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    HobbyBoss Panzer IV B

    Well done for overcoming the little incidents and bigger incidents and for getting to the end. The result is great and looks to me to have been worth the trouble! Rearguards, Badder
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    Idf, m60 a1 blazer

    Hi Glynn, Good luck with your build. It looks to be a nice kit, and suitably 'bitty' for your style of painting methinks. Rearguards, Badder
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    Vietnam Patton

    Hi Dennis, Good luck with your build - my favourite mark of all the Pattons. Would be great to see some tiger's teeth on it, but the brolly would do. Rearguards, Badder
  4. Liking the look of the Patton in sand yellow, and the reactive armour adds even more interest. Good luck with your build. Rearguards, Bad
  5. Hi Stix, Good luck with the build. As you say, that looks like a lot of plastic (and PE) I like the photo of the track links in their bags. And I like the photo of the track links out of their bags, but I'd like to see a photo of the track links halfway out of their bags as well please! Rearguards Badder
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    Have fun in this GB everyone and good luck running things Dennis! I'm afraid I can't take part in this GB as my butler pranged his drinks' trolley into my Maybach and scratched the custom paintwork. Unfortunately, David Hockney is refusing to repair the damage to his work, saying 'Tough titty! You shouldn't have parked your Maybach in the drawing room!' and I'm having a hard time finding a suitable artist to 'touch-up' the Big Splashes around the wheel arches. Rearguards, Badder
  7. Unfortunately, HostingPics, my image host, is shutting down. I have a 'few months' in which to retrieve and replace my photos. I am in that process now, but obviously with so many pages and photos to edit, it may be that at some point the links will be 'dead'. Bear with me, because I do intend to replace them before or after that happens. Pics replaced up to and including page 42. ATTENTION! ANYONE WHO HAS FOLLOWED ONE OF MY DIORAMA WIPs WILL KNOW THAT THEY TEND TO EVOLVE OVER TIME! THEREFORE IT WILL COME AS NO SURPRISE THAT THE ENTIRE THEME OF THIS DIORAMA HAS CHANGED, AS OF TODAY, 24/01/17. WHISLT THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE MINIART BUILDING (WITH MOULDS AND CASTINGS) CONTINUES AS PREDICTED THE SETTING FOR THE DIO IS NO LONGER A WINTER ONE, AND THE FEATURED VEHICHLE IS NO LONGER A STuG III. SO, THE 'WINTER TREE' FEATURED IN THIS THREAD WILL NO LONGER APPEAR IN THIS DIO. APART FROM THAT AND THE PROLOGUE/THEME PARAGRAPHS, THE THREAD CAN BE READ AS IS, AND ALL OTHER CONTENT IS STILL RELEVENT. FOR THOSE WHO ARE UPSET ENOUGH TO WANT TO KNOW WHY, THE REASONS ARE LISTED ON PAGE 9, MY SINCERE APOLOGIES BADDER ATTENTION AGAIN! 28/01/17 I DECIDED TO DOUBLE THE SIZE OF THE BASE, SO NOW THERE'S ROOM FOR ANOTHER BUILDING. For the fourth time of trying... grrrr.... at interrupternet. Where's the Autosave function gone? PROLOGUE Having just completed my StuG III I now find myself with three finished AFV's sitting on the shelf with no bases. Now, when I joined BM I was determined not to move onto a new project until I had completed the current one, and that was to include a diorama for each. I am now three dioramas behind, or four if I count my dismantled Viller Bocage diorama which is waiting for a re-build. So, how better to remedy the situation that to build a diorama for the AFV most fresh in my mind? THEME: It was about 1975 when I first started building models, inspired as I was by my elder cousin's Tamiya SAS Jeep, Tamiya Sd.Kfz 222 armoured car and Tamiya Pink Panther Landrover (you can see a theme developing here). And I positively drooled over the Tamiya Catalogues, or more precisely the Francois Verlinden dioramas featured therein. So, upon my return to model-making 35yrs later I had in my head those wonderful Verlinden dioramas. I could recall them all, in fairly good detail and one related to a StuG IV. It was photographed laid up in an ambush position, observing the lowland fields from within the ruins of a farm building. I want to pay homage to that diorama, although mine will be set in winter, in the Ardennes during the Battle of the Bulge. Oh, and of course, mine is a Dragon StuG III, but that's another story. Anyway, a quick look at the title will tell you that there's going to be a bit more to this diorama than was evident in Francois Verlinden's and anyone who saw my entry to the Vignette GB will guess that this one is also going to feature a pig, only one that is somewhat larger and more ferocious. The 'ambushers' will in fact become the 'ambushed' or 'hambushed' hopefully, with humourous consequences. Aaaah the luxury of having time to plan a diorama rather than rush a vignette and make compromises! So, that's the theme and title sorted. MATERIALS: I will add to this list as each material comes to be used. I believe I have all the materials I require, but I may run out of some along the way. For now though, I will be starting on the base and basic structures with: MDF board roughly 80cm x 60cm Pine battens. Balsa wood. 2mm. Privet Hedge 'Branch' MiniArt 'Ruined Village House'. MinArt 'Ardennes Building' Plasticard sheets of varying thickness. Semi-transparent 'white' Plastic Milk Container. Thin card. Graph paper. Grass mat. Corrugated cardboard. High density polystyrene sheet. Bryant and May extra long safety matches. Bar-be-quick giant safety matches. Toothpicks. Balsa 'stick' from a spent firework rocket. Diamond patterned rubber mat (the kind you might find lining the tray in the dashboard of a commercial vehicle for example) Coffee stirring sticks. WIRES, FISHING LINES. 'Brass' picture hanging wire. Maxima Nylon Monofilament Fishing line in spools of 100m.... 12lb, 10lb, 6lb, 2lb breaking strains. Drennan Braided Fishing Line 6lb breaking strain. Green. Drennan Micro Braid Hooklength Line 5lb breaking strain, silver and black spiralled thread. PVA glue CA glue, thin, medium and thick. Liquid Poly. Squadron Products Green Putty. Plaster of Paris. Polyfilla. Liquid Latex. Sellotape. Miliput. Humbrol Enamels. Humbrol Weathering Powders. Humbrol Washes. Tamiya Acrylics. Japanese 'Grit Paints' MIG Pigments. Daler and Rowney Acrylic Artists Inks. Winsor and Newton Watercolours. Winsor and Newton Galeria gloss, satin and matt varnishes. SCATTERS/EFFECTS: Plaster of Paris dust (that is Plaster of Paris which has set solid and then been scraped away to form dust) As such, it acts much more like weathering powder than it does 'talcum powder'. Bart's Dill Tops. Bart's Chervil. Bart's Basil. Peco Scene Static Grass. Woodland Scenics Static Grass in Light, Medium and Dark Green, Straw Yellow. Woodland Scenics 'Yellow Grass' (scatter) Woodland Scenics 'Field Grass', in Dark, Mid and Light Green, and 'Harvest Gold'. Woodland Scenics 'Underbrush' in Dark and Light Green. Cat litter. RP leaf punches: Maple, oak, lime, beech, in scales 1/16, 1/24th, 1/35th 1/48th Non-standard tools: 'Snowflake' paper punch from Hobbycraft for manufacturing 'ivy leaves'. 'Chain of 3 snowflakes' paperpunch 'Lace-doily' pattern paperpunch That's it for now. If anyone follows this thread, I hope you find at least a few nuggets of helpful information. I will also welcome any advice/tips/criticisms. Thanks, Badder THE FOLLOWING LIST OF 'CHAPTERS' IS CURRENTLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION, BUT WILL GIVE PAGE NUMBERS AND CONTENTS. I'VE TRIED TO BREAK THE THREAD UP INTO CHAPTERS EACH CONTAINING A SPECIFIC 'THEME' SO THAT READERS CAN 'ZOOM IN' ON THOSE THAT INTEREST THEM, AND SKIP THOSE THAT DON'T. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE LIST WON'T BE CORRECT UNTIL IT HAS BEEN COMPLETED AND CHECKED. CHATPER ONE. PAGES 1-3 MiniArt 'Ruined Village House'. It should be noted that this building was made prior to the purchase of the MiniArt Ardennes building, which ultimately supplanted it. Making latex moulds of kit parts. Casting copies of kit parts in plaster of Paris. How to quickly and easily remove vacu-formed parts from their backing. Using kit parts and casts to construct a larger ruined building. Joining hollow plastic vacu-formed parts to plaster parts using CA-doused cardboard and paper to increase the contact areas and strengthen the model. Pages 3-4 Painting, weathering, adding moss (herbs) and other details to the building. NOT USED IN THE DIORAMA DUE TO CHANGE OF SCENARIO: Page 4 Making a 'winter tree' from real twigs. Making 'ivy' using Silver Birch 'catkins' and paper leaves made with a 'snowflake' paper punch. Snow effects using CA and Bicarbonate of Soda. Pages 4-5 More work on painting and weathering the building. Pages 5-7 Making a fireplace and chimney stack from plaster parts cast from Tamiya's Brick Wall Set and the Miniart building. Painting and weathering of fireplace and chimney. Soot and burnt hearth. Moss using 'Grit Paint'. Using paper to emulate old plaster. Pages 7-8 A quick and easy method of making corrugated iron from corrugated cardboard, with the assistance of Thin CA. Pages 8- More work on the building Tea leaves as wall 'creepers' CHAPTER TWO Pages 10- MINIART 'ARDENNES BUILDING Cutting, removing, fitting and reinforcing vacu-formed parts. Correcting mistakes in the kit with regards to fit. Making moulds of the kit's walls and roof, casting and constructing new walls and roofing to create a whole building. Page 22- Creating a heavily weathered whitewashed wall. Making 'ivy' leaves using Hobbycraft 'snowflake' paper punch. Fixing ivy to the walls. CHAPTER THREE Page 27- THE BIG TREE Scratch building a large tree using my nylon monofilament fishing line method. Real twig armature. Wire-cored Gardener's Twine used to create branches, each holding bunches of fishing line 'twigs'. Dipping bunches of 'twigs' in CA and herbs and attaching to the armature. CHAPTER FOUR Page 32- STARTING TO ADD COMPONENTS TO THE DIORAMA BASE. Constructing a hedgerow 'off the diorama'. Metal gauze embedded in plaster to aid static grass application.Sea Foam bushes and trees. Fishing line plants. Flowers made from paper punch 'off cuts'. Page 34- Fixing hedgerow to the base. Making a stream bed. (A Mill Race) Mill Race 'walls' from Plaster cast brickwork. Astroturf for marginal rushes. (Reedmace) How to make streamer weeds using cotton wool and CA. Sluice gate. 'Marigolds' and water plants made using paper punches. CHAPTER FIVE. Page 36- THE GRASSY BANK AND BARBED WIRE FENCE. Opposite bank with metal guaze embedded to aid static grass application. Applying static grass. Making a realistic barbed-wire fence using braided fishing line for the main wiring and nylon monofilament fishing line for barbs. Tamiya 'fence posts' from their Barricade Set. Flowering the bank. Gauzing and plastering the track area. Painting the track area. (undercoat) CHAPTER ELEVEN. CHATPER TWELVE. CHAPTER THIRTEEN. CHAPTER FOURTEEN. CHAPTER FIFTEEN. CHAPTER SIXTEEN. CHAPTER SEVENTEEN. CHAPTER EIGHTEEN. CHAPTER NINETEEN. CHAPTER TWENTY.
  8. Hi Matt, Whether they've been 'bunches' of leaves as was the case with the ivy on the building on page 48, or singular leaves like those on the dry-stone wall on page 46, all have been fixed in place with Medium CA. The bunches of ivy leaves were dabbed with CA and then applied to the stonework, or to another bunch of leaves. The singular leaves though, were held in tweezers and were brought into contact with blobs of CA which I'd already applied to the undergrowth/stonework. With regards to my 'improving' the already existing bushes/shrubs, I'll be using the latter method - applying blobs of CA to the existing foliage and then attaching the leaves. If you leave the CA for a minute or two the leaves will stay at whatever angle you place them, and won't fall flat. The new trees will be made in a similar way to the 'big tree', using fishing line for the branches/twigs. This time however, I will dispense with dipping the twigs in herbs and will apply paper-punched leaves individually.. But I will be thinning out the canopy, making it more open and therefore requiring fewer leaves. It'll still be a BIG job, but ultimately worth the effort. Stupidly though, I went into town to buy some materials for this diorama, and forgot about getting more fishing line! BTW, I realised that I can use the foliage from the big tree to make new bushes/shrubs for the hedgerow. Rearguards, Badder
  9. Well, that's a superb diorama, Matt. The layout is great, the Kubelwagen and 109 are great, the figures are great (and it's hard to believe they are 1/48th) the fuel drums and trailer, and worktable, and the rocky/gritty ground are great - it's all great. I can't fault anything really, but perhaps I'd have gone a tiny bit further with the ground and the clumps of 'grass'. I'd have a applied a few subtle washes to the 'soil' under the plane, extending out towards the fuel drums. Also, I'd have added a few more clumps of grass: grouping some clumps together, and using a paler shade of green to make it look less 'succulent'. But that's just me, and your diorama is superb as it is. Rearguards, Badder
  10. NASHORN TAMIYA 1/35th FRIULMODEL 'WINTERKETTEN' TRACKS. TAMIYA BRASS 88mm SHELLS FOR KING TIGER PZ IV STGB ENTRY 'PACHYDERM PACKS A PUNCH' The WIP *(Be warned, it's quite long!) can be found here: This is my second attempt at a Nashorn - the first having reached a similar stage, but then deciding to fall apart whilst I was rinsing bicarb/hair lacquer 'snow' off the thing! Whereas previously I've used chipping fluid to aid the chipping, fading and general worn appearance of the whitewash, here I've used nowt - the whitewash consisting of many, many layers of white acrylic ink which were each 'rubbed back' with a dry, damp, or sometimes wet, stiff brush. Here, I also had a bash at AM tracks - primarily because there was the option for Winterketten - the wider tracks making the Nashorn look even more beastly than the usual narrow ones. I was slightly apprehensive about forking out that amount of dosh for tracks that apparently drive some people insane with boredom, but once I had sussed out my methodology for joining the links, the initial slow progress was overcome and construction not only accelerated, but became very easy. In fact, I constructed the tracks whilst watching TV. Nassy isn't finished here BTW. I refrained from adding mud and snow in anything other than a token measure, because I plan for it to feature in a diorama, and until the mud colour and consistency is sorted for the diorama, I can't add any to Nassy. There are also a few bits of kit and stowage that I want to add, and of course, the crew figures. Whilst the crew figures were completed to some 'reasonable standard' for the gallery photos, I ended up not using those photos. BTW, the photos were posted to the gallery with 5 mins until the deadline, and were taken under fluorescent light. Oddly, some of the camo colours haven't been picked up by the lens (the greens especially) I will take photos in daylight and post them here at a future date. Oh, and there's errant snowflakes stuck to Nassy here and there - snowflakes that should have been brushed off after I tipped out a 'bed' for the Nassy to sit on for photographic purposes. That snow can be seen in the last group of shots with the crew in place. With snow and crew - all temporarily added for photographic purposes. The crew were rushed to meet the deadline - hence the commander's glossy yellow/orange hand. Still - better than having a 'pointy-finger[ man...... ahem...... TFL Better photos to follow at some point. Rearguards, Badder ps. A final big thanks to @Ozzy for the 'swap'.
  11. Hi Rogue, Thanks. I don't know if you 've seen the WIP 'cos it's 'hidden' way down in the Group Builds section where most AFV'ers fear to tread! Stupidly, I forgot to provide a link, so here it is: There's plenty of weathering in there! Rearguards, Badder
  12. I dug my Tiger I early, Tiger I late, and Tiger II out and checked which of those I had purchased PE and zimmerit for. And discovered that the Tiger I early was missing its tracks. I'd purchased it from Hobbycraft, and suspected I'd been the victim of the kind of modeller who visits LHS, opens up boxes and steals kit parts to replace those that he or she has lost, damaged, or in some way ruined! I double checked the 3 boxes, but nope, there were definitely only 2 sets of rubber bands in there. Never mind, I was going to get friuls for the 'early' anyway. It was only several hour later that I realised the 'late' NEVER had rubber band tracks and had link and length tracks.. And I'd accidentally put the 'early' rubber bands in that box! Silly billy, BTW I've changed my mind about representing Wittmann's Snow Tiger - instead going for an abandoned winter tiger from his unit. Badder
  13. Work has recommenced, but consists entirely of punching out leaves for the next day, or two. I will be punching out leaves for several different species of plant, shrub, bush and tree, using various coloured cards and papers, and failing that, painting my own. TFL Badder
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    Two stunning LRDG Chevy's in a matter of weeks. I'm in heaven. I love the pale blue - seems to me to be the perfect colour match. I love the weathering and the dust/sand (did you use Fuller's Earth for that?) but I'm going to give a special mention to the cab seat. THAT is one brilliantly painted piece of furniture- looking just like sliding-bum-polished, and tatty red leather. Rearguards, Badder
  15. Thanks Mohawk, Not nearly as cold as a rainy January weekend in Barry Island! Rearguards, Badder
  16. Thank you very much Carius, Not quite up to your skill level, but I'm getting there! Rearguards, Badder
  17. You haven't voted yet? What are you waiting for? Don't vote for my Nashorn though. I wish to donate your vote to one of the 100th scale models of your choice! Indeed it was. I still giggle over the SS trialling a war-pogo stick! Rearguards, Badder
  18. Hi Stix, It was a VERY good idea, for the reasons you gave. Yes, I was joking, and I didn't bother with a suitable emoji because I thought it was obviously a joke. I know that you know, that I know, that you know that. I have the utmost respect for, and am in awe of, those who work in the braille scales, so of course it's great to see the playing field levelled. BTW I'm always losing small kit parts during my builds, I'd be quite capable of losing an entire tank in the smaller scales! Rearguards, Badder
  19. Thanks Glynn, Much appreciated. I have been very humbled, again! I didn't realise that this GB's poll would be broken down into 3 sections, but I'm classing the 1/35th section as the most important. I refer to the comments I made early on in your thread, about how your Minutemunchyslipperslapper was going to 'win the trophy' and that will be the case barring a last minute rush of Nashorn fans whom I've, as yet, been unable to rally together. Rearguards, Badder
  20. Thanks Kris. I used MIG's '1945 Late German Set' for War gamers for the underlying camo pattern - although that ended up being a right hotch-potch mess as I was using it more as a practice than anything else. It didn't matter of course, because the whitewash was going to cover all of it, for some time anyway. I then rubbed back some areas to expose the colours underneath and then applied more whitewash - sometimes in streaks, sometimes as a wash. I repeated this process 20 times or more. Inevitably, there were a few 'rubbed back' areas which didn't show the colour I wanted and spoiled the 'balance' of colour (because of the hotch-potch mess I made of the camo) For instance, the fighting compartment LH side panel was lacking in any green. So I simply applied a coat of the green MIG acrylic to the patch concerned and set about whitewashing/rubbing back that area again. In the same way I added red brown and green to the gun mantlet, and dunkelgelb to the gun barrel. The final act was to add streaks to the whitewash. This was either done with neat white ink, or with a wet brush which reactivated the existing whitewash. Rearguards, Badder
  21. Hi Robert, I should have said, I still plan to build a winter dio with the insert idea. Building it with that intention from the start will mean that the inserts can ne planned out properly, rather than trying to fit them into an already existing base. Rearguards, Badder
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    Panzer IV STGB Chat

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    Panzer IV STGB Chat

    Over 120 votes cast (if my totting-up at a glance is any good) That's WAAAAAY more votes than the M3/M4 STGB got, and members OTHER THAN PARTICIPANTS are clearly voting as well. IIRC In the M3/M4 STGB there were fewer votes cast than there were entrants! I don't think that's a bad reflection on M3/M4's though. It could be that these AFV GB's are getting an increasing number of viewers.
  24. Hi Francis, Yes, Nassy will get some stowage added, plus mud and snow on the tracks when she goes into a diorama. I didn't want to add mud/snow until then. I'm nowhere near as quick as you in muddying/leafing up my AFVs or making fantastic dioramas! Rearguards, Badder Hi Stix, Of course I am aware. And I'm very humbled! I wouldn't agree that my modelling is great 'as always' though. In fact I've binned/broken up all of my previous models except the Sherman, Willys Jeep, Universal Carrier and Quad with 24pdr - the latter two only just managing to stay on the shelf. But as I said somewhere recently, I do feel as though I've made a sudden and large leap in the hobby - producing stuff that I can't believe I'm producing. Still, I'm overdue a disaster methinks! Rearguards, Badder Thanks Bazer, If you have any questions feel free to ask, but I think the 'how to' (or the 'how to make a long job of it) is all there in the PzIV STGB thread. Rearguards, Badder