaller detail parts (including hatches) on the turret were supplied by Tiger Model Designs. The two coax .50cal MG barrels were replaced with fine brass tube. 20170422-MJS_0142 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr The commander was painted using Vallejo and oils. The German looking medal on his chest is another nod to the game. Any significant achievements in the game (like a high number of kills in one match for example) are represented by medals that are based off of German medals from WWII. I had some photo etch medals left over from a Dragon Gen2 figure set. 20170422-MJS_0145 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr In the game the tank is most famous for it's extremely thick mantlet and frontal turret armour. If you can get it hull down with the enemy ahead, you can have enemy shells bouncing off you all day long. I sculpted four shell impacts. Two direct but non penetrating hits on the mantlet. And two ricochet off the turret top and side. The silver is good ol Testors silver. 20170422-MJS_0148 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr 20170422-MJS_0157 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr 20170422-MJS_0163 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr According to wiki the T29 could weigh around 64 tons. I think at this angle it certainly appears possible! She's a big girl! 20170422-MJS_0174 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr Tiger Model Designs also supplied a new .30cal MG for the hull. 20170422-MJS_0176 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr 20170422-MJS_0181 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr One headlight lens is missing from battle damage. It certainly IS NOT missing because of the mad dash to get it all done and I dropped it on the floor somewhere. Nope, definitely battle damage. 20170422-MJS_0184 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr In the game each tank can carry three "consumables" which can be used during battle. Examples are tool kits to repair damaged track or a first aid kit to heal wounded crew. Here you can see a fire extinguisher (great as American tanks in game have a habit of brewing up). And a case of Cola which for one mission can increase crew skills by 5%. I scratch built the case myself and my wonderfully talented mother painted the Cola text. 20170422-MJS_0186 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr The tarps on either side of the hull also match in game stowage. These were made of rolled up lead foil and the straps are photo etch and Tamiya tape. 20170422-MJS_0188 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr The antennas are carbon fibre and were sourced from Accurate Armor. I bought these probably over ten years ago. Totally forgot I had them. Yes, it is good I've tidied up my work bench! I've no idea if the antennas are the correct length and happily I don't care! 20170422-MJS_0189 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr Some of you may be wondering why there are no tow cables present. Well the in game model from WoT doesn't have them so neither does mine. Good thing as I didn't have time to add them anyway! 20170422-MJS_0190 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr The mufflers stained in rust and small tears in the rubber side skirts were also modelled after how the tank looks in game. 20170422-MJS_0197 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr A graphite pencil was rubbed along various edges and surfaces to give a metallic sheen. 20170422-MJS_0198 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr 20170422-MJS_0204 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr 20170422-MJS_0205 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr The model has it's flaws (99% caused by me). And rushing to get the kit done for the contest didn't help. But overall I'm satisfied-ish with the overall appearance. 20170422-MJS_0211 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr I think it's a pretty neat looking vehicle. Like a Pershing on steroids! And I'm glad to have been able to build the tank I adore so much in the game. 20170423-MJS_0215 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr Here it is on the base I cobbled together. I'm already contemplating building another World of Tanks T29 or T30 only in the equally neat looking winter camo. 20170423-MJS_0219 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr How'd she do at the contest which I worked so hard to enter in time? FYI there were only 30 minutes left to register when I showed up. Well, that's a lovely gold medal awarded to me from the fine judges at IPMS Winnipeg. That was a great surprise and the icing on the cake! 20170423-MJS_0230 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr A little background into the medal design. "IPMS Winnipeg adopted the name, THE VALOUR ROAD CHAPTER. The significance of this name is related to the street in Winnipeg called VALOUR ROAD, a street located close to the club's headquarters at the St. James Legion. In the British Commonwealth, the highest medal awarded for bravery in combat is the Victoria Cross. Winnipeg has the unique distinction of having the highest number of Victoria Crosses awarded to men from one city outside Great Britain proper. Valour Road, which used to be called Pine Street, had three soldiers from the same street awarded the Victoria Cross in the First World War. Other Manitoba servicemen honoured with the Victoria Cross were Col Billy Barker, a First World War flying ace and Pilot Officer Andrew Mynarski, a Second World War Lancaster crewman. IPMS Winnipeg recognizes this outstanding service by honouring these brave men with reference to Valour Road." -Courtesy the IPMS Winnipeg home page. http://www.ipmswinnipeg.ca/index.htm The three names on the outer ring of the medal are men who all lived on Pine Street and were awarded the Victoria Cross during World War I. Thanks for looking! -matt
  5. Many thanks guys. Oh man it's such a relief to be done with this. Not because I didn't enjoy the kit. But because of the last minute time crunch I accepted which forced me to do far too much in too little time. But despite the rush (you could still smell paint/thinner as it was placed on display) it did rather well in the competition nabbing a gold medal. I should have the completed gallery done soon and I'll post a link here. -matt
  6. So some of you may have been wondering "didn't that deadline of his come and go?" Well yes, yes it did. ... 20170422-MJS_0176 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr I got it to ValourCon... with 25 minutes to spare before registration closed! Working on the final gallery now. Apologies for the lack of updates. Just didn't have time. More soon. -matt
  7. Thanks Etienne. Yeah there's no getting around it. And to be honest freehand wouldn't have worked for the tight points of the green stripes unless I had a high end airbrush. Which I don't. Still plugging away. I'm even bringing the model to work to get as much done as possible with what little time I have. Hairspray chipping of the green is complete. I was quite thrilled with how well the hairspray method works. No wonder it's been popular for what, like ten years already? The whole tank got another coat of Future to seal the paint and prevent any unintentional paint chips. I bought some laser cut masks and the national insignias were then painted onto the turret. Detail painting has begun for what little stowage that will be added. And the figure is now 99% done. Tonight I hope to get the pin washes and some light weathering done with the oil paints I brought to work. -matt
  8. I'm not sure if I'll have time to post more photos. I will if I get a chance. It's all hands on deck right now! All the masking for the stripes is done. All told that took about 7-8 hours to do. In hindsight I probably should have airbrushed them on free hand to save time. But the demarcation lines are very tight in the game so the masked lines will look more accurate. And besides I didn't think of that till now so yeah. After the masking was completed I gave the model another coat of hairspray (I think I've fallen in love with the hairspray technique). Then a dark base layer of green was applied. The finish line line is getting closer! -matt
  9. I can't wait to see all the layers come together Andy. So despite it being Easter today was not a day of rest for me. Did squeeze in a visit with family. But also got as much work done as possible on the bench. Both tarps have been primed. Unfortunately the stripes aren't painted just yet. In fact I've only just finished masking the stripes on the turret. That alone took about 4 hours or so to do. I'm hoping it will go quicker for the hull. I feel once the stripes are painted the project will progress pretty quick. Though there may still be paint drying if I can get her done for ValourCon. -matt
  10. Thanks Francis. She should look drastically different again by tomorrow once the stripes are on! Thanks Andy. And I totally understand. If you look at the images from the game you can see the base OD where the sand and green has worn away. Though in the game the OD is an extremely faded light brown. Where as the OD I've been using from Tamiya is far darker and slightly greenish in comparison. To be honest I certainly could have used the OD I painted for the stripes. But while it doesn't translate well in my photos of the tv screen, the green stripes are in reality a very nice, deep green. Which is noticeably different from any shade of OD. I'm not sure if the above explanation actually made any sense but I tried lol. More to come soon, gotta get this thing done!!!!!! -matt
  11. As I mentioned earlier, the display base has been finished. 20170416-MJS_0014 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr Some idea as to how it'll all look once it's completed. Which should be no later than Friday. 20170416-MJS_0016 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr -matt
  12. T29 has been glossed up in preparation of the wide green zig zags. The Future/Pledge floor polish worked perfectly I'm happy to say. Letting it dry nice and hard before I start applying the masking. I decided to do some more work on the stowage. There won't be a lot. In the game the T29E3 has one long tarp on the right fender and a much shorter tarp on the left. These were made by rolling up some nice thick lead sheet. The straps on the short tarp are PE items from Accurate Miniatures. I bought those well over ten years ago. Nice to finally use them! 20170416-MJS_0011 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr The tarp on the right has straps made from thin strips of masking tape secured with a little CA super glue. The stowage items in the turret basket are based on "consumables" found in the game World of Tanks. There are many to choose from in the game. I have here one fire extinguisher and one case of Cola. Oddly the turret basket on the T29 has no bottom to it. So to help support the game consumables I made a simple bedroll out of Milliput epoxy putty. 20170416-MJS_0013 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr -matt
  13. Thanks Sairou. Yes I am. Here's a quick reminder. IMG_8103 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr Now I'm not gonna lie. I was really thrilled with how well the OD came out. But I knew it was almost entirely going to be covered up so the next step of adding the pale sandy yellow was definitely stressful. Would I be able to make the yellow as interesting as the OD? Then add on top of that I was using the hairspray technique for the first time ever. I'm calling the yellow complete. It's not quite the right shade. Doesn't have as much contrast as I achieved with the OD. But it's within the ball park of where I was aiming. I'd say in person it is a bit brighter and more pale in person. Not quite so brownish as it looks here. 20170415-MJS_0010 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr This was not simply a case of spritz on a little hairspray. Shoot on some sandy yellow paint and call it done. This has been three days of work to get to this point. Probably about ten different shades of paint (each one custom mixed). Three separate applications of hairspray. And the chipping alone after each hairspray/painting session has been about 1-1.5 hours to do the turret and hull. 20170415-MJS_0009 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr So next I have to seal the model with a clear coat to ensure no paint will be pulled up by the masking for the broad green stripes. I think I'll use Future/Pledge gloss clear. Should be fine over the Tamiya paint. Right? Never used it before either so I hope so! Forgot to take a photo but the base is done! -matt
  14. Thanks Francis. I agree! Will be choosing the latter option for the base. Today has been hectic. Gotta leave for work in twenty minutes. But accomplished a lot. The base was masked off and the gloss black sprayed on. Looks much better now. And I spent most of my time airbrushing like a mad man! The rubber side skirts were painted a couple shades of black/grey, then masked off. Next, over the dark primer I shot a layer of very dark olive drab. Then a layer of regular Tamiya OD was mottled on. Next was another shadow layer of OD, black and NATO brown in all the crevices and some streaks. Finally I applied highlights and streaks. Here she is. Looks a little more lively now I think. 20170412-MJS_9998 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr 20170412-MJS_9999 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr -matt
  15. Gorgeous