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M.Brindos

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Hello. I'm new here and I'd like to show off my work thus far on my Tamiya King Tiger in 1/48th Scale.

The kit itself is amazing. I've been working on a 1/35th Tamiya Panther A now for two months or more. (Started it almost 18 years ago, I think, but just picked it up out of a storage box and started most of it all over again. That old Panther A had nothing on this 1/48th scale kit.

Anyways, Pics, then I'll share what I've done and what I've used so far to get the current results.











Okay so first I apologize for the poor picture quality. My camera is not well suited for taking pics of small objects.

The entire model has been painted with Testors enamels and a couple of my own mixes. Most of the details and all of the washes are Daler Rowney acrylics. I have not done any mud or dust effects and there are still some things I am not completely happy with. Which is why its still a WIP.

This kit is straight out of the box. Yes, I know it should have Zimmerit, but dangit I didn't feel like it. I'll work up the courage to try it on another kit eventually. I do love Panthers...

Anyways, I did try to do that damnable camo pattern in the instructions, but once again, I know it doesn't have enough Panzer yellow on it. I have paid most attention to just getting the proper colors on it... with little bits not being quite authentic. Bah, I don't care. I needed to break up some of that crazy camo!

Well, that's about it for now. This is my first real post on this forum and I hope there are going to be many, many more in the future.

Any insights on improvement will be most welcome.

-Mike
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Nice build and finish Mike, did you leave the spare tracks off like i did because i thought they spoilt the look, i might fit them later as i put the hangers on the turret ready, i think i might struggle a bit with a 1/48 my eyesights not so good
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Look's great to me!! I've never tackled armor but I really want to just haven't got up the courage yet [frown]
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Thanks for sharing the pictures with us. glad to have more armor here. Mike, if you pulled THAT build out after 18 years, fantastic!!
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Thank you guys! I studied each of your builds last night.  [smile] I can honestly say that I think I have found a place where my input will be valid and that makes me happy. You guys are not just good, but great and its nice to be included in such a small crowd.  [smile]

Graham, my Tiger did not come with any spare links. I really wish it did. If you decide to get crazy with that kit I would highly recommend putting a few of the spares on it. With a good amount of weathering it will only enhance the final look. I've seen what you can do and I believe you will have a stunner with that little kit. I think yours can look better than mine. Although I do have a simple single action airbrush, I do not have a compressor for it yet. (Canned air can only do so much) You really do have the advantage over me already with the painting you have already accomplished. To take it to the next level with washes and weathering can only make it all that much better.

I am very much looking forward to seeing you do more with it.  [smile]


Hobby, Armor is not nearly as exacting as aircraft modelling. I like making them dirty and banged up which you can't do so much with aircraft. Except for those rare dios where a plane has crashed or been battle damaged in some respect. Precision is more appreciated in modelling planes or helos. Tanks and armor of all types are always bent and dirty and that is very fun to play with. Not every vehicle gets dirty and banged up in the same way so every new kit comes with new ideas and tricks to try out for more of that sought after unique and interesting feel.

Basically you don't have to be as careful when slopping on the muck and bending up some fenders. Don't get me wrong though, I still have some planes to finish. On the bench is a 1/72 BF 109 that I need to finish up still. Don't be afraid of the steel! Start small or big it doesn't matter. I will recommend starting on a 1/72 Revell kit to dip your feet in the water. Make sure to get one with side skirts though. Revell's track links never fit quite right and I usually don't install the top set of tracks on their kits. That always opens up the option of stowing some spares somewhere on the kit.



Ted, Thank you! I am happy to be here to learn and expand my skills. However that is not the kit I dusted off after 18 years lol. Those 1/48 kits are relatively new and were not around 18 years ago. The kit I pulled out of a storage box is a 1/35 Tamiya Panther A. I had started the kit and had the basic turret and hull completed with a few small parts attached. I then painted it with rattle cans and I didn't have the correct colors. It looked like crap and so I stowed it. After many moves and 18 or so years later I found it again. Of course I lost most of the small parts such as the exhaust and the side stowage racks and all of the tanks original equipment.

I had to start the painting over again with the correct colors and there has been a fair amount of scratch building done since resurrecting the project. What spurred it into the light was a purchase of the Tamiya Panther G tracks. They said they wouldn't fit the A kit but they fit great. Anyways, that's a subject that needs its own thread... and some good pics. There is a lot of subtle details put into that kit.


Thank you guys for the warm welcome.  [smile]  And thank you to Genesis Models for starting this forum! I think I'm going to be liking it very much here.
-Mike

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Lovely build. Great work.
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Thanks Simon.  [smile]  I'm hoping I can take it even further.
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A great build, I had no idea the tamiya 1/48 kits had so much detail ! I love the paintwork on the camo, great stuff, I'm really looking forward to seeing more of your work

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Thank you Pete. They have lots of good details and they fit together like they should. No fillers or major sanding required. They are very pleasant to build and I highly recommend them.
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Thank you Pete. They have lots of good details and they fit together like they should. No fillers or major sanding required. They are very pleasant to build and I highly recommend them.


I don't build much armour, in fact I've only ever built a humvee lol ! But seeing the stuff you armour guys are building is giving me ideas, a 1/48 tamiya tank might be a good way for me to have a go

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Well then I think you will like this line of AFV's by Tamiya. I will be investing in more of them when I can. They are perfect shelf size.  [smile]
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Basic home made mud!


I started with Water and Brown acrylic from Art Advantage. Its cheap crappy paint, but it has done well for this application.


I then added some good ol' reliable Elmer's Glue All untill it became soupy in texture. I want it runny enough to seep into cracks but sticky enough to serve as a binder for what comes next.


I applied the mixture to the bottom hull and then started to sprinkle some Baking Soda onto the "Ugly Mud Mix". This gives the mud a fine dirt texture where it is thinnest.


I added a second coating for thicker mud.


I then added the mixture to the tracks. The nice thing about this technique is that while it is still wet you can brush it around and even just brush it off in clumps like real dirt. So you can move it around to where you want it and simple brush it off where you don't.


Up and into the fenders. A touch of it on the back hull as well.


Applying more of the Ugly Mud Mix to the dampened Baking Soda makes it look wet and runny. When this dries it will look like dried wet mud. By sprinkling more Baking Soda over this I could bring more texture out and thicken the mud.


And here was the final application of the mix. Now I wait for it to dry before moving on to the inside road wheels and after that the inside tracks and outer road wheels.

After I have applied the mud in all the places I want to see it I will then begin a process of washes and highlights to achieve the final desired results. I know this must seem like a really dumb and complicated way of getting simple mud effects, but I have a lot of control over the end results.

I hope maybe some of you will appreciate this method. Its time consuming but I am never unhappy with the results.
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Update:







And I wait... longer.
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This should be it for the rest of the night. Lots of stains and washes and now I'm just waiting for it all to completely dry overnight.











After a clear coat tomorrow morning I will be calling this one finished.
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Nice mud effect and overall weathering. Great job.
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