After a month of this sitting around gathering dust, I've managed a little more. The Atak zimmerit is super easy to apply. I was initially a bit confused by the steps in the build to apply the stuff, but I think I have it sorted now. One thing I'm still a bit confused about is when/how to build/paint/attach the tracks.
I would always paint and chip the wheels and undercarriage before going near the tracks, and prepaint the tracks themselves, then washes and pigments and streaks etc an happen after. Just cant see how it would work out otherwise.
Indi links are excellent. I now prefer Fruils, but the DML magic tracks are great. These Tamiya ones lack some detail, but are still good. The great thing is that they come in a decent colour for just gluing together and bending around the wheels. You can put them together around the wheels, the front and rear wheels (sprockets and idlers), remaining unglued so that you can slip them and the tracks off for painting.
Almost finished with construction. I think I will be doing a bit of gap filling to bring it all together. But this has been a very relaxing and fun build. I'm tempted to replace this in the stash with a Takom King Tiger.
Basic paint job completed. To be honest I had a lot of difficulty with this as I couldn't get it to look how I wanted and had to repaint parts several times. My hands were shaky, I couldn't get the shapes right, the colours were off or too stark, etc. I should stick to aircraft.
Yes the wheels do, which is why I went to drawing them on with a Sharpie as it gives a nice rubber look which happily weathers down in any case. Masks are also wonderful, but I'm too stingy. These look just right though. Really starting to look the part now Grant.
Yep, it's a good summer camouflage. I'd add some chips and just a hint of bare metal around the openings of the muzzle. It's just general wear from firing and knocking a branch or two, not large scale. Looking really good.
Bishop wrote: Yes the wheels do, which is why I went to drawing them on with a Sharpie as it gives a nice rubber look which happily weathers down in any case. Masks are also wonderful, but I'm too stingy. These look just right though. Really starting to look the part now Grant.
Excuse my ignorance "WHAT THE HELL IS A SHARPIE"some of us are old & slow & need things explained oooh good here comes nurse with the bedpan......
many thanks in advance
It's a Sharpie pen, I'm 50 and know what they are................
Basically it's a permanent marker and its brand name is Sharpe, you can buy them in PaperPlus, Warehouse, Office Stationery Warehouse etc.