Thursday, 19 August 2010
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.
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.
Tuesday, 17 August 2010
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.
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.
Following advice from Dave, I painted the wheels on the sprue. This was much quicker and easier than my previous attempt on the Tiger.
The three tone pattern was drawn onto the body of the tank using a 2h pencil.
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.
Monday, 16 August 2010
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 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).
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.
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.
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.
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.