Monday, March 23, 2015

Humvee in 1/35 scale

This is an out of the box Academy kit.
I managed to avoid adding any stowage or modifying to correct screw ups. I even inserted the windows one at a time with clear glue.

 Its a pretty good kit for me to be able to get this good of a result without tampering with it. It was airbrushed with model master enamels and weathered with oils.
Vince Barrale 3/23/15

Sunday, March 8, 2015

T-34 1943

This one's another one that has been in progress for some time.  It's the old and severely out-dated Tamiya kit that was begun more as a painting project than anything else.  I was trying some different effects with Vallejo acrylics. It's essentially just an old kit with some updated parts including an Eduard Zoom grill in back and some Tank Workshop (Tank Maker?) resin wheels that, as you can probably tell, still is a long way from being completed. The figure is Verlinden with some minor modifications.  I scuplted his jacket below the belt line to make him sit higher in the cupola.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

I have "finished" my Sd Kfz 7/2 Halftrack with a 3.7cm Flak 43. Enjoy! Tom

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Improvised Gun Truck

This is a 1/35 scale Gun Truck using the Italeri 'Big Foot' 5 ton cargo carrier. I added the hulk of the M113 APC with components of various manufacturers. Armor plating skirts were added to the M113 and the Truck Cab.
 No you haven't seen one like this before but it was theorized by combining concepts used from Vietnam all the way through current Iraq conflicts.
 Gun Trucks in various forms have been used since WWII, adding welded steel plates to jeeps, trucks and Half Tracks.
 The turret was scratch built around a 'Live Resin' Gatlin gun kit so this vehicle would be considered a modern field conglomeration, utilizing available scrap as illustrated with the corrugated steel tire shields.
The blast resistant windows are Crystal Clear with food coloring for tint. I also cut out several machine gun ports in the M113 hull and mounted a grenade launcher. This was a lot of fun to design over the past year and now it is done.

Vince B. Mar 5, 2015

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Panzerkampfwagen III Ausf K - The Sequel

It's back and this time it's for real.... My last post on this old Dragon kit was more than a year ago - way back in January last year. I believe I stopped while working on some sort of rack to hold the crew boxes in place on the rear deck.  Well,  I managed to fashion that rear deck rack just a short time after I last posted about this project and then it sat undisturbed (again) until I decided to pick it up again and finally get it done.  As I said before, these first generation DML kits benefit from being spruced up here and there and still make decent representations of their subjects. The main advantage they have over the newer kits is their price.  The originals are frequently seen at shows or swap meets for pennies on the dollar and the Orange Box specials can also be found at discounted prices.

I picked it up, dusted it off, and started painting near the end of February this year.  Here are some in-progress pictures to prove I still do build a model now and then. Base coats are Tamiya, details and weathering are Vallejo, decals are Archer and Tamiya.  I'll post more when I finally get it finished.  Who knows...It may be another year before I get it done.