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Huibs T34 tank project

Posted by Bluefalchion on 19 Jan 2021, 17:53

Maybe he will not use it...
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Posted by huib on 21 Jan 2021, 16:07

Thank you guys!
Indeed I will build two kits of of two. It would be a waste to only use the the wheels of this nice old Fujimi kit. A better kit than the Matchbox one!
And yes, I also always fear the rubber band tracks. :shock:
We'll see.....
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Posted by huib on 21 Jan 2021, 16:16

Paintjob (1)

Enthusiastically I started painting the T34.

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Everything in dark green (Revell 68) and a cote of gloss varnish.

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Then I came to a standstill. I wanted to apply the hairspray method for a nicely weathered whitewash, and prepared all parts for spraying. But now I am waiting for some white acrylic paint that takes some time to arrive by postal service (as the shops are closed due to Covid-19).

But there is more in the box to work on.....
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Posted by Peter on 22 Jan 2021, 18:10

Happy to hear that you still can buy something online.

And otherwise I would have helped you. A secret rendez vous at the Belgian-Netherlands border before the curfew, with a quick transaction, a swap paint for decals! :xd: :-D

Model on Huib! :thumbup:
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Posted by huib on 23 Jan 2021, 17:35

Good plan, Peter. I'm in! We should clear the Dodendraad (the Wire of Death) crawling flat on our stomachs.
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Posted by huib on 23 Jan 2021, 17:53

Minidiorama

As the T34 is waiting for paint to arrive, I started work on the little Matchbox diorama.

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The different parts: earth and a fence.

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Constructed and primed in medium grey.

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Then a wild preshade

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Misted over a few times with a spraycan with cheap white primer.

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Russian fences are always green or blue. Green for this one.

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The fence is weathered, and the snow washed around the tracktracks (!?) to imitatie some muddy snow.

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Then the diorama was finished using a matt varnish, some dry grass around the fence, and a bit of misting with the white spray can for the frosty look.

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A pic from the other side.

Now to continue with the figure.
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Posted by Pocho Azul on 23 Jan 2021, 19:19

Looking good! Hope your paint arrives soon.
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Posted by Peter on 23 Jan 2021, 20:40

Real nice work on that base. :thumbup:

But I don't understand why you preshaded it. In the next picture it is all gone! Or isn't it visible on the picture?
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Posted by T. Dürrschmidt on 23 Jan 2021, 21:24

I totally admire your work on this antique Matchbox kit. So much effort! It will turn out great. But to build a "State of the Art" T34 I would have gone a simpler way and buy one from Dragon or so....but the small Matchbox Dioramas have their unique charm.
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Posted by MABO on 24 Jan 2021, 10:21

T. Dürrschmidt wrote:....but the small Matchbox Dioramas have their unique charm.


I totally agree! I have collected them in the last years to build them again, And the ones from my childhood are also rebuild!
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Posted by huib on 24 Jan 2021, 16:03

Thank you very much, guys!

Peter wrote:But I don't understand why you preshaded it. In the next picture it is all gone! Or isn't it visible on the picture?

On my screen it is still visible: some blueish is coming through the white, and some shade around the tracks and the fallen fence.

T. Dürrschmidt wrote:But to build a "State of the Art" T34 I would have gone a simpler way and buy one from Dragon or so....but the small Matchbox Dioramas have their unique charm.

Yes of course, but my joy is in updating old and outdated kits. And the Matchbox bases are charming indeed and sentimental.
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Posted by huib on 24 Jan 2021, 16:13

Figure painting

That's what it is all about on this website. But for me not my best skill.

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There is one figure in the Matchbox T34 kit: A running Soviet infantry man. Not a particular good figure (a bit "flat"), but I've seen worse. I placed him on a piece of iron wire to have a handhold during painting.

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A baselayer in dark grey.

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Painted and shadow added.

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After a dark brown wash, and drybrushes in several colors (white for the coat, gun metal for the Ppsh submachinegun, and beige for the rest).

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O yes, and a bit of snow on his shoes.

The next update will be about whitewashing the tank, as my paint has arrived.
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Posted by Peter on 24 Jan 2021, 18:27

I've seen worse painted figures like yours. Mine as an example! ;-)

I had a better look at that picture after the preshading, and now I see it better. Thanks. :thumbup:
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Posted by huib on 27 Jan 2021, 11:49

Thank you, Peter!

Paintjob (2)

The postman came by......

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....with my spray can of white paint. I was able to buy the hairspray myself in the shop, as even in covid-19 times this seems to be a bare essential!
So now I'm gonna try the hairspray method. A first for me.....exiting!

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The hull after two layers of hairspray, an hour of drying, and two layers of white acrylic spray paint.

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The wheels and the turret hatch were treated too.

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And then action, using water, a stiff brush, a toothbrush and a toothstick. I think I'm happy with the result.
Some observations however:
-I didn't spray the model well enough with the hairspray. There was some sprayshadow, notably on the undersides of the fuel tank, were the white paint would not come off.
- Due to the cappillary effect there is little hairspray on convex corners and edges and more hairspray in concave corners and edges, although for chipping you'd like to have the most damage on the convex parts.

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Wheels and turret hatch.

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Well succeeded, although I had another, more faded image in my head beforehand. But maybe that asks for another technique. It surprised me that you are much dependent on where the hairspray is thick or thin on your model, and that this does not correspond with the places you's like to chip.
The result is quite realistic, as it is really chipped paint.
But it is also quite an elaborate technique. I think I can reach almost the same result with paint and a fine brush. (Which I will try on a next T34 model.) But with some more experience there are also more spectalar results to gain, I think. I'll try it again for sure.

On with more weathering now.
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Posted by Peter on 27 Jan 2021, 12:10

Real nice result on the chipping! :thumbup:
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Posted by Wiking on 27 Jan 2021, 16:16

Thank you for the observations about your hairspray results and opinion.
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Posted by Pocho Azul on 27 Jan 2021, 20:00

Nice job on the chipping! On at least one hairpsray example I looked at, the painter sprayed some hairspray into a small cup and brushed (or maybe airbrushed, can't remember) the spray onto some areas of particular interest. That might help get heavier application on convex parts, if you ever decide to use the hairspray technique again.
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Posted by MABO on 28 Jan 2021, 00:26

:thumbup: Nothing more to say...
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Posted by huib on 29 Jan 2021, 10:58

Pocho Azul wrote:the painter sprayed some hairspray into a small cup and brushed the spray onto some areas of particular interest.


That's a good suggestion, Pocho. Thanks!
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Posted by huib on 29 Jan 2021, 11:07

Weathering
After the whitewash, some more weathering:

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After a gloss varnish, a dark brown wash was applied. Looks hefty!

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I didn't remove all the excess wah on purpuse, so some dirty streaks remain visible. A black wash was added in the ventilation grilles, and some detail was painted.

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The turret hatch chipped, washed and drybrushed on the inside.

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Behind the wheels and against the fenders clogged snow was imitated using white paint.

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The wheels were weathered using a brown wash and white paint.

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A picture of hull and tuuret as it looks now.

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From the oppsosite side.
Now on with the tricky tracks!
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