68th Tank Bt. 6th Armd Div.
Near Leipzig, Germany.
Started in September 2018 after a good friend realised he just wouldn't be able to 'do it justice', he also included the Legend resin stowage set - which is vast, I put it to one side in early 2019 to start another project and then lost the enthusiasm. So after spending most of last year on the 'Shelf of Forgetfulness' I brought it back to the bench in November, and have grabbed a few sessions here and there since then.
This was the first time I'd used Mig acrylics - the full OD modulation set, also included by my friend - not surprisingly I was VERY nervous about this entirely new (to me) way of painting an AFV, but by watching a number of excellent YT tutorials and having a new bottle of 'brave pills' to hand I simply tried it and... well I think I got lucky, first time out. After the decalling I simply weathered and faded the model in the usual way with a pin wash, overall washes, oil-dot filter and finally pigments (ughhhh). Used another 'new' product for the final matt coat - Migs' Ultra Matt 'Lucky' Varnish (A.Mig 2050). Really scary when I tested it on the underside, as it immediately went-on 'milky', but after ten mins it dried so matt, that light simply falls into it - nil reflectivity, bl**dy marvelous stuff but only apply in VERY light mist coats.
One of Tamiya's very best and an utter joy to build. Won't be to everyones' taste and definitely will upset some Shermaholics I'm sure. No matter please feel free to ask any questions, make any comments or pass-along any criticisms.
Looks bloody awesome mate, love it.
Yeah I like those Mig sets, I know certain people here hate them and have kittens at the mere mention of them, but I think they are paints for "real modellers" lol.
They just work.
Nice finish all over, this is what I want my Shermans to look like, my first thought was WoW this is old school (Shep Paine level) but when I read you'd used the modulation technique I was sold.
'Yea, Though I Fly Through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, I Shall Fear No Evil. For I am at 50,000 Feet and Climbing.'
Mig paints and modulation method can be bl**dy terrifying, you're right Gary. Must admit some poo did come-out when it looked like this !!
It's just a case of working through it and trusting the results that other folks have achieved by following the process. If you recall the Cromwell I did was a 'modulation experiment' and in lieu of this build. It came-out really nicely aswell - even if I say so m'self.