Tamyia King Tiger Porsche Turret 1:35 – Pt.2: Paint and finish

As construction was finished i proceeded by priming my model with a laquer based spraycan filler/primer

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Followed after curing by an acrylic black base. I used vallejo paints exclusively throughout the build with the exception of the dark green, which was Model Master

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Now the fun can start!

Thinking over what color i should spray when i had several options: Go with what was historically done i.e. dark yellow straight out of the factory and field applied redbrown and green or alternatively start with a dark green base as it is the predominant color on the model. Eventually i went for option 1. So dark yellow it is:

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I then proceeded by masking the yellow stripes with thin strips of tamyia paint, Over this i freehanded the redbrown. This was then masked using putty and oversprayed with the final, green color:

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After peeling it all of carefully i ended up with this result:

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The weathering process consisted of adding washes of black, burnt umber and burnt sienna water colors followed by drybrushing sand and gunmetal, I tried hard at this stage not to go overboard so as to create a fairly new and undamaged tank.

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The final stage consisted of painting and aging the tracks (light rust wash followed by steel drybrush and rust pigments) and adding rust and soot pigments to the surfaces using Tamyia’s weathering set B. 

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This morning i added the tracks as well as the spare tracks and called it a day:

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Did i miss my old bench every second of the build? Oh h*ll yes, but in the end it did not matter as working on this model was sheer joy and relaxation. And is that not the desired end result we all go for?

With that last moralistic babble on my part i thank all who followed my project and appreciate all comments and critiques you can come up with! Kermit signing off

 

 

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Tamiya King Tiger Porsche Turret 1:35 – Pt.1: Intro and Construction

My last post informed my esteemed readers about me making drastic changes in my personal life and how it affects my modelling hobby: i have to more or less completely rebuild and restock my work area and tools.

As you may know it is a real pain in the froglegs to ship chemicals and paints and whatnot overseas so i did not even attempt to do that. I merely had my airbrush, my compressor and my last purchased kit shipped over. Everything else has to be bought again over time.

This poses problems to overcome but it also gives you the opportunity to rethink your setup and try new things.

Initially i had been granted an outdoor space to do all my work:

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Seemed ideal but currently living in summertime Arizona and having had a first 1.5 hour session it turned out to be waaay too hot and sweaty for comfort. So implementing all the loveable green amphibian charm i had to throw into the game i was granted an indoor space:

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Ofcourse, not having a paintbooth and minding the noise levels involved i had to compromise and promise to do all spraywork outside.

Now, a couple of weeks after the last picture and having fought many small “but baby i need this” battles i currently am starting to reach comfortable levels of modelling stuff to work with such as paints and chemicals and brushes:

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With this modest setup i have been working on Tamyia’s porsche turreted King Tiger. Included are an Eduard PE set and Eduard Zimmerit set

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Excellent fun while dealing with the life stuff such as immigration, lawyers and resetting up in a different country and a good distraction. The PE is usual eduard quality so nothing to criticise there, although i would have liked eduard to include PE mudguards…

The kit itself is also the usual Tamyia quality. Not overly excessive in parts count and easy to build. Good detail and even without the PE it would make an impressive model although the more serious modeller would face having to make his or her own zimmerit using modelling putty or another method.

There are still a few things i would like to add to my tools to comfortably be able to say i have a decent setup. But working on this kit as i gather new things and build up has been quite exciting and fun! Special shout out to my lovely wife who put up with my constant whining for “this thing i really need now”

The Storm After The Silence

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Yes, it has been since before christmas last year that your friendly froggie has posted in this blog. That is a long long time and it had several reasons.

First of all, at the time of the last post i was starting to feel weary with non stop modeling back to back and still write exciting stuff about it. Modelers and writers block combined in a way… I have always had a thing with being obsessed and excited with one hobby, then losing heart and putting all my energy into other interests; only to always come back again after some time.

This has always worked for me and this time was no different. Kermit is back and with a vengeance!

The other major reason might be interesting for my esteemed readers: Unexpectedly i find myself living and working in another country, permanently.

My close friends will know i have an american wife and it was always the plan to emigrate to the United States and live happily ever after. Last June i went back here for just a visit, planning on getting an immigration lawyer started on our case, always assuming that i would have to go back to my original swamp and await procedures to take place.

Turns out my lawyer knew of a way to do all this waiting in the USA, happily living my life together with my lovely wife and being able to work while we do it! Ideal!

So, long story short…. I am now finding myself living in Arizona and having to completely restart my life and not in the least, a new modeling bench setup. One could say it is exciting, stressful and intense all rolled into one.

At least it is an original “excuse me for not writing so long on my blog” post, right??

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I am now living here for almost three months and i have a basic setup together in order to be able to continue to make quality models as best as i can, gathering more stuff as i go. So keep your eyes out for more posts to come and thank you all for having the patience and interest to remain my readers and followers.

Merica!!!!

Sprue Cutters Union #22: The Stash

Oh dear this is going to be embarassing…..

Guys, i do not have a “stash” in the sense of having reserved shelf space for all the pretty boxes i own… I used to have a small stash of about 20-25 kits of various size and discipline but then i got married. Sounds stupid but there you have it. In a previous Union post we talked about our lovely spouses and partners and i explained me and my lovely wife have a no stash rule. I buy one and build one basically.

So currently i have exactly two unbuilt kits in my posession:

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I do have some stuff i reboxed after starting them such as Revell’s 1:32 Ju-88 and Ar-196 but technically those do not count, right?

Then i have some dusted up “brainfart” boxes tucked away in the corner of doom. The sort of kit you bought a long time ago on a whim only to find out you are really not interested in building them or they turn out to be absolute crap. In that category i have Revell’s 1:200 Cutty Sark clipper ship (miniscule therefore not interesting) and 1:72 RF-4 Phantom (ancient crap mold).

So umm…ya…. that’s really it guys. Believe me, i wish i had a walk in closet with years worth of model hoarding but i value my marriage more and i grew used to my new routine. Kinda nice in a way as i can constantly window shop for the next model.

Sprue Cutters Union #21 – The Mancave

Every week the members of the Sprue Cutters Union discuss a new topic on their blogs. Any modeller of any age, discipline or skillset with a website, facebook page or blog is most welcome to join! Write your article, post it on your page and share the link with our host Jon at The Combat Workshop. Believe me it is fun and gives you perspective on the views of your fellow modelling collegues.

This week: Show us your workspace

As modellers and hobbyists come in different shapes and sizes with an equal amount of tastes and opinions, so do their work spaces come in every imaginable vareity.

Every so often the topic comes up on any forum i know of and i personally am fascinated by the vast multitude of different forms a work space can have, both in size and level of tidyness. I know of modellers that work on their kitchen tables but i have seen pictures of modellers that have half their house transformed into a modelling Walhalla complete with lighted display cases in rooms with wooden panelling and all the trimmings.

Most fascinating to me is the afforementioned clutter that some collegues surround themselves in, yet produce the most amazing pieces of modelling art you can imagine! Others keep their workspaces so clean that open heart surgery could be performed right on top of the bench with no ill effect on the unfortunate patient.

Recently i have read an article of a more scientific nature discussing exactly this phenomenon. It was concluded that people with messy desks tend to be more bold in risk taking and more likely to be creative than people who keep their benches immaculate. These people tend to follow strict rules and take less risk. Wether that impacts creative output i will leave up to my esteemed reader to decide. All i know is that i see pure works of genious come forth from both types of work space.

The cluttered league has many famous and admired members. A few examples:

Albert Einstein.(scientist)

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Mark Twain (writer)

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Mark Zuckerberg (Mr. Facebook)

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So you see it can be argued to your lovely spouse or partner or room mate that next time you leave your bench messy and you get a stern talking to, you can point them to my blog post.

Let me assure you that personally i am in no way a genious scientist, nor am i a master builder….. i am however a messy son of a b***. At least i have that going for me. I wouldnt dare to try to give you the impression my name can be mentioned in the same list as the people i just mentioned! I wouldn’t argue with you though…… But alas, im just a frog with a hobby.

Whenever the topic comes up i like to show my collegues a picture of my own retreat as it was just as i had set it up the first day, in all its cleanliness and organised appearance:

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This topic, along with the need to be honest with you compels me to show you the very same space as it is just a day before i am writing this post. This is the more true to life depiction of “kermit’s Bench”:

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But you know what? That’s MY mancave, arranged carefully and tastefully as i like to have it and i love working here. I am very fortunate to have a bench i can leave as messy as i like!

Academy Su-30MK 1:48 – Part 1: Introduction

As the thunderbolt is being decalled and the end is in sight i have started my next project: Academy’s Su-30 two seat russian fighter jet.

Being part of the Su-27 Flanker family i think we need little introduction here. As the russians continued developing and improving the original Flanker the wall fell and Russia faced hard times financing their development program. This Su-30 MK version is the result of the need to create an export version of their two seater. Countries like India, China, Angola and Algeria have purchased these jets and are currently operating them, thus opening up funding for further development by the Sukhoi company.

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Traditionally, a two seat aircraft is a modified single seater, forcing the developers to compromise in terms of capability and performance in a combat situation. In this case the aircraft retained virtually all of the Su-27’s manouverability and in some cases, such as long endurance flights the two seater variant is preferred by the pilots. The Su-30 is also equipped to direct other fighters in a combat situation with the squadron commander in the back seat. Equipped with modernised avionics and thrust vectoring exhaust nozzles it is a extremely manouverable platform.

Academy’s kit is based on their older 1994 Su-27UB mold and has added parts in order to create their SU-30 kit such as the forward cockpit section and larger vertical stabilisers. It also has a small PE fret included that offers you screens for the intakes and such. A nice addition are the cartograph decals that should eliminate the usual Academy decal problems.

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The critics have pointed out some weak points of this kit such as the nose cone being to bulbous and the cockpit area being sub par but the demanding modeller can easily get their hands on aftermarket gear to correct and spruce up what they want. Academy’s kit remains the only player in the field, quite surprisingly i might add… I must also add that this kit comes without the canards such as the ones on the SU-30MKI. I have seen pictures of scratched canard equipped models though

Being mostly an OOB builder i have to say that, up to this point my only real letdown are the seats as they are quite basic:

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The sidewall detail and instrument panels are…ok. Not good not bad in my opinion and will most likely do for my intended closed canopy finish. Nice thing to note is that Academy have offered IP’s without dials so one could use a decal or PE parts without having to sand:

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One part of the build that might intimidate the less experienced modeller is the fact that the newly added parts are more of a conversion kit; you will have to do some cutting and grafting along the way to make this into an SU-30:

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Lastly i must say i was struck by the size of this kit. The finished model will be over 45cm long! (almost 18 inch). I made a picture of the fuselage minus the nose with a lighter for size comparison:

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As i said on the facebook page, i intend to model the boxart version as i was bent on having the awesome blue tone camouflage scheme standing on the shelf. The other two options the kit offers are both more uniform grey. Maybe not the most original/ unusual choice but still a looker once finished:

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As always i do hope you will enjoy following the build and ofcourse i am more than happy to receive comments and feedback as i go along!

Revell A-10 Thunderbolt II 1:48- part 2: Construction

The A-10 has landed in my paintbooth last night so time to update the blog with some construction pictures!

The revell warthog is fun to build without too much difficulties. Especially the way you have to glue in the cockpit tub after you close the fuselage to me makes sense. Often a kit instruction manual makes you glue in the pit assembly to one of the fuselage halves and merge it with the other half. Often i find that it leaves a gap to the one side as a consequence. This way of assembly lets you dryfit and fiddle as you please.

It did take a little bit of clamping but any sensible modeller has an ample supply of these!

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This mold, according to stamps on the tail is from 1986 and has all the hallmarks of that era: raised detail and some excess plastic due to the age of the mold. It is not a tamigawa and requires careful dryfitting and filling. Apart from this it really is a joy to build.

As i went along i filled and sanded the model in stages. The fuselage before mating with the wings and vice versa in order to facilitate easy access.

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I did not take a picture of it but care must be taken with the wheel housing nacelles. Pretty terrible fit in this area leaving gaps and ridges but luckily easily accessible and dealt with. Another yucky spot was the canopy which is slightly larger than the fuselage leaving a gap underneath that would leave paint fume residue if left unclosed.

It is a bit of a personal thing i guess but i noticed alot of monogram offerings have sprue attachment points like these:

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Not a big deal if you carefully cut them away but i used to use my side cutters for these at first when i built my first monograms, often leaving marred plastic edges. Do use your knife here.

Ofcourse the kit comes with an ample supply of ordnance. Oddly enough no rocket launchers or self defence sidewinders. It does come with the ECM pod and six pretty ok Maverick missiles as well as a big centreline fuel pod.

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Finally i arrived at this result (at this point i still had to fill the wheel housing and canopy)

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As i explained in the introduction the plan is to give this model a more unusual JAWS paintjob in tan with colored blotches. Should be fun to spray!