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Keep on zoomin edition

Previous thread: >>10014123

This thread is for the discussion of scale plastic (and resin, PE, wood, etc) models kit
-Post photos of your builds in progress and your finished builds
-Have your builds critiqued or critique others
-Discuss tips and techniques
-Ask for advice or give advice to others

Always remember:
>No manufacturer is purely perfect or awful. ALWAYS research your kits before buying.

Some helpful guides to get started:
https://www.scalemates.com/
http://www.mediafire.com/view/1vf1aw7v91pz5pa/Airfix%20Model%20World%20Specia%20%28Scale%20Modelling%20Step-By-Step%29.pdf
http://www.scalemodelguide.com/
http://www.modelersite.com/en/area/98/scale-models-techniques
http://www.swannysmodels.com/Tools.html
http://fichtenfoo.net/blog/model-tutorials-and-in-progs
http://ipmsstockholm.org/
https://www.perthmilitarymodelling.com/
http://www.primeportal.net/home.htm

Plus there are tons of people on YouTube with pretty good videos on techniques etc.

Some sites to purchase models, extras, and supplies:
>ebay
https://www.dersockelshop.de/ (GER)
https://www.scalehobbyist.com/index.php (US)
https://www.alfahobby.se/ (SWE)
http://spruebrothers.com/ (US)
https://freetimehobbies.com/ (US)
http://www.hobbyeasy.com/ (HK)
http://www.luckymodel.com/ (HK)
http://www.hlj.com/ (JP)
https://www.modellbau-koenig.de/en (GER)
http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/m/ (JP)
https://www.hannants.co.uk/ (UK)
https://www.jadarhobby.pl/index.php?language=en (PL)
https://www.bnamodelworld.com/ (AUS)
http://volksusastore.com/webstores/scale/ (US) (Carry Mr. Color and GaiaNotes paint)
https://www.emodels.co.uk/ (UK)
https://www.wonderlandmodels.com/
https://www.super-hobby.com (EU/UK/RU/US)
https://plastmodel.pl/ (PL/EU)
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>>10036089
Why does a 1/12 figure cost almost $80?
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>>10036102
The figure in question.
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>>10036102
What manufacturer?
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>>10036103
For this quality $80 seems about right?
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>>10036104
Hobby Fan
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>>10036102
>>10036103
Sounds like about what I'd expect for a resin kit around that size, so I'm guessing "resin" is your answer.
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>peeling the tape off my first putty work and seeing that it actually worked
Damn nigga, that feels good.
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>>10036102
>>10036103
You are paying for the time and effort that goes into making the original sculpt. Knockoffs from aliexpress are a lot cheaper.
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>>10036109
>>10036103
I like how her tits are bigger on the cover art.
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>>10036034
excellent get, post more
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>several consecutive eye injuries
>right eye barely functional
the lack of depth perception really kills any attempts at smaller assemblies
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Which one of you was it?
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Need some advice on canopies. I was planning on using the pledge/future method for making my canopy look nice, but I think a while back anon told me that my lacquer based Gunze paint would react to it chemically. What would be an effective work around to that?
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>>10036327
>my lacquer based Gunze paint would react to it chemically
never had it happen to me.
just outline the edge of the canopy with thin strips of masking tape, then fill in the rest with liquid mask.
also just make sure it dries for a day or two before putting down anything at all.
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>>10036327
I've been dipping plenty of canopies in pledge and then painting things with Gunze's lacquer primer heavily involved, no issues so far. It isn't like you should have any major amount of the paint or thinner touching the transparent bits anyway, assuming your masking is fit for purpose. But if you're worried then it isn't like Pledge is something truly magical, it's a heavily thinned and self levelling acrylic gloss varnish. So slap on whatever other gloss varnish you feel like, as long as you can make it behave and form a properly even, covering coat it'll do the job.
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>>10036291
>some vatnigger deep in the Russian Pidoration has Führer Jewlinsky living this much in his head rent free
Just for this I'm ordering either a T-80BVM or a T-72B3 and doing a capture build.
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Also here's an interesting one. This was originally an ukie T-72, with their digital camo pattern before being captured by ziggers and now recaptured.
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>>10036358
>>10036363
calm down marge, also either start building or stop posting irrelevant things to the thread
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>>10036358
Or
Hear me out
OR
It's just some guy making a meme.
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>>10036390
And as a result Edgelord von Trolllolol there was summoned to our thread.
This is what we call a learning opportunity.
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>>10036291
Kino, I'd unironically buy it.
>>10036358
Also based, I have the new Meng T-72B3 coming in the mail and plan to do a capture build.

I just wish there was a compilation somewhere of all Ukranian tanks spotted in the war so far, getting reference photos is kind of hard right now as most results are just the same 10 photos endlessly reused by news websites. Trying to get references for capture schemes.
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>>10036438
Oryx lists all damaged, destroyed or captured vehicles that have photos or video from both sides.
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does anyone know if AK 3rd Gen are thinner out of the bottle than other water acrylics like Vallejo? I've had it go in an airbrush just fine thinning it with water and flow improver at a 50/50 ratio but it comes out quite thin.
suppose I'll test it sometime soon at 60/40 paint/thinner or something
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don't helicopters have navigation?
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>>10036571
An old Mi-8? If they didn't put in a compact GPS, then all they have is a paper map, dead-reckoning (with a ground Doppler radar), and if the airfield has it, RSBN (slavchimp TACAN).
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>>10036463
They are thinner out of the bottle than Vallejo model color, I would say same density as ammo paints but a bit thicker than Vallejo air if that helps
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>>10036597
never used Ammo paints before but nonetheless thanks for confirming my suspicions and saving me the hassle of testing it again
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Anyone know a good tamiya starting point for these USAF grays? Or at least the federal color code for them?
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RELEASE MY SEPTEMBER PREORDERS ALREADY, I WANT MY
ZTZ-99A
SPRUT SD
M3A3
M48A1
AMX-50
AND I WANT THEM NOW AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH
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for the fucking LIFE of me cannot find the Revell E-3A sentry 04364 manual ANYWHERE
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>>10036358
Every time someone says something bad or stupid about Ukraine someone JUST HAS to reply and blame it on Russia
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>want korean war sherman with specifically the red devil scheme
>only tamiya makes it
>no one makes the aftermarket decals for it
>don't want to pay for tamiya kit + the mandatory 20$ to fix all the hatches
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Is building Takom’s T-55AM or Trumpeter’s T-62BDD without sideskirts as simple as not glueing them on? Or am I going to have to cut them in half and attach partially?
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What the fuck is this indentation on the conqueror's cupola?
The instructions show it, but no parts are added to it, the paint guide shows it covered with a mushroom dome and I can't find any photos of the cupola showing this detail
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>>10037514
yea, the skirts are just glued on the side, but you have to chop the extension for the fenders on the T-55
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>>10037594
Are you following Night Shift's video for detailing?
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>>10036571
May gradnpa always told me how they would get lost in some soupkitchen of clouds and then would have to search the next train station, go down and read the name of the town to find where they are on the map. If you have only instruments and shit weather that can get hard.
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>>10037615
I will apply some techniques like texturing and grab handles, but the mystery indentation still bothers me
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Is there something wrong with my Tamiya panel liner? It seems so thick and the whole reason i bought it was so i didn't spend so much time mixing my own panel liner and trying to get it thin and runny enough to work. But this shit is pretty thick and isnt as runny as i would expect from a premade product.

Am I crazy or dumb? Maybe ive just been panel lining wrong this whole time
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>>10037680
>Is there something wrong with my Tamiya panel liner?
Maybe? Mine is as thin as I'd expect which is quite thin and it seeps into lines just fine. I certainly wouldn't call it thick.
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It's the gaming HLJ by leaving items in private warehouse until they throw coupons at you episode.
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>>10037680
Are you sure it hasn't degraded? Check one of Plasmo's video, he uses it quite often, and see if it has the same consistency. Also, Tamiya's panel liner is trash, use one from AMMO or AK.
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I'm going to do my first sea diorama using liquex acrylic gel, is there something I should get that's easy to miss? So far I have:
Wood base
Balsa wood for edges
Clear plastic sheet
Acrylic gel
Two shades of ocean blue
White for waves and wakes
AK interactive snow microbaloons (saw some good videos of people using that for more volumetric wakes)
Gloss varnish
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>>10037721
>degraded
Seems to have ive never seen someone use it before and after watching a couple videos mine does not fill so easily. It's almost like its gelled from heat exposure or something. Last time i order any modeling gear from amazon i fucking swear
>AMMO or AK
will try
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>favourite pair of nippers got rust on them
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>>10037594
Huh...that's bizarre, my Dragon Conqueror doesn't have that at all and I've never seen it before.
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>>10037458
Ryefield model's Korean war sherman has the red devil scheme.
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>>10037726
an anon posted this a while ago so I screenshotted it for future reference. here you go.
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In the midst of building two new planes in same scale I got awed about the smallness of the spitfire compared to corsair. It’s so small I can’t stand it.
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>>10037885
The virgin liquid-cooled vs the CHAD radial air-cooled.
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>>10037816
So did these actually scare the Chinese volunteers as in "OMG giant metar breest is goring to eat me" or more like "OMG the gweilo are fucking maniracs"
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>>10037885
after the Wildcat and a few other smaller ones, most American planes were fucking huge.
the 109 was modified and used right up until the last hours of the war and it was tiny tiny tiny.
having a shell of completed kits in the same scale is nice to help you get a sense of scale of these things.
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>>10037898
yeah m8 there are stories of entire battalions surrendering to a painted tank and then while they were praying to it in fear the air force burnt them to a crisp with napalm
tho toward the end of the war they got wise to the american tricks
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>>10037907
Heh, chinks are pretty dumb then. No wonder they can't build an escalator that doesn't fucking eat them.

Thanks for clearing that up.
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>>10037916
he's joking
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>>10037928
Oh...
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>>10037898
Absolutely not, even leadership didn't think it would do anything. It was mostly a morale thing.
>>10037816
Ryefield is an absolute fucking chore to build though, I might just bite the bullet and do it though, I didn't know they included those markings at all. Thanks.
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>>10037835
I've done it too just keep in mind pink foam is a bitch to cut with just a box cutter, it also does not take paint too well so you'll need something to slather over it.

pic related is my build, I just used pink foam without any modifications (no shaping). Just pink foam + black primer + blue spray paint over it and then Migs Diorama Atlantic gel+sea foam over it and shaped to make small wakes.
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>>10037898
they just thought "Oh look, it's those fucking cringy Americans again"
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>build majority of kit in 3 days
>two weeks later I'm still putting together indy link tracks
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>>10038422
I fucking hate indy links so much anon
I honestly just wish all kits came with whatever plastic they chose (indy or link-and-length) plus an option for just using a single vinyl piece.
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>>10038431
You should be ashamed of yourself
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I uh
I didn't think this through
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>>10038431
im definitely making another track jig for my next build, which may be the kondensator
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>>10038431
>>10038115
Link and length should be mandatory for all kits without working suspensions. Workable tracks are useless on these and I have no clue why anyone would want them.
Also, try the old trick where you glue them into one strip, wait an hour and just bend the pieces around the assembled running gear.
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>>10038481
Just paint it like every other Ukranian camo, ie huge tetris blocks scattered conservatively. You can literally do whatever you want, i've done a lot of research into it to get ready to paint a bulat and I've come to the conclusion there is 0 standardization, all the camo patterns are random and up to whoever painted it that day.
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>>10038479
indy links are fucking cancer
then again, I've only seen them on HobbyBoss kits, so maybe that has something to do with it.
I haven't used vinyl but it looks preferably easy for obvious reasons. I did link-and-length once in Zvezda's old T-26 build and it was tolerable -- annoying, but preferably to indy links by a thousand miles.
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What paint or recipe do you use for panzer grey?
I'm going to brush paint a model using panzer grey for the first time and I found this recipe:
XF-63 (6)
XF-20 (3)
XF-10 (1)
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painting completed.
still unsure wether I should use the oil dots technique, my last model remained sticky, probably because if that.
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>>10038479
Indy links are hot garbage, especially when they're like the trumpeter ones where they expect you to cut, clean and glue on every individual eyelet as the attachment point for the tracks, what the fuck are they thinking.

The only good ones are Dragon with their magic tracks since no cleaning required and Amusing Hobby since they also come precut and cleaned and you literally just snap them together.
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>someone cancelled their T-64BM re-release preorder right as I refresh the page
>take their slot

Absolutely stoked about this, it's gonna be a kino build bros.
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>>10037594
If you google the cast number, you get a similar sprue with the same indent. However, I cannot find any IRL conqs with that cupola indent. I would sum it up to someone taking a bit of liberty with the model design.
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>>10038051
yeah, stuff like pink foam is best shaped with a hot wire cutter, real bitch to work with if you're using a box cutter
sanding it is also very fun for the lungs
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>>10037594
I cannot for the life of me find any evidence of it either, and no review seems to mention it at all. I'm guessing it was just something unique to whatever Conqueror they referenced or someone fucked up.
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>>10037594
looks like it's putty time!
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>>10038697
Did a set of Meng plastic links for a Panther once - fucking godawful job and despite spending ages on cleaning up each link and so on the final tracks were stiff and didn't sit well at all. Do the metal sets also require the same level of clean-up?
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>>10039005
Meng tracks are super hit or miss, I wish they'd just stick to one type and do that for all their kits. The T-72 workable tracks they have are pretty great but then something like their Sherman Jumbo workable tracks were so bad that for future kits they included vinyl tracks because I guess they got an overwhelming amount of negative feedback on them kek.

Metal sets basically have zero clean up but you will need something to drill out the holes for the pins as sometimes the casting is not perfect. You'll also have to burnish them.
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Finished my tank of the lake with a tree growing on top, whichi I had wanted to do for quite some time.
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>>10039455
that dwarf's a big guy
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>>10039502
u u u u
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>>10038661
You should add more brown, German grey had a pretty warm hue.
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>>10037316
Amerimutts gonna mutt
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I’ve got a sudden inexplicable desire to build a 1/48 resin kit
Are gaso-line or tank mania kits any good?
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>>10039455
what'd you use for the base (the rim)?
and which variant of t-34 is this?
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>>10040479
Since I don't know exactly to what part of the base you refer, I will describe it in detail. The base was made with a plaster-like product mixed with toilet paper, resulting in good amounts of an irregular, sandable and semi-solid paste which I could place without containers and then sand around the edge. The resin was kept in place with masking tape which didnt keep a perfectly round shape, which I even corrected a bit with UV resin. The black edge is painted with "black 3.0".

The tank was some 1:100 model from zvezda, but I don't have the box anymore so I don't know the details.
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>>10036089
So i just browsed through some ak Effects stuff. And i found this moss deposit thing. But the thing thats more interesting for me is the wood i've never done any kind of wood be it fresh or weathered or rotting.

So anyone know some kind of tutorial or wood sutface painting for retards guide?
(I have sent this a few times i dont know if this works or not but this is the 3rd attempt)
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>>10040814
Pic (if thats matter)
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>>10040637
no, I mean what's the wooden bit on the bottom
part of chair leg? drawer handle?
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>>10040964
Ah, it's just a circular wooden base I bought around 8 years ago. I just cut a wing with the same size
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>>10041079
cut a circle*
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>>10040814
>wood surface
what I do is put down a base layer of a buff acrylic color (I guess enamels and lacquers would do the trick too), then mix together some brown oil paints (Yellow Ochre, Van Dyke Brown, etc.) to get whatever color you want (take note that the final result will be a little lighter than whatever mix of colors you use).
I use a brush to put down the oil paint, unthinned, on whatever parts I want to be brown. I let it sit for a few minutes, then take a q-tip or brush and gently pull along it in the direction I want the grain to go.
the end result is something like this.
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I've been trying my hand at scale modelling and by god, i fucking suck at this

Bought a cheapo 5 eur 1/100 zvezda brummbar to try my hand and every time i try to paint it i fuck it up even more

it's been a month now and i've stripped it more times than i had beers in my life
I wish i was good at working with my hands.
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>>10041249
everything is a learning experience, anon
post some pictures and tell us what's been happening, we can probably help you sort it out.
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>>10041250
I'm kind of embarrassed to post it since i fucked it up so much. I'll try a couple more times and if i won't figure it out i'll try asking you lads a bit more

My biggest problem is - I can't seem to thin my paints right. It's always either too thick and details are obscured or it's as thin as piss

Using vallejo and those mig ones, thinning with water
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>>10041257
>I'm kind of embarrassed to post it since i fucked it up so much
very few people's first model ends up being good.
>My biggest problem is i can't seem to thin my paints right.
>using Vallejo
get pipettes if you don't have any already, thin it at about a 1:1 ratio in a palette. one drop of water per one small squeeze of the bottle. mix it thoroughly with a brush or (preferably) something like a toothpick. other paints will require other thinning ratios (particularly Tamiya, but you shouldn't really be brushpainting those anyway), but for a water-based acrylic like Vallejo this is a good rule of thumb.
dip your brush in the paint and offload the excess onto a paper towel or tissue. if you have a big drop of paint hanging off the brush, you will flood details. usually touching it once or twice and pulling gently onto a piece of paper towel is enough to get rid of the excess, giving you enough control of how much paint you put on the model.
>Mig paints
not quite sure how those behave as I've never used them but I believe someone here said a few days ago they're very similar to Vallejos.
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>>10041268
>dip your brush in the paint and offload the excess onto a paper towel or tissue. if you have a big drop of paint hanging off the brush, you will flood details. usually touching it once or twice and pulling gently onto a piece of paper towel is enough to get rid of the excess, giving you enough control of how much paint you put on the model.

Haven't thought of that actually, gonna try that tomorrow

Thanks anon!
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>>10041268
oh, and if you're brush painting, make sure you're putting down a primer coat. it's not necessarily as important for airbrushing (95%+ of the time it's a good idea) but I'd say it's necessary for brushpainting. you can prime models with a brush if you want, but it's easier and more preferable to just use a rattlecan of a mid-tone like Tamiya's gray primer.
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>>10041276
I primed it with the Army Painter's brush on primer, tried to avoid rattlecans and that sort of stuff for my first go at it
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Why are there so many companies from ukraine?
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>>10041288
Presumably they have a pretty solid modelling scene, and the not-so-massive living costs probably help too.
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>>10041313
Developed industrial core as well
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>>10041288
Scale modeling is super popular in every ex-soviet country. I dug into why once and apparently it was heavily encouraged during USSR rule (it was seen as a proper workers hobby since you are building and assembling? lmao) so it just became a culturally ingrained thing for every guy.
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>>10040475
God no, there are good ones but they're all Russian and unobtanium now more or less unless you wanna go through the headache of figuring out bank transfers.


Any T-72/T-80 autists here? Do you know if T-72 and T-80 tracks are interchangable? I want to build a T-80BVM but only Trumpeter makes them and their T-80 series are plagued by the absolutely worst fucking tracks imaginable. I rather buy a separate set, but people really only make T-72/T-90 sets.
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>>10041420
the double pin tracks are interchangeable
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Is there some secret forbidden technique for opening stuck Tamiya pots? I've only opened it once to check the paint and now I can't open the little cunt.
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>>10041509
dont be a soiboy
otherwise just use your shirt.
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>>10041509
>>10041515
Okay, apparently the secret magic spell is to complain about it on /smg/ because even after 20 minutes of struggle it opened immediately after I posted this.
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>>10041519
anytime pardner
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>>10041509
This works okay. I got tired of ripping skin off my fingers.

If it's really seized you can turn it upside down and drop alcohol or thinner into the threads.
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>>10041528
I will become a tranny and hang myself before I get caught using one of these
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>>10041531
T. Low test-induced insecurity
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>>10041545
more like I can actually open bottles with my hands like a man and don't need some sort of woman's bottle opener to do it for me
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>>10041551
Hilariously insecure

Get some test, desu
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>>10041553
>I need to use a bottle opener marketed to women to open my paint bottles
>"I will never use this, this is gay, just open your bottles bro"
>wow, you're so secure, you need more test!
p-please be baiting me
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>>10041555
It's the truth, desu

You need to man up and stop being afraid of what others think
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>>10041559
just dont be weak bro its that easy
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>>10041531
>>10041551
>>10041555
>>10041573
While you were being an epic straight-razor mustache-wax trenchcoat chopfit mancrate TRT fedora I opened fifty seized Gunze bottles.

The point of being a human is using tools, you brute-force chimp.
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>>10041594
I bet your wife's boyfriend is really proud of you
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>>10041599
2016 called, it wants its jokes back.
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>>10041599
Lol, fucking loser.
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>>10041545
>>10041553
>so high test he has the grip strength of an 8yr old boy.
Nothing wrong with a 'fuck you im gonna do this they way it was designed to' attitude. Might struggle a bit, might hurt a bit, but it's fun. and when you succeed it's even better.
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>>10041659
God, you're a fucking tryhard.
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>>10041679
>filling up the general with your faggotry bait
can you just drop the act and post models instead
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>>10041509
Yes, run it under the hot tap.
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>>10041679
no, im just an average man
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>>10041722
>imagine not using the right tool for the job because you deliberately hinder yourself through your balding manlet acorn-penis BGH-tits insecurity

"You WILL get the boo-boo!"

t. scale modeler tough guy
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>>10041729
suck it up and dont be a pussy lmao
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>>10041730
>suck it up and dont be a pussy lmao
t. "man" terrified of losing masculinity points from using a tool.

After all you literally said it here >>10041531

Complete debilitating mental-illness-level insecurity. You might as well be a tranny, bub.
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>>10041729
>imagine not using the right tool for the job
my hands are the right tool for the job. And I maintain that tool by the bare minimum of physical activity
>scale modeler tough guy
I'm not a tough guy. you're just so weak and lazy that the slightest hint of masculinity sends you into a spiral of basedjack posting and projecting.
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Go be loud and gay somewhere else.
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>>10041753
Okay, you fucking sissy. Are you some kinda braindead boomer with your dick not working?
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How the fuck do I airbrush acrylics.
>airbrush acrylics
>comes out a horrible runny mess or clogs up my airbrush
>airbrush lacquer
>comes out perfect every time, as if god himself was guiding my airbrush
??????????
????????????????
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>>10041796
1. what paint are you using
2. how much are you thinning them
3. what are you thinning them with
4. how are you mixing them
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>ordered new compressor 3 days ago
>still no news
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>>10041835
AK 3rd gen
1:3
In a jar with a stirrer?
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Another model finished. I'm beginning to get the hang of this.
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>tfw coming up on 10 unpainted 1/35 tanks
Save me
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>>10041599
Reddit tier humour
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>>10041796
I smear my acrylics with my fingers like a real man, only women airbrush
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>sidecutters
>not just twisting the parts off the sprue
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>>10042385
This but unironically
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>>10041419
You mean ex-soviet as eastern block or ex-soviet as once part of the USSR because As a Hungarotard i never heard of this scale modelling is considered as a faggots hobby like aquaristics and painting then as it is now....i guess alcohol abuse and wife beating are more manly hobbies
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>>10038661
>What paint or recipe do you use for panzer grey?
Open bottle of Tamiya German Grey, pour in airbrush, paint.
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>>10042422
Well you live in a zsákfalu then, or a cigányputri, because otherwise I don't understand how you literally couldn't be anymore wrong.
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>>10042436
I speak about my experiences...I learned it in the hard way and mocked by it.

But you know what they say Fuck Em
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>>10042440
Maybe you were mocked because you were a fucking Urkel.
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>>10041419
There used to be a lot of modelling clubs during soviet times too

Scratch building would give you useful skills to later work in the factories
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>>10042454
>There used to be a lot of modelling clubs during soviet times too

ahhh russian dudes dressing up and showing their club what they're wearing?
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>>10042525
Absolutely.
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>>10042303
Nice. You gonna put decals on it?
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>>10042303
oh wow, is that Academy's F-16A? I'm in the process of making that now, just need to buy some of the paints.
the canopy really fucking sucks, I've tried dunking it in floor cleaner like 6 times and it still has some weird fogging going on.
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>>10042532
Already did, pic was taken while WIP.
>>10042713
Not the best kit out there but certainly not the worst I've put together.
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i made mine look like a butterfly :3
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>>10042969

:3
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>>10042525
Given how gay Russia was/still is, probably
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>>10036089
Who's ready?
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>>10042993
if Tamiya isnt releasing new ships in 1/700, what's the point?
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>>10042993
I can't read or speak moonruner, desu

Hopefully someone will report what they're releasing
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>>10042995
Nope, no new 1/700 Tamiya ships. The last tooling (pic related) was form 2018. In fact, the last Tamiya 1/700 ship was a reissue of pic related, back in 2019.

As for what Tamiya is showing, they did a blog about it:
https://tamiyablog.com/2022/08/tamiya-products-to-be-displayed-at-the-60th-all-japan-model-hobby-show/

>1/35 British Cruiser Tank A34 Comet
>1/24 Nissan Z
>1/12 Ducati Superleggera V4
> 1/12 Team Suzuki ECSTAR GSX-RR ’20 No.42 (Finished Model)

Tamiya, I am disappoint!
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>>10043001
>I can't read or speak moonruner, desu
fortunately for you,we have this thing called vision that is able to transmit visual information to our brain, regardless of literacy
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>>10042995
>>10043006
ship fag boomers are dying out, its car and bike times
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>>10043014
>cars and bikes
yawn
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>>10043014
Give me obscure wheeled war vehicles instead
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>>10043006
Oops, forgot your pic.
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About to use chipping fluid for the first time (tomorrow, im too drunk to do it now) any last protips? How much time do i have to work after painting over the chipping fluid?
>>10043104
Is this from the Zipang author?
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>>10043137
Yes it is. It's pretty much your average Tom Clancy stuff.
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>>10042426
I've decided to do my next one in that faded denim blue (which I think is an artefact of WW2 German film stock?). I like it anyway and nobody can stop me wuh hahaha.
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Had this sitting on my desk for months so I decided to actually finish it this week.
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>>10043376
holy kino
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>>10036438
Very kino, I find that looking for exact image references for captured stuff is hard so if I see something I like I'll just work off that and expand.
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What's a good way of getting rid of scratches and other imperfections that are too small to warrant another coat of paint? I was thinking of just poking at them with a cocktail stick with a small amount of paint on it because I reckon using a fine brush might still make it too obvious. I don't know if that would look good though.
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>>10044126
Cocktail sticks rarely give you all that much leeway between "fuck all" and "a full drop of paint". Surface tension and all that. A fine brush tends to be much neater and more suited to fine detail work, assuming you have a fine enough brush.
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>>10044131
>assuming you have a fine enough brush.
I don't think I do but at least the model shop ain't far from me. I'll give it a go with a brush then, thanks.
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>>10043036
Škoda Želva (turtle)
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>>10044143
Just go to an art supply store, same shit but cheaper. Modeling-specific stuff if a very lazy marketing ploy most of the time.

Buy synthetic brushes that are springy, some brands usually market these brushes specifically for acrylics, any decent art store would let you touch them to see how they feel
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>>10044210
Outside of paints*
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Green coat done, next comes black. Did not have AMT-4 straight from bottle so i just mixed up something close enough from AK real colors and Tamiya (and who the hell even cares if it looks the part).
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>>10044322
Is real color line proper lacquer or are the paints like the weird Tamiya's "acrylics"?
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>>10044335
They act exactly like Tamiya paints and can be mixed together. I personally really like them but apparently there has been some inconsistency in their accuracy when it comes to certain subjects.
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>>10043365
I also thought about painting the vehicles in the shades how they appear on Kodakcolor and the like. Sound slike an interesting attempt.
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What do you use to create forced contrast between different panels when not using an airbrush?
I tried with washes and the result was mediocre (pic related). I also tried oil paints but they're a pain in the ass.
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>>10030978
Why are you recommending me some figures when I asked for built scale models? And what do they have to do with scratch building?
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>>10044357
Learn how to actually paint - glazing and blending
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>>10044364
You can't really do that with Tamiya acrylics and a paint brush.
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>>10044366
That's what paint retarder is for, retard
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>>10044369
I use it and the transition wouldn't be smooth at all regardless, shithead
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Is it worth getting wargaming/fantasy paint just for 1:35 tank crew and stuff?
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>>10044373
>wouldn't be smooth at all regardless

If you don't know how to paint then of course it will look like shit, retard
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>>10044388
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOGlHTRySlU

vidrel
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>>10044373
desu, miniature painters do this shit all the time - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOGlHTRySlU
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>>10044421
wargaming painters too
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>>10043036
go to tanks-encyclopedia and pick one of the 5 billion single-run WW2 Italian armoured trucks
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>>10044335
AK RC can't be thinned with acrylic thinner, tamiya or otherwise. You must use lacquer thinner.
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Everything went better than expected. Chipping fluid worked perfectly and my first time using blu tack for masking camoflage worked as i intended. Will probably invest in that masking putty for even better results.
>>10044445
You are wrong. Anything that works with Tamiya works with AK RC.
I have been using Isopropyl Alcohol, Tamiya X20, X20A and Mr. Leveling Thinner all with great success when it comes to AK Real Colors.
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>>10044445
>>10044559
Can second that, also use Tamiya thinner with AK RC and it works
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>>10043036
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>>10044559
beautiful work on that chipping, you used AK chipping fluid or hairspray? anything after the fact (brushing it on, sponge, etc.)?
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>>10043036
I really like these ones:
152 mm ShkH DANA
Denel G6 Rhino
Fiat 500 Topolino
GAZ-69
LARC-V
Lancia 1Z
Romfell
Supacat ATMP
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>>10044709
AK Worn Effects (AK 088). One layer with airbrush, waited for half an hour, sprayed camo colors and as soon as possible i removed masks and went to town with warm water and a stiff big brush, nothing else thus far, and ill think ill leave it as it is now because i dont want to go overboard with the effect.
I did some chipping on the other wing root too, but left it at minimum because most of the wear was on this side in reference photos as the crew mounted the plane from this side.
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>>10044733
really nice stuff anon
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>>10043036
Panhard AML isn't exactly obscure but its a cutie and a ton of random countries used them
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Finished my Dragon M103A2 a while ago. The RB barrel for this kit if you want to build it is MANDATORY. It looks like fucking shit without it, the stock barrel is so anemic and undersized it completely fucks with the rest of the tanks proportions. Only the RB barrel is accurate btw, the other aftermarket ones literally just copied the kit one so they're the same undersized garbage.
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>>10045049
My collection of Cold War heavies is now complete until Amusing Hobby releases their French heavy I guess.
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>>10044377
I do because I like to spray Tamiya but can't get it to work for me for brush painting. Also the factory outlet for a wargame manufacturer is effectively my local hobby store so there's availability too.
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>>10045056
>complete
Where's the T-10, boy?
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>>10045211
I do have a T-10 but I don't include it since its later in that time period when everyone gave up on their heavy tanks.
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>>10044377
If it works it works but if you're talking about GW stuff I'm pretty sure it's more expensive in the long run. I swear by their primer though.
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>>10045239
>tfw according to Wiki the Russians held on to these till 1996
They must have been crustier than a cumsock by then.
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>>10045242
Never buy GW stuff, buy from trusted recasters or print yourself instead

GW can suck my nuts
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>>10045272
>recasters or print yourself
Read the posts, anon.
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>>10045272
We're talking about PAINT

But yes you are literally retarded if you do not buy recasts from Chinese and Russians.

t. Recaster enthusiast
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>>10045056
I like the finish on your paint anon, what do you use?
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Hey guys, my girlfriend and friends have asked me to give them a short list of what tank model kits I want (I don't do aircraft or boats anymore due to specific interest in tanks).
Some basic stuff I want is like the Soviet KV-2, the Japanese Chi-Nu, Israeli Merkava, and some German WW2 tanks.. Blah blah you get the picture, but a lot of these are so insanely expensive on most online retailers- how do I know to give them a list of things that are cheap and available?
Like, for example, the Panzer II and the Panther Tamiya are both mad cheap and still in production. I would like to give my friends/family only a list with these types of readily available items that are reasonably priced for college age people.
Thanks in advance homies
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>>10045310
Use scalemates, avoid old toolings
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>>10045310
https://www.scalemates.com/kits/tamiya-35375-heavy-tank-kv-2--1386957
I'd recommend the Tamiya Kv-2, would be a great starter kit.

If you want german shit just buy any of the old Tamiya german kits, ie any of the Panzer IV's without the side screens.
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>>10045371
But side skirts are kino. You can paint traps on them
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>>10045404
based
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>>10045049
Extremely cool. I’ve been meaning to make the Cold War quartetto for a while but Dragon’s m103 has always put me off with how awful the reviews are.
Is it true it the turret bumps into the engine block when rotating?
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>>10045461
>>10045461 #
I want to learn how to freehand details at the level of miniature painters so that I could paint weeb shit on my wehraboo tanks

I want a pink 1/35 Brummbar too
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>>10045466
No, although this is the M103A2 version which apparently Dragon revised slightly. Honestly it looks perfectly fine to me, the only actually atrocious things are the shitty rangefinders and the atrociously undersized barrel. I'm happy with it, build wasn't bad either.

I only recommend you build it if you can get the RB barrel though:
https://www.rbmodel.com/index.php?action=products&cat=c_bm&sub=35B

Also don't bother with a resin set to try and add the missing mantlet, they all require you to use the stock barrel so it's not worth it.
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When the fuck is AK Real Colors gonna make PLA colors, I just want them in lacquer AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH
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>>10045287
The Conqueror is Tamiya, the IS-3 is AK Russian Green, the M103A2 is AK Real Colors
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>>10045759
Why are you building chinkshit?
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>>10045801
??? Why wouldn't you? They have some cool vehicles, and the digital camo looks cool.
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>>10045804
Seems a bit soulless to me. And the digital camo is a pain in the ass. I'd only like to build a ZTZ-99A and maybe a ZTZ-96A
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>>10045811
>Seems a bit soulless to me.
That's part of the appeal to me, they're like janky toys its great.
>And the digital camo is a pain in the ass
It's not as bad as you think, there are tons of camo mask sets and generic sets for every vehicle. It's pretty straight forward.
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>>10044413
>>10044421
>he actually explains it well in under 5 minutes
I love people who don't waste my time
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Reminder to drybrush with metal colors to your hearts content.
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>>10045759
Why won't anyone release USN WW2 colors, mr color has had 2 sets of USN colors but it looks like they were super limited and don't exist any more
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>>10045909
Nobody cares about ship autists. Also just mix your own paints. Caring too much about EXACT paint shave is cringe
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>>10045049
you keep turret movable?
don't it damage paint?
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>>10045909
Lifecolor do two different sets.
https://airbrushes.com/index.php?cPath=400_4_429_202_203_542
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>>10045701
> although this is the M103A2 version which apparently Dragon revised slightly.
It has a completely different engine deck. I have this first one in my stash. The turret bumps into the exhaust muffler.
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>>10045791
Damn, its technique and not something I can buy isn't it.
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>>10045310
Go with the older Tamiya kits, they are very reasonably priced as you already noticed.


If you can get them, Zvezda kits (absolutely check for release date, buy newer ones) tend to be quite good for their low price as well.
The really old ones, avoid them!
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>>10046114
No like
>>10046181
Said it's different from the first kit version, there's 0 rubbing or weird fit issues.
>>10046187
No you retard it's literally from spray cans except for the Real Colors. If I can do it so can you. Everything after that is just washes + oil paints + pigments.
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Fellas... I'm sorry... I tried
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>>10046329
Could you give me a list of any kind? I apologize I don't have much time but tomorrow I will set aside plenty of time to follow your instruction.
I like WW2 Soviet, German, and Japanese tanks primarily (anything besides American or British).
Something like the Chi-Ha, Panzer II, or StuG are cheap, but I can't find cheap KV-2 or even a 1/35 T-34/85
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This conflict is providing so much KINO.
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>>10046841
is this some absolutely cringe reference to Red Dawn
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>>10046896
yes the kino remake
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>>10046716
If 50-60$ per kit is too expensive for you honestly just don't bother with this hobby.
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might fuck around and buy an Eduard Bf 110 1/72, whatchu know bout that?
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>>10046942
I have bought about five kits for that price. If you had read my initial post you would be cognizant of the fact that these are gifts that my friends and family are giving me, and so I want them to be as reasonably priced as possible for their sakes. I bought a 57 dollar King Tiger a day ago and I have spent plenty on paints. I understand the ramifications of the hobby, I am just trying to make gift-giving easy.
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just started a 1/350 Type 23 Frigate, really taking my time with it to make it as neat as possible, was thinking about it earlier, should I attempt to give it a Dazzle paint job, even though no Type 23 ever had one?
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>>10046896
>absolutely cringe
Seethe, vatnik.
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>>10046622
he cute
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>>10046896
Yes.
>>10046932
I liked the remake (too young to have seen original, hyper zoomer and all) a LOT. Soviet Union is dead and Russia is a simple proletarian state as its demographics wither away into nothing. China is an actual current thing to deal with... oh I mean 'North Korea' HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. All the villain actors are Han, the tanks are VERY clearly some kind of Chinese ZTZ thingy, and everything about it is just purely Chinese.
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>>10047474
China is peace-loving and the only time you'd ever see Chinese soldiers on US soil is if aliens invade and the PLA helps defeat them (aliens only ever invade the US)
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>>10047474
Yeah, Jewwood cucks out hard to the Chink every time.

There was a "scandal" about Maverick wearing his original jacket in TG:M, and chinks were all butthurt about it, saying they're gonna ban it, but based sinophobe Cruise didn't back down.

Spoiler: TG:M is moving to be among the top ten highest grossing movies ever even without the Chinks
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>>10047479
I bet you love (((Trump))) & (((Putin)))
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>>10047533
What's up with seething subhumans on /smg/ as of late?
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>>10047545
Excited retards are overly excited, just ignore them and they'll go back to shitting up whatever board they usually hang out in.
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>>10047003
If you're already in this hobby why are you asking us to give you a shopping list of cheapo shit kits then. You should know we'll enough how to use scalemates and pick them out. If you're having that much trouble with it just have them buy you a bunch of 1/72 kits, there's no shortage of German shit in 1/72.
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>>10047733
Oops, did not mean to sage
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>>10043001
The key info is that middle schoolers and younger get free entry
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>>10047339
>I'm gonna reference a movie, I'm just like those fictional people in the movie!!!!
it's gay and you know it, I don't give a fuck what country it's targeted towards
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After forcing myself to get motivated to keep going with the skyraider, I've finally painted the wheel wells after adding pipes and cables and using the Aires resin set as a guide. I just have to paint some hoses black and give it a wash. Now all remains is the cockpit and I'm planning on trying out those Quinta 3d decals and see how they go.
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>>10046942
Bullshit.
What should stop him from building kits in the $20-35 price range forever? Its not like there aren't next to countless kits available.
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>>10046716
Chi-Ha:
https://www.scalemates.com/kits/tamiya-mm175-type-97-chi-ha--113991

One of the Tamiya classics.

KV-2:
https://www.scalemates.com/kits/zvezda-3608-kv-2--1212267
Note that the timeline shows you that Revell and Academy both have a reboxed version of this kit. Depending on your location, these might be cheaper than the Zvezda box, but the kits will be identical.

T-34-76:
https://www.scalemates.com/kits/zvezda-3686-t-34-76-mod-1942--1255510

Pretty new Zvezda kit (2020), based on their new 2018 T-34-85:

https://www.scalemates.com/kits/zvezda-3687-t-34-85--1117289

I can find both of these Zvezda T-34s (and the other versions) for 22-25€ in Germany.
The older kit (see timeline on scalemates) is a worse kit, but also cheaper (around 15-17€), but i would not consider this little saving worth the extra trouble.

And since you are looking for the "classics":

https://www.scalemates.com/kits/zvezda-3678-pzkpfw-v-panther-ausf-d--1343031

I would recommend this 2020 Panther kit over the good old Tamiya Panther. I can find it here for around 22€, and the Tamiya kit can be found for around the same price too, but its like 50 years older. Or just get both.

And last but not least:
https://www.scalemates.com/kits/zvezda-3646-tiger-i-ausf-e--1281473

That Tiger, again, available for around 20-25€.

I'm fully aware that none of the listed model kits here are "high end" kits, and there are many kits out there with more and better detail, but if money is your concern and/or you are new to the hobby, these are perfectly fine to build, and they can look extremely good once painted.
So don't get encouraged by the thought that you did not buy the fancy Panther with full interior and aftermarket metal tracks and barrel for the price of 5 of the kits above.
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>>10046942
you're a faggot
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anyone have experience using polyurethane 2k clear gloss? i want a strong clear coat so my dremel won't burn through it while i polish it.
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>>10047885
no hes just not poor
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RIP W-Model, their website is fully offline now. Hopefully the owner is escaping to Europe or something. Sucks for anyone who didn't grab their extremely excellent and very high quality 1/48 T-64 because now you'll never have it.
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>All the poorfags show up and get offended right as morning hits in Eastern Europe
Fucking lmao enjoy your 20$ garbage shit kit your grandpa struggled with while I build my 80$ masterpiece Abrams with my fat American pay.
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one of my favorite part about scale models is comparing subjects of different sizes in the same scale, particularly across eras
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>>10048134
>right as morning hits in Eastern Europe

Anon, are you retarded or something? Open a timezone map
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>>10048134
>my fat American pay.
you realize there are like 100 million Americans who live in small towns and the countryside who live fairly well but don't actually make a lot of money because of cost of living, right
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>>10036103
>>10036109
Lookin' kinda Taylor Swift there.
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Is Panda Models out of business or not?
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>>10047814
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soaking model in rubbing alcohol to remove paint. is it going to remove the glue also? thank you for answers :)
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>>10048809
Won't do anything to plastic or super glue
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>>10048809
If its pure alcohol then it won't do anything
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>>10048812
>>10048845
70% isopropyl. i made mistake of painting before using testors thin glue. glue does not adhere to paint.
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>>10048850
>i made mistake of painting before using testors thin glue

The fuck?
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>>10048857
only my 3rd kit, tried painting on the sprig -.-
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>>10048862
Why would you think glue would work as a thinner
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>>10048877
its a 1/72 seaplane, just thought it would be easier to paint on sprig & glue after, but that didnt work cause i cant attack floaties or top wing of bi-plane cause its painted already. i'm new to this hobby is all and idk where else to look for help.
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What kind of paint did you use? You could probably just scrape off parts that are glued together as long as it's not lacquer, that would need to be sanded off

Painting on the sprue is not an uncommon practice
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>>10048887
>that are glued together

That are supposed to be*
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What are some good Israeli kits?

Want to make one to have it near my Panzer 4
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>>10048964
based but how is this scale models?
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>>10048964
Fuck off, schizo.
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>>10048945
Tamiya Merkava mk 4
Easy to build, looks great facing off against WW2 German armor. The Panther looks so noble and tall compared to lanky, crab-like desert beast.
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>>10048978
Tooling is from 1983 though?
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>>10049154
god fuck the fore secondary on the yamatos, it looks like such an afterthought
and fuck it, I'm gonna say it: dropping bridge wings was a disaster for aesthetics
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>>10049154
is bottom of ship actually flat? t. from landlocked country

also
>be japan
>have no natural resources
>instead of planes, weapons or tanks build giant ship which can end up like bismark getting one hit
>never even use this ship
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>>10049259
Those are waterline models, they're designed to only be what sits above the water
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>>10049259
>is bottom of ship actually flat
yes, but those are waterline kits, so you don't see the part of the hull that's usually underwater.
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>>10049259
>instead of planes, weapons or tanks build giant ship which can end up like bismark getting one hit
to be fair, Yamato and Musashi took an incredible amount of punishment before sinking. Bismarck also only technically sank after being scuttled (though she was going to sink eventually), she was just knocked out by an incredibly lucky hit to her rudder.
but she had some more glaring flaws in her design anyway
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>>10048806
>it's the Jews fault I can't do finances
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>>10048134
Which would be a $40 masterpiece Abrams if you were in Japan. Its impossible to win.
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>>10036102
Sounds like a bargain compared to the $170 price tag I saw.
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>>10048137
>"80$"
You've been rused by a false flag, I suspect either Scandinavian or a rogue French Canadian.
>>10048945
MENG has some nice ones.
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>>10049369
>You've been rused by a false flag, I suspect either Scandinavian or a rogue French Canadian.
I'm American, though one branch of my family did immigrate to French Canada in the 1650s.
either way, $80 for a kit is indeed ridiculous as a general rule. I own 1 or 2 that I have yet to try. $80 for every kit is fucking autistic and pure boomer-tier money expenditure.
there's nothing wrong with just making $20-$30 kits for your whole life, plenty of good quality stuff at that range.
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>>10049259
>planes
they did, but aluminium shortages were the main bottleneck and you can't exactly use ship steel to build aircraft
>weapons
as far as field artillery and personal weaponry is concerned, japan was pretty well equipped, with the exception of poor SMG levels - not that they were alone in this of course, but even with the simplifications to the type 100 were too late and not in enough numbers to really be meaningful
>tanks
this is where the IJA/IJN shitflinging comes in, but at the same time by the time allied tanks in the theatre became strong enough to require upgrades japan was up to its neck in the latrine already and building more tanks isn't really gonna help if you can't ship them to where the fighting is because your merchant fleet is at the bottom

furthermore, they did realise that the yamato and musashi were useless quickly enough to actually finish converting shinano before they surrendered - not that it managed anything, but that's not really her fault
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>>10049275
I honestly always fascinated by the fact that it is "general" knowledge and pretty much the main content of a lot of "historical videos/documentaries" to analyze every nook and cranny of german (and axis in general) designs for every flaws be it critical or minuscle but if you want to know the flaws of the allied designs you have a little bit harder time finding out that exactly what kind of flaws they contained. I don't say that the germans/axis were the superior designs because they clearly wasnt and plagued by technical and often design issues. But i cant believe that the Allies were so perfect in their design.
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>>10049432
that's just blatantly untrue
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>>10049428
>this is where the IJA/IJN shitflinging comes in
it wasn't even really necessarily that, the Japanese never really had to fight tanks outside of Khalkhin Gol, the Chinese had no tanks (aside from maybe some older imported specimens from UK/US/USSR/France) plus China is quite mountainous. stuff like the Ha Go was perfect because it was light, easy to maintain, and didn't really have any realistic enemies.
they did increase tank production and started upgrading their Chi Has after Khalkhin Gol but they never really had the industry for mass tank production anyway, especially with their other industrial commitments (ships and planes).
the Germans used older shipbuilding techniques since they really hadn't built a large warship in two decades. Generally speaking American naval designs were excellent for the entire period, the only serious weakness I can think of is the fact that their seaplane catapults were right in the middle of their cruisers, so if a shell ignited the aviation gas & plane ordnance it could completely burn away the entire superstructure.
>But i cant believe that the Allies were so perfect in their design.
America and Britain had centuries' worth of naval expertise, the Germans didn't. for what it's worth the Germans did amazingly since they went from basically no naval tradition, to having the second largest navy on the planet, between 1890 and 1910.
there were some flaws with Allied ships, like the Unrotated Projectile (utterly useless) and the Chicago piano (almost as useless), but these were phased out after just a year or so of service in the war. the Allies had the benefit of larger and superior shipbuilding industries and resources, allowing them to build improved ship designs throughout the course of the war. The Germans didn't have that luxury, as they were too busy building U-boats (all of which were absolutely excellent designs), planes, and tanks.
the Japanese kind of never really learned their lesson with damage control
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>>10049448
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>>10049446
For the average a Layman it is.

But i guess it depends on if you consumed the more wehraboo or Allieboo stuff so i dunno
For me i contacted more of the latter before i started digging more into it.
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feels good to finally start on my first diorama, I feel I need to get this done to start getting comfortable making these. Next step will be lots of filler clay

>>10049432
but then you have endless amounts of content about how the Bismarck is the best ship ever built and how Shermans would spontaneously combust if you gave them a hot look. I'll admit that there have been significant pushback against such uninformed information, to a certain degree going too far and labeling all German/axis equipment as overrated shit (guess the allies would be pretty big retards to take 6 years to defeat them then)
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>here's your camo bro
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>>10049538
>I'll admit that there have been significant pushback against such uninformed information
this is just whiplash from decades of uninformed boomers peddling the "every tank we encountered since D Day was a tiger" bullshit, along with the paperclip, in their eyes, confirming that wunderwaffe existed but just couldn't be finished on time or "the higher ups meddled in designs and slowed them"

it gave ww2 vets the sense of accomplishment
>they had incomprehensibly good weapons but we still beat them!
funny that this came true for the taliban recently, kek
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>live in shoebox one bed apartment
>want to model
>every horizontal surface is covered with more important stuff for school and shit
>overwhelming sadness and depression

>>10045285
You got a source for recasters? I have had no luck finding any. I like painting minis and wanted some GW stuff but have 0 desire to buy GW since I don't care to play. I've been looking at a few shops on etsy for resin minis
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>>10049646
https://cheap-n-fast.com/

There was are Chinese ones too but I cannot for the life of me remember the name of the website. I can vouch for the quality, just keep in mind these ship from Russia so if I were you I would:
1. Order right fucking now before this guy gets drafted or something
2. Expect it to take several months to reach you, don't panic its normal. I've had shit take like 5 months in the mail.

Pic related is a recast from that website.
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>>10049352
I've unironically been buying model kits off HLJ again thanks to the yen vs USD absolutely plummeting. Even with the 20$ shipping its STILL cheaper because of how rock bottom the conversion rate is now. I'm getting 80-90$ Meng kits for 30-40$ so even with 20$ shipping its still way under the 80$+ prices local shops charge.

Highly recommend to my fellow anons that you check HLJ and other Japanese sites for kits you've wanted right now, prices are really low and if you're not in a rush you can get them even cheaper with the cheapo slow shipping.

Only applies to US anons though as I think shipping from Japan is still fucked for everyone else lmao.
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>>10049705
Shipping is still spotty to most places but has been a lot worse. Except for Canada. Canada is fuuuucked. The big difference is JPY isn't really crashing against other currencies. Certainly nowhere near as dramatically as it is against USD.
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>>10049432
I don't think that is true in the least.

Ultimately this kind of "top trumps" stat counting is a largely wehrboo activity anyway. The real difference between the Tiger and the Sherman is not the armour and its not the gun, its that 50,000 Sherman tanks were made across 15 largely automated production lines where production numbers steadily accelerated until production ended, whereas only 1300 Tigers were produced, largely made by hand. I don't need to analyse a Tiger tank for a tiny flaw, I just need to count them.

Lets keep in mind the average /his/ thread can be destroyed by reminding the poster that Germany actually lost WW2 whatever their argument is today.
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>>10049694
Thanks lad, any line on US based ones? I imagine they're pushed pretty far underground

But that dudes prices are hard to beat, I think I can have some patience
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>>10049812
>Lets keep in mind the average /his/ thread can be destroyed by reminding the poster that Germany actually lost WW2 whatever their argument is today.
to be fair the average /his/ poster who talks about the Eastern Front is pretty lucid on the subject because they read a shitload of Glantz.
at least that's the way it was when I last went there about 2 years ago
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>>10049812
I meant the other side everybody knows why the german stuff is crap (sometimes even going a little bit overboard with that). But nobody questions if the allied stuff even had even flaws or their respective designer teams made any kind of flop or idiotic projects

(Minus the one who actualy dig themselves into it)
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>>10049877
I would argue it's the opposite, really, though probably changing.
I grew up hearing stories about how amazing the Tiger and Panther and Bismarck and 109 and 262 were, and how Shermans were tinderboxes, but that some Allied technology, like the Mosquito and P-47, were fantastic designs that helped to win the war.
younger people nowadays seem to get the opposite treatment where they're inundated with nonsense, things like how the Tiger were the worst tank in the war and the T-34 was some unmatched piece of human engineering genius.
I think to paint too broad of a brush and argue there's some weird conspiracy to just shit all over German engineering from WWII is kind of laughable. they developed unguided rockets and jet warplanes before anyone else ffs
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>>10049877
Literally the only place I can think of that's like that outside of /his/ years ago when it was good is the tank museums bottom 5 videos that they have ecelebs do - there's always at least one panther/jagdtiger/tiger/konigs, usually more. This can half be explained as outrage/clickbait, but there is also a genuine aspect of them downplaying british failures and hyping up german ones, along with the mass appeal nature of their stuff glossing over issues of production, standardisation, and doctrine in the opposite direction that the good old GOOD SOLID TANK or SIXTY SHERMANS FOR ONE TIGER did
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>>10036291
kek,that ghost of kiev looks really nice i think i´ll get one
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>>10049864
No, you won't find any outside of Russia and China. GW comes down on these pretty hard generally but obviously someone in Russia or China can just tell them to go fuck themselves and all GW can do is screech about how if you get caught with any recasts in a GW store they ban you for life lmao.
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>>10049877
Everyone knows the T-34 was a piece of shit and a death trap but the Russians made so many of them and had so many conscripts it didn't matter
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bros, why the fuck is it so hard to publish your own work on scalemates
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>>10050339
What you mean like your own project? It's not that hard, the secret is to go to the model page first and click the project button.
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>>10050339
it took me like 5 minutes to figure it out
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>>10048887
testors gloss yellow on an icm heinkel he 51b-2 floatplane kit. painted wings so cannot glue the support pieces for pontoons or top biplane wing. been soaking in alcohol 21 hours now.
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now that war with Ukraine will be officially declared, I'd like to ask that anon who wished for a new big war dozens of threads ago, to fast track new war machines, so we can get more scale models this:
Was it worth it?
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>>10050754
Personally I was perfectly happy with modeling peaceful special military operation subjects.
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>>10050754
Considering the possibility only new models we get are NATO weapons in Ukranian colours and maybe Iranian drones and some repacks ( no Armata and other secret stuff)
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>>10049877
The main reason you don't get 'Panther's dodgy drivetrain' equivalents with Allied kit is less to do with overzealous revisionist history and, particularly with American kit (so almost everything in the back half of the war when the German failings become relevant and eventually fatally endemic) more to do with their autistic testing and revision before they put things in the field. The Americans made shit easy to use, hard to break, easy to fix, and sent buckets of spares to do the job. Which only really leaves 'hurr durr armour bad gun bad tommy cooker go boom.' for the everyman to latch on to.

They had their flops and idiotic projects (of which the M7 tank is king), the difference is they weren't desperate enough to issue them to troops and ship them half-way across the world to frontline service. The fact they had to ship everything half-way around the world and couldn't just whisk it back to the factories by rail for patch-fixes if it didn't work probably has a lot to do with their developmental rigueur.
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>>10050754
>new war machines
russsians are using more than 50 years old stuff
ukraine is using nato stuff that was about to be scraped
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>>10050773
im curious how those "upgraded" t55s fare in modern war.
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>>10050769
>They had their flops and idiotic projects (of which the M7 tank is king), the difference is they weren't desperate enough to issue them to troops and ship them half-way across the world to frontline service

they also didn't lose the war so hard that they raped their culture into submission themselves
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>>10047866
Also one should have figured out you can get most kits for half price if you buy second hand. I very rarely buy something at retail price.
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>>10050944
where does one look for secondhand kits?
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>>10050951
Ebay, ebay classifieds (at least here). A lot of people sell stuff from their stash. And if you have a model show of some local club most participants will sell some of their kits. You can pick it up for low prices there. Even cheaper than on ebay.
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>>10050953
>(at least here)

i live in eastern europe ;-;
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>>10050962
>And if you have a model show of some local club most participants will sell some of their kits.

I wish i had one, people don't do much outside of working and drinking here
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>>10050754
Yes. I don't care if millions of slavs die. They are just as foreign to me as Syrians.
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>>10050983
based
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>>10050983
I personally would rather the reddit slavs get wiped out. I like Sukhoi too much and would probably kms if they disappeared. Flanker is easily my favorite plane after the Eagle
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>>10050754
Dead Russians are always good
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>Hurricane in 1:48 basically impossible to find anywhere
>finally a new kit is released
>it's HobbyBoss
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>>10051040
Leave your edge in /pol/ please, this is a thread for scale modeling.
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>>10051048
What do you have against HobbyBoss? They're a really good manufacturer.
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>>10051067
I'm sure Anon meant figures and minatures of dead Russians for his Cold War What If diorama.
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>>10051077
Well that would be quite alright, carry on.
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>>10051073
my experience with them is they have nice details and have great subjects but the fitting is legendarily bad and there are some questionable construction decisions.
I dont think I've made a kit of theirs from after ~2012 so I don't know if thats just an older phenomenon or what.
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>Russia declares "special operation" in Ukraine
>about to start panic buying ICM and Zvezda kits in bulk
>local hobby store still somehow stocking kits from both regularly
>relief.png
>Hold off from buying off wishlist to not build up a backlog
>Russia declares full mobilization
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

Do I start panic buying now? I feel like supply of both Ukranian and Russian kits are gonna be totally fucked.
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>>10051083
do you really NEED those kits now, anon? I bet they will go right to the bottom of the stash and you'll get to them after all this blows over, if ever

you're literally pumping your own FOMO/FUD right now, snap out of it
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Almost there. Hopefully. Depend son how much stuff I knock off trying to get the rigging and flags in place.

>>10051082
Either it got better or it varies, the TrumpyBoss kits I've built have been ok to good on the fit.
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>>10051098
>do you really need those kits anon?

Yes most of those mundane Soviet era vehicle models are either russian or ukranian mostly
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>>10051080
but real dead russians are even better

Ukrainian HIMARS kits when
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>>10051111
BUY BUY BUY

THE WORLD IS ENDING

WE ARE ALL GETTING NOOOOKED
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>>10051098
Zvezda have the best Yak-130 and Su-30 in 1/72 and ICM have the best Mig-25 and cool figures. Those are all pretty high on my wishlist.
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>>10051125
I dont say that.

But everyone has some wishes for models they really want. And the post soviet block has a monopoly on them.
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>>10051083
Better safe than sorry Anon. I bought a ton of Russian made resin kits when the war began and I do not regret it as every single one of those stores have gone MIA with the kits being complete unobtanium now.
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>>10051073
They're overpriced as fuck sometimes. I wanted a cheapo Leopard A1 to complete my early Cold War medium tank collection and their Leopard is fucking 80$, the brand new much much better tool Meng one is 60$ how the fuck do they justify that.
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>>10051073
My problem with them is that it is just Trumpeter, but more expensive
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>>10051048
Airfix? Their new stuff is pretty good.
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>>10051299
I've looked into it (surface level) but couldnt find it anywhere
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Are my highlights too strong?
Should they be closer in shade to the base color?
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>>10051349
highlights should be one thinned out coat
the flash from the camera washes it out but I think the highlights are a little too strong.
you can try going back over it with a 50-50 mix of both colors, pretty thinned out, and judge for yourself if it's better, without being too much of a visual distraction.
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>>10051349
Yes and yes, unless you plan to filter and weather the absolute shite out of it.

>>10051305
>surface level
That's putting it mildly. Even good old scalemates will point you to a number of retailers.
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>SprueBrothers has it now
weird, I don't remember them having it last I checked. thanks!
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today I sold my 15th ST-26 after getting a bunch of traffic from facebook. I dont have an account, but I assume someone's building one in some modeling group on there. Life's working out boys
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>>10049573
>Yin Yang wheels
I wonder how much dudeweed you can fit in there.
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>>10051363
New Airfix sells out quick and their production right now is fucked (I think they outsource it to India) so grab kits while you can because they go out of stock for months usually.
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New thread when
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Bout to start airbrushing for the first time. How do you guys switch between paint colors? Just shoot some thinner through the airbrush? Or do you do a more thorough cleaning process?

Pic not related.
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>>10051726
yeah I've realized that the more I've gotten into this, I was lucky my local small little hobby shop had their new 1/48 Spitfire last year.
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>>10051786
>How do you guys switch between paint colors? Just shoot some thinner through the airbrush? Or do you do a more thorough cleaning process?
like most people I have two (I suppose maybe three) types of cleaning processes:
>1. switching colors
pipette of water to full up the cup, then dump it. do this 2-3 times. then fill the cup maybe 30% full of airbrush cleaner, get a specially-labeled shitty old brush, and get all the dried paint and gunk off the side of the cup, and especially out of the needle well at the bottom of the cup leading into the nozzle. dump that out, then a little more airbrush cleaner, get the last bits of paint, then spray out the airbrush (I have a cleaning pot, which doubles as an airbrush holder. very useful). sometimes if I'm using a thicker/gunkier paint (Vallejo) I will take out the needle and give it a wipe off, sometimes with a touch of airbrush cleaner too.
whole process takes maybe a minute or two.
>2. cleaning up after using it for the day
same process as above but I always wipe the needle off on a bit of paper towel and a touch of airbrush cleaner. I will sometimes also wipe down the tip of the airbrush cap with a qtip soaked in airbrush cleaner.
>3. more thorough cleaning, I do this every 3-4 uses of the airbrush
all of the above plus as thorough a cleaning as possible to the nozzle and all other bits at the end of the airbrush
it sounds like a lot (maybe it is) but it's easy and actually pretty quick to do. just make sure you stock up on airbrush cleaner -- I use Vallejo's 200ml bottles.
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>>10051083
Pretty sure ICM fled to poland
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>>10051111
Damn anon now you're making me want to buy Zvezda's 1/35 UAZ ASAP. Not only that I still remember an anon recommending the idea that someone should paint it into the slav version of the Mystery Machine but just more run down. Color me surprised that it actually exists IRL
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>>10051909
Buhanka my beloved
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>>10051111
of course you edited out the "now"
nigger, your backlog is as long as my cock, you'd get to making those kits in 10 years or more, you don't need to panic buy today
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>>10051793
Thanks dude! Means a lot.
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>>10051793
Don't put water in first if you're cleaning out a lacquer
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>>10052081
yeah forgot to mention this
I never use lacquers so I don't worry about it
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>>10052044
no problem. you can also technically clean stuff with lacquer thinner but I can't stand the smell + setting up proper ventilation/masks so I don't bother.
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>>10047478
Mexicans!?
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>>10050969
Don't know where you are but in Poland or Hungary the scene is pretty strong. They have big shows and many smaller ones. Czech republic should also be good since they have couple traditional manufacturers.
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>>10052505
In hungary where exactly?
The only i know is the Mosonshow just curious.
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>>10052509
Jesus, we used to do a whole yearly tour with my dad (who is a sailboatnigger):
>Szolnok Airbase
>Mosonmagyaróvár
>Jászberény
>Gödöllő
>Vienna
>Nitra (Slovakia)
>probably two-three more I forget
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>>10051469
Good stuff anon.
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Can you mix tamiya acrylics and mr color? I already thin both with mr color thinner when airbrushing but haven't tried to mix them
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>>10052630
Aqueous should work, Mr Color lacquer... maybe. I'd guess yes given the thinner, but, well, don't try it in the airbrush paint cup first time around.
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just have to wait for the glue to dry and then I can apply the second layer of acrylic medium and do final detail painting. Pretty happy with how it turned out so far. Any ideas of what color to paint the wood frame?
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>>10038684
I don't care what people think, M13/40s and 41s are probably my favourite tank of the war aesthetically. I love all the North African front tanks on both sides (Matilda IIs and Mks and Valentines and shit, M11/39s, M13/40s, L3/35s, Panzer III and IVs and the like) but the M13/40 just does it for me.
>Arguably best tank gun at the start of the war (generally between this and the 2pdr)
>Used by both sides (Aussie captured examples with the kangaroo on the side are VERY aesthetic)
>Boxy hull but rounded front and turret
>Pioneer tools in the middle of the engine deck breaks up the shapes beautifully
>Has the shapes of a mid war tank, but still on interwar riveted plate technology
It is just so perfect anons.
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>>10052906
Very nice anon, loving it.
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>>10052549
>Vienna (Hungary)
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>>10052906
>Any ideas of what color to paint the wood frame?
either a lighter shade for a monochrome feel or a dark-orange(think brown oak)/brass/dark-gold for a split complimentary
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>>10053570
It's like a two and a half hour drive from Budapest so might as well be.
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>>10053078
thanks, I'm very happy with it so far

>>10053572
dark wood would probably look really good, I'll probably have to paint it though so it will obscure the wood grain. I was thinking about gloss red but it might be too stark and contrasting
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New bread
>>10053819
>>10053819
>>10053819
Keep unrelated posting out of this one dimwits



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