The subject of this group build is the diorama, broadly defined. It is open to any scale, genre, medium, or subject matter: sci-fi, military, non-military, aircraft, ships, tanks, animals, historic scenes... whatever takes your fancy!
I think the rubber tyres look fine. They took a real beating in every theatre of war, certainly not less in the PTO. I always loved the photo of this in the Tamiya catalogue (I forget the year). It was a Verlinden build. Watching closely.
Yep, road wheels definitely do get trashed, and fast!
Ok, a little advancement of this project.
I did clean up a few marks on the inside of the glacis (?) plate that has the drivers viewing port. It's the only ejector pin marks i could find that needed cleaning up!
Also i made a start on improving the figures. Typical Tamiya, details are soft but adequate. Don't expect modern standards of molding here. Making the older Tamiya figures has to be approached as more of a trip down memory lane. This is what we had as kids and they were freaking awesome
First fella under the knife is the leading soldier crouching low. My goal here is to just define some of the softer molded features and improve the depth. Looks better and makes for easier painting. So webbing, collar, pockets belt and puttees were enhanced with the trusty No.11 blade.
Sleeves were also undercut. Tamiya thought to mold a watch on some of the figures. Nice touch and attention to detail Mr. Tamiya. The watch was also enhanced with some scribing.
One of the biggies was that the rear of the chin strap was molded flush with the face. It's a common thing on these older Tamiya figures. And the ears always look crap. So some substantial surgery was performed here with scribing and scraping of the face to define the chin strap and reshape the ears. I have seen modellers drill out the ear canal, not sure if i will do that yet. Some dark paint might fool the eye in this scale
Facial features are not too bad, and good enough for me
Note that there is a lot of plastic swarf from all the work. A brush over with some Extra Thin Tamiya Cement will make this disappear. Still more tidy up to do on this figure. The up close photos make everything look so rough. I can't see half of the imperfections with the Mk.1 eyeball. The photos definitely help in identifying problem areas though.
He has a look of satisfaction, maybe he's just dropped the kids off............
Nice work on the kit so far, I like the wear and tear on the rubber, I often forget to do this but its worth doing as you have.
'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.'
Alright, got the first figure ready for some undercoat, although i forgot, and need the blend the right arm to the torso. A shot of undercoat should highlight anything that needs a tidy up. Please say if you see anything yourselves that needs a tweak