This great little kit is full of details including a nice engine. I’ve cut away a side panel to make the engine visible. I’ve also added some small extras on this kit like the Resicast radio. The Lee Enfield rifles are old ones from Hornet and the two BREN’s are from Dragon. (The Riich one lacks details). The rest is strait from the box.
On this set of photos the front is still loose because I might add a couple of figures.
The painting has been done with Tamiya Acryls:
Base Tamiya XF-58 Olive Green lighted with XF-21 Sky (3:2) with some XF-26 Deep Green to make it a bit greener.
Weathering has been done with oils and AK Interactive Rust and Dust deposits. Details has been painted with Vallejo acryls.
I hope you like it.
The AFV kit is a good kit with great details. The only 2 downside things are the mesh provided in the kit which wasn’t correct and the decals.
The addition of the PE set helps to make the racks on the turret which are typical Dutch.
Finishing has been done with Tamiya acrylics and some minor weathering.
What first attracted me to Tamiya’s Tiran 5 was the box art. Going across the desert in a cloud of dust, the IDF Tiran looked all tank. The Tiran 5 was adapted from T55s captured during the six day war in 1967.
The kit itself is typical Tamiya. Crisp mouldings, nice detail and well-engineered fitting parts.
It was an enjoyable build with no problems.
Using Tamiya Acrylic paints for the entire build, I began by applying a white primer from a Tamiya rattle can. When this was dry, the identification line along the barrel & the V on the turret side was masked. Mixing XF49 & XF66 in equal amounts for the main hull colour I sprayed the mixed all over the primed parts.
The road wheels were masked using round masking tape disc. Then the outer rim sections were sprayed XF85 Rubber Black. The tracks were painted XF84 dark iron before attaching them to the road wheels. Gluing the tracks to the road wheels with Revell Contacta adhesive gave them a sagging effect.
After applying the decals, the model was dusted over with Mig Productions Pigment.
To finish off, a Tamiya weathering set was used to hi-light edges with lighter colours.
I used items such as kit bags, sleeping bags & sleeping rolls from the Tamiya Modern Military Equipment set to fill the storage baskets. I know this was not accurate, but the baskets looked better full.
I purchased to go with this kit an Eduard sheet but I found whilst working on it that there really wasn’t any need for it as the detail in the Tamiya kit is certainly good enough. That is unless of course if you want to part with almost £20 which I think now is a bit pricey.
I shall be wiser on my next Tamiya kit. Whatever that may be. However, having got it, I tried to use as much as I could but some pieces were just too small to use. So there was a cut-off point and I only used what I could see and hold in a pair of tweezers.
Again a thoroughly enjoyable construction project to while away the hours.
Its France 1944 and the pillbox has been subjected to some bitter fighting. The arrival of a Panther A on the scene has made the allies retreat and allows for a welcome break before the inevitable happens. The allies will be back.
The panther is the old Italeri one and is built out the box and painted in Enamels.
The figures are a mixture from Tamiya and Warriors with some Hornet heads used.
The chap sitting on the pillbox is feeding the blackbird in the tree with some bread, while the dog awaits a treat from his master. The rest are looking at the horizon and wondering what awaits them. The Panzer officer that has his leg up on the rocks in the foreground is of a bit of unusual interest. This being the rocks are actually some chips of concrete from a defence bunker in Holland that i picked up whilst there on holiday. I thought this was an appropriate place for them to end up. All figures were painted in enamels with the exception of one in acrylics.
The foliage was a mixture of Sea moss and moss with some gravel added for the paths. This was added to the plaster base with scenic cement. Verlinden barbed wire was also used.
Here’s my Academy 1:35 early Tiger 1.With Eduard etch, Friulmodel tracks and turned aluminium barrel.
The figures are from Alanger German tank crew with Hornet heads with the uniforms adorned with Tamiya German insignia decals. A project newly finished. Where the hardest part is being able to tell yourself it’s finished.
I have had this lovely kit in my stash for some time now but had no real need for either of the above schemes. I then came across an article in a magazine where the Tilly had been painted up as a ‘Desert Rat’ and my mind was made up.
I also have on the back burner a trio of 1:35 LRDG and SAS WWII desert vehicles but I struggle with painting the sand colours, I tend to end up with just a yellow block, not good.
The Tilly then was a great one to build with an idea of trying out a bit of airbrush shading as a test bed for the big three to come. The kit is a dream to build and fits perfectly everywhere. My only concern was the clear canvas back which I find a bit odd to see it moulded in clear as it is very nicely textures but my main concern was that it was split along the roof line, front to rear. A really odd place to have a long seam but the fit is good and required only a sanding to sort out.
Once built, the whole thing was primed and painted using various ‘sand colours’ from Xtracrylix to get a shaded look, the highlights are German Tank interior Ivory! I then used various washes to dirty it up a bit, I didn’t want to make it battle damaged and battered, and it is not a front line vehicle.
I then used a compass cutter to cut arcs of masking tape for where the windscreen wipers are and used Maskol to roughly mask the side windows before a dusting of matt varnish to ‘dirty’ the windows. So, it was a first for me to shade in this way and for a first time, I am very happy with the outcome.
“Built from the box except for: Replaced all kit grab handles with scratch made wire handles and thinned out edges of rear fenders and inside of exhaust pipes. Added bolt detail to spare track links. Hollowed out kit headlamp and added MV clear lens. Drilled out muzzle of hull M.G. and Stowed logs are dried twigs razor sawn at the ends and plastic Tarpaulins are from the Tamiya 1/48th Jerry can set.
Tamiya paints airbrushed using pre-shade and highlights method and dry-brushed highlights and detail painting of tools etc all using Humbrol enamels. Shadow, rust and dirt pin washes + stains etc done using artists oils. Paint chips, scuffs and wood grain effect on tool boxes painted with Citadel acrylics (available for Games Workshop gaming stores). Mud and dust applied using Mig pigments. Exposed metal effects done with HB pencil.
Base – cheap photo frame sealed around the glass with bath sealant and frame varnished. Ground is Polyfilla mixed with PVA glue and dark brown poster paint with fine sand obtained from the roadside and crushed cat litter sprinkled on top + model railway grass matting. The old tree is a bit of old stick with fine foam foliage used as moss growth. Painted, shadow washed and dry-brushed using enamels.”
The model is depicted as a Motorcycle of the British Army Infantry Division in Normandy 1944. It is built virtually out of the box with the only additions being some stowage for the rear carrier rack along with the sling and buckles for the Sten gun.
I achieved the finish using Vallejo acrylics in the main with Tamiya acrylics for touching in small parts. Various Mig Productions powders were used for the weathering along with homemade washes for the rusting and toning effects. All hand painted except for the petrol tank which was airbrushed.
I would highly recommend this series of 1/9th scale motorcycles to anyone wanting an exciting and productive build.
Construction was simple with minimal clean up required which was surprising for such an old kit, I did take time to fill the openings in the lower hull where the on/off switch should have been (the kit is intended to be motorised) and to fill the sponsons. The main problem with the kit is the poor fit of the turret to the hull, in the end this took several shims to be fitted to allow the turret to sit level and at the correct height.
The kit was supplied with the anti slip texturing as part of the mould but I enhanced this further by using flour applied over a coat of PVA. Once the PVA was dry I removed the excess and then sealed the flour with a coat of matt varnish. I then allowed this to dry for 24 hours before starting the painting process.
The model was primed using Alclad excellent primer which also contains a micro filler and then any flaws were repaired or reworked if needed. I then sprayed the entire model in Vallejo Model Air Desert Sand but lightened and toned slightly with Sunny Skin tone. When this was dry I applied an even lighter shade to the centre of the panels to bring some definition to the surface. To enhance this further I then applied several coats of Mig filters and then finally blew the whole thing over with a highly diluted coat of the base coat (ratio of about 5% paint to 95% airbrush cleaner!).
The weathering sages consisted of applying scratches with the “Scotch Bright” method and then lighter scraps being applied with a size 0 brush using acrylic paints. Streaking and rust marks were applied using Aberteilung 502 Oils and Mig pigments. The tracks were sprayed German Tank Brown and the running blocks were then painted in Vallejo Black Grey. They then received a wash of Mig pigments using various shades. To finish things off some edges were rubbed with a graphite pencil to show wear and also to provide more definition to specific areas.
The final job of painting the crew and stowage was done using Vallejo Model colour Acrylics and oil washes where required.
For my first attempt at “modern” armour I am happy with the result and look forward to building more AFV’s of this type in the future.
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Please though do bear in mind it is my first model of the armour/soft skin variety. It has been built straight-from-the-box.
Manufacturer: Fine Molds | Scale: 1:35 | Type: I.J.A. Type 94 Six-Wheeled Truck “Hard Top”
This kit is the Meng VsKfz 617 experimental mine clearing vehicle built more or less straight out of the box. The kit was very simple to build and aside from a couple of weld marks I don’t think that there is much that needs to be added. One odd thing about this kit is that the designers have chosen to incorporate weights into the track shoes on the driving and steering wheels. This adds a great deal of weight to the model, (and presumably adds to the cost of the kit) and I think that the wheels need to be very securely fixed in place to prevent them parting company with the rest of the model.
The vehicle underwent trials in 1942 so I have assumed that the overall colour would have been early war grey rather than the dark yellow used later in the war. The markings I have added are purely fictional as the few wartime photos that I could find of this vehicle suggest that no markings were carried at all – at least at the time it was photographed.
I used this model as an experiment with using dots of oil paint blended into the paintwork to add depth to the finish. I’ve used this technique many times before and in this case I used Burnt Umber, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna and Prussian Blue. However, here I decided to use differing amounts of each colour on some of the panels in order to give some of them different shades from others. The effect was lost somewhat under a coat of varnish, but I found it quite pleasing nonetheless.
The model looks very different from the rest of the armour in my display cabinet – this was a very peculiar looking vehicle.
This kit is the Hobby Boss Vickers Mk1 built more or less straight out of the box. This is a nice simple kit, though I must admit that the tracks gave me a few headaches. The idler wheels at the front are mounted on two very delicate thin rods, but could probably be made to slide backwards and forwards if you assemble them very carefully. I glued mine in place before fitting the tracks, but if you can I’d advise trying to leave them moveable as they can then be used to tension the tracks.
As I produce articles for modelling magazines from time to time, I find that I don’t experiment much with new techniques in case it all goes horribly and disgustingly wrong and I ruin a model that I’ve been given to build. However, I’m now making more of an effort to try new things (you may be able to tell from the dry brushing that I’m still well and truly stuck in the 1980s). In this case I’ve had a go at using an enamel wash to add a little dirt and grime to the finish before adding my usual oil paint pin wash.
Rush Hour – 1945
Dragon kit 1:72 scale with Preiser & Milicast figures
Dry Country – Bad to the bones…
Revell kit 1:72 scale with Preiser figures
The Fallen King – What took you so long?
Revell kit 1:72 scale with Preiser figures
The Pigs of War – What’s for lunch?
Dragon kit 1:72 with Milicast figures
The Repair Shop – Fort Worth Training facility, Kentucky USA 1942
Scratch-built 1:72 plus resin extras
Knock knock, who’s there? – Berlin 1942
Italeri kit 1:72 with Preiser & Milicast figures
Paint: Tamiya, Lifecolor | Extras: Tamiya stowage
The kit was built straight from the box and is being used to raise money for the Help for Heroes charity. After I have entered the kit in a couple of competitions it will be auctioned and the monies raised will be donated to Help for Heroes.
The kit is good in accuracy and build quality, but there is an error with the extra frontal armour in that Academy have moulded the armour too wide by about 3MM. This necessitated me cutting a 3MM section out of the armour and rejoining together to make it fit on the kit. The only other issue was the kit decals which were both thick and ripped very easily. However both issues were overcome by careful handling and use of Mr Mark decal softener.
The base is made from a commercially available cut MDF base and the terrain is made using a mixture of material from the Treemendus and Javis Scenics ranges.
Vulcan presently produce 3 military motorcycle kits, this is the first of theirs that I have made. Superb value at £12 and the kit includes 3 sprues of plastic parts, 4 sheets of etch and steel, metal seat springs, decal sheet and instruction sheet. The kit goes together nicely and I used a combination of Vallejo and Tamiya acrylics along with Games Workshop washes and Mig Pigments powders.
The only extras I added were fuse wire for cables, electrics and spark plug leads. I have not as yet put the model on a base as I am presently painting a resin figure to go with the finished motorcycle.