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About CzarPeppers

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  1. CzarPeppers

    Favorite Track Technique

    Thank you, I was not aware. German tanks aren't really my area of expertise. I found this video on YouTube that I think is onto something by starting with this field grey colour (he says RLM70 but that's not right). I would personally change a few things like adding a bit more thinned browns to it afterwards and maybe not do the chipping because that doesn't seem very realistic, but even though it isn't really intuitive the field grey seems to act as a good base for the effect.
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    Mig-3 Late, Trumpeter, 1/48

    I'm glad I uploaded these now, while doing so I realized I forgot to paint the wood handle on the pistol.
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    Favorite Track Technique

    Well, lots of good things to keep in mind for my Panzer IV. Keep em' coming though if you have them.
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    Mig-3 Late, Trumpeter, 1/48

    And the Mig-3 saga continues... Painting the cockpit sides with a grey-blue that I mixed, and then behind on the wooden part of the inner fuselage some deck tan to act as the base for the wood that I'll be going with oil paints. Very nice AMT-4 colour by Mr. Paint for the cockpit floor and seat. Done the fine paint work and the wood section done with oil paint. I would have done a bit more with tonal variations in the wood, but that section will be barely viable so I just wanted to have a little bit of the wood parts there. Floor and control stick with detail work done, also with some scratching done with a silver water colour pencil. Of course the brush painted stuff always looks a bit wonky before the wash is applied. Haha. I'm sure more is to come soon once the oil paint dries.
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    Favorite Track Technique

    That's some good information. I've seen a lot of people use a brownish tan colour for the base on tank tracks which then mostly gets covered by weathering and dirt, however they always still use either a steel pigment or dry brushed paint for exposed parts. That said, personally I'm thinking a way to replicate it may be rather than trying to use any kind of metallic paint instead use some browns and tans, maybe a little bit of grey airbrushed in thin layers. Then go ahead and do weathering as usual, this idea probably wouldn't look very good if one wanted to do clean tracks though. True it wouldn't have those exposed highlights quite as much, but I've seen tracks that look pretty good without that sort of thing. I suppose one could use an aluminium paint as a base then layer in the brownish gold look with highly thinned regular paints. I really just thinking out loud here. I think a lot of people just think that is corrosion rather than the natural colour, or at least I did. The following seems like a pretty good example of how they should look according to what you've stated.
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    1/72 Joseph Stalin-7 (IS-7) Trumpeter

    Yeah I do remember some weird extra parts and I think a whole sprue that I didn't even touch.
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    Favorite Track Technique

    I suppose this is more a general era armour model question, but there didn't seem to be an area for the general topic. Anyways, I was wondering what everyone's preferred way of doing tracks is? So far I've been doing different methods on each kit I've done, and although I've been pretty happy with the results I haven't found one that I really like. On the last one I did, which was a 1/72 kit, I just airbrushed it with a steel metallic paint (Vallejo Metal Color), did an airbrushed light brown (XF-72) filter and added washes and pigments on top. I mainly did it this way since it was something that wouldn't have seen much service and more or less new. But I've seen a ton of ways to do them, so what do you guys all prefer?
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    1/72 Joseph Stalin-7 (IS-7) Trumpeter

    Hahah, yeah basically. Although honestly as long as a kit is fundamentally solid I rather like thinking outside the box to add extra detail. I wouldn't be surprised if they used their 1/35 version on the box though. For example the towing points were pretty pathetic, I just made my own out of .5mm wire instead. Weird considering the ones from the S-tank kit I did were brilliant, but I find Trumpeter kits can vary.
  9. While waiting for some scratch building materials for my Mig-3 project I decided to do this Trumpeter IS-7 kit I had laying around, because I find Trumpeter 1/72 kits are always a pleasure to work on. I did a few modifications for added detail, but overall the kit had the nice detail that I have come to expect from these 1/72 Trumpeter kits. The last one I did was an STRV-103 from Trumpeter that I loved building, so I was hoping this would be another reasonably priced gem. Although it was missing a few details that were present on the model shown on the package, it was pretty much just as good. Hope you enjoy. For those who are curious it was primed with black Stynylrez primer (same as Mig One Shot) with some pre-shading done with light grey. Colours used were XF-13 then XF-67 NATO green for some modulation, Vallejo Metal Color steel was used for the tracks with Vallejo 70.862 grey black used for the tires. I also used the grey black for the machine gun barrels after which I dry brushed them with Mr. Metal Color iron once the final flat clear was applied. My gloss coats for decals and weathering was Future (or Pledge whatever it is now) and the final matt was Microscale Micro Flat thinned 50/50. I often see people saying they have really bad results from Microscale flat and satin clear coat, but it seems like most of the time they don't thin it enough. I at least thin it 40/60 and I have always had good results, I've tried the Tamiya flat clear but I find it just doesn't do a very good job at achieving a flat finish. Anyways that's enough of my flat clear coat rant. As far as weathering goes I just used Tamiya black, dark brown and brown panel liner along with AK European earth and dark earth pigments. Then using enamel thinner for pre-fixing pigments and then enamel pigment binder or Vallejo water based binder depending on whether applying with brush or airbrush. I also had detail upgrade parts for the main gun and plethora of machine guns mounted all over this thing. The main thing I wish I had done better were the headlights. They were just molded out of one piece normal plastic, so I made it recessed with a ball engraving bit which worked well, painted the inside silver (wish I had done a slightly cleaner job or used a bit of panel liner for the edge) then put a thick dab of microscale kristal klear on for a lens. Sadly it didn't quite dry in a convex manner as I hoped, but it still look pretty good for the scale. Any recommendations on what I could use in the future? Clear epoxy maybe? I thought about shaping something out of some scrap clear sprue, but the scale was just too small to do something like that properly.
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    Mig-3 Late, Trumpeter, 1/48

    Been quite sometime since I've done an update for this project, I was waiting on the scratch build materials because I wanted to do some framing on the wooden rear part of the fuselage. But! Thankfully they arrive the other day and I can continue working on this project finally. So I have finished up that scratch built framing, and any of the other wiring that I wanted to put in. I wasn't too anal about the spacing or anything, since they will be barely visible when it is all done, but I wanted them in there nonetheless to show some of the wood on this aircraft. And now finally! Time to get out the airbrush and do some priming. I use a custom shade of Mig One Shot and Stynylrez primer (same primer, different labels), a mix of grey and white. Although I think I might darken it a bit more, I just find the normal Stynylrez grey too dark a lot of the time. Especially for the light grey blue sections of the cockpit, and I had this spare bottle of this white Mig One Shot so I figure I might as well make my own grey. If anyone is interested I spray it through my cheapo 0.3mm airbrush, the stuff is a bit thick so I thin it with a little bit of Iso Alcohol which works fine with this primer and dries a bit faster than just using distilled water; also seems to spray better. Stynylrez and Mig One Shot are great water based primers though, so much nicer than the Vallejo stuff I used before. Stynylrez is basically like a water based version of Mr Surfacer, more of a chalky smooth finish that is perfect for taking paint. Plus you can actually sand it unlike most water based primers. Although I am in the process of setting up an extractor so who knows if I'll continue using it or just switch to Mr Surfacer. I'm probably going to clean up some of the flash since I can see better now that it is primed, look a bit messy. Anyways that's all for now, hopefully now I can get into high gear with this one. If you're interested in my work keep an eye out on the finished vehicle kit forum, while I was waiting for the parts I needed, I did a 1/72 Trumpeter IS-7 that I'll likely take some photos of and post there in the coming days.
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    Filter for Russian Green

    I'm planning on doing a 1/72 JS-7, and I was thinking about trying out a filter on it. I have used dot filters in the past, but not enamel filters; I have seen people use enamel filters and I quite like the results, and I think this would be a good one to try it out on. I have a number of enamel paints from when I still brush painted with them, so I was wondering what colour would be best as a filter over the usual WW2 era Russian tank green. I know that there were a lot of variations of greens used, I am either going to use Gunze H-320 or Tamiya XF-13. Probably with some post-shading.
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    BTR-70 APC

    Extremely nice. I'm curious what you do to get that wet dirt look on the bottom edges of the APC, I prefer it to the method I currently use.
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    Mig-3 Late, Trumpeter, 1/48

    Well! I've been pretty lazy lately, but I do have a bit of an update. Been mainly working on the other panel and frame, along with finishing my modifications to the seat and a few other things. Some nice little photo etch parts for the radio platform, I also decided to add some small bits of cut up stretch sprue for the plugs that the wires will connect to. I made the mount for the seat belts where it is suppose to be, and the one box on that right panel was too curved for the printed photo etch parts I have for it so I leveled it out with Tamiya putty. I wasn't quite finished when I took the photo. Just everything from the cockpit so far, I decided to glue the panels on since it didn't seem like there was any reason I shouldn't at this point. I also thought doing that would make priming and painting everything easier. For anyone else who has done WW2 Soviet aircraft what colour do you usually use for the cockpit? I have used the same blue for the bottom of the aircraft in the past, but after looking at photos again I am thinking I should use a blue grey that I have, maybe with a tiny bit of my sky blue added to it. Instructions always say light grey, which might to true for pre-war Soviet aircraft that had grey bellies instead of the blue. But later aircraft definitely have a certain amount of blue to it, just not quite as much as the belly. Here you can see I have roughly outlined where I'm going to add some of the framing behind the metal part of the cockpit. I'm not going to go too far back, but I think some of it will be visible when it is done so I figured I should do a little bit of the wood section. Not really sure what I'm going to use for doing the framing though, I don't have a very good selection of scratch building materials. I have some things on the way, but probably won't get it for 3 or 4 weeks, so I'll have to improvise. Not much to say about this, other than a few modifications with the photo etch set I have for the kit that I thought would work better. The finished left side framing, minus the printed photo etch parts. The completed floor area of the cockpit, again minus the printed photo etch. I don't have much left I need to put on, so I'm hoping in the next few days I'll be able to prime everything and paint the green for the floor section and seat, and blue-grey for the rest. Very enjoyable build so far, using the resin and photo etch sets that aren't really compatible has been a great opportunity to think outside the box and improvise.
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    Mig-3 Late, Trumpeter, 1/48

    Still rather slow going, for doing this sort of thing I really need to get some better magnification. At the moment I work for maybe an hour or two at a time before my eyes get too tired to focus on this tiny stuff. I've been very happy with the results so far, still just working on the cockpit. The funny thing about this one is I had a very frustrating time trying to put the two little gauges on the bottom of the panel, and I ended up gluing it with one hanging off the one side a bit. I was rather annoyed by that and thought about trying to get it off to fix it (glued on with CA), but as I was looking for new reference photos of that area for something else, I found that they were actually placed on the panel exactly how I mistakenly put it on. So it all worked out in the end! I'm finding that the Eduard photo etch and this resin cockpit set from another company have been going together nicely. For some parts where I prefer the photoetch I have cut off parts of the resin, where I refer the resin I use that instead. Then I'm making sure to add as much of the visible wiring as possible, but most of that will go on later. Floor of the cockpit is pretty much done, there are just a couple additions I need to make based on a great new detailed cockpit diagram I found. Which I can post if anyone has interest in it. Annnnd all the instruction and my awful scratchy quick note writing of a 5 year old.
  15. Gosh, fantastic job on the camo.