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  1. Got the dunkelgelb on. Winter camo will go on top of this. Didn't go on as easily as the primer. The primer was Mig one-shot, which is ready thinned for airbrushing. The dunkelgelb is Mig Ammo too. It seemed fairly thin, despite pulling the dropper spout off the bottle so that I could give it a good stir. So I started spraying it undiluted at about 20psi. That was ok to begin with, but about halfway through it became kind of speckly, and then it was hard to control the volume - it was full on or off. Investigating showed that the paint was drying on the needle and around the nozzle. I cleaned the brush (using Vallejo cleaner) and had another go, this time diluting the paint with a little water. I had to turn the pressure down to 15psi to stop the spider webbing. This was only moderately successful. The brush still kept clogging, making it very difficult to spray small amounts. There's a thread or two addressing this problem in the equipment section of the forum. Having read up on it, I got myself round to my local shop (Sussex Model Centre in Worthing) and got some Mig acrylic thinners. I also picked up some Tamiya white acrylic and Tamiya thinners. So I can try both. I'd like to stick with Mig as I prefer the dropper bottles but I'll go with whatever works best. With paint on, the zimmerit on a couple of the sideskirt panels looks a bit crude and gloopy compared with the finer finish I got on the hull and the turret schurzen (visible in the pic above). I might re-do it, but I might just leave the panel off, which would show a bit more of the running gear. I'll decide when there's a bit more paint and weathering done. KBO, Churchill.
  2. Just a few bits done today. Put in that wire handle on the rear deck, and cleaned a few seam lines etc that the primer showed up. Spent a few hours at the cabinet war rooms, well worth a visit if you're in London:
  3. Well, that was my first ever attempt at airbrushing and I thought it went quite well. I believe I could learn to do this. . . . One of the things I could learn, is not to splash airbrush cleaner on freshly sprayed acrylic. Doh. The following pics are for the benefit of anyone who wants an idea of the level of detail on the Zvezda kit. Please ignore the hamfistedness of my airbrushing attempts. Rear deck - there is a solid ridge in the centre which I noticed from Mr @badger's WIP is supposed to be a grab handle, I'll cut it off and replace with wire: Front deck/glacis - the tools on the right are separate mouldings: Turret side - note the bars securing the storage locker. These are left as moulded, but I see that in some builds they're replaced with PE. And here you can see the lifting hooks, which are there but aren't hooks. On Mr Badger's wonderfully detailed build these are two-part PE, I've no idea how he managed that.
  4. Really impressive, looks just right in that winter sunlight.
  5. The observant among you will notice that I've shamelessly nicked Mr Stix's idea of using the instruction sheet as a photographic backdrop in this post. The very observant may spot a visitor who turned up to inspect progress. His contribution was that it; "wants more dakka", which is frankly not constructive. I've now added the schurzen support brackets to the hull and turret. I did briefly consider remaking them, or parts of them, in brass but I felt better after a little lie down and settled for slightly thinning down the kit parts. Not to anything like scale thickness, but enough to take off a little of the bulkiness. The rails for the sideskirts are not attached, as I think they'll be a bit in the way for painting. Each of the 'crocodile teeth' has a sort of rectangular collar moulded on the inner face (red arrow in the pic below) . This I believe represents the bracket on the sideskirt that drops over the crocodile tooth. So the teeth that would have held the panels I'm leaving off needed to be reprofiled (blue arrow), followed by a little thinning. Here you can see the rear section of the turret schurzen, the green stuff zimmerit came out quite well. I noticed in post #20 that in places it wasn't well defined, probably where I'd thoughtlessly stuck my finger on it while working on another area. Fortunately green stuff is designed for sculpting and stays workable for a few hours so I was able to smarten it up. I said in the same post that once cured it does seem to stick down to metal surfaces, but I've since had a look at some of my practice pieces and it will peel off fairly easily if you pick at it a bit. Next time I'd be tempted to make it in smaller sections and peel each section off and cyano it back down again - that holds it. Here's a side view of the turret. It's interesting to compare the detail, particularly the side hatch, with the Revell kit (as being beautifully made by Mr Badger elsewhere in this forum (how do you tag someone? )) I haven't yet had a chance to play with my new airbrush, but might have a go this evening. If all goes well I could get a layer of primer down. The brush is only a cheap Chinese copy that came bundled with the compressor. I might pick up a Harder and Steenbeck Ultra after payday, or ask for one for my birthday later this month. I'm taking Her Indoors to the cabinet war rooms tomorrow, that should keep her well-disposed towards me. Thanks for reading, Churchill.
  6. I'm reading this on a small screen (smartphone). When I looked at those turret markings, for a moment I thought T62's come with a handy holder for a bottle of wine.
  7. Just caught up with this one, very impressive - I like the weathering, subtly done. Looking forward to seeing the figures painted.
  8. Well, if you say so, Mr Badder. I wonder if I've got time to scratch up a Grot Nashorn by March 17th?
  9. Looking good there, I like the towing cable - attaching the eyes must have been a bit of a fiddle. What are the crew you're using? I won't be having any in my build as I'm not inclined to cut open the hatches, but maybe for the next one...
  10. Thank you Mr Ozzy, that is exactly what I needed to know. I may have a go at putting the tank and the troops into a little diorama. I had in mind something very like your Panzer in the East build, perhaps I'll have to think of something to make it a bit different. For the last couple of days I've been working on the turret schurzen. These have a pair of doors on each side, corresponding to the side hatches on the turret. Each pair has an overlap strip down the centre, and four hinges. I started by cutting the whole thing as a single strip of brass. The locations of the doors were marked, and to make the doors look more like separate parts I cut fine slots in from the top and bottom edge to about the location of the hinges. Each slot just made with two scissor cuts as close to each other as possible, and the resulting sliver of brass plucked out. The overlap strips are just cut from thin plastic card and cyano'd down. Gel cyano, as with the liquid stuff they later pinged as soon as I touched them. For the hinges, I cut two strips of card and glued them together offset so that the cross-section of the assembly formed the z shape of the hinge. Once thoroughly set I could then shave off a sliver for each hinge: Gluing these in place was a challenge, helped by picking them up with a tiny bead of blu-tack held in tweezers. Once set, I was able to thin them down with some 1000 grit sandpaper. After that, it was zimmerit time again: I'll give that a day or two to cure before bending the schurzen into a curve using the kit parts as a template, and folding in the triangular sections at the tips. And that's about as far as I can go until my airbrush and compressor turn up, but they're not due to be delivered until Monday. Now what's this parcel in the porch? Ooh, look... I'd better get practicing...
  11. Not to worry, I have plenty of time to investigate. All I really need to know is: is there any reason those chaps shouldn't be in the Ukraine in 1943? . . . I mean, in terms of historical accuracy. With regard to ethics and international law I think we know the answer.
  12. I haven't yet decided whether or how the model will be based, but these fellows arrived in the post today, and might be involved - anyone got any pointers about the whens, wheres, and whos of German eastern front troops wearing grey greatcoats rather than white camo? To the right of the pic you can see yesterday's progress on the turret schurzen.
  13. Right, those schurzen. While the detail in the kit is astonishingly good, the schurzen are inevitably a bit on the thick side. I measured them at a shade under 0.7mm. Thats a scale thickness of about 50mm, but so far as I can find out the real thing was only 5 to 8mm thick. They just dont look right to me. 0.12mm brass sheet will be about right. Pictures of 1251 mostly show it with a full set of side skirts, but at least one photo shows that like most tanks it eventually shed a panel or two. I'll model it with a couple of missing panels each side. The zimmerit goes on, a little distressed here and there. A might have a go with green stuff, see which version I like best. Green stuff doesn't seem to have any adhesion to (emery papered) brass at all, but it sticks down ok once cured. I thought about an aftermarket gun barrel, but there's nothing at all wrong with the kit part. Also, I might model it with a canvas wrap over the muzzle brake anyway, as I've found a few pics from the Eastern front suggesting that it was a common practice in winter. My airbrush is supposed to arrive on Monday, and I'm on leave that day. Would be good to have the tank ready for primer.
  14. A little progress today, attaching what must be some of the teeniest parts ever put in a kit... The only construction left is the wheels and tracks, and the schurzen. I'll leave the wheels until I've put primer on, and that'll have to wait until the compressor and airbrush I just ordered arrives. The schurzen may be a challenge. Will hopefully tackle them this week.
  15. Wot he said. My little bit of research for the GB turned up this from Tanks Encyclopedia "To increase the effect of the [dunkelgelb] camouflage, additional petrol-soluble pastes of RAL-6003 Olivgruen (dark olive green) and RAL-8017 Rotbraun (dark chocolate brown) were delivered to the frontline units. The emerging multi-tone camouflage patterns varied from unit to unit and depended on the availability of the pastes, the time to apply them on the vehicles and orders given by commanders of certain units. These factors effected the camouflage patterns that much, that they could even vary from platoon to platoon or company to company. The paste was thinned with petrol and could be applied by paint spray guns, brushes or even brooms." Bit of wiggle room there.
  16. Had to spend the day with the outlaws but I found time for just a little progress.
  17. In practice, the PPP was a bit of a nightmare. Very difficult to get a thin layer sticking to the plastic. I resorted to mixing the old PPP with some from a brand new tube to soften it slightly but it was still horrible on the small surfaces of the turret, mantlet and glacis. If you look carefully, you'll notice that I've replaced the grab handles on either side of the turret with brass wire. I wasn't particularly unhappy with the kit parts, but this is supposed to be a learning experience, so let's try things. Getting frustrated with the PPP, I had another go with Green Stuff. It sticks nicely and you can squoosh it out to a nice thin layer. I might use PPP on the schurzen skirts, but for small areas and the turret schurzen, Green Stuff is definitely best. Progress at close of play on day 1:
  18. So before starting the kit, I experimented with a few techniques for representing zimmerit in 1:72 scale, using some plastic card and a tool made from a sliver of 0.2mm brass mounted in a wooden rod. Melting the surface with extra thin cement - worse than useless. Coating with epoxy glue - too liquid to take an impression. There might be window when it's firm enough, but if you miss it the part is ruined. Milliput - difficult, it doesn't stick well to the surface and it's very difficult to roll it to a thin sheet or handle it once you have. Liquid green stuff - too liquid to take a good impression. Green stuff - pretty good, just takes a day to cure. Perfect plastic putty - an old tube I had lying around, it had thickened up a bit in the tube. Once you spread a thin layer on, it's perfect. I might remake the schurzen with brass or aluminium sheet, so I tested to see if the PPP would stick to metals... ... works fine, so the plan was to go with the PPP.
  19. The kit comes with options to build number 536 of 12th Panzer Div, Normandy 1944 or number 1251 of 24th Panzer Div, central Ukraine 1943. I'll go with the latter as I fancy a go at the winter cam. So I start looking round the web for pictures of panzer IV's, and specifically the H version, more just to get a feel for it than for any particular reference, and I find a few of this example: Hang on, that number sounds familiar... What kind, thoughtful and considerate young men they must have been, taking pictures of their tank for the benefit of future modellers. The first thing I notice is that I won't nees the decals, as the number is hand-painted over the zimmerit. The second thing I notice is - zimmerit! Blummen acres of the stuff! I'm going to have to work out how to get some on there.
  20. Obligatory sprues shot: I have to say, I am immensely impressed with the level of detail and the quality of the injection moulding. The only issue I have with the kit is that there is no option to make it with the cupola hatch open. That's a shame because while I do intend to do a little fettling (where's the fun otherwise?) I don't fancy cutting the hatch out and making a new one. I'm also a little puzzled by the tracks. They're moulded in one straight run and the instructions show them being bent round the wheels, but they seem to be made from polystyrene rather than a soft vinyl and I'd worry about them breaking - do you warm them in hot water first or something?
  21. I will be building this: But first, a confession - I haven't built a scale model in about 37 years. The closest I've come is painting WH40K minifigs and scratchbuilding a couple of grot tanks to go with them.
  22. I might be a bit late to the party, but why not indeed? Zvezda 1:72 Pz IV Ausf H started today.
  23. My grandad always said we had a relative on the Carpathia when she responded to the Titanic, but damned if I can remember who it was. I look forward to seeing this one coming together. May, you say? Looks like there's at least as many fiddly bits as an Avro. Wonder if anyone's running a book...
  24. You're welcome Steve, I'll have to give it a go myself some time. Looking good there.
  25. Fiddly little details are the best bit. Anyway, Britmodeller expects that every man shall do his duty - and in your case that means photos of the boat on the judging table posted by close of play on Sunday 29th.
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