Zvezda – 5011 – IS-2 – Finished Model

This was my longest built to date. After the initial paint, I waited a couple of days, then applied the first oil wash in darker tones. I sealed it with Vallejo’s flat varnish, then added more oil colors, this time mixed to represent the dusted areas. Another coat of varnish, and then the final grease spots and other small details. For the first time I used Mig Jimenez Abteilung 502 oil colors, and I must say they are great.

The tracks were painted with Vallejo German Camo Black Brown, which is the best color in their range for bare metal. Some oil washes for the dust, then pigments and this is it. The raised surfaces on the tracks, as well as the contact surfaces of the road-wheels were “polished” with AK Dark Steel pigment, a GREAT product, also designed by Mig Jimenez. The shovel and cables were painted separately and added at the very end.

It’s time to work on the diorama!

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1/72 Trumpeter – 07272 – Jagdpanther, Finished model.

Little about history:

The Jagdpanther (German: “hunting panther”) was a tank destroyer built by Nazi Germany during World War II based on the chassis of the Panther tank. It entered service late in the war (1944) and saw service on the Eastern and Western fronts. The Jagdpanther combined the very powerful 8.8 cm PaK 43 cannon of the Tiger II and the characteristically excellent armor and suspension of the Panther chassis, although it suffered from the general poor state of Germany in the later part of the war, which resulted in small production numbers, shortage in spare parts and poor crew training.

About kit:

Models of “trumpeter” always very accurate and of good quality. This model is not exception. Kit is very easy-going, and does not require any modifications. Aside from a small amount of putty.

It is a pity that in 1:72 scale of Trumpeters sets do not have photo-etched parts.I think the bars on the engine compartment would be nice.

About painting: as in my past work, a little later I’ll show all the steps in a histogram. Like we Slavs saying “Better to see once than 100 times to hear” )

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The trumpeter model is available in Ebay through our listings here.

1/72 Trumpeter – 07284 – T-55 with BTU-55 (Iraq), Finished Model

Bulldozer T-55 BTU comes from battle tank T-55 1967 release. It is equipped with a dozer blade for earthworks. The equipment can also be used for stacking and explosion elongated charges with which usually created dividing strips in case of major fires.

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About kit:

It going very simple, like any set of Trumpeter.I did not like rail thin, which I immediately got rid of. Replaced them from stretched sprue. In the box are terrible vinyl tracks. But there was nothing to replace them. Model to be interesting, I added rubber sheets and chain.

There no historical reference. This collective image of many Iraqi tanks.The model was painted with acrylic paint, tinted oil paints and MIG pigments.

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This model can be found through our utility here.