sturmtiger build at last

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Re: sturmtiger build at last

Post by simon_manning » Sun Jan 14, 2018 10:00 pm

many thanks for contributing, here's my take on some paintwork, on these large models detail coverage of the panels for that weathered look is achieved by using the hair laquer tecnique, stipple some thick cellulose primer as a texture, let dry, coverage coat of matt black, let dry, light sandpaper off the high spots to achieve the rolled armor look and it exposes the light grey primer through the black coat, so it looks like spots, then a light coating of red oxide so you get a contrast,
then a good coat of hair laquer, let dry, then out with your water based paints, colors of your choice, darker at the bottom of the vehicle, lighter at the top, graduate the tone, blend them together on the tank, a light coat of hair laquer again, next i use flory model washes straight through the airbrush, dusting lightly, darker at the bottom, lighter at the top, let dry, only 10 minutes, next small stipple brush, dampen with clean water and start the rubbing process on the model, the layers are revealed, you can achieve rub areas, scratches, tone differences, its a magic process yet so simple, the easy way to make a big model look detailed, its all on the net for more info, youtube etc.
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Re: sturmtiger build at last

Post by simon_manning » Sun Jan 14, 2018 10:07 pm

just a couple more photo's, regards simon.
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Re: sturmtiger build at last

Post by Stephen White » Mon Jan 15, 2018 1:48 pm

Simon, real pearls of wisdom from a master. Respect and thanks.

Interesting to see Flory washes in use. I got some a long time ago and started using them but became concerned that if my Axminster tanks ever got wet, it would all wash off. Presumably that's also true of the hairspray technique or do you think it all hardens up when left to dry? I wonder if it would ruin the effect you've achieved if someone were to apply a light coat of varnish over the top to seal the effects. I know when I've tried that, it's completely altered the pigment cover and in an unpredictable way. For that reason, I use a pigment fixer. Whatever, I really admire the style you've developed, it's stunning, clever and very skilful.

Incidentally, I think the Flory pigments are the best around, much more refined texture than any other make and bigger pots.

As an aside, I think the whole chipping, scratching thing has to be a matter of choice. I can see that for German WW2 subjects, it's very realistic, given that the paints were based on a paste, diluted and applied in the field. They were probably less robust as a result. Conversely, the factory applied basecoat would be of a specified standard. I think the heavy chipping is much less appropriate for Allied WW2 and Post War subjects. I've got some very close and detailed colour photos of Centurions after a lot of service in Vietnam and although there are many scratches, there is also hardly any chipping. It's as ever a matter of taste and dependent on how close you want to be to an original.

Keep them coming. Looking forward to first sight in the flesh.

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Re: sturmtiger build at last

Post by simon_manning » Mon Jan 15, 2018 3:17 pm

thanks stephen, during the paintwork i use any paint that can enhance the finish, then at the end seal it all in with a light coating of matt clear cellulose aerosol, makes it rain proof, brush the dust off etc. the skill is knowing when to stop, over enhanced, the trend on german ww11 armour models is that used worn out look which i like but is proberbly wrong in most cases. regards simon.

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Re: sturmtiger build at last

Post by William Gardeniers » Mon Jan 15, 2018 3:46 pm

Excelent description how to apply this paint job. Thank you Simon
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Re: sturmtiger build at last

Post by simon_manning » Tue Jan 23, 2018 10:27 pm

thanks all for posting again. the next step is the crane, i will make it from scratch, well have a go, there's some clear photo's of this part available and its working's, the sturm is starting to look more complete now, thanks for the interest regards simon.
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Re: sturmtiger build at last

Post by simon_manning » Mon Jan 29, 2018 11:20 pm

the start of the sturmtiger crane, it is a big feature on the model and will be a slow process to finish, i found a superb set of plans on the net for a 1/16 scale build of this part, i think the winch will be the tricky bit, the bracket so far before the final finish and tweaking, regards simon.
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Re: sturmtiger build at last

Post by simon_manning » Mon Feb 05, 2018 10:53 pm

the tracks are on which is a milestone and a departure from the crane, the tanks take on a whole new look when the tracks are fitted, there's still lots to do but the end is in sight, somewhere, regards simon manning.
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Re: sturmtiger build at last

Post by Phil Woollard » Tue Feb 06, 2018 10:15 am

Nice Simon, what are your plans with weathering those new looking tracks, you have to make them look as good (as in seen some use) as the rest of the vehicle?
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Re: sturmtiger build at last

Post by simon_manning » Sat Mar 03, 2018 11:07 pm

the crane build continues, not overly complicated but as with any scratch built parts it takes a good time, it was lucky to find the instructions for a 1/16 scale crane build which is a massive help, snows melting, onwards, regards simon.
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Re: sturmtiger build at last

Post by Stephen White » Sun Mar 04, 2018 1:20 am

Top talent Simon, absolutely love what you’ve achieved. To be able to create that out of a set of simple assembly instructions is masterful. Thanks for posting. Having seen the model in the flesh, it is one in a million, a true museum scale model. Better than the real thing. Tank Museum take note.....

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Re: sturmtiger build at last

Post by simon_manning » Wed Mar 07, 2018 9:57 pm

thanks for the encouragement stephen, the crain is now complete except for the winch, it all comes apart for packing away but i will leave it in place, not sure how to tackle the winch yet, thanks to colin barret and s winstone for helpful input. regards simon.
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Re: sturmtiger build at last

Post by simon_manning » Sun Mar 18, 2018 11:20 pm

i have roughed out the basics of the winch, it does work but needs more attention to detail, a tricky little item, i will look for some brass gears instead of nylon which i think would be better, all for now , regards simon.
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Re: sturmtiger build at last

Post by Adrian Harris » Sun Mar 18, 2018 11:47 pm

That looks exquisite :D :D

Are you going to start building clocks once the Sturmy is finished :?: :lol: :lol:

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Re: sturmtiger build at

Post by Jeffrey Goff » Mon Mar 19, 2018 7:30 pm

Hi Simon, great work on scratch building the crane and winch, brass gears would be better, lots to choose from, I have just used some Maccano worm gears on a traction engine steering, keep up the good work
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