Saturday, January 28, 2012


As anybody seen anything like it?

Saturday, January 7, 2012

M1A1 Abrams - Tamiya

Tamiya 1/35 M1A1 Abrams. This may be an older kit as demonstrated by the battery and motor mounts in the lower hull. It was as usual for Tamiya, a relatively simple build. The hardest choice was what paint scheme to follow. I selected the 3 color camo but placed it in the desert as one of the initial unit into Iraq. Normally my weathering depicts grassy or muddy environments, but after studying photos, I realized that I had to wash the surface edges with a Yellow Ocre color to depict dust and sand settlement.

I added a lot of plastic and resin accessories, tents, bedrolls, water cans, gatoraid, straps and antennae.

As you know, the M1A1 is a big tank. Now I have to make room for it in the display case. Now back to some 1/72 armor that I have room for.

Vince Barrale - 1-8-12

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Panzer III Ausf L in 1/76 scale.

I completed the 1/76 scale Matchbox salvage job. This 30+ year old kit was partially built when I scavanged it. Poor detail and lack of features allowed me to be creative. With some evergreen strips and other components I scratchbuilt the stowage rack and antenna mount. I added a variety of resin stowage items and the commanders machine gun perch. .
The wall sections are from Armand Bayardi and the figures are from an old Preiser set. Its not perfect but quite an improvement over the initial Matchbox kit.

Vince B. 1-5-12