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Brett Barrow

Member Since 05 Sep 2008
Offline Last Active Nov 25 2014 09:44 AM

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In Topic: Moebius 1961 Pontiac news

07 October 2014 - 05:15 AM

Brett, I assume you posted your photo comparisons to show that mine is invalid. Fair enough. You may be correct. But just for fun, I added a few lines to your "legitimate" photo comparison. Just for fun...  ;) 


A. The point where the bottom of the rear glass meets the sheetmetal.

B. The corner of the rear glass.

C. The point where the roof meets the top of the rear glass.

D. The point where the roof meets the top of the windshield.

E. The front edge of the door.




It looks like points A through D would line up if the greenhouse on the model was moved back. But I may be way off base.


The roof might be a tick too forward, but I think that's minor compared to the rear overhang.  

In Topic: Moebius 1961 Pontiac news

06 October 2014 - 05:13 AM

I'll just leave these here, without comment.  Top pair are two real cars showing distortion when shot at slightly different camera positions, bottom pair is the model and real car shot at nearly identical camera positions.     






In Topic: MENG 1/35th BMPT "Terminator" WIP 9-24-14

28 September 2014 - 12:53 PM

Since I wanted to attach the side skirts before starting the camo painting, I needed to weather the lower hull since I wouldn't be able to get to it later (turns out you can't really see it anyway).  GAve me chance to practice with making mud and dirt with pigments.  I've never really gotten the hang of pigments before, but thanks to some tips I picked up in a recent armor modeling book (Mike Rinaldi's Tank Art #3) I think this came out pretty well.  I'm happy with it at least!  :D  Excuse the weird color shifts on the pics, I took these on the workbench and I have two different types of light bulbs.  I need to get two the same.  




Still need to do the wheels on the other side.  I think I'll try to take some in-progess pics to show how its done.  Not hard, just was some things I was doing wrong before that made all the difference once I figured it out.   



In Topic: MENG 1/35th BMPT "Terminator" WIP 9-24-14

27 September 2014 - 08:33 AM

Possible stupid question from a guy who doesn't build tanks: Is it the "normal" way of doing things to completely assemble/paint the kit, then add the weathering? That's how it happens in real life, so I guess it makes sense to do it that way from that standpoint. But I would think that it would be easier (better access, better control, etc.) to paint and weather the subassemblies as separate units, like the main body, turret and guns, the wheels, the tracks, etc., then assemble everything, and then maybe add a final overall sprinkling of weathering. No?

You can do it either way.  My old way was to build everything, even the tracks and small details like tools, just leaving the hull and turret separate.  I'd paint black in all the crevices I didn't think I'd be able to reach later.  Then I'd paint the lower hull, wheels and track a dirt color and paint the upper hull and turret the camo colors. 


I was heavily influenced by Tony Greenland and Steve Zaloga, who use this approach and have written several books and numerous magazine articles on their techniques.  The "paint it dirt color" approach works well for tanks that get really dirty and muddy.  This model was done by Andrew Dextras using this asme technique and I made a pretty faithful copy of it using a step-by-step magazine article he wrote about it, using the exact same colors and techniques he used.  (I wish I had taken pictures of mine, but it's been 10 years since I built armor and I didn't have a digital camera back then.  I ended up selling them out of the showcase at the hobby shop I worked in). 






But since this model is of a demonstration vehicle (there are only a couple made, they haven't been accepted into service by the Russian Army yet, and it looks like the one they are going to accept is a much different version built on recycled T-72 hulls) and is kept fairly clean I'm taking a different approach with this one.  I'll paint all the subassemblies in their appropriate colors, then bring the together for the final weathering.  I'll be trying some new techniques with this one, there've been a lot of advancements made in armor weathering over the past 10 years.   This is the look I'm going for, clean with just a little dust from running around the demonstration area. 



In Topic: MENG 1/35th BMPT "Terminator" WIP 9-24-14

26 September 2014 - 12:27 PM

This is off to a great start. Looks like a great kit. I have heard some good things about Meng kits. Looking forward to your weathering. It's an area in model that I want to learn and I have a few military kits I want to weather up myself.

This is a great kit.  Best thing out of China I've ever worked on.  Might be the best kit from anywhere, period, I've ever built.  "Tamiya-like" doesn't even describe it. Great detail with great fit and great engineering.