Lots happening over the last couple of months, sorry missed last month’s update!
Tamiya Thunderbolt P47M 1:35 OTB. Having fun playing with pre-shading.
Making slow progress on two shelf queens.
Hobby Boss Pz.Kpfw. 38(t) Ausf.G 1:35
This is the old Tristar kit with no interior. Nice little kit pretty much out of the box but with metal tracks. Base coat complete with some hair spray chipping added to reveal primer and some wear and tear. Markings on and the whole paint job sealed and ready for weathering. First pin wash applied.
Tamiya BT-7 mod.1935 1:35
Coming along nicely, base coat done, with some modulation. Markings are all painted and everything has been sealed. Now the fun bit... weathering!
I’ve completed a simple base. The driver is a mix and match from the spares box modelled to fit and with a Hornet head, you will not see much once the hatches are on. The other two crew are from Evolution Miniatures. They are beautiful, I just hope I can do them justice.
The big project
This is the biggest diorama I’ve ever attempted consisting of a Meng Sherman, Tamiya Jeep, MiniArt church ruin and at least 6 figures. Both vehicles have, or are being, detailed. The Sherman is based on one from the 761st Tank Battalion which was an all-black unit serving in German early in 1945.
It turns out no one makes either black tank crew figures or black heads with WWII helmets etc. Lucky good old Hornet does at least do black heads so I’m fitting tank helmets etc to these.
I think I now have the basic layout sorted, I’m sure there will be fine tuning but I’m ready to start building the base.
As with the BT-7 got to get back into figure painting!
No visible progress on most of last month’s models, but four things are in progress:
Now has decks in place. I just have lots of small bits to paint white and add. It would probably be easiest to spray them while doing something else that’s large and white, but when am I likely to be making something like that?
Revell Saturn V
I thought I’d start on this one as it’s a good way to get rid of a large box, and I have a destination for the large white completed model too, which will get rid of that.
Welsh Models Vulcan
Now has wings suitably reduced and attached. Still some filling, sanding and spraying to be done on this one. I haven’t decided whether to cover up the large white areas on the top with some camouflage, or put that colour scheme on a Blue Steel-carrying B2.
KP Mraz M1c Sokol
Unusually, KP don’t seem to have offered an M1c with a UK registration, so I’m going for the one that’s been in the UK since 1947, which I saw at Old Warden last year.