2017. május 22., hétfő

PE problem

I've tried to use Voyager PE but soon had to give it up. The separator panels between the wheels are very bulky and ugly right from the set. The PE would look way better and far more accurate in scale. The problems are tough:
- it is wider than the kit part and to cut/shape it would be pain (eight times...)
- it has no real surface to glue. I tried with small L shaped brass strips but were still too fragile
So finally I decided to use the kit parts. The first pair has been sanded to let the first return roller work but the other three pairs were left as they were. Hardly will be visible when finished.
Otherwise the kit goes together swiftly. Not a Tamiya kit but far better than I expected.

2017. május 15., hétfő

It's huge

Compared to my previous builds the T-35 is huge. It seems that the lower hull is slowly closing to the finish but now I have the big question: to use or not to use. The photoetched side armor / running gear cover. With thousand bolt heads which need to be individually glued/soldered. I'm not convinced that the PE would add so much to the final visual result to worth several hours of eye-popping bolt-head-job. The kit armor piece is nicely moulded and fairly represents the original (according to the few photos I have) and... well... I'm not a time-billionaire. Unfortunately. So I'll go with the kit side (and wasted some money on the PE...).
So far here we are:

2017. április 23., vasárnap

New project: T-35

Well, a little pause after the Jagdpanzer (figures and diorama is a side-project, still in feasibility phase). Another campaign on armorama.com is the "Landships" where I enlisted a few months ago. Time-pressure is my big old friend and that is why I thought 4 months will (must) be enough for this monster. I bought some PE stuff but after an hour of learning the instructions and checking the plastic parts I am not convinced about the running gear / side plate PE parts... I'll see. But that big pack may be left out of this project. Painting will not be an issue - green. Tracks look quite OK in the kit but I have Friuls as well. So, let's begin... again, a lot of wheels but this time a lot of turrets, as well :)

2017. április 20., csütörtök

Jagdpanzer IV finished (99.8%)

And I've been successful - the armorama campaign deadline is 30th April and I finished this Jpz days before it :) Though some touch-ups are still required. The upper plate is not glued yet - I plan to include figures there so the periscope tube ending is not glued on. Also noticed that I forgot to paint the steel return rollers to some shiny metal finis. The tracks are quite OK but more dust and weathering will be applied later on the lower parts. As soon as I decide about the diorama settings these final-final steps will be made.
Overall I am pleased. I finished in time. The result is pleasing if I look at it. Subtle weathering - I don't want to hide any nice details. The Friul was a waste of money and time. It is beautiful but it is not visible because of the Schürzen. One of them is intentionally missing to show up at least a section of the track... This was a fast and pleasing build and made me motivated about modelling again.

2017. április 10., hétfő

Weather(ing) report

After a short pause (some renovation of the modelling/hobby room in the house) I continued with the weathering. No clear plan to follow. I apply different products and then check the result and apply some other products to reach some variation. Up until now I faded the colors with oils and used AK Interactive's light dust deposit (cool stuff, really), washed the vehicle with AmmoMIG brown wash and weathered the lower hull with ProModeller wash plus some oils. And of course the old classic: MIG Productions pigments - these will be used instead of the general pre-dusting with airbrush and I'll dirt the tracks with them, too, to achieve somewhat consistent look at the end. I still have some chance to finish until 30th April (and get that Campaign Ribbon on armorama.com) so my motivation increases day by day. What I have to do to finish:
- painting the tools on the rear deck
- painting the visors
- paint/weather the exhaust and the jack-block
- weather the skirts (and decide: to use nor not to use all of them as they hide the tracks - and if the hide than it proves to be an unnecessary effort to have them from Friuls)
That seems to be possible in almost three weeks.
And some pics from the weathering phase:

2017. március 29., szerda

Rotbraun done

Well, this camo turns out to be interesting. Historically not correct but as I don't try to imitate any specific vehicle, I don't really mind the issue. If I were a "rivet counter" than maybe I would worry more about the historical issue but...
So. It is too reddish to my eyes but later it will fade and change. I sprayed a light gloss cote to prepare for the markings but the pics are "before-cote".
Regarding the paint: AmmoMIG paint is OK for large surface painting but it was really annoying to use it with the 0.2mm needle for precision painting. Every 20 second it clogged the needle (though I used its own thinner in 2 parts paint : 1 part thinner ratio) - the finish is nice, and it levels smoothly but I hate when I have to stop to clear the needle or when sudden "bubbles" burst out of the airbrush and make spider-like results which are hard to correct. Nonetheless the basic painting is finished. Now let's get to the weathering. Not too much as I don't like nowadays' trend of over-weathering everything - covering details with mud saying "the real vehicles are really dirty". But these are models. And I like to see the details not the mud effects :)


2017. március 26., vasárnap

Playing with camo schemes


Which to choose? Life is full of tough decisions. BTW a simple drawing app on the iPad can turn out to be very useful.

2017. március 21., kedd

Green on

The camo green is sprayed on. I used Gunze H405 and just had some nostalgic feeling about Gunze paints. So smooth and nice finish, no problem with clogging (Vallejo, Mig does clog at least for me) and best choice for fine lines (I think I'll paint my 1/72 Tiger I with this, too. Once I get to assemble that little cat). Not 100% satisfied with the pattern but will correct it with the brown - it was a hard decision what camo to paint. Finally I just thought that as no specific unit or no specific vehicle is modelled, why not try some imaginary camo pattern? I hope will turn out nicely. With these two colors on I just wonder how well this pattern breaks the silhouette of the Jagdpanzer IV.
In the meantime some ammo-loading crew figures and some waffen-ss soldiers were bought. Not decided about the final setup (and still... I have NO finished diorama yet, so this would be the first if I could manage to finish it) but as I have nice ammo and nice ammo loading crew it seems quite sure that somebody will load ammo at the end :)

2017. március 13., hétfő

Weekend painting

I had 3 full hours free this weekend. Used it well, base coats are painted on both the Leopard and the Jagdpanzer IV. Leo was painted with Vallejo NATO Green primer. It has a very nice smooth finish but is a bit annoying as it clogs the airbrush even in diluted form. At the end I "over-diluted" it resulting in ugly side armor plates that has to be repainted. But overall the paint is OK and both the hull and the turret looks cool. Now I try to find out: how to paint the three-tone camo... that question applies to the Jagdpanzer as well. 
It was painted with the Ammo MIG late war paint set. No pre-shading. No tricky modulation techniques. Just the paint. It is a bit too light to me, has some satinish finish but there was no problem with it otherwise. Green and redbrown is undecided - maybe I'll use my good old Gunze paints... 

2017. február 23., csütörtök

Jagdpanzer IV --> 99.5%

I love this beast. One of my favourite WWII vehicles with its low profile and dangerous gun. The build is almost ready. Really few parts need to be glued on - spare wheels, convoy light, a few links of spare tracks to the rear deck holder, chains and... and it seems, nothing else. I hope next week it will be primed and painting will start.

2017. február 13., hétfő

Deck OK

It seems that all the shiny PE parts are done and the tools are on the engine deck. Now twentysomething tiny loops remained to be glued for the canvas around the superstructure and I can say that the building phase is finished. Slow build, indeed.

The PE was a mixed selection. The Eduard is not 100% so I used Griffon tool clamps and Aber parts (the jack holder).


2017. január 22., vasárnap

13 weeks

Exactly one quarter of the year is ahead to finish the Jagdpanzer. For the lucky modellers it takes only a few hours or days but for me even this superb Tamiya "shake and glue" kit is taking far too long time. But still 13 weeks to go - I'd like to finish my first armorama campaign...
On the other hand I open every second day the box of the T-35... what a huge beast. What a job that will be...

2017. január 16., hétfő

Kind of a bad month behind me. I had no time for my favourite free-time activities: modeling and WoT. But one reason to be optimistic: I started to run again, 2-3 times a week - unfortunately this is possible only when the kids are in bed - so I take my shoes at 9:00 PM. That is why no time for other, less healty (physically) activities. But some PE work was made: