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PlaStix

PlaStix's Brush Painted 2017 - updated with the Panzer III

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This year I decided to try and build more kits outside GBs - as it happens I've only managed one so far with another which may get completed before the year ends.

 

First completion of the year was in the Mustang STGB:

North American Mustang IV

No.112 Squadron, Italy, 1945

Kit: 1/72 Airfix Starter Set

Paints: Humbrol, Revell, Citadel and Railmatch all applied by brush

Extras: Tamiya tape seatbelts, styrene for the control column and aerial

WIP: Here

RFI: Here

 

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Next completion was in the 70s NATO vs Warsaw Pact GB:

T-64 Main Battle Tank Mod. 1972

Cold War Vignette: Waiting and Watching

Kit: 1/72 Modelcollect - includes a metal barrel and L&L tracks

Paints: Humbrol, Revell, Citadel and Railmatch - all applied by brush

Vignette base: 4mm MDF, household filler, a variety of turfs, tufts and trees from Woodlands Scenics, Greenscene and Army Painter

WIP: Here

RFI: Here

Vignette photos: Here

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First build of the year outside a GB:

Tamiya's 1/35 Panther

Ausf.D - Sd.Kfz.171

 

The version I have decided to finish mine as is No. 445 - Pz.Gr.Div. - Großdeutschland - Kursk in August 1943.

 

Kit: Tamiya /135 Panther - Ausf.D - Sd.Kfz.171

AM: Tamiya individual track links, grill set and metal barrel

Paints: Humbrol, Revell, Citadel and Railmatch all applied by paint brushes

Mud: Mig - European dry mud

WIP: Here

RFI: Here

 

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Another STGB build next:

Mosquito FB Mk.VI

MM417 EG-T No. 487 Squadron RNZAF

Based at Hunsdon, Hertfordshire in February/March 1944

 

MM417 EG-T served with 487 Squadron from 29 February 1944 to 26 March 1944. On the 26th March she was lost while leading the attack on coastal defense emplacements which were under construction at Les Hayes and was hit by flak during the mission. Wing Commander I S Smith was forced to crash land back at Hunsdon. The crew survived but the aircraft was wrecked.

 

Kit: 1/72 Tamiya De Havilland Mosquito FB Mk.VI/NF Mk.II

Extras: Eduard Zoom Set SS137

Paints: Humbrol, Revell, Citadel and Railmatch Acrylics - all applied by brush

Base: Zvezda Snap-fit German Howitzer and a Wilko's picture frame

 

WIP: Here

Lots and lots of RFI photos: Here

Vignette base photos: Here

Shaky YouTube video: Here

Photoshopped photos: Here

 

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I was actually quite pleased with the base for this and thought the little Zvezda snap kit and crew really looked the part:

1/72 Zvezda Snap-fit German Howitzer

Vignette base photos: Here

 

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More tanks next - 3 this time in the From Russia With Love GB:

 

Russian Tank T-34/76 Model 1941 (Cast turret)

Kit: Tamiya 1/48 T-34/76 Model 1941 (Cast turret)

Extras: Stretched sprue aerial (although I hadn't fitted it when I took the photos below)

Paints: Humbrol, Revell, Citadel and Railmatch acrylics all applied by brush

 

WIP for the whole project: Here

Diorama photos: Here

Yak-3 RFI: Here

 

 

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Russian Tank Destroyer SU-122 – No.5234

Kit: Tamiya 1/48 Russian Tank Destroyer SU-122

Extras: Tamiya Russian tank crew figure

Paints: Humbrol, Revell, Citadel and Railmatch all applied by brush

WIP: Here

Diorama: Here

 

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Russian Heavy Tank KV-1 (w/Applique Armour)

Kit: Tamiya 1/48 KV-1 with Applique Armour

Extras: Tamiya Russian tank crew figure

Paints:  Humbrol, Revell, Citadel and Railmatch all applied by brush

WIP: Here

Diorama photos: Here

 

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In the from Russia With Love GB I also built an aircraft:

Yak-3

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Lieutenant Marcel Albert, 1st FAR “Normandie Niemen”, 303rd FAD, Autumn 1944/Spring 1945

Kit: 1/48 Zvezda Yak-3

Extras: Tamiya seat belts and EZline aerial wire

Paints: Humbrol, Revell, Citadel and Railmatch Acrylics - all applied by brush

 

WIP: Here

Tank RFI: Here

Diorama photos: Here

 

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I combined the above four builds in scene and added some figures:

Road to Berlin 2

WIP for the whole project: Here

Yak-3 RFI: Here

3 tanks RFI: Here

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Over the summer there was the Blitzbuild GB - my entry:

 

Meng 'Toon' Sherman M4A1 

This is was a great kit to build - loads of fun. Fit was mostly pretty good. Actual build time was probably about 18 or so hours. I was thinking of doing more weathering and adding some mud but time got away from me in the end. Thank you to Enzo for setting up the GB and to everyone who took the time to comment in my WIP thread.

 

WIP: Here

More photos: Here

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Final completed build at the moment - my entry in the Radial Engines Rock GB:

Dragon M4A1(76)W VVSS - 1/72

2nd Armoured Regiment - Polish 1st Armoured Division - Holland 1944

The WIP can be found here.

The RFI can be found here.

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As always I have to thank everyone who has contributed in anyway to my build threads - my builds wouldn't be what they are without all the encouragement, advice and support from the fine modellers here on Britmodeller.

Thanks must also go to Enzo and all the hosts of the GBs - these GBs certainly help focus my modelling!

 

EDIT:

When I originally did this post I had not completed my Panzer III Ausf.L, Late Production, with Winterketten - from the Dragon 1/35 kit - but I have now! It is only my second non-GB build of the year and I thoroughly enjoyed it. This was my first Dragon 1/35 kit and it seemed to go together really well. This was also my first go at a whitewash finish which I have been nervous about doing for a while but I decided I needed to get one under my belt. I opted to a really worn version which, hopefully, looks okay. As my last completion of the year I was pleased with how it turned out.

 

WIP: Here

RFI: Here

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Comments and suggestions welcome as always.

 

Happy New Year!

 

Kind regards,

 

Stix

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:bye:

I always look forward to seeing your models Plastix, because they are just so amazingly painted :thumbsup:

Well done old chap

 

Mad Steve

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15 hours ago, Gerrardandrews said:

Brilliant collection, and all brush painted 😊 Yak 3, is my favourite 😉

Thank you Gerrard for your kind comments. I have to say I was quite pleased with how the Yak-3 turned out - especially after a bit of a false start with the camo painting!

Kind regards,

Stix

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Very nice color modulation on your vehicles, especially on the T-34/76.

Like it a lot!

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Beautiful work and a great variety! That Mossie build was a real stand out entry in the DH GB for me.

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As an avid PlaStix fan, I can't believe I missed a few of these throughout the year. You manage to amaze year after year Stix, somehow besting your already high standards. My fav is also the Yak-3, but I have to say all the tanks are very impressive too.

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On ‎04‎/‎12‎/‎2017 at 05:37, MAD STEVE said:

:bye:

I always look forward to seeing your models Plastix, because they are just so amazingly painted :thumbsup:

Well done old chap

Mad Steve

Hi Steve. That is most kind! Thank you. :thumbsup:

Kind regards,

Stix

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On 06/12/2017 at 15:16, Roman Schilhart said:

Very nice color modulation on your vehicles, especially on the T-34/76.

Like it a lot!

Hi Roman. Thank you very much for your kind comments. :thumbsup:

Kind regards,

Stix

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On 06/12/2017 at 19:02, DAG058 said:

Beautiful work and a great variety! That Mossie build was a real stand out entry in the DH GB for me.

That is very kind of you. I must admit the DH GB and the Mosquito project were one of my favourites of the year.

Kind regards,

Stix

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Another fantastic year Stix, you've built some very nice models this year. Thanks for the inspiration.

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On 07/12/2017 at 01:35, Cookenbacher said:

As an avid PlaStix fan, I can't believe I missed a few of these throughout the year. You manage to amaze year after year Stix, somehow besting your already high standards. My fav is also the Yak-3, but I have to say all the tanks are very impressive too.

Hi Cookie and thank you very much for your very kind comments. I know what you mean - I miss quite a bit here on BM as there is just so much going on! Everyone seems to be building models in different corners of the place!

Kind regards,

Stix

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Who needs an airbrush, when you can brush paint like that! Glad to see a fellow brush painter giving it some! Love your in flight Mossie!

Martin

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A fine years modelling, thats a great collection 

Glynn 

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Love the eclectic mix of scales and subjects, beautiful finishes and sheer talent on display here. Bravo @PlaStix

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As a mate says, a great little collection, and the Yak-3 is magnificent (the engine is superb, and yes, I love airplanes too :innocent:...)

Best Regards Stix :cheers:

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On ‎07‎/‎12‎/‎2017 at 05:58, Corsairfoxfouruncle said:

Great work 👍

Thank you very much. :thumbsup:

I have now finished the actual Panzer III and a couple of figures so I will get a few photos posted soon.

Kind regards,

Stix

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I'm always amazed how you can keep churning out stuff of that quality, so fast! Yeah, I too missed a couple of your masterpieces, the Panther for example. And I come on BM every day (barring DNS failures, updates, and cyber-attacks) so how did I miss that one? 

 

Superb work as always. Yet again I will compliment your dioramas, and more specifically your groundwork. Your grasses and flowers make me very envious!

 

A great year for the Stix then.

I'm going to post my yearbook, which won't feature a single vehicle or figure of any sort! Does 'a scratch-built tree' or 'an extended MiniArt building' meet the requirements for inclusion in a yearbook? :think:

 

Have a great new year and I will see you in the M4A3 GB!

 

Rearguards,

Badder

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Plainly you've had a prolific year at your bench, with some stunning quality from which I have drawn much inspiration. 

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On 17/12/2017 at 09:43, Ozzy said:

Another fantastic year Stix, you've built some very nice models this year. Thanks for the inspiration.

Thank you very much Ozzy - you are very kind as always. Hope you have a very Happy New Year!

Kind regards,

Stix

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