Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Showtime - FT-17 in 1/72 scale.

Merry Christmas dear readers and followers. Here are 2 1/72 Renault FT-17 tanks.

 I made a small base for them as well (one for both:) ). 

Lavande is from Noch. Base made of styrofoam and balsa. Groundwork - DAS clay and Wilder/Vallejo/AMMO/Mig pigments fixed with isopropanol. Small stones and litter - Javis.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Pz.Bef.Wg.III Ausf J.

Here are some images of a finished model. I based it on that image - possibly the very last operational Pz.Bef.Wg.III Ausf J. Abandoned in Danzig, March 1945, when the Red Army arrived to the city.



Hope you like. This is my last 1/35 model for 2014 and there will be 2 finished Ft-17 during the next week. 

Monday, December 8, 2014

FT-17 in progress.

That's cute! 

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Flyhawk FT-17 cast turret + Dragon Type 95.

These are two 1/72 scale kits that I built for Armorama. Flyhawk's FT-17 is a real gem with sharp detail and smart detail break done, photo-etched enhancements are included in the kit and you get 2 tanks in one box - can be finished with alternative armament and idler/sprocket, 6 markings options. Type 95 from Dragon seems very poor in comparison to FT-17 - bad parts fit, average detail level and oversized mesh on the exhaust + those DS tracks...

Monday, December 1, 2014

PzBefWg III, getting there.

Here is what I have after white wash and weathering with oil paints. The tracks are white metal from MasterClub and the figure is an excellent Stalingrad Miniatures offering painted by my friend Kyle Nelson (feel free to check his blog for his latest steel beast!). Still minor touches here and there remain and then I will spend some time on making a street scene with that tank. Let's hope it will be finished during 2014...

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

On my bench, November 2014.

I started painting Pz Bef Wg III Ausf J and it will be the very last command tank at Danzig, 1945. Detail was adjusted according to reference picture so will be the paintwork. Metal tracks are MasterClub late Pz III/IV tracks with solid guide horn.

Also I finished my M3A3 with Pak40, Decided to do a bit extraordinary finish (for me) and here we are aside Marder IID. More pictures will be posted as "portfolio" post. 

What are you building/painting?

Friday, October 31, 2014

Modelling Churchills - Book 1

Guys, you might have seen the Irish Churchill that I painted for Chris Meddings. This is a unique model made for a modelling book which is going to be printed sooner or later. The project combines excellent building skills from Chris and painting skills from various authors like Kristof Pulinckx,Jim Guld, me and Sean Mcconnell.

To speed up the process a kickstarter was created. Please have a look and support the project if you are into Churchill tanks. 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014


Here is a new book where I was involved in research. Take a look on it if you like Soviet made stuff.

In this book you will find all the inspiration you need to make original Soviet vehicles with a wide and never seen variety of colors, effects, and camouflage. Through 80 pages this book discovers that the Soviets vehicles of the Second World War were not only painted green. Here you have more than 180 profiles which are strictly based on historical photos, many of them never seen before, in which the colors have been studied in depth. The book includes in depth information for each of the vehicles shown as well as a technical introduction to the Soviet paint, its chemistry, and its application, obtained from sources from former USSR countries. This is the definitive guide to the colors in the Soviet period from 1935 to 1945.
Can be obtained here

Monday, October 27, 2014

C4-OPEN 2014

Last weekend I spent in Malmø in a company of Scandinavias best modellers - Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark were well represented. 

I had 6 models with me and all 6 were awarded, so I came back with some new kits and new books.

One of the highlights of the show were seminars from Mig Jimenez and it was very inspiring. Hope to meet him again another day. 

For those who were not at the show but would like to get an overview of models - follow this link (requires FB account).

Friday, October 17, 2014

December issue of Military Modelcraft International

The cover is ready and I am happy to have my models in it (Mark IV and Skoda vz 14). Also includes features from Steven Zaloga and Jose Luis Lopez Ruiz.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Mark IV Female, Beutepanzer.

Here is what I got so far. Maybe some final touches...I am not sure yet...

In colour

And in B/W. Looks close to WW1 original images, IMHO.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Mark IV Female, markings.

Some progress on Mark IV model. I converted picture to grayscale to see how it works in comparison to WW1 images. 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Pz.Bef.Wg III Ausf J and Mark IV female.

Two models are on my bench now. 

The Pz.III is a recent Dragon offering and I will finish it as one of the last vehicles of that kind. 

I am using an extra barrel and also there will be some PE tool clamps. 

Now a really big model - Takom's Mark IV female! It is made OOB using the kit's tracks and I think it is a nice kit overall. A review will appear soon at Armorama. 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Skoda howitzer in progress

Hi all, 

this is a Skoda vz 1914 howitzer from IBG. Little part number and quite a number of omissions. No gun sight, no mechanism fro trail spade deployment. I fixed that with evergreen rod and sight from another gun. 

Now painting together with MasterClub resin figure - Austro-Hungarian soldier. 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

SU-152 in progress

This is a beautiful kit from Bronco built straight from the box. Still thinking of weathering here and there  + need to add figure. 

I appreciate your opinions. Thanks for watching. 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Stuarts attack;)

Few weeks remain until the release of October issue of MMI that features my M3A3 with Flakvierling and now I am building a second Yugoslav conversion of Stuart tank - this time with Pak40 anti-tank gun. At least 5 were converted and the vehicle was rather successful. Again this is a Ding-Hao kit that combines AFV club parts with resin. So far I added a stowage on the bow plate and need to replicate welds around the armour shields of the open-top compartment. Stay tuned!

p.s. Just realized I didn't mention the Flakpanzer I article in June issue of MMI! 

Saturday, August 2, 2014

T-34-76 factory 183

Seems like I am into T-34 topic this year. Another one is on my bench and it based on a well-known Bundesarchive image.

The kit is from AFV club and I added various photo-etched bits here and there, Masterclub metal track links, resin exhausts from Celticwerks and tarp from Greenstuff putty. 

The plan is to have it on a base with a figure but without Tiger I tank towing it, therefore I cut the cables ;)

I used multi-layered chipping technique and enamel weathering for the battered look. 

Same approach on the hull and tarp was painted with acrylics.

Next step is snow and wet effects and now it is a matter of adding effects here and there and incorporate the model into groundwork. 

What is on your bench now?