Mittwoch, 30. Dezember 2009

Some news

As we said in german "Das Leben ist kein Ponyhof" - I must stop the workings on my Fokker-project, because there are a few new orders from modelling magazines. So I will build now these kits:

StuG IV early from Dragon (No. 6520) - a smart kit with over 740 parts. The first look seems very promising.

A fine review is available on missing lynx - here the link:







Russian T-62 Modell 1962 from Trumpeter (No. 00376). At this point a BIG THANK YOU goes to Adam Wilder for sending me some MIG-Production Improvents - here the Fuel Tank Plumbing Attachement (MP 35-350).


I started the building and for my first imperssion I must say: a nice kit from a very interesting vehicle. Sadly there are some issues. For more information you can also visit the following link:





 Here a first look at the turret. I replaced the barrel with a 115 mm L/50 barrel from RB (No.35B28). Compared with the Trumpeter aluminum barrel the RB product looks much more convincing.

Montag, 7. Dezember 2009

Something different - FOKKER Dr.I

Oh yes...thats an airplane - the famous Fighter of the World War I - the Fokker Dr.I. Surly very different from my usal interests but anyway very very interesting.

I was inspired by building an oldtimer airplane after an holiday trip through Florida. In the near of Orlando I found a small and very amazing private airfield with well restored airplanes. I´ve had the possibility to fly (as a passenger) with an old biplane - a Waldo D-25 and so I said to me: "Carpe diem". I´ve survived this flight and I was hooked. For those who are interested --> here the link of the museum /airfield:






Back at home I ordered a kit from EDUARD, Item 8161 and a little bit literature. Btw, here some pics from the WALDO trip and from my newest project: I will build a FOKKER Dr.I in scale 1:48. Sometimes I need a little bit variety.













Well, time for some progress. I finished the interior in the last days - everything was made strictly OOTB because I ´m not a WW I fighter expert and I trust in EDUARD. For me as a newbee the Eduard parts looks fine enough and I was most satisfied by the seatbelts.



Donnerstag, 3. Dezember 2009

I love quarterscale - Tamiya´s Halftrack Sd.Kfz.251/1 Ausf.D

If you searching for an fast and easy build quarterscale model - look at Tamiyas new kit of the famous german halftrack - the Sd.Kfz.251/1 Ausf.D. Thats a very well moulded kit with fine detailed parts and a outstanding fit overall.




On my desktop I found an historical picture of an captured halftrack and I decided: This is what I want to build.


The assambling is easy to do with no problems so you can start soon with the most interesting part: the paintjob :-) I used only Tamiya acrylics for this and after some time of masking I get this result:                                                                                                                                                                                                                 


A light filter with oil paints was placed over the entire model:



Chips were made with Vallejo acrylics - always a very delicate job:




The white markings (U.S.A.) were made with a fine white pencil - its better to control than using a brush



The wheels and tracks were painted and weathered in one piece:




Voilà..here comes the final result:

 



Thanks goes to Luciano Rodriguez for inspiring me!

Sd.Kfz. 221 - Polish campaign

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The light armoured car Sd.Kfz.221 was developed in 1934  and was based on the Horch 801 standard heavy four-wheeled passenger car chassis with an armoured body with well sloped armour and small open top machine gun turret. The Sd.Kfz.221 was armed initially with the 7.92mm MG13 and later the 7.92mm MG34 machine gun. The vehicle saw its first actions during the Invasion of Poland - the first "BLITZKRIEG" campaign.


One of my favorites vehicles was now launched by BRONCO. Maybe a expensive kit - but its funny to build and you can make a real eyecatcher easy from the box.


The quality is in general very well, at some minor parts we find a little bit flash. Assembling is really not a hard work -the instructions shows clearly every step. Here some pics of the assembled kit:




As you can see the only replaced parts are the MG-34 wich comes from AFV-Club and ABER. The extinguisher is from Tamiya, the remain parts are completly OOTB.

In a first step of painting the whole kit was sprayed with thin layers of Tamiya XF-1 flat black with some drops of clear cote. This gives the model a first impression of deepth and at the same time its the primer. The first real layer of camo was a mixture of  german grey XF-63 and field blue XF-50. Some highlight shades were reached by adding light blue XF-23.


            

The next pic shows the finished camo - the brown color is a mixture of NATO -Brown XF-68 and flat earth XF-52. The decals are from the box. I think they are a little bit too thick.













From the next steps - washings, filters, chipping and dusting by pigments I didn´t pictures - sorry. But here you can see the final result of an typical german vehicle from the early stages of BLITZKRIEG.






Ok, thats it for the moment. I will make a small base with a couple of figures to reach a touch of "life".