Wednesday, 22 May 2019

ICM Model T Ambulance Resumed

With the marksman just waiting for a base & the elefant main colour curing it's time to resume the work on the ambulance. I've started by adding some duro putty to the spare wheels & also made up a canvas flap for the rear. It will have to cure for a day or so before painting but that gives me time to start on the figures.

Monday, 20 May 2019

Takom Marksman Near The "Finnish" Line

Today I've sorted out the independent sights on the turret using some clear plastic from a figure box and fitted the optics. Very pleased with these, a big improvement that was easy to do. The antennas have also gone on so now I'm just waiting for a base to arrive to "Finnish" this build off!

Sunday, 19 May 2019

Finnish Marksman Almost Done

I've now finished off the pigments stage of the weathering and will probably add a little bit more dust to the turret roof using some acrylic wash heavily thinned. Everything bar the two turret sights is now fixed in place as well. With the gun barrels in place it really is an imposing beast!

Also I can now accurately gauge how big a base I need to display the finished model. I think one of the tamiya long bases should fit the bill nicely.

Saturday, 18 May 2019

Finnish Marksman Pigments

I've now started on adding pigments to the model and it's looking good so far. I'm using VMS pigments as usual, a mix of EU dark earth & EU light earth is my choice of weathering colour this time. I'm just adding them dry and blending with an old brush. The fenders, tow ropes and rear stowage box have also been fixed in place.

Thursday, 16 May 2019

Cave Pictures, Car Cleaning & Garden Changes

I've now finished putting up my pictures in the cave. I've decided not to put up all my old police certificates & course photos this time as I feel that part of my life is now over with. Instead I've put them all in a folder for posterity! A nice small notice board has also gone up over the bench too.

As the weather here is rather pleasant at the moment I gave my car a much needed clean today. I haven't cleaned the poor thing since February and it was gopping! However a few hours of graft & she's sparkling again, of course it's forecast to rain tomorrow!

I've also been busy in the garden taking out our pond. We've had one for about 16 years but with a grandson almost walking and into everything it was time to get shot of it & the fish for safety's sake. A local charity was looking for fish for a pond so we contacted them and they took our goldfish to a new home last week. The liner and pump etc went & I've been getting the hole filled with soil. 

Eventually a bit of decking will go in that space ready for a playhouse or similar for the ever growing brood of grand kids that are on the way. See evidence of kids stuff starting to appear on the lawn!

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Takom Finnish Marksman Lights & Sights

Just finished painting all the lights on the model including those curious white lights on the front fenders. I've also come up with a simple optics set up for the turret sights. I just need to find some thinner clear plastic for the glazing on these. The model should be attacked with pigments over the next few days as well.

Monday, 13 May 2019

Seriously Organised!

I've been at the stash again organising all those bits & bobs we all seem to accumulate over the years. Really useful boxes have sorted out everything nicely and I can now finally find the bits I want without going through 10 odd boxes of different sizes. Having everything stacked up looks neater too. So a couple more of the larger 9 litre boxes should finish off the diorama & groundwork gear I think.

Sunday, 12 May 2019

Tamiya Elefant Painting

Today I sprayed the main colour on using tamiya XF-60 dark yellow with a good splodge of white and a dash of buff. I also used for the first time some VMS slow-mo extender medium. This is basically a retarder for airbrushing which stops the tip from drying out. A problem sometimes when spraying acrylics. I must say the paint sprayed really well and went done nice and smooth too.  

Saturday, 11 May 2019

Marksman Matt Varnish

The model has now had some oil dot fading added and this afternoon the matt varnish. I like the way the colours have turned out, they still pop but are subtly weathered too. A couple of days now for the varnish to fully harden then before further weathering can commence.

Thursday, 9 May 2019

Marksman & Elefant

I'm progressing well on the marksman with a few more washes/filters added  & a darker pin wash. A bit more work here I think before some oil dot fading but it's going in the right direction. 

I also sparked up the compressor for the first time today and primed the elefant. I'm really pleased with how the zimmerit stickers look under a coat of paint.