Friday, December 23, 2011

IDF Centurion Shot Kal - Part 1

In recent years, I have become interested in the October War of 1973, especially the stories about the 77th "Oz" Tank Battalion. I was turned on to this part of history by my preacher cousin in West Texas that called one day to tell me the incredible "David vs. Goliath" like story of this battle. I have just recently finished reading Avigdor Kahalani's book, "The Heights of Courage". I began this project about 2 1/2 years ago when I first became interested in the subject.

This is the AFV Club Centurion Shot Kal 1973 with Voyager photoetch, AFV Club mantlet cover, various stowage items, and MIG figures with Hornet heads. The air recognition flag is made from Milliput. The model is painted with Tamiya and Vallejo acrylics, and will be weathered with MIG products. It is intended as a tribute to Avigdor Kahalani and the men of the 77th "Oz" Tank Battalion, 7th Armored Brigade. I am about 75% finished with initial painting. Next will be the final application of decals (rings on the gun), and the weathering process will begin. I'll update when complete with a "Part 2".

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

T-34/76 No.112 Factory by Gary Boggs - Part 1

T-34/76 No.112 Factory "Krasnoe Sormovo" Late Production built by Gary Boggs, using the outstanding book "T-34 Mythical Weapon" by Robert Michulec and Miroslaw Zientarzewski as reference.

Click here for Part 2.


The completed model above. The tarp resting on the toolbox was created using Magic Sculpt. Various weld beads were scratch built using styrene, Tamiya cement, and an X-Acto blade.

The painting and weathering process documented below began with a coat of Tamiya Nato Green, then lightened with a second coat that included Tamiya Yellow Green.

A bed roll made of tissue paper was added, along with cleat straps crafted from the tin tops of cat food containers. The model was given a good flat coat before the weathering started.

Chipping was done using Vallejo acrylics.

The tank was weathered in stages with various combinations of Windsor & Newton oils, MIG oils, and MIG pigments.

The completed model...

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Images of AMPS Centex 2011

Road tripped down to Austin for the October 22nd AMPS Centex show. It was a good show - plenty of models, good vendor turnout, and a really cool display of WWII German uniforms and weapons.