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Pegasus EZ-Build King Tigers

Posted on May 24th, 2018 under . Posted by

I wanted to have at least one Tiger II in the late war German tank arsenal and was resigned to gluing together the Italeri re-release of the old Esci kit, with all it’s numerous road wheels and individual track link sections, when I stumbled across the…

Taking a Day Off

Posted on May 22nd, 2018 under . Posted by

My daughter and son have an INSET day on Friday, so I’ve arranged to take the day off to look after them, which is something I can do now that I’m an educational gun for hire and not chained to the chalk face. This means I will be able to set up a game…

What a Tanker! Panther Wash

Posted on May 21st, 2018 under . Posted by

 So, rather than do a drybrush and wash over the Halfords Ultra Matt Khaki basecoat on the Panther and Jagdpanther, I thought I’d cut a corner and just wash them both in my Future based brown ink wash, in order to provide a base for the ambush pat…

What a Tanker! Panther Basecoat

Posted on May 20th, 2018 under . Posted by

I’ve decided to overspray the Humbrol Sea Grey basecoat on the Armourfast Panther and Jagdpanther with an alternative basecoat of Halfords Ultra Matt Camouflage Khaki. I wasn’t really sure about the grey to start with and the Halfords Khaki is much che…

Armour (not so) Fast Panther Ausf G

Posted on May 20th, 2018 under . Posted by

I was hoping to get both of these assembled today but car washing and GCSE revision scuppered my best laid plans. This one was also a bit longer in the production line than usual, due to the extra detailing bits that I added using the very handy Early …

Pimp my Jagdpanther

Posted on May 19th, 2018 under . Posted by

I decided to put together the Armourfast Jagdpanther today, as it’s been looking at me from the shelf above the workbench. I added some detailing bits from an old Revell Panther kit that I bought cheap when Modelzone closed down a few years ago, togeth…

Filling the Gaps

Posted on May 18th, 2018 under . Posted by

So far, I’ve been raiding my existing stockpile of Italeri and Armourfast quick build kits, adding some new models for the Germans via eBay. I’ve thought about building some ‘proper’ 1/72nd scale kits from the stash in the loft but have shied away from…

Tankcraft Tiger I and II

Posted on May 18th, 2018 under , . Posted by

I’m hoping to finish off the two Italeri Tiger I’s this weekend, in between revision for the lad’s GCSE exams, so thought I’d do some proper reading on the theme. This series of military modelling books is excellent, especially the one on British Sherm…

Engines of the Red Army

Posted on May 17th, 2018 under . Posted by

I’ve been gathering painting reference material for the What a Tanker! project and have uncovered this webpage, which has some brilliant profiles of Soviet WW2 armour. I’m slowly adding more tanks to the Russian horde and will begin painting them this …

Armourfast Stug IV’s

Posted on May 17th, 2018 under , . Posted by

I’ve had a busy weekend followed by an uphill first half of the week, so decided to give myself a boost toward Friday with a final addition to the Late War German tank force. This is a pair of Armourfast Stug IV’s which I’ve had my eye on for a while. …

What a Tanker! Armourfast T34/76

Posted on May 16th, 2018 under . Posted by

I’ve been helping my son with his GCSE exam revision this week, so haven’t had much time in the evenings to work on the What a Tanker! project. The only thing I’ve managed to get done is a single Armourfast T34/76 model, which took a bit more time than…

What a Tanker! Bases

Posted on May 15th, 2018 under . Posted by

 I like to base my vehicles and AFV’s as it protects them a bit from knocks and adds a bit of a visual boost. I’m using mdf rectangles with rounded edges from Warbases for the purpose but only have ones that fit the Shermans at the moment, so have…

What a Tanker! Tiger Highlights

Posted on May 14th, 2018 under . Posted by

I’ve lightly dry brushed the raised surfaces on the Tiger with Foundry Boneyard to pick out the details, not that you can actually see much of a difference in the photos. The top photos are under natural light while the bottom one is on the workbench, …

What a Tanker! Tiger Wash

Posted on May 13th, 2018 under . Posted by

This is the last of the posts for the weekend, which has been quite a productive one for a change. The Tigers have now been washed in the Future based gunge and are drying off, ready to be highlighted with a dry brush in a light shade as yet to be deci…

What a Tanker! Tiger Basecoat

Posted on May 13th, 2018 under . Posted by

I’ve started painting the two Italeri quick build Tiger I’s, with a basecoat of Vallejo Tan Yellow and Foundry Buff Leather Light dry brushed over the top. This looks not too bad and will be followed by an overall wash in a Future, Nuln Oil and Gryphon…

What a Tanker Soviets Finished

Posted on May 13th, 2018 under . Posted by

I finished off the painting, weathering and decals on the first lot of 1/72nd scale Soviet AFV’s for the What a Tanker! project this morning, although I will be adding textured bases later when I get the laser cut mdf in the post. I’m quite pleased wit…

Jagdpanthers and Valentines

Posted on May 12th, 2018 under . Posted by

I have just won a single sprue of an Armourfast Jagdpanther to add to the German tank force that I’m assembling. Huzzah! I’ve wanted one of these all along but couldn’t justify the cost of a full kit of two tank destroyer models when they were relative…

Armourfast Panther Ausf G Kit

Posted on May 12th, 2018 under . Posted by

I have now got hold of the Armourfast Panther kit and also have two detailing sets from Early War Miniatures with which to soup them up. This is handy as the basic models are just that, fairly basic, so things like hull machine guns, stowage, tools and…

What a Tanker! Tigers

Posted on May 11th, 2018 under . Posted by

The Italeri Quick Build Tiger I’s arrived in the post today, so I’ve just spent half an hour or so putting one together. It’s a brilliant little model with only ten parts and you really wouldn’t know that it’s a simple fast build kit. The tracks need s…

What a Tanker! Russian Reinforcements

Posted on May 11th, 2018 under . Posted by

I’ve been working away over the last couple of days to add a few more Soviet tanks to the collection from the kits that I already had stashed in the loft. The first two are M4A2 Shermans to replace the ones I mucked up on Monday. I’ve added some stowag…

Soviet Lend Lease Tanks

Posted on May 11th, 2018 under , . Posted by

I have been flicking through this Osprey and now plan to add some more Lend Lease AFV’s to the Russian tank collection. I had to bin two of the three Sherman M4A2’s that I built last weekend, when my sticky fingers ruined the paint finish and the decal…

What a Tanker! Mark IV’s

Posted on May 9th, 2018 under . Posted by

I needed some Mark IV’s for the German tank forces to use against my nearly finished Soviets. The Level 3 1944-45 career entry point tanks in What a Tanker! include the ubiquitous Mark IV G-H, so I really thought I should get hold of some to go alongsi…

What a Tanker! Wash and Go

Posted on May 8th, 2018 under . Posted by

I took David Manley’s sage advice (Thanks David) and gave the camouflaged tanks an overall wash in the same Gryphon Sepia, Nuln Oil and Future wash that I used on them before I applied the whitewash effect. The end result looks loads better and, with a…

What a Tanker! 1/48th T34/76 Recycling

Posted on May 8th, 2018 under . Posted by

When I was digging out the 1/72nd scale Armourfast kits for What a Tanker! at the weekend I also unboxed a couple of resin T34/76 that I bought as support elements for a 28mm Russian platoon. This didn’t happen, as I decided to stick do a Japanese army…

Desert Spitfires Egyptian Decals

Posted on May 7th, 2018 under , . Posted by

I’ve decided to try the I-94 decal sheet as a possible way to get some insignia for the Egyptian Air Force, even though the sheet is designed for 1/285th scale not 1/600th. If the smallest roundels are small enough for wings or fuselage on the fighters…