Big Panhandle editionPrevious thread: >>10036089This 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 othersAlways 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.pdfhttp://www.scalemodelguide.com/http://www.modelersite.com/en/area/98/scale-models-techniqueshttp://www.swannysmodels.com/Tools.htmlhttp://fichtenfoo.net/blog/model-tutorials-and-in-progshttp://ipmsstockholm.org/https://www.perthmilitarymodelling.com/http://www.primeportal.net/home.htmPlus there are tons of people on YouTube with pretty good videos on techniques etc.Some sites to purchase models, extras, and supplies:>ebayhttps://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)Keep on zoomin edition
>>10045056What is the colour on the conqueror?
She's a ketchup dipped cucumber now, bridge mostly done and now moving to close the hull hopefully tonight. A million AA guns, binoculars and random trash still left but hopefully she will be done by this week. Overall weathering will be done after but finishing building is a big step. Maybe I'll do some planes but I don't like how they look a lot.>>10052906Nice, I'm still surprised about the wacky things they came up while figuring out this naval aviation thing.>>10051102>comparing sizesI had both akagi (final fitting) and shinano next to each other on the sprues a while ago and would had sworn akagi was a bit longer overall, shinanos front and ass peeks out of the flight decks quite a bit so that might be the difference.>Shinano which is the biggest aircraft carrier of WWII according to google is 266m so 380mm in 1/700>Akagi 261m so 372mm Well I wasn't that off but I was convinced akagi was longer, oh well.>Enterprise 251 mhehehehehe overcompensating manlet
>>10053852Where's my sledding Mussolini, ya dirty Italieri Dagos?
>>10053848Shinano is a Yamato hull, the biggest battleship ever made, but still carries less aircraft than US light carriers
I built a Tamiya T-55A over the weekend.It has.T-Rex 3D Printed T-55 tracksEduard Tamiya Full Photo Etch setMig 3D printed headlightsRB metal barrelAftermarket canvas roll with toy cablesI regret not just sucking it up and building the Miniart one, this ended up costing the same, if not more and was way more work. I need to stop memeing myself into Tamiya kits.
>>10054176Collection of Cold war mediums is more or less complete. I know I need a Leopard but every kit for them is expensive and I do not really give too much of a shit about the Leopard. I might just build the Tamiya one since I don't care about it being perfect but I need to research if it's an inaccurate pos like most of the old Tamiya cold war kits (ie their awful T-62)
>>10054176>>10054187Very nice. Nobody but autists would tell you that a T-55A's driver's hatch should be the thick one like pic related.
>>10054144Longer hulls were built, iowa class is longer than yamato class and shinano for example but yeah she's a thicc girl and so are her sisters. As for carry it's what they get for converting her so late into it plus the armored deck made them no favors on an overweight hull. But I find their decision correct given their circumstances for prioritizing defense and survival and putting something out rather than starting from scratch. Not sure if the concept would have worked as I doubt the IJN could create a solid screening around her while protecting the main strike carrier fleet as no amount of armor, few fighters and (wwII) AA batteries could take the brunt of a task force strike once they located her.
>>10054176>I regret not just sucking it up and building the Miniart one, this ended up costing the same,Why? Do you think the end result would look better?Nice looking tonk btw.
>>10054366The miniart one is missing 0 detail by default whereas the Tamiya one I had to pay extra for the missing details so any money I saved was negated by that. Not sure what I was thinking desu. But it came out nice so whatever.>>10054206I plan on doing an AU T-55 soon since I finally scored that one rare African tank crew resin set.
>>10054406I absolutely detest the OMSh tracks from Miniart, were the T-Rex tracks worth it?
Is there a market at all for completed kits? Anywhere people contract you to build them shit?
>>10054553fiverr and similar have people who build/paint stuffusually miniatures thoughIf i were good i'd try doing this myself. Don't have space to store my built kits but building and painting is fun enough to do it as a small side gig
>>10054553I looked into this once. Apparently the market is very significant. I recall high quality models being sold in the $400 range. When you factor the costs and time, it isn't easy to make a living off it, but if you wanted to get rid of models taking up space, it's a good route to go.
>>10054504God yes, they're god tier. If they made them for all tanks I would buy them every time. Amazing detail and easy as fuck to put together. 0 cleaning and they include a generous amount of spares if you fuck up or if you want to replace the spare ones on kits too. I would only not recommend them if you are hamhanded or just not very good with tiny pieces in general, as the assembly is basically you push in the tiny 3D printed pins into the holes to link together the tracks by hand.
>>10054573Interesting, I'll have to look into to if I can find some stuff for mid-range kits. I don't have a ton of room to keep my kits, plus it could be a good side-gig
>>10054573where would one usually go for this?
>>10054706Looks like Etsy has them.https://www.etsy.com/listing/1197117203/148-scale-vought-corsair-f4u-korean-war?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=f4u+model&ref=sr_gallery-1-2&organic_search_click=1There's probably other places too.
>>10054573I really don't get it. I suppose when look at the price of a diecast but still. I make them, put them in a box with the others, the end.
>>10054740I think you need an entirely different perspective than we generally do. For us it's about the creative build process which is also why the finished model can sometimes end up in a box or closet somewhere, for those that buy finished models it's about the finished model and they just don't have the time/patience/skills to make them.I have seen some proper garbage sell for a decent sum of money on ebay just because it was typical boomer models like a P-51D
>>10054715>34 saleswhat the fuck, do boomers actually buy these for 400+ bucks? as the other anon said, I buy these for the building experience and only slightly care about the end product when its on the shelf
>>10054822>>10054835shit like this gives me hope for future product ideas. I've been wanting to rework my 1/12th scale whippet into a sellable kit of machined aluminum, PE, and 3d printed resin that would probably go for around 1k a pop
>my ZTZ-99A finally releasedLooks like kino is BACK ON THE MENU BROS
>>10055527Wouldn't call soulless chinkshit kino, 2bh
>>10054176>I built a Tamiya T-55A over the weekend.Like in built in 3,5 days? From opening the box till taking pictures? I'd never be able to do this. It'd take me half year to build something like this.
>>10055626I've been trying to paint my model for a month nowI've gone through several bottles of iso stripping it
>>10055662You might as well pay some boomer to tutor you.
How do I stop my brushes from fraying after two sessions
>>10055662I can be pretty fast building and getting the basic paint scheme on. But then finishing up all the little details, touch up and so on is where I stall. Sometimes for years.
>>10053819Did anyone of you finish the Lun Ekranoplan? I could use some finishing ideas.
>>10055698Don't let paint dry inside the ferrule, which is the metal clasp holding the fibers together.
>>10055698>>10055725Never get paint in the ferrule or anywhere near it. This comes from dipping it directly into the jar of paint. Use a palette even if its just a random piece of plastic or cardboard. If you have nothing left to lose, give it a swirl in some extra thin. I'm not the first person who relegated a brush to glue duty only for the ET to reach the parts others could not reach.
Really happy with how this Tiger is coming along.
1/35 Leopard 2 revolution II. This one's been sitting on my shelf forever until I decided to finish it. The RWS was independently painted like a year ago and looks like shit now, I managed to break the CITV somehow, and the mirrors are missing. Might have to unironically buy a copy of the same kit to fix it somewhere down the line.SEOSS and modern optics in general are such a pain, it's almost impossible to make them look realistic.
>>10055770Looks like someone at some point a while back thought hosing it down with old motor oil would sort out the rust issue.
>>10055787Rust doesnt exist in North Africa though.
>>10055785Just order mirrors from Revell or someone who gives out spares easily. Or does it have special mirrors?
>>10055823It most likely uses Leopard 2 mirrors, but I still want to redo the RWS and CITV. Plus, the costs add up big with shipping, while I can get a full kit from china for like 30 dollars.
im assuming meng and dragon are the only good brands that has ww2 armored cars? i was looking at tamiya but they have stuff from 1975 italeri.
>>10055793Water only accelerates rust, iron still rusts in dry environments
>>10055889Miniart and Takom. Bronco , AFV club and ICM are not great but still acceptable. The latter is cheap too.
Decaling up Zvezda´s il-2m, if there is something they really REALLY need to do better in the future is the accuracy of their instructions.A huge part of the decals, especially for smaller stencils have their numbers incorrect and you have same decal marked to go in multiple places even if there is only one available and it even looks different.Same applies to kit instructions, but not so badly as with decals.I hope the person in charge of decals and instructions happy partial mobilization and hope his replacement does the job properly.
Lützow's done. Now to spend about five minutes pondering whether to go for another large boat straight away or to fly off on a vacation from the salt first.>>10056036The Pe-2 of theirs I built had similar issues, and so a number of them ended up being guesswork or just ignored outright.
>>10055785Just leave the mirrors off, they are detachable irl and would never be used outside of exercises
>>10055626Yes unironically my output is like 1 model a week, 2 if they have easy tracks. I always find it insane that some people's output is like 1-2 a year and then they throw up a pic of the model and it is the most bland boring monotone no wash piece of shit imaginable. Like I get some boomers just like the build process and don't care about it looking too fancy aside from being the accurate color but sheesh.
>>10056023cool thanks. i just spent a couple of hours browsing them.
im ecstatic when plasmo posts something that isnt a tank or plane
just having fun with this one boys
>>10056804Very based and wholesome
Do you guys use a respirator when painting? I'm thinking of using P100 filters, is that sufficient enough? Overkill maybe?
These Panda Hobby tracks are probably one of the worst building experiences I have ever had.
>>10057122I wear it while priming/airbrushing. Not while brush painting with acrylics.
>>10057122>P100 filtersp100 is designed for particulate, not gasses
>>10057122While particulate filters are very good here so you don't inhale entire paint droplets you'd probably want an organic vapours filter in the mask as well. So stack an A behind that P in your mask.
>>10055708More pics. Zvezda?
>>10056036I find the Zvezda instructions (new kits) too small. Maybe I'm getting older but making the drawings at least 50% larger would clarify a lot I think. I don't need them in color print but just a couple more pages and bigger drawings shouldn't make a big difference in cost.
>>10057724Go get them enlarged, dipshit. Not that hard to figure out. Fuck. Reeeeee
occre com/en/products/promotion-flying-dutchmanTalk me out of picking this up as my winter build please thats a whole weeks worth of heating bills
>>10058007Anon lets be real you'll get it in your hands, decide you're too busy and then it will rot in your stash for all eternity.
>>10058021and then i'll buy it off him for half priceYou should totally buy it, desu >>10058007
>>10057814OK, I've been too skimpy on my pre-shading, never would've guessed something this aggressive is the way to go
>>10059229When you apply some washes, filters, chipping etc. plus a dull coat that will of course tone it down. If you start out too subtle you won't see anything afterwards.
>>10058007>a whole weeks worth of heating billsmore like a week>Talk me out of picking this up as my winter buildlooks like a pile of dogshit with piss poor detailing and really low quality materialsseems that most of the price you pay is for the mouse's copyright and then an extra for a bunch of LEDs that you could pilfer from a tealightfor the same price you get a much nicer HMS Bounty or a Cutty Sark at artesania latina (I assume, perhaps wrongly, that you're a britbong)https://artesanialatina[.]net/en/189-british-ship-modelsif you're new to wooden ships, they have entry level ones
>>10059241wow, didn't know 4chan doesn't break links if I add the square brackets, but you get the point
>>10059241that HMS Bounty kit does look really good
Tiger's all done.
>>10059460This is 1/144?
>>10059476Hope you do better on your next model then.
>>10059477Post your work.
>>10059477Sorry to have disappointed you, anonymous.
>>10059504Its not bad, but very muted in its color.
>>10057122Only when airbrushing lacquers, and it might not even be necessary. All my airbrushing is done in a garage with fans blowing though. If you are in a smaller room with poor ventilation you might want to wear one all the time.
>>10059504paint it in pride colours next time
>>10059542It's really not bad. 1/72 tanks are tiny and are low on detail by default. I think he did alright.
>>10059542>>10059628It's also a macro picture several times the actual size. I will look way different to the naked eye.
>>10059628>and are low on detail by defaultyea, 30 years agothe Revell kit from 1997 has better details
>>10059460>>and are low on detail by defaultWhat manufacturer? Those are some... peculiar tow cables.
>>10059704Well, given that its mold is probably older than 30 years and it did cost like 7-8€, it looks damn good. Personally i would have went with a brighter "dark"-yellow, so it looks less brown overall, but thats just my taste.
>>10059724I wanted to mostly use it to try out going hard on chipping, which im pretty happy with.
>>10059704Ah, that explains things.https://www.scalemates.com/kits/airfix-a8v-tiger-tank--181753>1964 tooling, 1/76 scale
Just made this Diorama, thoughts?
>>10059766with all due respect anon you didnt post the diorama you posted part of it zoom out brother
>>10059769>>10059771here's another pic
>>10059766This is 1/700?
>>10059766>>10059776very nice details for what I assume is H0 right, anon?
>>10059766>>10059776neat, but you're just showing us closeup shots instead of the whole thingalso, what's up with the sag on the tracks? I know in theory lowering the suspension down would give more sag in the track but the pictures of BMDs I can find look pretty tight even at transport height
>>10059724>>10059753Pretty sure it'll be the 2021 tool for noobs and-wargamers rather than Britboomers 'old faithful'.https://www.scalemates.com/kits/airfix-a02342-tiger-i--1260495
>>10059808Yeah it was definitely that one. It even had two options for tracks, you could either have them as 2 part pieces or manually make the tracks. I made the tracks because I think it looked a bit better but kept the other pair just in case.
Sorta dumb question here, do yall think when vallejo starts shipping paint with their new logo the bottles with the old logo will be discounted???
>>10059808Those side tow cables in a 2021 tooling? Now ain't that a classic Airfix moment...
>>10059841No, it's partly anon's fault for making the cables look that bad.
>>10059931no thumb nail havin ass
>>10059937Here, let me make it up to you
Well fellas, I guess I'm hooked with Quinta now. They were easy to install after sanding down the tub and instrument panel. Only downsides are that they are still decals so the white that's showing is the back of the decals, but a few touch ups with some black paint will fix that. Another issue is that the seat belts look weird and a bit toyish but I'll end up using a resin seat with molded on belts if I can find one
Another big boat to be built, after the mailing mess that getting the kit turned out to be. With a slightly shorter and wider one for scale.
>forgot to add weight to the nose again
>>10059985The thing builds models?
model kit when?
>>10060675You are fucked, you're lucky it's just black though, if you're good at painting you can just hand paint over it and fix it really easily.
>>10060538Damn. Thought they were a lot smaller
Boys did I go overboard with the pre-shading? Testing out a new airbrush after a 6 or so year hiatus.
>>10060853preshading is one of the things that is easiest to fix, so unless you preshade it to the point of changing the topography of the model, there is no limit
>>10060194what's the deal with nose weights, anyway?
>>10060853this is timid, you could preshade more
Am I the only one who truly hates this tryhard?
Why did he delete this>>10061042>free publicityI watched few vids and don't like him at all except for the production value, always the same things and everything he does looks stuck in 2013 but midwit boomers eat that shit up with two spoons so whatever. He's basically adam wilder lite, I honestly thought it was him cashing on the side until I turned audio on, which gives me the biggest problem with him which is his fake ass humble comments and the "ItS tHE FirST ThiME I dO (x) gUisE XD" repeated over an over that makes it sound like it's the first time he opens a paint bottle and gets to it.
>>10061064Hey that was me, I was trying to fix my phone posting and just made it worse ;-;
Can we please stop putting Minecraft camo on everything MERDC was perfectly acceptable and can be both free-handed and airbrushed without needing to spend an entire day masking.
>>10061100that'll teach ya to phonepost, ya goof
>>10061042hate? nah, I don't think about him, at allfirst time I saw him it was a chipping tutorial, which was actually good - concise, informative, straight to the point' checked out more of his stuff and couldn't stomach it
>>10060981Take an educated guess
>>10061154don't have a degree, I'm afraid
>>10061042Basically what >>10061064 said. He comes off as fake when he's trying to be humble. When he painted those figures "for the first time" I knew he was lying through his teeth. And not only boomers love him, I believe younger guys as well since the way he sets up his "jokes". I swear half of his fanbase have to be retarded since I still remember his Q/A where one comment said if he'll ever do airplanes and show them how to add cast texture on a fucking aircraft. He's great at armor and dioramas I'll give him that but I wish he would just stop trying to be humble so it would be more tolerable white noise I put on the background
>>10061042His stuff is good, his videos too.I couldn't care less about his personality tho.Also i think the "popularity" he got did mess with his mind. I prefered his videos prior the day when he started to show his face and make it all personal.
>>10061209>>10061263This.At this point, i rather watch Andys mediocre hobby channel or however he is called. At least he is honest.
>>10061042Some good stuff, like the viral chipping tutorial, but overall I've lost interest lately. I heard a podcast where he was basically saying he can't build what he wants anymore in case it kills his views and the editing takes so long he can't build anything for fun anymore. He sounded a bit depressed honestly.Overall I'd rather watch Plasmo and I like his tendency towards whacky inventions as well.
>>10061269>I heard a podcast where he was basically saying he can't build what he wants anymore in case it kills his views and the editing takes so long he can't build anything for fun anymoregrim. Then again he's at the level that his work gets published in the hobby press so I'm thinking he was already a bit limited to get interest from them
>cant do fucking anything because I'm waiting on paints and other supplies to arrive>know if I start a new kit, I'll lose all interest in my current one and never finish it
>>10061298imagine being able to afford new kits and supplies instead of spending most of your paycheck on food, rent and heating
>>10061314new to the hobby?
>>10061329i live in eastern europethings are pretty bad right now
>>10061337shouldn't you be busy stealing man hole covers and selling them at metal scrap yards?
>>10061339too busy dying of liver cirrhosis
>>10061337i'm i eastern europe, too, and thigs are certainly worse than a year ago, but you'd have to be a wagie to struggle for groceries if you haven't last yearthere's so much gibs I'm paying extra taxes for, you must be pretty retarded to ot be able to afford shit
>>10061346>but you'd have to be a wagie to struggle for groceriesi am a wagie, anonno gibs here either, our wages have gone down while the prices have gone up too
>>10061042you got any good alternatives? plasmo?
>>10061347well, fucking sucks then, sorry for your strugglehaving crawled out of a wagie situation myself all I can tell you, without a hint of sarcasm, is either learn to code or to weld (or get forklift certified, I dunno, I learned to code)
>>10061360>to weldi'm a welder by trade, anon. it's a wagie job here even if you can weld pipe/have certs
>>10061364not financial advice, if it's worth anything to ya, my brother-in-law welds in a mine, that job pays a shitton; maybe there's hope for youI hope it gets better for ya, don't be an hero, btw
>>10061337another easter yurup hereI got a pay raise, as our ukrainian branch got dissolved for a mobilisation wave in june, but 4 people I have been in direct contact with have been killed
gonna try my hand at a figure for this one. Not sure if the uniform is fully accurate for early war, but I'm rollin with it
I like watching Japanese people build Japanese planes.https://youtu.be/esKBpOYC4AA
Is there a clear epoxy/liquid product that doesn’t shrink or crawl up surfaces as it dries? Mainly for headlights/optics where I want that convex finish.
>>10061804UV gel, you can buy it from amazon in pen form, its used as a quick strong glue but its pretty gooey so it will make a convex shape, people who paint coomer dolls use them on the eyes
>>10061843Thanks anon, you’re a lifesaver, I never would have thought of this.
>>10061895its UV glue pen, if you search UV gel, it will be a bunch of nail supplies stuff
>>10061744It's ok for early war..t knower
>>10060150Is that a refit New Jersey?
I finished Zvezda 1/48 IL-2 Mod. 1943.
>>10062341It was an ok kit, good detail and nice parts, some fit problems but nothing too bad.Instructions werent that great with lots of typos and errors in them, so if you build one keep that in mind. Some of the smaller decals didnt really set properly and disappeared off into wild when i was adding clear coat.Painted with Tamiya and AK real colors.
>>10062342>>10062341Looks nice. I have their PE-2 in my stash, but I'm afraid its too big for my shelfs, so it probably will stay there for the time. From the look of the sprues, its a very well detailed kit as well. Soviet ww2 planes are so much more aesthetically pleasing than the other nations to me, i dont know why.
In box reviews should be banned and wiped off the internet. I can make a kit with parts that literally do not build into a model and boomers will still give it glowing reviews if the sprues have “sharp detail”. Fuck these lazy ass reviews.
>>10062352Thanks, this is my biggest 1/48 plane so far and i was surprised how big il2 actually is when i put it next to my P-51 and Fw-190>Soviet ww2 planes are so much more aesthetically pleasing than the other nations to me, i dont know why.I´ve had a boner for them since 20 years ago when neighbor at my parents place burned on CD a pirated copy of Oleg Maddox´s IL2 for me to play.
>>10062342Very nice anon, did you use putty to mask off the camo sections or did you freehand it with an airbrush?
>>10062379Yeah, i puttied it up. Its the first time i´ve used this method, before i´ve just freehanded it but in the references borders were so fine i decided to give this a go. For next time im going to get some proper masking putty or playdough instead of blu-tac.
Now its actually finished for real this time.
>>10062298Yup, following from me dropping by for a visit a while back.>>10062341That turned out rather well. Tough for some reason my brain reads the shape of some of the chips by the wing root as water condensation droplets.
>>10061160planes are more backheavy than you think modelwise and they'll tilt backwards without the weight at the front to balance it out
>>10062365Hang yourself commie.
>>10062520so you're hanging them up, then? mine sit on the shelf, never had this issue
>>10062342Looks nice anon, I have the Eduard rebox of the Accurate miniatures kit in my stash. >>10062529Don't be afraid to taste the forbidden fruit anon, once you build ww2 Soviet aircraft you won't go back. I've been mesmerized by their different shapes and overall aesthetic compared to US aircraft, plus it's fun comparing how generally small most soviet fighters are compared to the massive US aircraft. I've been trying to find a 1/48 Yak-9u or Yak-9p but the only ones known to exist are super rare to find now
>>10062354Shutup. Whiney ass bitch.
>>10062543Kill yourself armorama journalist
>>10062354This. With the fit of modern kits it takes only a few days to glue together an unpainted model, even if it's hundreds of parts. Then a reviewer can just show off the blank, assembled model, with the fit, and occasional gaps for everyone to see. Also in-box reviews are kinda meaningless when the manufacturers, and sites like super-hobby just post photos of all the sprues, decal sheet and whatnot online.
>>10062530He’s taking about tricycle planes. One in the front.
>>10062511what are those things that look like turds shat by a giant that ate 10 tonnes of ripe apples?
>>10060538That you should be able to build from scratch. Use a pen.
>>10062558ah, modern shitI'm still in the interwar and ww2 era
>>10062551Don't you want to know if there's an instruction sheet?
>>10062739>>10062511I admire your innocence, anonI think you can be our slightly less infuriating twitterbro
>>10062758I'm more curious whether the sprues are neatly organized in the box, or whether there's a hidden Peter Trum in one of the corners.
>>10062752Seems more like you're still in the high school "just shitting on what others like is a really fun joke, right?" era.
>>10062778"shit" can generally mean "stuff", ya turboautistwork on your insecurities, anon
>>10062752>Tricycle landing gear=modern shit>still in ww2 eraAnon I'm hoping you're just fucking with us and not actually this smooth brained. Hell I'll even accept if you say you're new to this
>>10062792not into bombers, not into usaf planes, I'm on european fighter planes up until 1943 atmso TIL and let's move on
God I want to cum into stug III's barrel so fucking bad
I wish western Cold War / modern armor were as popular as soviet ones. If western tanks like the kf51 or chall3 were Russian we’d have several companies announcing tools of them by now, like they did the armata.I guess modern western armor just doesn’t sell for some reason, huh. I wonder why.
>>10062846>I wonder why.successful kgb/fsb propaganda
finished.Abrams M1A2 SEP TUSK II ; Academy ; 1/35Details were very crisp, but the fit was often too tight and I had to dilate a lot of holes with the hobby knife. the kit allows you to do M1A2, M1A2 TUSK 1 and M1A2 TUSK 2.I thought I had already posted this a few months ago but, checking the archives, it turns out I forgot to do so.
>>10062855>it even has the usarmy's fucked up jerrycan knockoffneat, was it included or aftermarket?
>>10062859Included. Unfortunately it's the only stowage that Academy provides, whereas other manufacturers includes a ton of stowage for the same subject.
>>10062540Yaks are amazing looking planes.I've built this Zvezda one (Yak 3) a while a ago to complement my Soviet Army for Bolt Action.
>>10062907kino bolt action enjoyer
>>10062341>>10062342Very nice. Those colours are crisp and sexy.
>>10062112perfect, ty. Boxart for the figs shows all black leather, and that's what I'm gonna try
redpill me about zvezda
>>10063002I asked /smg/ about them after my positive surprise with their luftwaffe ground crew in 1/72 - excellent moulding, no flash, great detail, low price, several build options in a smol kitanons mentioned that zvezda generally got good somewhere around 2010 iirc
Artist trying to get into technical drawing for some HOI4 EaW artwork here.What are some good Internet resources for side/ top views of WW2 planes? Found some good "identification guides" on Amazon, but they sell physical only so I can't pirate it. Might bite the bullet, though.
>>10063008>luftwaffe ground crew in 1/72 - excellent moulding, no flash, great detail, low price, several build options in a smol kitWhile their 1/72 Vikings are made from some ungodly plastic halfway between normal and vinyl tracks that is hell to file or sand and sheds paint like it's going out of style.So, yeah, variable.>>10063011If painting guides like the one you posted work for you then plenty of kits have their instructions up on scalemates and/or the manufacturers website.
>>10063011you want a "ww2 planes silhouettes 101" book/resource? doubtful somebody compiled that, for general shapes perhaps you could try googling genuine ww2 instruction manuals for aa crews, pilots and bomber crews (assuming they would be trained about that, like in the nave they learn about ship silhouettes)aside from that, most instruction manuals for model planes are free online, so just go with that?
>>10063031expanding on what >>10063030 said, scalemates is best when you have a general idea of what you're looking for, no real options to just "browse all ww2 planes kits"eduard and arma hobby deffo post their manuals online, even retailers include them on their websites, tamiya is often scanned, too
>>10063030>>10063031>>10063034Yeah, instruction manuals seem to be the way to go (for now).>scalematesLooks okay, I found https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/ to be very useful for finding color schemes (which seem to be closest to technical drawings). I'll keep scalemates in mind for if I can't find anything on 1999.co.jp>you want a "ww2 planes silhouettes 101" book/resource? I think that's what plane identification is, but the books I am thinking of are called "identification guide" but are in actuality just side-views which are good enough.e.g.https://www.amazon.de/-/en/dp/1838861939https://www.amazon.de/-/en/dp/1780960514thanks
>>10063002avoid their old kits, even if the prices can be VERY tempting (like 10€ for an 1/35 kit). They are trash and not even worth that price tag.Their newer stuff is still affordable (i guess it depends on your location), but quality is really nice. Not state of the art like some of the chink brands, but perfectly buildable without bigger issues.
>>10063002They're pretty good but only their newer stuff. Get them while you can if anything interests you because they might go out of business with this war.
>>10063002they have no bad kits for ground things in 1/72the new kits in 1/35 are Tamiya-tier, but they get things like clear parts
>>10062846It does it's just boomers come in two flavors: Abrams and leopard.See: The several new Leopard toolings announced recently in every scale imaginable.
>>10060150this is really nice, anon
>>10062512Patrician choice. The first model I ever built was this horrorshow of a kit when I was 7. Being 1/720 it did at least give me a taste for ships in 1/700 scale. I've been wanting to do a better refit NJ, just haven't gotten around to it.
>>10063095>they might go out of business with this waryou're joking, right
>>10041265Post the pics. Can't be worse than Twitterbro
>>10063803No unironically their main demographic is fleeing the country or being drafted and several retailers already aren't restocking them (Super hobby for example). If you follow them on VK too you'd notice that they massively slowed down their release schedule vs before the war where they were throwing a new project on their Facebook page every two weeks.
>>10064146>main demographic is fleeing the country>built tank models>get chance to drive real tank>flee the countrywhat did they mean by this?
>>10064149lmao buddy, no one getting conscripted and 2 weeks of basic training is getting anywhere near the inside of a tank
>>10064191You'd be fucking shocked. It was less than 11 months from me going to basic to taking custody of 2 $16.4 million dollar weapon systems. This was the United States Navy, granted I am not crayon eating retarded but I'm pretty retarded. Never doubt the need of a nation for asses in seats. My guns certainly weren't prom queen but the Navy wasn't gonna find better for $24k a year>Mk 48 30mm for those wonderingYes, they were on Future Weapons, yes, they are that cool. No, they weren't nearly reliable enough to have been featured, yes the M242 is better
>>10064203The US military is actually well funded though, Russia isn't letting those conscripts near whatever scraps they have left of their cold war era tank force and definitely not the hundreds of T-14s that definitely exist too
>>10064149I dont know, are we about to get more reference pictures of extreme weathering effects, T-72A´s and T-62M´s?
>>10064146>main demographic Is the main demographic for scale models in russia really men below 30? I kinda doubt it. I agree however that the company probably suffers from the sanctions and raw material problems, like everyone else.
>>10064149>vs a country with ATGM's out the ass and air superiorityThey're doing the smart thing anon.
>>10064211I love this guy's stuff, he's been me go-to standard for 1/72 sovietshitHe's even made the exact diorama I've been meaning to make since I first saw that one picture
is there anywhere you can buy loose decal sheets from specific kits? I got a 1/700 Bonhomme Richard kit but I want to build it as Kearsage so I need at least decals for the name of the ship and pennant numbers. Hobbyboss makes both versions of the ship and I guess the only difference are the decals so I know they exist at least
>>10064205>not the hundreds of T-14s that definitely exist tooI am in no way anti-Russian but that's bullshit.
>>10064293He was being sarcastic, anon.
>>10064205>Russia isn't letting those conscripts near whatever scraps they have left of their cold war era tank forcewrong on all accountswhy do you think so may tanks in ukraine were driven into weird places and abandoned?plus what happened to mockba reinforces the idea that in both rus army and navy they're using poorly trained retards everywhere
Does milliput stick to resin? Thinking about a 3D printer.
>>10064255Unless that specific manufacturer runs a spare parts service you're gonna have to hope there's some third party decals to be found.
>>10064298So, part sarcastic, part not? Sounds like he's pretty bad at it.
>>10064149>get a chance to drive a real tank>die
>>10064255sounds so obscure you're probably better off attempting to print them yourself>>10064559don't see a reason it shouldn't, afaik wargamer/minifig anons on tg's /WIP/ put greenstuff/milliput on resin casts every day
>>10064248Who is he? That diorama is sick.>>10064255They are on eBay sometimes but prepare to pay like 10-20$ for them.
>>10061375Live long in Eastern Europe and even you'll get used to any kind of suffering
Finally finished the Akagi (as launched) from Hasegawa. Second 1/700 scale aircraft carrier (first being HMS Hermes in it's configuration at about the same period). First time doing a diorama and first time doing water stuff. Turns out having 3 decks isn't very practical since only light fighters can take off from the two lower ones (I'm honestly not even sure if the middle take-off deck was even used. I can't see any way to actually get an aircraft there on the model), but it's the really unique thing about this model so I had to incorporate it somehow. Pretty nice kit overall, I bought a large photoetch aftermarket kit and wooden decks too, but the quality of the molded parts is good enough that I'd say the only parts that really made a difference is the support pillars for the top deck (also the hardest to fit right).
>>10064895whoops that had lifted, didn't see it until nowbonus shot with Hermes, which would of course be sunken by Japanese aircraft
>>10064877Adorable early-adoption derp.>>10064885Might wanna add a bit of glue under the wooden deck here though.
>>10064873joke's on you, I've lived in eastern europe all my life, born still under communism, but not in a soviet republic, thank fuck
>>10064899very nice build, diorama, and presentation, anon
>>10064899I know you're the one who did the Flyhawk Hermes but I think it's absolutely amazing that Aoshima's Hermes box art is literally just based on a photograph of the ship sinking.
>>10064920Well you know it's important to work from reference images in this hobby and all that.
>>10064901>>10064915thanks, I noticed that the wooden deck doesn't sit very well, I'm generally not entirely sold on the idea. It was a lot of work for something that was already molded really well>>10064920yeah I saw that back when, not often you try and sell a model with a picture of it getting destroyed
>>10064920This is an immensely trivial question but whats with the 1/700 Waterline Series logo being used by Aoshima and Tamiya.
>>10065076The Waterline Consortium thing is a joint project they ran along with Fujimi and Hasegawa back in the seventies to kit out every warship (or maybe it was just flat out every single ship) of the IJN during WW2 as 1/700 waterline kits. So instead of everyone making kits of Yamato and Musashi and forgettign about everythign else they agreed that Tamiya got them, Aoshima got Nagato, Akagi went to Hasegawa, etc all the way down to destroyers, submarines and so on.
>>10065147Thanks anon. That was more interesting than I thought.
>>10064647>>10064686>>10064701bit of a shame, might be worth to ask around a bit in local groups but I'm probably going to end up having to print it myself. Bit extra job, but at least I get to use some of the decal paper I bought ages ago
I want to build a Shilka and I'm undecided between two versions, but I can't find photos of them that show different sides of the vehicle. Can someone help me?1 - war in Ukraine, 2022, with russian markingshttps://twitter.com/uaweapons/status/15096282213309685772 - in taliban service, with weird camo (blue, black, yellow, green)https://www.super-hobby.com/zdjecia/9/6/1/38969_2_SRD-35-859_3.jpg
>>10065328Afghan one would be way more fun, there's no shortage of Russian Shilka builds out there. Also maybe it's just me but current war Shilka is a boring subject, they didn't really do anything except get abandoned/destroyed immediately.
any point getting into boats when none of the modeling shops in my country specialize in them so there's no availability of photoetch/wooden decks?
>>10065808>there's no availability of photoetch/wooden decks?surely there's someplace online?That's where I get all my aftermarket stuff
https://hobby.dengeki.com/event/1688704/some new shit, I dont care enough to tell you whats new
>>10066061>millionth F-35 mold>British tank that isn't cold war kino>carsI will admin the mantlet canvas cover is very nice, the Bronco one does not have it. Also the figures are pretty good, might unironically grab this.
>>10066189First F-35 from a good company though that hopefully wont have glaring issues
>>10066115all i can see is twitterchads F-35
>>10066209one day I will be this good
Recently picked up this hobby during lockdown after 15 od years. 1/72 airfix Aussie spit VC, tamiya rattlecans for the paint. Pretty happy with the result
>>10066580Not amused by this tired joke.
Not intended, phone fag ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
>>10064659>"Wer in seiner Stellung steht, stirbt in seiner Stellung."
>>10066189>https://hobby.dengeki.com/event/1688704/What? You don't like a bunch of Italeri reboxes for three times the price?
>>10061064>Midwit boomersIs it sad that I actually prefer midwit boomers' channels at this point? Doog is one that comes to mind, he is a crotchety old hobby autist that will make a 34 part series on a 1/48 Thunderbolt but he seems to actually put forward his own opinions on the hobby whether they are popular or not and whether it improves his "engagement" and other social media shit or not. The only concession to this is that he will kill a series if it isn't popular enough, but he won't kill the project and will keep updating it, just on his blog instead of in video form (since videos take longer for him to produce than blog posts). I don't know, I mainly watch boomers like him and random Japanese and SEA 2view channels at this point if I want hobby stuff.
>>10066206wasnt even a twitterposter, it was from reddit I believe
gonna make a sherman easy 8 over the weekend considering other shits still in the post
>you will never be as autistic as a bong boomerhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O35dvqbEvzUhttps://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?%2Ftopic%2F235108100-airfix-124-sea-harrier-frs1%2F
>>10065328Look, that might be your Shilka from the front.
What happened to Asuka/Tasca?They have almost completely disappeared from online shops. I'm very worried because they're the only ones who offer a decent M4A1 (75mm) Sherman
>>10067175Scalemates lists a new tool Sherman from them for this year, and a steady stream of reboxings earlier on, so they seem to be alive at least. Shipping issues with various East Asian COVID restrictions perhaps? Or they're just being very Japanese about things and not really giving a rats ass about exports.
>>10066733>>10066736>>10066738>pre CFT eaglesgood.
Getting real close to finishing a model for the first time in half a year, gonna spend a shitload of more effort on a diorama though. Just missing intake nets, window and tire decals and a couple of antennas to be done. I'll count weathering as part of the diorama
>>10067781Look, all I want is an F-15EX missile truck
>>10066751>>10066752>>10066754>it's not vaporwareNever thought we'd actually get it bros.>>10067175Are you checking Japanese sites? They're still all over there, I think most retailers just had issues importing them.Does anyone have a good tutorial on painting aluminum finish aircraft? I wanna build a 1/48 Mig-15, normally I use AK's aluminum rattlecan paint (which is ok) but I want to try it the airbrush way.
>>10068019This is what you're looking for:https://youtu.be/YM8619k5QN8But this is a bit more recent:https://youtu.be/9qJ6Q-mSaeQ
>>10068185Of course, why didn't I think to check my man Plasmo. Thanks anon.
>>10067841good job, is that the belkits? I hear those are hard
got my first casted resin kit, its not as good as I thought
>>10068530Cheers, it's the old Tamiya kit though. I got a couple of Belkits sets on my radar since they're the only ones that do modern rally cars really, but don't own any of them
>>10067841anon, why did you park your car on the hobby table?
>>10067841the headlights are baller
>>10069457imagine dragging your finger around those surfaces... Imagine the texture...
>>10069461Why yes I've been on the internet long enough to remember Salad Fingers.
>>10069457>fuselage balkenkruez on wings>wing balkenkruez on fuselage
>>10069544Desu, are you autistic or something
>>10069454twitterbro never fails to deliverWhat hijinx has he been up to?
>>10069585I always wonder how long it takes to make a model of this quality. Does he do each one in a single day?He must be on an insanely high level of NEETbux to be able to afford all these kits as well.
>>10069584Why would putting markings in their proper locations be autistic? Can you not tell that they are distinctly different?
>>10069589Depending on some parts hardness 1 or 2 days
Speaking of, is this Twitterbro's table? If so he's started posting... elsewhere. Either way scale's supposedly 1/32.
is it a good idea to weather your tracks installed on the wheels or removed?
>>10070724Always removed, except in rare cases.https://youtu.be/aaWvRKq0BjU
>>10064877hmm which reminds me i gotta finish building my fujimi 1/700 akagi
>>10070724I always weather them with attached to the wheels. Imho it makes no difference unless you want to really really slather them in mud.
>>10070568>the completely fucked up varnished canopy>the wrinkled decalsperfection
do you guys wash your kits? I hardly see people do so
>>10071113No. I mean, it's good practice just in case but it's so rare to have issues with adhesion, especially these days, that I just forget.
>>10071113Its been a long time since I've seen any mould release agent on a kit. Maybe if short-run, small producer or just extremely old. Otherwise the technology has moved on and for larger producers making other things (food or medical grade for example) they don't want mould release agent anywhere in their factory anyway.I don't think it hurts if you want to do it or think you should in a particular case but don't do it as an outdated ritual if you can't see a point to it.
Just got HMS Abercrombie in 1:350. I'm still surprised that its almost the same length as a type 23 in the same scale (currently working on HMS Westminster). Not done any scale modelling for a number of years so I'm trying to take my time with these, I'm also looking to get a CV and BB in the same scale too.
>>10070568The quality is similar but Twitterbro always photos his models in his kitchen from miles away.
>>10071113If needed. Just yesterday I started a 1980s Revell MiG-29 and the parts actually did have some grease on them. So those I washed.
>>10067841Getting closer to a finished product now. First time making dioramas at all, dunno why I haven't tried this before it's quite enjoyable. Just gotta see if I can somehow make some dust/gravel/dirt kicked up that doesn't look too much like a wall of cotton>>10069547>>10069276>>10069168Cheers guys
>>10071113I do so to remove the dust which has deposited on the sprues at the factory, since I like to apply primer directly onto the sprues.
>>10071385>I like to apply primer directly onto the sprues.psycho
>>10071381On the one hand, it's a shame to muddy up such a cherry job. On the other, it looks great in its natural habitat. Solid job, mate.
>>10071413Was always going to end up like that, the rock on the diorama was picked up from a stage in WRC Finland a couple of months ago, felt this would be the best possible souvenir. Got a few mint condition cars in progress from months back but kinda lost the motivation on those. Might finish them up after
>>10070751that makes sense>>10070880im just worried that the weathering would come off since i've never built a tank before.
>>10071381shame there are no tire tracks in the mud and the tires look suspiciously cleanotherwise me gusta
>>10071491Both are coming as bit of finalization, just had to get the base layout down and let it all dry properly first
>>10071407NAYRTit's something you should absolutely do when priming smol parts that have injection canals in places that won't be visiblejust cut off all but one injection canal and make space around the partotherwise, cut off the bit of the sprue with the part so you can actually put it in a vise/croc holder
>>10071515You'd think that figure would be matched with a Russian aircraft... I guess they're all out of Hinds but have a fuckton of Albatrosses filling up the warehouse/hanging around their neck?
I really struggle to grasp how is it possible that so many people into this hobby don't use washes. Why? What's their reasoning for not doing something so simple yet so tremendously important?
>>10071556Several explanations to give. >Scared of using enamels. It smells and isn't as easy to deal with as acrylics for most. Don't talk to me about acrylic washes, they suck balls, I use enamel or thinned oil paints even for miniatures.>Budget vs result. It's another expense that might not be valued by the builder because they haven't tried it yet. >Tons of people building literally don't know about them. >Not liking the aesthetic. If you base the look of your models on die cast or toy alternatives none of them have clear panel lines
>>10053848Absolut kino on the making, wished there were more wips
How much filtering do you need bro.
>>10071853if I had the space and the money I'd probably do it. lots of modelers are engineers and such who make a shitload of money so they can afford to just constantly buy $400 worth of kit/aftermarket stuff, the best airbrushes, and lots of other shit.
Are ICM paints any good? They are strikingly cheap at the moment in a sea of everything else getting really fucking expensive.
>>10071867Yup. Although I tend to use Chinese airbrushes just because I don't feel like I'm respecting my tools enough to warrant the expensive brands. If I took a little better care of them I'd buy the expensive ones, but it's more a manner of "disrespecting" the tool than not affording replacements. t. mechanical engineer>>10071878Kinda sorta alright but if you can afford any more common alternative you're better off. They're not terrible (although I only tried 4 of them) but something just seems a little off on the uniformity of them if that makes sense
>>10071906>Kinda sorta alright but if you can afford any more common alternative you're better off. They're not terrible (although I only tried 4 of them) but something just seems a little off on the uniformity of them if that makes senseMaybe add some flow improver to it? Could help
>>10071967This was with brush painting, even after a good mix they seemed a little inconsistent in coverage (but a couple of coats and they were fine)
>>10071867True.t. IT Admin, regularly throws aftermarket shit on kits equivalent or higher than the value of the kit itself>>10071556Because most boomers are autistic, they want their model to look exactly exactly like their reference photos and washes are more of an aesthetic/artistic choice since in real life tanks/planes don't have super obvious panel lines/edge detail. It looks like fucking shit on a small scale but they don't care because to them its "realistic" or "accurate".tl;dr They care more about it being 100% accurate than it looking good on display in the end.
Are Mr. Color paint pots normally very low on actual paint or did I fuck up? I went through like 85% of one bottle just base coating a model with my airbrush with a 50/50 mix. Meanwhile I feel like the AK real color ones last forever.
>>10071973you can add flow improver when brush painting too, makes it flow off your brush and onto the work piece much smoother, also slows down drying time a bit
>>10071983Unless you're building a 1/72 Mriya or some such that sound way off.
First touches of paint. One neat thing about the build is that in order to allow for Iowa's of varying ages Tamiya has made the engineering somewhat kinda follow the re-fit history of the ship, so you end up enclosing various bits of superstructure which was clearly made to be visible in some configuration with other, "newer" bits of superstructure.