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1/72 Sturmtiger- DONE!! -- FINISHED pics

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1/72 Sturmtiger- DONE!! -- FINISHED pics
Posted by the doog on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 8:55 PM

Hey guys,

Well, I actually started this one up in New York, visiting for Christmas, after being snowed-in by lake-effect snow--18 inches. Man, I miss Carolina! (I'm back now; just kidding!)

Anyhoo. this is the enigmatically-titled "early" Sturmtiger, presumably with a "Feifel" air cleaner deck--something I've been unable to find photographic evidence for, although I'm not going to say it never existed. In any case, as I would presume that THAT would mean it was built on a hull from a possible Eastern front Tiger, I had to scrape zimmerit into it with an exacto. Not hard to do, just time-consuming. Here's where it was after a few hours of tinkering on the kitchen table....

The kit is missing a lot of minor little details.  The first thing I noticed was that the rear exhausts were one blocky piece of plastic. I decided to make the exhaust tops a little more detailed. I cut off the tops, and drilled holes for the supports, which I"d make from .009 guitar string. When I tell you this was TINY, I mean it was TINY!!

And in progress:

And done....

All that, just to hide behind the shields....sigh....Sad

Next, the front driver's visor was just a shapeless hole, so I thought I'd correct that:

And filed down...I've also added the side skirts at this point; thinned down and battle-damaged. Note the annoyingly simple gun tube!? I'm about to correct that as much as I can next..

I used a sewing needle heated in a candle flame to score tiny holes in the gun tube, and then carefully drilled them out with a mini-micro drill--the smallest I could find! I also added the counter-weight stays on the mantlet too.

It's ready for paint. I replaced the molded bars representing grab and hatch handles with fine wire, and also added a wire to the front light. I added hooks to the side where they should be, and detailed the crane some more. I built a new handle, added a rope/wire from fine, stretched sprue to the crane itself, and added that circular shell cradle from lead foil.

I also added a PE periscope cover. OOPs--gonna have to fill that small gap there under the upper hull...

I'll ad some paint tomorrow. I think I'm going to go with a monotone DY scheme, or maybe just a one-color light line. Not sure yet. Whatever "hits me" in the morning....

Suggestions and critiques gladly welcomed, guys!!

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Posted by bufflehead on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 10:00 PM

Wow!  Back in the saddle with another braille scale beauty Karl!!  I love what you're doing with the detail on this tiny Tigger and I cant' wait to see it all painted up!  Are you going to do a vignette with this?

Ernest

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Posted by SprueOne on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 10:01 PM

Yes, tiny, very very tiny.

I like your obsession to details Beer

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Posted by Ixion on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 10:42 PM

This is actually the prototype vehicle, not "Early Production" as Trumpeter claims, as only the prototype had rubber-rimmed wheels. There are photos of this vehicle in Tankpower 16, along with detailed drawings. There should be the complete Feifel system installed, at least according to Zajaczkowski's drawings and as it appears to be shown in one of the photos. There are no lugs present on the barrel, these are found on the production vehicles. There were 4 different arrangements of gas openings found on Sturmtigers, there should only be 20 gas openings on this version's muzzle flat, later vehicles had 30, 31 and 40. Two S-mine launchers were also mounted on the rear corners of the hull.

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Posted by terry35 on Thursday, January 10, 2013 4:43 AM
Nice work Karl, very interesting thread so far.

Terry

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Posted by Pawel on Thursday, January 10, 2013 7:26 AM

Hello Karl, I like your approach to detailing! Good luck with this build and have a nice day

PaweĊ‚

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Posted by the doog on Thursday, January 10, 2013 7:34 AM

Thanks, Ernest! Yeah, I've got a vignette in mind with some Preisser figures I've got. Should be pretty neat--"evocative" is the word that jumps to mind...Angel

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Posted by the doog on Thursday, January 10, 2013 7:36 AM

Thanks, SprueOne, and Terry, and Pawel! Glad to have you following along!

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Posted by the doog on Thursday, January 10, 2013 7:45 AM

Ixion,

Ahh, good to know, good to know! I always appreciate a correction! Well, those lugs on the barrel shouldn't be hard to remove. I don't think I'll get crazy about the number of holes. And the Feifel will of course go on. I can gin up those smoke dischargers on the outside rear hull, too, I guess.

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Man, I wish I"d known all this before I went and "zimmed" it. Looks like I have a hypothetical proto-panzer then?!

Thanks sincerely for the information! At least now I can defend or excuse my errors! Embarrassed

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Posted by wbill76 on Thursday, January 10, 2013 9:34 AM

Some nice work upping the detail on this little Sturmie Karl! Looks like 1/72 may be your new niche for a little while so you can 'scratch the itch' of building without involving larger projects, keep it up! Beer

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Posted by Ixion on Thursday, January 10, 2013 10:26 AM

Here is a photo and artwork that might be useful;

 http://planetarmor.com/forums/showthread.php?t=6631

The molded-on Zimmerit is a problem too. Trumpeter kind of punted on this one. Sorry to be the bad news messenger, but I hope this helps.

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Posted by the doog on Friday, January 11, 2013 11:30 AM

Thanks, Bill! 1/72 is a nice little forgiving scale when you want to drumup a quick project, Unfortunately, I have a hard time building OOB, especially if it's WWII! Gotta always throw in a few extra details! ANd sometimes, I get the wrong, lol.

Have you ever done a 1/72 build, Bill? You ought to give one a go!

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Posted by the doog on Friday, January 11, 2013 11:36 AM

Ixion

Here is a photo and artwork that might be useful;

 http://planetarmor.com/forums/showthread.php?t=6631

The molded-on Zimmerit is a problem too. Trumpeter kind of punted on this one. Sorry to be the bad news messenger, but I hope this helps.

Thanks, Ixion; I appreciate the link; I actually found that thread the other night when I went looking for "prototype" Sturmtiger! Darned box mis-labelling! I DO appreciate the call-out though; research is my weakest aspect of my modeling sometime when I'm more excited than well-informed!

Oh well--I know that I am committed to the zimmerit at this stage; can't really putty it up or scrape it off... Well, I guess that, at this point, I'll just put my Sturmy out there as if it was build as a prototype and then put out in the field and zimmeritted after-the-fact.Kinda like when they used to build prototypes and then throw them into battle as an expedient measure? I mean, it's theoretically possible....(just don't tell anyone that the prototype here was soft steel....!) Zip it!

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Posted by Ixion on Friday, January 11, 2013 1:55 PM

After reading up on this particular machine, a few things have come to light. The mild steel prototype was actually sent into combat trials, (what little there was for these machines),on August 12, 1944 in Warsaw. On August 28th, it was sent back to Alkett-Werke and rebuilt with an armored superstructure. This would have been before the Sept. 9th cut-off date for Zimmerit, so maybe it received a coat then? I don't know of any photos of this vehicle after it was rebuilt. So, it looks like you can get away with a Zimmerit job after all. Surprise

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Posted by the doog on Saturday, January 12, 2013 9:40 PM

Thanks again, Ixion--nice to have the input. And it's good to know that I can plausibly fudge the zimmerit-thing if I get asked about it. Thanks again for following along and for the information! Beer

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Posted by the doog on Saturday, January 12, 2013 9:59 PM

Painting update!

Ok, I preshaded the model with some very dark Tamiya Brown, tinted with black.

The tracks got the same coat, and then a wash of MIG 502 Abt LIght Mud--which looks like rust--went over them.

Next, I painted a coat of untinted Tamiya DY, leaving the edges very lightly painted. This has the cool effect in 1/72 of providing an intriguing kind of "highlight" that defines the lines of the vehicle--especially a boxy hull like this. I later went over the edges again in Brown, adding a bit more depth to it.

Then, I lightened the DY with about 70% White, and highlighted the vehicle inside the panels. This almost makes the model look weathered to a degree already. Ironically, it looks a little like it's "mapped"--what we've been discussing in one post here. But it's mostly only from the airbrush--I did the slightest bit of chipping-highlighting on the edges just to see what it looked like, and it looks like it's going to be perfect for what I want.

This should be pretty fun to weather! I'm going to leave it in DY and see what I can do with it!

Next update should have the wheels and tracks on 'er!

All comments always welcomed!! Geeked

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Posted by Pvt Mutt on Saturday, January 12, 2013 11:02 PM

Shaping up now,it helps when I expand the picture so I can see the little buggerWink

Tony lee

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Posted by CallSignOWL on Sunday, January 13, 2013 7:50 AM

that paint job is coming along great!

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Now that I'm here, where am I??

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Posted by wbill76 on Monday, January 14, 2013 10:40 AM

Looking good there Karl, nice work on the pre-shade. Beer

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Posted by bufflehead on Monday, January 14, 2013 10:58 PM

Man that is some lovely preshading on the ST Karl!  I'm very eagerly waiting for your weathering!  I'm building a 1/72 Jagdtiger for Eric's Steel Cats GB and I just may use your Sturmtiger as my painting inspiration!

Ernest

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Posted by wing_nut on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 10:42 AM

Ooooo... I came in just at the right time.  That is looking very sharp.

Marc  

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Posted by the doog on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 6:47 PM

Thanks, Tony! Yeah, I have to use my 4.0x reading glasses just to see what I'm painting on it, lol!

Thanks too, CallSIgnOwl!

Thanks, Bill!

Ernest, you've got some good skills yourself as a painter, but I"d love to see you emulate this technique as well. It looks particularly good on small scale armor! Post a pic if you decide to try it!!

An update tomorrow, all!

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Posted by SprueOne on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 8:51 PM

amazing how you make this smaller scale armor look like 1/35.

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Posted by the doog on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 11:00 PM

SmileThanks, SprueOne! I appreciate that!

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Posted by IBuild148 on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 11:23 PM

Hi doog,

Glad to see your back and that your eyes are 20/20. Mine I crossed after looking at this and I think I 'm getting a headache.

As always I like watching your builds!

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Posted by the doog on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 11:39 AM

Thanks, IBuild48! Believe me, I've got the big reading glasses on constantly now, myself. Getting old sucks! lol

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Posted by the doog on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 12:25 PM

UPDATE!

OK--tracks are on. What a genuine PITA though. Trumpeter's tracks are fairly impossible to glue. I tried TenaxR7, Testor's glue, and Tamiya. No luck. Read online that you had to use the old Testor's Orange TUBE glue with toluene in it!!--so I got in the truck and fought traffic down to A.C. Moore's 1/2 hour before they closed and picked up some. Just in case though, I stopped at Lowe's and picked up some Devcon 5-Minute epoxy. Lucky I did. I tried the tube glue, and clamped it for 3 hours, and they still pulled apart. So I slapped some Devcon on them and they finally held. Seriously though--Trumpeter needs to get their act together on these tracks.

So anyway, the epoxy left a rather largish lump at the attachment points, which kinda sucks. I sanded most of it down, but they still don't look as good as Revell's indy links, or even Dragon's rubber band. Sigh. I really wish these companies would just go back to indy link tracks, or link-n-length.

OK, so after I glued the tracks on, I gave the model a wash of Van *** brown, and did some "edge-chipping" with a paint brush on the edges, using a metalllic steel color.

Please excuse the weird color disparity between some shots--I'm still monkeying around with the setting in my fairly-new point-n-shoot camera.

Next, it's time to do some "color mapping". This was discussed in a recent thread, so I thought I'd do some here to show what it is. First, the tools; MIG "Thinner for washes", some white oil paint, some 502 Abt "Light Mud" oil, and two different paint brushes.

Now, mix up some thinned Light Mud--a good approximation of lightened or faded DY.

Dab it onto the model.

Don't worry about being too precise or calculated; "random" works just fine.

Now, with a different brush, blend in the color.

Now, some might call this technique "Color Modulating". It's all very similar in application and result. I'm rather combining the two technique. If I were JUST "color mapping", I would have left these random shapes un-blended. Then, subsequent pigments and/or washes would have reduced their intensity, But I'm such a big fan of "Scale Effect"--the effect of light washing over an object, and the attempt to "fool" the eye by simulating that effect with painting tricks--that I'm going to use a bit of color modulation from top to bottom in order to simulate the effect of light hitting the top of the vehicle in real 1:1 scale. So, I'm adding more white to the top parts of the model and blending that into the base coat.

So, after adding more white to the top parts--and the top hull especially,--here's what I got. I've also gone back over the model doing some "low-lighting" along the edges with a grey-brown-steel color. Why? It's part of "scale effect". In this tine scale, we must fool the eye into thinking that the light is bouncing off the large flat planes of the mode--but not collecting on the edges, as it would in "real life". We do this when we highlight the inner panels of 1/35 scale models with an airbrush-only in this scale, it's more dramatic to deliberately "low-light" the edges as well. This is also why I had painted the model in such a fashion as to let the dark base coat show through on the edges and in the shadows. Note how the paint beneath the mantlet is not faded--where the sun wouldn't reach. I may tone down the contrast a bit with some more mapping after looking at it in pics.

I also brapped a little rust onto the fenders.


Getting close to wrapping this one up. I have to decide on a base. Originally I was going to do something more involved, but as I don't care for the sit of the tracks so much, I may just make a simpler base. Thanks for looking in, guys! I always appreciate comment and suggestions! Smile

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Posted by Shawn M. on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 12:55 PM

freaking fantastic work on the finish!

I love the smell of plastic in the morning

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Posted by Guney on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 5:05 PM

Good work...Well done doog...:)

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Posted by wbill76 on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 6:29 PM

Super work with the mapping and color variations Karl, turning this little Sturmi into a real gem! Beer

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