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"Their Solemn Duty"
Posted by TigerII on Tuesday, June 22, 2021 3:36 PM

I've started my next diorama. I'm starting with a 1/35 Tamiya Pz III ausf M/N; as an M model. I will be adding an ICM Pz II Luchs, an AFV Club Pak 40 anti-tank gun and an MG 42 machine gun team to start off with, along with crews and figures. Here are some of the WIP pics with some AM parts; like Modelkasten tracks, Eduard PE set and an Aber 20mm metal barrel. As always all comments and critiques are greatly appreciated.

 

Achtung Panzer! Colonel General Heinz Guderian
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Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, June 22, 2021 7:17 PM

The Panzer III looks good! Looking forward to seeing the rest of the dio. 

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

 

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 7:08 AM

Now Sir;

 That is one Clean Looking Build, need more-Please?

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Posted by TigerII on Monday, June 28, 2021 12:44 AM

Hey Gamera & TB, thanks for the comments. Well the Pz III is basically done. Possibly there might be some tweaking. The balkenkreuz are from Archer Fine Transfers and the vehicle numbers and division markings are decals. The figures will come later. Now onto the Pz II Luchs. As always all comments and critiques are greatly appreciated.

 

Achtung Panzer! Colonel General Heinz Guderian
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Posted by keavdog on Monday, June 28, 2021 3:10 AM

wow, looks fantastic.  Nice work - can't wait to see the complete thing.

Thanks,

John

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Posted by Gamera on Monday, June 28, 2021 12:36 PM

Yeah, that's one nice looking Panzer III! Looking forward to the Panzer II and the rest of the dio work.

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

 

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Posted by TigerII on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 10:16 PM

Well I took off for the July 4th holiday. First to give myself a little holiday fun and breather and most importantly July 4th is my wedding anniversary. The big 4-0. The wife and I had a great time. So here are a couple of pics. The Pz II Luchs by ICM and the AM brass barrel which replaced the detail less plastic one. I've primed most of the parts separately and put together the lower hull and now I'll be doing the roadwheels and individual tracks. There will be more pics to follow. I hope everyone had a great July 4th weekend.

 

Achtung Panzer! Colonel General Heinz Guderian
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Posted by Gamera on Thursday, July 8, 2021 8:27 AM

Good luck with the Luchs! I've wondered about how ICM kits fit, I'll cross my fingers for you.

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

 

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Posted by TigerII on Sunday, July 11, 2021 8:43 PM

Gamera

Good luck with the Luchs! I've wondered about how ICM kits fit, I'll cross my fingers for you.

 

Hey G I understand what you mean. You have to pay special attention to certain fits on this kit especially the drive sprockets. I figure the rest of the build should go without a hitch.

Achtung Panzer! Colonel General Heinz Guderian
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Posted by Gamera on Monday, July 12, 2021 5:44 PM

TigerII

 

 
Gamera

Good luck with the Luchs! I've wondered about how ICM kits fit, I'll cross my fingers for you.

 

 

 

Hey G I understand what you mean. You have to pay special attention to certain fits on this kit especially the drive sprockets. I figure the rest of the build should go without a hitch.

 

Cool, as I said crossing my fingers- hope it goes without any issues. 

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

 

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Posted by TigerII on Tuesday, July 13, 2021 11:31 PM

Well I finally finished the tracks. They'll definitely get more weathering, but at least they're on the tank.

 

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Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 9:35 AM

They look perfect to me. Just need a little paint and weathering.

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

 

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Posted by TigerII on Friday, July 23, 2021 12:40 PM

Well I finally finished this "clean" version of the hull. It still needs some serious weathering. I was a bit disappointed with the fit on this kit, but I managed. I also had to kitbash/scratchbuild some parts; especially the antennas. The kit calls for 'string' to be made as cable but I used the twisted 3 wire technique instead and I also have to add the balkenkreuz's. I've begun the turret and should be adding it soon. I'm debating if I should camouflage this tank. I'll cross that bridge when I get to it. As always all comments and critiques are greatly appreciated.

Achtung Panzer! Colonel General Heinz Guderian
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Posted by Dodgy on Sunday, July 25, 2021 1:59 AM

Looks pretty good to me. Looking forward to the next photos.

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Posted by TigerII on Tuesday, July 27, 2021 2:50 PM

Well I can say that the Pz II Luchs is finished. Its been weathered and ready to go. I will add some soot to the exhaust grilles when its ready for the diorama and like the Pz III, the figures will come later. Remember that all comments and critiques are greatly appreciated.

 

Achtung Panzer! Colonel General Heinz Guderian
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Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, July 27, 2021 6:52 PM

She looks really good! Love how the tracks came out. Yes

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

 

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Posted by TigerII on Wednesday, July 28, 2021 9:05 PM

After building two not so difficult tank models. I could've just gone with the standard Tamiya Pak 40, but I thought I'd tackle this Pak 40 from AFV Club. Hopefully it won't be as difficult(sic) as it says on the box. Besides I'll be adding the figures from Warriors to this anti-tank gun. Wish me luck.

 

 

Achtung Panzer! Colonel General Heinz Guderian
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Posted by TigerII on Monday, August 9, 2021 12:22 AM

All I can say for AFV Club's Pak 40 is that its a rabbit hole that Alice wouldn't want to go into; but the gauntlet has been tossed. Next time I'll stick with the ol' reliable Tamiya kit. But I've got some work done on the gun and shield with some; what I feel is, unnecessary components like the extremely small shield bolts. As always all comments and critiques are greatly appreciated.

 

 

Achtung Panzer! Colonel General Heinz Guderian
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Posted by Gamera on Monday, August 9, 2021 8:00 PM

Yow that does look like a pretty serious kit! Think I'll stick to the vintage Tamiya kit too! 

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

 

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Posted by Dodgy on Monday, August 9, 2021 8:07 PM

Oh dear, I have that AFV Club kit in my stash. Still, there are so many other kits in there too I'll probably never get around to it. Great work so far, looking forward to more.

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Posted by TigerII on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 12:12 AM

Well I have some WIP pics along with the base color painted pics and the finished Pak 40. I still need to weather it, but that will come later. This is a good kit I was disappointed with the shield bolts. As always all comments and critiques are greatly appreciated.

Achtung Panzer! Colonel General Heinz Guderian
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Posted by Bakster on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 9:40 AM

So good. Love your work. One of these days I want to build some armor. Hey-- I am moving towards it:

"Modeling a nuclear powered, channeled and chopped, gun turret equipped armored car to haul gold! "

LOL.

Bump

 

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Posted by TigerII on Thursday, September 2, 2021 11:29 PM

Thanks for the comments Bakster. I've been busy with the first six figures of my diorama. I have four Wehrmacht figures from Dragon and two tank commanders from Tamiya; although the Pz. III commander will be sporting an Alpine head. There will be three more Pak 40 figures coming along to complete my personnel. Then it will be priming and painting.

 

Achtung Panzer! Colonel General Heinz Guderian
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Posted by Dodgy on Friday, September 3, 2021 2:31 AM

TigerII, I'm hangin to see what you're cooking up.

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Posted by TigerII on Monday, September 6, 2021 9:13 PM

Hey Dodgy, I appreciate your curiosity. These are the Pak 40 crew, they're from the Warriors set. It's a shame that Warriors went out of business. I felt that their figures were just as good or better than Alpines figures only because they had more "action" figures while Alpine's figures are usually in a standing pose. Bravo6 which caters to the Vietnam genre has plenty of "action" posed figures in resin. But I've digressed. All the figures are primed and puttied; where needed, and now its off to painting them.

 

Achtung Panzer! Colonel General Heinz Guderian
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Posted by MR TOM SCHRY on Monday, September 6, 2021 9:52 PM

These figures look great.  Their poses are animated and the facial expressions show the true nature of war.  Can't wait to see them as you paint and finish them.

TJS

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Posted by Dodgy on Monday, September 6, 2021 11:15 PM

I fully agree with you Tom. TigerII, if you don't mind me making a suggestion, when you paint your figures, study some colour photos of german personal equipment. Things like mess gear, gas mask containers and bayonet scabbards are heavily worn with significant paint loss. A small detail, but one often missed. I hope you don't mind.

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Posted by TigerII on Thursday, September 9, 2021 12:10 AM

Dodgy

I fully agree with you Tom. TigerII, if you don't mind me making a suggestion, when you paint your figures, study some colour photos of german personal equipment. Things like mess gear, gas mask containers and bayonet scabbards are heavily worn with significant paint loss. A small detail, but one often missed. I hope you don't mind.

 

No Dodgy I don't mind, that's why I normally write down that comments and critiques are greatly appreciated. I've started the facial painting part. I noticed that the faces from Dragon look alike eventhough they're on different figures; also the head from Alpine (headphones) will need extra tweaking. But I do like how the Warriors faces came out. Once the faces are done then I'll fine tune the hands.

 

 

Achtung Panzer! Colonel General Heinz Guderian
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Posted by Gamera on Thursday, September 9, 2021 11:47 AM

Those are looking great Tiger!

I too am looking forward to seeing how it all comes together.

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

 

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Posted by Tim's Corner on Friday, September 10, 2021 6:00 AM

I've been enjoying visiting this build thread, and am looking forward to the finished product - thanks for sharing! 

Anytime I see what other modelers are doing to add the little details, and the time they are taking to add said details, it inspires me to say the least, so I thank you for that as well!

Off to the bench now...

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