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Vintage Tamiya Quad and 25pdr
Posted by Tom Hering on Sunday, August 05, 2018 6:22 PM

For my WWII Desert Rats diorama, I used two classic kits from 1974: Tamiya's "Quad Gun Tractor" and "25pdr Field Gun." I replaced the tractor's windows with clear .005 sheet from Evergreen, and added just a few scratch-built details. I also used "Palm Trees Style B" from Pegasus Models. The Pegasus kit contains tropical forest palms, so I modified them to look like desert palms. I mostly build vintage kits, and I like to give them a retro finish. In this case, washes, drybrushing, and detailing with a fine brush. I also like to keep wear-and-tear and weathering to a minimum.

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    November, 2005
  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Sunday, August 05, 2018 8:02 PM

Looks good.

Particularly like the way the various "lines" cross over the diorama.

The spade on the gun needs to be sandbagged, though.

I have a number of memories for that fine old kit, and going back to its release (dang, I'm old).  Only real knock on the kit was the lack of a guy on a field phone (all of the guns in a section were meant to be connected by wired field phones to the section commander.  And that worthy connected to the platoon/battery commander.

The bleow is informational, not criteque.

Becasue of the fickle nature of cameras, monitors, and the like, it's very hard to be hard on color selections.  But, by all accounts the 'Rats were "brown as a nut" to a man; which can be a hard fleshtone to render.

The accounts differ, too, on how much was unhitched when a gun was placed.  Several accounts state that the limber was left hitched up, especially when using the ready service ammo aboard.  All the better to "shoot and scoot."  Otherwise a lorry brought the anno up to the gun--a hundred rounds for an artillery barage is a sizable weight.

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    July, 2004
  • From: Sunny So. Cal... The OC
Posted by stikpusher on Sunday, August 05, 2018 10:57 PM

That looks pretty damn good! A great build of a classic kit.

 

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  • Member since
    April, 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Sunday, August 05, 2018 11:24 PM

Well done.  I've had those two kits in my stash going on 20+ years.  Figures look nice. 

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    June, 2018
  • From: Ohio (USA)
Posted by DRUMS01 on Monday, August 06, 2018 1:11 AM

Nice build.. I too still have one in my stash to build some day.

LOOKS REALLY GOOD...

 

Ben

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  • Member since
    September, 2011
Posted by Tom Hering on Monday, August 06, 2018 7:59 AM

CapnMac82

Looks good.

Particularly like the way the various "lines" cross over the diorama.

The spade on the gun needs to be sandbagged, though.

I have a number of memories for that fine old kit, and going back to its release (dang, I'm old).  Only real knock on the kit was the lack of a guy on a field phone (all of the guns in a section were meant to be connected by wired field phones to the section commander.  And that worthy connected to the platoon/battery commander.

The bleow is informational, not criteque.

Becasue of the fickle nature of cameras, monitors, and the like, it's very hard to be hard on color selections.  But, by all accounts the 'Rats were "brown as a nut" to a man; which can be a hard fleshtone to render.

The accounts differ, too, on how much was unhitched when a gun was placed.  Several accounts state that the limber was left hitched up, especially when using the ready service ammo aboard.  All the better to "shoot and scoot."  Otherwise a lorry brought the anno up to the gun--a hundred rounds for an artillery barage is a sizable weight.

 

 

Thanks for the information. Very interesting. My main concern with any model is "artistic" quality. So I use a lot of artistic license, while trying not to violate reality (research and references) too much.

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    May, 2015
Posted by Griffin25 on Monday, August 06, 2018 1:34 PM

 Really nice diorama. Well laid out. Those palms are excellent.

 

Griffin

  • Member since
    November, 2005
  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Monday, August 06, 2018 9:19 PM

Tom Hering
Thanks for the information. Very interesting. My main concern with any model is "artistic" quality. So I use a lot of artistic license, while trying not to violate reality (research and references) too much.

Which is really what we are all about, doing what makes us happy.

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, August 07, 2018 11:24 AM

Really nice work there!!! Kudos!!! 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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    September, 2011
Posted by Tom Hering on Tuesday, August 07, 2018 3:06 PM

CapnMac82

 

 
Tom Hering
Thanks for the information. Very interesting. My main concern with any model is "artistic" quality. So I use a lot of artistic license, while trying not to violate reality (research and references) too much.

 

Which is really what we are all about, doing what makes us happy.

 

 

Yup. I appreciate - and learn something from - every style of modeling out there. Then I do what I personally find satisfying.

  • Member since
    September, 2011
Posted by Tom Hering on Tuesday, August 07, 2018 3:07 PM

Thank you, everyone, for your very kind comments.

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