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Bury My Heart at Stalingrad
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Posted: Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 01:20 AM UTC
Gaz, in the Stalingrad region, the machine is used in the composition of StuGesch.Abt.
Here's something from me.

Kalin
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Posted: Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 11:32 PM UTC

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So I think I'm going to make this one look very well-used.

Gaz



Don't get too excited, the first batch of 12 of these were not delivered until Oct 1942 and the second batch were delivered until Nov 1942 but were sent to a different unit than originally intended as they were meant to be delivered prior to the encirclement. They were then used to assist in attempts to relieve the 6th Army.
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Posted: Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 07:26 PM UTC
Peter,
Thanks for confirming my suspicions! What would I do without you?

With only two pics that I have seen of the beast before or in Stalingrad, I have a lot of room for maneuver. So I think I'm going to make this one look very well-used.

Gaz
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Posted: Sunday, March 17, 2019 - 08:52 PM UTC
Very nice Gaz. Captured the moment well.

Looking good too Zon


Yes Gaz, the '33 needs to be grey for Stalingrad. A few were used later




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Posted: Sunday, March 17, 2019 - 07:26 PM UTC
One of the senior members of my stash is this SIG-33. Issued by Dragon in 1995. Since this campaign is so young, I'll build it, too.



Not sure about the color scheme. I thought anything German at Stalingrad was grey.

Gaz
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Posted: Sunday, March 17, 2019 - 07:19 PM UTC
Thank you, Zon!
I like the look of your KV. Love the metal barrel, too.

Gaz
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Posted: Sunday, March 17, 2019 - 07:13 PM UTC
Gaz: that looks Awesome!! Nice work and congrats on finishing.

Small Progress on my end. I've completed assembly on the KV-1, with an aftermarket barrel. On to the paint shop now...





Happy Modeling,
Zon
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Posted: Sunday, March 17, 2019 - 03:32 PM UTC
HI everyone!
I'm happy to say I've completed my t-34 vignette. The snow part didn't come out as hoped, but the tank came out as desired.




















Thank you for looking!

Gaz
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Posted: Friday, March 15, 2019 - 10:35 PM UTC
Shell,

Nice choice, looks like Dragon has added a few goodies to that kit.

Mark
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Posted: Friday, March 15, 2019 - 03:42 PM UTC
Very nice, Shell! The only Marder II I built was the Tamiya one from years gone back. Looking forward to seeing the differences.

Gaz
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Posted: Friday, March 15, 2019 - 12:29 PM UTC
Okay, I'm going with this:

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Posted: Sunday, March 10, 2019 - 02:05 AM UTC
Gaz,
The T-34 looks great. Makes me want to a T-34 next year (this year's schedule is pretty full). I like the snow.
As far as a matte coat, I would follow Mark's recommendations. In fact, I'm going to try it with my models after I use up my rattle can and acrylic matte. Try doing one light coat and let it dry for a few days and see how you like it. You can always apply more coats but I would say "less is more" unless you really want a dead flat finish. Remember these T-34's were new and fighting in the winter. There might be some moisture causing a slight glean surface to the metal. I'll stop throwing my 2 cents around now, you're obviously doing great.

Good luck and keep up the good work.
Don "Lakota"
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Posted: Saturday, March 09, 2019 - 08:58 PM UTC
Hi Gaz yes it's an ICM kit of the Bf109F-2 in 1/48 scale.
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Posted: Saturday, March 09, 2019 - 12:57 PM UTC
Hi Chris,
Great to see you again! I'm always glad to see a 109 being built, especially one with an interesting scheme.

I think it's an ICM kit, but can't be sure. Could you let me know the kit and scale, then I can update the data sheet.

Thanks, my friend!

Gaz
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Posted: Saturday, March 09, 2019 - 10:27 AM UTC
Welcome aboard Chris. The Friedrich will be a nice partner to the Stuka being built for this campaign too.
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Posted: Saturday, March 09, 2019 - 08:36 AM UTC
Well after much rummaging through the stash and major amounts of indecision I've come up with this .....

IMG_2175 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_2176 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

Should be fun as I've needed an exscuse to build this kit I really want to see how it turns out. The camo looks particularly interesting with all that yellow and an interesting pattern on the fuselage.
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Posted: Friday, March 08, 2019 - 02:40 PM UTC
Mark,
Thank you for the recommendations!
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Posted: Friday, March 08, 2019 - 02:38 PM UTC

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Well, definitely you'll need to go back and re-wet any areas you may have had like oil leakage, wet mud, etc.

You know to re-do the snow.

You probably don't need to worry about dust effects other than hardened accumulations in nooks and crannies as a snowy climate will be humid enough to suppress much of the dust in the air. And I've never seen a cloud of dust following a snow skier, so there's that.



I've got some AK oil effects that I want to use around the engine. I'm still so experimental with all of this stuff... I don't really have a 'standard' approach to weathering.

When it comes to snow on the vehicle, I was torn by what to portray. Wet, warm snow sticks really well, and would blanket the tracks... which I didn't want to do. So my approach is for cold, dry snow that is less sticky.
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Posted: Friday, March 08, 2019 - 11:53 AM UTC

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Well, definitely you'll need to go back and re-wet any areas you may have had like oil leakage, wet mud, etc.

You know to re-do the snow.

You probably don't need to worry about dust effects other than hardened accumulations in nooks and crannies as a snowy climate will be humid enough to suppress much of the dust in the air. And I've never seen a cloud of dust following a snow skier, so there's that.



The matte coat is really just to protect the finish and take away the shine or glossy effects. If it does take away the effect you want you will have to do touch ups but you shouldn't have to add anymore matte finish. Just make sure you use a good quality finish. I use Winsor & Newton or Grumbracher Matte Varnish thin with either distilled turpentine or mineral spirits, several light coats.

Mark
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Posted: Friday, March 08, 2019 - 10:23 AM UTC
Well, definitely you'll need to go back and re-wet any areas you may have had like oil leakage, wet mud, etc.

You know to re-do the snow.

You probably don't need to worry about dust effects other than hardened accumulations in nooks and crannies as a snowy climate will be humid enough to suppress much of the dust in the air. And I've never seen a cloud of dust following a snow skier, so there's that.
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Posted: Thursday, March 07, 2019 - 09:08 PM UTC
Hi Everyone,
After the second stage of weathering, here are some photos. I attempted to borrow some skills from another modeller here at Kitmaker to add shade and visual interest, and I'd like your opinions if you'd care to share them.

The one question that looms large in my mind is: "What will happen when I spray on the matte coat?"





















At this point I'm not sure what to do next. I know I need to do some dry-brushing and add snow after the matte coat. But I'm not sure if there are other steps to do.

Thank you for looking!

Gaz
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Posted: Wednesday, March 06, 2019 - 09:36 PM UTC
Thanks guys!
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Posted: Wednesday, March 06, 2019 - 02:57 PM UTC

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Gaz,

Nice work with the weathering, not over done and reflects the short life of at T-34.

Mark



What!!??? They didn't come out of the factory, chipped, scratched, damaged, filtered, washed, faded and modulated???? Well I never....


Yeah looking better all the time Gaz
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Posted: Wednesday, March 06, 2019 - 11:42 AM UTC
Gaz,

Nice work with the weathering, not over done and reflects the short life of at T-34.

Mark
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Posted: Wednesday, March 06, 2019 - 09:42 AM UTC
Thank you, Darius!

I started the weathering last night and took some low-light photos this morning. I use three washes, tan, brown, and blue in order from top to bottom and highlighted weld beads, bolts, and other features with black.










Thanks for looking!

Gaz