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Official: Home Improvement Campaign
Konigwolf
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Posted: Sunday, November 01, 2015 - 07:28 AM UTC
OK Back in Business.

As mentioned before the first stage of Adam Wilder's tutorials was applying stencil markings and giving a coat gloss clear coat to seal before the rest of the weathering.

Since I decided to restart, and needed to reapply markings I used a similar method. First I made a mask for the Russian star, and applied it on each side. I then taped a guide line along the bottom of the turret and from front to back and on top, and brush painted these two lines. After removing the tape from the top of the turret I then free hand applied the smaller cross marking.



vettejack
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Posted: Monday, November 02, 2015 - 06:07 PM UTC
Just found out that I close on the new digs in about a week and a half. That will certainly curtail my bench time. You know the drill, packing/unpacking, and the honey-do list from hell to boot. What am I saying? Well, completing this campaign is in jeopardy...just issuing a fair warning that my 3 M-47's may not see completed fruition!

I keep plugging away on them however...until the movers come in and take my X-acto knife from my cold 'live' hands, I'm building when I can!
Namabiiru
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Posted: Monday, November 02, 2015 - 06:32 PM UTC
Having just gone through the drill myself, I completely empathize with you--three months without any progress until just this very weekend. Fear not! there's always a chance for Home Improvement II next year, and I think by the very nature of the campaign there wouldn't be a reason you couldn't re-enter your M-47s once things have settled down.

vettejack
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Posted: Monday, November 02, 2015 - 09:05 PM UTC

Quoted Text

Having just gone through the drill myself, I completely empathize with you--three months without any progress until just this very weekend. Fear not! there's always a chance for Home Improvement II next year, and I think by the very nature of the campaign there wouldn't be a reason you couldn't re-enter your M-47s once things have settled down.




Look forward to the possibility...thanx!
Konigwolf
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Posted: Tuesday, November 03, 2015 - 01:23 AM UTC
Vettejack, I sympathize with you mate i've had to move twi in the last 10 months, goodluck.
Konigwolf
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Posted: Sunday, November 08, 2015 - 05:58 AM UTC
Stage 2:
Applying a light filter across the vehicle.

Since the KV turned out a little darker than I would of liked after applying the gloss coat I decided to use a yellow filter to try and lighten and warm the overall colour slightly, overall success I think so far (previous state included as last image.)


Next time will be oil dot fading/filtering/modulating or whatever you choose to call it.






ltb073
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Posted: Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - 02:45 AM UTC
Andrew the KV is looking good
I got some paint and marking on my PzIV
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Now for the weathering and work on the figures
Namabiiru
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Posted: Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - 04:18 AM UTC
Looks great, although I just KNOW someone is going to comment on the white hatch interiors. Personally, I like them!

ltb073
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Posted: Saturday, November 14, 2015 - 08:44 PM UTC
Thanks Marc with weathering they will get darker
I added the following to the original:
Jerry can rack and Figure coming out the turret photo P1090507.jpg
Cow catcher spare tracks
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The crate on the fender
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chains to the rear and moved the tow cable
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and moved some other tools around
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and of course Painted it this time
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So does it qualify as an Improvement This was the original complete with 6 years of dust
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Namabiiru
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Posted: Sunday, November 15, 2015 - 06:10 AM UTC
Sal,
I thought your original looked pretty good, but your finished product is great too. If you like it, it's an improvement! Everyone wins in this campaign!

Konigwolf
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Posted: Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 07:28 PM UTC
Nice Pz IV

Well two more stages complete but only posting photo's for one. First was dot modulation/filter which I couldn't see much difference after the photo's (IRL there is a little more difference) so I'll skip posting those. Next stage was pin wash. Obvious difference there.
Pre Pin wash


Post pin wash. Still experiment a lot with these. Left side was done with MIG Dark Wash, right side with Wilder Black Smoke Wash. I'm happy with the MIG on the left side but the Wilder on the right doesn't cover as well, I don't know of that's because it needs to be a darker wash than smoke though over the green or something else.




Next stage will be chipping (or at least the start there of)
vettejack
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Posted: Thursday, November 26, 2015 - 01:01 PM UTC
I can't punish myself enough... ...while packing for the move, I run across another M47 in the stash, somewhat started and forgotten over time. Well, stupid me takes a look, tinkers a bit with the find, and immediately determine I've got another build...picturing my 4th M47 build. Without missing a beat, I start gluing. long story short...this one will be a Portuguese M47 of 1978. That's my update even as we close in on the end of this campaign (of which I can't complete).
Konigwolf
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Posted: Thursday, November 26, 2015 - 04:18 PM UTC
Does the word masochist mean anything?

Good luck and don't let SWIMBO find out what your doing instead of packing.
Konigwolf
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Posted: Saturday, December 05, 2015 - 05:48 PM UTC
AND...

...complete

I didn't complete all weathering steps as provided by Adam Wilder on his Youtube channel as he gets pretty heavy and my personal preference is to include a base as a frame of reference with heavily weathered models, otherwise in my opinion it looks like the proverbial fish out of water.

Last stage was the pin wash with the remaining stages that I completed 3 levels of chipping (undercoat, steel hull and rusting). I skipped the next phase which was speckling (flicking fine paint droplets onto the subject), weathering the exhausts, rust streaking, vehicle lights and equipment and I finished off with a light dusting of pigments (though I may end up removing them off the upper hull and turret.

To the pics...
First two after the first layer of chipping, showing an undercoat (while the Russians generally used 4BO as both under and top coat I used a slightly lighter shade of green here as the undercoat.
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Chipping with hull showing through. I kept most of the paint wear to the engine deck and rear areas of the tank as to show scuffing from tank riders not caring our how they treat their rides cosmetics.





Third level of chipping isn't really anymore chipping but adding a layer rust with the bare steel and to help blend all three layers together.




And the completed state showing a little rust streaking, exhaust weathering and layer of pigment.



Konigwolf
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Posted: Saturday, December 05, 2015 - 05:57 PM UTC
Namabiiru I uploaded three images to the relevant campaign folder, the two final images above and this one comparing pre and post state. Perfect IMO? No. Better than it was? Yes on the way to learning more

Namabiiru
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Posted: Sunday, December 06, 2015 - 05:48 PM UTC
Even your first attempt is better than what I am capable of, but your re-do is great! Nice work!

Konigwolf
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Posted: Sunday, December 06, 2015 - 08:04 PM UTC
Thanks Mark, but looking at your armorama photo page if they are kits you completed then your underselling yourself IMO. The half track and motorcycle were great (with the M113 needing a diorama to complete it for my personal taste).

Now I have this one down I have a bunch more almost at the weathering stage. Next up will be a Maus for a light filter, wash and chipping only.
Bluestab
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Posted: Wednesday, December 09, 2015 - 07:52 AM UTC
Update. I placed the figures and I'm calling this one done.























And that's it. It was fun redoing this diorama. The original was pretty simplistic. I was also able to try a few things out that I'll be sing in later projects.

I probably won't be finishing the second part, the makeover for the original base. The plan with that was to make it a mortar position or a bunker. I really cannot decide which one I want to do so I'll just put that on hold for a rainy weekend.
Namabiiru
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Posted: Wednesday, December 09, 2015 - 05:39 PM UTC

Thanks for the kind words, Andrew.

Great work on the dio, Alex!

vettejack
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Posted: Sunday, December 13, 2015 - 07:01 PM UTC

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Does the word masochist mean anything?

Good luck and don't let SWIMBO find out what your doing instead of packing.



It keeps getting better! As I keep packing the kits, low and behold I come across yet another M47 kit, still in shrink wrap!

When I get settled in the new (old) home, I just might crack open this M47 as well while on the M47 binge! Just gotta come up with a new country to model it too!!
Namabiiru
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Posted: Sunday, December 20, 2015 - 05:34 PM UTC
10 days left in this campaign! Everyone on track for an on time finish, or do we need to talk extensions?

Don't forget your before and after photos if you haven't posted them already!

And happy holidays!

SpaceXhydro
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Posted: Sunday, December 20, 2015 - 06:40 PM UTC
I won't be able to get Iraqi helicopters fully completed for this campaign.
2002hummer
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Posted: Wednesday, December 23, 2015 - 10:00 AM UTC
Here is my entry.I did it for the Extreme Trucks campaign. Not happy with it. Needs markings and the exhaust improved as well as other details. Since I am off on holidays for a week it should give me time to improve the truck before the campaign ends. Finally figured out how to make my own decals so I will use the local fire department as my unit's markings. I also want to add a remote hose nozzle on the front bumper by the winch. I should also colour the cable black at the same time. I hope I can finish in time.

Namabiiru
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Posted: Wednesday, December 23, 2015 - 05:38 PM UTC
Cool!

How are you doing your decals?

2002hummer
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Posted: Thursday, December 24, 2015 - 08:33 PM UTC

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Cool!

How are you doing your decals?



Thanks.
I am using decal sheets I got on E-Bay. The program I used is Open Office and used the Drawing program to make the lettering. The shield(crest( was downloaded from the Fire departments website. I am not happy with the first attempt, the lettering is to dark and does not zhow up well against the red. Will have to try again.