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Trumpeter BTM-3 High Speed Trench Digger

Well, it is not as if I do not have anything else to finish, but I wanted to get started on something. Anything, really. The interior kits require a lot of thinking while building, so I chose this one.

Little did I know. This kit also requires some planning…

Anyhow, in about a week, working a few hours in the evenings, I got somewhere where the vehicle is actually recognizable.

By the way I saw this vehicle first in Kecel, in the collection of an excentric (and corrupt I might say) billionaire, and it was also featured in the T-72 Balkans on Fire T-72 simulator, which I like, but which is also impossible to actually play. (Hidden AT guns knock you out like nobody’s business, and I could not find a way to counter them.)

Vehicle at 6:25 mins

There is an incredible-looking Voyeager update set for this vehicle, but I am not crazy enough to do it. Not to mention it would be a shame to paint it after… The chains on the digging buckets are something to consider, though.

Overall the fit is OK, though the chain and framework is somewhat wobbly. It should be assembled as an unit in one step.

I finished the interior using hairy sticks because I have not yet brought out the airbrush. (Before the surgery I was in the middle of the repainting of the living room…) I will do some weathering, and then continue with the exterior.

By the way the decals for the cab are stiff; not very good, especially because they were designed to go over knobs and whatnot, and they just do not conform to the varied topology. So if you are about to apply them to the driving compartment, make sure you cut them up, and apply them in small sections.

Back in business

Well, guess who had a mitral valve repair surgery. In short… It was a manufacturing fault which I found out about two years ago. The surgery was scheduled for November but for some reason I got the phonecall to appear in the hospital in a week on the 2nd of September. Which was all good for me but still scared the living daylight out of me.

The whole experience was very frightening (ever since I learned about the whole issue), about which I will surely write on my blog of palaver, but what is relevant here is that I shall be hopefully finishing up the old projects and doing new ones soon.

Keep tuned in I guess.

Perturbado

I have no idea who makes this figure – I got it from a Facebook buy/sell group (as I do a lot of stuff, because buying used is significantly cheaper).

He is about the size of a space marine (probably a tad smaller), which is to say, he is small. I guess he can be seen as a practice for the larger-scale version by Mystic Wargames which I am currently painting and reviewing.

I Have achieved Nirvana

There are no models left that I really, really want to buy. Sure, there are models on my wishlist, but nothing I would spend money on right now (maybe with the exception of a TOGII)…

OK, this is probably a temporarily thing. But. Last week I received an order containing three things: an Amusing Hobby T-72M1 with complete interior, a Green Stuff World Chrome paint, and a Green Stuff World interference paint (because why not if I am ordering stuff anyhow).

The first two were my holy grail; every since I build models with interiors, a T-72 was high on the list. The liquid chrome is, well, looking like actual chrome.

Now I have everything I wanted. Weird feeling because as we know collecting models is a different hobby from building them, but it seems like I am content with the size of my stash.

Technical Difficulties

Well, this is definitely something modellers in general, and myself specifically are struggling with. I promise this, however: I am fully intent of finishing the Ferdinand in the next couple of weeks, and then proceed to the couple of 1/72 kits I have started to build, but I had a few Christmas-related things to take care of, and a set of shelves to install, an apartment to refurbish, a couple of Warhammer figures to paint (Magnus is only missing his coat now, as does the Emperor himself), and of course I had to start the MiniArt Werkstattkraftwagen Typ-03-30.

So keep tuned in.

Tiger Model 1/35 AML-90 Part 3. All is Dust

 

Part 1.

Part 2.

 

Magnus did nothing wrong, as we know. So dusting it up. I used AK Interactive’s Dust Effects as a base. The tutorial on the AK website is OK(ish) – the usual trick applies: you add the product, wait until it dries to the touch, and adjust it with a wet (using turpentine) brush.

The results are OK, but not good enough – the single tone and the texture alone does not work perfectly. However, as with all effects you need layers and different tones, so it is not exactly a surprise. I looked around my shelf, and took all the acrylic dust products I could find, and went working on the model.

Most of these products could be adjusted and re-adjusted with one prominent exception: once the Vallejo rain marks product hits the surface you have very little time to adjust the effect. (I had to mask the marks on the turret using pigments.)

I will do a short tutorial about the acrylic pencils; the trick is to swamp the surface with water, rub the pencils on, wait until the mess is dry, and then you can adjust with a wet brush, creating puddles, streaks and spots. Rinse and repeat. Or rather, do not rinse, just keep adjusting, maybe adding more pigments.

I am starting to feel quite good about dust; if I have a chance I would like to give Lifecolor’s liquid pigments a try, but these tools are perfectly sufficient to achieve good results.

I wrote a review of this model on Armorama as well… as you can see it has been published quite a long time ago, but the weekly publication schedule caused a considerable slip. (Hence the extra post this week. I want to get it out of the way… Still have ICM’s Leichttractor to do.)

Tiger Model 1/35 AML-90 Part 2. final assembly and painting

Part 1.

The model comes with a very well designed instruction booklet, and a colored page showing the camouflage patterns as a painting guide. The parts are well-moulded, the detail is crisp and fine, and I found no flash anywhere – it is a very high tech plastic model. There are valves, tiny nuts and all sorts of small details present on the model that you actually need a magnifying glass for. All-in-all, it is just a great little model, with just enough parts not to make it an enormous undertaking to build. You get 7 sprues with a total of 266 parts, one of which has transparent parts, 5 vinyl tires, 2 small PE with a total of 19 parts, aluminium and a brass turned barrel for the main gun and the coaxial machine gun, four metal springs and a small decal sheet.

There is a minimal PE but not exactly overdone; the fit is good, and when I dry fitted the hull to see how it holds up, it actually stayed together without glue. The detail both inside and out is good – when you open the hatches, there will be a lot of detail to see.

There is a great option of using either vinyl tires or plastic ones – as someone who does not like vinyl, I really, applaud the inclusion of hard plastic. There is also a metal barrel included for both the main gun and the coaxial machine gun, which is also very much welcome. The suspension has metal springs -they do not work, but they do look realistic. Everything is safely bagged, in color-coded bags for the springs to make the job of the builder simpler – the whole package is just geared for a pleasant building experience. (You can find photos of the sprues in this review: https://www.themodellingnews.com/2019/07/in-boxed-135th-panhard-aml-90-light.html?m=1)

The painting was done with silly putty: I left the Vallejo dark grey primer as black, and applied NATO green and brown in successive steps.

Exciting news from Amusing Hobby – T-72M1 full interior kit

Perhaps I should have written the headline as: “If you want to know the next exciting news from Amusing Hobby, Click here.”

Or better yet: “Model makers are annoyed by this one trick of a single mother.”

But I am a more traditional headline-writer and I hate clickbait. So I am really happy to report that my Grail is being announced: a T-72 with full interior. I always wanted a model of the T-72 and T-64 because I am intruiged by their autoloader… and now we will have one.

Amazing.

Seriously, just look at it…

Just damn…

Now I really need to finish up that Ferdinand and the rest

How to Paint White

This has always been a headache for me: white colored paints have coverage issues. Most paint brands need to be diluted: with white it is very, very, VERY essential to get the dilution just right. If it is too dilute, it will be runny, if it is too thick it will splutter in the airbrush. (The reason for this post is the Amusing Hobby Ferdinand: ran out of Tamiya Flat White.)

Small areas can be done using a grey base (easier to paint), and then painting it over with Vallejo’s white primer, diluted somewhat, but not too much using a brush. It is much more forgiving than most other white paints as it looks extremely dense in pigments.

I have not managed to paint large white surfaces with hairy sticks (it is doable), yet, so it will be only airbrush here.

Larger areas- such as you can see on warhammer miniatures or tank interiors- however are a pain to paint. You are supposed to fog layers upon layers of white mist on the surface, with infinite patience, but let’s get real. I need something fast.

The best method, so far has been using Tamiya’s flat white. Normally I use a dark primer (pre-shading), and it is hell to cover with white. Not so if you use Tamiya. The method is simple: dilute it just a bit, so it stays thick but not too thick, add some retarder, crank up the pressure on the airbrush, and just have a go at it. You still have to be careful not to swamp the model with paint, so use lighter coats, but you can go back and forth without having to wait for the paint to dry. It works like poweder coating -the paint immediately dries as it hits the surface, so it will not have time to pool.

There is some experimentation needed, because if it is too thick it will splutter, but the method is a flexible, if a somewhat brutal approach to painting. With this you can cover larger areas effectively in one go. If you need off-white or ivory you then just mist it over with the appropriate color – much easier to create effective covering. (The same could work, I suspect, with flat white primer sprays, but I never had luck with those, either – the coverage was terrible, so it had to be applied in many layers, which caused paint buildup, and was not very easy to control the paint coming from a big spray can.)

That is it, basically. Thick Tamiya Flat White at high pressure – instant white surface.