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Greetings from the Ultimate KVís
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ARMORAMA
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Posted: Thursday, April 30, 2009 - 06:33 PM UTC
California Greg Displays his 1/48th scale diorama called "Greetings from the Ultimate KVís"

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Thanks!
Pyromaniac
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Posted: Friday, May 01, 2009 - 05:05 AM UTC
very nice dio there, i love the cobbled road. perhaps the KV-85 is a bit clean though. the weathering on the track area of both vehicles is great though.
jeepkid019
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Posted: Friday, May 01, 2009 - 03:14 PM UTC
Looks very good to me. jeepkid019
firstcircle
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Posted: Saturday, May 02, 2009 - 10:11 AM UTC
I think the dust effect on the SU looks great, and also really appreciate the hand made gun barrel and other home made parts.

It's also great to see another of the old Bandai kits making an appearance on here. Fred Rick Boucher (JPTRR) would be interested.

A little bit of blackening arund the muzzles might look good, either dry brushing or pastel chalks.
GregCloseCombat
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Posted: Sunday, May 03, 2009 - 04:52 AM UTC
Thanks guys - points well taken. Cheers
Tojo72
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Posted: Sunday, May 03, 2009 - 09:34 AM UTC
Real nice work Greg,I know you are a 1/48 guy and I have seen your work here and other places,this one really is outstanding,especially the figures,I have trouble dealing with 1/35 figures,never mind 1/48,but you have got it down.
GregCloseCombat
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Posted: Sunday, May 03, 2009 - 03:41 PM UTC
Hi Anthony, another thanks for your comments. I've found the quality of the figures makes a huge difference in what they look like in the end. My current Russian Sherman project has all crummy Tamiya figures with little detail to stand out on them. In 1/48 scale, you can get away with less as more in figure painting I think. It's not necessary to put whites in the eyes or a lot of face detail. I'm glad they turned out good but all I used was a simple formula: Skin: Vallejo medium flesh base, then Vallejo flat flesh for highlights, 2 black lines/dots for eyes. Uniform: base blackgrey, then highlight light grey/buff mixture. The key is careful drybrushing and not letting the Vallejo acrylics dry too fast. The Sheperd Paine book, "How to build dioramas" was my first modelling book, and I sorta follow his 'stop sign rule' but with much fewer colors needed to show the lights/shadows. That book and Mig's FAQ are my bibles I look to to get ideas. Track48.com has all the figures I used, so if you want to give 1/48 a try..... but no pressure
Each 1/48 kit is about the size of a coke or can so they fit comfortably in my TV cabinet.

Cheers