My little E-10 diorama is done! I added a figure of a tank driver (Tamiya) and a rusty barrel to complete the composition and add a touch of color.
Enjoy the pictures!
I decided to finish the IS-3 tank from Tamiya I built a while ago.
As soon as it was on my workbench again, I thought it was too dark and not “yellowish” enough. I was afraid further weathering would make it even darker and conceal the details. So I decided to do a bit more highlights.
I think its color will be much more suited now for weathering and washes.
I also decided to go for a small Budapest 1956 Diorama instead of the original Berlin Victory Parade 1945 I was planning to do, so I will be able to put the model amongst debris and barricades (also this gives me more latitude for heavier weathering, since the tank would have been in service for 11 more years by 1956). The Hungarian insurrection of 1956 was pretty violent, the streets of Budapest were a mess and a number of JS-3 were involved (event destroyed!).
The small diorama for my E-10 tank is almost completed. Yeah!
I took some photographs during the build.
I don’t have any AK’s modelling products, but I thought I could replicate the same effects with my own stuff.
In case you’re wondering, this project was super-quick! It tooked only 2 days to build this little diorama. I think that without the overnight required for the drying of the ground material, it could have been completed in a single day. Which is sad, in a way: I love building dioramas. This one was too quick to build… 😦
I added a description for each picture, to explain the process.
Enjoy the pictures!
This summer, I am pretty busy doing some 1:1 crafting (renovation of the family room in the basement). So, I haven’t done much progress on my dioramas and tanks. I have still managed to put together a nice kit by trumpeter; the Entwicklungsfahrzeug E-10.
This is a so-called “paper tank”, like my E-50 and E-100. It never entered production (only a wooden mockup was built). It is reminiscent of the Hetzer, a small mobile tank destroyer, but with a key special feature: A “kneeling” suspension, meaning that the tank could lower its profile while in shooting position (from 176cm to 140cm according to Wikipedia).
A nice kit overall, which is quick to put together (if you go with the rubber band tracks, instead of the individual link ones like I did…)
I haven’t decided yet if I am going to use the photo-etched schürzen provided in the kit (I feel it would be a shame to hide those nice looking tracks).
The jack and machine gun are missing in the pictures: I will paint these separately. You will also notice some blue tack holding the tracks together. The tracks are glued in 2 “strips” per side, so they can be removed for painting. The wheels aren’t glued either for now.
I kept the scratch building to a minimum on this model. I added some numbers on the gun mantlet, replaced the 2 parts main gun with a 1 part Hetzer gun (no seams!) I had around and repaired one of the tow cables I accidentally broke with a spare one. I also drilled the hole in the machine-gun barrel.
Enjoy the pics!
Yeah! I am done with my E-50 diorama. I’m quite pleased with the base (rubbles, sandbags and all).
It just needs a miniature or two. I have them on the way (stay tuned for future posts).
Wait… there are still some little things to complete… Like adding antennas to the tank… and some barbwiresin the rubbles.
Let’s call this one 99% done, ok?
Anyway, enjoy the pics!
A couple of months ago, I picked up a panzer 35(t) kit (Academy #13313).
These small Czech tanks were captured by the germans in mars 1939. They were used during the invasion of Poland and France at the start of WWII. They saw combats up until 1941, being by then totally outmatched by more recent enemy tanks (especially on the eastern front).
I find that this tank has an “old school” look to it, due mainly to the countless protruding rivets, small size and small gun. It looks a bit WWI-ish to me.
I am sorry for not posting the first steps of this (simple) build. I am already done with priming, pre-shading, base coat, decals and main details (like tools and exhaust).
This little fellow is varnished and ready for weathering (chipping, oils washes and pigments).