Monday, 8 August 2011

#11 Italeri 1:35 Tiger 1 Ausf. E

The latest so far.....I feel I am still missing something. I am not sure whether to try and use Tamiya buff along the sides, front and rear for a further dust effect.

I used MIG Productions pigments for the rust and dust effects. Applied several layers to build up the areas of rust, from fresh to old. I also used a soft lead pencil to create bare metal. The pigments were applied and fixed using Essence of turpentine. I previously used Iso Propyl Alcohol (IPA) on my 1:72 Panther model but that attacked the paint! The essence of turps worked a treat as you can see. I still have to add soot on the exhaust mufflers and on the muzzle of the cannon. I may yet add a little more pigment to the tracks but we'll see....


Friday, 29 July 2011

#10 Italeri 1:35 Tiger 1 Ausf. E

It's late and I'm tired so going to keep this brief! Been a couple of weeks since my last post but I have been busy with other things so needs must. 

Anyway, with the salt grain effect going a bit offish after applying clear gloss, I needed to do something that would remedy it. Wasn't such a big deal really. So, the next stage was to really kick the weathering off. Firstly, to try and fade the paint a little to give it that sun bleached look. For this I wasn't sure weather to try Tamiya Buff or something similar. A gentleman recommended to use oil paints. I wasn't really wanting to dive into the realm of oil paints as yet, since effectively I am still a noob at this game. However, one of the recommendations was 502 Abteilung German Three - Tone Fading no. Abt155. So I thought, what the hell, this is exactly what I want to do so might as well give it a try. Can't be any different from a wash. You can see the contrast between the upper and lower hulls. Looking at real armour, the lower hull doesnt seem to fade as much as the upper hull. I blab on! I said I'd be quick right? Ok here are the latest images so far....


Wednesday, 13 July 2011

#9 Italeri 1:35 Tiger 1 Ausf. E

Thought I'd fire in a quick post before the next update.... I am currently waiting on some oil paints to arrive in the post before I apply a pin wash and some 'grease' on the wheel hubs. To prepare for this, I have now applied a flat clear acrylic varnish by Xtracrylics all over the model. I left the first coat to dry for 20 minutes then applied a 2nd. Strangely enough... the same thing happened when I applied an earlier clear gloss coat.... the salt chip residue 'frosted' up. It was easy to remedy when the oil wash was applied, but after the coat of gloss I'd have thought it would have sealed in.... apparently not. Either I have discovered a way to create a frost look in winter or it's just a mess I have created. Anyway, I am sure when it comes to the time to spray a buff coat and some pigments, it should clear it again. Some pics below, just to show that a salt/glue mix can have side effects.


Friday, 8 July 2011

#8 Italeri 1:35 Tiger 1 Ausf. E

Been a busy week this week with work, but still found some time to do more on the model. The salt grains that had been embedded earlier, I chipped them off with a toothpick which revealed the effect If was looking for.... chipped paint! I then sprayed clear gloss varnish all over the model to seal the original paint scheme in. Then I applied the decals (turret number and kreuz) before re-sealing everything with the gloss varnish. I left this to cure for a couple of days before I moved onto the oil wash stage. 

The other purpose of applying gloss varnish is that when an oil wash is applied, the wash easily runs all over the model using capillary action. The oil wash was made up from 502 Abteilung wash brown oil paint and essence of turpentine to thin it out. The ratio 20/80, which gave a nice flowing action when applied. I tried this method on the previous 1:72 Panther model I built and didnt come out very well as the mix was too viscous. This time I got it right. Hope you enjoy the pics....More to follow in the next few days.

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

#7 Italeri 1:35 Tiger 1 Ausf. E

So just blitzed the rest of the model. Up until the stage before I apply decals and try some weathering. I thought, best idea to have the model almost at factory finish stage with 'new' cable tows fixed, tools etc and some light rubbing with a dry brush using Vallejo oily steel on 'new' tracks. Still some touching up to do and splashes from the air brush (yes still need to get better at it) but I can hopefully hide that with pigments and what not..... The salt grains are still attached and I will probably chip them off with a tooth pick before applying a clear gloss coat to seal the acrylic paint in. Some of the pics, you can some of the salt has fallen off already, so gives an idea of how it may turn out. 

Sunday, 26 June 2011

#6 Italeri 1:35 Tiger 1 Ausf. E

A quicker update than usual! First camo coat of Tamiya XF-6 Dark Green on. The salt grains are still in place. Some of them have flaked off to reveal a grey underneath prematurely but thats not a problem. Red Brown to follow soon once I have touched up the green. 


#5 Italeri 1:35 Tiger 1 Ausf. E

Well not much more to report in that I have sprayed a base coat of Tamiya dark yellow.... Next will be the camo scheme.....


Thursday, 16 June 2011

#4 Italeri 1:35 Tiger 1 Ausf. E

Good evening! So, things are starting to come together with this model. I have more or less described in the previous post what I was going to do next, so here it is.... up until the point before I spray Dunkelgelb (Dark Yellow) all over the model. I was quite surprised how the salt grains stayed on and didnt fall off. The mix of thinned wood glue and water worked a treat! Oh, I also managed to get the photo etched side skirts on too! Much nicer than the alternative plastic choice in the box. These stuck on very easily using super glue. Again, couldn't resist putting a couple of bullet holes in. The seems around the front hull I put some putty in to tidy it up a little. More to follow soon...


Saturday, 11 June 2011

#3 Italeri 1:35 Tiger 1 Ausf. E

This Saturday evening I bring you the latest with this model. Been over a week since the last post...  I was away holidaying in sunny Cornwall! Got back today and couldn't wait to get my hands on this as I still managed to read the Armorama forum. Today I finished off gluing the spare tracks to the turret, primed the turret (primed the hull before I left for holiday), fitted the photo etched metal exhaust heat shields, painted the tank tracks with Tamiya NATO Black and tried a bit of preshading.  Also 'primed' the outer wheels with the remainder of paint I had left over in the airbrush.

I have to say the PE Heat shields were a right pain in the butt to fix to the rear of the tank. Tried both model cement and super glue. Got there in the end with super glue, but had to hold it in place with my fingers for almost 30 minutes. I've added a bullet hole to one of the PE heat shields by using a small drill bit. 

The areas I have preshaded, I hope to add a bit of depth to the initial paint scheme and also add some grains of sea salt to some of the black areas. The plan is, once the camo colours are applied, pick the grains of salt off to create a chipped paint effect. Will this work? I don't know! But worth a try anyway. Below are the latest images.