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1/35 M53 155mm Self Propelled Gun - WIP - 2/8/2015 Paint & Weathering

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Posted by the doog on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 6:56 PM

redleg12

Karl - not to fear, rust and mud is coming. Want a little bit of everything to show at the end....but plenty of mud...some dry and some wet! Thanks

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Posted by redleg12 on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 6:35 PM

Karl - not to fear, rust and mud is coming. Want a little bit of everything to show at the end....but plenty of mud...some dry and some wet! Thanks

Rounds Complete!!

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Posted by the doog on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 8:14 PM

Looking great, Mike!  I'd put a little bit of rust into that spade though. Bare metal would rust overnight, wouldn't it? Stick some "dirt" in there too!

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  • From: New Jersey
Posted by redleg12 on Monday, February 9, 2015 6:17 PM

Gamera - Yep, the will get muddy and messy.....but I would know!!  Thanks

Pawel - Patience my friend....I am off to my woodworking shop now. Will have a muddy base soon!! LOL

Thanks guys

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  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Monday, February 9, 2015 2:24 PM

Hello!

It's lookin' good! I'm looking forward to the base - your bases are always very creative but also informative! Good luck with your build and have a nice day

Paweł

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Monday, February 9, 2015 11:20 AM

Shes coming along great! And love the detail painting on the treads, I did that years ago and gave up and just slather mud and dirt all over the steel links and rubber pads.

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

 

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  • From: New Jersey
Posted by redleg12 on Monday, January 19, 2015 6:37 PM

Gamera - Thanks. Thought I would give the ease of one of these sets a try.

Gino - You are always welcome at the firing point....thanks

Pawel - Overall the current "bare" color does even appear light to me. As I add wash, weathering and a "satin" finish I am hoping the overall color darkens up.

As for the drawings...would need to get a copy of the TM for the system. That would be the best place to see the layout of the inside.

The base i am still completing the thought but will be going a bit ore on the muddy side. Looking to use some Vallejo Still Water for some puddling

thanks again everyone

Rounds Complete!!

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  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Monday, January 19, 2015 12:38 PM

Yeah, lookin' very nice already. But I'm still puzzled with the colour - somehow I'm expecting some other shade, maybe darker? Any comments on this, Mike?

I'm also wondering about the chances to see drawings or photos of the interior of this - it would be a lot of work to build in scale, but still.

I bet there would be a nice base to show your model off - what are your plans here?

Good luck with your build and have a nice day

Paweł

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  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Monday, January 19, 2015 8:24 AM

She is coming along very nicely Mike.  Great job as always.

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Monday, January 19, 2015 8:08 AM

The shading came out great! I've got two of these shading sets though mine are AK Interactive and wonder what I'd do without them now, I could just add a drop or two of tan to the green as I go but they make it so much less muss and fuss.

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  • From: New Jersey
Posted by redleg12 on Sunday, January 18, 2015 8:10 PM

Not a lot of work this weekend. Accomplished the shading using the Vallejo set mix of 50/50 OD green and Russian Green for the dark areas and the underside. On the top exposed areas the light highlight with Bright green. The canvas of the mantlet used Vallejo Canvas green (which is not in the VN set).

Next will be setting up for some blending, highlights and weathering. Also will begin working on the tracks

As always if you have any comments, please feel free to drop in.

Rounds Complete!! 

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Posted by redleg12 on Thursday, January 15, 2015 6:54 PM

Karl - Yep....the Vallejo kit sets up the base color and mixes for the light and dark highlights. The light side is the bright green and the dark is a mix of the OD and a Russian green. That is the next step. Looking forward to it!! I do agree this will be a great model for this.

RBaer - a Double Thanks for the comments!!

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  • From: Dripping Springs, TX, USA
Posted by RBaer on Thursday, January 15, 2015 10:21 AM

Excellent! I'm doubly impressed, considering the "quality" of the kit itself.....

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Posted by the doog on Thursday, January 15, 2015 9:02 AM

Cool, Mike! Are you actually going to do like, airbrush shading with lowlights and highlights? This would be a perfect model for that! A little bit of black in the base coat for the lowlights, and some tan in there for faded highlights--could be VERY cool!?

It's looking monstrous. I'm still green!

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  • From: New Jersey
Posted by redleg12 on Thursday, January 15, 2015 5:06 AM

Gamera - Thanks for stopping by and the comments

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 8:02 AM

Looking really good, looking forward to seeing how the shading work outs.

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

 

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  • From: New Jersey
Posted by redleg12 on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 8:49 PM

Tony - Thanks and thanks for stopping by

Pawel - Yep, still looking to see how the finished color turns out. I will be doing a Marine Corp version. It was the USMC that deployed the M53 to VN. Still have to work up the markings.

Bish - Thanks, always fun to do the different.

Thanks again guys

Rounds Complete!!

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 3:14 PM

Nice looking build and an interesting looking subject.

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  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 3:09 PM

Hello Mike!

Looks very nice! Just don't make it too green, I heard the OD shouldn't be green at all - but you've seen it in person much more times than me. Or is it going to be a Marine gun? Anyway, good luck with your build and have a nice day

Paweł

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

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  • From: S.W. Missouri
Posted by Pvt Mutt on Monday, January 12, 2015 1:19 PM

Nice color big guy Yes

Tony lee

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Posted by redleg12 on Sunday, January 11, 2015 5:59 PM

"The Moral High Ground....A Great Place to Emplace Artillery."

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Posted by redleg12 on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 6:42 PM

Bill - I have to be careful not to put it in the center of a shelf or the shelf will sag!! It definitely answers the question....where is the beef!  Thanks to you and RB for the peek

Rounds Complete!!

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  • From: Texas
Posted by wbill76 on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 5:54 PM

Can only imagine how much all that resin weighs Mike. Don't drop it on your foot! Looking good. Beer

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  • From: Dripping Springs, TX, USA
Posted by RBaer on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 3:36 PM

Great modeling!

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Posted by redleg12 on Monday, January 5, 2015 6:18 PM

Karl - Like Tony said, once I finish it I am sure someone will come out with a styrene version. I will say it is a big boy and with it being resin it is also quite hefty!! Thanks for the peek.

Rounds Complete!!

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Posted by the doog on Sunday, January 4, 2015 7:27 PM

I cannot even tell you how jealous I am that you're going to have a model of this in your display case! I have been hoping that the big boys would come out with some proper big gins like the kind that used to line Aberdeen's entry road! An M53, M44, and all the rest of them. That Renwall kit is just too bizarre to waste time on.

I can't wait to see this done up right, Mike!!

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Sunday, January 4, 2015 12:26 PM

She looks great really nice work! I've looked at a few resin kits but never worked up the guts to try something like this.

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  • From: Valrico, FL
Posted by HeavyArty on Sunday, January 4, 2015 12:13 PM

Looking great Mike.  Excellent job so far.

Gino P. Quintiliani - Field Artillery - The KING of BATTLE!!!

Check out my Gallery: https://app.photobucket.com/u/HeavyArty

"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." -- George Orwell

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