Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Dragon Wagon close ups.

Here are a couple of close ups of the cab of my Dragon Wagon. I used the 'macro' setting on my digital camera to take these shots, but still couldn't quite get close in enough to take detailed shots of the cab interior.

It's a shame, because the cab interior was the place where I made the most changes and added the most detail. I was particularly pleased with the job I did of correcting the top of the engine housing. I also used a cocktail stick (dipped in white acrylic) to pick out the details of the instruments on the dashboard.

A bit more progress on my 1st 'refurb' project.

As you can see, I've filled in the gaps at either side of the lower hull and put in the 1st of the sponson plates.

I now need to do a bit of research into the Panther Ausf A.

At the rear of the upper hull, the sides drop in a 'dog leg' shape. I need to find out if the lower hull sponson plates followed the contour of this 'dog leg', or if the 'dog leg' oferhung the sponson plate.

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

1st set of 'Refurb' pictures

Here is the 1st set of pictures of one of my refurbishment projects; my old Tamiya Panther Ausf A.

The first thing I needed to do was to gently pry the top of the hull away from the bottom half. This gave me access to the lower hull where I need to add the sponson plates. I also re-created the familiar 'track sag' of the German heavy tanks. The method I use is really simple; I use black cotton thread to tie the top section of track to the road wheels!

Here are the pictures;


More projects!

Quick update!

As well as the Dragon Wagon with burnt out Sherman load and Airfix Air Sea Rescue Launch, I've got 4 other projects on the go.

These are;

Re-painting and decalling my old Tamiya WW2 Jeep, weathering/chipping my old Tamiya MK3 Chieftain MBT, adding sponson plates to the following old Tamiya tank models; Sherman M4A3 (which will become the burnt out load for the Dragon Wagon), an M3 Stuart Light Tank, an M3 Lee Medium Tank and a Panther Ausf A Medium Tank.

As well as these military models, I also have a fully working PaperCraft clock that I'm building when I have any spare time.

I'll be posting pictures of these minor projects, as well as up to date pictures of the Dragon Wagon and Rescue Launch shortly.