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Getting close to finishing this one up.  A few small details left (the wheels are off until I paint and install the tracks, which are already assembled). I’ve had this kit (and some other Dragon Pz IVs) in the stash for more than a decade and now I can’t understand why I didn’t start one of these ages ago.  Very nice, fun kits.

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Wow! It’s nice to see one of the most beautiful German tanks, especially when it’s so perfectly done. I really like the weathering, it looks very natural

 

Vytautas

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This is fantastic! Great job, I really like it.

It's painted RAL 8020, right? Which markings are you going for?

 

I built Dragon Pz IV D, and enjoyed it very much. Really like these kits. Have Dragon Pz IV E and F1 waiting in my stash.

 

Nenad

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Yes 8020.  Not sure on the markings-torn between those in the kit and “Red 4” from 15th Pz Div, but I’ll have to hand-paint markings on that.😳

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Your IV looks great, the paintwork and weathering is excellent.  Particularly like the paint effect on the exhaust, looks really good and very realistic. 

 

Great work

Darryl 

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I decided to go with the kit decals rather than risk screwing up painting the markings.  Red paint (which I’d have used for “Red Four”) is unforgiving if you make a mistake-very difficult to correct!

These will be blended/weathered when I install the tracks.

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Well done! Tracks from the kit or aftermarket?

ciao

Filippo

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Looks really great.
The new box at the back looks like a real, much better than the old one. Great tank, I really like it! Will the tracks be left black?

 

Vytautas

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Now that is a stunning rendition, fantastic build all round with some first class paint and weathering :thumbsup:

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8 hours ago, vytautas said:

Looks really great.
The new box at the back looks like a real, much better than the old one. Great tank, I really like it! Will the caterpillars be left black?

 

Vytautas

Thanks! That resin box was bothering me every time I looked at it.

I’ll add some more browns for track washes and finish with dust when I put it on a base.  It actually has dark grey with one application of both track wash brown and dust, but it’s too faint, so will have to reapply.

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Just gets better, really like what you've done with the paintwork and weathering. 

 

May I ask how you achieved the finish on the exhaust?

 

Cheers

Darryl 

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9 hours ago, Jasper dog said:

Just gets better, really like what you've done with the paintwork and weathering. 

 

May I ask how you achieved the finish on the exhaust?

 

Cheers

Darryl 

I usually paint them either the old Humbrol Gunmetal or, since the good old stuff is no longer available, flat black enamel on occasion.  This was the old formula Humbrol which I have a tin or two that are practically dried up (the newer stuff doesn’t work) and then some dark rust-colored pastels.  I don’t like bright orange or over-rusted mufflers since they don’t look like anything I’ve ever seen in the wild and these tanks didn’t have a long enough shelf life to get bright orange mufflers.

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4 hours ago, f matthews said:

 I don’t like bright orange or over-rusted mufflers since they don’t look like anything I’ve ever seen in the wild and these tanks didn’t have a long enough shelf life to get bright orange mufflers.

Exactly, when you consider the life span of these, the colour and patina you've achieved looks just right. Take a look at a year or two old exhaust it can go from a pale grey / buff colour to a dark grey / brown, as you've depicted. 

Brilliant thanks, gives me something to experiment with!

Cheers

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