Freitag, 27. April 2012

Panzer III in-build comparison. #1

These days I started an in-build comparision of the Panzer III offerings from Revell and Dragon.

During the years Revells Panzer III was my all time favour. This model was always easy to build with nice opportunities to upgrade in several directions. Revell has two releases on the market: The "L" version and the "M" Version with side armour "Schürzen" (and a different exhaust).

Some days back Company Dragon came up with their rendition of the Panzer III. As far as I see, they have the "L" Version and an "M" Version for the mediterranian theater on market.

For my little in-build comparison I have Revell´s "M" and Dragons "L" on the workbench. Please keep in mind: These modells are intended for wargaming - so no rivet counting here.

Chassis and wheels:
Both models are quite similar to build up. Very easy. But here is the first difference: The Dragon parts (eg. the wheels) look extremly sharp and perfectly rendered. Would give Dragon a 10 of 10 and Revell a 9 of 10.

On the Revell Modell I installed Winterketten of Company MACO.  These tank-tracks are fanstatic to work with. Deeply recommended.

What will be next? As seen in the pictures I started to work on the turrets. Neither is ready, so this comparision will bee continued with the turrets.

Sonntag, 22. April 2012

Tankograd 3#

Here is the next update on the SU 100.

The gun barrel arrived just in time ;) . I bought it from ts-modellbau, Dortmund, Germany.

It is a perfect replace of the Dragon made barrel - - that I lost during the years for reasons unknown.

I painted the tank with Tamiya dark green. No mixing this time just the plain colour.
The faded white-wash was applied the "hairspray way". Here I used Tamiya white on no name hairspray. The white was applied with a cosmetic sponge - wich gives a nice random effect.
After drying and fixing with dull coate I gave the model a pin-point wash with sepia and black inks from the Games Workshop range. Must say I dislike the smell of these inks.
Finally I did some highlights with a sharp (soft) pencil and some edging with extreme dry steel colour from the Vallejo range.

My conclusion:
This was one of the best kits of Co. Dragon I have ever build. All parts get nice together. Was a long project but a real pleasure to build.

Montag, 16. April 2012

Mittwoch, 11. April 2012

Tankograd 3#

This one here is the SU 100 from Co. Dragon.
I am running for a new company of soviet late war tank hunters and this will be the first vehicle to come out.

Have this gun on the workbench for some years. Otherwise this is a nice (older) offering from Dragon. From my point Dragon gave us the best in scale T 34 chassis.

Gave this gun some in-battle damages on the sides. Will have much more work until I start painting. And ... yes I am thinking to replace the plastic barrel to a turned metal version.

Dienstag, 3. April 2012

Tankograd 2# (meets Frankentank)

This one here is another T 34 - but here with the much more powerfull ´85mm gun.
I build this vehicle as a "Frankentank" with parts from the Plastic Soldier Company chassis. The turret was taken from the sparebox (a Trumpeter part) and the main gun was a spare part from a Revell T 34/85. The handles are brass wire.

The red-flag bearer is a modified soviet tankrider from HaT Industries. The flag is done with thin rolled green stuff.

The modell was hand painted with dilluted Tamiya acrylics and washed with inks from the Games Workshop range. The T 34/85 with turret number "183" was somehow famous...: It was visible on Berlin / May 1945 pictures and took eventuelly part in the fightings around Moltebrücke.