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Title: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on November 19, 2021, 08:15:43 PM
Having hijacked the last few pages of my own  screenshot thread (https://www.sas1946.com/main/index.php/topic,65581.msg741299.html#msg741299), I thought it better to move my modelling madness here - if you've been following my exploits, you've probably noticed I've got a thing for the Red Army and have accumulated quite a few 1/35 vehicles and figures - although not exclusively Soviet, and not exclusively stuck on the ground. Here's my latest offering - the pensionable old Tamiya T-34/85. (I thought time had been quite kind to it) with a couple of Trumpeter crew figures. She's on a temporary base, headed toward a yet-to-be-built Berlin street, where an accordionist and audience awaits...


(https://i.postimg.cc/PxM6NwKc/20211118-232822a.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/m2kd2h9X/20211120-002645a.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/65PM7wL9/20211120-003000a.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/GpFKSD02/20211120-003023b.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/Y983twCB/20211120-003023a.jpg)

Currently dithering over which one to break out of the stash next. According to modelling gurus, this is normal. It'll probably be Soviet, but then again, a change is as good as a rest. Front runner at the moment is another old Tamiya - the M3 Lee - further dithering (don't worry, it's quite normal) over whether to do it as a nostalgia buzz 'out of the box' with the Stars and Stripes on the front, or a lend-leaser, on the way to meet its' fate at Kursk. Much as I'm itching to get to grips with all those more recent offerings, I'm thinking it would be a good one to further bring me back up to match fitness, the T-34 was my first build for a while. Stay tuned.  ;)


 

Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on November 19, 2021, 10:53:49 PM
While I'm waiting for inspiration, here's something I did earlier.

Verlinden 120mm figure - the pic on the box doesn't do the sculpture justice. I wonder how many people have looked at it, gone "Meh!" put it down and bought something else.

(https://i.postimg.cc/Hx6YDHVy/20211120-040122.jpg)


She's part of a small collection I've built up, mostly resin, although the 'Boris Safonov' pilot and infantry officer are plastic kits, Eduard and Trumpeter respectively. The Eduard was a nightmare to assemble. No problems with the other figures, although I was expecting a better likeness of Roza Shanina from the skirted sniper.

(https://i.postimg.cc/NMD13y6k/20211120-035802.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/vmdfD7Xv/20211120-040243.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/jdpJkQVr/20211120-035815.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/Y04hdjb9/20211120-035827.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/8k3FjBzr/20211120-035840.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/bNtZbDZV/20211120-035846.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/tgXJLB28/20211120-035849.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/d3TV8pVZ/20211120-035855.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/jShPww90/20211120-035904.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/pdGjkNRs/20211120-035939.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/J7BX3dgQ/20211120-035952.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/4NPxp6J5/20211120-035947.jpg)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Forager on November 20, 2021, 06:25:55 AM
  Your figure painting is very well done, where do you get the patience?

  Show the M3 when she is ready, we need more ground vehicles here.
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on November 20, 2021, 09:06:37 AM

That's very kind of you, Forager.  :)

If anything, I find figure painting calms me down - I get totally absorbed in it. I have disasters and tantrums like everybody else, of course, but as a rule, I'm naturally quite placid. 

I'll post updates on the M3 as it comes along. As mentioned, I'm getting myself 'back in the game' at the moment - working towards more up to date kits.

My 'big' project is a series of 1/35th dioramas featuring Soviet 'monster' tanks passing through a village during the confusion of the early days of the German invasion. I've obtained the vehicles and a lot of figures, but I think I might have embarked on a never-ending journey - I'm very easily sidetracked by kits that take my eye. Still, I've made a start (as seen in the other thread) - although a lot of my tank crew figures are more suited to later war scenes, I'll be using them in and around other kits...

(https://i.postimg.cc/W1wnn59h/20211107-092004.jpg)

More soon.  ;)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on November 23, 2021, 05:52:28 AM

Right - let's get this show on the road. As per usual with 1974 vintage Tamiya kits, it's not going to compare with the latest offerings out there. But...if you're after a fairly simple, quick build that'll look the part once it's had a lick of paint, don't write it off.

(https://i.postimg.cc/hthJVnzS/20211123-120739.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/hGTt0tSq/20211123-120839.jpg)


Pretty much decided on the lend-lease option. I'm no expert, but according to brief research, the kit depicts a rivet-hulled, deisel engined M3, as supplied to the Red Army. I'll probably finish building it today and might even give it an olive drab undercoat before reporting back.
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on November 24, 2021, 11:25:37 AM
Not the relaxing build I was looking forward to, fixing the top assembly to the front hull was a challenge. However, I've built worse and we're there now. Ready for for a trip to my no-expense-spent spray booth. I'd liked to have left a side hatch open, but haven't got a suitable figure to put in the hole. I'm thinking the tankies I've selected might be a little over-scale - I'll see how the whole thing looks painted up.

(https://i.postimg.cc/vBbT4D58/20211124-172138.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/W1Z1S0nb/20211124-172154.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/FRrF98Q7/20211124-172214.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/VLCwcmbK/20211124-172227.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/SKDFGKwx/20211124-172304.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/MKVGmytZ/20211124-172335.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/QdqxRhRR/20211124-172342.jpg)

So...the question I usually ask myself at this stage is "Would I build another one?" Hmmmm, can't believe I'm saying it about a Tamiya kit (even an oldie), but I have to say "No". Anyway, she's built, and she should look like a Red Army M3 by the time I've finished with her. Now it's on to the enjoyable bit - will update when she's painted.

Thanks for looking in.   :)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on November 24, 2021, 05:24:10 PM

The boys look a little smaller after a lick of paint - I think they'll look at home after all.


(https://i.postimg.cc/fbLqYybv/20211124-233529-400.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/wxJfXS9n/20211124-233556.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/RVdTGmyp/20211124-234106.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/L803KTHz/20211124-234243.jpg)

Well, that'll do it for tonight. Up with the lark tomorrow shakin' that rattle-can.  ;)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on November 25, 2021, 10:43:57 AM


Weeeeee! Now we're flying!  ;D

(https://i.postimg.cc/nhLWw7gm/M3-Lee-Tank-Goes-Airborne-on-Obstacle-Course.jpg)


Sprayed with Tamiya olive drab, first coat of Klear, decals and first wash. Fairly long way to go yet. The crew need toning down, more washes, highlighting and filth - still, we're getting there...

(https://i.postimg.cc/MphhMH3j/20211125-170711.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/dt9D0gq8/20211125-170748.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/FzMjbMMG/20211125-170923.jpg)

In no rush, but I *might* get it finished tonight.

As ever, thanks for looking in, more soon.  ;)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on November 25, 2021, 06:02:33 PM

Filth! I'm going let the first layers dry thoroughly overnight before blending things in under natural light. Still very much a work in progress...

(https://i.postimg.cc/PJDYQfTR/20211125-235029.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/VLjXSN7S/20211125-235041.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/rwjWJP2M/20211125-235101.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/rpY46RpH/20211125-235118.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/63kGqsnL/20211125-235144.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/fyYS0Hv4/20211125-235210.jpg)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: spit05 on November 26, 2021, 05:57:34 AM
très beau travail Andy H  :)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on November 26, 2021, 12:18:05 PM

Merci, mon ami.  :)

Almost there. Just a few touch-ins and touch-ups to go...

(https://i.postimg.cc/nrTqNSkC/20211126-184234.jpg)


Back soon with the final reveal.
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on November 26, 2021, 03:40:40 PM

And there she is done.  :)

(https://i.postimg.cc/HsJpvYgX/e9674106a4d77366d930b734272c37d9.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/qMgfBjDT/20211125-205946.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/L6WcJLGZ/20211126-201932.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/MG2gDx66/20211126-201933.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/5yRRFWKM/20211126-202009.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/tgjm65k7/20211126-205637.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/Y9XXJwHm/20211126-205650.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/pr4sLYyW/20211126-205707.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/6QtYqQ6v/20211126-205900.jpg)

Time for mug of tea and the traditional dither about what to break out of the stash next. Thanks for looking in - more miniature mayhem soon.  ;)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: genXgamer on November 26, 2021, 04:50:41 PM
G'day Andy

You should be very proud of how this one turned out.
Some like their models to look like museum displays but to my eyes this is so much better.
Maybe an attempt at some battle damage in a future project?
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on November 26, 2021, 06:11:45 PM
Thanks for kind words, genX' - quite pleased with how the old kit turned out, despite its' faults.  :)

Battle damage? These guys are more than likely to get some.

(https://i.postimg.cc/0r1NvFG9/1-35-rus-panzer-kv-1-1941-300035372-01.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/jdfvt10m/a30e9152af041a24cacd6560f689dd38-military-art-box-art.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/vm0t0Ffg/A1219-113-X3-800.jpg)



I'm also on the look-out for a suitable panzer I can wreck for a Berlin diorama - although I'm tempted to use WWI British ones... :o

https://youtu.be/ElzZ7KZW9M0
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on November 30, 2021, 05:55:25 AM

(https://i.postimg.cc/WbL89Y6p/20211130-104836.jpg)

Tamiya 1/35 M4A3 75 Sherman. This one's a little monster. Nothing wrong at all with the kit - I highly recommend it, comes with loads of figures and enough stowage for two or three vehicles, too. It's just that the one I bought is cursed.  :o

 I've had it a long time and return to it every now and again to fix broken parts, retrieve crew figures from the interior, touch in paint that has lifted, and so on. If it can go wrong, it's gone wrong.

I don't know why the little pig attracts clumsiness on my part, but it does - as mentioned, it's a nice kit, typical Tamiya 'idiot-proof shake & bake'. It won't beat me, but I've found that I make more progress with irregular 'hit and run' sessions than sitting down for days until it's finished. Very much a work in progress - my unfinished symphony.  ;D

She's already been put back to one side, I'll sneak up on her again when she's least expecting it.  ;)

(https://i.postimg.cc/NjtN0C5C/20211130-104657.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/v86XtwnS/20211130-104730.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/GmbQRB5Z/20211130-112524.jpg)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on December 01, 2021, 02:33:05 PM

A busy day with not a lot to show for it. Still, that's the last two villagers done...

(https://i.postimg.cc/wT13S0nf/20211201-200142.jpg)

Nice sets that compliment each other very well. I got lost for hours trying to decypher the language of Russian/Soviet headscarves, figured that unbleached linen was a safe option.

(https://i.postimg.cc/MGmGy4jT/20211201-202918.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/Y0Z2rBTX/20211201-203203.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/4xC4jZ6y/20211201-203400.jpg)

Just need a village to put them in now.  ;D
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on December 02, 2021, 08:37:08 AM


Can you guess what it is, yet?  ;)

(https://i.postimg.cc/dVqdtj8c/20211202-145341.jpg)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Gaston on December 02, 2021, 10:05:14 AM
Armored car ???
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on December 02, 2021, 12:33:52 PM


I'm afraid not, my friend.

A little further down the road...

(https://i.postimg.cc/L5WsZs3z/20211202-191407.jpg)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Gaston on December 02, 2021, 02:38:30 PM
T-34/76, probably a 1943 model ???
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on December 02, 2021, 04:04:19 PM

Correct!   ]cheers[

(https://i.postimg.cc/T18zN7X5/35368-web-en-800.jpg)

Really nice kit (so far), although the plastic is somehow very soft, yet brittle. Weird.
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on December 03, 2021, 02:42:32 PM

Ready for painting. The turret's still loose. The two-piece vinyl tracks were a pain in the arse, as were some needless microscopic parts that could have moulded onto larger parts. Still, there she is, the whole thing feels very fragile compared to most other tanks I've built.

(https://i.postimg.cc/GtrXpx9Z/20211203-204916.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/wj303vTT/20211203-204929.jpg)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on December 07, 2021, 04:29:26 PM

A little progress. First coat of Klear, decals on, first highlight, first wash. Currently stuck waiting for wash to thoroughly settle and dry before a coat of matt varnish and more highlighting. Quite a lot still to do, but I really enjoy this stage...

(https://i.postimg.cc/VkF9tPmL/20211207-224925.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/Fzc3s2Tv/20211207-225008.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/MK71kJcb/20211207-225313.jpg)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Atoka220 on December 07, 2021, 04:33:58 PM
Beatiful works Andy, there's a lot to learn from you ;D

the whole thing feels very fragile

Yes, the only thing I don't like in scale modeling that there are builds that's plastics are very very fragile and you could literally break it by squeezing. Like... why?
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on December 08, 2021, 02:40:04 PM
Thanks for kind words, Atoka  :)

A little further down the road. Still a way to go...

(https://i.postimg.cc/QCbR3RpY/20211208-202347.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/zXzsjGrs/20211208-202440.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/HkjFqvj3/20211208-202510.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/gjYTNNfV/20211208-202535.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/FsH6SCbm/20211208-202545.jpg)

Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on December 09, 2021, 02:33:46 PM

Tone down filth, highlight, shade, add filth, tone down filth, highlight, shade, touch-in small details, final highlight, and there she is ready for the tank riders...

(https://i.postimg.cc/PJTQr7PF/20211209-202906.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/XqLcZg5N/20211209-202604.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/g2nqJ82d/20211209-202438.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/Sx3LzRn9/20211209-202426.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/HLMw0mMh/20211209-202538.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/3RHgnqCJ/20211209-202656.jpg)


Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: genXgamer on December 09, 2021, 03:37:28 PM
G'day Andy

Another fantastic job, it's the 1% that makes your work really standout.
Yank tank also turned out great.

You seem to be able to turn these out pretty quick, how many hours would an average model take you?
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on December 09, 2021, 04:53:38 PM

Thanks again for kind words, genX'  :)

Time taken all depends on the kit. With a simple design like a T-34 or a Sherman, I can bang it out in a couple of days given no interruptions, one day to build, one to paint. I've got a T-28 and a T-35 in the stash, both Zvezda. I'm really looking forward to doing them, but they're going to be fairly long-term projects, lots of turrets and complex running gear to assemble. They'll have to wait until I've finished preparing a more permanent workstation. There's a Hetzer - that looks like a very quick build, but the cammo' paint job's a little complicated. The Jagdtiger likewise. Thinking about it, the link and length moulded tracks might slow me down. I'm being drawn back towards modern Tamiya kits at the moment, they're more expensive, but they're nicely detailed and tend to fall together. Recent Russian Zvezda kits look nice (see T-28 & T-35, above), but a little more complicated to put together - they're certainly more affordable.  ;D

I'm thinking this one shouldn't take long if I get fed-up with green...

(https://i.postimg.cc/TwbqqDym/135-pzkpfwiv-ausff-300035374-00.jpg)

...fell into my shopping bag yesterday, couldn't resist the crew figures, they should bring the whole thing to life.  :)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Atoka220 on December 10, 2021, 03:56:03 AM
I straight up enjoy looking at these ;D (that's what scale models are for)

If you let me ask, what do you use for painting teeny-tiny details like eyes for the figures or very small parts? I tried using a toothpick but failed miserably and had to use some really thin brushes, that spread out as soon as they got wet...
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on December 10, 2021, 01:36:13 PM
Hi Atoka - I tend to take the path of least resistance.  ;)

Work beckons (don't you just hate real life sometimes?), I'll do a quick guide over the next couple of days, stay tuned.  :)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on December 13, 2021, 10:21:07 AM
O.k. Back at the workbench - here's a quick and easy method to bring faces to life...

As a general rule, I use Revell acrylics. Matt white undercoat, diluted flesh applied. With the right consistancy, the figure will start to shade itself.

(https://i.postimg.cc/q7gm0rcq/20211213-162029.jpg)

Here's the no-so-secret weapon. Paint it on neat, if it looks too thick, just brush it away. I'm far from Games Workshop's biggest fan, but I've been using inks and washes for years - this is the best I've found.

(https://i.postimg.cc/856tJb0V/20211213-162107.jpg)

The better the sculpture, the better the effect.

(https://i.postimg.cc/T1vQrWz5/20211213-162454.jpg)


That's it. An undercoat and two applications. Maximum effect, minimum effort.  ;)

(https://i.postimg.cc/fW7fGk45/20211213-163806.jpg)

If you want to go any further, you can, but I've taken to stopping here and painting the rest of the figure using a broadly similar technique.
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on December 13, 2021, 05:18:12 PM

As far as I got tonight. As mentioned above, same technique, letting the figure do most of the work. There's no way around the fine details like medals and red star cap badges - I'll come to them soon, but 'wet' paint and Citadel washes (or 'shades' as they're known now) get things off to a flying start.

(https://i.postimg.cc/rwPwQw3y/20211213-210610.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/xCKjfyCq/20211213-220112.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/qMBBrKdM/20211213-224058.jpg)

Thanks for looking in, more soon.
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on December 14, 2021, 02:11:00 PM
Just about finished the first two tank riders. Fur hats drybrushed to bring texture out (more on that later), red stars and medals done with a very fine point fairly new brush (it's not how few hairs, it's how fine a point you have on the brush, kids  ;) ). Weapons done, drybrushed and washed...

(https://i.postimg.cc/0Nr09tdf/20211214-201804.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/x8Vvy9rx/20211214-202720.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/0jvSKZmh/20211214-202729.jpg)


Tea break while I wait for the last wash to thoroughly dry.

Ready for the final touch. For that, I'll need this trusty old friend...

(https://i.postimg.cc/cCcnRYBC/20211214-202909.jpg)

Back when they're done.  ;)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on December 14, 2021, 03:47:25 PM

Drybrushing - it's really easy. Using an old brush (this will ruin new ones), put a highlighting colour on the bristles (I'm using 'ochre' here, to bring out khaki - for field grey, use light grey, green, use lighter green and so on - I'm sure you get the picture), then wipe the brush off with an old rag, leaving virtually no paint. If you can wipe the brush over your thumb, and pick out the fingerprint, that's just about right. then tickle the figure with the brush, trying to go at 90 degrees to any raised detail (don't worry too much about this). Again, maximum effect, minimum effort, the details on the figure should highlight themselves.

(https://i.postimg.cc/TwLCfRvQ/20211214-214451.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/HWMBNs2k/20211214-214431.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/rpz9N8sc/20211214-214525.jpg)

Well, that's how I currently do 1/35 figures - bigger scales are a slightly different story, but if your eyes are younger than mine, you should find these little tricks work on 1/48, 1/72, and 25mm or 15mm figures. No substitute for experience, of course, but it's very easy to master. Get yourself a box of cheap toy soldiers and give it a go. You'll develop your own style. It's good fun, and I find it very relaxing - theraputic, even.

As ever, thanks for dropping by. Back soon with the riders in place.  :)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on December 14, 2021, 09:46:27 PM

And there we are done.  :)

So, the final verdict...nice kit, very reasonably priced. Those two-piece vinyl tracks really are a pain in the arse, though.


(https://i.postimg.cc/3rB4h1G6/20211215-025832.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/8cPCs8vY/20211215-025908.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/wTrBxGjW/20211215-030219.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/PxdXFGSq/20211215-030224.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/c19xTbws/20211215-030503.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/d1WYHh7W/20211215-030832.jpg)


Well, I've been told in no uncertain terms that the dining table's got to be cleared for Christmas. Looks like my workbench is on the move.  ;D

Thanks as always for looking in - back soon with more miniature mayhem.  ;)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Forager on December 15, 2021, 05:33:19 AM
 Top drawer modelling there, thanks for showing and keep them coming, OK?

 I have seen a lot of peripherals but never a two man saw so I had to find out what they cost today, $235. ( from the web: Value of $200 from 1941 to 2021 $200 in 1941 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $3,763.12 today.)
 They had better not lose it.

 I get the same lesson in table manners before every holiday and have to evict any models from living room shelves or mantles during the Christmas Season so Elves, Reindeer and various cute stuffed penguins, snowmen and hugging teddybears can make their annual appearance.
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Atoka220 on December 15, 2021, 08:48:52 AM
Nice little detailed walkthrough
As I see it all comes down to experience and knowing what you do in the end
It just looks beautiful

Thank you ;D
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on December 15, 2021, 01:56:58 PM
Thanks for kind words, chaps.  :)

@Atoka220 - no substitute for experience, take your time and do things how you want to do them, you'll surprise yourself with how quickly you come along and improve confidence. Be your own judge - if you're happy with the result, great! If you think there's room for improvement, it's all part of the journey.

Well, a few nights at work ahead of me, then I've got a bit of time off before my seasonal duties. First up, I'll relocate my work space, then I'll start another project. I find that recent additions to the stash jump the queue - I'm trying to get out of that habit. Maybe I'll put pics of the stash up and put it to a vote.  ;D

To anyone thinking of getting into this madness, I say give it a go - it really does take you somewhere else for a while. I find researching the subject as enjoyable as finishing the kit.

Cheers, all. Back soon.  :)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on December 20, 2021, 03:17:40 PM
Well, that's the dining table abandoned to its' festive fate. Things more than a little cramped at my new workstation, but I've got to do something to fend off the withdrawal symptoms. I'm thinking Hetzer at the moment. The paint job will be good practice for the much bigger Jagdtiger. Although, thinking about it (steady on, Andy), that Renault UE carrier will take up even less space.

(https://i.postimg.cc/NMvgD2hn/T35285.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/HskT6CKT/WWCTL99984522-1.jpg)

...or I could bust out a 1/72 aircraft.  :o
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on December 29, 2021, 04:24:19 AM

Best laid plans...not much luck finding time to do anything up until now. Right! Let's get that Tamiya Hetzer built. Falling together so far. Should get the build finished today. The paint-job might be a different story...

(https://i.postimg.cc/m2CPG3s7/20211229-101358.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/Kcgzn74C/20211229-101408.jpg)

Thanks for looking in, more seasonal scale shenanigans soon.  ;)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on December 29, 2021, 11:32:03 AM
Oh, FFS!  ]cussing[

Had to improvise with blu-tac and bits of sprue in lieu of missing poly caps for the gun elevation. It's a bit droopy...I'm probably going to have to glue the gun level. Apart from that, it's nearly there, although I have to say, unusually for Tamiya, some of the instruction layouts regarding small pieces aren't very clear - although once things are figured out, the parts go together well.

(https://i.postimg.cc/3JFzjKWv/20211229-174613.jpg)


Back soon with finished build.  :)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on December 29, 2021, 05:50:04 PM

Ready for a lick of paint. Apart from the previously mentioned lack of clarity on some instruction illustrations and the missing poly caps, no real problems - although the remote control machine gun assembly requires a little patience. The cammo pattern will take a bit longer than my usual one colour spray and filth it up routine, and there's a lot going on at the arse end, but I think it'll paint up nicely...

(https://i.postimg.cc/xj4sVD2N/20211229-234018.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/CxymdGdF/20211229-234104.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/SsKGHV1G/20211229-234135.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/qqPXhrJm/20211229-234143.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/gcQfq6r7/20211229-234155.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/Sxp3HF67/20211229-234204.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/fy9qgBkr/20211229-234436.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/pXK1fGw9/20211229-234215.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/jSK3Z6TM/20211229-234228.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/s2g6RVvS/20211229-234416.jpg)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: rogeroger on December 31, 2021, 01:55:05 AM
Aaaw cute! ;D
The Hetzer is so tiny compared to the figure. I love the sleek low profile design of the German self propelled guns. Last month I downloaded most of the 'Inside the tanks series' from Youtube and the Hetzer was the first episode that I downloaded.

As a kid the stug3 was one of my favourites. I built and painted a cardboard model of this self propelled gun. Unfortunately I no longer have it.

Stug3 google image:
(https://i.postimg.cc/cJx2fnNm/41fof-NRpl-BL-AC-SX425.jpg) (https://postimages.org/)

Just bought Sudden strike4 and Ultimate general civil war on a steam sale, a late xmas present to myself. Hopefully there are Stug3's in Sudden strike. ;D
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: rogeroger on December 31, 2021, 01:59:52 AM
I downloaded this today off YouTube. I am almost halfway through and its quite good so far, Russian with subtitles.

https://youtu.be/Ml02iaS7soM (https://youtu.be/Ml02iaS7soM)


Tankers

(https://i.postimg.cc/5yyntBLH/bandicam-2021-12-31-09-32-22-896.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/0KgpWJtx)

(https://i.postimg.cc/ydvLBQg4/bandicam-2021-12-31-09-32-46-418.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/Vr0qWFWD)

(https://i.postimg.cc/SsygBFKf/bandicam-2021-12-31-09-33-02-793.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/v1N7nKf4)

(https://i.postimg.cc/ZqPfsKJq/bandicam-2021-12-31-09-33-45-973.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/kV4FBC6r)

(https://i.postimg.cc/43RL1hkM/bandicam-2021-12-31-09-33-53-490.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/dhnjs30m)

(https://i.postimg.cc/vZV29tjf/bandicam-2021-12-31-09-34-38-937.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/JsRQCZRz)

(https://i.postimg.cc/tCfmYMr9/bandicam-2021-12-31-09-34-52-544.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/TpVcsCMs)

(https://i.postimg.cc/7YbWPknB/bandicam-2021-12-31-09-35-04-253.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/PPs4K0cZ)

(https://i.postimg.cc/c1FzNHwg/bandicam-2021-12-31-09-35-20-863.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/NLrD6QNB)

(https://i.postimg.cc/3NffjSYC/bandicam-2021-12-31-09-35-39-230.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/SY8GkGXJ)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on December 31, 2021, 09:27:03 AM
She'll look even smaller parked next to the Jagdtiger. I'm tempted to pick up a Pz38 to show the Hetzer's evolution.

I liked 'Tankers'. I go through phases where I watch more Russian movies than English/U.S.  - some wonderful filming, acting and women who do a bit more than waiting for the men to come home.

Check out Star Media and Fenix Films on YouTube, if you haven't already, here are some I particularly enjoyed.

The Attackers (The lives and loves of a Soviet fighter squadron)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yr-Zz5HbO7Q
(Series 2 was a let-down, though)

The Dawns Here Are Quiet (TV series reboot of a critically acclaimed film - both worth a look)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9v8v1GUjwLc

White Tiger (surreal and mystical - the lead character talks to dead tanks, but well filmed)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=soRIjIJAUfA

Father of a Soldier (1964, Georgian, definate old CCCP vibes and cinematography)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HwZX5mSgXU


And enjoyment not the really the word to use about this one, but everybody should see this at least once -

COME AND SEE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJYOg4ORc1w


Well, the Hetzer's got some paint on it - will update soon.

A very happy new year to all looking in.  :)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: rogeroger on December 31, 2021, 10:44:52 AM
Oooo! Thanks for these links. I have been looking for something worthwhile to watch, and likewise, a happy new year to you too.
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on December 31, 2021, 03:26:20 PM

As far as I got this year.  :)

Didn't have a sand spray can, so undercoated green and worked backwards with brushed on acrylics. Very much a work in progress, quite a way to go yet. Lots of touching in, the dreaded spots/dots, little details and of course some filth.

(https://i.postimg.cc/sXjk1S2H/20211231-192637.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/652D7B9K/20211231-192700.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/Qtdzj36R/20211231-214920.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/Y04ymxBR/20211231-214932.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/KvMHGQNv/20211231-214947.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/5tnP7rxp/20211231-215014.jpg)

Time to open a beer - see you on the other side, chums.  ]cheers[



Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on December 31, 2021, 06:54:41 PM

Ready for a coat of Klear, some shading and some filth...

(https://i.postimg.cc/wBGP2Bc0/20220101-005050.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/FzjBhVtB/20220101-005126.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/g2cTPhgg/20220101-005202.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/DwCYfzDn/20220101-005216.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/bvWCbBp5/20220101-005305.jpg)




Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: genXgamer on December 31, 2021, 09:11:41 PM
The wheels look strange to me, would of thought they would break up the shape with camouflage.

Watching Nazi Megastructures some German tanks had glare-ish paint schemes.

Another Russian tank movie worth checking out, T-34.
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on January 06, 2022, 09:20:40 AM

I know what you mean about the wheels, genX, and I think the gun barrel would look better with cammo, but I'm working from the kit's colour scheme, although I've rusted the exhaust after looking at various pics - apparently this little feller came off second-best in an encounter with an American M10 (which, by a not-so-amazing coincidence, I've got in the stash, thought the two vehicles might make a nice set - like the old Airfix 'dogfight doubles').

Anyhoo, quick update after an enforced time away. First coat of clear and first wash. She's very shiny at the moment. Next up, a quick squirt of matt varnish and some highlighting/weathering, which should take care of the scruffy wheels. Quite a way to go yet with the old build-up, tone down and repeat routine.

(https://i.postimg.cc/rpBRq4yP/20220106-152006.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/zv5Lg1gw/20220106-152031.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/kXTVBzX8/20220106-152051.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/ZYcnM2Ng/20220106-152118.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/7L0YMWDK/20220106-152135.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/zvXzNDhQ/20220106-152152.jpg)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on January 07, 2022, 05:41:14 AM

Deglossed, washed again, filth applied, drybrushed. Starting to look like it's got a few miles on the clock...

(https://i.postimg.cc/ZKxYsrsm/20220107-115300.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/nLCHLNFV/20220107-115314.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/3RGYXp0P/20220107-115344.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/SRr0dGSt/20220107-115356.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/0yrgGmLc/20220107-115433.jpg)


Off to the local model boutique for supplies, and we all know where that normally leads, right?  :angel:

Thanks for looking in, more soon.  :)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: rogeroger on January 08, 2022, 01:00:14 AM
KV8 or maybe Stug3?  ;D
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: rogeroger on January 08, 2022, 02:03:26 AM
I'm not much of a tank sim person but this 2007 game was going incredibly cheap on the last steam sale, so I purchased it.

(https://i.postimg.cc/0yLW1jwZ/capsule-616x353.jpg) (https://postimages.org/)

(https://i.postimg.cc/W3V5tySk/sf2.jpg) (https://postimages.org/)

The vanilla download came to 2.5gb. I read that the Sta mod is a 'must have' to bring it up to date.

With the Sta zipped mod file unpacked and installed the size on disk is now 29gb. :o  Sounds familiar doesn't it. ;D


I will try it soon and I hope that the space usage is justified.

(https://i.postimg.cc/xCPtmPFF/stamod.jpg) (https://postimages.org/)

(https://i.postimg.cc/LsLy9SkS/steel-fury-kharkov-1942.jpg) (https://postimages.org/)

(https://i.postimg.cc/qBYcDRC7/58c2a970189dc266a364370b97fa71c1.jpg) (https://postimages.org/)

(https://i.postimg.cc/GthzxsW3/steel-fury-kharkov-1942-50169.jpg) (https://postimages.org/)

33 Lima's stock campaign mission reports here with some cool screenies.
https://combatace.com/forums/topic/85352-steel-fury-the-stock-campaign/ (https://combatace.com/forums/topic/85352-steel-fury-the-stock-campaign/)
 


Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on January 08, 2022, 03:58:45 AM

Well...believe it or not, I came away from the shop with nothing more than a few aerosols and some extra thin cement. :o  I did think about a Red Army Matilda, but I've got a British one in the stash, so couldn't justify it to myself at the moment. I might well have picked up a Valentine I spotted last time there, but some bounder had beaten me to it, and I gave up trying to figure out which of the Tamiya King Tigers on the shelf was the better kit - as with the new Airfix (re-boxed Academy) kits, I'll read up.

Interesting looking tank sim, there. I went through the whole 'Men of War' series, and much prefer the earlier offerings. I might fire it up for old time's sake later - a multi gigabyte download is out of the question for me until I invest in a new hard drive. My first proper PC had a whole 1Gb - "You'll never fill it up!" I was told... ;D

Anyway, here's how Hettie looks after a few applications of Tamiya weathering powders - I'm going to try out some fixative spray to preserve everything, I've found that some varnishes just soak up and remove powders, and can't for the life of me remember which one behaved itself, I know the powders don't like Tamiya spray varnish...go figure.

(https://i.postimg.cc/Jh5MRjV5/20220108-095835.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/8k0Dk139/20220108-095849.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/c12yyFtN/20220108-095916.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/Pq296yn9/20220108-095944.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/8k2pBpHW/20220108-095959.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/bvV8GprZ/20220108-100018.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/g2Nb5mvg/20220108-100038.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/wjxSDZSL/20220108-100047.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/nzm5HJDb/20220108-100059.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/XYvzrFCg/20220108-100123.jpg)

If the fixative works, it's just a matter of more varnishing and a little work on the tracks. Oh, and the crewman in his Hugo Boss suit.  :)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: rogeroger on January 08, 2022, 05:06:26 AM
Quote
Well...believe it or not, I came away from the shop with nothing more than a few aerosols and some extra thin cement.

Your self control is admirable. :)

I'm quite surprised at your thoughts about a Matilda tank as I spent some time after my last post playing the scripted Steel fury driving tutorial which happens to be on a British Matilda tank. ;D


(https://i.postimg.cc/BnfVDqtY/20220108133715-1.jpg)
 (https://postimg.cc/F7GpXXy3)

You have weathering down to a fine art, the Hetzer looks great now. :)

I played through  one of the "men of war" games and eventually found it to be a bit  repetitive. Sudden strike 4 which have played recently is a real gem and is worth it so far.
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on January 08, 2022, 12:06:02 PM
Thanks for kind words, rogeroger.  :)

The Matilda I've got has a similar angular cammo scheme, and some really nice crew figures - should keep me out of trouble for a while.

The Red Army version has different fittings and tracks, plus Soviet crew figures. I'll probably pick one up sooner or later.

Well...the fixative seems o.k.

While I'm waiting for it to dry (seems a bit shiny, but no biggie), I've got the crewman done. Basically the same very wet paint and final drybrush technique as the Soviet tank riders upthread...

(https://i.postimg.cc/jd393NdF/20220108-154600.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/x1WZn2mG/20220108-165240.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/hjn3Q1pf/20220108-173527.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/DzrxhbnF/20220108-174440.jpg)

Back soon with the final reveal.  ;)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on January 08, 2022, 02:44:22 PM

There she is done - more of an interpretation than an exact replica, but I'm fairly happy with the result...

(https://i.postimg.cc/kXHG8K5y/20220108-204804.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/L5X4g8K7/20220108-204815.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/qq5JsHp7/20220108-204821.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/jj4Jz2md/20220108-204843.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/J4dwzQhR/20220108-204908.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/XY8F3vW5/20220108-204930.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/ncqS4qKt/20220108-204951.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/LsPJ56Kv/20220108-205010.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/tJF0nwRK/20220108-205032.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/pTq5bctt/20220108-205433.jpg)

All good practice for the much bigger Jagdtiger. Well...what's next? I dunno - probably something with a simpler colour scheme. ;D

Thanks as always for looking in, more miniature mechanical mayhem soon.  ;)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: genXgamer on January 08, 2022, 04:56:49 PM
Had my doubts about this one, but the final result looks stunning.
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on January 08, 2022, 05:29:37 PM

Cheers, old chum!  :)

She looks good from a couple of feet away, and I'm happy to have discovered the pigment fixing spray (and that it'll take a coat of varnish). Given my time again, I'd be a little more sparing on the dots/blotches, but not a bad first attempt at the 'ambush' pattern cammo - I got quite a bit of confidence from it all. 
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: rogeroger on January 09, 2022, 04:20:24 AM
Wow Andy! it got even better. I was initially a bit unsure about the mauvish camo colour, but that looks bloody marvelous.
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on January 09, 2022, 12:57:05 PM

Thanks again, my friend  :)

O.k...let's try something different - won't be much mud on this one, which means I'll have to be more careful than usual on the running gear. Again, the crew figures should bring this one to life, and I've got some suitable Commonwealth infantry figures in sauntering past poses. At least living at the seaside means I'm not short of sand for the base...

(https://i.postimg.cc/0Qpny2jq/tam35300.jpg)

Having picked up the recommended colours when I bought the kit, I'll be trying out Tamiya paint, which I've had varying results with in the past. I'm led to believe their paint retarder makes a huge difference to the normally instant drying time and lifting problems. Only one way to find out.  ;D

Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: rogeroger on January 10, 2022, 03:56:04 AM
A nice looking tank, but bloody slow. In Steel fury they chose the slowest tank to use in the driving tutorial. Its painfully slow going up a hill in the tutorial, and then there's the anti tank ditch. ;D
(https://i.postimg.cc/vHCfmBBr/steamuserimages-a-akamaihd-net.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/tYtYS9FJ)

That is a nice tank kit with the figures and all.  I look forward to seeing it painted and dusted. :)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on January 14, 2022, 02:26:36 PM

O.k, chaps! Let's get this Matilda built...

(https://i.postimg.cc/76tyCgwF/British-Matilda-Tank-Assembly-Line-In-Factory-England-1941.jpg)


(https://i.postimg.cc/HsDTb9Qm/20220114-194241.jpg)

The familiar start - all those wheels.

(https://i.postimg.cc/xT2SXT2T/20220114-205009.jpg)

Early impressions, it's a very nice kit. Back later when I'm further down the road.  :)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on January 14, 2022, 07:45:04 PM

Detailed suspension presented no problems other than eating up time, I'm wondering just how much of it will be visible when the sideskirts are on.

(https://i.postimg.cc/L51DTdg3/20220115-013212.jpg)

Following on from the three-piece pointy hull front, and unusually for Tamiya, the bottom hull is a further three pieces rather than the traditional one-piece tub - and it's a pain in the derrière getting it all lined up. In fact, I had to carefully prise apart my first attempt. After much cussing, I dry fitted the top to ensure an easier time as the build progresses. I think slow and steady will win this particular race...

(https://i.postimg.cc/rmvCzhZ0/20220115-020007.jpg)

...and that's as far as I've got tonight, I'm letting the hull cure thoroughly before putting the wheels and tracks on. The rubber tracks look pretty good to me, so I don't think I'll be bothering with the link and length option.

Back soon with more miniature Matilda mayhem.  ;)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on January 15, 2022, 07:36:41 PM

Here's where I'm at tonight. Tracks on and upper hull in place - no problems with fit this time around. As suspected, all that work on the suspension will be hidden.

(https://i.postimg.cc/sgcmChmB/20220115-190250.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/nrBKRjMh/20220116-005637.jpg)

The only problems so far have been entirely of my own making; I drilled some locating holes far too large (will improvise filler tomorrow) and my macho pride led to picking up the magnifying visor only after I'd fumbled with small parts and spent some time on my hands and knees retrieving them from the carpet. Having conceded that life's easier now I can see better, I certainly wouldn't ban the Red Army version from the stash.

(https://i.postimg.cc/wTYQtVby/20220116-010520.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/Jz13xh8R/20220116-010536.jpg)

Next up is the turret assembly, the exhaust system and some hard thinking about whether to leave the side skirts off until I've slapped some paint and weathering on the running gear.

Found a pic of the very tank represented on the boxtop, has given me some ideas about stowage and weathering.

(https://i.postimg.cc/c1wQN34s/snapshot.jpg)

Thanks for looking in, more soon.  ;)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on January 18, 2022, 01:25:34 PM

'Tilda's ready for some paint.  :)

The crew aren't fixed yet, but I wanted to make sure that they're posed correctly. Not sure if I'll keep the string tow cables.

(https://i.postimg.cc/bNDBvTSs/20220118-193145.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/Twsc8z9Q/20220118-193322.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/HjD4nbFy/20220118-193244.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/B6jV1c7Y/20220118-193229.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/L8mQVM0Z/20220118-193218.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/RCfP50kH/20220118-193159.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/4NgWJgGF/20220118-193332.jpg)


Will update once the basic colours are on - thanks as always for looking in.  ]cheers[
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on January 23, 2022, 01:11:50 PM
After too many real-life interruptions, 'Tilda's got some paint on her. Very early stages, but I can see where I'm going with it.

Not too impressed with Tamiya paint applied with a brush, I found a near-enough colour match from Citadel/Games Workshop and painted over it. Not too worried about how bright and scruffy it looks at the moment, next step is putting the decals on and flooding the whole thing with sepia ink - it's going to look very messy for a while. That bright blue should fade under under washes, highlights and dust. Apparently, it should be 'silver grey' according to latest research, but if it looks the part, it looks the part as far as I'm concerned. Did I mention it's going to get messy?  :angel:

(https://i.postimg.cc/ZnVBJzws/20220123-192039.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/024jnfFS/20220123-192009.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/0N09TdWc/20220123-192017.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/5tbVSQ4v/20220123-192120.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/J0BvLR7M/20220123-192125.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/J0VVts2G/20220123-192051.jpg)

More miniature Matilda madness soon.  ;)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on January 23, 2022, 05:32:08 PM

Slowly starting to look the part. Camo tidied up a little (more to do as I go along), decals on...

(https://i.postimg.cc/8Ps41R8P/20220123-234852.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/qRdDqzsD/20220123-234843.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/RCp1bW3r/20220123-234939.jpg)

...time for yet another mug of tea, then it's on to the first wash. I'll probably call it a night after that.
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on January 23, 2022, 07:11:36 PM

And that's as far as I got tonight. More touching in, sepia wash applied. We're getting there...

(https://i.postimg.cc/pXDPW8RF/20220124-011918.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/Pq7gzrdH/20220124-011932.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/jjB1nghd/20220124-012047.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/BvFgkqx4/20220124-012054.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/Wz56gtP6/20220124-011939.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/T3Lq5RNg/20220124-012018.jpg)

...next up, more touching-in, some highlighting and slapping some sand on it. As ever, thanks for dropping by, more soon.  :)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on January 24, 2022, 09:48:43 AM

De-glossed, chipped, scratched and highlighted. I've temporarily removed some parts to make life easier. A hundred and one finishing touches to go, but it's starting to look like 'Tilda's been out in the desert for a while...

(https://i.postimg.cc/xTKFWFdH/20220124-154822.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/NFRpv5QY/20220124-154852.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/rFCQh0hN/20220124-154839.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/L5F3D2LW/20220124-155030.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/SNqGzQy2/20220124-155105.jpg)

Saving the tracks and what little can be seen of the wheels until last.

More soon.  :)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on January 25, 2022, 12:12:33 PM

Time to get the crew done. Same technique as the last couple of builds - 'wet' paint over matt white undercoat, shaded with a wash, uniforms highlighted with light  drybrushing of original colour (Revell 'ochre' in this case), then a very light drybrush with off-white.

(https://i.postimg.cc/GhHBCTM0/20220125-035744.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/0N8P9L86/20220125-134957.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/Y0mzjDpg/20220125-141034.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/q7SL0dr0/20220125-150001.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/Jzhckh4M/20220125-152006.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/J4rjfhXZ/20220125-161325.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/9FLyCjPS/20220125-170044.jpg)

Time to mount up chaps - we're on the last lap!
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on January 25, 2022, 03:47:08 PM

Close to the finish line. Thanks to a spray of fixative to secure weathering powders, she's glossy again. Just a little work on the smoke dischargers, fixing a wing mirror, permanently fixing the crew in place and deciding if the tow cables return and it'll be time for a final coat of matt varnish. Not going to rush things at this late stage.

(https://i.postimg.cc/FFBqXJRS/20220125-175039.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/MpyrBPY0/20220125-175046.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/PxF6HBtH/20220125-175358.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/ht1RnPNq/20220125-175109.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/y8Pt5pS1/20220125-175240.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/wB4PxtVn/20220125-175252.jpg)

Thanks for looking in - back soon with 'Tilda presenting herself for final inspection.  ;)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: rogeroger on February 02, 2022, 06:36:55 PM
hmmm, final inspection???
Did your tank also get stuck in the ditch? ;)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: genXgamer on February 02, 2022, 07:42:03 PM


Maybe one of these.


(https://i.postimg.cc/2yNV28Lm/Bundesarchiv-Bild-101-I-443-1574-26-Nordafrika-Flakgesch-tz.jpg) (https://postimages.org/)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: rogeroger on February 02, 2022, 11:20:41 PM
No worries! She has pretty thick 78mm armour and could probably survive hits from an 88, the reason why she was so damn slow. ;D
Them gunners are darkly tanned, looks weird. :) My dad was in the Western desert, SAAF and had permanent tan lines for the duration of his life.

Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on February 03, 2022, 03:36:02 AM
Try as I might, finding the last couple of hours to finish 'Tilda has been frustrating - I've found some copper wire to replace the string tow cable, got a couple of tin hats and some rucksacks from the spares box to hang on the turret, found a Webley revolver for the commander and am toying with a coloured pennant to fly from the radio aerial...now work's beckoning again. It's a conspiracy, I tells ya.  ;D

Oh, these chaps are probably going to be strolling past...I reckon I can backdate them with the right weaponry.

(https://i.postimg.cc/x80bYzXf/c6dd081fbc52034c962019119d804559.jpg)

Two weeks, be sure!  :))
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: rogeroger on February 03, 2022, 04:34:23 AM
Them blokes look too white skinned to be desert rats, you'll have to tan em a bit. ;D


(https://i.postimg.cc/k5bKqSy8/9865987df86c6b430f9112b5288cd687.png) (https://postimages.org/)

(https://i.postimg.cc/yY8RWtP7/British-8th-Army-troops-passing-Pachino-12th-July-1943.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/V52vV7ph)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on February 04, 2022, 04:44:26 AM
Yes, I may have to open a bottle of darker flesh shader. :)

 I love those pics of Desert Rats in their winter woolies - gets pretty cold out there after sundown, I'm led to believe; and now I've got to look into whether proper flagpoles were standard issue on Matildas. Either way, I've put tomorrow aside to finish the old girl.  ;D
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on February 06, 2022, 05:53:43 PM
Delayed yet again, but here she is done.  :)

The tow cables were too big a pain in the arse - might have been a different story if I'd found that copper wire earlier in the build. The infantry have been knocked back to the 'as and when' pile, I'm planning on acquiring material for several bases/dioramas in the near future, they might come out to play when I build some desert.

(https://i.postimg.cc/MTg1sCSf/20220206-203730.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/8cNwBFgn/20220206-232152.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/Wb9SgbWX/20220206-234639.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/0yFfXXqS/20220206-234509.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/qRdG4tqM/20220206-234522-001.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/fTbfzQzX/20220206-234535.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/K8k7T7g8/20220206-234550.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/Xv9wHVLM/20220206-234739.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/mDR7K0pP/20220206-234624.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/NFjmjRcY/20220206-234708.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/fTkY47Cf/20220206-234652.jpg)

Final verdict: A very nice kit that certainly looks the part, problems encountered were entirely of my own making; idiot-proof, but not Andy-proof  ;D. The 'Caunter' paint scheme a challenge, but not too bad a job for a first attempt. As mentioned upthread, I'd seriously consider the Red Army variant, or even converting one to an Aussie if I can source suitable crew figures.

Well, what's next? Itching to get that Jagdtiger started, and the T-28 is winking at me. I really should sort out a more permanent workspace first. Whatever, you chaps will the first to know.

Tanks for looking in (see what I did there?  ;) ) - more modelling mayhem soon.  ]cheers[
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: rogeroger on February 06, 2022, 07:03:25 PM
Well done! It looks absolutely lovely in that top pic.  :)  The flag adds a nice touch.
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: genXgamer on February 06, 2022, 11:07:37 PM
Another miniature masterpiece!

Do you have one of these in your collection?


(https://i.postimg.cc/RV8Kw8k4/images.jpg) (https://postimages.org/)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on February 07, 2022, 03:32:04 AM

Thanks, chaps!  :)

Haven't got that set, although I've got the old Airfix RAF emergency, refuelling and recovery sets; thought they'd look nice scattered amongst my 1/72 diecast collection. So far, I've just completed the Austin ambulance. I'd pick the Bofors set up if I spotted it at a show.

I *might* pick this set up soon - my old eyes more at home with 1/35 now.

(https://i.postimg.cc/fRLSfSfV/103875-27767-85-pristine.jpg)

...and I'm ready to go truckin' with the Red Army - I've had these for a while.

(https://i.postimg.cc/Wb9hzbcT/447-ehkvltss-zvezda-3547-soviet-truck-gaz-aaa-1.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/LsPXxtY8/1432897434-42290900.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/hPhKCLNR/1413980789-52366300.jpg)

Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on February 10, 2022, 09:28:06 AM
Not much getting done - I've gone down with a nasty bout of Man-Flu. I might bust out some figures later if I don't crawl back to bed - I hate wasting nights off.  :(

I am, however, planning a trip to the Tank Museum in the near future, so if anyone's got a favourite tank they want given a good photographic going-over, sing out.   ;)

Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on February 11, 2022, 01:29:40 PM

Took a 'kill or cure' trip into town today. Long story short...who wants to see a King Tiger with zimmerit?  ;D

(https://i.postimg.cc/C1mzPyrV/35164-a-81045-1491196101.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/pr5RD3gC/3665-rd.jpg)

Will be going for this Eastern Front scheme...

(https://i.postimg.cc/Pf08BHrt/4047de304e3f87695222632f0b91c618.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/VN7J4QVP/10407487b.jpg)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: rogeroger on February 12, 2022, 07:19:31 PM
Zimmerit ist gut ja! :)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on February 15, 2022, 09:18:03 AM

Thinking the zimmerit alone would be going off half-cocked, I took the decision to order some extra detailing for the King Tiger, so while I'm waiting for delivery, let's get to work on the Jagdtiger...

(https://i.postimg.cc/fW8WsWPG/1b631bbdd2d7dbe213b7fd925a47a1bd.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/t4ZFPMPg/a822f0a5d74c1235f8a92c02bd7020f7.jpg)




Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on February 15, 2022, 05:19:07 PM

Off to a flying start. So far, so good - a very nicely detailed kit that's falling together in good old Tamiya 'shake & bake' style. Some tiny details ahead, but I'm liking what I see so far...

(https://i.postimg.cc/FK8K1y52/20220215-220029.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/zDnfXHdc/20220215-233555.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/3JYxyrVJ/20220215-233622.jpg)

The plan is to take a saw to sections of the one-piece mudguards to represent the Jagdtiger's tendency to shake parts off when on the move.
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on February 16, 2022, 09:51:17 AM

My, that's a big one...

I could have cut corners with the gun breech as not much - if any - of the interior will be seen with the back doors closed and the commander in place.

(https://i.postimg.cc/nr3N9HsC/20220216-162134.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/3RBczKFn/20220216-162215.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/MKXFrJMm/20220216-162152.jpg)


I might just get the build finished tonight.
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on February 16, 2022, 04:56:41 PM

As far as I got tonight. Some tiny brackets for spare tracks, finishing off the engine deck (more tiny parts) and the mud guards to do, and she'll be ready for some paint.  :)

(https://i.postimg.cc/MHY4KJNT/20220216-232251.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/KzSsPYyj/20220216-232317.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/76kmCQgT/20220216-232350.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/vBtX5Lz2/20220216-232415.jpg)

Thanks for looking in, more big cat ballyhoo soon.  ;)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on February 18, 2022, 11:13:28 AM

Almost ready for some paint. Some time-consuming fiddly stages with small parts that I'd do differently given the time again. However, I like the look of those naked spare track lugs. Shades of the old Matchbox two colour kits at the moment.


(https://i.postimg.cc/CLz4dCD4/20220218-172942.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/Pqkb6B76/20220218-172952.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/c4pfHpds/20220218-173053.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/C19bqXbH/20220218-173119.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/J4NjsT0Z/20220218-173249.jpg)


Well, now's a really good time to talk me out of chopping up those one-piece mud guards...

(https://i.postimg.cc/kM8bHjxz/20220218-181001.jpg)

More plastic panzer pandemonium soon.  ;)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on February 18, 2022, 02:50:00 PM

Too late now. ;D

I'll give the glue a while to set and then it's time to get the rattle cans out. Really looking forward to painting this one.

(https://i.postimg.cc/qRpr0Y27/20220218-210742.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/Y0sB6CZ4/20220218-210431.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/26ksgWfb/20220218-210505.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/0QXB3HfF/20220218-210548.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/6QYj21Dq/20220218-210620.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/W41RHrVD/20220218-210717.jpg)

Thanks as always for dropping by, back soon with more colourful kitty chaos.  ;)

(https://i.postimg.cc/hjQ5k15G/Jagdtiger-header.jpg)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on February 23, 2022, 11:00:10 AM

 Real life has encroached again, but I've got a few days off and can catch up with the Jagdtiger. While I'm waiting for the undercoat to dry, I've been planning ahead with the King Tiger - which is where some of you guys might be able to offer some input.

Having decided upon an Eastern Front Pz Abt 505 vehicle, I've been hoovering up photographic references, and am happy that despite my initial thoughts that it would have looked a bit 'rough edged', the zimmerit on the turret was chipped off in a neat square to show off the charging knight emblem, so no problems there. However, I'm wondering if the cammo patern might have been three colour yellow, brown and dark green rather than the more commonly portrayed sandy yellow and red brown. It's difficult to tell once I start making allowances for light and shadows, but I was wondering if any skinners experienced in such matters could offer up any thoughts? Well, anybody looking in with an opinion would be welcome, of course. I wouldn't call myself a 'rivet counter', but having said that, would like to get my interpretation as authentic as my research and modelling capabilities allow.

I've found that giving the pics a sepia tint brings out contrast, but might be setting off down the wrong road with that.

So...any thoughts?

To me, the pic with two young ladies shows best what I'm wittering on about. Indeed, someone's colourised it as if to back up, although I'll be going with a red knight.

(https://i.postimg.cc/NFBbZh03/Crewmembers-of-King-Tiger-112-of-the-schwere-Panzer-Abteilung-505-pose-with-German-women-in-front.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/c1BFwJ90/Crewmembers-z6973100815-26cae53c6a-z.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/9f9pMXw3/43aaa4da416fa4161827506020f320e0.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/wMqc0hfH/253e94705abd048d936976ebf3dcd752.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/L60B3gzK/18230564896-4e15019616-z.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/d1v8V2Kd/20046582855-0f6c033e6c-b.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/yxp9j23X/24852669186-4d05bf269c-b.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/DyDLXkT7/crews-from-schwere-Panzer-Abteilung-505-photographed-returning-safely-from-an-engagement-in-October.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/FKbL8YJK/crews-from-schwere-Panzer-Abteilung-505-photographed-returning-safely-from-an-engagement-in-October.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/nVSQybMq/front-on-124.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/XvgrxtTG/King-Tiger-243-from-schwere-Panzer-Abteilung-505-takes-air-cover-under-a-tree-during-an-exercise-a.jpg)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: rogeroger on February 23, 2022, 07:29:57 PM
This one seems to have3 colours to my untrained eye.


(https://i.postimg.cc/8Pvgvtdb/52ba9e70cb0b9ae9d648800c7787c8ca.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/vcGKF7N1)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on February 24, 2022, 05:13:22 PM

Different unit, but interesting - the spots seem a different colour to those used on the underlying three tone cammo. No zimmerit, either - I *think* they stopped slapping it on in November '44.


Meanwhile, in Jagdtigerland...

A very long way to go - but she's almost ready for a first coat of Klear and decals. Due to the size of this one, I'll be treating the running gear seperately.

(https://i.postimg.cc/k4yS7sNt/20220224-225355.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/L5CZ1sb9/20220224-225418.jpg)

All five colour options with this kit are variations on a theme, representing Jagdtigers from the unit commanded by Otto Carius in the spring of 1945. Having trawled the internet for photographic references, I'm leaning towards 'spottier' vehicles than the ones on Tamiya's colour charts. You've probably worked out by now that she's going to be filthy.   ;D
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: shahryar on February 25, 2022, 03:39:22 AM
Hi Andy H.
Very beautiful model, looking at it makes me very excited.
thanks for sharing pics.
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on February 25, 2022, 01:02:45 PM
Thanks very much for kind words, shahryar.  :)

I spent some time since the last pics cleaning up the spots and putting red oxide primer on the areas exposed by the missing mudguards and am looking forward to weathering the little monster after I've put the decals on. I'll try not to let you down with the final result.  ;)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: shahryar on February 26, 2022, 11:16:11 AM
Very good.
waiting to see the final model.
Thanks.  :)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on March 03, 2022, 02:17:35 PM

A little progress. Decals on and first stages of shading, blending and weathering. Still a long way to go, but I've got some time to myself over the next few days...

(https://i.postimg.cc/hjGHp1WS/20220303-202255.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/br7WYXGJ/20220303-202308.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/kX8XQqvT/20220303-202328.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/SxhQV3Zk/20220303-202342.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/FKP9rRhH/20220303-202351.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/QtHjH3Mk/20220303-202409.jpg)


Thanks for looking in, back soon.  ;)

(https://i.postimg.cc/gk9Gk1b8/Jagdtiger-331-2a.jpg)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on March 04, 2022, 03:43:44 PM
Looking messy and shiny at the moment. Building up and washing off layers of mud. It's still a way off, but the end is in sight...

(https://i.postimg.cc/43L3tc3c/20220304-213019.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/VvMs3HW9/20220304-213208.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/MK2pyqz9/20220304-213300.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/vZX8FnfK/20220304-213354.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/5yw1PQfn/20220304-213427.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/3xr7BwVF/20220304-213452.jpg)



Thanks as ever for looking in. More soon.  :)

(https://i.postimg.cc/t4cfxCjT/jt-city-wreck-a.jpg)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: shahryar on March 05, 2022, 03:25:25 AM
 ]thumbsup[
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on March 05, 2022, 03:52:36 AM
 :)

Ready for finishing touches, crew and final varnish. I should get it done today.

(https://i.postimg.cc/PqVdGbGq/20220305-100957.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/05D1Z1Nj/20220305-101057.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/SNk3rX51/20220305-101035.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/SxjZTcGd/20220305-101311.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/xCQ32mLW/20220305-101129.jpg)


Thanks for dropping by, back soon with the finished article.

(https://i.postimg.cc/hvP6C3sj/Jagdtiger-b.jpg)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on March 05, 2022, 02:58:30 PM

Driver and commander reporting for duty. Almost there.   :)

(https://i.postimg.cc/P5KZHvf7/20220305-201839a.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/rpPr06rC/20220305-203352b.jpg)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on March 05, 2022, 11:52:40 PM

And there she is done.  :)

Final verdict: a very nice kit with no problems except the sheer size of the thing. All good practice for the King Tiger, which shares the same chassis. I did manage to break off the anti-aircraft mounting pole on the engine deck, but looking at photo's, it would seem so did real Jagdtiger crews - and I'm sticking to that excuse.  :P

(https://i.postimg.cc/T3b0qBFT/20220306-051247.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/DfYcV2K2/20220306-045705.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/PrpQTBt1/20220306-045923.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/fTcjVY9b/20220306-045959.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/85fLNvGN/20220306-050239.jpg)



"I am your father, Luke."

(https://i.postimg.cc/MpZRXNws/20220306-051417.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/htGzKm86/20220306-051909.jpg)


Thanks for looking in, will be busting open another box of miniature madness soon.  ]cheers[

(https://i.postimg.cc/1Rcf6BJb/35807814553-1521fe7038-b.jpg)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on March 08, 2022, 03:33:53 AM
Real life gets in the way again. Due to a family crisis, I won't be picking up the brushes for a while. Don't want you chaps thinking I've cut and ran if I don't post for a few days.
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: rogeroger on March 13, 2022, 08:12:26 PM
The Germans really had a knack for designing beautiful but menacing tanks and aircraft. I have always been fascinated by this, though I have to sometimes take a step back and remember that these were designed to kill human beings. The most effective killing machines always seem to be beautiful designs. Your models look great as always, love the old pics as well.
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on March 15, 2022, 06:09:53 PM

Thanks for kind words, old chum.  :)

Well...at the 'you've just to get on with life' stage at the moment- so I'm back in the saddle with a French tiddler.

(https://i.postimg.cc/BQw6RYnN/R35-50856-la-chimere.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/Cx3KxRDq/maxresdefault.jpg)

It's a lovely little kit, even if I had to face my phobia about link & length tracks (yes, they look great, subtly sagging and wrapping around the big wheels and all, but what pain in le derrière with all those tiny individual links).

Anyway - not bad for a regularly interrupted day's work. I'm really looking forward to slapping the jigsaw/art deco pattern on this one. That's a Jagdtiger track link - just to give an idea of how the R35 compares, it's like building a 1/48th scale kit.

(https://i.postimg.cc/pLCJztWk/20220315-232955.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/QxkQZrTs/20220315-233005.jpg)

Shouldn't take long to get the turret done and break the paint out. Back soon.  ;)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: rogeroger on March 15, 2022, 08:08:32 PM
The Jagdtiger wouldn't even know it had run over that tiny "tiddler".
Reminds me of this vid that I downloaded a few years back, earlier war but similar design.

https://youtu.be/bY3mQDnbw0s?t=9
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on March 16, 2022, 03:24:06 PM

I enjoyed that vid, cheers! I've always been a sucker for French design.  ;D



Aaaaand there she is waiting for a lick of paint.

Quite a frustrating day involving microscopic parts, tweezers and much cussing. The gun cradle assembly proved particularly bothersome and required a little 'green stuff' putty. Could have been my fault - I was having a 'Thunderthumbs' sort of day.  :-[


(https://i.postimg.cc/rFJfLTmB/20220316-203131.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/RFKTp5yb/20220316-203215.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/c17mQWQv/20220316-203229.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/xdbGqVfT/20220316-203236.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/qRs8Xc6P/20220316-203245.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/7hX0jxVX/20220316-203257.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/mDBc4vhn/20220316-203307.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/8Pj7TBPT/20220316-203315.jpg)



Now the real fun can begin.  :)

Thanks as always for looking in, back soon with more miniature multi-coloured mayhem.  ]cheers[

(https://i.postimg.cc/3Ny3Q1j6/T-F-R35m.jpg)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on March 17, 2022, 07:06:37 AM

Early days, but the cammo's on. Looking a bit bright at the moment, but a few washes should tone it down...

(https://i.postimg.cc/rpL9NJNM/20220317-115622.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/HL2b4CL9/20220317-115635.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/638L9m9V/20220317-115647.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/MpZB6F5c/20220317-115707.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/jdcWFhTR/20220317-115717.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/s2Qv1dh2/20220317-115724.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/Wb53nbm3/20220317-115739.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/pTQVn2XP/20220317-115901.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/4yLgznCR/20220317-115909.jpg)


Back soon with more red-hot Renault rambunctiousness.  ;)

(https://i.postimg.cc/dQBH4zh3/Renault-R-35-Sudetenland.png)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: genXgamer on March 17, 2022, 02:54:56 PM
Inspired by Picasso?
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on March 17, 2022, 04:19:41 PM

 It's possible  :)  Oddly, it's quite effective until you plaster red, white and blue roundels all over it.   ;D

Talking of artistic cammo, I've been looking for a Char B (Tamiya seem to have discontinued it - I should have picked it up when I had the chance). I'd love to have a crack at doing this Monet style cammo...

(https://i.postimg.cc/GpKnNb3g/883cec5120c432a4b3464af84f2d6aad-a.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/HsMDmwsy/Char-Fantas1-zpssckfpijo-800.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/CKm97JJW/char.jpg)


Present for you - Aussies used captured Vichy Renault R35s as forward observation posts in North Africa...

(https://i.postimg.cc/P5htF3zx/55d736cc195e8abd7fbaa7728ccd2a10.jpg)

...although the captured Italian tanks at Tobruk and marked with big white kangaroos painted on the turret are on my modelling bucket list.  ;)

Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on March 18, 2022, 08:38:02 AM

Cooking with gas today.  ]blob1[

Decals on...

(https://i.postimg.cc/rFcp2nnY/20220318-012330.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/y6hVjh1h/20220318-012937.jpg)


De-glossed and weathered - we're almost there...

(https://i.postimg.cc/kgH9GfsC/20220318-135350.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/3rZTmK1n/20220318-135359.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/8z7Q2LS0/20220318-135408.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/26fsLJBs/20220318-135414.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/KjGCJMfQ/20220318-135422.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/pVCwysVS/20220318-135429.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/3w26hBbn/20220318-135436.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/KzZ92yT8/20220318-135442.jpg)


Thanks for dropping by. Back soon for final look-over  :)

(https://i.postimg.cc/c1zcD3FH/0p4494ihsad61.jpg)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on March 18, 2022, 02:29:28 PM


And there she is done.  :)

I originally made the base for a 1/48 scale vehicle, just painted the leaves white to give it a spring 1940 vibe. 

(https://i.postimg.cc/NjZrFYLD/20220318-162747.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/kGj2mPkx/20220318-162700.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/Mpfvh4tQ/20220318-162810.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/rmMsRpT1/20220318-163043.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/hjD4P38M/20220318-162346.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/PfFfTyCz/20220318-162409.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/fRYM7hBB/20220318-162427.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/mkcsPxP3/20220318-162532.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/pXFvxHbR/20220318-162556.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/8kq5LwTk/20220318-180817.jpg)


Just to give you an idea of size...spring 1945.  :o

(https://i.postimg.cc/zvmrHtK9/20220318-163307.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/fTfNkvLr/20220318-163543.jpg)




Well that''s it for another build. Next up, something in a much simpler panzer grey colour scheme, allbeit a contender for 'tiddler' status.

Thanks for looking in, more plastic pandemonium soon.  ]cheers[

(https://i.postimg.cc/vBZbfqqB/renaultr35s09-8142895cc4c266ba9bd72c1f47bb6554.jpg)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Gaston on March 18, 2022, 02:52:15 PM
The X on the turret... with the Z on their tanks, actually, the Russians did not invent anything ! A little the same idea as invasion stripes on Allied aircrafts for the D-Day landing, or the red/white neutrality stripes Swiss planes wore during part of WW2...

Sometimes, it can be better to be a bit more visible, in order to avoid friendly fire.
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: genXgamer on March 18, 2022, 03:04:57 PM
G'day Andy

I think this is one of your best builds, really beautiful.
Nice of the French to provide targets on the tank for the enemy (Gaston posted while I was doing mine).

I had a number of comments for the picture below, went with.

Call that a knife?

(https://i.postimg.cc/V6YNYyS2/20220318-163543.jpg) (https://postimages.org/)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: rogeroger on March 18, 2022, 07:47:31 PM
Howzit mate

When I saw post # 108 and those bright colours I thought you had been spending too much time in the midday sun, but it really turned out great, the tree diorama adds a nice touch.  :)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Forager on March 19, 2022, 07:07:37 AM
 What did you use to make the ground textures on the diorama base, and the tree?

 Impressive modelling on all fronts, figures, vehicles and bases for display.
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on March 19, 2022, 07:46:44 AM

Thanks for kind words, chaps.  :)

Yes, I'm fascinated by the work that went into effective camouflage schemes and high-viz 'friendly unit' markings - D-Day stripes, yellow noses and so on.

Loving the 'call that a knife?' comment.  ;D

The base was made using Tamiya bottled grass (I'm not joking - it looks luminous until it dries, but you can tease individual blades up as it sets, and dry brush it once dried) and Tamiya soil texture, dry brushed off white.

(https://i.postimg.cc/bJp6ZbFz/i3687.jpg)

The tree was a rhododendron twig (they look most like little trees from my experience) with leaves from a spice/herb jar I found in the kitchen. The base itself was the bottom of a mug tree I'd had knocking around for years.


Well, back to work tonight, time get some sleep before my night shift. Then it's time to research the next one in the queue - as hinted, the colour scheme shouldn't present any problems and it looks like a quick & easy build...famous last words.   ;D

(https://i.postimg.cc/k56VWhzs/Panzer-II-Ausf-A-uparmoured-number-314.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/QC5w5sJD/tamiya35292reviewbg-box.jpg)


More soon.
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on March 23, 2022, 09:39:28 AM

Here we go again... :)

First impressions - another lovely little kit, but if you fancy one, be aware that Tamiya's much older (1971) Afrika Korps Panzer II Ausf F/G is available at about 1/3rd of the price of this new tooling, and it comes with supporting infantry figures - as does the Polish campaign version of this later (2006) offering, would have been nice if the Big T at least put all the decals in one box. You pays your money and you takes your choice.

No issues with fit of parts whatsoever, the link and length tracks contain just one of the dreaded  individual links per side, easy to fit curved sections wrap around the drive sprocket and idler wheels. I might just become a convert. There are a few holes to drill out (anyone thinking of building Tamiya kits should pick up a 1mm pin vise - it's a fair swap for the filler you you normally won't be needing), and if you want to build an Ausf B or C version, there are hinges to carve off in preparation for the extra armour plating bolted on over a couple of vision slots.

So...off to another flying start.

(https://i.postimg.cc/pLVpnpzg/20220323-071353.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/cH7SmcNT/20220323-074601.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/tJXHmVqb/20220323-094110.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/kgVPZCm2/20220323-142251.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/vZxChvr9/20220323-142320.jpg)


Time for a tea break. 

(https://i.postimg.cc/fTz9Y2h2/00163.jpg)

Back soon - hopefully with the finished build.  ;)


Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on March 25, 2022, 04:51:25 AM

Crap! She's gone off the rails...

(https://i.postimg.cc/0jwh7pnn/00209-800.jpg)

It all started with the poorly fitting lower armour plate at the front, and went downhill from there.

Now, I like small details as much as the next tank nerd red-blooded man, but I draw the line at sub-assemblies so over-complicated and parts so small that they'd challenge the manual dexterity of an octopus with a microscope.

I've had a frustrating morning sticking bits on Pansy that quite frankly could have been moulded on. Bending the photo-etch exhaust cover was a pain in the arse, too, which led to fun and games getting the smoke discharger to fit. Well, the little cow won't beat me, although I confess to briefly considering wrecking it and putting it under a KV-1/KV-2 in a diorama.

(https://i.postimg.cc/JhTb5vd7/20220325-065520.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/JzxJRS83/20220325-065403.jpg)


Anyway, I'm calling the hull finished, and - at the risk of shooting myself in the other foot - the turret shouldn't take long. I really want to get some paint on it tonight.

(https://i.postimg.cc/q7gt4Rj0/20220325-094844.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/rsGsQtFG/20220325-094850.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/SxxRfR08/20220325-094856.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/CKWK04RH/20220325-094905.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/fW7b4mDm/20220325-094913.jpg)


Just remember, groovers - like guitars, you can never have too many tweezers... ;)

(https://i.postimg.cc/dQNxVSsY/20220325-072613.jpg)

Thanks for dropping by, back soon (hopefully) with the finished bitch build.
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Forager on March 25, 2022, 12:33:36 PM
 Small detail parts that could be molded are indeed frustrating and some photo etch stuff goes directly into the trash.

 I do appreciate the detail some people apply to their hobby but for me, if it looks sort of like an airplane, I am OK.

 Ever notice that, no matter how many tweezers or razor blades or brushes you have, they never seem to be where you think you left them?

 
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on March 25, 2022, 06:51:33 PM

True.  ;D

Well...I wasn't going to let it beat me. The carpet monster was hungry today, so I had to improvise with leftovers from the spares box. I'm pretty sure once she's painted up, there will be few clues to the trials and tribulations that went into the build.

(https://i.postimg.cc/8zh3cCSY/20220325-235004.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/LXs0xB1d/20220325-235012.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/1tY72nG8/20220325-235020.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/XqRHNRD3/20220325-235039.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/HnMGt4qY/20220325-235049.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/YSPyyLfh/20220325-235103.jpg)


Thanks to this one, I've decided my next build will be a nostalgia buzz from 1975. Meanwhile, I'd better get that panzer grey rattle can all shook up and get the mud mixer ready.  :angel:

(https://i.postimg.cc/3xq2pXFf/Panzer-II-number-541.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/PJfC0JM8/ph591ttfmkz41.jpg)

Thanks as always for looking in, more soon.  ;)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on April 21, 2022, 08:22:55 AM

 No time to myself lately - although my 10 year-old great-nephew had at it with my brushes, paint and glue today while I looked on. Great result for a first attempt. Nice little kit - ideal for beginners, although the decals needed a helping hand from Unc. He's very pleased with himself and has left a couple of car kits here ready for his next visit.  8)

(https://i.postimg.cc/vmSt7VBb/20220421-140648.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/7LbgLZNc/20220421-135809.jpg)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: rogeroger on April 21, 2022, 08:25:39 PM
No doubt you are his favourite uncle with all of the cool models. ;D
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on April 26, 2022, 12:56:51 AM
He likes dusting them.  ;D

Well, there's a nice surprise...the girls at work were so impressed with the Easter Bunny leaving eggs and chocolates around their 'in' trays, they got him a little something in return... :)

(https://i.postimg.cc/FFwt1QSH/TAM35065-800.jpg)

The original 1969 kit - it still scrubs up well for an oldie. It's going to jump the queue, I should start it tomorrow.  :)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: rogeroger on April 26, 2022, 08:38:16 PM
 :)) ]thumbsup[


(https://i.postimg.cc/0QvVk5QK/easter.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/PL6WKj1d)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Atoka220 on April 27, 2022, 04:08:51 AM
It was a really long time since I checked in
Your detailing of contours still amazes me and I especially like your camo work on the hetzer and königstiger ;D

Keep it up Andy
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on April 28, 2022, 05:05:47 AM
I'm so stealing that guitar bunny as a calling card  ;D

Thanks, Atoka (and happy birthday!)  :)


What a blast from the past the Panther is so far. Very quick and simple to put together - provided some thought is given as to how the road wheels overlap,* no micro-parts to feed the carpet monster and detailed enough for the way I do things. I'm probably going to have a go at slapping some zimmerit on it.

(https://i.postimg.cc/d3GcGmf3/20220428-114005.jpg)


*The purists and rivet-counters might not like that the centre row of wheels are singles rather than twins, but there are much more modern Panther kits out there if you want to splash the cash.
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: genXgamer on April 28, 2022, 09:18:28 AM
G'day Andy

Did the last tank end up being finished?

No pictures of it's final paint job.
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on April 28, 2022, 12:37:20 PM
Hi, mate!  :)

No paint on the Panzer II yet - I've been busy looking after my mother post covid and two ops. She's on the mend, so finally getting back into the swing of things. I'm planning to paint it while the rattle cans are out for the Panther.
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Atoka220 on April 28, 2022, 03:03:04 PM
Thanks, Atoka (and happy birthday!)  :)

Eheh, thank you ;D
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on April 29, 2022, 03:43:54 AM

Quick update on the Panther. A little overscale, perhaps, but bearing in mind the general 'clunkiness' of this old kit, I think I'll get away with some very roughly field-applied zimmerit. Might have made a challenge for myself come decal time, but by the time it's painted and weathered, it should look like a battered old workhorse...

(https://i.postimg.cc/Z5s0vmZK/20220429-093243.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/gjK2zFNp/20220429-093304.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/CMC1HkY2/20220429-093329.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/1XMyx035/20220429-093359.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/qMbpjGF1/20220429-093741.jpg)


Now thinking through how to fit the driver. The commander's going to have his legs amputated to fit in the hatch. As this one started life as a battery-driven toy, the upper hull is designed to clip on, so I should be able to put the driver in a lot further down the line. Assembly-wise, there's not that much left to do. I do like how these old kits - with all their faults -lead quickly to the painting stage.  :)


Thanks for looking in, more old time modelling mayhem soon.  ;)

(https://i.postimg.cc/Pqmssb6s/Panther-401-italy-summer44.jpg)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Forager on April 29, 2022, 03:12:35 PM
 I am really glad to hear your Mother is getting well.

 The Panther is my favorite tank for appearance.
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on April 29, 2022, 03:58:04 PM

Thanks, mate! It was touch and go for a while, but she's slowly making a full recovery.  :)

Here's where I'm at - build completed (apart from tracks and delicate machine gun on commander's cupola), ready for a first squirt of paint. I think it's going to look the part. Having enjoyed a hassle-free build that took me right down Memory Lane, I'm looking forward to another kit of similar vintage.  :)

(https://i.postimg.cc/Gmq41MCW/20220429-210644.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/wvsMLgmz/20220429-210652.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/pdmLMRkj/20220429-210704.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/kGvnv4M0/20220429-210713.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/BvP4wNQc/20220429-210734.jpg)


As always, thanks for dropping by. Back soon with more plastic panzer pandemonium.  ;)

(https://i.postimg.cc/qqjP7Cvv/panthera567.jpg)





Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Atoka220 on April 29, 2022, 04:52:50 PM
Ah I just read about your mother
Hope she gets well
I went through it 4 times so I hope she also whent through it quickly
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on April 29, 2022, 05:12:25 PM
Thanks, mate.  :)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on April 30, 2022, 06:44:04 AM

Getting in gear. As so often the case, I found some vinyl mesh while I was looking for something else, so decided to chop it up and put it to use on the engine deck. I found the tow cables flexible enough to bend to shape (the instruction sheet recommends immersing them in hot water). The gun barrel halves were also quite flexible - I got lucky with a piece of wood from one of those bunch-of-sticks-in-a-jar air fresheners that was an exact fit, so inserted it inside the barrel to give it some rigidity. No locating lugs at the rear of the hull, so I cut up some spare plastic and inserted them after the tow cables were set in position - I'll cut corners, but I hate stowage and tools just floating in air. Anyway, now she really is ready for some paint.

As promised, I gave the Panzer II a squirt while the cans were out, and she looks better it - I'd lost some faith with this one, but she's back on track now.

(https://i.postimg.cc/vHWQHWPh/20220430-123441.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/wBbzbFvq/20220430-124138.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/L89M9Gg4/20220430-124144.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/XY7TSFtp/20220430-124210.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/x824sbKj/20220430-124214.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/j2cZZ3xv/20220430-123401.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/CK87WxMR/20220430-123407.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/d3s9kR2C/20220430-123414.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/Wp88RKVw/20220430-123419.jpg)


Thanks for looking in, back soon with more miniature madness.  ;)

(https://i.postimg.cc/hGMv49t6/Meng-Panther-A-Late-4.jpg)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on April 30, 2022, 03:40:37 PM

Some days it really is as exciting as watching paint dry...

(https://i.postimg.cc/N0wwstbn/20220430-172423.jpg)


A very long way to go, but inspired by the boxtop artwork (there's not much to go on in the sparse instruction sheet), I've settled on a colour scheme. You know how I roll by now - washes and highlighting will bring out the colours and details, not too worried about the wheels as they'll get covered in filth further down the road. Anyway, I've got a much better idea of where this one's going - here's where I'm at...

(https://i.postimg.cc/902p0xsC/20220430-212916.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/wBscV8p9/20220430-212930.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/Hn3QxTQ9/20220430-212945.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/vHHrK6sq/20220430-213004.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/wTGmbfFM/20220430-213017.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/jjVJRDpr/20220430-213045.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/x8dX6MzL/20220430-213056.jpg)


Thanks for looking in, more Teutonic tank tinkering soon.  ;)

(https://i.postimg.cc/htg3G1HS/Panzerbefehlswagen-Panther-Ausf-A-Sd-Kfz-267-of-the-Panzergrenadier-Division-Gro-deutschland-pho.jpg)

Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on May 03, 2022, 01:25:25 PM

A little progress. Decals applied and first wash...

(https://i.postimg.cc/JzTZTvxh/20220503-194942.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/sXWWgXrB/20220503-194712.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/YCSmm87B/20220503-194806.jpg)

...still a long way to go.



Thanks for looking in, more dog-rough developments soon.  ;)

(https://i.postimg.cc/0yrbNQG8/Panther-ausf-A-R02.jpg)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: rogeroger on May 04, 2022, 08:16:36 AM
https://youtu.be/05nF8wBMHYo
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on May 04, 2022, 03:16:43 PM

Cheers for that - an interesting listen so far.  :)


Getting there...almost ready for the crew (which means I can finally clip the hull together) and some mud.

(https://i.postimg.cc/pTH6LV00/20220504-181232.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/TYcCXy41/20220504-181324.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/dt1S1xBK/20220504-181315.jpg)



Back soon with more big cat bewilderment.  ;)

(https://i.postimg.cc/28V2mBkk/German-Medium-Tank-Sd-Kfz-171-Panther-Ausf-A-Early-2.jpg)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Yaro59 on May 05, 2022, 01:12:22 AM
I always Andy review your model making but do not comment
I am full of admiration for this work. Sentiment, I have been making models since I was young, most aircraft of course. Currently not anymore.
 
 Much health  ]thumleft[
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: rogeroger on May 05, 2022, 09:45:08 AM
Quote
Cheers for that - an interesting listen so far.  :)

I just listened to some of it today while working on my mod and it is a bit gruesome. I suspect it is a fictional work, although it seems to be based on fact.
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on May 07, 2022, 02:36:17 PM
Thanks for kind words, Yaro59.  :)

@rogeroger, yes, I think 'embellished' is the word I'm looking for.  :)

Busy covering sickness at work, no time to myself. On the plus side, I've got next week off in return, so should get quite a bit done. Stay tuned.
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on May 11, 2022, 11:12:23 AM

Yay! Back to it at last.  ;D

Popped out for paint and storage boxes - well, you know how that ended, right?  :angel:

I thought these dudes would look nice hanging around the Panzer II...

(https://i.postimg.cc/RhCHVgfg/1-35-german-wehrmacht-mounted-infantry-tamiya-35053.jpg)

...or at least the horse would come in handy around the Soviet village if the figures are ropey.


These guys are always useful...

(https://i.postimg.cc/zGpXqqpY/DSCF4766.jpg)

...the birds will come in handy you-know-where.  8)


...and, er, I had such fun putting the vintage Panther together, I went for a later model (in both senses)  :)

(https://i.postimg.cc/nhV94RPZ/35176.jpg)

Currently slapping mud on the Panther and painting the crew, back soon with a dirty kitty  ;)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on May 11, 2022, 01:53:08 PM
Still a work in progress, but not too bad for a pair of old-timers...

(https://i.postimg.cc/zfLhVmmd/20220511-202439.jpg)


Back soon with the final sprint to the finish.  :)

(https://i.postimg.cc/MTqdRKW6/ba0883701cf60a5945768578547a1bd0.jpg)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on May 11, 2022, 05:52:11 PM

Crew in position. Letting mud dry before toning it down - I think I'll leave it overnight. Then it's time to clip the hull together and for 101 finishing touches...

(https://i.postimg.cc/DzCq6mM5/20220511-232540.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/L6djNcxd/20220511-232616.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/rFcKdMhp/20220511-235019.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/fRqLgXM3/20220511-235155.jpg)


Thanks for looking in, back soon.  ;)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on May 12, 2022, 08:37:23 PM
I'm calling it done.  :)

I thoroughly enjoyed putting this one together. Not too satisfied with my first attempt at zimmerit - but then, if you don't have a go, how are you going to improve? She looks the part from a distance, and won't look out of place amongst my collection. Anyway, there she is...


(https://i.postimg.cc/B6GGFXSw/20220513-020811.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/gcsPwzfN/20220513-020210.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/X7DS82N5/20220513-020234.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/SKCBmk6L/20220513-020336-001.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/k4yLtshB/20220513-020413.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/3R9bwRdG/20220513-020437.jpg)


Thanks again for looking in, back soon with more tank-tastic adventures.  ;)

(https://i.postimg.cc/nhDFQ8Kr/Panther-tank-66-sepia.jpg)



Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on May 13, 2022, 02:49:47 PM

Now then, has anyone seen a Panzer II?

(https://i.postimg.cc/nrntv3DN/00132.jpg)



(https://i.postimg.cc/JnPp2xFf/20220513-074855.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/wvTVLJB0/20220513-074904.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/gjxHBW8h/20220513-074913.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/2jgtRcyY/20220513-074946.jpg)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on May 13, 2022, 06:32:59 PM

Decal time...


(https://i.postimg.cc/dVC4Yr3x/Panzer-II-tanks.jpg)

I've taking to using Humbrol DecalFix, and despite warnings on various forums that it doesn't leave much time to work with, I've found that's not the case - plenty of time to (carefully) slide those decals around, just as well - the three-piece Balkankreuz over the aerial frame was challenging.

The nerve-racking shrivelling-up as they settle over raised surfaces took some getting used to...


(https://i.postimg.cc/T3hvqkkW/20220513-120645.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/gJVCk101/20220513-120703.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/Pr3BxWtf/20220513-120710.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/C1g2tJ47/20220513-120720.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/JzHdzS6K/20220513-120730.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/B6pmz3bZ/20220513-120742.jpg)


Thanks for dropping by, more weathering wackiness soon.  ;)

(https://i.postimg.cc/BbwMqC2d/c506818827e1132f017a35716413d7c0.jpg)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on May 14, 2022, 04:56:49 AM

That's all the base colours on. Just a matter of dusting and washing to go, the moulded surface texture is doing a lot of the work for me...

(https://i.postimg.cc/28tsJ2WR/20220514-085833.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/JnT6XzcV/20220514-085841.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/XqG8ycYd/20220514-085852.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/sx7TN4Cy/20220514-085859.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/26BG176v/20220514-085913.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/BQNTQVgk/20220514-085918.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/KvYKQvPp/20220514-085933.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/yxp82cmQ/20220514-085823a.jpg)



Thanks for looking in, back soon with more budgie smuggling boisterousness.  ;)

(https://i.postimg.cc/Nj37Wrbj/Panzer-II-1939-2.jpg)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on May 15, 2022, 05:35:04 AM

Time for the icing on the cake...

(https://i.postimg.cc/FRQrNysP/20220515-070613.jpg)


...back soon with the finished article.  ;)

(https://i.postimg.cc/bwskth07/Panzer-II-maintnance-MAN-Nurnberg.jpg)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on May 15, 2022, 08:00:26 AM
And there she is done.  :)

Final verdict: Very nicely detailed kit, relatively expensive with miniscule parts and needless photo-etch that I found challenging.

(https://i.postimg.cc/g2X4PR7L/20220515-100145.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/jd9Qv2jx/20220515-100213.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/rm8SztfJ/20220515-100217.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/xTkLkQ3W/20220515-100359.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/nrX9QKBv/20220515-100416.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/BvNjY7CT/20220515-100855.jpg)


Thanks for looking in, back soon with a seventies revival vibe.  ;)

(https://i.postimg.cc/gkP60hr6/A20220515-073510.jpg)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on May 15, 2022, 05:04:51 PM

O.k, groovers - I'm on a roll! Time for another blast from the past.  ;D

Not too shoddy for a kit originaly released in 1975. Great fit, minimal clean up. The horse's legs might be a little short, and I'd forgotten the delights of making reins and cinches from plastic card (there's a sheet in the box), I think the whole ensemble will blend in with more modern offerings.

(https://i.postimg.cc/wMzQKJQp/20220515-200954.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/Jz0cWRZG/20220515-201622.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/pT5PN5Xq/20220515-222658.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/nrvZr8mm/20220515-222714.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/cJKp6yyJ/20220515-222730.jpg)

Currently waiting to make sure the glue's set before twisting and bending those reigns to shape and slapping some paint on.



Back soon with more equine embellishments.  ;)

(https://i.postimg.cc/L4TvLCVB/wow-horse.jpg)

Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: rogeroger on May 15, 2022, 09:04:06 PM
Tamiya tank model maker should stick to making tanks, the head is also too large. ;D In his defense though, horses are difficult to sculpt, even as a 3d model, something I attempted a few years ago with similar results.
It could also be intentional, a stylized thing, as the humans also have disproportionately larger heads.


The panzer2 model looks great with it's simple early war dark colouring, definitely worth the trouble it caused you.
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: genXgamer on May 15, 2022, 09:38:33 PM
G'day Andy

It took a while to complete but it was worth it, I agree with rogeroger the Panzer II looks great.
Simple paint scheme and really detailed, one of my favorites.
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on May 17, 2022, 12:12:40 PM

Thanks yet again for kind words, chaps.  :)


Well...

 Had I found that lead foil before playing with plastic card, it might have been a different story, but the only way I could figure things out was to fix the rider to the horse then thread, bend and glue the plastic reins. I'd much rather paint the horse seperately, but ho-hum.

 No drama with the foot figure, the whole ensemble reminds me of chunky 25mmm wargaming figures, and those stirrups are distractingly huge. Oddly, the weaponry on offer is finely detailed and would hold its' own with anything available today.


(https://i.postimg.cc/CKPr1GqW/20220517-140128.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/sxpJp7Mf/20220517-145829.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/zf6w60WX/20220517-145959.jpg)


Just for jollies, I assembled a much more modern and much more expensive (Dragon) figure for comparison...anyone for bread and soup?

(https://i.postimg.cc/d1GCXvw4/20220517-160840.jpg)


Thanks, as ever, for looking in. Back soon with more four-legged frolics.  ;)

(https://i.postimg.cc/k53XHSGP/Wehrmacht-German-Cavalry-Troops-Ford-Stream-During-Advance-in-Poland-1939.jpg)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on May 18, 2022, 09:06:40 AM

As suspected, for all their faults, there's life in the old Tamya dogs yet.  :)

Yet again, matt white undercoat, 'wet' flesh and Citadel flesh wash. That's it. Stating the obvious, if the detail isn't there, it won't show up - but it really is that easy.

Things are going to look a bit messy for a while - they don't look finished until they're finished, but I'm liking the way they're coming along. Convincing rabbit fur on the Dragon fugure's going to be a challenge though.



(https://i.postimg.cc/1RvwCypm/20220517-211003.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/8PrcRG4n/20220517-211137.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/d0nVsVQD/20220518-150847.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/SR9Xxbt5/20220518-150856.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/nh2Xzk0H/20220518-150914.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/MZ1KH5ph/20220518-151005.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/rww8hLNk/20220518-151244.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/8Cvx4y9G/20220518-151316.jpg)



Thanks for dropping by - more adventures in anatomy soon.  ;)

(https://i.postimg.cc/k4p85cMV/german-mounted-soldiers-cavalry-horse-wehrmacht-troops-color-farbe.jpg)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on May 18, 2022, 04:02:23 PM

Tonight's update. Letting the figures do most of the work, they're coming along nicely, maybe 'scruffy' rather than 'messy' now  - although I could have done a tank in the time it's taking.  ;D

I recently discovered Army Painter washes - as good as Citadel/Games Workshop and much, much better priced. Between the 'Military' shader and 'Light' tone, I drybrushed the original uniform colours then drybrushed those colours with added white. Between 'Light' and 'strong' I painted in a few more details (boots and equipment). Then I just let the 'strong' wash do its' thing...


(https://i.postimg.cc/Gp8YvXJR/20220518-170119.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/j2XJRmKH/20220518-170138crop.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/SNgz5Bgq/20220518-182608.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/13TVRpxj/20220518-182735.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/KjJ46TrQ/20220518-183158.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/kgVDHBVF/20220518-183912.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/j5hjff9K/20220518-203534.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/zXQGT8dL/20220518-203748.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/Vv6zbVnB/20220518-204115.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/PxfjBR3s/20220518-205847.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/VkycY6GF/20220518-205917.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/3xjzYZDK/20220518-205931.jpg)



Thanks for looking in, back soon with more saddled-up shenanigans.  ;)

(https://i.postimg.cc/59CVDLpt/a53f50e04974ba3c75f0672b8ea8a394.jpg)


Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on May 19, 2022, 05:03:28 AM

Good morning, groovers!  :)

(https://i.postimg.cc/fymRPhfS/20220519-104705.jpg)


Have been busy touching in, highlighting and shading, getting where I want to be - it's nearly time to slap some paint on the horse...


(https://i.postimg.cc/43yNgc1g/20220519-102602.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/sD3zzSVN/20220519-104445.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/yYLMzbpD/20220519-104523.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/5ynRbX3h/20220519-104459.jpg)



Well...off to town for supplies, back soon with with more  horsey hullabaloo  ;)


(https://i.postimg.cc/W3KdK8RC/5915526552-b8cabb632d-z.jpg)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: rogeroger on May 19, 2022, 01:03:38 PM
Found this today.
https://youtu.be/qk5HOR9lnR8
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on May 19, 2022, 01:34:35 PM

"Video not availale in U.K"  ]crybaby2[
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: rogeroger on May 19, 2022, 02:10:02 PM
No worries mate , get it here:
https://www.mediafire.com/file/rxibgk1uo80y3e1/World+war+2+-+German+tanks+-Combat+footage-.7z/file
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on May 19, 2022, 02:27:59 PM

Cheers, old chum - looking forward to watching it.  ]thumleft[


Quite a restrained performance in the model shop today... ;D


(https://i.postimg.cc/X7KkR8dG/309137-57222-84-720.webp)

Another antique offering available at a knock-down price, I figured the 'doorknocker' would make a nice companion piece to the KV-1/2.


...and these dudes might look nice strolling past a late war panzer - I'm willing to be corrected on when gaiters became commonplace.

(https://i.postimg.cc/sXZN7h8Y/33dbf41a64adc9f36d287b019c741226.jpg)



Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on May 20, 2022, 01:26:29 PM

Some paint on the horse at last. It won't be so 'red' by the time I've finished...

(https://i.postimg.cc/QMNW6LhM/20220520-194900.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/W3hqvMDL/20220520-194911.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/XvvpfwkG/20220520-194928.jpg)


Meanwhile, I've been dusting off and restoring a Tamiya 1/48 Sherman Firefly...


(https://i.postimg.cc/3R72QyX3/20220520-195047.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/hvZmmpHG/20220520-195102.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/MKXVwJQf/20220520-195115.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/T11LTnpv/20220520-195117.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/tgzYPB6H/20220520-195157.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/Jn4tQj3H/20220520-195206.jpg)


Thanks for looking in, back soon with more miniature madness.  ;)

(https://i.postimg.cc/XN97yH61/Photo-German-Cavalry.jpg)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on May 22, 2022, 02:45:59 AM

Reduced to stealing brief moments between night shifts. Quite a bit more to do, but here's how the 'orse is coming along...

(https://i.postimg.cc/HsJj6XNf/20220521-083233.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/vmvm4z16/20220521-151359.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/9Q5X1SZ7/20220521-204835.jpg)


Thanks for looking in, back soon with another daring despatch.  ;)

(https://i.postimg.cc/8cfDmBC4/3cc92b4b132af7f0d52d43ef95155375-ww-history-war-horses.jpg)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: rogeroger on May 23, 2022, 02:20:58 AM
You have a way with horses. :)  Dobbin looks damn good with the shading and matt finish. Its wierd that now the proportions don't look so bad, must be something in my coffee this morning. ;D
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on May 23, 2022, 01:35:26 PM
Thanks for kind words, old chum.  :)

I know what you mean about the proportions looking better now - yeah, weird.  ;D

Should get it finished tomorrow, then I can think about some sort of base...if I don't bust another tank out.  :angel:



Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on May 24, 2022, 01:55:52 PM

Good evening, groovers!  :)

The whole ensemble matted down, ready for basing and final touching-in. I *think* I'm going to treat this dude as a stand-alone and texture the base he's been on all the time...

(https://i.postimg.cc/0QGSYVHm/3.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/XYTBtRRd/4.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/PJ3Py9bL/5.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/FzBH3cm3/6.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/cJ00KTYP/1.jpg)



Thanks for looking in, back soon with a final floral flourish.  ;)

(https://i.postimg.cc/ZnRrJrVd/th-1716572618.jpg)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on May 24, 2022, 05:32:02 PM

That's him done.  :)

Real earth mixed in with wood glue, and some useful self-adhesive grass and flowers I found in a local fantasy gaming shop. I wasn't expecting much from this guy, more of a nostalgia buzz than anything else, but I'm quite happy with how the old kit turned out with modern minimum effort finishing techniques.


(https://i.postimg.cc/50rxtRv1/20220524-233300.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/t7Qp3n2M/20220524-233316.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/CMWqPv2W/20220524-233328.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/nh19LnLJ/20220524-233355.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/DZSS5sPv/20220524-233415.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/Y0ghBHPT/20220524-233426.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/SQzXM6KV/20220524-233449.jpg)




Thanks as always for dropping by. Back soon with another blast from the plastic past.  ;)


(https://i.postimg.cc/FKRzscqy/horse20soldier20guarding20pows.jpg)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: bomberkiller on May 24, 2022, 05:40:36 PM
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Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on May 25, 2022, 10:51:08 AM

Cheers, BK  ]cheers[

Well here's how the other two turned out - the old Tamiya guy not too special, but the Dragon one might end up delivering breakfast to a King Tiger...

(https://i.postimg.cc/8C21t4Qk/20220525-171941.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/Y9CxD61V/20220525-171859.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/05JVTfgR/20220525-171822.jpg)




Coming soon -  :)

(https://i.postimg.cc/cJWbBkXB/132517-32432-90-720.jpg)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on May 26, 2022, 05:21:41 AM

Up and running with another 70's vintage kit. Derided by rivet counters, but well thought of by those who just want something that looks very much like a Chieftan.

So far, so good.'Busy' rather than complex, with futuristic lines hidden under stowage bins and external equipment. 


(https://i.postimg.cc/cJNGWWwN/20220525-212731.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/TYyzW1c6/20220526-105847.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/tCVc4fXR/20220526-105925.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/bwRfqMTD/20220526-110014.jpg)


Growing up in Dorset, I quite often saw Chieftans trundling around Bovington and Lulworth. Especially turretless driver training vehicles with 'L' plates and a flashing light on top. 

Thanks for looking in, back soon with more nostalgic nincompoopery.  ;)

(https://i.postimg.cc/HsBFK5sX/9004-01.jpg)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: rogeroger on May 26, 2022, 05:45:52 AM
Geez!  I'm glad I didn't live in that neighborhood with military types learning to drive tanks roaming around.
Thoughts come to mind of this James May episode with Chieftains crushing defenseless cars. :)
https://youtu.be/AZmXD5bqRTY
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on May 26, 2022, 06:07:51 AM
 ;D  Every once in a while, a locally-based tankie will (for reasons normally involving women and alcohol) take his tank for an unauthorised spin and cause all sorts of problems for the local traffic cops, gardeners and insurance companies. 

Great video - I like Tom (although I must plead guilty to blowing up kits on the local abandoned airfield when I was about his age).   :)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: rogeroger on May 26, 2022, 06:29:21 AM
As a kid I used to blow up my cheapo plastic toy tanks by placing them on firecrackers. I also went to the local model store and with my saved up pocket money bought a miniature jet engine which was powered by these little pellets. I attached it to a metal corgi car in my semi detached house's enclosed veranda and lit the fuse. this car went ricocheting off all the walls. ;D  I could have killed myself, death by Mustang corgi car.  ;D   To this day I can't understand how the trusted owners of that shop could sell a miniature jet engine to a kid. It was probably meant to power model rockets.

It looked something like this. :)
(https://i.postimg.cc/Y05Vr60Z/jetex-150-motor-pellets-box-more-1-93b734e5380bcfca19a7dea4031bdb12.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/ZvLjjyrx)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: tomoose on May 26, 2022, 08:35:35 AM
The things we do as kids, LOL.  I remember a friend of mine taking a rocket (for model rockets fired into serious altitude) and instead putting it in one of those cheap plastic racing cars (IIRC roughly 1/24 scale size), weighing down the front end and sending it wooshing across an empty mall parking lot.  The back end of the car was melted and the plastic "tires" were torn up plus it did some acrobatics we didn't anticipate.  Lots of pointless fun!  LOL
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on May 26, 2022, 10:21:09 AM

Quite scary to think about how much access to explosive material my generation had as children - good job I was so well-behaved  :P :angel:

The Chieftan's coming along quickly, although the long gun barrel with thermal jacket was a challenge to assemble and fix in place. Anyhoo, here's where I'm at while I have yet another tea break. There's quite a bit to stick on the turret, and I'll probably load the stowage baskets with items from the spares box.

Tip du jour - latex glove fingertips make passable dust covers/mantlets.  ]idea[

(https://i.postimg.cc/prRBp3s4/20220526-163222.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/JncNVPRq/20220526-163226.jpg)



Thanks for dropping by, back soon with more old school overkill  ;)

(https://i.postimg.cc/bv67pHLQ/lz94kya6vvqx.jpg)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on May 27, 2022, 01:15:29 PM

Good evening, groovers!  :)

Well, after a frustrating day trying to find time to finish building...there she is. It looks like a Chieftan to me.  :)

I can't recall a tank with such a parts-laden turret, and those stowage baskets were little fiddly, but I'm happy with how it looks. Some strange-looking colour callouts on the instruction sheet, I don't think I can go wrong with a standard British Army green and black cammo pattern.

(https://i.postimg.cc/Sx7MHBcK/20220527-185841.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/R0gnZws5/20220527-185907.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/C5qZ7XFS/20220527-185920.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/jqmkZFH9/20220527-185924.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/xd1R0vGM/20220527-185937.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/cCyw8w3D/20220527-185956.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/RZVffM3z/20220527-190010.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/SQfJGBbQ/20220527-190027.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/C1HLmqtr/20220527-190050.jpg)



Thanks for looking in, back soon with some hot aerosol action  ;)

(https://i.postimg.cc/T3CsqYCj/02d69a081b46ee38f37ff94576a9b663.jpg)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: rogeroger on May 28, 2022, 07:00:12 AM
This is a nice looking model. You're definitely getting bang for buck here, aargh.
Ive always liked the sleek design of the Chieftain, the first British tank to appear menacing, both in name and design. :) Except of course for the ww1 mk1 tank.
(https://i.postimg.cc/xC13X1cY/Wo-T-Mark-1-Garage-Screen-01.jpg) (https://postimages.org/)
I don't know why but this tank always reminds me of this, probably a forgotten art amongst today's kids.

(https://i.postimg.cc/zBHSCPSP/tank.jpg) (https://postimages.org/)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on May 28, 2022, 02:40:15 PM
Wow! That took me back.  :)  I had an uncle who would always make one of those seemingly every time I visited.

Yep, the older Tamiya kits are niclely priced and look presentable when built. I think I might have opened the door to a 'cold war corner' in the collection.  :o
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on May 29, 2022, 05:56:54 AM
Stole some time back before sleeping off my night shift.  ;D

Tamiya NATO green sprayed on as a basecoat, very wet Revell matt black brushed on for cammo. Quite a way to go, but it's definitely looking like a Chieftan...


(https://i.postimg.cc/xdfBcQqh/20220529-115006.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/1XqjL5Yn/20220529-115024.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/BQ2zpbKR/20220529-115117.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/HnD280Bn/20220529-115125.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/XY7g5Ycf/20220529-115451.jpg)



Thanks for dropping by, back soon with more wet weaponry.  ;)

(https://i.postimg.cc/SNZMw7C9/ul4len8wief41.png)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: rogeroger on May 29, 2022, 06:24:24 AM
Chieftain tanks patrolling the bottom of the Red sea, awaiting the return of yon bugger Moses. ;D

edit: Jordanians dumped those tanks in the red see to create reefs and attract tourists.

https://metro.co.uk/2019/07/29/can-scuba-dive-among-tanks-underwater-military-museum-10481348/ (https://metro.co.uk/2019/07/29/can-scuba-dive-among-tanks-underwater-military-museum-10481348/)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Yaro59 on May 29, 2022, 11:04:58 AM
And this is what it looks like at B.A.T

(https://i.postimg.cc/CKHVGMZw/1.png) (https://postimages.org/)


(https://i.postimg.cc/Gt6N06BM/2.png) (https://postimages.org/)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on June 01, 2022, 03:54:55 AM

Great to see the Chiefy in B.A.T  :)


Here's where we're at. Made a start with scuffing, chipping and rain streaks - will be toned down as I progress with dust and mud. Haven't started on the tracks and wheels yet. At that messy, shiny phase at the moment, almost ready for decals.

(https://i.postimg.cc/y8Ph5ZrW/20220601-085538.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/G3Kc43NG/20220601-085601.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/GhN9ph8z/20220601-085620.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/J494L6v2/20220601-085709.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/Qx5VHZQ3/20220601-085739.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/26VSYskg/20220601-085748.jpg)


Thanks for looking in, back soon with more subtly-applied staining & shading  ;)


(https://i.postimg.cc/6Q0xPYCg/e317439e8922901896d52796529f817e.png)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on June 02, 2022, 07:29:41 AM

Lost most of yesterday to my six-year-old great-niece helping herself to my terrain materials and running amok with a hot glue gun while she made a house for her cat.  ;D

Busy today with decals, touching in small details and making a start on the tracks...


(https://i.postimg.cc/qMrLV4TF/20220602-123438.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/fTvvMpWR/20220602-123509.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/QMFgkMQF/20220602-123518.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/vB9WkSSM/20220602-123848.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/prHDHYgj/20220602-123919.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/DfrrcHXP/20220602-123934.jpg)



Thanks for looking in, back soon with more Chieftan chumminess  ;)


(https://i.postimg.cc/WbtMP3yX/tumblr-p56ayj3e4-R1rqpszmo1-1024.jpg)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on June 02, 2022, 07:07:42 PM

Tonight's progress. Almost ready for the crew and some stowage...


(https://i.postimg.cc/sxmTZnWY/20220603-003154.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/L64CMpdN/20220603-003248.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/qvz1zxvK/20220603-003259.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/W1CXrqdH/20220603-003264.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/1zFMKR65/20220603-003310.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/Hn6tLrG3/20220603-003325.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/qM7L5xnF/20220603-003416.jpg)



Thanks for looking in, back soon with more filthy fun  ;)

(https://i.postimg.cc/Y9n4GY94/530756ab7292b0c50100ff7aa8206443-1024.jpg)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: genXgamer on June 02, 2022, 09:04:59 PM
G'day Andy

At what stage did the British start making great looking tanks like the Chieftain?
Just did a quick search and the Comet tank looks pretty awesome, looks like it would give the Germans a run for their money.


(https://i.postimg.cc/wTBRKx2t/20200915-Comet-tanks-of-the-2nd-Fife-and-Forfar-Yeomanry-11th-Armoured-Division-crossing-the-Weser.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/kDkgKmk9)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on June 03, 2022, 03:20:23 AM
Hi, mate. :)

Since 1945, British tank doctrine has been that never again will the army go into action with undergunned and under armoured main battle tanks.

The Chieftan entered service in the early sixties and with ongoing improvements, served into the mid nineties until replaced by the Challenger. Despite being billed as a Mk 5, the Tamiya model is more like a Mk 3 with a distinctive anti radiation system on the back of the turret and no laser sighting mirror the end of the gun barrel. Later versions had improved Stillbrew armour. Although listed up to Mk 11, all Chieftan variants after Mk 5 were upgrades to existing models.

The Comet was introduced during the very late stages of WWII, saw action in Germany and was in turn replaced by the Centurion in time for the Korean War.

As mentioned upthread, I can see a few post-WWII tanks being added to the stash.  ;D
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Gaston on June 03, 2022, 05:37:21 AM
A famous photo :

(https://i.postimg.cc/FsqhGrky/Uriah-Heep-1971-Salisbury-cover.jpg) (https://postimages.org/)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on June 03, 2022, 03:50:26 PM
Ah, Uriah Heep - favourites of my secondary school's graffiti artists and desk carvers. Another trip down Memory Lane!  :)


Crew done - not too shabby for really old figures. They really add something to the completed piece.

(https://i.postimg.cc/ZKQyN7Yz/20220603-153608.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/5tdY7XFP/20220603-192757.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/MZNWbhB5/20220603-193842.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/8PCPMcGr/20220603-204105.jpg)

...and we're ready for final inspection.

(https://i.postimg.cc/pXVyCkfr/20220603-205849.jpg)



Thanks as always for dropping by, back soon with a completed Chieftan putting on a show  ;)

(https://i.postimg.cc/CLbzZF2k/chieftain-tank-mk2-03-eb-83.jpg)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on June 04, 2022, 06:02:41 AM

And there she is done. Welcome to my no-expense-spent lighting booth.  :)

Final verdict: Looks like a 1970's Chieftan to me - I'd certainly do another one. The only issue I had was the turret being a very tight fit, nothing some light sanding/careful carving won't fix if you want it to rotate without fear of breaking something off.

Full disclosure: Due to the size of the Chieftan and the angle of dangle on the T-shirt I draped over a box for the background, some of these pics have had the top corners painted in to make things more pleasing to the eye. . .

(https://i.postimg.cc/mDSKczGt/20220603-205910.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/QMQyP9C0/20220603-205918.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/zXyPNP3L/20220603-205935.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/V6sDVK3k/20220603-205949.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/8c2dN4nW/20220603-210010.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/sD5H1G9y/20220603-210032.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/x1tRbvkr/20220603-210055.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/02vdWWDR/20220603-210118.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/X7ndcZ6n/20220603-210127.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/sgqM8xqQ/20220603-210145.jpg)


Thanks for looking in, back soon with more miniature madness  :-|

(https://i.postimg.cc/7L1qVLky/38811b63363f6b2c56775dc2a2e074a9-1600.jpg)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: bomberkiller on June 04, 2022, 07:03:50 AM
Quote
Except of course for the ww1 mk1 tank.

 :D That started it all and I pity the men who sat in those cans back then and the men who ran in fear.


Hello Gaston,

about your pic: Uriah Heep - Salisbury:

I will never forget the four LPs I first bought in 1974 (15 years old), Bee Gees - Odessa (double LP), Mott The Hoople - Greatest Hits and

Uriah Heep - Very 'eavy, very 'umble and Salisbury. I now have more than twenty Uriah Heep CDs!

David Byron, Gary Thain and Ken Hensley, RIP!


Hello Andy,

please forgive me for disturbing your site here (I check in here very often). All your works are wonderful!

If you want me to delete this post - no problem, get in touch.

best regards

 ]cheers[

Gerhard
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on June 04, 2022, 10:49:58 AM
Your input always very welcome, Gerhard  :) Thanks very much for kind words  ]cheers[
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: bomberkiller on June 04, 2022, 11:17:41 AM
I thank you!

 :D
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on June 08, 2022, 01:54:55 AM

Coming soon...

(https://i.postimg.cc/RF7bRRWQ/20220608-083022.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/qqmwbZ4n/20220608-083046.jpg)

A presentation piece in honour of a friend's beloved late father who served a 25-pounder in North Africa alongside a certain Gunner Milligan.

No pressure, then.  ;D
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Gaston on June 08, 2022, 05:54:49 AM
The Quad is missing...
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: glibble on June 08, 2022, 07:42:48 AM
Wow very nice models :)

I wish I have the time and leisure like you to build models non-stop ::(
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on June 09, 2022, 04:37:32 AM
Hi, Gaston. :) We spoke about a quad, even considered the old Tamiya set with crew, but settled on the most detailed kit of the gun itself. At one point, we'd decided on spraying the whole thing chrome silver, but finally went for weathered desert yellow on a sandy base. I might track down crew figures and a vehicle at a later date - I know Bronco do some. With a strange sentimental logic, we worked out that his father's presence would be better represented by an unmanned gun. I've really got bogged down in getting this 'just right' before I've even opened the cellophane bags. Maybe I should have just bashed out the old Tamiya kit and surprised him - I'm sure my friend would have been delighted, oblivious to my thought processes...but I let him in, and here we are.   ;D


Thanks for kind words, glibble  :) I'm a victim of circumstance at the moment - can't travel too far from my mother while she recuperates, and model building doesn't disturb her as much as my guitars...well, until I start cussing at small pieces that don't fit.  ;D



Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on June 10, 2022, 01:21:07 AM

An absolutely disastrous start to the day. I was prepared for micro parts and photo-etch, but the rot really set in when at assembly phase 1 on the clear-as-mud instructions, the tyres split. Back in box you go, chum - I'm tracking down the old Tamiya set, Quad, crew and all. I'm done with Dragon kits.  ):( ]banghead[


(https://i.postimg.cc/vmKcy2fG/20220610-070638.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/Fsv1hLdk/20220610-072248.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/ZKjYZDzX/20220610-073021.jpg)

Grrrrrr!!!

So there you go, it happens to us all. I'm off to look at the stash. Don't want to waste my last night off.  :)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on June 10, 2022, 10:28:43 AM

Right! Let's go to Bosnia...  :o

(https://i.postimg.cc/dtDmsvRP/20220610-102701.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/G2qGRSHm/20220610-123543.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/1Xbg5xPs/20220610-152339.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/d0WGPx7t/20220610-165134.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/hG3Q3QwX/20220610-165536.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/P5XLXMnL/20220610-165610.jpg)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on June 10, 2022, 03:32:55 PM

O.k, groovers - working from photographs, I'm going to need one of these...

(https://i.postimg.cc/6Q6sHY4h/maxresdefault.jpg)

And one of these (oh yes I will)...

(https://i.postimg.cc/ZndX9QXJ/OHS-Tamiya-35047-1-35-German-75mm-Anti-Tank-Gun-Pak40-L46-Military-Assembly-AFV-Model.jpg)


 Let's do it...

(https://i.postimg.cc/L5Qvcx1K/20220610-214419.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/qMYjQZr2/20220610-213939.jpg)



Back soon with more armoured antics.  ;)

(https://i.postimg.cc/ZR9Mggb6/cecf8d2fac4a7c32a982c9b2517228a6.jpg)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on June 15, 2022, 07:36:15 AM

Plodding along. Nice kit with two build options for distincltly different vehicles, the biggest challenge so far has been making sure to follow the instructions and use parts for the version I've gone for. Nice details, quite busy around the arse-end, have left sub-assemblies off until later. Looking further ahead, the turret's got a lot of parts to add. Enjoying it so far.

(https://i.postimg.cc/4NPrhkBC/20220615-132608.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/MK6Lw3x9/20220615-132614.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/L5XjCPK3/20220615-132655.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/vTc6LdfP/20220615-132852.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/d067b09H/20220615-132912.jpg)



Thanks for looking in, back soon with another confusing cavalry conundrum.  ;)

(https://i.postimg.cc/zfzvFr1n/229971-slice.jpg)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Gaston on June 15, 2022, 01:54:06 PM
Nice picture, Andy ! But this is not really cavalry, no ? I mean, not in the usual sense ! BTW... in my country, we still have these troops :


(https://i.postimg.cc/02YGPXnP/tringlot.jpg) (https://postimages.org/)

We call them "Troupes du train". They have an important logistical role, in mountaineous regions.
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on June 15, 2022, 05:32:19 PM
Interesting photo, Gaston - I'd like to do those guys in miniature.  :)

You just know at least one of those British tankies said "I didn't join the Hussars to ride a bloody horse!"  ;D

(https://i.postimg.cc/rsgKxM8H/2ba74a0ba243d387fe689a056386762b.jpg)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Gaston on June 15, 2022, 11:19:16 PM
Thanks ! If you like, here are some other shots of our "Troupes du train" :


(https://i.postimg.cc/ZR63QFSR/Tringlot-1.jpg) (https://postimages.org/)
(https://i.postimg.cc/GtQDLL9n/Tringlot-2.jpg) (https://postimages.org/)
(https://i.postimg.cc/gkgh12fv/Tringlot-3.jpg) (https://postimages.org/)
(https://i.postimg.cc/g0Z6wqrD/Tringlot-4.jpg) (https://postimages.org/)
(https://i.postimg.cc/7hxCQF9s/Tringlot-5.jpg) (https://postimages.org/)
(https://i.postimg.cc/4Nx7vTmn/Tringlot-6.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/gr12dQyP)

You can clearly see how useful these troops are, by the diversity of the horses' loadings !!! Most soldiers serving in these troops are farmers. As we have militia army, military service is mandatory from the age of 20 until the age of 32 (in the past, it was from 20 to almost 50...).
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on June 16, 2022, 08:56:53 AM

Oooh, I like those pics a lot - thanks for sharing. I'm going to have to source some horses.  ;D

Still plodding along with the Challenger, a fair bit still to do with the turret fixtures and fittings - including fiddly stowage baskets and nylon mesh (hopefully, there'll be enough mesh left over for the King Tiger and late Panther engine grilles). If I can resist the urge to go down the pub, I should get the build finished tonight.   :)

(https://i.postimg.cc/zDHTj6y6/20220616-141347.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/pddsXCsv/20220616-141404.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/RhwRbDZ7/20220616-141415.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/L6RB8vsW/20220616-141431.jpg)



Thanks for looking in - back soon with more miniature mayhem.  ;)

(https://i.postimg.cc/hvXdyS9z/117307.jpg)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on June 17, 2022, 04:49:28 AM

Well, there she is ready for paint.  :)

Quite an impressive kit. As suspected, the stowage bins a lttle fiddly, and given my time over again, I'd have treated the mesh differently, but by the time they're painted and I've filled the bins up to overflowing, I don't think it'll matter much.

Now dithering over whether to get the Challenger painted or break the PAK 40 out and paint them together to ensure that the weathering matches...

(https://i.postimg.cc/9X72zq27/20220617-104346.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/hGYFtK3s/20220617-104355.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/zf6M10VP/20220617-103908.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/x1dFJWm4/20220617-104005.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/1XHJ4H3S/20220617-104012.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/rwzQF5X6/20220617-104020.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/wMfLSbB1/20220617-104029.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/d02dq01P/20220617-104036.jpg)



Thanks as always for dropping by, back soon with more laser-guided lunacy.  ;)

(https://i.postimg.cc/7ZyZqnTh/45156297-1.jpg)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on June 23, 2022, 02:30:28 AM


Not much time to myself lately, should put that right over the next couple of days. Quick update (tip du jour - if you take on a Tamiya kit that includes nylon mesh, use superglue  ;)  )

(https://i.postimg.cc/9QRM9RKz/20220623-081932.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/90gmRCBG/20220623-081947.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/4NM4X4yG/20220623-082035.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/Xqq30t0X/20220623-082211.jpg)


Time to reveal where we're going with this. Back soon with more tow-away titilation  ;)

(https://i.postimg.cc/dVtfNGwt/Challenger-Pa-K-2-1024.jpg)



Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: rogeroger on June 23, 2022, 04:07:37 AM
The mesh looks neat. How did you apply the superglue, using a needle or just straight from the nozzle? It can be quite messy. I used superglue to repair cracks in bagpipe and sax reeds, always have a tube handy.

In the 1980's, the military pipe and brass bands used to go to a seaside town in SA called Durban to perform in the Durban Tattoo. We used to stay in one of the local hotels for the duration and great fun was had by all. A friend who was piper and  reedmaker, after a heavy night of partying, confused the superglue on the bedside table with his eyedrops with disastrous results. Luckily there was a doctor in one of the pipe bands and it all turned out ok, though he was teased mercilessly for the duration of the tattoo. :)

Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on June 23, 2022, 04:43:50 AM
Ouch!  o_O

For this one, having failed miserably with my beloved Tamiya extra thin cement, I just carefully applied from the nozzle. Currently applying black cammo stripes and revelling yet again in the irony of one of the world's most heavily-armoured tanks being so fragile in kit form.  :)

(https://i.postimg.cc/sfmWQkqM/20220623-112903.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/15TfDsH3/20220623-112931.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/ncQHb74n/20220623-112950.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/8CwGBbSm/20220623-113012.jpg)








Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on June 23, 2022, 01:21:34 PM

Nowhere near finished, but I always feel like I'm getting somewhere once the decals are on...

(https://i.postimg.cc/0NpdMCzk/20220623-191437.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/X7mwsPFN/20220623-191804.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/mkhHw3gF/20220623-191648.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/7YF2328f/20220623-191458.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/7hpfnpRp/20220623-191511.jpg)



Thanks for looking in, back soon with more should've-nailed-it-down shenanigans.  ;)

(https://i.postimg.cc/MZc4HCWq/Challenger-Pa-K-1024.jpg)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on June 29, 2022, 08:04:02 AM

Not having a good day at the modelling table. The Humbrol matt varnish I sprayed on prior to an intended pleasant dry-brushing session went white and orange-peely.   ]banghead[

Fairly easily recovered by washing with Army Painter 'military shader', but it's really eaten into the time I'd set aside to get a lot further along the road than I am at the moment. Once the wash has dried, it's going to be a long old haul shading and highlighting before filthing it up. Ho-hum...

(https://i.postimg.cc/5NrF5fx5/20220629-141743.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/VvV5FFcs/20220629-141804.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/9fh01Ms9/20220629-141818.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/L8d8659W/20220629-141835.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/0jTPQXsS/20220629-141857.jpg)


Thanks for looking in, back soon with more damage limitation derring-do.  ;)


(https://i.postimg.cc/y8b4Yry8/Challenger-Pa-K-3-1024.jpg)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on June 29, 2022, 12:12:28 PM

Not a bad recovery, if I say so myself.  :)

Still a long way from the finish line...

(https://i.postimg.cc/4dHwMxSb/20220629-175420.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/02nGVSN1/20220629-175429.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/SscCC2P5/20220629-175444.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/DwmG5YD1/20220629-175500.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/NFg9XNm9/20220629-175525.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/qRQBPp6q/20220629-180008.jpg)



Thanks for dropping by - back soon with more miniature mayhem  ;)

(https://i.postimg.cc/sD9FLcBX/526e0d81c2fa8328dad94cbaa63ab9bd.jpg)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: rogeroger on June 29, 2022, 12:31:39 PM
Nice job! I love the detail on this one. You're gonna run out of tanks soon. :)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Atoka220 on June 29, 2022, 01:58:24 PM
Long way from the finish line yeah
That challenger is already damn beautiful ;D
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on June 29, 2022, 05:12:20 PM

Thanks chaps.  :)

As far as I got tonight. A lot of work to do on the gun jacket and the running gear, and a lot of little touches that keep coming into my mind...in for a busy day tomorrow.

(https://i.postimg.cc/BQtkDSvB/20220629-224350.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/N08zYLNB/20220629-224438.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/jq3kRphw/20220629-224626.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/zv4jT1dx/20220629-224656.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/KYm5PfNh/20220629-225119.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/W4SwXZWF/20220629-224844.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/vBBLjmkP/20220629-225725.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/PNGWPQxc/20220629-225926.jpg)



Cheers for looking in, back soon with more armoured antics  ;)

(https://i.postimg.cc/63kcvXbY/229985.jpg)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on June 30, 2022, 07:37:28 PM

Tonight's update. Had a constantly interrupted day scuffing, scratching, shading, touching in and playing with stowage. Nothing fixed in place yet, but I like the Tesco carrier bag.  :)

 Currently researching and experimenting with 90's consumer packaging.

(https://i.postimg.cc/VkQmYP5f/20220701-012646.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/sgrxThY4/20220701-012708.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/WzZpnNty/20220701-012753.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/XYLjxD7n/20220701-012840.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/CK6FpBqt/20220701-012902.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/nVmnNLcR/20220701-013008.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/L5FFmz6y/20220701-013105.jpg)


Thanks as always for looking in - back soon with more plastic product placement.  ;)

(https://i.postimg.cc/SKnB8ZnT/Challenger-1-Main-Battle-Tank-British-Army-United-Kingdom-021.jpg)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on July 02, 2022, 04:26:16 AM

Quick update on the stowage. More or less settled on placement, the boys obviously went to the supermarket before deployment...

(https://i.postimg.cc/qvR4wy7S/20220702-103307.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/xTsSX8PR/20220702-103331.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/K8wS5Ww3/20220702-025301.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/Hnpfx1cR/20220702-025410.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/RFTD2psR/20220702-103216.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/fTPr49K6/20220702-103254.jpg)


Work beckons (got to afford those kits somehow), thanks for dropping by, back in a few days with more miniature madness  ;)

(https://i.postimg.cc/pdvMm6Sf/7340211ea39769543c64fad1dffe2728-british-tanks-british-army.jpg)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: rogeroger on July 02, 2022, 12:52:13 PM
I didn't think that this model would look this amazing. This deserves a diorama.
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on July 02, 2022, 01:52:56 PM
 Thanks for kind words, old chum.  :)

Well...the plan is to have the Challenger towing away the PAK 40, done as an interpretation of events rather than an exact replica (see photo's upthread). This will double the length of the piece, so I'm on the lookout for a suitable length of wood. Still a long way to go on the Challenger itself - I haven't touched the tracks yet, and there are a few items to fix around the turret.

As mentioned, will be a few days until I can continue. Stay tuned.  ;)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on July 16, 2022, 12:39:02 PM

A slight diversion.

A young colleague at work asked if I could do a couple of dungeons & dragons figures for him. "No sweat." I said....bloody gnome wizards, they're tiny.  ]cussing[

(https://i.postimg.cc/Bv3BBvmL/20220716-191346.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/1Rd0YBWZ/20220716-191354.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/Ssv93QfG/20220716-191415.jpg)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on July 22, 2022, 05:02:11 PM

Finding time to get things done has been very challenging this week. Anyway,  that's those little buggers done and literally put back in their box ready to be handed over tomorrow...

(https://i.postimg.cc/pVc54M3N/20220722-231200.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/6pn782qw/20220722-231228.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/G2h9gXQh/20220722-232143.jpg)

...going to be a few days until I can get stuck into finishing the Challenger off, at least I can see it without a freakin' visor. Manfully resisting adding to the stash, but you know how thinking those thoughts normally ends up.   :angel:
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on August 04, 2022, 03:40:59 PM

That old 'no time for modelling' has really taken a grip, so to keep the cobwebs away from this thread, I've found a few oldies that I was pretty chuffed with at the time I built them. I'd probably approach them completely differently now...

The really old Tamiya Churchill comes with every figure you see here...

(https://i.postimg.cc/rpcSgdWx/Kits103-1024.jpg)

...and a couple more.

(https://i.postimg.cc/Mp0BcW4T/IMG-6293.jpg)


Italeri Staghound (re-boxed by Tamiya) with Black Dog resin stowage - yes, they really did look like this on campaign...

(https://i.postimg.cc/bdcGJM9k/IMG-6091.jpg)


Tamiya Universal/Bren Carrier (you might recognise the base)...

(https://i.postimg.cc/tRt7trkS/Kits76.jpg)


and the old Tamiya SAS Jeep...

(https://i.postimg.cc/qqjJf5Zp/Kits90a.jpg)

Thanks for looking in on what's more of a reprise than an update, but I'll get back to the Challenger soon...honest!  ;)
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: bomberkiller on August 04, 2022, 04:36:51 PM
Hello Andy,

the tank look fantastic.

I love the "Churchill", build this model (Airfix 1:72) in the late 60's.

Did'nt had the money for bigger models at this time.

Thanks for sharing your work with us.

Best regards

 ]cheers[

Gerhard
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on August 05, 2022, 12:07:58 PM

Thanks again for kind words, Gerhard.  :)

Not sure if it's currently available, but that old Tamiya Churchill would be pretty high up on my list of kits for anyone thinking of getting into this madness.

 Lots of temptation at my local model shop today - but I really should reduce the stash.  ;D
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Atoka220 on August 07, 2022, 10:55:48 AM
I like that little Tamiya APC
We had so many laughs running over soldiers and pushing around panzers and somehow even blowing them up with them in the good old FPS, Red Orchestra 2 ]laughing4]
Good memories
Title: Re: Andy H's miniature madness
Post by: Andy H on August 11, 2022, 02:28:36 AM
It's a nice little kit - an oldie re-boxed with newer crew figures, it took a while to work out that the gunner and driver had to be fixed in place before the front armour plate.  :)

Still resisting temptation at the model shop - although Italeri's re-boxed Crusader with various crew figures might break me.

Finally had some time to do a little more on the Challenger.  :o

Found some cotton that looks like blue nylon rope, a little more stowage, wheels touched-in and shaded before filthing up once the tracks are done...

(https://i.postimg.cc/BQWhcLty/20220811-085213.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/N0V8sSHV/20220811-085221.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/SK8R9vPH/20220811-085235c.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/hG94v7zB/20220811-085235a.jpg)

Back soon with more tanktastic adventures.  ;)