Panzer Kampfwagen IV Ausf.D North Afrika

GaryG64

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I've been working on this Panzer build and I'm going to need to encapsulate myself in a mosquito net for all future builds.

I'm being so careful with this part in the grip of my tweezers. Just I am about to reposition it.... ZIP— SWOOOOSSSHH. I could have sworn I heard a sucking sound as I saw the part leave the grasp of the tweezer followed by a low grumbling sinister laughter from within the wall.

My "loosing parts" streak is still going strong! Good thing I have Tamiya on speed dial and saved in my email.
Two contacts are in constant use - my psychiatrist and Tamiya. LOL :D

Pantherman, notice the clean(ish) look to the bench? lol
 

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I've been working on this Panzer build and I'm going to need to encapsulate myself in a mosquito net for all future builds.

I'm being so careful with this part in the grip of my tweezers. Just I am about to reposition it.... ZIP— SWOOOOSSSHH. I could have sworn I heard a sucking sound as I saw the part leave the grasp of the tweezer followed by a low grumbling sinister laughter from within the wall.

My "loosing parts" streak is still going strong! Good thing I have Tamiya on speed dial and saved in my email.
Two contacts are in constant use - my psychiatrist and Tamiya. LOL :D

Pantherman, notice the clean(ish) look to the bench? lol
The carpet monster is an ever hungry beast!!
Liking the build so far and the bench is improving, not quite there yet, but improving.
Pantherman
 
Well, when Christi and I move, after I retire, then the bench will be cleared. There isn't a reason a 6'x 2½' should be this cluttered. It would be so daunting to tackle this little room to clean it out right, so... :D
I also have my ducks, Goose, and pheasant mount to relocate in the cleaning process not to mention the hundreds of books (3 large book shelves).
Kind of ready to move to get my new place in order. However, it may never reach the organizational skills of the Pantherman. lol
 
No Scar, this is not your tank. Out of the tank, Scar. C'mon, out.
 

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I'm not posting as much with this build but, here are a few.
 

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It's mostly assembled other than 2 parts from Tamiya, the bow gun and ball. Weathering to do and some small parts here and there.

Now there is the thought of wanting a half-track to add. If that happens I'll surely need to get Erwin Rommel in the mix. I saw his figure on ebay with some other troops. If I do get the ½ track then I will definitely  need to stop.

Somewhere in the Pacific is a fairly large diorama.
As I picture North Afrika in my head, this diorama will not fit on my shelf and will be my largest one yet. Lots of planning to do.

(The armored vehicle, the motorcycle, the tent and Otto with his radio, several petrol barrels and Jerry cans, a Panzer IV, and now a possible ½ track and more figures.)
Whoa! Put the brakes on Trigger! :D :p
 

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It's mostly assembled other than 2 parts from Tamiya, the bow gun and ball. Weathering to do and some small parts here and there.

Now there is the thought of wanting a half-track to add. If that happens I'll surely need to get Erwin Rommel in the mix. I saw his figure on ebay with some other troops. If I do get the ½ track then I will definitely  need to stop.

Somewhere in the Pacific is a fairly large diorama.
As I picture North Afrika in my head, this diorama will not fit on my shelf and will be my largest one yet. Lots of planning to do.

(The armored vehicle, the motorcycle, the tent and Otto with his radio, several petrol barrels and Jerry cans, a Panzer IV, and now a possible ½ track and more figures.)
Whoa! Put the brakes on Trigger! :D :p
Go big or go home !!!!!!
Pantherman
 
A little weathering and some decals applied. I'll need to cut around the 813 decals to fit into place... and Scar is at it again.
 

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Im not very good at tracks and it seems my tracks are a bit too rusty for North Africa. I'll have to doctor them where they sit as I glued the idle wheel to the hull and I won't be able to remove the tracks.

Any suggestions on making the tracks better looking?

Of course I still have weathering to do with pigment powders over the tank, maybe the pigment will tone down the bright red color?
 

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Im not very good at tracks and it seems my tracks are a bit too rusty for North Africa. I'll have to doctor them where they sit as I glued the idle wheel to the hull and I won't be able to remove the tracks.

Any suggestions on making the tracks better looking?

Of course I still have weathering to do with pigment powders over the tank, maybe the pigment will tone down the bright red color?
Maybe a black wash just on the tracks so that some of the red comes through? Sand pigment will cover the bit's your still not happy with?
Pantherman
 
The rusty tracks have been fixed (Thanks Pantherman) and pigments are down to give it that dusty desert look.
I'm hoping to keep as much dust on the tank as possible. I'm thinking of a diluted white glue mist to lock it into place then hit it all with a matt varnish to seal it all in.
 

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The rusty tracks have been fixed (Thanks Pantherman) and pigments are down to give it that dusty desert look.
I'm hoping to keep as much dust on the tank as possible. I'm thinking of a diluted white glue mist to lock it into place then hit it all with a matt varnish to seal it all in.
Looking good. I have tried the PVA mist spray and it didn't go well. Maybe suggest a matt varnish brushed on liberally to bind the dust ?
Pantherman
 
Looking good. I have tried the PVA mist spray and it didn't go well. Maybe suggest a matt varnish brushed on liberally to bind the dust ?
Pantherman
I guess the misting probably would turn to mud... Thanks for the heads up
 
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This is a proposed setting.
I'll start the tank crew later.

And Scar finally has a home <3.

Then, of course, try my hand at making the North Africa diorama.
 

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