Thursday, 19 August 2010

The finished Panther

The Panther is all finished now. I decided to use the night vision scope that came with the kit. Strictly speaking the scope should not be used with the steel wheels, but I wanted to use the scope and I prefered the look of the wheels. The antenna was also stuck back on for what felt like the tenth time.
I added a muddied effect using the brown Humbrol paint that I used on the Tiger, varying the distance and in the flow of paint through the airbrush to give it a splattered effect. Then I mixed the same paint with Tamiya medium grey and thinned it down so it was more like dirty water. I sprayed this on to give it a road dust type of effect.
Over all I am very pleased with how this turned out, the only think that I don't like is the decals being so shiny, but I have invested in some softener now so that should sort things out in the future.
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Dragon JagdTiger Henshel Production

For my next buld I wanted to do something big. I have been thinking about doing a Tiger 2 but wanted to do a specific tank and research it well, possibly investing in some aftermarket tracks too.
Next I started thinking towards tank destroyers and ended up wanting a Jagdtiger, quite a rare beast with only 88 being built (11 by Porsche and 77 by Henshel). I managed to pick up a Dragon kit on ebay for alot less then the price of the equivalent Tamyia kit, which made me very happy indeed. Even better, I found out that the Henshel type also did not have zimmerit applied, only 10 of the Porsche tanks did.

First impression is that there alot of pieces to the kit. From what I have seen of most Dragon kits there are alot of unused parts, but in this kit most are used. Just looking at the sprues I can tell that thi sis much more detailed than the Tamyia kits that I have already built.

Rather nicely it comes with a metal barrel and photo etched parts, some of which would have had to be purchased extra for the Tamtia kit.

Unfortunately it also comes with Magic Tracks, which look a complete pain in the backside. Hopefully the sense of satisfaction when they are finished will make up for it.

I'm not going to start the kit just yet as I am having to research the scheme I am going to do. I originally wanted to try out an ambush cammo scheme but there does not seem to be any evidence of the JagdTiger ever having been painted in this way. In fact, so far most of the pictures of JagdTigers that I have found are grainy blurry black and white pictures with most of the tanks being covered in bits of tree. I'll just paint some tank crew and infantry for now while I figure out what to do.
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Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Washing and detailing

My aim with this kit was to do it in a different way to the Tiger. After putting the decals on I applied a wash of black ink with a flat brush in the welds, then spread it down the sloped sides to simulate water run off and give the tank a grubby feel. I also added some streaks with a fine brush.
Next I gave the tank a wash of sepia and dry drushed using Tamyia dark yellow.
After adding the tools and track links to the hull I gave the tank another wash of sepia.
The placing of the links of the turret is based on two different Panthers both numbered 221.
On this kit the tracks were very easy to put on, although at the moment they do not look quite right as they are pulled quite tight between the front and back wheels.
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The result

Tamyia dark green and red brown paints were used for the pattern.

I'm happy with the result of drawing the pattern on first although it was a bit difficult in places depending how the light was being reflected. The other way to do the pattern would have been to mask off each different colour but I think it would have been a pain to do this around some of the raised hulll details.
There is a similar scheme using coloured dots dispersed around the blocks of colour called ambush camouflage that I may do on a future build.
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Painting prep

The kit was primed using the Tamyia white primer, then a base coat of dunkelgleb was applied.
Following advice from Dave, I painted the wheels on the sprue. This was much quicker and easier than my previous attempt on the Tiger.
For the cammo scheme I decided on the three tone scheme used on later model Panthers. This had the benefit of not requiring zimmerit too.
The three tone pattern was drawn onto the body of the tank using a 2h pencil.
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Extra detail

For this kit I decided to add some extra detail. I ordered a set of Aber photo etched parts and used the grilles and a chain on the back of the tank. There were alot more chains, one even requiring construcion from seperate links, but I decided not to use them for reasons of sanity.
The cable for the headlamp is a metal strip from the inside of a sandwich bag wrapper, as is the ariel.
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Tamyia Panther Ausf G

My second build is a Panther Ausf G from Tamyia which I bought along with the airbrush on my unexpectedly expensive paint shopping trip.
The kit itself is about the same age as the Tiger 1 and is similar in most ways. The main differences are that the commanders hatch on the Panther has periscopes, the tracks are two rubbber strips (yay) and the ball turret is unfortunately fixed.
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Monday, 16 August 2010

The finished tank

Overall I am very happy with the first model kit that I have seen through to completion in almost a decade.
The only area of the tank that I am not happy with is the wheels, but I am not sure if it is because of the different base colours or if it is because the wheels themselves are not very detailed.

The Commander

Very happy with my tank commander. Especially as he is the first humanoid miniature I have painted for years.

Close up of rear detail

The exhausts were dirtied up using a combination of Citadel Beaten Copper, Tamyia Flat Black and Citadel Black Ink.

Close up of front

Finished after 3 coats of wash and bry brushed twice

The first wash that I used was the Citadel Miniatures Gryphonne Sepia colour wash, then dry brused with Tamyia dark yellow.
Next I did another wash, this time using Devlan Mud and Humbrol Matt Sand.
The effect still wasn't quite what I wanted, so I again washed using Devlan Mud and dry brushed with Matt Sand.
I then added mud around the wheels and bottom of the front and back using a Humbrol brown paint (no idea of the name, there is just a number now).

Assembled and camoflaged

With the air brush, the painting of the tiger stripe camoflage took no time at all. I found references to a Tiger numbered 131 on line, and based the stripes more on those then the painting guide in the instructions.
The base colour on the road wheels and the tools was still the Tamyia dark yellow so they don't quite match the rest of the hull.

Tracks painted on sprues, 100 individual pieces per side

The tracks were the thing that I was deading the most. 100 pieces per side, all needing to be glued together and moulded around the wheels before the glue dried.
I decided that the easiest thing to do would be the paint and dry brush the track while still on the sprues.

2nd coat on hull and turret and tools applied

I initially undercoated and applied the first coat of paint using a paint brush which did not give the best result and used alot of paint.
Needing some more paint, and the nearest model shop claiming that Tamyia paints were difficult to get, I took a trip across town to a small specialist model shop. This shop was amply stocked with all of the Tamyia paints, and after a quick chat with the owner I bought the two paints that I needed, an air brush and another tank. My £3 trip for paints cost me just under £100. Worth it though.
I then visited my friend Dave for an air brush lesson. He informed me that the Tamyia dark yellow, which they reccomend for the base colour, is too dark once colour washes are applied to the tank, and suggested that I use Modelmaster Dunkelgelb as it is much closer to the actual colour.

The other side

Finished tools

Wanting a break from the fun of applying zimmerit I decided to paint the tools next. Wanting to get the best result I painted them fully before adding them to the hull of the tank.

Zimmerit applied to upper hull and turret

Wanting to build an accurate as I could get it mid production Tiger meant adding Zimmerit to the kit. This provided my first big learning curve.

I first experimented with using Squardron Putty and a flat craft blade on an old credit card. It initially worked quite well, but once it came to adding it to the kit the putty dried too fast which made the patterning look awful.
Next I used Milliput Superfine White epoxy putty and a Tamyia zimmerit blade. The results were much better and i added it to all of the required surfaces. It was a tedious job, but the results were quite effective.

Tamyia Tiger 1 Mid Production

For my first build I decided on the Tiger 1 from Tamyia. I wanted a kit that wasn't too difficult but would still provide a bit of a challenge.