Wednesday, 26 November 2014
Detail is very crisp, tools are moulded with good depth and relief, and the Engine decking is handled well. It would be utterly be fantastic if one of the aftermarket companies such as Eduard brought out a photo etched upgrade set with engine grills, but I suspect that's wishful thinking!
After much pondering I've decided on building a late production vehicle with steel road wheels, late style turret with square loaders hatch and sliding Cupola, as well as Zimmerit anti magnetic mine paste. This was applied to all mid and late production Tigers. One hurdle in this though is the kit doesn't come with Zimmerit! I think Rubicon was wise to do this, as plastic Zimmerit doesn't tend to look that good in my opinion, and is relatively simple to apply, just time consuming to apply.
To make the Zimmerit I use pretty much the same techniques as was done on the real vehicles. I apply white Miliput applied evenly approximately 1mm deep along the the entire length of the surface to textured, leave it approximately 20 minutes for the Miliput to harden, then use a razor saw to add texture, dragging the teeth of the blade along for around 2mm. I then change the position of the saw slightly to add some variety to the texture pattern. It's very tedious, however does look good. The whole model too around 2 hours to Zimmerit, but I think it was worth the effort.
That concludes part one, and so far I'm thoroughly impressed.Come back soon for part 2, with extra coatings of Dunkelgelb and Michael Wittmans!
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Wednesday, 19 November 2014
DHL have just delivered a veritable box of treasures courtesy of those fine folks at Rubicon Models.
I have been very kindly sent a Tiger, T34 and Panzer IV to review, so drop me a message here or through Facebook letting me know which you'd like to see. The ideas I have for finishing the models are the following,
- A Tiger 1 Late Production, with home made Zimmerit, probably painted up as a vehicle of Schwere Panzer Abteilung 505, painted in Dulkelgelb with the charging knight image painted on the turret.
- A plain green T-34/76 for Operation Barbarossa time period, with lots of sublte weathering and dust effects.
- Finally, as I've already reviewed the Panzer IV I'll do something a little different and kit it out with extra stowage, crew and maybe flags and foliage.
So let me know and I'll roll the kit into the paint mines and get cracking after work over the next few days!
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Friday, 14 November 2014
The kit comes packaged in a nice sturdy box with a fancy picture on it, and details what your getting inside. I don't have a picture of it as I was so excited to get on with the build it went straight in the bin! Due to some clever engineering the kit gives you the option to build either a short or long barrelled Ausf F, an Ausf G or an Ausf H with Schurzen, and includes the short barreled 75mm L24 gun, and both the Long barrelled L43 and L48 75mm guns.
Design of the Schurzen in particular is worthy of not, as it simply clips onto the model. There's a slight simplification of detail, but anyone who has struggled with Schurzen in the past will really, really appreciate this engineering trick.
The tank is scaled to 1/56, and looks spot on next to some Warlord Games German infantry.
In conclusion this is a superb kit I'd recommend to anyone. One thing to bear in mind though is that if you wish to build an Ausf H with Schurzen you will need to sculpt Zimmeritt paste on if you are wanting to be totally historically accurate, and also create a round disk shaped hatch seen on later versions of the mark IV. Overall I give the kit 8 out of 10 bottles of Schnapps overall, but a huge 9.5 out of 10 if building an F or G variant!
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Thursday, 13 November 2014
So Wednesday rolled around and I got back from lunch with my mate to discover that my 1940-42 German army has been featured on the Warlord Games website! http://www.warlordgames.com/hobby-blitzkrieg-germans-from-the-workbench-of-andy-singleton/
A fantastic honour, and a great set of models to work with. I'll write a more detailed review of the Blitzkrieg plastic set from Warlord soon, but wanted to show off some of the work you can expect to see from me in the future.
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I'm a full time painter of figures and models for war gamers and collectors, and as such have a pretty large amount of experience of different manufacturers products, both in models and paint,which I'd like to share with you!
My main focus here (At the moment), will probably be on the Second World War, though other periods appear pretty frequently too. What I'm intending to do is share a bit of hobby knowledge and maybe some reviews and painting tips as well. I'll try and keep the updates weekly, though no promises!
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