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German Armor GB 2019-2020

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  • Member since
    January 2013
  • From: Athens, Greece
Posted by Zvezda1980 on Monday, August 12, 2019 3:21 AM

Bish, this is a true beauty shaping up.

Among heavy work time, earthquakes, heatwaves and other distracting events, I managed to finish assembly of the Flakpanzer and its crew.

The hull, tracks and wheels were dusted with a combination of brown/sand dry pastels. Tracks details were then picked up with a 2B pencil.

The base scenery was aurbrushed with several tones of green & green-yellow, until it looked good to the eye.

Tools and spare tracks were added to the hull with the aid of small blobs of white glue.

Some micro details painting and small corrections remain to be done.

The crew commander was placed at the forefront, scanning the horizon with his binoculars. The crew has the guns locked and loaded.

 

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Monday, August 12, 2019 6:45 AM

Cheers Zvezda. Nice work on the Wirbel, like the scene and nice job on the base.

''I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so''

On the bench: Fujim 1/72nd Ju 87R-2/AMT STAP/ Youngs Miniatures 1/10th Templar Bust/Accurate Armour 1/35th SNATCH

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Monday, August 12, 2019 11:19 AM

Zvezda: That looks great! Love the camo and base. Were there any problems getting the figures to fit inside the turret? 

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

 

  • Member since
    January 2013
  • From: Athens, Greece
Posted by Zvezda1980 on Thursday, August 15, 2019 3:42 AM

Gamera: Yes, a little. I had to first install the gunner on his seat, then attach the loaders on their seats with some white glue and finally the guns+gunner assembly was installed & glued inside the turret, adjusting the position of the loaders from above (white glue had not dried yet). Guns assembly was glued by applying thin cement from the lower turret opening and let capillary do its job.

Some detail painting on the tools was done, an antenna of stretched sprue was installed and the kit is proclaimed completed.

 

 

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Thursday, August 15, 2019 7:37 AM

I'm not surprised, they really look scrunched in there. Again great job there, love the camo, figures, and the groundwork. 

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

 

  • Member since
    September 2017
  • From: Netherlands
Posted by Sailing_Dutchman on Sunday, August 18, 2019 3:08 PM

Great work there everybody! I gust got back from my vacation and can now actively participate in this GB again. I have been looking through the past post and am amazed at the quality of the buils that are there. Keep up the good work and I hope to join you in my build soon.

   

  • Member since
    May 2011
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Monday, August 19, 2019 1:12 PM

I felt like doing something mindless, so I assembled the Modelkasten tracks for the Flakvierling.  After an afternoon of work, they were done.

MK's plastic is very hard and brittle, and I noticed some segments I had assembled earlier had stress cracks in the rubber blocks.  So I used liquid cement to grease the blocks on to the pins molded into the track shoes to see if that helped.  I think I just push fit them in earlier.

I have not yet fitted the MK sprocket and wheels, so I left a couple of track segments off to see how the track tension is afterwards.  The sprockets are appreciably smaller than the kit's.

BTW, MK's claim that it is best to snap the tracks off the sprue to get the cleanest break is a bunch of hooey.  You'll get exactly what you would expect from tearing parts off the sprue.

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Saturday, August 24, 2019 7:24 PM

Can't believe its been 2 weeks, but now seeing this coming together. Final parts were added and the inside masked ready for painting.

Next came the paint, decals and a very light dry brush. The kit supplies markings for vehicles in France, Greece and Russia, but i wanted to do one in the Polish campaign. Photo's are few and far between, so i made an assumption. I used the markings for a 1st Pz Div vehicle in France 1940 and simply switched the national markings for the French campign with decals from my /6 for the Polish campaign crosses.

And then a pin wash which gives a nice start for the dusty look i want.

Just got to get the tools wheels, tracks and other bits added and then the final dusting. Next pics should be the final ones.

''I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so''

On the bench: Fujim 1/72nd Ju 87R-2/AMT STAP/ Youngs Miniatures 1/10th Templar Bust/Accurate Armour 1/35th SNATCH

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Saturday, August 31, 2019 10:54 AM

Got the 251 wrapped up last night so time for the final pics. But first a few of the finished vehcile before i fitted it to the base. Final touches were to add all the last parts, some AK dust effects folowed by a flat coat and some pigments.

And then onto the base along with the figures. I also put the rest of the soldiers equipment onto the rails. Despite this being the most figures i have put into a 35th dio, i wanted to keep it compact.

My info on Polish uniforms is none, so i just went with what i could find online and am hoping its ok. Really pleased with this kit, can deffinetly recomend it and will be getting more. This is 251 number 6 on the completed list and really glad to have it.

Thanks for hosting the GB and allwing me to enter this hear. I am hoping to get to a Tiger I before the end of the year, if so i'll add that to the list. Please use which ever pic you like for the front page.

''I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so''

On the bench: Fujim 1/72nd Ju 87R-2/AMT STAP/ Youngs Miniatures 1/10th Templar Bust/Accurate Armour 1/35th SNATCH

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Monday, September 2, 2019 8:30 AM

That's really cool Bish!!! I wouldn't have noticed it as an early model 251 till I looked more closely at the front. Nice to see something a little different. And nice work there on the base and the figures too! 

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

 

  • Member since
    September 2017
  • From: Netherlands
Posted by Sailing_Dutchman on Monday, September 2, 2019 11:25 AM

That is an amazing build Bish! Keep up the great work.Bow Down

   

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Monday, September 2, 2019 2:03 PM

Thanks Gamera. Ye, there is not much differance in the shape between this and the more common Ausf C. It is nice to have these early vehicles to build, my stash is full of C's and D's, so i am really glad to have this on the shelf.

''I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so''

On the bench: Fujim 1/72nd Ju 87R-2/AMT STAP/ Youngs Miniatures 1/10th Templar Bust/Accurate Armour 1/35th SNATCH

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Monday, September 2, 2019 2:05 PM

Thanks Dutchman, and thanks for hosting the GB.

''I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so''

On the bench: Fujim 1/72nd Ju 87R-2/AMT STAP/ Youngs Miniatures 1/10th Templar Bust/Accurate Armour 1/35th SNATCH

  • Member since
    May 2011
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Monday, September 2, 2019 3:16 PM

That’s a nice finish Bish!

I have to get back to the bench.  But I am on Maui at the moment, so no access to my stuff!  “Suffering” at the pool bar drinking a Mai Tai and thinking about modeling...  Darned company retreat.  Wink

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Monday, September 2, 2019 3:38 PM

Thanks G.

Now that sounds like hell, i feel for you.

''I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so''

On the bench: Fujim 1/72nd Ju 87R-2/AMT STAP/ Youngs Miniatures 1/10th Templar Bust/Accurate Armour 1/35th SNATCH

  • Member since
    March 2017
Posted by Armor_Aficionado on Friday, September 6, 2019 10:29 AM

Haven't posted much progress on the King Tiger in a while (got sidetracked by a couple other GBs).  So, the tracks are finally on and I'm finishing up the external stores to apply them soon:

 

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Friday, September 6, 2019 11:12 AM

That looks good!!! Yes

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

 

  • Member since
    March 2017
Posted by Armor_Aficionado on Sunday, September 15, 2019 4:53 PM

Alright, calling the King Tiger DONE!  Added a commander figure from an older Tamiya model, plus a commander's cupola MG from the spares box, and some weathering and camouflage touches.  Dutchman, you can use either the first or last image of this group for the cover photo.  Thanks!

 

  • Member since
    July 2006
  • From: San Francisco Bay Area
Posted by bufflehead on Sunday, September 22, 2019 7:10 PM

Hey Dutch!  I haven't forgotten about this GB!  Had to shut down the bench for a few months while family members temporarily moved in but now the model assembly line is back in production!

First I have to say what a great number of builds that have been completed!  Just had time to review Bish's Sk.Kfz 251, Zvezda's Wirbelwind and AA's King Tiger!  Great work all!

I've finally decided on my entry.  I was reminded by a friend/coworker that I had not built this kit:

I received it as a gift from same coworker back in 2012 and just never got around to building it.  She gently reminded me that I promised to build it and send them pics when done, so there you are!  Please enter this as my build for the GB. 

Progress will be slow at first as I will be working out of town this week, but I'm bringing the kit with me to start the tedious work on those far too many roadwheels!

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Monday, September 23, 2019 11:19 AM

That looks amazing AA!!! Great job there, I love the foliage camo! Sorry it took me a week to congradulate you, I didn't even notice you'd updated.... Embarrassed

 

Ernest: That looks cool! 

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

 

  • Member since
    March 2017
Posted by Armor_Aficionado on Monday, September 23, 2019 3:05 PM
Thanks, Gamera! The leaves are real leaves, punched out using RP Toolz' leaf punches, and the tall grass is old shaving brush bristles. The camouflage netting is from Verlinden.

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 7:53 AM

Oh cool thanks! I picked up one of those leaf punches but haven't gotten a chance to use it yet. Hoping to on my M1A2 Abrams. 

Are you going to post her over on the armour forum?? 

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

 

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Monday, October 14, 2019 9:31 AM

Welp, sat down Sat. and did a marathon painting session with the new airbrush. One of the things I got done was the base coat on the Leopard 2. Did some pre-shading and just a little colour modulation. Not sure if you can tell from the photo, it was overcast all Sunday. 

Hoping I'll still be able to hit the end-date or at least reasonably close. So next couple of days I'll be applying the Silly Putty as mask for the camo pattern. 

  

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

 

  • Member since
    March 2017
Posted by Armor_Aficionado on Monday, November 4, 2019 5:50 AM
I'd like to add another entry to this GB, a kit I've started working on from Revell, a 1/35 scale Pzkw. 35(t). However, I notice my second completed entry, the Revell King Tiger, has not made it to the Completed Entries gallery; can you add it to the Gallery, please? Thanks!

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Monday, November 4, 2019 11:31 AM

Armor_Aficionado
I'd like to add another entry to this GB, a kit I've started working on from Revell, a 1/35 scale Pzkw. 35(t). However, I notice my second completed entry, the Revell King Tiger, has not made it to the Completed Entries gallery; can you add it to the Gallery, please? Thanks!
 

I think Sailing Dutchman said something about moving to the Netherlands or a long extended vacation/holiday there and not having any internet access. I didn't quite get the whole thing but I don't think he's updating this GB anymore.

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

 

  • Member since
    September 2017
  • From: Netherlands
Posted by Sailing_Dutchman on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 10:23 AM

Hello everyone, I was on a vacation in the Netherlands for the past four months and am now living there. I am getting settled in and just finished my SSGB M41(my first model in this country). I have been catching up with the past few months of posts and I think that everything is as it should be. However, my only computer is now a phone so I may have missed something. If your model did not make it onto the roster or gallery please point it out and I will remedy it as soon as possible.

   

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 11:28 AM

Sailing_Dutchman

Hello everyone, I was on a vacation in the Netherlands for the past four months and am now living there. I am getting settled in and just finished my SSGB M41(my first model in this country). I have been catching up with the past few months of posts and I think that everything is as it should be. However, my only computer is now a phone so I may have missed something. If your model did not make it onto the roster or gallery please point it out and I will remedy it as soon as possible.

 

Sorry friend! I don't like speaking for others but just wanted to give AA a head's up for what I thought was going on. Thanks for checking in and giving us the real story. 

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

 

  • Member since
    March 2017
Posted by Armor_Aficionado on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 6:35 PM
Thanks for the update, Dutchman. Yes, if you could add my King Tiger to the Completed roster and add one of my final pics of it (your choice) to the Completed Gallery, that would be great Also, I am entering a third kit, a Revell 1/35 scale Pzkw. 35(t).

  • Member since
    March 2017
Posted by Armor_Aficionado on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 6:39 PM

Work on the latest entry, the Pzkw. 35(t), is progressing nicely:

 

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Thursday, November 7, 2019 11:23 AM

That looks good AA. Yes

 

Dunno if I'll finish in time or not. I finished the black camo on my Leopard 2 but still need to add the brown splotches. And I'm going on vacation/holiday for two weeks so I won't be able to get back to her until late November. 

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

 

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