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WW2 Tiger II and Sdkfz 251

Posted by dombom on 10 Feb 2021, 10:34

The Panzerkampfwagen VI "Tiger II" was a late war tank of the German army.
Thick armoured and equipped with one of the best tank guns, it was superior to any allied and soviet tanks (except for the IS3).
It was so feared, that it's enemies usually tried to avoid direct confrontation and rather shelled it by artillery or called for air support.
Despite its overwhelming tank abilities, it still had the major German tank flaws, such as: high fuel consumption, motor breakdowns due to its overweight, low quality steel due to a lack of Molybdän and slow speed.
Most of these tanks were destroyed by its own crew due to lack of fuel and breakdowns.

The reason why I choose this model for my next diorama was simply the fact that I still had that model from my childhood days and it was so ugly, that I couldn't stand it anymore.
I stripped down the old paint, repaired some parts and then started with the now look.
The SdKfz251 I had also left from old times and I thought it would be a nice addon.

And here you go:
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Real snow for scale :-D
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Posted by Peter on 10 Feb 2021, 12:03

You made two excellent models here! Really love the weathering on both! :thumbup:
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Posted by Wiking on 10 Feb 2021, 16:17

Good made and weathered German tracked and half tracked vehicle.
The soft scratches on the side wall of the 251 are well made.
Be careful to pet the cat !
the 88mm Claw hurt a bit.

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Posted by Kekso on 10 Feb 2021, 17:35

Peter wrote: Really love the weathering on both!


That was my line :mad:
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Posted by Minuteman on 10 Feb 2021, 20:22

Great weathering and snow/frost effects on the vehicles, I feel somewhat frozen just looking at them!!
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Posted by Peter on 10 Feb 2021, 20:55

Peter wrote: Really love the weathering on both!


Kekso wrote:That was my line :mad:

Be creatif, find out something new! :mrgreen:
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Posted by huib on 11 Feb 2021, 19:04

Great weathering and snow indeed! How did you do it?
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Posted by dombom on 16 Feb 2021, 07:53

I used two chippping techniques and some painting. The snow is nothing else, but some white color with sand.
For the rust I used different colors of pigments mixed with matt varnish. The pigments then clump up a bit and create this rusty and uneven surface.
If you like more details, feel free to PM me ;-)
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Posted by huib on 17 Feb 2021, 21:55

Thanks for your explanation, Dombom!
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Posted by dombom on 22 Sep 2021, 07:49

Long it has been since I was working on this topic, but I just nearly completed another project and returned to this one.
I did some minor update on the battle tank by opening a hatch and adding the commander.

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Next I will do the rest of the tank crew and I have to start thinking about the overall scenery. I plan to do a heavy snowy landscape with some soldiers resting in their trenches and a well comouflaged tank.
But what will be the porpose of this high alerted SdKfZ? Maybe they prepare for battle?
I need some pretty ideas...
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Posted by huib on 22 Sep 2021, 20:56

Hm, suggestion: the Tiger ran out of fuel in an awkward location. The Sdkfz is bringing some jerrycans to get it moving again, but as the situation is dangerous all crews are alert.
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Posted by dombom on 23 Sep 2021, 06:08

Not a bad idea.
I think I will do something like that. Another few fuel canisters and some guys unloading it from the SdKfZ or something like that :-)
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Posted by dombom on 27 Sep 2021, 08:46

The tanker crew is completed (The fith guy is inside of the tank :xd: ):

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Posted by Peter on 04 Oct 2021, 21:15

Those figures look nice but maybe they need a red nose! It's cold out there! :-D

Russian front? Battle of the bulge? They are lost in the Ardennes because some stupid German commandos changed the road signs! :mrgreen:
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Posted by dombom on 13 Oct 2021, 06:18

Hahahaha, good idea :D
Red noses and the idea with the signs, I like it both.
Yeah, I was kinda thinking of the Ardennes.
Russian front will be probably the next project. Will see.
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Posted by sansovino on 17 Oct 2021, 18:30

I like your realism.... great work!
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Posted by C M Dodson on 18 Oct 2021, 08:27

Very nice indeed and those latest figures are super , you can feel the cold.

I was however, wondering if the barrel has slipped as it appears out of true to the sleeve?

It’s possibly optical.

Keep up the good work.

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Posted by Zed1 on 18 Oct 2021, 17:48

Forgive me my nitpickery - but around the motor ventilation on the Tigers' backside should be neither frost nor snow, just because - as long as the tank is active - it's warm there. ;-)
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