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Afrika Korps Panzer I

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#21 Bigjeff

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Posted 12 October 2013 - 04:55 PM

Love it!!



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Posted 12 October 2013 - 04:59 PM

Thanks Guys.

 

Edward different types of paint along with sufficient time to cure lets me get away with the weathering. I base coated with Krylon gray and let that sit for a week or so. After masking I sprayed a Tamiya mix of acrylic.  Scrubbing that with Windex and water revealed a worn chipped finish that didn't effect the Krylon. I used MM Sand mixed with Burnt Umber oils thinned out to coat the entire tank. It settled in the nooks and crannies. After that set for a week or more I went in with dabs of burnt umber and raw umber oil carefully blending these with a soft wide brush. Again that combo didn't effect the Krylon or the acrylic.

 

I concentrated on high traffic areas and operational wear and tear. This accented panel lines and hatches. You can see the tonal variations in the overhead shots clearly.

 

The mufflers were first given a base of thinned MM Ssand enamel, then a MM Rust enamel, then a dab of burnt umber oil. Aded wet onto wet these blended naturally requiring little brush work.

 

After all this sat for a week or so I spray bombed the whole thing with Dullcoat. Then I added some sand colored pigments for a real dry dusty look.

 

This is the second tank where I went all out with the weathering. I recently purchased "Tank Art" Volumes 1&2 and am awaiting Volume #3. These outline the techinques I used and I must say the author produces brilliant builds.

 

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Posted 12 October 2013 - 05:07 PM

I might add that the key is knowing  the history of the subject. These lil' beasties were shipped to North Africa in their base coat of dark gray and hastily painted some form of sand/tan in theatre. They were quite dirty by this time already so the finish was, due to this and weather, temporary to say the least. They were gone from service by mid/late 1941.

 

I've seen photos of guys painting these out in the middle of nowhere with a spray gun hooked to the tank's compressor. Little paint cups atop the guns meant the refills were numerous. They literally sprayed over everything. Headlights were removed or painted over. Imagine painting these in 115 degree heat day in and day out as punishment. Gives an insight on the quality of the finish eh?

 

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Posted 12 October 2013 - 05:12 PM

That's what I like so much with Armor....so much history behind each model!



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Posted 12 October 2013 - 05:26 PM

Tru dat!

 

As modellers we strive for perfection in fit and finish when in reality, after learning the history of the subject, it was far from perfect in any area. I laugh when exact colors are discussed and mulled over by armchair experts, ad nauseum. There is no such thing!

 

All I remember about any of the vehicles I rode in and on were that they were "green". :lol:

 

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Posted 12 October 2013 - 05:30 PM

Yep...I'm an ex crewman myself...and our paint locker had all kind of different greens for touch ups

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Posted 13 October 2013 - 04:56 AM

Ok, thanks, G

 

Sounds like cure time is important in all this. Do you thin your oils with terpantine or the Mona Lisa stuff, or what? 

 

I think my problems with dissolving was because I thought cure time meant a few hours or a day at the most  :mellow:

 

I think I need more patients and better planning schedules  :rolleyes:



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Posted 13 October 2013 - 06:32 AM

Allowing sufficient time for curing is key. On this one I just used straight MM enamel thinner from the red can. Normally I try to use Mona Lisa Odorless Thinner with my oils regardless, but on this one I did not. Mona Lisa doesn't work well with enamel in my experience.

 

I have used oils over fully cured enamel with good results by using Mona Lisa thinner. It is so mild it thins the oil and never effects the base coats.

 

My trick is the enviornment here where I live. We average 5% humidity most of the year. Actual painting is difficult at times, but everything dries in seconds!

 

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Posted 13 October 2013 - 09:51 AM

Excellent work G! 

 

You have a talent for giving those little bits o' plastic the appearance of mass.

 

David G.



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Posted 14 October 2013 - 06:25 AM

Thanks David that's good to hear as that was what I've been attempting to accomplish!

 

I raided my stash and added a figure who's pose, I think, suits the mood.

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This a figure from Master Box painted with Vallejo acrylic and a smattering of oils.

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Posted 14 October 2013 - 06:28 AM

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#32 Harry P.

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Posted 14 October 2013 - 12:42 PM

Here's the base. I cheated a bit and added soil from my back yard. When you live in a desert, you might as well use the right material.

 

What???!!!!  :blink:

 

You used inaccurate sand from the wrong continent? And you call yourself an armor builder???

 

Hand in your rivet counting calculator immediately and don't let the door hit you on the way out!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

:lol:



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Posted 14 October 2013 - 12:44 PM

BTW... before you're sent into exile, I just want to say that the figure looks really good. Nice paint/detail work.

 

Now BE GONE!!!



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Posted 14 October 2013 - 12:52 PM

Thank you Harry.

 

I am extremely sorry for allowing my  impatient behavior to compromise the integrity of my rivit counting. I should have waited for the delivery of  the accurate Libyan soil I ordered.  

 

Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa. 

 

I'm leaving now.

 

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Posted 14 October 2013 - 01:09 PM

Thank you Harry.

 

I am extremely sorry for allowing my  impatient behavior to compromise the integrity of my rivit counting. I should have waited for the delivery of  the accurate Libyan soil I ordered.  

 

Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa. 

 

I'm leaving now.

 

G

 

Ok, seeing as how you're contrite and owned up to your gross error, I'll let it go. This time.

 

:P 

 

But seriously... great job on the Panzer and the figure. You do good work.  B)



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Posted 14 October 2013 - 01:48 PM

 

Ok, seeing as how you're contrite and owned up to your gross error, I'll let it go. This time.

 

:P

 

But seriously... great job on the Panzer and the figure. You do good work.  B)

 

 

Hey, cut him some slack, Harry.  North Africa ... Nevada.  Not really ~much~ difference.  ^_^



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Posted 14 October 2013 - 02:44 PM

 

 

Hey, cut him some slack, Harry.  North Africa ... Nevada.  Not really ~much~ difference.  ^_^

The only real difference.........

 

wait for it........

 

 

 

SHOWGURLZ !

 

 


Thanks Harry!

 

:lol:

 

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Edited by Agent G, 14 October 2013 - 02:44 PM.


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Posted 14 October 2013 - 03:01 PM

SHOWGURLZ !

 

What do Elizabeth Berkley or Gina Gershon think of your models?  :P



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Posted 14 October 2013 - 04:49 PM

Nice model and figure...as for the inaccurate scale of the sand... :)

 

Nice work!! The B&W pics sure add to the look!!



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Posted 16 October 2013 - 10:14 AM

 

What do Elizabeth Berkley or Gina Gershon think of your models?  :P

 

Don't know about Ms. Berkley, but my wife knows Ms. Gershon. We'll have her over and ask what she thinks............. 

 

G


Edited by Agent G, 16 October 2013 - 10:14 AM.