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Old 12-24-2005, 07:53 PM
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i got the idea for a mk3j in a recovery area from the photo below that I found in the Concord Publication, The Panzerkampfwagen 3 at War.

This shot has the tank with a long barrel but I wanted to model the earlier version with the 5cm L/42.

I also wanted the earlier style engine deck .
The two kits used were a Tamiya Mk3L and a Dragon Mk3 Stug f. I 'borrowed' the rear deck from the stug kit which I thebn ahd to marry onto the Tamiya one. This fit then required a reshaping with modeling clay and putty on the rear end to backdate to match the engine deck.





I then added aber brass and took the guards off as in the photo. I also drilled out the brake cooling air intake vent as I removed the cover as in the photo.




I also used Kasten final drive housings [brown in photo]top plate is only sitting on chassis.
I then added some scratch stuff like the scalloping under the guards and interior stuff that wasn't Aber but needed to be there to fill in when you looked through the open hatch.




more to come.......
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Old 12-25-2005, 12:52 AM
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Old 12-25-2005, 04:24 PM
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Gday Hilly,

Hope Santa brought the kids what they wanted, and you and Sally some peace and quiet on Christmas morning!

The III is looking killer!

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PART 2
Added Finemolds periscopes


Some Aber lovin'....... more rework needed on the side rear finish!

Nearly ready for paint.

I then went about creating the ground work and tracklink positioning etc and positioned the tank on the base to test fit. At this point everything has been glued down except the tank itself . Also the figure and some of the accessories.I am using the photo in the first post as a rough guide but would still like to catch the feel of the photo.





The brakes are not the right shape but the large washes are only working as shape fillers to hold the tranny. They will be hidden once the top is on and sealed.

Front sproket ring is going to be off .....pretty much because I got some spares from the Kasten set.
Does anyone have any references on what the drive wheel looks like on a mark 3 with the sproket ring detached?

STAGE 3 -- PAINTING THE BASE COLOURS AND THE GROUNDWORK.
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Gday Hilly,

Hope Santa brought the kids what they wanted, and you and Sally some peace and quiet on Christmas morning!

The III is looking killer!

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Old 12-26-2005, 02:33 AM
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This stage is pretty much just the undercoat gray, ground work snowed up 75%, and figure base coated. The figure is a Hornet and was perfect for what I wanted. I decided to go with a lone sentry guarding the recovered tank in a holding area somewhere near Stalingrad.





I weathered the interior ,fixed the back deck join and secured the upper hull.







Next is the winter cam and wethering................
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Old 12-26-2005, 03:32 AM
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James,
I'm cheating....... I have already reached the weathering stage and had the backdated photos ready for posting. The next post is where I am actually up to at present.
I also forgot to logon on my last post .......lost in modelling madness! :lol:
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Winter Cam stage.
Wow, was xmas busy....... now thats over and done with , paint, the bit I like best!

The tank got a light white coat over maskol chips, then a more intense coat in patch's. Then some hand chipping and some nice half frozen mud from Mother Russia.











next is the stains, dirt ,decals and a bit more base work.
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