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Dragon 1/72 Challenger 2 - FINISHED! Photos Pg.2

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  • Member since
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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Wednesday, December 05, 2018 2:43 PM

Looks very nice, look forward to the main paint goign on.

Always liked these tanks, great bit of kit. Just what you want on your side in Basra, a bit of 120 HESH does wounders.

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

On the bench: Hasegawa 1/72nd Ju 188A

                      Fine Molds 1/72nd Me 410

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  • From: Sunny So. Cal... The OC
Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, December 05, 2018 8:31 PM

Bish

Looks very nice, look forward to the main paint goign on.

Always liked these tanks, great bit of kit. Just what you want on your side in Basra, a bit of 120 HESH does wounders.

 

Thanks Bish. I can only imagine how a 120mm HESH can help with attitude adjustment for the bad guys...

 

So no major update for today- just a simple airbrush session to complete the black basing...

 

 

 

 

 

Real painting will begin tomorrow....

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

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  • From: Sunny So. Cal... The OC
Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, December 06, 2018 1:45 PM

I let my inner maddog out... yup, our own Duke Maddog turned me on to Silly Putty as a masking agent. This little guy used one whole “egg” to mask up. I guess that I need another or two...

 

 

and on the suggestion of Bish, I went with Tamiya NATO Green. Seeing how he is a British Army veteran, I’ll take his advice....

 

 

I’ll get more photos up after the masking is removed...

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

  • Member since
    July, 2004
  • From: Sunny So. Cal... The OC
Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, December 06, 2018 10:51 PM

So here is my Chally 2 with the masking off....

 

 

 

 

 

Up next, final touches...

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Friday, December 07, 2018 2:03 AM

Now that looks the buisness, very nice. Camo has come out really well.

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

On the bench: Hasegawa 1/72nd Ju 188A

                      Fine Molds 1/72nd Me 410

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  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Friday, December 07, 2018 8:58 AM
Beautiful work so far Stik

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Posted by stikpusher on Friday, December 07, 2018 3:32 PM

Bish and Tojo, thank you. It’s nice to have the end of the road in sight here...

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

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  • Member since
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  • From: Sunny So. Cal... The OC
Posted by stikpusher on Friday, December 07, 2018 9:52 PM

Today’s update- drybrushing and detail painting with enamels...

 

 

 

 

 

tomorrow I ought to be able to finish this up....

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Saturday, December 08, 2018 12:45 AM

Real nice, that last stage has really brought out that green, it looks just right. The amber light on top, is that a clear piece or solid?

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

On the bench: Hasegawa 1/72nd Ju 188A

                      Fine Molds 1/72nd Me 410

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  • From: Sunny So. Cal... The OC
Posted by stikpusher on Saturday, December 08, 2018 9:12 AM

Thanks Bish. I need to work on my black basing. I thinned the green to 50% here, but it still seems a bit too much in the photos. It does show a bit better in person. So the dry brushing really helped. The whoopie light is a solid piece. I painted that with Testors gloss orange. I’ll put a clear coat of Tamiya clear yellow over that today, and some clear red over the vision ports blue base color. Hopefully that will give the look of the anti laser coating.

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Saturday, December 08, 2018 12:44 PM

I still can't get the hang on black bashing. The light has come out really well, could have sworn that was a clear piece.

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

On the bench: Hasegawa 1/72nd Ju 188A

                      Fine Molds 1/72nd Me 410

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  • From: Sunny So. Cal... The OC
Posted by stikpusher on Saturday, December 08, 2018 2:25 PM

Bish

I still can't get the hang on black bashing. The light has come out really well, could have sworn that was a clear piece.

 

You and me both on the black basing technique. One of these days I’ll get it right.

As far as the light goes, that’s just the photo. In person it looked solid orange. Although now it looks better with a coat of clear yellow over that.

Im all done with this project now, just letting the final paint work dry before I do photos.

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

  • Member since
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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Saturday, December 08, 2018 2:31 PM

Look forward to the final result.

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

On the bench: Hasegawa 1/72nd Ju 188A

                      Fine Molds 1/72nd Me 410

  • Member since
    July, 2004
  • From: Sunny So. Cal... The OC
Posted by stikpusher on Saturday, December 08, 2018 3:09 PM

Ok, I’m calling this one done. I have a base in the works for it, but that will be a few more days down the road as I go back to work tomorrow. Anyways here is how she looks for now...

 

 

 

I’ll get a proper completed photo batch up when I can... Off to AMPS in a bit here...

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Saturday, December 08, 2018 3:18 PM

Spot on Stik, really well done. Curious tehre are no markings though, did the kit not have decals.

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

On the bench: Hasegawa 1/72nd Ju 188A

                      Fine Molds 1/72nd Me 410

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  • From: Sunny So. Cal... The OC
Posted by stikpusher on Saturday, December 08, 2018 3:39 PM

Thanks Bish.

No on the decals, no markings of any sort included. Seeing how I got the kit for free to participate in our club’s online group build, I won’t complain one bit about that. 

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Saturday, December 08, 2018 4:08 PM

No, deffinetly not somthing to complain about.

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

On the bench: Hasegawa 1/72nd Ju 188A

                      Fine Molds 1/72nd Me 410

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Sunday, December 09, 2018 3:00 PM

Really cool, love how the camo came out!

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

 

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  • From: Sunny So. Cal... The OC
Posted by stikpusher on Sunday, December 09, 2018 3:11 PM

Thanks Gamera... I sure gained a new level of respect for those who specialize in 1/72 armor after working on this project... just because it’s smaller does not make it easier...

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

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Posted by TheMongoose on Monday, December 10, 2018 10:17 PM

Excellent work, it really pops after the drybrushing. props for your skills in this scale as wellBeer 

In the pattern: 1/32 BaaBaa Black Sheep Corsair for a tribute build!

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  • From: Sunny So. Cal... The OC
Posted by stikpusher on Monday, December 10, 2018 10:50 PM

Thank you Mongoose! You can never go wrong with classic techniques like dry brushing...

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

  • Member since
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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 2:46 AM

stikpusher

Thank you Mongoose! You can never go wrong with classic techniques like dry brushing...

 

Amen to that.

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

On the bench: Hasegawa 1/72nd Ju 188A

                      Fine Molds 1/72nd Me 410

  • Member since
    July, 2004
  • From: Sunny So. Cal... The OC
Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 8:48 AM

Better finished photos!

 

My first 1/72 armor build since the early 1980’s. Let’s just say that I was quite impressed by this beautifully detailed kit. It even included PE for some of the engine grills and some access plates on the upper forward hull. A real fun build!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

some detail shots

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for looking, comments and critiques welcome.

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

  • Member since
    April, 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 8:53 AM

That is really cool.  Weather/spatter looks great.  I think I'd have to bump up my optivisor at that scale.  

Thanks,

John

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  • From: Sunny So. Cal... The OC
Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 9:49 AM

Thank you sir. Thankfully my near vision is still good so far. Although I do have one of those swing arm lamps with a central magnifying lens when my eyes are not up to the task...

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

  • Member since
    March, 2003
  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 11:02 AM
Great job,yes that spatter is just right.

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Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 11:12 AM

Gotta agree with everyone else has said, great job! 

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

 

  • Member since
    July, 2004
  • From: Sunny So. Cal... The OC
Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 11:19 AM

Gamera & Tojo, thanks for your kind words. 

Tojo, I did my best to keep it restrained on the weathering. Not to mention that this is the first 1/72 tank that I have ever weathered. I knew that my usual 1/35 methods would be way too much....

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

  • Member since
    September, 2018
  • From: Vancouver, Washington USA
Posted by Sergeant on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 4:14 PM

Interesting model Stikpusher, great finish and just enough weathering in my opinion, looks real... your camo is excellent! Wishing you the best at AMPS.

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  • From: Sunny So. Cal... The OC
Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 4:29 PM

Thank you sergeant. AMPS was fun. We have a great group of guys and every December’s Holiday Meeting is a real blast. 

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

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