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Old 08-17-2006, 06:28 AM
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This little dio was pretty much one of the first things that I posted here at the Planet but it was only as a how to on the base [ in the Finishing section]. So I thought that I would finally V-Bench it with all the photo's that I didn't include in the SBS. This will be 'old hat for some of you so sorry in advance!
This kit was fairly new when I built it and I was very impressed with the amount of options that Dragon provided. The kit comes with 3 different muzzle breaks for the various versions throughout the war. A Aluminium turned barrel and a plastic one. Two sets of rubber tyres - new and damaged. The damaged ones look great as they have chunks out of the rubber, moulded in. Dragon also give you the option of 3 different wheel hub patterns. There are also brass and plastic shells, ammo boxes and cylinders as well as a full Fallschirmjager crew. The decal sheet is also good giving you the printing for the ammo cases [nice touch] as well as the shells.

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Once I had built the kit and the base I did a test fit-- fits ok.
The rubble I use comes from two mixes.
1. VP tiles and bricks.
2. A mix of plaster debri, ground up bricks [real] and small stones from the road outside my house.
The second mix is good for an overall cover while the VP stuff I use sparingly where I need crisp detail to show.
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The final touch is with some [unused] Cat Litter, I filter for the really small ones.


I then started base coating the PAK as well as the base at this point
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After the base had been rendered to the point where I could add the model and other details I proceeded to do some touch ups such as the addition of the painting, it needed rubble.
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well that's it for the moment as photobucket seems to be offline or something.
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Old 08-17-2006, 06:32 AM
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Ian, lots of RED x's mate!
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Old 08-17-2006, 06:34 AM
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Ian, lots of RED x's mate!
Thanks John,
The photos keep appearing then dissappearing and I can't get anymore images from my photobucket album
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Old 08-17-2006, 06:44 AM
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Don't worry Ian, I think their server is down at the moment... :angry:

Guess it wont take too long

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Old 08-17-2006, 07:42 AM
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Looks good here Ian,
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Old 08-17-2006, 07:58 AM
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I can see the photos here!
Looking really good Ian! I like the style of your vBench posts. This gives us less experienced modellers a nice guide. Thanks again!!!
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Old 08-17-2006, 11:53 AM
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Looks like our MasterDioramer is on business again!

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This looks superb, I like it so much!
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Old 08-17-2006, 11:19 PM
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Thanks guys for the feedback. It seems that photobucket is up and running again.
Martin,
I am glad that you enjoy my Vbench posts, especially if you are getting something out of it.
Mikko,Paul,
thanks for the 'props'.
Well as I said before there was a whole process in the base construction which can be seen in detail under painting bases ,so here i will just add the stages in small photos, without the description or detail.
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I 'chucked' in a photo of the brushes that I use as I go along..............the large one is for drybrushing oils on the base and the 'stumpy' is for pigments and pastels.
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I also did a test fit during the base constuction using the newly constructed figures.....i do this to check thebalance of the scene as once the paint goes on everything looks a lot smaller and crowded.
Once I had finished painting the PAK i put it back on the completed base to see what I needed to do to blend it in so it would not look like it had been 'choppered' on to the base. :lol:
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I dusted up the rubber tyres then added a pin wash which gave a nice worn effect. I have found that you get a nice dull steel look by doing some of the chips on dark yellow with a Tamiya medium grey or light grey but it needs to be used sparingly.
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It's always good to add a small feature that is external to the main scene. I have added a path to the door, it is only simple but it fills an empty section of the dio.
I finished the figures, placed the PAK and glued it down, then tested the fit and balance with all of the ammo cases. Once I was satisfied i added the figures and ammo boxes and then did the final blending with pastels.

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This shot shows the very nice detail of the ammo boxes, these are better than any i have seen and are up to Tamiya quality.

This is the true final shot as I changed the position of the milk container in the ammo box and added a map. I have never been that 'turned on' by anti tank guns that were not mounted on a platform but I thoroughly enjoyed this kit and would highly recommend it as the options and accuracy are all there.
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Great SBS Ian. I really like how you go about creating and painting the rubble. Wish I could get the cajones to give stuff like that a try.
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