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  1. Got a little more work done this evening, painted the sandbags and did some weathering on them and started to add mud to the jeep and to the field also, here is my progress: this is as far as I have got, hopefully tomorrow I will get a delivery I have been waiting for and be able to make more progress Regards Chris
  2. awesome looking build, watching with interest
  3. Hello Everyone, It's been a while since I have posted, but today I would like to share with you all my latest project. My driving force behind this project is a Christmas present for my Father. My father owns a real M38A1 jeep and I wanted to present him with a Scale model of the real thing as he is unable to build kits himself due to lack of time and failing eyesight. Anyway without further delay, here is what I will be building: So I started plodding away with the build, it's very tricky due to the size of parts, but I was very impressed with the snug fit of everything and the level of detail to the kit itself. There is very little to say about the build itself as I am building it straight out of the box with no extras added to the jeep unless I add a few Scratch Built items to give it some more interest down the line. The kit took me around 5 hours to assemble and then it was time to start the painting. Just for a little comparison, this is the jeep against the Tamiya Panther 1/35 scale: Painting: Again at the moment, I have not done any dirt washes or added any mud. The only thing I have done is a bit of work in the engine bay, with some oil splats and fuel spills to make it look like it's been through it all. I will be adding further wethering once I have the diorama setup, I have a lot of work to do and a short time to do it in. So now it was onto my first ever diorama build, I had no real idea where to start but after visiting my local hobby shop and HobbyCraft ... I found some products to get me heading in the right direction. For the sandbags I made them using the Milliput, it was easy to work and I think they came out rather good! At this stage, I decided I wanted to setup some kind of Field Station for refueling and supplies ... however looking around at the tents available in 1/35th scale ... I was far from impressed and decided to try to make my own, this is still very much a WIP but I feel like it has the potential to look good once finished. The tent is formed from cardboard then I have set about with some trusty PVA and Kitchen Roll. I am not worried about everything been perfectly in scale, it's just a little fun and a learning curve for more serious dioramas I have planned. Next was onto painting the now dry modelling clay with some kind of base colour, after a few coats I would then apply spray glue and start adding the pigments that create the field look: This is as far as I got last night, I am waiting on the delivery of a few ferns and still have some bushes and twigs to add but the spray glue was taking a long time to set. Hopefully, I will have more to share with you all later this evening. I do hope you like it and I would love to hear feedback from you all. Chris
  4. Richard, No problem glad I helped in some form! As I said I was not having a dig at all .... just owning a willies jeep it's something I noticed is all .... still ..... staggering work! loving every minute of this build
  5. Just another thing I have just noticed here Richard, The Bridge Plate on the front is incorrect with a trailer attached. I don't know how accurate you are going and please don't think I am picking. The correct Bridge Plate with a trailer on would be 3/2 ... so 2 Ton for the jeep or 3 Ton with a trailer on. If you google it you will see what I mean Also a quick question, how come you have fitted the crank handle? I have never seen one fitted before and thought it was an interesting choice and wondered if I have missed something. Cheers Chris
  6. Such wonderful work ... every time I check the updates I'm left with my jaw on the floor in a pool of dribble. Love the canopy and the method used to create it. I was wondering if you was going to make on, and thought you may whip out some canvas and a miniature sewing machine and whisk one up ..... but this looks as good if not better Keep up the astonishing work Cheers Chris
  7. Loving the build and the way you are doing the updates with titles and such! That is a beast of a build and certainly looks interesting. I have never even thought of building something like this but it is now on my wish list haha. However, seeing as I have 5 tanks as a WIP at the moment ...... I shall hold off. Shame it's an old discussion that seems to have died I was enjoying reading it. Cheers Chris
  8. Hey Everyone, Managed to get a little time on the bench last night to strip my first attempt at camo from the Tiger and reapply it. I managed to pick the wrong colours for the darker camo but hoped that a filter wash would correct this, I'm fairly happy with the result even though the colour is not correct. I did not want to spray over it yet again to adjust the camo as by this point I'm going to start loosing detail with the layers of paint. So I started with a fresh base coat and more pre-shading: At this point I applied some Iron Oxide powder to the tracks and gave it a good rub to make the tracks look worn: Then on with the new camo, The lighting is not the best here and the photos are taken on my phone which makes the camo look really light ... it's not as light in person ..... either way I definitely picked the wrong colour and only realised after a few minutes of spraying : And the last thing I did was gave the tank a coat of Klear before switching over the enamel based washes, I have read a few debates regarding this. A lot of people paint Enamel paints / washed and oil straight over Acrylic paints with no problem, However in testing I have done on plastic card this has not been the case and the Enamel has reacted. With a good coat of Klear over the top I should be able to work without issue. Here is how it looked after a coat of Klear and a Tan Filter: The Klear is Semi-Gloss but I will be putting a Matt varnish over to seal everything after I am done. The Tan Filter definitely made a huge difference to the paints finish. Tonight I hope to get some dark washes and some more details painted on like the Tow wires and a few other bits. Let me know your thoughts. Cheers Chris
  9. Thanks for the tips Rob and the kind words. I used this as a practice at different camo but now I'm looking at it thinking .... it was a nice kit and I may as well build it with the correct marking for the early type that it is. When I get home tonight I will be covering it in the base colour again, more pre-shading then apply the top coat and subtle markings. I have ordered some Klear today and some oils also .... only to realize I forgot to add the Filter to my cart and my order is already at the packing stage so I think it will be too late to change that. I will have a look at making up some thinned base coat and having a play with that option. I ordered the Klear in order to use my enamel washes and detailing kits that I have along with the oil paints to add some more modulation and grime along with some rust and other bits like that. Also wanted to play with pin washes for rain and dirt ... I'll see what I can come up with. I came across a YouTube channel last night and the lad has some wonderful models and has an excellent tutorial on the weathering techniques he uses: It really has given me some great ideas and it's nice to see how the different effects come together. I'll update later when I get cracking on with finishing up the Tiger 1 and I might be able to get some more work done on the actual King Tiger this discussion is about . Cheers Chris
  10. Thank you for the kind words Rob, I feel bad for the way I stated "cheap" kit. I did not mean it to sound that way, all I was meaning was its a practice kit. Anyway, been having a bit of a headache today trying to get my airbrushes to spray camo correctly I've played with pressure, different nozzle and needles and still can't get it right :(. Anyway here is some more progress on the practice tank: First up I got the Tamiya Flat Rubber on the wheels after I have it a base coat of the yellow sand colour And here is the camo pattern, I freehanded it as I don't have any of the Camo masking gear. I can't say that I am 100% happy with it, this has been my worst fear over any of the build process. The next state will be picking out some of the details on the tools and tow cables and guns, and then adding some chipping and wear to the edges of things before it gets a Matt Varnish top coat. Let me know your thoughts please guys, any tips or advice would be awesome Cheers Chris
  11. Hey Everyone, Sorry I have not posted too much the last few weeks, as I mentioned I have been pretty busy. However I have got cold feet over painting the outside of the King Tiger with it been such a lovely kit, I did not want to mess it up. I had to pop to my local hobby shop the other day for some more Tamiya Thin Glue and spotted the Tamiya Tiger 1 tank for £15. I figured with it not having any interior to it and been a cheap kit, I would pick it up and build it and practice my painting techniques. Anyways here is the kit in question: As I was building this kit I have to admit, the parts all go together wonderfully and it's a very highly detailed kit for the price. I'm not going to turn this into a build log as like I said, for me this is a practice kit. I wanted to check the paints I had chosen for the kit along with playing with weathering and various painting techniques I have never used. Anway I built up the kit, laid down some of the One Shot Gray Primer, then applied some one of the base colours to the main tank, I then decided to try and do some Pre-Shading using Tamiya Flat Black, Here is the result of this: Please ignore the various tools and implements wedged into the tracks haha, I had just fixed the tracks in place and wanted them to correctly mold to the wheels. I thought I may have gone a little heavy on the pre-shading, however after getting a nice mist of a slightly darker shade of the base colour I have come up with this result: I'm really happy with the way this has turned out and can't believe the difference a bit of pre-shading makes. Tomorrow I plan on playing a bit more with some chipping, weathering and some other techniques that I hope to apply to the King Tiger and the Tiger 1 that has the full interior. Let me know your thoughts so far guys Cheers Chris
  12. It is an amazing kit to build, some parts I have to admit are either vague in the instructions or do not line up as expected and a little bit of sanding is required but out of the hundreds of parts I have already put together, very few fail. I do hope that Takom come out with some more Armor with the full interior sets, I really like the full interior builds but I will never be able to bring myself to seal them up. I'm going to leave these in section on a stand type setup, I just can't hide all this wonder detail. Anyways guys, thank you for the wonderful feedback so far, I am hoping to get some more picture online and a bit more progress tonight and over the weekend, It's been a busy few weeks Cheers Chris
  13. Morning Everyone, I managed to get some more work done on the King Tiger this weekend, Progress has been slow though as this kit does have some very complex sub-assembly's never mind trying to spray all the parts required. The engine was a build in itself! and that's putting it lightly. The first job of the weekend was to apply some of the decals to the interior parts along with touching up some of the paint I had caught: I have also just noticed a few seem lines that I have missed that I will address shortly With these in place, I was able to start construction of the engine and also some of the engine bay components including the fans and radiator units along with the engine bay compartment walls. I have given the exhausts a treatment of rust pigments also even though I have not started to age the engine just yet. All the parts of the engine fit really well, and any alignment holes seems to line up perfectly, although I have seen other modelers complain about this throughout the kit I have yet to experience this issue. A bit more detailing to the engine parts: While all this was drying overnight to allow the paint to harden, I started working on the turret :D. Here I did run into a few issues with parts fitting correctly. Often the locating pins were too long and pushed the part out of place, however a quick bit of sanding and test fitting sorted this issue. Again this build is complex in itself, lots of small parts in a very small space. The turret is also loaded with shells and these required assembly. They end up been glued together in a block which would make painting them rather hard. I decided to leave them separate and to paint them all before assembly. What I did like about the shells is the PE caps that go on to provide the shell with more detail, although these are fiddly to attach: These parts then all received a coat of primer and have been left drying overnight. Back to the Hull of the tank and I started to fit the parts into the engine bay. This was very tricky! Hardly any room to work and if anything is out of alignment you have to fight with it. I have fit the engine as best as I could but im still not 100% happy with it, I will continue to tweak the fit as time goes on. This is as far as I got before the missus reminded me she still existed . I now have some more pipework to fit the engine bay so I have again primed and sprayed these ready for fitting, although I have a bit of detail to add first That's all for now folks, thanks for looking. Chris
  14. Hey Everyone, Thanks for the comments I've been working away tonight on just getting some of the details into the interior. I have never been the best with hand painting but I decided to give the finer details a go with the airbrush, after some masking and a few mistakes I have come out with this: I have a few more details to add in, like highlighting some of the cables and a few other parts, also have some decals to apply and a bit of dry brushing over the radios. I also have a few touch ups where I have caught parts ... frustrating to say the least. I'll have more updates shortly. Cheers Chris
  15. Hey Everyone, A new tank has found it's way onto my workbench, The mighty King Tiger Background The German Tiger Ausf. B, or King Tiger was arguably the very best tank that was put onto the battlefield during WW2, as well as the most costly. With each unit requiring some 300,000 skilled man hours to complete, the King Tiger went into serial production in December 1943 at the Henschel factory in Kassel. At the peak of production it took only 14 days to complete, and by the end of the war 492 examples were ultimately produced of the 1500 units ordered due to the intense Allied bombing campaign. With frontal armor reaching up to 150mm thick and side armor 80mm thick, this nearly 70 ton tank was built around the famous dual-purpose semi-automatic 88mm canon firing armor-piercing or high explosive rounds, the KwK 43 (L71) production by Krupp, with the T.Z.F.9b/1 binocular gun sight (later followed by the monocular T.Z.F.9d) built into the cradle. This set-up allowed the tank to engage virtually any enemy tank before it could come within firing range. The Henschel production version carried 86 rounds of internally stored ammunition for the main gun. Additional armament came in the form of 3 Rheinmetall Machinengewehr 34's with 5800 rounds; one mounted in a kugelblende on the right bow position; one mounted coaxially to the main gun; one mounted externally to the commander's cupola. This massive tank was mobilized by a OLVAR EG40 12 16B mechanical transmission with 8 forward and 4 reverse gears powered. The only other variant of the King Tiger was the Hunting Tiger, or Jagdtiger. With the exception of the initial prototype, all King Tigers were coated with zimmerit until September 11, 1944. The King Tiger dominated the battlefield in terms of capabilities, but often suffered from shortages of lubricants & fuels. These tanks proved themselves in battles ranging from Normandy, the Ardennes, Lake Balaton, and Berlin. Although they lived up to the expectations of the 'Wunderwaffe', the King Tigers were ineffective in stopping the overwhelming numbers they faced on the battlefield. Today there are a total of 11 King Tigers preserved around the world, with the rest having been long lost to the scrap yards. The Kit So I have decided to go with the Takom King Tiger Sd.Kfz.182 1/35 Henschel Turret with Full Interior. The Build So on with the build, Looking at the parts there is very little flash and the parts are detailed and well formed. Here is some shots of the Hull: This is where I decided to start the build, It made sence to start at the bottom and work my way up and after a few painting mistakes I made with my other Tiger build the lesson had been learned. So some progress: I have since given the base a coat of Mig-014 Rotbraun and im waiting on it drying before adding some details and Mig-017 Cremeweiss to the side sills: That's as far as I have got today, more to come over the weekend Chris
  16. WOW!!! this is incredible. I am absolutely gobsmacked at the details in this build! Do you have a link to where you downloaded the paper kit from? ( the one mentioned on the first post ) Aside from that just WOW again! I'm going to be watching this one like a hawk Cheers! Chris
  17. Looking great so far! nice work on the wash effect looks pretty realistic for the desired effect ... watching this with interest. Chris
  18. Good Morning Everyone, Sorry the updates have slowed on these builds but due to work lately and busy weekends I have not had much time to spare for modeling Anyway, I do have an update today. So last night when I got in from work I decided to set the evening aside for myself and crack on with the Tiger, I knew that this was mainly going to be painting and test fitting. So to begin with I got all the interior parts that still needed to be fitted to the hull, cleaned up and assembled them ( not fitted to the hull at this stage ) and cracked on getting them painted up : As you can see here, this is in the basic colors without any details, wear and tear or washes. Oh that's the other thing, I got hold of the Ammo German Tank Interior paint set as shown below: Since I'm still learning to mix colours and such I wanted to give it a try, The pack seems really good, the paints flow nice and have a wonderful colour to them. I'm happy with the way things are turning out. Next was adding in a bit more of the detail to the parts: Started with masking the strap lines in the fuel cells and getting them painted in along with getting some more of the details onto the gearbox and radio equipment. Masking tape drew a little paint under the edges ( my fault for not making sure it was stuck down correctly ) but I corrected this by hand after the Black had dried fully. I carried on like this for a while, adding details in and also the turret and the breach, I'm still not finished working on them so these are NOT the final images, but I'm getting closer I also did a quick bit of test fitting when I realised that the engine compartment walls and a few other bits are the wrong colour Also before anyone asks ... yes, that is a TV dinner tray I'm working off. My office and hobby desk have been buried by all the furniture from another room in the house that we are currently redecorating ... I shall claim my space back shortly but this gets me by for the time As you can see, I need to give a few parts a second coat and correct some painting mistakes to a few areas, truth be told I am still getting used to working at this scale and I am been constantly blown away by the standard of painting laid down by other members it's almost intimidating. That's all for now folks. Thanks for stopping by Chris
  19. Richard, Thank you for that very informative post regarding brass work .... I will definitely be looking into the items you have told me about the missus won't be too happy if I go buy them anytime soon though haha. I'll also have to set up a workshop in my garage for such projects. Anyway thank you for taking the time to reply, I will stop hijacking your thread now
  20. Hey Everyone, Just been looking and forgive me if I am incorrect but I can not find a Thread that contains lots of links to tiger resources, so I have decided to make a Thread here that members can post photos, links and anything else they come across over the power of the internet. I'm going to kick things off here with some very high-quality photos of the Tiger Engine. https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipPy94ANQVp-ZkovzQr-IIuRW3CDzu3EWo6_re3_siyGu9wuPqcxUUnr6yHPLo1qYA?key=LUY4czZkMVJsdHMxRE91cG9vUXVkd2M0dlFyRGF3 Can't for the life of me remember where I came across the link, but I thought it was useful. I apologise again if this link and thread already exist. Please share any resources you have, this can be for the tiger 1, King Tiger etc etc etc. Regards Chris
  21. Thanks for that @JackG very informative page
  22. Nice! lovely bit of detailing! I too was thinking of building 131, but I have decided against it while I practice some techniques a bit more. Does this kit have an engine or engine bay? ... I'm currently building a Tiger myself with full interior and I'm struggling to decide what colour to paint the engine itself. Does not look black to me.
  23. stunning work Roy ... interesting with the foil ... would never have thought of that
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