I've just been putting the finishing touches to my 'Steel Cat's' GB entry. I built Dragons 1/35 Tiger I Ausf E With Zim which was a superb kit.
I used Friuls for the Tracks and replaced the kit barrel for an RB job. Basecoat was the usual Tamiya 50/50 mix of Dark Yellow/Deck Tan. The Rotbraun and Olivgrun used to make up the cammo was Vallejo Model Air - my first time using it and I'm sold! This stuff is great through the airbrush! I'm slowly phasing out the bulk of my Tamiya paints to be replaced with Vallejo Model Colour and Panzer Aces for brush painting work but nothing touches the good old Tamiya Dark Yellow/Deck Tan mix for a decent basecoat!
Weathering was all AK and Mig pigments - mainly AK Streaking Grimes but the main wash to tone it all down following painting was a simple W&N Raw Umber Oil wash. Black Soot pigment was used on the Mufflers, Russian earth Pigment was flowed around the Friuls as when it dries it dries to a really nice dry mud colour - I blackened the Friuls first using AK's Burnishing Fluid.
The build will be going onto a small base (the piece of MDF used in these photos) as I'll be taking it to a few shows next year and hopefully put it into a competition or two aswell. I'll be making it up to look like a rocky/rubbly terrain with sparse grassy patches - when the build is screwed in place I'm going to place a few spent 88mm RB Brass Tiger I shell cases with something in the foreground - not sure what yet?
I hope you like her chaps - Tiger I Ausf E (Anzio, Italy 1944):
I hope you like her guys - she's definately my best yet (imo). I've put a lot of time and effort into this, more so than any other build and it really shows.
I'd love to hear any comments/suggestions etc.
Thanks to Tigerman for running a seriously enjoyable GB!
The base will take me up to Christmas - I'm going to be really busy at work now for the rest of the month so won't be choosing a kit from my stash to start now until after Christmas. I have my Dragon Premium Flakpanzer I A, Bronco Comet, Dragon Kharkhov Pz. IV, Dragon Elefant with Zim that I got for my Birthday and the Dragon Late Panther G that I'm getting for Christmas (it arrived the other day but I at least got the chance to have a quick fondle as my parents (and I) wanted to make sure it had arrived intact!
I quite fancy the Elefant but that Panther? Hmmmm?