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Tamiya 1/35 Tiger II, production turret


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Hello

This is my first tank in a long time, I usually make planes. This was hanging about mostly made for many years and I recently thought I'll finish it, it was the rc version but that doesn't work now for whatever reason, so I cut out the bulge in the hull floor that was for the motors and removed the gubbins. I found Tamiya do self adhesive Zimmerit, so I bought that and put it on which was made tricky because the tank was basically built, but it went on with a bit of fettling and looks pretty good I think, I don't think I could do decent Zimmerit with any kind of putty. I put the sheets on and then trimmed them to the edges of the panels as I went which worked ok. I also added the etched grilles which made a real difference, they came with the sight for the MG on the cupola. Paint was Tamiya airbrushed, with some Tamiya smoke here and there and on panel lines, all other weathering and all details, figure etc. were with Vallejo and Citadel acrylics. Decalled areas were treated with klear first, decalled using set and sol, klear over the top once dried out and them matt varnished from the airbrush. A dusting of a light dirt colour after finished it all off. All in all I've really enjoyed my first bit of armour modelling for a long time, and I'm building a Tasca Sherman next. I'll be putting this on a small Miniart diorama, so may update this post when that's done. I'd be interested to see what the armour guru's on here think to this and any pointers for future models.

Cheers, Andy

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I really like that. Lovely dusty effect. Just one small point - maybe the tools and tow cables should be a weathered dark grey or black?

And I love the zimmerit. I've not had any experience with this product, but have read a few negative reviews. They've put me off trying Tamiya's Elefant. Now that I've seen how good it can look I may have a go.

Thanks for showing your excellent build.

Ian

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Thanks to all. Ian- I did weather the tools but the lovely sun I took the pics in has really made the metallic pop out, were the tools painted rather than bare metal? The instruction call outs were for metal so I went with that. The zimmerit stickers I thought were good, they need corners sorting out here and there which I did with a bit of ca just to stop them peeling, and the domed port for the mg in the hull was tricky and needed patching up with filler but this is all a lot easier than puttying, and you can easily cut out damaged areas as I did, it looks a good scale thickness too I'd say. I fancy doing a Tiger I with zimmerit too.

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Thanks to all. Ian- I did weather the tools but the lovely sun I took the pics in has really made the metallic pop out, were the tools painted rather than bare metal? The instruction call outs were for metal so I went with that.

Well, as I understand it the metal parts of tools were painted black. Wooden parts might be painted too - green or grey has been seen - or just left natural. Sometimes the whole thing got a coat of the vehicle colour. Add dirt, dust and use into the mix and you have plenty of scope for variation...

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Well, as I understand it the metal parts of tools were painted black. Wooden parts might be painted too - green or grey has been seen - or just left natural. Sometimes the whole thing got a coat of the vehicle colour. Add dirt, dust and use into the mix and you have plenty of scope for variation...

Good to know, thanks!

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