Friday, November 24, 2017

AML 90

This is the Takom 1/35 scale AML-90 kit. Pretty straight from the box. This is completion #30 for this year.

A few things to be careful of.  This nice armored car was used by Israel, Jordan Egypt, Lebanon etc.  Research which version you are going to build first as thee are some dependent options such as the rear stowage rack, type of mussel breach, spare tire, etc.

The kit comes with real rubber tires. The pioneer tools look great as individual components.

Added some resin stowage bits. 

Be careful of the mirrors.  As with all of these, they tend to break easily when handling. I managed to carefully add a mirror shine.

Vince B. 11-24-17

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Panther A

This is the 1/72 scale Dragon kit. Get out the tweezers if you are going to tackle this one.

I did need to add a few details.  There were no spare track links given but would be typical hanging from the rear deck of a Panther. There was also no commanders machine gun provided.

Must have stowage.  I used  some personal equipment from a Preiser set.

AND added the necessary bucket on every German WWII tank. Be careful of the liable rubberized tracks. They are fragile and snap easily under stretching.

Painted with standard ModelMaster enamels an weathered with oils,

Vince B 11-23

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Panzer IV Arabian

When  starting this Panzer IV (old ESCI kit) I wanted to do something different and was also looking at the new Dragon kits from their '6 Day War' series. I liked the idea of some minor conversions to make it an Arabian.

Since this was in 1/72 scale and I had an old Trumpeter Russian T-72 kit that was going to be parted, I thought this would be a good place to start.  I took the parts for the turret machine gun and found a part to use as a mount.

I also found photos of added tool and parts boxes mounted on the old Panzer IVs.

This will be much more fun in 1/35 scale so will be on my shopping list with Dragon.

Vince B 10-29-17

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Sturm Morser

This is the AMUSING Hobby kit.  Another theoretical German Armor piece. This is a large mortar tube mounted on a modified 38(t) chassis.  Technically this design has some issues. Since this is a Mortar, the large shell would have to be dropped into the tube after the trajectory was set. This would require a scaffold and crane to be set up to lift the shell and manually drop into the tube.

Now onto the kit. AMUSING is pretty good on detail, in some areas (individual tracks) they are too detailed. Each link is 1.5 parts. The links are intended to be workable, as the ends are made that way, but in adding the crossbar, you end up gluing the hinge portion together, so I did this as length and link.

The kit provides a great looking shell and a well done crate.  As you can see, there is no way these could be carried on the mobile mortar.

Of course the kit comes with a very detailed Photo Etch set for the screen and the side skirts. I decided that the skirts were torn off, though I did make them, having to bend tiny parts to form the angled attachments.  After all the work I put into the track I wanted them visible.

 I chose an oddball winter camo scheme. Whitewash faded over a dark gray green base coat. An of course, chipping and rusting. I added some basic personal gear to the side sheet, some plastic and some resin components.

Vince B 10-28

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Iraqi BMP-2

This was a quick build, purchased the kit from Keith last meeting. Old Dragon kit.  Built out of the box, though the kit includes a conversion set from making the BMP to a 2E including Mine Ploughs.  I left those off to adapt to a standard Iraqi BMP 2.

This wont make it to any shows next year as it is for a client who will probably make a Christmas Present to himself.

Vince B 10-22-18

Monday, October 2, 2017

1/144 Morser Karl Gerat

Yes, this is 1/144 scale Dragon Kit.  Yes, I actually somehow completed this with tweezers.

 Fortunately, there was no Photoetch.

Vince B. 10-2-17

Sunday, October 1, 2017

M4A2 Sherman PTO

This is a Dragon kit that I have bene trying to find a good deal on.  I felt I had been neglecting WWII U.S. hardware, so I picked this up in San Antonio in Feb.

I also had been looking for an excuse to try out Value Gear resin products. Coincidentally, they came out with new Sherman bundles whole I was working this, so I bought a few packages to accessorize.

 A few details I added was the Rebar spikes welded to the hull and turret hatches as seen in many of the Pacific Islands photos. I found that using abandoned plastic tow cables worked great to give the textured effect.

 Along with the Value Gear resin bundles, I added other plastic and resin accessories to fill it out.

Using enamels for prime colors, I washed repeatedly with oils and scrubbed in various blue and white accents for the weathering.

Vince B. 10-1-17

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Char 2C

This is the MENG Char 2C in 1/35 scale, one of their earlier kits. This is a real monster of a tank, developed after the end of the 1st World War.

The kit went together really easy with only a few difficult parts. The find piping on the engine deck required some fancy tweezer work.  The grills on the sides were photo etch but set down real well.

The tracks were individual snap together, at least at first.  Too much handling will loosen the fine hold points and you will eventually need to make length and link sections to complete.

I did the final weathering with lots of burnt umber and black washed mixed in with blue and white dot washed and scrubs to get in the streaking effect.  Final details of rust and wear.

Vince B.  Sept 10-17

Saturday, August 26, 2017

A7V in 1/35 scale

This is the MENG A7V kit with interior, No Engine. There are lots of nice details and fidley bits to this kit. There are also some very important, tiny Photo Etch parts that need to be used, so this was a rough one for me. In order to pose the viewing windows open, there are tiny trim hooks that fit into the window frame. There were also bits for the hinged view port covers.

 Since this had such a detailed interior, I couldn't let it go to waste by closing it all up.  I languished over the best way to pose it and allow the interior to be seen, so I left off one side and opened the driver / commander hatch.
 I also took advantage of the interior clutter by adding more personal equipment stowage for the 11 man crew.  Yes it was cramped in there. I E-Bayed some company that put out resin equipment bundles for WWI German troops and hung them on the walls and added other helmets and equipment as needed.
I finished off by mudding up the linkage and drive assemblies.

Vince B.  Aug 27.

Friday, August 25, 2017

MAUS in 1/35 scale

Happy Hurricane Harvey day.

This is the old Dragon kit. Came out great, very simple and basic kit.  NO PHOTO ETCH, so believe it or not, I added my own engine screens.  These were vinyl scraps from a broken window screen and used Gator Glue to hold them onto the engine vents.

I used my own decal stash for decoration. Added some spare tracks and stowage to enhance the turret, not that it wasn't big enough already.

 I made some short antennae and placed where it seemed there was a place for them.
 There were several places for various sized tow hooks, so I added them from spares, not like there would have been any tow cables.
I did the standard freehand airbrushing with various colors until I had the random pattern that I wanted. Used several oil washes and wipes to weather, the dry brushing over dullcoats.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Panzer Faust

Well, it was really a Gundam.  But since it came with a rack of German WWII Panzer Faust in its arsenal, I couldn't resist doing something different.  I don't watch the show so don't understand what this was but it carried nearly a dozen weapons like some Dreadnaught Gundam.

Anyway, enjoy the pictures.

Vince B  7-30-17

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Minenraumer Panzer

Now for something completely different...... Sorry, that would be British.  No flying Circus here.  This thing really existed in a basic form. Yes, of course I couldn't leave it unarmed, so added what armament could be fitted as if it had progressed past a prototype Mine Roller.

I have seen this done in the basic Prototype Primer color with chalk marked designations. Looks good right out of the box.  I chose to field mod it. by adding a Panzer II and 38 T turret, the add the requisite camo pattern for an Easter Front operation.

I added some tool and parts boxes, tarps and operational equipment.

Vince B. 7-10-17

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Geschutzenwagen Tiger

This is the old Trumpeter kit, which is still available for ~ $85.00 If you can find it.  I got this from John Ford's piles. The box was crushed along with the lower hull.  I had to pry, cut, glue and clamp several sections to straighten it out again so it was usable.

Then I had to research it to see if I could figure out how the mechanisms were supposed to work. There are lot of missing pulleys, chains and hydraulics as the photos of the actual captured prototype only captured the parts visible.  Much of this was not documented where I could find it, so I tried to reverse engineer from what was available.  I added enough of it to make it look like it might work.

 This was built on an extended Tiger II chassis.  The side walls were on retractable railings which  would be lowered for deployment of the canon or reloading it into onto the chassis.
 Unfortunately the components were configured to allow the hinged sides to be lowered so I posed it in a halfway deployed position to make use of the mounting platform for the cannon.
I cant see any real purpose for this design. Why deploy and make stationary when it was already a mobile platform?  It had a crew of nine and had no room to carry ammunition for the gun.  There was barely room for the crew personal stowage.

I painted this in sections making the cannon a complete separate kit, which was detailed enough to stand on its own.  I added crew stowage and some support steel, cables, chains for the deployment mechanism. The track was rubber and I had to insert broken drill bits to shape the sag.

I lightly weathered it with oils and provided the scratches, scrapes and rust as applicable.

Vince B.  6-24-17