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  1. "The Mule" (Late Autumn Ost Front) Hey All. I just finished a repaint of the Border Models Panzer IV J late. This was my first Border model and I have to say, it was pretty awesome. Not perfect, but well detailed and for a Panzer IV, relatively stress free. Anyone who's built a P4 knows they can be quite complex. This was my first J model and I think it's one of the coolest looking vehicles in the German army. It just looks so "tank". I had actually finished this last year and painted and weathered and just wasn't happy with it. So, I decided like any good modeler to redo it. Truth be told, I really like repaints. Sometimes you work so hard and long on the build and then immediately paint and weather and you just get burnt out. Letting it sit and fester for some time or even years, waiting for re-inspiration allows you some new perspective and time for exploring options as you're not as worn out from the build process. Anyway, I gave it a quick once over with some primer and then base coated it in my standard mahogany color for shadows. It was going to be tri-camo and then white wash, so undercoating wasn't too important. The build was mainly out of the box and then later jazzed up with several accoutrements, bits and bobs. This of course was the fun part. I also outfitted it with T-Rex Ostketten tracks, which were a giant pain in the butt and very, very, very delicate. In fact I believe I had to use TWO batches of the tracks to complete as so many were broken OTB and broke during assembly. I'm not sure they were my favorite tracks, but so few options for metal now, that 3D and resin are taking over. Not sure how I feel about that. Now, NOTE--Yes, the ostketten tracks were on J's. Now the bracket for the Schurtzen really needs to be set up in the OUT position so they can get on, BUT of course, there is no option for that and although I could have scratched them, to be honest I didn't know they needed to be like that till after the build and it just wasn't worth it. So, I improvised and damaged one as though it was bent out of shape to fit (entirely plausible) and second, i fashioned my own schurtzen. Why the heck not. These Panzer IV's were the most used tanks in the German army. They of course were also the major "homes" for many tankers and used extensively for everything. Hence the "mule" moniker. I added every type of P4 tracks I had. Obviously, crews wanted to "up armor" whenever they could. I weathered them more gaudy and rusty with flash rust than I usually would to make them pop. It goes well with the Eduard PE leaves, which are just awesome, although a tad large for the scale. But, they still work. I imagined this tank in late Autumn in the Ost front where snow would often come very early. Hence the haphazardly painted white wash the crew did with minimal paint and time. I mainly used oils for this after some basic hairspray chipping. I had fun with the barrel and the weathering. That's all my friends. I could say more, but it's too early for a beer. Enjoy and comments and criticisms welcome. I'll defriend you, but criticize all you like. 😘 COMPLETED MODELS: Panzer IV J, STUG III G, Panther G, STUG III B , Type IX U-Boat
  2. WWII German Tank Crew Acrylic Paint Set (3032) ICM via H G Hannants Ltd ICM have recently released their own brand of acrylic paints on the market, and are creating some kit specific sets to go with their major releases, of which this is one. The set arrives in a cardboard box with six screw-capped bottles inside, each containing 12ml of paint. The bottles are clear Polypropylene, and are capped with cylindrical tops with knurled sides, and a one-time security seal that you break on first opening. A label on the side gives you basic information about the colour and code, a little information regarding application in English and Ukrainian and a bar-code. This set provides the major colours to assist you in painting your new Bergepanther with crew set entitled ‘Prost!’ that we reviewed here from ICM themselves, and you will find the following colours in the box: 1024 Silver 1004 Intense Pink 1002 Black 1036 Neutral Grey 1070 German Field Grey 2001 Matt Varnish The paint is thick in the bottle, with plenty of headroom between the surface of the paint and the lip of the neck. I dropped a glass stirring ball into each bottle, and they took a few seconds to disappear beneath the surface, indicating their viscosity. On the rear of the pack is an example of the usage of these colours using the kit mentioned above, and depicts the mutt, although it doesn’t have any arrows sticking out of him. The pink that’s in the bottle is perhaps a little old-fashioned and unrealistic, but after mixing with some other shades to tone it down, it should act as a base to build up the flesh tones of the figures. During testing, I used Ultimate Acrylic Thinners to dilute the paint to spray through my Gunze PS770 airbrush, which has a 0.18 needle chucked in. The paint dilutes well once it has been mixed thoroughly, and sprays well through my airbrush, which has a smaller than usual needle that is a good test of the finesse of the pigment grind of any brand, some of which don’t spray very well though anything less than a 0.3mm needle. There were no problems with blockages at all, and the coverage was excellent after my usual ad hoc dilution method, which was probably nowhere near the 40-60% thinners or water that’s suggested on the pack. Apart from the varnish, the other paints all dry to a matt finish. In past tests, the Satin Varnish worked very well diluted with water, sprayed over the spoons that were also partially taped up to perform two functions at once. The satin patina that resulted is exactly what was expected, and the tape lifted no paint at all, despite my best efforts to do so. Bear in mind that the spoons were prepped by a buff with a very fine sanding sponge to give them the best chance of adhesion. Using a brush, the colours cover well two coats with minimal brush marks visible. Conclusion The paints were excellent through the airbrush with nothing in the way of drama during the testing process, including the Oily Steel and Satin Varnish. The solid colours also brushed out very well, as did the varnish. There is a little less paint in the bottles than some brands, but a shade more than others, so it’s about average. That is more than offset by the very reasonable price they’re asking for the set, even at RRP. Highly recommended. Available in the UK from importers H G Hannants Ltd. Review sample courtesy of
  3. Calling this one done. I was inspired by Night Shift's video where he stripped and repainted an old Panzer II model. I was never happy with how the paint job came out when I first started mine, so I took it back down to the plastic and tried again. Much happier now 😀 Kevin
  4. Hi there!, I mostly do aircraft and ships and It's been 10 years since I build a tank. Since then a lot has happened in the armour world with many new publications on weathering techniques. Probably the most difficult part is not to overdo and to get all the effects in scale, which is quite difficult in this smaller 1/48th, but been my first in such a long time I'm quite happy with the result, it is far from perfect but it is a start and the most important thing is that I had a lot of fun! cheers
  5. 1/12 StuG IIIG SCRATCH BUILD After building a 1/24 scratch built Maus I wanted to build something with a bit more detail and in a bigger scale. I decided to go for a StuG IIIG late war with Zimmerit, Schurzen and ultimately crew as it will become a diorama. Here's some photos of the fighting compartment and engine deck which were 3D printed. This is where I'm at so far. Now to start adding some detail. There's also a video on YouTube where you can see more of the process HERE
  6. Hello everyone, I haven't posted here for a while but thought I'd show something I made recently and I think some of you might find it interesting. A while ago I made this Tamiya Pz IV but recently I wondered how hard it would be to put a servo within the tank to make the turret move. You can see the model in the image below. I have also uploaded a YouTube video showing the movement which can be seen here: It looks normal from the outside but below you can see the internals. I have used an Arduino Nano microcontroller to control the servo. The code I wrote generates a random angle to turn the turret to, rotates the turret and then waits for 2 seconds before generating another random angle. There is a little on/off switch hidden on the underside and the 9V battery fits perfectly within the chassis. The body of the servo is attached to the top half of the hull with wooden skewers and hot glue, it's not pretty but it works. And the arm of the servo is glued to the seat on the turret, so as the arm of the servo moves, the turret rotates. The movement is a little jerky as the servo was only cheap but I think it looks great regardless. The only down side is that the Arduino Nano takes a surprising amount of current so the 9V battery only lasts for about 2 days with moderate usage. I am planning to use an ATtiny85 microcontroller which should use a fraction of the current. A very cool upgrade would also to use inducting charging circuits to wirelessly power the electronics. The transmitter could be placed in the scenery and the receiver placed at the bottom of the floor in the tank. (https://thepihut.com/products/wireless-charging-module-5v-1a?variant=27740714769) The images below show the internals. (ignore the cut out on the chassis, that was a previous failed attempt but can't be seen due to the the spaced armour plates) Thank you very much for looking. Please let me know what you think Regards Shaun
  7. This has been the most challenging and time consuming build yet. It was my first time working with schurzen and I wasn't too fond of it. I had many difficulties with this build and learned a lot while making it. I enjoyed the process but will be choosing something less fiddly for my next build, maybe an early Panther or something. I was planning on spraying some buff over the finished model to dull the decals down but only remembered after the pictures had already been taken. As always, all criticism and comment welcomed. Anyway here is the end result: Andy
  8. Here is my second lock-down build and essentially my second scale model ever. The Tamiya King Tiger 1/35. All questions, criticisms and advice welcome.
  9. Hey guys, 2020 is here and it's time for a new project. This is the first step of my diorama called "Soviet Supplies", more on that soon in the diorama section of the forum. This particular build though is of Tamiya's brand new Panzerkampfwagen 38(t) Ausf.E/F in 1/35th scale. A useful and interesting overview of the vehicle history and characteristics is available on Tank Encyclopadia.com. https://tanks-encyclopedia.com/ww2/nazi_germany/Panzer-38T.php Here is the plan I always do before commencing a build. Kit: 1/35 Tamiya Panzerkampfwagen 38(t) Ausf.E/F - No. 35369 Aftermarket: None Vehicle: Nr.522, 1st Company (light), 1st Battalion, 27th Panzer-Regiment, 19th Panzer-Division Location/Time: Velikiye Luki, Russia, 17th July 1941 Markings: Decals in the box Finish: Produced in late 1940. Has been in combat for ~ a month. Extra spare tracks mounted on top of transmission cover. No damage of note. Marshy terrain around V.Luki, nice weather. Bit of a short one here since I did my research ages ago and have therefore forgotten most of it already. The build is already well underway so we'll pick up from here. Lower hull is completed and turret assembly about to start. Cheerio, Jack
  10. Hallo again The subject is the tank development in WW2 on German and Russian side. The idea is: Due to the topographic issue in Europe to show two total different ways of thinking, development and handling. As a basic literature, I can recommend the book: Der Panzer und die Mechanisierung des Krieges Eine deutsche Geschichte 1890 bis 1945 Von Markus Pöhlmann There is no English translation for this book. In opposition to most other literature about tank warfare, this book was basic for a habilitation at university, therefore it has scientific level. My points I want to remark are: The basic design of German vs. Russian tanks had as a cornerstone: · German: Front gear, front drive and rear engine. · Russian: Rear Gear, rear drive, rear engine · German: Straight hull · Russian: Inclined hull · German: Otto motor · Russian: Diesel engine · German: Torsion spring · Russian: Coil spring This are the basic. The Russian track is simpler and better suited for unpaved roads. The production and maintenance hours for a German tank are much higher as for a Russian tank. The sophisticated gear units of German tanks, especially V and VI are prone to damage. Resources necessary to keep a tank unit serviceable differ very much from German to Russian. Assembly lines were forbidden in Germany by the leading Wehrmacht office. To increase the factory output in Germany, Minister Speer did so much. His effort is widely unknown even today. Equivalent to this episode, you can see many other examples in history or present day, which seem queer. (Present day F-35 vs. Su-57) Happy modelling
  11. Hi, This is a 1:35 model, the Panzerkamfwagen III Ausf L, German medium tank. This is Tamiya KIT no. 35215. I made it as movable model, to do it I had to replace the road wheels by older ones from older (85'th) Tamiya KIT. Additional parts are the Friulmodel tracks and small accessories. I added a short video showing how does the model ride at the bottom. P.S. The photo light tent really does it job. This video clip presents how this model can ride I'd be glad if you review my remaining RFI-armor posts
  12. Hi All, I'm working on this 1/35 WSS panzer commander from Alpine Miniatures for a Hetzer build. I'm painting his uniform in the 1944 Dot-Peas camo pattern which was issued to tank crews later in the war. He's painted using Vallejo acrylics and I used a photo reference to try to replicate the pattern as accurately as possible - the tanker camo patter seems to vary slightly from the WSS infantry pattern. A little tidying up required and then he's ready to fix in the Hetzer. Thanks for looking, Andrew
  13. Hi there everyone, I'm new here and I would like to ask if anyone can help me identify a symbol or insignia from a 1 35 scale Academy kit of Tiger 1 tank called Operation Citadel. On the decal sheet it is labelled as " 5 " . It has a yellow box as a background and red lines I cannot describe within the yellow box. It is meant for the Totenkopf version of the Tiger 1 during operation citadel. I will try to upload a picture here, if not can someone tell me what the symbol means by looking it up on the Britmodeller review ? It is there in the pictures. Thanks!!
  14. German Armour In Normandy ISBN : 9781612006437 Casemate Illustrated - Casemate UK To say the invasion at Normandy was a surprise to the Germans would be an understatement. The Allies achieved what they set out to do when the troops landed on the beaches on the 6th June 1944. The Germans threw all they had into the defence and this was really show at first with Caen. Here the 7th Armoured Division suffered at the hands of German Tiger Tanks. However the following strategies from the Germans failed to capitalise on this with the Allies breaking out in July. This book in the Casemate Illustrated series combines text, pictures, and maps to bring us a look at German Armour operations in Normandy. The book goes into details of the planning, and details of German Armour movements, mainly focusing on the 10 Panzer divisions which took part. There are profiles of the tanks, tank destroyers and assault guns which took part. The book is A5 in format, 128 pages long and contains many contemporary photographs. Conclusion If you're interested in the battle for Normandy, and in particular the role of German Armour in the defence this is a good read. There are plenty of photos and profiles for the modeller. Highly Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  15. Hi everyone, here you have my last build: E-100 ausf.c with 128mm by Modelcollect in 1/72. Very recommendable kit, with delicate surface details and a PE set included. It comes also with a very well detailed engine compartment. Of course I had invented that abt.505 markings, this tank never saw a battlefield. In fact, just one prototype was build. Thanks! 😁
  16. Panzer Regiment 1 1939-45 ISBN : 9783935107181 Schneider Armour Research via Casemate UK Panzer Regiment 1 is the oldest Panzer Regiemnt of the Wehrmacht. This photo book covers the regiment from its formation, through training and inital fighting in the Sudetenland, through to Poland, Belgium, France, Russia, Greece, Italy and in Hungary. The text gives us details of the units inventory tables, campaign maps, and unit structure. Included in the photos are the different vehicle markings throughout the war. Most of the photos have been sourced from veterans albums and are previously unpublished. The book is A4 landscape format hard cover, with mainly photograps. Text is in English and German. Conclusion Until this book there has been no publication dedicated to the oldest Panzer Regiment of the Wehrmacht. Using many unpublished photos from Veterans Albums makes this a unique record. Highly Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  17. What an excellent kit and photo set. Loved this build and I can see why Tamiya are still selling this kit. One of the best £10 I have spent. The full build is available at http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235018264-135-tamiya-panzer-kampfwagen-ii-ausf-fg/&page=1 Anyway here are the finished photo's.
  18. Hello and welcome to my very first post There are the first 1/35 scale Tamiya models I have built and was hoping some of you would be able to suggest improvements. I believe I am fairly good at making models but I need to venture into the more advanced weathering techniques to make them look like they have been used in a war, and not like they have just come out of the factory (which can still be a cool look). So I will explain my thoughts and opinions of each of these 4 models below and show you plenty of pictures of each: Tiger I: - I am quite proud of this model as it is the very first model tank I tried to make in 1/35 scale. I was very proud of the base as it really does look like the tank is digging into the ground as it drives over the grass. One thing I think needs improving on is making the tank look more muddy (since its driving through a field), but I'm worried of spoiling it. Also I think I should add some weathering like scratches or some weathering washes, suggestions? Panzer IV - One of my favourite tanks. Again quite proud of the base which is meant to look like a narrow, dusty gravel road elevated above a grassy field. Like with the Tiger 1 I would like to add some weathering to this, I would to give it a gravel-dust effect but I'm not really sure what to use. I am aware that one of the decals has come off, no idea where it went. And also ignore the unpainted panel on the inside of the turret-surround (hard to see on the pictures anyway), I made a mistake while making it and had no more paint to finish them haha. Churchill VII - I decided to base this one from the real life tank on which this model is based (as in the real tank with the same serial numbers etc). So I did lots of research on the real one and found out some very interesting things (pm me if you're interested). So this was made to be in the Hill 112 battle in Normandy which some of you may have heard of. With this model I decided to try to add some scratches as though it had been peppered with machine gun fire or just from general wear and tear. I did this by dry brushing some metallic paint onto the model, which I don't like the look of. Again fairly proud of this tank (bar the rubbish attempt to model scratches) but the base has much to be desired, but isn't quite finished. PAK-40 - I bought this model to have a go at the Vallejo Chipping Medium technique and I am very pleased with how well it worked. It's quite a faff but it paid off. I am yet to do the soldiers and the shells. I am quite pleased with how the mud mound turned out (I wish I had continued it round to the back side), the camera doesn't show it too well but I tried to create a crater in the mound as though a shell had hit it. Still need to paint the side of the base black. (Sorry for how large the pictures turned out) So there you go. I would greatly appreciate any feedback you have to offer One question, what paint would you use for bare steel? Thanks for looking Shaun
  19. Please help me, I'm lost! I need to get a king tiger before I go mad. I've been inspired by PlaStix to build a king tiger (tiger II) but I am not sure which kit and aftermarket parts to go for. Should I go with the Eduard kit and PE/resin or Tamiya and PE/resin? So let your wisdom guide me!
  20. Hello, Here's my newest kitty - Panther Ausf.D. Dragon - 1/35 - Premium Edition. Few words about the kit. It was a bit of a disappointment for me to be honest. Not the quality of the moulds, premium addons, but the fit itself. Traditionaly, Dragon's instructions were not good, missing parts, etc. Usually I really enjoyed Dragon kits, but this one was a bit different. Anyways, it was fun to paint it and weather. Decided to go for a non-muded vehicle, just some dust. I hope you like it. Now some motorbike on the workbench See you, Bart.
  21. Hi! This is my last completed kit, a nice, fast and trouble free build, as is often the case with Tamiya ;-) Thanks for looking!
  22. We have just received the latest batch of new release from Miniart which includes their new Pz.Kpfw.III Ausf.C. •This kit contains 1171 parts. •EVERYTHING you need for an ACCURATE MODEL in ONE BOX. •First model of Pz. Kpfw. III Ausf. C reproduced in PLASTIC •Highly detailed modelAll New Tooling. •State of the art engineering utilising slide mould technology •Total details 1171 •1047 plastic parts •63 PE parts •11 clear plastic parts •Decals sheet for 5 options are included •Full-colour instruction •Fully detailed interior of turret •Crews vision periscopes with clear plastic parts •All hatches can be assembled opened or closed •Workable chassisWorkable track link For more details on this kit and the other new releases please click here. Creative Models Ltd
  23. Just finished this today. It's been on or near my bench for I don't know how long and as a result it had to be finished to make some room. It's the ages old Tamiya kit built out of the box with only the addition of the Eduard etched set and some Value Gear stowage. The figures are I think Master Box. All painted with Vallejo or Lifecolor acrylics. Thanks for looking! Cheers
  24. Hey lads and ladettes, Long time reader, first time poster! I haven't been modelling for very long, but I have been thoroughly interested in anything WWII/ military related (Vehicles/ Machinery) for a while now. I picked up this model at a local store for around $25-$28 in the month of July. I found it pretty easy to put together, the stupid rubber tracks were a burden though, I melted the links with the soldering iron and it didn't really turn out! I also had to borrow the number stickers from another Russian vehicle and the German sticker from a stug I am building. Other than that, I'm relatively happy with it, It is my first proper tank model. Cheers!
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