Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg

A must see video!
The largest model railway in the world and one of the most successful permanent exhibitions in Northern Germany.

DIY 3D Printer

A few of us were talking/dreaming about a 3D Printer at a recent buin-in.
The problem with most of them is that they are expensive industrial machine (40K+)

If you haven't heard from MakerBot yet, it's time to listen :-)
These guys offers an affordable DIY kit with an open source software for $1200!

This opens a new world of possibilities. Any ideas? :-)

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Drive a tank? Who's in?

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showing a sample of the fun and adventures the participant will experience!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Tools used and displayed

Model Photos from the November 2011 Meeting

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Here is my latest completion. It was for an IPMS USA Review that will posted there shortly.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Here is the 1/35 Dragon MAUS and figures that were also just completed within the last 2 weeks

Here are some photos of the recently completed models:

German Gepard

1/72 Dragon Ferdinand

1/72 Dragon LVT-(A) 4

1/72 Dragon Tiger I

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Tiger I Ausf 'E' Late

I somehow got this one finished well ahead of schedule. This is one of the early Dragon 1/72 scale kits. It all went together pretty well except the vinyl tracks. Hate those. The kit was out of the box. I didnt find any photo or film documentation showing that stowage was piled on the engine deck like all other tanks.

Base colors were airbrushed and then detailed by hand. After applying dullcoat and oil washed, I added decals and more dullcoating and more washes to dull the colors. Finally drubrushed the highlites and painted the tracks. Drybrushed the tracks then moved on to selecting the Preiser figures. I wasnt trying to make a diorama, just enough marching figures for effect.

After sanding and staining the base, I whipped up Sculptamold with Elmers Glue and acrylict artist paint and poshed the mixture into place. While it was setting, I coated the glop with white glue and sprinkled on the grass. I bolted the tank into place then the figures and foliage.

Ok. So I wasnt really finished with it. After some more research, I decided to add a few details to the Out of the Box tiger I. Not much difference, but I am adding the spare track links and the commander's turret mounted machine gun.  (11-7-11)

Vince Barrale