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Italaerei Fiat-Ansaldo M13/40 Italian “Medium” tank

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Posted by modelcrazy on Wednesday, August 09, 2017 11:52 AM

What an awesome resource, thanks Stick

GP?, see what I mean?

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Posted by Got Plastic? on Wednesday, August 09, 2017 12:05 PM

modelcrazy

What an awesome resource, thanks Stick

GP?, see what I mean?

 

Steve -

Absolutely know what you mean. A lot of great knowledge and experience here. I am going to enjoy the builds and communicating about history and military history with everyone. I only served 4 years in the Army...but I enjoy reading and researching the history of militaries of the world. Looking forward to the final stages of your build/dio.

Stik - 

Thank you for the information on the Life archives. I will definitely be adding that to my library of research and information.

Chris

 

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Posted by Got Plastic? on Wednesday, August 09, 2017 12:44 PM

stikpusher

 

 
Got Plastic?

 

Stikpusher - 

 

Great photo....is that a Semovente 18 M41? That is such a great photo. Tunisia has a lot of history behind it. I remeber reading during the Roman period it went through a large developement. The economy increased due to the boom of agriculture and fertile soils. 

 

 

 

Yes, that is a Semovente. There are lots of good photos in the Life archives from the winter and spring of 1943 taken during the fighting there. Many of them in gorgeous color like that one. Tunisia is quite rich in history, from ancient times until today. And from what I can tell from photos (I've never been there but would love to visit one day) it has a wide variety of terrain. Barren flat desert, mountains and valleys, and fertile farming areas. 

 

Stik - 

That would be something if you could travel to that area. And you are absolutely correct about it being very rich in history. From the ruins of Carthage to their final independence in 1956 they have an immense history. I hope you can make it there one day.

Steve - 

I apologize for highjacking your build thread with this. I just got caught up with what Stik had brought to the conversation. I am sorry.

Chris

 

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Posted by modelcrazy on Thursday, August 10, 2017 9:54 AM

After Stick's picture I HAD to go back and add some more color. I added some ground cover with some tiny yellow flowers, installed the tank and all the clutter around the vehicle. The crew either took off after being tracked due to being overrun or was captured. The site was looted since the event and is now being contested again.

I just need to work on the GIs and I think I need to add something in the create. It looks too empty.

The camera shows the color a little too yellow. Once I'm done I'll take some pics outside.

Steve

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Posted by Gamera on Thursday, August 10, 2017 11:12 AM

That looks great! I really need to try something like that instead of just another flat board for a base. 

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Posted by Got Plastic? on Thursday, August 10, 2017 11:16 AM

Steve - 

That little extra add on looks great Steve. And I agree with you, outdoor photos will definitely highlight your efforts. Awesome dio sir!

Chris

 

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Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, August 10, 2017 11:20 AM

The base is looking super now! The additional scrub brush helps I think. I will add two critiques regarding the Jerry cans- 1, they need the third handle added between the two on the top, that old set does not have them molded in as they should... 2, if tied down to the side, the should run parallel to the tracks resting on top of the fenders, projecting out like that they are more likely to get damaged or knocked off. You could even add another few on the engine deck... and perhaps some sandbags to the frontal area

 

 

 

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Posted by modelcrazy on Thursday, August 10, 2017 11:38 AM

I can move the cans no problem. They are only attached by the line and are hanging free. As far as the three handled ones there’s not much I can do baring scratching an extra handle. I'll leave them as they are for this build. There’s so much going on in the scene that most wouldn't notice. Do you have any ideas of what I can put in the create that would be left after looting?

 

Sandbags Oops I forgot sandbags! I bought some Milliput just for that. I'll make some tonight. I do have extra track I can slap on too.

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Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, August 10, 2017 5:25 PM

modelcrazy

I can move the cans no problem. They are only attached by the line and are hanging free. As far as the three handled ones there’s not much I can do baring scratching an extra handle. I'll leave them as they are for this build. There’s so much going on in the scene that most wouldn't notice. Do you have any ideas of what I can put in the create that would be left after looting?

 

Sandbags Oops I forgot sandbags! I bought some Milliput just for that. I'll make some tonight. I do have extra track I can slap on too.

 

Id say some ration cans and perhaps bottles, and magazines for the machine guns like in this photo... 

 

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Posted by modelcrazy on Thursday, August 10, 2017 10:58 PM

I went with the welded on strap for the cans. I also hung a couple on the back as well as a bucket. I also hung some track on the left side of the turret and made brackets for the removed track on the right side. I made a few sandbags but not real happy with them. I think they are too big, but next to the GI figures they don't look too bad. They are my first try at making epoxy putty bags. I'll get better at it.

Tomorrow night I really need to get to the GIs as long as Stick dosn't point something else out LOL. I also need to work on something to toss in the create.

Seriously though, I want to thank you Stick for watching so closely and helping me to become a better armor modler Big Smile

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Posted by Got Plastic? on Friday, August 11, 2017 8:03 AM

modelcrazy

I went with the welded on strap for the cans. I also hung a couple on the back as well as a bucket. I also hung some track on the left side of the turret and made brackets for the removed track on the right side. I made a few sandbags but not real happy with them. I think they are too big, but next to the GI figures they don't look too bad. They are my first try at making epoxy putty bags. I'll get better at it.

Tomorrow night I really need to get to the GIs as long as Stick dosn't point something else out LOL. I also need to work on something to toss in the create.

Seriously though, I want to thank you Stick for watching so closely and helping me to become a better armor modler Big Smile

 

Steve - 

With those little observations Stik pointed out your build is looking amazing. You have done a great job highlighting those items.

Chris

 

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Posted by modelcrazy on Friday, August 11, 2017 8:12 AM

Thanks Chris. We'll see how the sandbags turn out after some paint.

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Posted by Gamera on Friday, August 11, 2017 8:48 AM

Hey Steve, hate to say this- you can yell at me if you want here. But in the bottom photo the second sandbag from the left side of the tank looks like it's partly blocking the driver's vision slit. Unless the idea is the driver ran over the mine because he couldn't see where he was going you might want to try to smoosh the sandbag down a little if it's still wet.

Sorry..... Embarrassed  

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Posted by ManCityFan on Friday, August 11, 2017 8:48 AM

That is looking GREAT.  It will be even better when you get the figures done.

I really appreciate when Stik lets me know that something "ain't quite right".  His level of knowledge is pretty remarkable.

Sounds like you are having fun with this dio.  I suspect there will be more 1/35 kits in your future.

D

Dwayne or Dman or just D.  All comments are welcome on my builds. 

 

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Posted by modelcrazy on Friday, August 11, 2017 8:57 AM

Gam,

Yep, but it's the tied end of the bag. I knew that when I placed it but the vehicle has been there for a week or two, the site has been looted and the crew was working on it before they disappeared. So things may have shifted a bit, so I though what the heck....besides, it's hard now.

D,

Thanks, Stick is an invaluable source of info on just about anything I work on. Especially if you want to get it right.

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Posted by Gamera on Friday, August 11, 2017 9:13 AM

modelcrazy

Gam,

Yep, but it's the tied end of the bag. I knew that when I placed it but the vehicle has been there for a week or two, the site has been looted and the crew was working on it before they disappeared. So things may have shifted a bit, so I though what the heck....besides, it's hard now.

D,

Thanks, Stick is an invaluable source of info on just about anything I work on. Especially if you want to get it right.

 

Awesome! When you referred to painting them I'd assumed they'd dried and after all that work I really didn't want to point out that to you! I'd hate to see you pry them up and try to move them now. All's well that ends well! Big Smile  

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Posted by stikpusher on Friday, August 11, 2017 2:46 PM

MC, you are dead on target now! That looks perfect for a derelict vehicle that has been somewhat picked over...

think of these guys...

 

 

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Posted by modelcrazy on Friday, August 11, 2017 3:11 PM

Yeah, I think on one of the starting scenes in Patton, where the locals are looting the GI's at Kasserine and run away when Bradly arives.

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Posted by disastermaster on Friday, August 11, 2017 3:33 PM

OK,  think of THESE guys..........

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Posted by CapnMac82 on Friday, August 11, 2017 11:45 PM

stikpusher

think of these guys...

That scene (rather a lot of the Tatoine scenes) were shot in Tunisia, whic makes screen shots like this ferrtile ground for those modeling the north African deserts.

(Just remember that there's only the one sun in the sky over the north African desert Smile )

 

 

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Posted by stikpusher on Saturday, August 12, 2017 12:05 AM

CapnMac82

 

 
stikpusher

think of these guys...

 

 

That scene (rather a lot of the Tatoine scenes) were shot in Tunisia, whic makes screen shots like this ferrtile ground for those modeling the north African deserts.

(Just remember that there's only the one sun in the sky over the north African desert Smile )

 

 

 

that portion was filmed in Death Valley, CA. Tunisia was the location for Mos Eisly and the moisture farm locales.

 

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Posted by modelcrazy on Friday, August 18, 2017 7:58 AM

I've been a little sidetracked this week but have still been able toget some paint on the GIs. I have a few more things to do to them. I want to get everything done for our local contest in Sep.

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Posted by acctingman on Friday, August 18, 2017 8:57 AM

Hi modelcrazy

I come here often and I'm constantly amazed at the talent of all you pro's. Being a total noob myself and JUST starting out on a couple kits I'm just floored to see some of the weathering done here.

Your example here is breath taking. It begs me to "beg" you!

How did you do the weathering on this beauty? I'm trying to learn as much as I can from examples such as yours. I know it will take years of practice!

Thank you!

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Posted by modelcrazy on Friday, August 18, 2017 9:28 AM

Thank you acctingman,

You'll pick it up quicker than you think. I just keep adding until layers until I'm happy with it.

I started with a black base coat then sprayed a Vallejo sand color. I kept adding light coats so I didn't cover the black entirely. I then added some areas of Panzer Grey for chipping using a torn off piece of foam.

Using oils, I added small areas of oil stains and a small amount of rust (doesn’t rain much in the desert). Areas such as mechanical joints for oil stains and areas where there may be rust forming.

I then added the tarp, rags and such using tissue paper wetted with thinned PVA glue.

I then added pigments using a wetted brush and pulled the pigments down for streaking. Finally, I applied pigments for the dusting that would happen in the desert and sprayed everything with dull lacquer.

I pretty much play it by ear and add layers. Some time I thing I messed it up but going back after a time it actually looked alright.

I have really learned a lot form watching various YouTubers and incorporating some of their techniques with mine.

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Posted by acctingman on Friday, August 18, 2017 10:12 AM

Thank you for sharing your knowledge! Bow Down

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Posted by Gamera on Friday, August 18, 2017 11:03 AM

Lookin' good. Great to see you in the home stretch. 

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Friday, August 18, 2017 4:35 PM

Great progress Steve, almost there!

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Posted by Bish on Friday, August 18, 2017 4:45 PM

Coming on really well Steve.

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Posted by modelcrazy on Saturday, August 19, 2017 12:16 PM

Gam, PJ and Bish, thank you.

I completed the GIs last night. This build just kept going. From my first idea of just the tank by itself on a base, then wanting to add a desert scene, then breaking a track and having to show it tracked to what the final result is. This was a nice kit especially for its age. It begged for additional detail inside the turret and engine compartment. There is an engine for sale but I wasn't going to spend the money, backtrack and add it in.

Hopefully it will do well at the contest.

I hope you enjoyed this build and I will be starting another tank, either 1/72 or 1/35 soon. Maybe a SdKfz 9/18 halftrack towing a 105mm howitzer.

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Posted by M1GarandFan on Saturday, August 19, 2017 12:27 PM

I think you've done great job on the whole project. It looks wonderful. Good luck at the contest.

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