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Lethalhavoc #881 Posted Aug 26 2017 - 18:49

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View Poststalkervision, on Aug 26 2017 - 09:09, said:

I bought a german sub from e-bay once because I thought the price was good but found out a traditional seller had it much cheaper so I am not enthralled about e-bay for buying models anymore.

 

I always price shop before i buy.

I check Amazon, eBay and my nearest few hobby shops to see if it's a good price or not.

So, for the most part i get the cheapest price.



stalkervision #882 Posted Aug 26 2017 - 22:53

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View PostLethalhavoc, on Aug 26 2017 - 12:49, said:

 

I always price shop before i buy.

I check Amazon, eBay and my nearest few hobby shops to see if it's a good price or not.

So, for the most part i get the cheapest price.

 

that was a mistake I never did again. :)

MikeyBugs95 #883 Posted Aug 27 2017 - 06:01

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View PostLethalhavoc, on Aug 25 2017 - 17:25, said:

 

No, that's not exactly true anymore.

Zvezda makes some really awesome kits nowadays, but you need to know which is a new(er) kit and which is an older kit.

The new Zvezda Tiger kits are beyond awesome for a budget price, a full turret interior, some "filler" engine compartment pieces and it's just $25 Canadian, Tamiya just can't touch that much detail for that price point.

 

Dragons vary a ton in quality, depending on the kit, they partnered with Italeri (and many others) on a few kits of the '39-'45 series and while they're not terrible, they're not great either. 

 

The newer Zvezda and Academy kits (Academy has really made huge strides in quality and detail) are probably the best bang for the buck atm.

 

 

Some of their earlier Shermans are meh in quality. If one wants a good Dragon Sherman, look for their M4A1 DV, ME Normandy, their later E8's and other kits based on these hulls. Their M4A1 Early is not great.

 

The Dragon Black Label line is absolutely horrid. Almost all of the kits in that line have serious accuracy and buildability problems. When I say accuracy problems, I don't mean "well this hatch is positioned 45 degrees when it should be 55 degrees." I mean "this entire turret is completely wrong, the gun is too small, the hull nose is too short and too sharp, the engine deck has problems..." (M103). And with buildability, sometimes, various parts/assemblies prevent other parts from being built or rotated into place (M103... Yes, the exhaust vent and commander's station bulge prevented the already completely inaccurate turret of the kit to rotate to 90°...). The only "good" kit of that line that I've heard of so far is the Saladin armored car. That's the only decent kit in the Black Label line but it too has problems. 

 

AFV Club is pretty good too. Their M60 kits are unbelievable (so I've heard and saw in reviews, not yet had a chance to get the kit in hand) and appear to be really good for the price. 



stalkervision #884 Posted Aug 28 2017 - 13:08

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I like this model. Maybe wg can make a premium version of it? :)

 

   http://www.dragonusaonline.com/item_detail.aspx?ItemCode=DRA6891



Lert #885 Posted Aug 30 2017 - 15:06

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1/16 scale StuG III G Early:

 

 

 

 

Used a very quick-and-dirty method of weathering:

 

1) Do basic paint job / camouflage

2) Drybrush gunmetal on the edges that would see wear and tear

3) Very lightly drubrush rust color over same

4) Apply black wash, lightly on top, more heavily the lower on the vehicle because more dirty

5) Apply sepia wash over the black wash, lightly on top, more heavily the lower on the vehicle because more dirty

 

Oh, I've only now noticed that I forgot to weather / apply wash to the spare roadwheels. Well, this shows the contrast between unweathered and weathered. Off to apply a drybrush and wash to the spare roadwheels ...



qcarr #886 Posted Aug 30 2017 - 17:00

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Looks awesome, Lert!! Great job!

stalkervision #887 Posted Aug 31 2017 - 00:23

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Yes, it does look wonderful.  Thanks for sharing the pics lert.

yereverluvinunclebert #888 Posted Sep 06 2017 - 11:27

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I love the Stug but I am not enamoured with the elf-ish commander, if I were you I'd remove him from the scene rather quickly as he detracts from what is otherwise quite a nice build. He looks Irish, perhaps his uniform should be bright green?

Yankee #889 Posted Sep 10 2017 - 23:57

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At the recent Wargaming even at Gencon, we we introduced to a tabletop game from Warlord Games called "Bolt Action" the variant they had for WArgaming was called "Tank Wars" I beleive. After playing a game, we were given a kit to assemble and paint, here's how mine turned out.

 

 

These are 1/56th, so they are pretty darn small.  The kit was pretty well made though.  I put this together and painted it in just a few hours


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FrozenKemp #890 Posted Sep 11 2017 - 01:22

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Looks good Yankee!  I like the weathering :) Did the kit come with US as well as Russian markings? 

Yankee #891 Posted Sep 11 2017 - 01:34

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it came with multiple markings, and build variants

 



Lert #892 Posted Sep 12 2017 - 02:13

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Very nice work, Yankee. Can you tell us your weathering procedure?

Yankee #893 Posted Sep 12 2017 - 14:01

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That's a very simple sepia wash, then I went over the top with some of the Tamiya weathering pastels , first some mud and rust below, then just a bit of dirt above.

Lert #894 Posted Sep 12 2017 - 19:54

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Here's my first 1/16th scale tank, a Pz IV Ausf. F2. I've had this tank for nigh on 5 years now. Decided over the past few weeks to give it a repaint:

 

 

 

Went with very heavy washes / weathering by way of experimentation, as if this is a veteran vehicle. I'm not quite sure I'm entirely happy with the result.

 

 

@Yankee: I've never worked with those Tamiya weathering pastels. What are they like and how are they used?

 



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They come in plastic trays and are very similar to a woman's eye shadow in consistency. The applicators are the same as well, little foam tips on plastic sticks. Once your happy with it you need to clear coat it if you expect it to be handled much.

Lert #896 Posted Sep 12 2017 - 20:51

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Huh. I'll have to look in to those then. I wonder if the local hobby store has them ...

FrozenKemp #897 Posted Sep 15 2017 - 11:55

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If you can't get the Tamiya ones there are other brands.

For an applicator you can also get rubber tipped "color shapers" from art supply stores or Amazon.

CedricMacLaren #898 Posted Sep 17 2017 - 00:48

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View PostLert, on Sep 12 2017 - 12:54, said:

Here's my first 1/16th scale tank, a Pz IV Ausf. F2. I've had this tank for nigh on 5 years now. Decided over the past few weeks to give it a repaint:

 

 

 

Went with very heavy washes / weathering by way of experimentation, as if this is a veteran vehicle. I'm not quite sure I'm entirely happy with the result.

 

 

@Yankee: I've never worked with those Tamiya weathering pastels. What are they like and how are they used?

 

 

If asked, and I wasn't, I would say it is a little too glossy, Lert.  

Lert #899 Posted Sep 22 2017 - 19:32

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View PostCedricMacLaren, on Sep 16 2017 - 23:48, said:

If asked, and I wasn't, I would say it is a little too glossy, Lert.  

 

It's the lightning. The model isn't as glossy as the pictures suggest.




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