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Armor and ground forces of the Axis forces during World War II.
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Trumpeter Geschutzwagen IVb
wbill76
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Posted: Sunday, July 20, 2008 - 11:37 AM UTC
After much careful thought, I decided not to apply any decals to the vehicle but went ahead and applied a Future coat to seal in the base coat as a precursor to weathering. Since I use enamels, this is an essential step even without any decals being applied to protect the base coat from the weathering process. The Future was allowed to dry for several hours while my wife and I went to go see The Dark Knight.

The weathering began by applying a dot filter of primary colors consisting of Sea Blue, Yellow, Red, and White.



The dots are then blended together using a thinner-dampened brush to the point where they are virtually removed, leaving behind an altered base coat in the process. I worked slowly, section by section, and completed about half last night and the rest this morning. I also went along while working the same sections and applied a Burnt Umber pin wash to accentuate the detail and further provide depth. The lightened Panzer Gray mix from the previous painting process was lightly dry brushed over the raised detail. The whole vehicle then received a coat of Testor's Lusterless flat in the spray can.



Next came the weathering on the suspension, I tried something a little different this time around from my usual methods. Instead of applying the pigments wet, I applied them dry and used a stiff bristled brush to work them into the various areas. It's certainly a faster result but I think I'll go back to the wet method for future use.



To finish up, I dry brushed some original Panzer Gray on some of the areas of the turret and hull that I felt needed a little more blending and then it was off to the photo booth for the finished pics.









TankTrap
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Posted: Sunday, July 20, 2008 - 06:10 PM UTC
Thats a nice looking model you have there man its certainly looks very well painted.
I think the red dots in the filter made the difference.

Nice.
PvtMutt
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Posted: Sunday, July 20, 2008 - 06:25 PM UTC

For a Texan that ain't bad Bill.

Guess i'll have to try that dot scrub myself.

Great SBS, Thanks

...Mutt...
wbill76
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Posted: Monday, July 21, 2008 - 02:36 AM UTC
David,

Thanks for the kind words, appreciate your comments!

Tony,

Well we sure try hard enough here in the Lone Star State, thanks for looking and commenting!
jimz66
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Posted: Tuesday, July 22, 2008 - 08:24 AM UTC
Bill another superb build. How well do you rate this kit on a scale of 1 to 10?

Thanks for sharing.
wbill76
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Posted: Tuesday, July 22, 2008 - 08:46 AM UTC

Quoted Text

Bill another superb build. How well do you rate this kit on a scale of 1 to 10?

Thanks for sharing.



Thanks James, appreciate the comments! In the review I rated it at a 78% and I think that's a pretty fair assessment, so a 7.8 on a 1 to 10 scale. It's not a bad kit but not a great one either. It does have accuracy issues as well as fit problems with many of the items that have mount posts or holes often not being the right size. There are areas as noted in the build log that require filling with putty, either due to sink marks or poor fit (or even just to correct accuracy issues). It's a kit that takes a little bit of work to get together, particularly with the barrel, muzzle brake, and mantlet requiring seam clean up and attention on prominent areas. Still, accuracy issues aside, it's nothing that a little basic model building skills can't overcome and builds up nicely. Not a fall-together kit though.
jimz66
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Posted: Thursday, July 24, 2008 - 07:30 AM UTC
Thanks Bill. Nicely put and nicely done. Take care. What's next? Or is that top secret?

SHHHHHHHHHHHH Everyone. Let the man work!!!!!!!!!
wbill76
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Posted: Thursday, July 24, 2008 - 10:09 AM UTC
James,

Can't say what's next, but will know on Saturday when I sit down to an empty bench and make up my mind.
whittman181
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Posted: Thursday, July 24, 2008 - 04:06 PM UTC
Well Bill , I'm on vacation Saturday so I'll be WATCHING Bob
jjumbo
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Posted: Thursday, July 24, 2008 - 04:17 PM UTC
Nice job Bill,
I've been watching your build with anticipation !!
Who says a Panzer Grey paint scheme is dull ?
Cheers

jjumbo
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Posted: Tuesday, September 09, 2008 - 08:02 PM UTC
This was a nice one Bill. Useful to me since ive ordered one of these. Great build log

regards
Thomas
wbill76
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Posted: Wednesday, September 10, 2008 - 02:21 AM UTC
Thanks Thomas, my pleasure and hope it's useful for you when you build yours.
johngalford
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Posted: Sunday, October 05, 2014 - 01:27 PM UTC
who make the tracks for the sd.kfz 165/1 Trumpeter Geschutzwagen IVb, the MK's or is that the maker
Grauwolf
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Posted: Sunday, October 05, 2014 - 01:52 PM UTC
The MKs used for this build are the Modelkasten tracks.