Thursday, June 14, 2018

Syrian T-55

Here is another one for our October club contest. This is a Tokom kit. Out of the box.
The only difference was using Star Decals for the 6 Day War era.


This had the tedious individual track links, but allowed for a much better sag fit on the Russian road wheels.

Also I applied the Jason Cameron technique of dabbing on the undercoat color with the rough out polishing pad.  It provided excellent wear and paint chipping. Since the tan colors were sprayed over the Russian Green, this worked out great.


Vince B. 6-14-18

Friday, June 8, 2018

Stuart Bunker

OK, what is this?  We have all see the German WWII bunkers with Panther or Panzer tank turrets. This is a US Stuart Tank Turret on a makeshift concrete bunker.

I had the leftover Takom MAUS V1 turret shell for the first prototype. Looked a lot like a concrete bunker. It didn't take much effort to find and fit some Tamiya tank parts to fill the opening.



Next it was about making it look feasible, so I scratch built a top hatch with some other spare parts. I think that ladder was a part from SPACE 1999 Eagle.  Anyway, you get the idea. Just leftovers.



After it was painted and weathered, I imbedded it into some sculptamold and covered with groundwork fluff. Not too bad for a quick fun build.

Vince B 6-8-18

Monday, June 4, 2018

'Secret Weapon'

I have been working on this one for about a year now.  This 'DUST Gunther' kit was one of John Ford's collection. As Sci Fi, it seemed totally unlike him, but it did depict German Armor.
 



The kit was OK, not great and the instructions were not entirely coordinated with the actual parts. These were limited run kits as part of some comic book series.



The Walking Panzer II was very articulated, making it tough to get set up as the joints were very loose.  I finally had to glue them as I made the final set up in the working gantry.





 
 
 
The gantry was composed of parts from an old Revell Oil Rig kit. Been using these parts for years. I wanted to do something more than just the kit.  I enhanced it with more details and decided to open some of the hatches and allow the unit to be in a service and re-arm mode. The figures were standard Tamiya service crew.
 
 
I also added a crane assembly from a Berge Tiger kit. I had to modify it to be electrically operated as the crank assembly was not reachable from the work gantry.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I added several work tables, tools and parts including a resin welding set.
 
 
The concrete pad was just sheet plastic that I scribed grooves in painted and weathered.
 
Vince B. June 3, 2018

Jagdpanzer IV 1/72 scale

This was a quick build. Not as easy as it used to be when I could still see 1/72 scale. ESCI kit, was very basic, not a lot of detail.


Tracks are Length and link. Its the individual links around the drive sprocket that get ya.



Pretty much out of the box. except for the tissue paper tarp and fiber optic antenna.

 
Vince B.  June 3, 2018

Thursday, May 17, 2018

M24 Chaffee

This is the old Testors kit. Its really not bad if you take some time with it.

Most of the stowage was from the Legend resin set specifically for M24s.



I did several layers of washes and dry brushing with oils.



I did break some grab handles and replaced with wire.  Other than that, it worked out OK.

Vince B.   5-17-18

Sunday, May 13, 2018

M61A5 Semovente

This is the M61A5 Semovente from Bandai. This is a 1.35 scale model of a tank from the Gundam SCIFI Anime.

This is the first Bandai kit I have assembled and I must say that it is a very finely engineered model indeed.



Monday, May 7, 2018

Daimler Mk II

This is the old Hasegawa Daimler Mk II British Armored car. I don't normally do British vehicles, but this was just a quick one between my other projects.  It is 1/72 scale so didn't take up much room on the work tables.
 

I did need to add some details such as antenna mounts and stowage and tools.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Tamiya Israeli Tiran 5SH

As a Tamiya kit, I don't need to give you details of the build.  It fits great as expected. They call it a Tiran 5 though it is actually the captured Russian / Egyptian T55s Upgraded with the M60 105MM gun so it is a Tiran 5SH.



I added some stowage from a Legend bulk set for Israeli tanks. I like the larger legend sets of resin accessories because you have enough to spread over 2 or 3 kits.

As usual, I use a Metalic lacquer primer before I start with shades of enamel color.  Then with varying shades of heavy wash, I fill in the crevices.  After several dull coats, I dry brushed.



Old trophies make great bases. I have also found a variety of cutting boards at Big Lots which save a lot of time as well, no staining or sealing needed.



Vince B.  5-1-18

Monday, April 23, 2018

Egyptian Sherman

This is the latest DRAGON kit in the "Six Day War" series.  It is coincidental that I was going to scrap build this when I found the picture on line, then I saw that Dragon was issuing the kit.


It seems that the French had put their AMX-13 turret on these old Shermans (M4A4), changing from 76mm to 90mm guns. As you can see they added more armor plates to the hull sides.


Though this was probably done to various M4 Sherman types, the lower engine (back end) differs from the exhaust configurations I found in my research.


I did make some minor corrections as the kit did not include the correct parts for mounting the spare track links horizontally across the front hull plate.


I also added the canvas cover under the front  turret mount. I am not entirely sure the Egyptians maintained all the tools on the tank, but I put them on anyway as well as some additional stowage.



Vince B.  4-22-18

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Tamiya Stug III in 1/48 scale

I am really liking these 1/48 scale Tamiya kits.  Some of the early ones like this Stug came with a cast metal hull.  The lower hull plastic parts need to be secured with cyocr..... (super glue).  The upper hull is secured to the lower hull with two screws which are hidden under the hatches. The tracks are length and link with the built in sag on the upper runs. Not necessary if you use the side skirts (Sechwan?) Schurzen.



Black dog makes great resin stowage sets.  There is usually enough to spread over two kits so I have been coordinating these around the other German 1/48 scale kits.



The details on these kits is as good and fit as well as with the Tamiya 1/35 scale kits. Surprisingly, I started on this one at the san Antonio show, bought it from Eric.  Should have bought the others before Kern and Moon got to them.


I was able to complete the lower hull separate from the upper hull. Once completed, I set the lower hull into the base groundwork and screwed it down.  Afterward I screwed the upper hull to the lower hull and glued in the hatch plates.

Vince B 4-17-18

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Egyptian T-55A

This is the T-55A in 1/35 scale by Tamiya in Egyptian colors circa 1967. I put a metal barrel on and the Fruimodel tracks.

Here are some more shots....



Ukrainian T-84M OPLOT

This is the Ukrainian T-84M OPLOT in 1/35 scale by Trumpeter. It is a modernized version of the Ukrainian T-84, which is itself an upgrade of the Soviet era T-80U.

The detail on this kit is pretty good, however the instructions are in many places too vague. There are some fit problems and some parts that are not included in the instructions at all. But at the end of it all, it came looking pretty decent.

I muddied her up with some products from Vallejo and the camo job was freehand.


Tuesday, April 3, 2018

"Still Standing 1946" in 1/35 scale.

OK.  Here is my biggest combo. Not a happy meal but this MAY have been Hamburg in 1946.
I had to find a place to fit it in a case as it is 12" tall.



These are the Takom, Maus and Zwilling kits set on Dioramas Plus, Base and Building ruin sets, as well as some Tamiya Figures and other accessories.

I also used the laser cut broken windows and inserted that into some old frames which I broke down to match.


The Zwilling kit fits perfectly in lieu of the Maus Turret mount. Since I used the Maus Test version, I didn't waste an actual turret.

Vince B.  4-3-18

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Wanting to build something for our club's 2nd Banana contest in February, I looked way back in my stash and found the old 1/35th Trumpeter Centauro kit.  I bought it at a show many moons ago with grandiose plans of a diorama at a check point during a training operation in the Italian countryside.  Needless to say it kept getting pushed back in the closet until I forgot I even had it.  With a little research I turned up an operation the Italian Army participated in called PRIMA PARTHICA in 2014.  Basically the Italians sent 15 of these Centauro's to guard some dams near Mosul, Iraq.

The kit is built pretty much straight from the box.  After a coat of Tamiya grey primer I used Ammo by Mig acrylic paints for the base colors.   I free handed the camo pattern with my Iwata airbrush and toned down the interface points with a filter made from grey enamals


I roughed up the rubber tires with a Scotch-Brite pad and then dry brushed them with Life Colors Tire Black and Mig's Earth acrylics.  I tried to muddy them up a bit with pastels and white glue mixed together.


I added stowage from an old Custom Dioramics set, antenna from stretch spruce, and some Coke and MRE boxes from Mathos Accessories.

I used the tried and true method of a black oil wash and highlighted with a dry brushing of all the raised surfaces.




I made the base from a piece of wood from Hobby lobby.  I put a border around it and mixed up some Woodland Scenics Smooth It.  This product dries to an almost concrete color on its own, but I elected to paint the seams a littler darker for contrast.  After it was dry (about 2 hrs) I etched in a hexagon pattern.  I printed off a name plate and unit insignia on a color printer and glued them to scrap pieces of balsa I had.  Once glued, I hit them with a gloss clear coat.

For an older kit, I was happy with the fit and final look of the machine.  This is the 1st kit I finished this year and I spent about 40 hrs total on the  effort.  It felt longer, probably I spent too much time on the base and fusing with the stowage.

I'm looking forward to the next club contest.  Proto-Types and Paper Panzers.

Thanks for looking - George