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PlaStix

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  1. "Looking towards Point 174" Tiger I “131” in Tunisia Vignette My vignette is set before the capture of "131" and I was wondering what it must have been like for the crew as they were preparing for their encounter with the enemy. I have tried to show them planning their next move. Kit: Dragon 1/35 No.6820 Paints: Humbrol, Revell, Citadel and Railmatch all applied by brush Weathering: Paints plus Vallejo Thick Light Mud and Light Splash Mud Extras: Stretched sprue aerial Base: 4 MDF, Filler, Vallejo Thick Light Mud and Light Splash Mud, Army Painter grass tufts, Dragon DS Cacti Figures: Master Box WIP thread: Here "131" on its own RFI: Here Vignette RFI: Here
  2. Tiger ‘131’ is probably one of the best-known Tiger 1s and is currently the only operational Tiger 1 in the world. Captured by the British in Tunisia, in April 1943, it is now at The Tank Museum at Bovington, UK. As part of this project for the MTO II GB, I wanted to include some figures representing some of the crew and possibly their commander. There is still and air of mystery around the crew and some sources suggest that at least some of the crew survived the war but their identities have not, as far as I am aware, been revealed yet. My vignette is set before the capture of "131" and I was wondering what it must have been like for the crew as they were preparing for their encounter with the enemy. I have tried to show them planning their next move. Kit: Dragon 1/35 No.6820 Paints: Humbrol, Revell, Citadel and Railmatch all applied by brush Weathering: Paints plus Vallejo Thick Light Mud and Light Splash Mud Extras: Stretched sprue aerial, Lead wire for smoke launchers Base: 4 MDF, Filler, Vallejo Thick Light Mud and Light Splash Mud, Army Painter tufts, Dragon DS Cacti Figures: Master Box WIP thread: Here "131" on its own RFI: Here I also took a few with a desert backdrop: This final photo kind of represents what I wanted to achieve. I wanted to do one of those scenes that looks a little staged but didn't want the crew just looking at the camera. It would be interesting to know what happened. Thank you to everyone who contributed to my build thread. Kind regards, Stix
  3. Tiger ‘131’ is probably one of the best-known Tiger 1s and is currently the only operational Tiger 1 in the world. Captured by the British in Tunisia, in April 1943, it is now at The Tank Museum at Bovington, UK. As part of this project for the MTO II GB, I wanted to include some figures representing some of the crew and possibly their commander. There is still and air of mystery around the crew and some sources suggest that at least some of the crew survived the war but their identities have not, as far as I am aware, been revealed yet. I have included a photo below of the crew figures with '131' below but more can be found in the diorama and vignette section. While doing some research for the project I also found out more about '131' that I didn't know. Some of you may be already aware of this, but I managed to miss it last year. It turns out that, as of September 2017, new research has shown that '131' was probably disabled quite a few miles away from where originally thought. The new location is at Point 174 rather than near Djebel Djaffa. Anyway - rather than me re-explaining it - more information can be found here: http://tankmuseum.org/year-news/bovnews63935 and here: http://blog.tiger-tank.com/tanks/happened-point-174-part-vi/- For this build I used Dragon's kit of '131' (Kit No. 6820). David Byrden was involved with the kit so it is considered to be quite accurate although David suggests some modifications on his Tiger1.info website http://tiger1.info/models/products-page/DR6820 to further improve it's accuracy. This was my first Tiger 1 in 1/35 and, I have to say, I had a great time building it. Kit: Dragon 1/35 No.6820 Paints: Humbrol, Revell, Citadel and Railmatch all applied by brush Weathering: Vallejo Thick Light Mud and Light Splash Mud Extras: Stretched sprue aerial, Lead wire for smoke launchers WIP: Here Vignette RFI: Here And finally just one to show it with it's base and figures: More photos of '131' with the figures and base can be found here. Thank you must go to everyone who contributed to my build thread in the MTO II GB and I'm really looking forward to making another 1/35 Tiger 1.......maybe with Zimmerit next time! Kind regards, Stix
  4. Box and sprue photos - Whippet Tracks: Photoectch: Decals: Instructions booklet cover: Sample of the instructions: I'm going to be making mine as one of these two but I haven't decided which yet: Kind regards, Stix
  5. Hi Joss. Thank you for your post. The more the merrier! Hi Peter. I would love to see your attention to detail on an AFV - I think it would be awesome! However I do also think you perhaps need to finish some of your many other fantastic aircraft builds first! Not had chance to start on either of the two kits for this project as I have been finishing off my Tiger 1 build in the MTO II GB this weekend. But I have got the sprues for both kits washed in warm soapy water this morning so I took some photos of what's in the box beforehand: Box and sprue photos - FT-17: Nice details: This kit comes with a base which I won't be using for this project: I have vague plans for another project which I will use it for. Track links: A small fret of photoetched parts: Some additional metal parts - apparently the springs are a bit thin so I may replace them myself: Decals: Instruction booklet cover: Inside sample: The one I am going to make: Don't know when I'll get chance to start on this but I am looking forward to it. Kind regards, Stix
  6. Cheers Ozzy - and I think I'm going to have to use the cacti somewhere - It's been included in the box! Hi Craig and thank you. Not so much a diorama though - more a vignette! I've got too many builds on the go (or will have when the Eleventh hour GB gets underway tomorrow) to take too much longer on this project. Thank you very much amblypygid - you are far too kind. Be warned though - once you've built one AFV it's hard not to want to build another....then another.......and another........... Ask me how I know! Over the past couple of evenings I have been doing a few bits and pieces on the base. Two areas cut away for the tracks to sit into: Test fit with '131': And with some filler on: Another test fit with '131': Need to get some paint on this next. Comments and suggestions welcome. Kind regards, Stix
  7. Hi Craig. Sorry to hear about the problems with your airbrush. At least the paint on the upper surfaces look great already. Hope you manage to get sorted soon. Kind regards, Stix
  8. Hi Craig. As Glynn said; your undersides paintwork is already looking great. Most impressive! Kind regards, Stix
  9. Oi! There's nothin' a couple of washes and some dry-brushing cannot replicate perfectly! As others have said already - your abilty to model beautifully weathered structures is truly amazing. You do actually manage to recreate the appearance of years of aging..........even if it takes actual years to produce!! Kind regards, Stix
  10. Yesterday I decided to concentrate on moving this project forward. The actual Tiger 1 is now in itself complete - with added aerial - and I have done a little more weathering - although more of the latter may be added once I see how the display base turns out. Just one photo of how it looks at present - I have taken loads but I will save them for the RFI section and Gallery: I have cut out the base shape from 4mm MDF - I'm doing it in a similar fashion to the one I did for my recent Sherman: ....and a photo of '131' plonked on it: As I usually do, I will cut the areas for the tracks into the top to make it look like the weight of the tank is settling it into the surface. I have started painting the figures but I still need to do some of the detail work: More later this week. Comments and suggestions welcome. Kind regards, Stix
  11. Hi Glynn and thank you. Yes I saw you were at about the same stage. The wings did fit really well although I seem to gave got a couple of areas along the join that required a bit of filler. Probably user error rather than anything Tamiya has done! Hi Giorgio and thank you. Yes I think this kit and it's bubbletop cousin are widely regarded as two of the best kits out there - both for detail OOB and in terms of fit. Thank you very much Steve. Ah well................ Yes I do tend to have a modus operandi! Thank you. Thank you very much Craig - and yes it is!! I ended up do work on my Tiger 1 project yesterday in the MTO II GB so no more progress on this one yet. I may try and find some time in the evenings this week. Kind regards, Stix
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    Hobbyboss P47D Gabreski's mount.

    Well it looks rather excellent in the photo above! Kind regards, Stix
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    Kansas Tornado II (Academy Razorback)

    Well despite the issues it looks like an impressive Thunderbolt from where I'm sitting! Decals are always fun aren't they! Kind regards, Stix
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    Italeri Bergepanther 1/35

    That turned out bueautifully! You have done a cracking job with it. Very well done. Kind regards, Stix
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    Italeri Tiger 1/35

    That turned out really well and great job with the whitewash! Well done. Kind regards, Stix
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