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PostSubject: Re: Monogram Panzer IV   Wed 17 Dec 2014, 12:23 pm

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That's looking good John. The darkside is taking hold of you!! LOL

Did you do the tracks the  way I told you or did you 'stretch' them?

I did them the way you explained Yoda.

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PostSubject: Re: Monogram Panzer IV   Wed 17 Dec 2014, 5:15 pm

The apprentice master from he learn!!

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PostSubject: Re: Monogram Panzer IV   Wed 17 Dec 2014, 5:38 pm

Great job on the Camo. Very nice work John.
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PostSubject: Re: Monogram Panzer IV   Mon 22 Dec 2014, 9:06 pm

Got home from the wedding yesterday afternoon.  The plane picked up a tailwind and made the 1-1/2 hour trip in just over an hour.  Consequently I was able to get a bit done yesterday and pretty much have finished the model this morning.

Here is the current version of the tank.







There are still a couple of small detail items to be done.  The tank actually came out darker than I had intended, but I still like the effect that it has.  I guess it is a matter of learning washes.  

I have also completed the base.  Here are a few photos showing how it went together.


The tiles were snapped and glued to the base one by one.



The tiles were then painted, aged and the gaps filled with a turf mixture.

Here is the finished model.




It has a number of corrections needed and a few finish items that I missed, BUT I don't think it's too bad a try for my first trip to the Dark Side in many years.  I welcome any suggestions or criticism guys.

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PostSubject: Re: Monogram Panzer IV   Mon 22 Dec 2014, 9:15 pm

looks pretty good to me!................dark side?...you will be adding some figures next!

i like the base, what did you make it from?.....how did you get the shade variation?

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PostSubject: Re: Monogram Panzer IV   Mon 22 Dec 2014, 9:37 pm

That looks great, I like the simple base (even though a lot went into creating it), it gives the main piece the focus.
The weathering is nice and hap-hazard which gives a realistic edge to the model, and is very well done.

I'd be inclined to give the track cover-plates a little dent here and there but I like the battle damaged look.

Dark side has another honorary member by the looks of it.
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PostSubject: Re: Monogram Panzer IV   Mon 22 Dec 2014, 10:27 pm

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looks pretty good to me!................dark side?...you will be adding some figures next!

i like the base, what did you make it from?.....how did you get the shade variation?

Paul:  I use these to make the base.





I score the tiles with a razor saw --- use an old one because it will be done for after this.  I then snap the tiles using pliers.



I use a precut fiber base and glue the tiles on one by one.





After the tiles have dried I spray them with a flat clear.   This is followed by spraying a medium gray Craft Paint which is allowed to dry.  I then fill the gaps with a mixture that represents soil.  I don't measure the ingredients but here is an approximate receipe.

1.  Medium grit sand.
2.  Medium gray craft paint.
3.  Woodland Senics ground turf.
4.  Water.
5.  White glue.

I fill the gaps with the mixture and then while it is still damp I rub the excess off with a damp cloth.  It is similar to grouting tile.  Rubbing the tiles will also result in the craft paint being removed from high points.

After that I again spray the tiles with a flat clear.  This is followed by mist coating various colors with an airbrush.  Finally, I dry brush various colors until I have the effect I want.  



That's it Paul----hope it helps.

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PostSubject: Re: Monogram Panzer IV   Mon 22 Dec 2014, 11:14 pm

cheers for that john, will have to hunt down some of those tiles

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PostSubject: Re: Monogram Panzer IV   Mon 22 Dec 2014, 11:58 pm

Looks great John, both the tank and the base. Master Yoda will be proud!
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PostSubject: Re: Monogram Panzer IV   Tue 23 Dec 2014, 12:49 am

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PostSubject: Re: Monogram Panzer IV   Thu 25 Dec 2014, 9:51 pm

The tank is looking good John but the base is superb. This small air holes in a few tiles, lend a real air of authenticity IMO. Please make sure they don't get covered up in the dio!

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