Hobby Boss – Armored Train Car – 1:72

The kit in question has a tiny background story to tell…

Normally you would never see me purchase a kit like this since i am not a train guy. But in this case the kit was purchased for me in order to paint and weather it and give it to a relative of mine (who IS a train guy) as a christmas present. In order to reach this deadline i had less than a week to build and complete.

The Kit:



Yep, armored train car… As Germany invaded Russia in summer ’41, the russian military was woefully unprepared as Stalin envisioned this not occurring before ’43. One of the problems that needed quick attention was protection of trains

In typical russian practical fashion a simple but effective solution was found: take an old grain wagon or something similar, slap on some armored plating and modify the roof so it can hold the turret of a KV-1 heavy tank. Done and home in time for vodka.


Thanks to a very low parts count construction only took me about two hours, including coffee and smoke breaks. I was pleasantly surprised that the model was of a decent size and not so small it dissapeared on the palm of my hand. Also the low parts count did not affect detail levels at all. Not being into trains i still can hugely appreciate the great potential for weathering these subjects. Just look at all those pretty rivets! Oh and did i mention the railway track base that comes with it? Our lust for weathering is starting to surface!



In retrospect i really wished i had more time to work on this model so i could really go to town on the ageing of this little gem. But alas, it is a speedbuild. Nevertheless i really tried to not rush too much and even had a chance to do some color modulation effects and the likes.

I started off by priming the whole thing, then coated the model in flat white and added black preshading


I then proceeded by airbrushing Vallejo Russian Green in progressively lighter shades to accentuate the flat angled surfaces. Darker towards the wheels and lighter towards the roof.


Lastly i handbrushed the protruding parts and all riveting to make them ” pop”. The subsequent weathering will tone down the stark contrast and blend everything in.


Also i gave our base a nice coat of paint. Flat black for the rubble, dark brown for the wooden parts and gunmetal and steel for the tracks.



After coating my work with satin varnish my model was ready for weathering effects. Using oil paints i started with a dark pinwash around all the protruding parts. While cleaning this up i added some streaking effects with it as i went along. This was then augmented by drybrushing the entire model with a very light color for more “pop”.


After i let all this give some time to cure, i then proceeded with more streaks using rust colored oils. The tracks got treated with washes and generous coats of dust effects using pigments.


Done! Time spent: approximately 20 benchtime hours over the course of 5 days. A true speedbuild. Thanks for watching


Sprue Cutters Union – Old Dog, New Tricks

The infamous Sprue Cutters Union is back! A ring of blogging modellers that discuss a certain topic and sharing their views and ideas each in their own style. If you are a modeller and you maintain a blog or website you can join in at any time! Write your blog article, discussing the topic at hand and post the link to http://thecombatworkshop.blogspot.com/ Also, as a courtesy to the other participants and in order to create traffic inbetween all our blogs, post the link to the other blog articles to your own post. It is that easy!

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This months topic: What new things, products or techniques will you use in 2015?

2014 has been no less than life changing for me as a person. As a modeler i look back at my year and realise i did do a whole lot of new things. Techniques such as hairspray chipping and the use of color modulation come to mind but also incorporating streaking effects and chipping by brushpaint are things i experimented with in 2014.

This year i envision mostly building on these first steps and experiences. Especially the color modulation techniques are hugely exciting to me even if it is not something to every modeler’s taste. I personally admire the masters at this technique being able to incorporate light and shadow on their models by clever use of paint and weathering techniques.


In terms of totally new things… right now i am planning on  buying and using dedicated streaking agents and premade washes by companies such as AMMO by Mig Jimenez or AK interactive.


Also i am planning on stopping buying value kits in exchange for more sophisticated, higher detailed kits. They cost more but the scrooge in me must admit that they are just better than your average revellogram puttybomb kit. Time to be honest to myself and draw the old wallet. Shut up and take my money!

In extension to that i found that i am starting to use more and more aftermarket on my models as a standard, rather than a luxury.

All in all there may be some new things happening this year but for the most part i am aiming towards developing and refining techniques and ways of painting models that i have already started experimenting with in the previous year.

Take a look at what my esteemed collegues say about New things for 2015:

The Combat Workshop

Doogs Models

Yet Another Plastic Modeler

The Museum Modeler


A Scale Canadian

Motorsport Modeler

Eternal Wargamer

David Knight

Mattblackgod’s World

Miniature And Modelpainting

Greg’s Models