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A KILLER BEAUTY, Kingtiger Porsche Turret Sdkfz.182 MENG 1/35


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UPDATE 03:

 

Hi Pals,

New advance with the model. Time for painting, as I had mentioned before, this model has some painting suggestions that I do not like a priori, so I have decided to work on the turret individually, once the base coat has been applied, until the processes are almost finished, for example. That is, if I am not happy with the result, the damage and the effort will be less, and when it comes to cleaning I will also undoubtedly appreciate it, without forgetting that there will always be something that breaks or loses...
I think it is a system that I am going to use from now on, since it provides enough sample to get a very accurate idea of what the complete model would look like, and that it would represent a small step, in case of error on our part.
You can always test what we are going to do on a guinea pig, but in my case, I cannot make the mental abstraction of the model I am making, so it is not of much use to me.

I applied Vallejo red surface primer, and once dry I used a set of AK for DK, rinsing successively, I tried to modulate in parts as much as possible.

The paint settled perfectly on the material of the Tamiya Zimm stickers, so I can say that there is no problem at all, perfect.

The part that didn't turn out so well was the tritone camo that I tried despite everything, without being convinced, in the interest of being more exact, but as I feared, I didn't like what it turned out at all...cleaning of all the work above, with AK Stripper (very good product), combined with Vallejo acrylic solvent, some water at times, and many paper tissues....

New beginning, red primer, modulated DK, and now try the proposed winter camo, which I like better...but I don't "finish it" either...

I remembered the HT that I did previously, which ended with DK as the only color, and that modestly, I really liked how it turned out, so before "doing something crazy", I cleaned again, and this time, only sand color ...

The final idea would be a KT from the end of the war, which has not suffered much wear, and to which camo is not applied, only the basics. A bit of artistic license on my part, although I think it's plausible.

In short, there was a lot of thankless work, but little progress with the model, although for me the most important thing is that I see it on the right track, with the idea of the previous HT arena in mind, I think I have a solid base to continue to my liking. .

I hope to have something more to contribute soon.
Thank you very much for watching and commenting as always.
cheers
Francis.👍

 

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Nice work Francis!  I like the idea of doing a 'sample' piece rather than the whole vehicle and glad you arrived at a scheme that works for you. 

 

Keith 😁 

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On 06/12/2023 at 14:11, Keeff said:

Nice work Francis!  I like the idea of doing a 'sample' piece rather than the whole vehicle and glad you arrived at a scheme that works for you. 

 

Keith 😁 

Hi Keith,

Many thanks for your kind comments, much appreciated. Yes, I think it's an idea that can work very well, but seeing that we don't quite like what we do, even though it's good, historically appropriate... but outside of our perception (subjective perhaps), but if the model doesn't help us we like it when we see it... wrong way...

Cheers

Francis.👍

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On 06/12/2023 at 19:04, Hamden said:

 

Turret looks outstanding great workmanship!

 

   Stay safe          Roger

 

Hi Roger,

Many thanks for your like and kind comments, much appreciated. 

It still has to improve, although for my taste, it is going well, I imagine that the successive processes will turn out as they should...

Cheers

Francis.👍

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On 07/12/2023 at 08:37, Jasper dog said:

Looking good Francis, the zimmerit has worked out well too. Doesn't having the Turret in isolation emphasise the length of the barrel.

 

Atb

Darryl 

 

 

Hi Darryl,

Many thanks for your like and kind comments, much appreciated.

Yep, the Zimm is very well integrated, although perhaps a little more relief would have been the perfect point, because I think that when painting the surface, it would add more contrast..:hmmm:

Cheers

Francis.👍

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Hi Ed, 

Many thanks for your like and kind comments, much appreciated.

I hope that the subsequent processes do not hide the tones too much, I will try not to make it too dark, although I think I will have to retouch areas later, so that the color is not uniform and monotonous.

Cheers

Francis.

 

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On 08/12/2023 at 17:22, Maddoxx77 said:

Great effect you've achieved there. The hull red works so well with the dark yellow.

 

Hi Maddoxx.

Many thanks for your likes and kind comments, much appreciated.

On occasions I have primed in black, but I think that for sand, red, works better, and does not darken the tone as much.:hmmm:

Cheers

Francis.👍

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UPDATE 04:

 

Hi Pals.

New progress with the model despite the previous setbacks, it is already on the desired course, so it is time to attack the hull, with the initial layer of red primer.

 

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I continue to make use of tones every time light, somewhat discreet modulation for the moment, to use the lighter tone to highlight small details with a brush, and that later, with specific washes they will be more integrated and not so obvious.

 

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I add some (recent) rust/dirt on welding parts, in order to break the monotony of the single color.

 

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I continue with some moderate chipping, brushing and painting some details like tools and grids.

 

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I decided to add some damage/deterioration to the Zimmerit in random and susceptible points, as well as some dripping of grease in suitable points.

 

Thank you very much as always for watching and commenting
Cheers and TC
Francis.👍

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That's fantastic work Francis!  I like your approach ... and the photo's are like a tutorial of each stage. 

It's certainly given me some pointers for my Tiger or Panther build

(as and when I get round to them!) 

 

Keith 😁 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DK/Red undercoat ratio looks pretty good it's pretty much the look i would try to achieve, it's always a bit of an journey/adventure when you try to achieve an interesting and appealing color when it comes to those monotone camos like German Dunkelgelb, Olive Drab or Russian 4BO....

 

Cheers

Hans

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On 14/12/2023 at 21:12, Stef N. said:

That's some good painting Francis. A good and effective way of doing it. 👏

 

Hi Stef,

Many thanks for your like and kind comments, i'm glad you like it.

I had to "compartmentalize" the stages more carefully, because I didn't want to have to clean the kit again...:think:

Cheers

Francis.👍

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On 15/12/2023 at 07:56, Bullbasket said:

I agree with Stef. That's an effective way of showing the gradual build up. Nice work Francis.

 

John.

Hi John,

Many thanks for kind comments, i'm glad you approve it.

It's already looking like a KT (to my taste...lol).

Cheers

Francis 👍

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On 15/12/2023 at 09:42, Keeff said:

That's fantastic work Francis!  I like your approach ... and the photo's are like a tutorial of each stage. 

It's certainly given me some pointers for my Tiger or Panther build

(as and when I get round to them!) 

Keith 😁 

Hi Keith,

Many thanks for your like and kind words, i'm glad you like it.

I am glad that it is of help and inspiration to you when you decide to do your KT, it still has some work to do to be finished, but it is already heading towards what I would like to achieve.
Lately there are a few KT on the forum, I hope mine turns out decent...:think:

Cheers

Francis.👍

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On 16/12/2023 at 22:33, supersonic said:

DK/Red undercoat ratio looks pretty good it's pretty much the look i would try to achieve, it's always a bit of an journey/adventure when you try to achieve an interesting and appealing color when it comes to those monotone camos like German Dunkelgelb, Olive Drab or Russian 4BO....

Cheers

Hans

Hi Hans,

Many thanks for your kind comments, k'im glad you like it.

You are very right, although personally I prefer to work with a single color rather than camouflage, it is easier for me, I don't know why...:think:

Cheers

Francis.👍

 

 

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Really like the way you build up your color. You manage to do it in such thin layers that it adds so much depth to the model as a whole. Yes it is a single color vehicle but with so much interest added due to the subtle color variations. 

Something i aspire to in my models.

 

Thanks for sharing!

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11 hours ago, Maddoxx77 said:

Really like the way you build up your color. You manage to do it in such thin layers that it adds so much depth to the model as a whole. Yes it is a single color vehicle but with so much interest added due to the subtle color variations. 

Something i aspire to in my models.

 

Thanks for sharing!

Hi Maddoxx,

Many thanls for your likes and kind words, much appreciated. 

I think it is a good method to make the painting, and we can control what we are doing quite a bit, although it is true that the AB must be "inspired" the moment we are going to do the spraying, because even if we are very clear about the know what we want to do, and we have enough skill, everything can go wrong if the AB gets stuck, spits out droplets, the paint is too thick...
Once we have the base ready, I think it is highly recommended to use oil paints on what we have worked on.
Your models already look very good, a matter of fine-tuning the technique and style with which you feel comfortable.

Cheers

Francis.👍

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