1/72 – Trumpeter – 07205 – SD Kfz 184 Ferdinand (“Reconnaissance” vignette)

For a long time I wanted to make vignette with a simple plot. Finally, it is true.
About the story of vignette: “before the next attack, the officer explains mission to the crew of spg.”
Ferdinand from Trumpeter. Very high quality model, though rather old.

Going without difficulty. Camouflage took normal for these machines “green grid”.
Machine going without historical reference. This decided not to paint camouflage upper surfaces. I made a gun barrel gray for more contrast.
Color sequence:
1) Dark yellow base.
2) Clarification of the basic yellow.

(MODULATION)
3)first highlights. 60% of the German yellow + 40% white.
4)second  highlights . 20% German 80% yellow + white.
5) Color selection of small details with previous color (with a brush).
6) Fading using oil paints.
7) Painted green camouflage.
8) Two-colored chips. (First white-yellow, then dark brown)
9) Yellow-green filter.
10) Dark brown wash.
11) Dirt and rain streakings.
12) Dirt and Dust using pigments.

These all stages of painting can be seen on the photo.
Figures from ORION.
Good quality castings but very poor quality material. This is my first experience in painting figures, so I learned a lot of methods and techniques focused on the “glazing”. Used for painting art-acrylic.
Stand is made by using plastic flower pot stand. Texture of land  made ​​with plaster.

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Painting steps.

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Trumpeter model available here, Orion figures here.

Dragon LRDG Patrol Car w/Lewis Gun – construction done

After a short review I started the construction of what proved to be one of the most challenging braille scale projects I have ever built. It was both expensive and time consuming, and the kit itself delivers too little for how much it costs. I had to buy an aftermarket PE set from Hauler and a set of resin wheels from the same Czech manufacturer in order to fix a least some of the problems.

All the major parts of the constructed kit are not glued permanently. Beside the PE set I scratched a few details myself, and replaced others, while for the “textile” parts I used Milliput. The front turn signals are entirely scratched, as Dragon “forgot” to include them in the kit. There are few more details to add: a Lee-Enfield rifle and some small tools, and, of course the Lewis Gun. For the sand mats mounted on top of the front fenders, I’m thinking of using Milliput also, it was a first time for me and proved to be a very useful material.

This time I will use Mr. Hobby Acrylics paints instead of my usual Vallejo. It will be sandy yellow with patches of light blue.

In conclusion, this is a great subject but a mediocre kit, don’t be fooled by the nice covering box, some efforts are required to turn this Chevy into a good model for display.

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