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WIP - Beutepanzer T-34/747r (Academy 1/35)

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WIP - Beutepanzer T-34/747r (Academy 1/35)
Posted by Hobbie on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 2:59 AM

Building my first tank in a very long time ; I had my eyes on the Academy Beutepanzer for a while at my local dealer! The T-34 on german colors makes an interesting subject. I went straight from the box with no aftermarket.

Working with some documentation (a great website called ), I elected to make it as an element of 2nd SS Panzerdivision "Das Reich" at Kursk in 1943 (there is a diorama in the works but first things first... let's start with not ruining this)

Most pictures in my possession showed Das Reich's T-34s without the added commander cupola and additional fuel tanks on the back, and stowage boxes on the sides (not included). I was about to go for it, minus the stowage boxes. Unfortunately the standard hatch that should go where the commander cupola is is not included in the Academy kit.

I eventually found one picture of a Das Reich T-34 with the added cupola, so I decided I could work my way a little around known reality and still make a rather historically correct model even though I doesn't reproduce one particular machine. As all of this consists of improvisation and field work, it is believable to find different options from one machine to another.

My main problem is the markings ; nothing in the kit's decals fits and not enough was found in my old stash (I basically need two sets of four large turret numbers, red on white or black on white). I tried to cut out a template in tamiya tape but a test proved to me that it won't work and look childish. Bummer. I'll have to spend some bucks on eBay...

The photoetched part also wasn't perfectly handled ; instant glue made a mess and filled some holes in the net, which shows after painting... Bang Head

This is also my first airbrush work on armor ; I'm mostly following the basics of this tutorial video :

So, NATO black priming, white on the panels, then a Tamiya Dark Yellow base coat.


I'm mildly satisfied so far. I forgot to switch needles on my airbrush before filling the can for white panel shading (and my dilution was too light) ; you could still see the shading work with the base coat though but it could have been better and subtler.

Unfortunately, I think I've been a little too heavy handed on the striping work, even though I wasn't trying to replicate the thin stripes of the video. I was afraid to get too close and sprayed from too far away before realising I could go closer without making splotches! I'm still considering reworking my way around the stripes with dark yellow but I'm not sure... I think it could pass...


Actually, I'm starting to wonder why I bother showing you this Clown


Anyway, I'm stuck without decals, so I think I'm gonna start working my way around the tracks before markings and weathering... I think I will at least basecoat them with dark red brown on the sprues before assembling, but I'm open to any suggestion.

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Posted by Hobbie on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 1:43 AM

After some afterthought, I elected to rework the striping work and went into a late session ; I think it looks better, even though the camo scheme isn't the most accurate... I think it should do...


Wheels were dryfitted ; pictures of the Das Reich's T-34s showed rubbered wheels all over, I indulged in two different types to make it look a little less dull.

Next are the tracks and some chipping... waiting for the decals.

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Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 11:32 AM

Looks pretty darn good to me! The guys putting the camo on probably weren't too picky about getting it perfect in any case. 

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


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Posted by Hobbie on Sunday, September 30, 2018 5:09 PM

Thanks Gamera! :)

Getting closer to the finishing line... I'm learning but this is sloppy (or sometimes botched) and far from being as good as I would have liked to...

The Balkenkreuz were done with homemade templates ; the symetry got a little awry, my hands started shaking badly and I didn't manage to get the black cross stencil perfectly centered...

Turret numbers were Archer dry transfers ; messed them up on the first try on the side of the turret who, in the long run, shouldn't be too much exposed... still looks botched. I'll try to find some cheat to cover it up.

I also noticed too late that the numbers on the other side were oddly positioned.. too late and no way to cover it up.

The tracks gave me some trouble and are still far from perfect, but they will do... Next time, I'll glue and paint the wheels and tracks, mask them then go to work on the rest of the tank...

I tried Andy's chipping technique on the edges, trying to not overdo it... it's ok but still lacks mastering. You still can see that it should look good if correctly applied!

I think a little more weathering could do some good, not too much... I'll sleep on that thought.

Next, still following Andy's tutorial, I should apply heavily diluted Tamiya Buff all over to blend everything together - the numbers still pop out too much.

And finally dirty up the tracks, wheels, and bottom... I got some MIG "Kursk soil" pigments and old CMK dry pigments... but I'll need some more testing before applying.

Hatches are not glued, as they should be positionned opened when the whole thing will be finished.


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Posted by 1943Mike on Sunday, September 30, 2018 10:11 PM

You do what I've done when I've posted my WIP .. point out all your shortcomings/errors/misteps. However, in my case, the errors/mistakes really do show up Sad. When I look at your work I just don't see anything but a fine build.

To be perfectly frank, I think you've done a wonderful job on this build. The caveat being that I know next to nothing about armor. Nonetheless, it looks great!

Looking forward to the finish.


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Posted by Bish on Monday, October 01, 2018 4:28 AM

Thats comeing along nicely, a coat of very thin buff will look good there.

I am not a fan of modulation or chipping and glad to see you have not gone heavy with either, its to easy when people start building armour to get drawn into the current trend. Really looking forwardto seeing this done.

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Posted by Gamera on Monday, October 01, 2018 11:52 AM

Looks pretty darn good to me! 

I know judges tend to be anal about everything being perfect but frankly the camo, numbers etc were often applied by the crew in the field with minimal equipment and time. They probably were more worried about just making sure the tank would be shot at by the right side than doing a perfect job.  

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Posted by Hobbie on Wednesday, October 03, 2018 2:04 AM

Thanks a lot for your kind words, guys!

I honestly think the result ain't awful but I rather point out my shortcomings, knowing where I screwed up and hopefully tip anyone who would stumble onto it :-) Plus, I look up to really crazy good modellers since my childhood so I know I have nothing to brag about! Propeller

Lessons learned :

- Paint and assemble the whole suspension/wheels and tracks before glueing the two halves of the hull, then mask it before doing the paintjob ; but on this, once again, any other advice is welcome! 

- Don't be shy about paint dilution ; I have repeated grainy results, I finally understood why : not enough thinner... it sprayed well but the finish looks to grainy/sandy ;

- Get close to paint the stripes ; it all boils down to control your airbrush and not spray too much paint with too much speed (it happened but thankfully I was able to clean it up) ;


I'm calling it done, just need a dull coat - I got rattlecan Vallejo acrylic, but I'll see about that...

I made a big mess on the photoetch as you can see...



I reworked the chipping a little, nothing fancy, just enough to mark the sharp edges and scratches. Could have been better, I applied the "cleared base color" in too small  spots so the darker color that is supposed to add depth doesn't pop out enough ; it worked perfectly near the driver's hatch!

I sprayed heavily thinned Tamiya XF57 buff all over to blend everything together, from good distance - tutorial recommands 12/15 inches (30 cm) but I'm pretty sure I was closer. I was afraid to ruin the whole work so I didn't push it. I'm honestly not sure it really shows!

Still needs some dirtying up - I dabbled with tamiya Soil texture, added some on the wheels, but I'll wait before working with pigments and really put some dirt.

Should also add some goodies on the sides, like canteens, helmets, tarps... we'll see about that. It's usually when the job is done that you start overdo things and ruin the final result.

I relaxed and took an hour to work on a Bordführer ; it's an old Dragon figure that I bought in the 90's when it came out, I messed it up a lot through time and am trying to save it for practice my chops. The pose is perfect, so maybe a good paintjob might save it! I'll buy that kit again anyway, but if can still use what I didn't throw away...!

The pea pattern is coming along nicely and I frankly enjoyed it now that I understood how it works. A fine enough brush is all you need!



I'll also need to put together a driver figure that will fit and mask the empty bowels of the beast. I'm working on it...

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Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, October 03, 2018 12:00 PM

She looks good!!! 

And great job on the commander's camo overalls. Yes

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