December 19, 2010

Vignete for Hetzer

With two Tamiya figurines.

November 26, 2010

Tamiya Hetzer 1/48 scale - construction done

October 28, 2010

Sherman M4A3 (76) W - project ended

October 14, 2010

Freshly painted

I used 1/3 Olive Drab and 2/3 US Dark Green from Vallejo. Very easy to work with and what a superb appearance once dried! Perfect for brush painting. Next, I'll spray some glossy cover on it and continue with the weathering process.

October 05, 2010

Sherman M4A3 (76) W - construction done

September 23, 2010

Construction almost done

The construction is nearly done. Some minor details remained such as fixing the towing cable and adding more stowage.

September 19, 2010

The turret

I started to work at the turret. The most difficult part was to recreate the .50 cal heavy machine gun barrel clamp.

September 11, 2010

Some hull progress

The second hatch is done. Brush guard, interior/exterior grab handle and closing mechanism added:

The stowage rack, a nice one from Dragon:

The tracks are not glued into place. I'm thinking about painting them separately.

September 06, 2010

Periscope brush guards

One of the most difficult problem to tackle on this kit is represented by the periscope brush guards. Unlike some more recent Dragon kits that include PE options, this particular M4A3 doesn't. Although I was skeptic about any attempt to replicate it, I managed to build a periscope brush guard today.

September 05, 2010

Work on the hull

I added the PE headlight protections and some minor improvements on the siren protection (too bad Dragon didn't provided a PE option). The back-lights protections and its wiring were entirely made from scraps.

August 31, 2010

The rear

I replaced the handle of the engine access door. Quite a brain surgery on this scale.

August 29, 2010

Project started: Sherman M4A3 (76) - the bogie set

One of the most tedious job on a Braille Sherman are the bogies. I added the bolts and drilled the four holes for the return roller.

Dragon's Brummbar hits the market

Dragon USA announced the availability of the brand new 1/72 Brummbar. Although quite pricey for a Braille kit (20$), the amount of details are breathtaking and, as far as I know, is historically accurate (well, minus the zimmerit). I will buy one without hesitation.

August 05, 2010

Pz. III Ausf. M from Revell - reissued

I couldn't keep my hands away from the new reissued Panzer III Ausf. M from Revell. What a marvelous kit. My third built model was an Ausf L, another best seller... Now every 1/72 modeler anxiously waits for the Revell's Pz. IV resurrection.

July 31, 2010

More "news" from Dragon

Dragon announced the release of its new Tiger I Initial Production s.Pz.Abt.502 Leningrad Region 1942/43 in 1/72. Probably this new kit will provide all three Tiger variants: no 100, no 123 and no 3 just as its 1/35 big brother.

July 13, 2010

Next project - Sherman M4A3 (76) W

This is my next project, Sherman M4A3 (76) W from Dragon - their first Sherman kit which was followed by an entire plethora of such fine Sherman kits.

This is a great review from Doug Chaltry.
And, for those who can read Romanian, this review is very usefull.

I will try to depict a tank photographed on January 1945, in France, near Riedwihr.

June 29, 2010

Tiger #100 and winter diorama done

This is it, minus the figurines. I dream about MIG Production's German tank crew and infantry. Not available in Romania.

June 21, 2010

Tiger #100 done