Hello Neil, Geraint and Jason, thanks for the heads up on the KT weathering, definitely worth a go. I have been looking also at Anthony Sheedy's 'Short Tracked' KT in AFV '40', he used a similar method to finish his excellent Tiger II, colour modulation also crossed mind, due to the light of a bright summers morning in Normandy!
I will use the AM barrels for this along with Voyager and Aber PE sets for the late DML Tiger 1. Figures... Hmmm. I have a few sets destined for this, (I'll list them when I find the boxes) they consist of Tri-star and Dragon, I have been trying to source others that will suit the juxtaposition of the imagery, needed to contrive a scene of spreading alert,anxiety and action as the alarm of approaching foes spreads through the men of the 2./s.SS.Pz.-Abt.101's 'parked' Tigers going about their mornings routines and 'duties'. I was thinking of adding quite a bit of 'humour' into the scene as the men are stopped in their 'tracks' doing whatever they were 'doing'! Alpine and Hornet will definitely be used on this also.
Right onwards into oblivion then...
The second Mantlet has been 'pasted' and here it is, not so far away from the other 'puttied' Mantlet, but not a 'doppelganger'. After a bit of practice you find that you can closely replicate the pattern to suit. You can get a real lot of practice on the 'spare' mantlets you get with Dragon Tigers!
Putty applied in 'pea' sized amounts to either side of the mantlet. With the tools we will be using again!
After a 'rough' application with the artists pallete knife, it is ready for manipulating with a moistened cocktail stick (what would the modeller do without these wonder impliments?) this is done by combining a pushing and rolling method into the 'nooks and crannies' of the complex form of the mantlet and with a similar motion used to push the excess putty away to the edges.
Then after a smoothish (probably not a real word either!) surface is achieved, and to a depth of putty that is about .3 to .5mm deep, the pattern can be simulated with the Lion Roar tools. (I called these die's previously,
my mistake they are actually called doe's).
And there you have it!
Another zimmerited mantlet! Spellbinding stuff eh! On the last image of the mantlets top surface you will see the pattern has been 'rollered' along the complete upper edge from one side to the other in one continous motion. A lot of AM manufactures produce the pattern on thier resin mantlets rotated the other way through 90 degrees with the pattern continuing in rows. But I have chosen to depict it this in a 'longitudinal' manner to mimic the image of the Mantlet's top shown in the 'Bundesarchiv' image of Wittmann and other Tiger Commanders during the famous 'propaganda' photo shoot.
Once again this area of the Tiger is a little 'camera-shy', I am not saying all Tiger 1's with zimmerit applied had the pattern this way, but some of them did! As we can see on at least this very famous but anonymous Tiger.
. Next up is some work to the top edges of the zimmerit on #6383's turret ,assembly of barrels, mantlet,sleeve, gun assembley, hatches and spare track link holders.
Thanks for looking, Phil.