Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Tamiya 1/35 Staghound Mk.I

by Hamilkar Barkas
The kit was an easy build, everything went together very quickly.

Although the kit comes in a Tamiya box it is the quite new Italeri kit. The quality of the parts is blameless, some photo-etched parts, stowage and figures are also included. I was not satisfied with the appearence and details of the crew figures, so i will search for alternatives, for example resin figures. I painted the model with Revell acrylic paints. The green basecolour is Matt65 bronzegreen. The model is weathered with a dark wash, drybrushing and MIG pigments.

The Tamiya 1/35 Staghound Mk.I (kit #89770) is a reboxing of the old Italeri T17E1 Staghound Armoured Car Mk.I Late Production (kit #6459Tamiya have added an addition sprue from Tamiya's 1994 kit British Universal Carrier Mk.II European Campaign (kit #35175), including 3 figures.

The box includes the large colour reference manual from the Italeri kit. The markings are also the same decal sheet as the original and the only other difference of this Tamiya re-release is the addition of a metal barrel and some photo-etch parts.

Like the Tamiya Mk.66 "Swiss Air Force" (kit#89784), which is also a collaboration between Italeri and Tamiya, this kit is labeled "Limited Edition". Tamiya doesn't indicate what limited means but these kits may not be around for a long time and if you wish one of them for your stash, you better be early.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Pegaso Models 75mm Hannibal Barkas

by Hamilkar Barkas

This figure depicts the great Carthagenian Commander Hannibal Barkas at the crossing of the Alps in 218 BC. I painted the figure with acrylic paints from Revell and Lifecolour, the shadings were done with Abteilung 502 oilpaints. The snow on the base is a very fine powder called "magic snow". I mixed it with water and white glue and applied it on the base. Then I added some dryed green stuff to complete the base of the figure.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

The Aviation Art of Steve Heyen

by Kasper Fischer

I spend a lot of time surfing the net in search of paint schemes, kool ideas for models or tutorials and I often stumble over other material. Today I was looking for Spitfire pictures, inspired by BasicModelling's newest video and I came across Steve Heyen.

I knew nothing about him but I really like most his paintings. He makes oil paintings and pencil drawings and sell them on his site. If I had a store, I would deferentially buy one of his pieces but I feel they may be a bit too much for the living room. He has tons of pictures on his page and I will only show a couple of examples here.

Link to Steve Heyen.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Dragon 1/16 German Panzerjäger

by Vladimir Paraskeva

I rarely build large figures, but this was given to me for my birthday, a couple of years ago. I started the assembly last year, but has lost some important details and all work stopped for about a year. I liked the kit, though it should be noted is not a sufficient clarity of some parts. The figure was painted with Revell enamel, clear-coated with matt varnish from Testors. The weathering was done with pastels from Tamiya and Mr.Hobby(set 1).

Monday, February 7, 2011

Pegaso Models 75mm Hernan Cortes

by Hamilkar Barkas

This figure depicts the conquistador Hernan Cortes during his campains in the new world in the 16th century. The white metal kit is from Pegaso Models in 75mm scale. The assembly was very easy, all parts are glued together with instant glue. I started the painting of the figure with a light grey basecoat. I painted the face with acrylic paint from Lifecolor and oilpaints from MIG afterwards. The rest of the clothes and armor was painted step by step with revell acrylic paint and oilpaints again. I applied no pigments or any other weathering, because the figure looks so majestic and the pose is so powerful.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

1/24 Brabham BT26 Jack Brabham Monaco GP 1968

This paper model was developed by `abs` studio. It's the 1968 version of the Monaco Grand Prix without fairings and has the early engine. I used cyanoacrylate, or super glue for bonding  the model. It took me about two weeks to complete. I enjoy building paper models and this was a really fun build. If you want to try this paper model, it can be downloaded for free here.

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