Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 round up.

Happy New Year, all! 

Monday, December 23, 2013

Portfolio: A39 Tortoise.

A couple of shots with finished scene. 

Full article in the upcoming March issue of MMI!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The Irish Churchill

With great pleasure I would like to show my next project - The Irish Churchill. The build was done by Chris Meddings from Inside the Armour for the upcoming book. The model is very nicely detailed and I will try to match my paintwork to excellence of the build. Stay tuned :)

Also I am thinking about selling some of my models due to lack of space. If you think that you would like to have something from my collection - send me a message please. 

Thursday, December 5, 2013

T-34 mod. 1943, factory 112.

I feel that I am getting more and more into Allied and Soviet modelling. Next project is T-34 from 112 factory equipped with commanders cupola. The base kit is Dragon and I am adding some Aber PE, resin parts and also MasterClub workable metal tracks. 

Moreover, this is going to be just first of many T-34 to be built. 5 maybe? ;)

Anyway, the mod. 1943 just got the metal tracks and this is my first experience with this kind of product. I will write more detailed review on Armorama.com, but you can already read what Terry Ashley thinks about them.  
Looks good?

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

On my bench, November 2013.

Cold winter is approaching and I would like to show you the base that I did for Flakpanzer to be able to show it at the competition in Sweden. 

Apart from that I am nearly done with A39. Groundwork is finished, figures and model attached to base. These are Hornet's, painted by my friend from Hungary - Robert Nemet. 

And here is something fresh - a Bofors 40mm gun from Bronco that will be painted soon. Figure is from Stalingrad Miniatures, painted by Kyle Nelson.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Portfolio : GAZ MM with Flak 30.

Truck from MiniArt kitbashed with Cyberhobby's Flak30 and various extras. Bronze medal at Swedish Nationals 2013.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

A39 progress

Last weekend I spent at C4-OPEN competition, the Swedish Nationals. Came back with 6 awards and a number of nice prizes - 1/16 Panzer 38t and 2 books - one about German units (in Swedish) and fantastic AFV photo album from Canfora publications.

Also, I got the set of British aerial mounts from PanzerArt
These have fantastic detail and I can highly recommend them. Full review would be soon at Armorama.com but I already put one of these on my A39.

And then did the basecoat. Tamiya and AK paints. 

Time to get further :)

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Portfolio: Churchill NA75.

Here are images as promised. 

Monday, October 14, 2013

November issue of MMI.

Here is a cover and content page. I have a Churchill NA75 in it among other great models!

Monday, October 7, 2013

ADGZ again :)

After several weeks of struggling with groundwork (and water) I call this one finished. ADGZ from AMG model, resin goose (Doug's originals), RB model bridge, cardboard, styrene sheets, Deluxe materials (Solid water, making waves and scenic spray), Wilder pigments, Fredericus Rex grass.  Full story will appear in one of the future issues of MMI! 


Friday, September 27, 2013

How to take images of models?

I've been asked about that twice recently, and although I do not consider myself a good "photographer" I made a short description of how I take images.

I have using 2 Whatman paper sheets on sides and 1 background sheet from art store . 40cm from Whatman I have these kind of lights, 1 on each side with 400w bulbs in them.

The top of the "photobox" is open and  I have another piece of Whatman that I hold in hands and reflect light on the running gear  or top of the model - this way you have no dark areas between wheels, etc. Of course this is DIY set up and you can have pro lights and pro photo box together with pro reflectors, but I don't have budget to go for that. 

On the camera I have f/22, 2 seconds exposure time and 2 second delay from the time I press the button and the camera shoots to eliminate shaking, etc. (Update 2014 - I changed f to/14 and images look sharper from now on) Of course I use a tripod. I take images in raw format and then process them in Adobe Lightroom (any software is fine, but Lightroom is good when applying same setup to a set of images). Here I adjust the white balance, crop images and finally export a copy of original as jpeg with extra sharpening. 
It takes time to improve and get to the quality like this, but it is worth spending time as we all are interested in presenting our models the best way on the web. 

Hope that helps others. Let me know if you have further questions. 

ps. Churchill NA75 finished, more images soon.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Tortoise coming near new!

Apart from Churchill tank I started to work on another British monster - A39 Tortoise. This would be an article for MMI in due time and overall it is a nice kit from Meng Model. I think it is the biggest model I worked on so far!

Here I will again use help of my friend - Robert Nemet to paint some nice Hornet figures. More info later! 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

New publication, awards arrived.

This month my Zrinyi can be seen on the cover of  Modelář. The magazine features 7-page article. 

I also received awards for my Staghound Mk. I in 1/48 from Dishmodels.ru annual competition. One gold from the expert jury and another one from visitors. Cool!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

On my bench, August.

Summer is almost over and somehow I end up with several projects in the pipe that are in different stages of work.

Fist of all, I decided to make a base for my ADGZ and that would include bridge, river and other groundwork;) So far I did a test of AK-interactive fuel stains on the wooden bridge from RB model and it looks very nice!

Next I am proceeding with vignette base for GAZ MMM and here I used MiniArt's cobblestone street which was painted with acrylics and oils. Hope to finish that scene in August.

The August issue of MMI arrived, and I really liked the layout and design of my "Flak 'em back" article.

As for kits building I started Inside the armour's Ultimate Churchill NA75 kit. It includes AFV club parts, AFV club workable tracks and also resin turret, resin idlers, extra PE and decals!

Finally, I would like to show you some figure work that Kyle Nelson is doing for me. This is first of the many Stalingrad figures we are going to put together on dioramas\vignettes and I am really impressed by Kyle's skills!