Post by Jeff the 57th on Apr 20, 2015 22:18:57 GMT -5
Decals on. My least favourite part of any build. Me and decals have a Hatfield and McCoy kind of hate going on with each other. However first time using Alclad Flat coat to kill the gloss coat and I'm sold. 2 undiffused 100w bulbs not too far from the model and there is only a little bit of shine. In person, naked eye it looks pretty good.
A little more detail painting to do (may repaint bakelite handles, seems too red) and the exhaust, but weathering is not too far off. I hate this stage of the build when everything looks so toy like.
The clay has dried on the base as well. Looking to replicate the raised Russian roads that seem pretty prevalent in barbarossa photos. The clay is just laying out the basic contours and will follow it up with soil and grass.
Post by Jeff the 57th on Apr 28, 2015 21:07:13 GMT -5
Filter and wash down.
Little more work to do on the MG and vehicle equipment, but I'm happy to be making progress. I'm thinking I over did the chipping around the hatch, but I figure the little bugger was probably pretty beat by Barbarossa. I'll probably start focusing on the base so I can make a game plan for how to tie it and the tank together weathering wise. Also giving the tank a rest gives me a chance to read up some more on the dot modulation stuff which I've never had success with.
Thanks for looking and all the encouragement. Hopefully I can stay focused with this and match 2014's one kit completion.
Nah, you didn't overdo the chipping I don't think (for what I think is worth). Once you have your nice impermeable acrylic shiny sealer on and dry, try mixing up a medium strong wash of a distinctly lighter grey. I usually use MM Lichtgrau. Apply it in an irregular pattern on the upper surfaces. You can blend it in gently with a soft brush damp with thinner if the borders are too sharp. You may wish to practice this technique on something else before you take it to the current model just to get a feel for it.
Post by Jeff the 57th on May 4, 2015 11:29:25 GMT -5
@ Marcel - I get my styrene sheets for this sort of stuff from a local DIY store since it's cheaper and closer then the LHS. The only down side is it's a bright yellow. So I hit everything with black primer to tie it together, clear coat the sides, mask the sides off and start working on painting the groundwork.
Hoping to start on painting soon, but I might be delayed due to working on some 1:1 groundwork for the Mrs.
Post by Jeff the 57th on May 7, 2015 20:13:50 GMT -5
The base is all finished. (The grass that curled up near the front got fixed after the photo, hit it with my big thumb while handling.)
I had played around with adding a telegraph pole with cut wires but eventually decided against it simply because the base is so small (4x6") I thought it might make things look too crowded.
Next up is the bit I've been dreading, the dust weathering. I have a history of going too far with weathering and ruining a paint job. I'm happy with how it looks now, but it needs to get a little dirtier.