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Latest model...!
Posted by djmodels1999 on Sunday, March 9, 2003 4:03 PM
Here's my latest... It's the A7V from Emhar, 1/72. Lovely kit, and interesting subject (more than I first thought!). I'll buy another onr to do a 'female' tank and maybe yet another one to do the munition carrier vehicle based upon the chassis... if I find the drawings, that is!



And this is for Bayonet Recon's benefit... just finished too!



Time to work some more on the F-18 now...Dead [xx(]

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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, March 9, 2003 4:31 PM
nice tank
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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, March 9, 2003 5:18 PM
I've always thought those first tanks used in WWI were interesting. But I have to admit that I wasn't familiar with the terms "male" or "female" used in conjunction with tanks. So I had to look it up.

I found my answer on this web page (which was interesting):

WWI Tanks, The Ancestors.
This vehicle was called Male or Female depending on its weaponry (guns and MG for the male version, machine guns only for the female).

I also found this article which focused on a method for painting hard-edged camoflauge finishes. The model used to illustrate this was the same one - the AV7.

Painting Small Scale Armor - Part Two by Brett Green
The subject for these techniques is Emhar's 1/72 scale A7V WWI Sturmpanzer. This is a very simple little kit with only 30 plastic parts, but the detail is neverthless very good.

I really like this one photo which shows how small (or big) it is.
http://www.scaleworkshop.com/workshop/images/a7vconstructionbg_17.jpg

Anyways, enough of my ramblings...

It looks very nice! Very nice paint job on that. How long did it take you to complete that? From the one article, it seems like the greatest challenge would come from painting it rather than putting it together. Just curious, what did you use for the base?

Nice LotR figure. Wink [;)]
Was that from the magazine?
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Posted by djmodels1999 on Monday, March 10, 2003 2:15 AM
Bayonet Recon, I bought the tank last on Saturday 1st of March, and finished it on 9th of March. I must have spent about 20 hours on it, most of it in the painting/weathering stages (so many bolts!). I'd greatly recommend this kit to anyone looking for a change, although care must be taken in the assembly, or one might end up with gaps all over and spend hours filling them in. I used milliput filler in only two little areas. Most A7V (only 20 were built) were rarely on the front, because the state of the ground in that trench and crater filled landscape was not very suitable for this machine, but from all accounts, when the conditions were right, the A7V were apparently very superior to the Mk IV and St Chamond that the Brits and the French used. Only the Renault FT was considered superior, although it did not match the A7V armement...

Thanks for the links, I had not come across them in my earlier searches. It's always useful, since I'm planning a few more of those.

The painting was done with an airbrush for the sand colour (over a spray applied primer coat), then with brushes for the reddish brown and green. The flash of the picture make them look brighter than they really are. Next came the German crosses and the name of the tank (Cyklop), that can't be seen in this shot. I do not like using decals on small scale AFV, so those were painted in a weak white and a very dark grey (pure colors would stand out too much). All that was done with Revell and Humbrol enamels. I then applied washes (watercolors): burnt sienna and sepia; this is followed by weathering (acrylics): sand, light sand, then white. After 2 days, I then use artist oils to replicate all the stains, spills, exhaust dirt. Finally, a light dusting (with the aibrush) of Humbrol 29 Dark Earth completes the weathering and the model.

The actual camoflage shown here might not be very exact, but it is based upon a colour drawing that appeared in the French magazine 'SteelMasters' a couple of months ago. It is supposed to represent 'Cyclop' in early June 1918. Apparently, A7V were often repainted and repaired, so my weathering might well be too heavy... But it looks good.

The base is made of a plaster Paris / PVA glue / Water / Dark Brown acrylic paint mix, applied with a very old brush. The tank is added while the plaster is still fairly fresh (I added pins in the bottom of the track to secure the model into the wooden base I used). The same mixture is added to the tank to represent mud splatterings on the tank. Once dry, I gave the ground two heavy washes (water-based sepia / water / vinegar / washing up liquid), then a third directly around the tank to give that area a slightly 'wetter' look. It is then drybrushed with a very light sand color (artist's oil).

That's it! Probably not a prize winner, but I had a lot of fun building it..!
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, March 10, 2003 10:05 AM
Looks good to me DJ.

M.
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, March 10, 2003 11:05 AM
Good job on that a7v!That's another goody I'm trying to get my greedy mitts on!It would be all to cool if some companies like Tamiya,afv Club,and so on would pay more attention to wwII armor,especialy in 1/35 scale.This subject in 1/35th and of HIGH quality would be a blessing for all of us armor freaks.
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Posted by djmodels1999 on Monday, March 10, 2003 1:36 PM
you know, C.M.S, that this A7V is available in 1/35??? An italian company, Tauro Models, released it back in the '80s. I believe it's not yet a collector's item, and some are still lurking around somewhere. Having said that, it's not Tamiya quality, but from what I remember, it looked right.

Emhar also produces a number of other WWI tanks, both in 1/72 and 1/35, including the MkIV male and female and the Whippet. They've all had decent reviews.

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