Sunday, 25 September 2016

BATUS AS-90 Complete

Finally the BATUS vehicle is now finished after adding a few more pigments to the lower hull and turret. I finished it off with some slight exhaust staining and a carbon fibre antenna. Of course I still have the base & figure to finish, hopefully before I go to Belgium! Oh and the Bowman vehicle still needs pigments & figure & base, talk about a tight deadline!

I'm very pleased with the final finish, it's dusty but not overly so. Likewise it's worn but not knackered!

Friday, 23 September 2016

AS-90 Final Pigments

I've now started adding the final stages of weathering to the models using pigments. I am using wilder GP08 dry european mud & GP27 beach sand for this on the BATUS vehicle. Starting with the hull sides and tracks a slurry of pigments was added then once dry the excess was brushed off. The wheels and the rest of the lower hull have had very light applications of pigments to suggest some dust residue. 

With the side skirts and rear mud guards fitted more pigments have been lightly added for more dust effects and the engine deck has been worked over too. The turret is next with all the hatches and fittings to add as well.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

New Review

I've just posted a new review on some stowage & accessories in 1/35th from Red Zebra models, check it out in the reviews section and see for yourself!

Thursday, 15 September 2016

100 Years Of The Tank

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the first use of the tank during the battle of the Somme. They changed forever the conventional ideas of warfare and gave us modellers something interesting to model! 

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Remembering 9/11

Today is the fifteenth anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks across America. So much has happened since then in the free world's fight against terror and so many have died in the pursuit of freedom and safety for their respective countries and communities in the pursuit against evil. So today spare a few minutes to remember all those brave souls who lost their lives on that tragic day and all the other victims of terrorism since then.

Saturday, 10 September 2016

AS-90's Figure Work & Turret Stowage

I've now finished off the left hand figure after filing the magic sculpt then adding the chest pocket tops using the same. Onto the models and the barrels have now been fixed in place with epoxy glue for a solid bond. The fuel and water cans have had pigments added and then some of my rapidly dwindling supply of Arkebuza model art barracuda netting was added after painting in suitable colours. 
I've purposely left it shiny as the real thing has a slight sheen to it. I just pushed the netting into place without the aid of glue. finally Further pigments were added to this and the tarps.

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Tamiya Jagdpanther Wheels

I've now made up all the wheels for the kit and have also added some knicks to the rubber rims along the way. With the way the kit is made up I think I will be keeping the upper and lower halves separate until the last minute. This will allow me to fully paint and weather each half easier as the fit is so good.

AS-90 LIghts & Figures

I've now finished off the lights on the model after adding three bars from thin plastic card on each side light / indicator pod. A tricky operation which in hindsight I should have done during construction. However it's done now after much swearing and general mumbling! The figures have also arrived from accurate armour and just the job they are too. 
The right hand figure has had the supplied head replaced with a hornet one and I've removed the molded on chest harness and filled in with magic sculpt. Once dry these areas will be refined and chest pockets added. 

Next up will be a light dusting with thinned tamiya buff on the lower hulls in readiness for pigments.