Things look so different when I put it on the monitor ( I'm sure I'm not alone there )
I'll take pix and then see stuff to fix , then go back to it with the mag-visor and it seems like it looks good .
I don't see the same issue that was so apparent on the monitor
So I've been slowly adding tiny amounts of color .
Just rubbing alcohol (isopropyl ). 70 % concentration , but any nominal concentration will solve acrylics .
.. . you can use diluted isopropyl to do weathering and chipping -- but you need to stay on top of it obviously .
I'll use it to remove color with a brush and then dunk it in water and hose it off to stop any further dissolution .
Again - that's just another one of those trial and error exercises -- but it's very useful . Kinda fun too ;D
I always primer with the modified oil-base like my favorite Rust-Oleum so it it doesn't affect the primer coat .
Round one on this barrel , I used a coat of the wax based " gunmetal " in this AK formulation atop the primer -
... it's very silvery ...
Then used filters of blue and black acrylic .
It can produce very interesting effects . I had it looking pretty groovy at one point during the second round ( but the silver of the original gunmetal was subdued , just thru abrasion since waxes are solved with mineral spirits ) but it looked too blue shifted when photographed and I lost a lot of the contrasts when I hit it with more black .
It's just one of those things that requires experimentation . I was trying to arrive at something that wasn't just a gloss or semi-gloss black . ( oops )
I might strip it and re-do it again -- it's molding is so off , it's gonna get replaced before Huffinstrasse hits Broadway so it will make good practice fodder .
... without stripping it ,
I've just been spraying it with a pthalo blue watercolor mixed with Vallejo gloss varnish and thinned with water :
- -- looking more like blued steel .
There's a thin filter coat of Vandyke brown in the mix . But I'm unsure how much impact it has after being over-sprayed with the blue filter .. this camera has no chance of capturing what you can see with the naked eye .
I took about 30 pics to finally get the one above .
Got to love digital film ;D - so much cheaper and lighter 8)
We get to see our friend MG Mc Bendy-Snout again :
good candidate for a nose-job
I've been experimenting with this AK burnishing fluid .
It definitely turns the brass ' black ' , really a dark brown / umber , but the oxide layer is very delicate .
It easily rubs away ,
I ended up rubbing most all of it off prior to painting the MG34 ,
So what you see in the pix is just the acrylic paint straight atop the brass , though the barrel inside the cooling jacket remained blackened ..
Been working on weathering the seats ,
I see you fuzz -- I'm A coming for you
Currently assembling the infrared equipment ,
here's the set-up for now - -- I'll need to scratch out some trigger linkage for the MG ,
and add some forward mounting brackets so it's not just resting in the mount ...
I used the same mix of black and blue water-color + gloss varnish on the MG ,, I'm really liking it ,
Even without any primer beneath it . maybe because of it .
the butt-end isn't painted , I had it stuck in some Blu-tac equivalent for airbrushing
You should definitely experiment with it ,
It's about 10 parts black to 1 part blue -- if even . That blue is mega-potent :
I need to tone down the blue on the 2 cm , but spraying that mix directly atop the brass of the MG barrel gave it a cool hue .
That was my intended route with the 2 cm gun , applying a metallic base on the primer'd plastic ,
But that AK True Metal has too much body ,, and I ended up muting most of it during the process of stripping and re-painting it ,
I think I'll prime the other two guns from the kit and do some more experimenting ..
And two months since we last saw the Panther K : ,
I finally got the front end figured out to the point I could get the upper hull primer'd :
Need to build the radioman's periscope and armor shroud -- similar to the drivers ( only square ) ,
I initially wanted to adapt two standard periscopes for the install , but I never could get it to work without increasing the size of the blister to TOO BIG for the 100mm armor requirement ,
so it has to be a purpose built creature ...
Those cleats on the glacis are for the barrel travel-lock that I appropriated from the Jagdtiger 8)
I need to correct quite a few of those slotted , flat-head screws around the perimeter of the access plate :
. .. I used a " heat pen " with the concomitant bit ( http://hlj.com/product/TWDHP-1000 with http://hlj.com/product/BRFB423 ) , but I had issues - -- - need more production time with it to get the feel for it ,
It has temperature settings on the power supply , but I'm pretty sure there is no feed-back loop , so it just sends a steady current to the tip .
So with the thing sitting idle , the equilibrium temp the tip reaches is way too high for the styrene .
It has a sweet spot for sure ,
but it's hard to hit and maintain .
I tried dumping heat to a heat-sink and just unplugging the thing when I knew it was hot enough ...
There ain't all that much there in that picture , but I did so much of it over and over and over
After re-watching that latest WOT Panther vid and looking at period film and stills ,
I decided to make the center-line wheel rims shiny -
I used the AK True-Metal in steel , dulled down with the weathering :
Lots of building to do - and stuff to fix .
But I want to do some camo on the hull
more fun than all this micro construction and epoxy and putty work ...
TIRED OF THE TAMIYA WHITE !!!!!!!!
Primer will be cured enough for acrylics tomorrow ;D ;D
It's interesting stuff -- An enamel with a wax body .
I think it is the closest I'll get to that newly abraded steel ,, , at least going by the Panther wheels in the vid :
I wish they offered a smaller amount -- that 10 dollar tube will long outlast me and my model building
Maybe they'll offer a 1/2 or 1/3 tube for a proportional price if it sells well ...
Check it out
They have over a dozen flavors ( maybe ??? ) ,
I want to check out some more ( I have steel , aluminum , brass & gunmetal ) , but 10 bucks ? --- I'll wait till I see a specific need . " iron " is next for me ;D