Post by EAL017-Aharon Dayan on Jan 26, 2020 15:59:52 GMT
Thanks for interesting explanations on comparison of plastic models between two eras: 20th and 21st centuries.
When I build FOUR same planes at one time to create a nice fleet or squadron, I never never compromised on quality.
Thanks for showing plastic model products of Israeli Merkava tanks. Never knew model companies sell those!!
When I ordered desert tan paints (I forgot the name of color but I think it was midstone color), I always had to remind the hobby store about their mistake stocking up midstone color paints because midstone color came into TWO different versions of DARK and lIGHT desert sand color and I always preferred light desert sand color paint for my Israeli tanks.
To enhance realism, I added red bricks to sides of plastic model tanks Israeli M-61s and Centurions MK5 as Israel in Yom Kippur war in 1973 rushed to add red bricks to sides of those tanks as efficient way to stop and block new Russian anti tank missiles fired by enemy soldiers.
All my plastic model tanks by Tayama that I built always came with motors which was challenging to install motors correctly into tanks and make sure they ran well.
This particular kit was first released by ITALERI during 1976. This very same kit was then later marketed by TAMIYA during 2017. TAMIYA made "retooling" a particular point of their own marketing of it, but in reality, they've actually done "very little at all" to justify most peoples perception of "a retooled kit" (all that's been done is .... (1) the kit parts on each sprue have now been numbered .... (2) the spotlight has been hollowed and a clear lens now provided .... (3) raised welding seams have now been moulded into the turret as opposed to recessed detailing of the original ITALERI release .... (4) a crew commander figure has been added .... (5) additional stowage items have also been added (assorted ammunition boxes/canisters and hand-held infantry weapons) .... (6) the assembly instructions have been completely revised and clarified. None-the-less though .... both kits went together well and assemble into a nice replica of the British CRUSADER tank.
Both of these kits are "the only" CRUSADER tank options currently available in 1/35 scale .... it seems that no other plastic kit manufacturer has yet represented any alternative version of this classic WW2 British tank.
Both are presented above having been completed by Jim using "customized" AK marketed acrylic paints .... then weathered using a variety of detailing oils and powders in order to achieve the final effect/s and as displayed.
Post by aerofoto - HJG Admin on Feb 21, 2020 23:08:13 GMT
Another one chalked up by Jim .... as part of this years "British Tanks" build focus ....
TAMIYA 1/35 Valentine Mk.II, British Army Infantry Tank, Unknown Unit, North Africa, 1942
.... this one being a recent/2017 release by TAMIYA .... and completed with all the usual weathering washes and detailing oils, powders, and pigments as is evident within the following imagery of the completed build ....
Here's a build review .... more of a "conclusionary summary" of the build this time rather than an informative progressive and illustrsted report as has been presented previously ....
Post by aerofoto - HJG Admin on Apr 29, 2020 19:02:48 GMT
Not a lot been done lately (been looking at houses/properties instead) .... that's been reported "HERE" I mean .... BUT THEN AGAIN .... since the last presentation a lot has actually been accomplished/completed in respect of the following 3 kits having each been completed (by Jim once again) since January (usually at the rate of 1 per month .... time permitting) .... and with yet another "on the go" at the moment .... as well as the next selections having each been made.
Each subjects has been enhanced using an assortment of weathering washes, powders, and oils "to enhance detail" (literally turning the plastic into the artists canvass) .... and to give everything that/our preferred "in service and used in the field" appearance ....
1. TAMIYA 1/35 M3 Grant Mk.I; Australian 2/10 Arm. Reg, 1 Arm. Div. Narrabri NSW May 1942 .... decals and paint scheme sourced from the 1/35 Takom kit #2086.
Post by aerofoto - HJG Admin on Apr 30, 2020 7:49:02 GMT
The first of 3 MATILDA's .... this one being a "MK 2" .... was completed by jim "today" (after the last posting) .... again using all the usual dirt and detailing washes in order to achieve the desired "artistically weathered" appearance.
TAMIYA 1/35 MATILDA II; 32nd Britsh Army Tank Brigade, Libya 1941
This particular release of the MATILDA II is TAMIYA's "earliest" tooling .... dating back to around the late 1970's/early 1980's. It's good by even today's standards and went together/seamed up quite well, but, the 2 following MATILDA MK III/IV versions (box arts presented in the above posting) are "the latest" releases/tooling (one of which is already under construction at the moment) and are definitely "BY FAR SUPERIOR".
Post by EAL017-Aharon Dayan on Apr 30, 2020 14:13:58 GMT
Yep I remember Tamiya brand!! I built few tanks including Centurion MK 5. I remember that many many many moon years ago in 20th century, the average price of a tank offered by Tamiya was eight bucks that include plastic pieces that you could build and a motor that you can install inside the tank.
Wondering how much a Tamiya plastic tank model is now in stores.
Post by aerofoto - HJG Admin on May 21, 2020 4:48:22 GMT
A couple more builds just completed by Jim .... both of these being diffrent versions of the above British MATILDA tank .... as well as being far more recent 1/35 scale TAMIYA toolings too than the earlier presented 1973 kit.
First up is the following "slightly weathered" MATILDA MK III .... this one being exemplary of a vehicle oprerated by the British 42nd Royal Tank Regiment, First Army Tank Brigade, operational within Noth Africa during 1941.
Just as a matter of interest here .... it's now been formally acknowledged that the "blue" portion of the splinter type camouflage pattern applied to the MALTILDA MK III currently in possession of the BOVINGTON TANK MUSEUM, in the UK, is actually incorrect. The MATILDA's which supported the allied North African campaign actually featured a 3-tone camouflage pattern composed of "Portland Stone #64, Slate Grey #34 (tending green in appearance), and Silver Grey #28 (not blue) shades .... as is evidenced per the following build ....
And second up is the following "heavily weathered" MATILDA MK IV .... this one being exemplary of a British lend-lease vehicle oprerated by the 19th Russian Tank Corp, operational within the Central Sector of the Eastern Front, during january 1942.
When delvered to Russia these vehicles were first operated in the standard British Army Khaki Green #3 (tending brown/green in appearance) of the period, but, by the onset of the Russian winter they were given very hastily/cheaply applied washes of white paint in order to blend in with the Russian winter landscape (similar was applied to many German operated vehicles that participated in the same campaign), but, which deteriorated very quickly subject to operating conditions and fair wear'n'tear .... as is evidenced per the following build ....
Both of these latest builds were weathered using a combination of pigments, powders, washes, and oils produced by AK INTERACTIVE and AMMO BY MIG JIMENEZ .... and which were used to simulate dirt/grime, dust, chipping, scratching, and corrosion type weathering/wear.
Jim prefers the "artistic approach .... literally turning the plastic parts into the painters canvas .... since military vehicles during WW2 resembled anything but polished/pristine show room PORSCHE type appearances after prolonged exposure to battle, weather, and other harsh geographic elements.
AND FINALLY .... here's each of the 3 MATILDA builds displayed together .... all being 1/35 scale ....
Note in particular how dimensionally "out of scale" TAMIYA's original MATILDA release of 1973 actually is (the far left example) though. TAMIYA-san "really screwed the pooch" with this one, but, he certainly redeemed himself per the above 2 latest productions .... released during 2009 and 2017 respectively. Both of these latest productions "correctly" feature different track types .... one for desert and the other for European type environments. Additionally .... the RUSSIAN version of these MATILDA's kits is supplied with "individually linked" tracks .... whereas the British version is composed of the older "rubber band type" tracks but which Jim substituted for individually linked after-market tracks produced by BRONCO and which are "by far superior".