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Building a Model Tank


By Prev Info - January 09, 2023

  Building a Model Tank

The first thing to consider is what country to represent and the timeframe of the model appearing as the real vehicle. I specialize in building World War Two tanks, trucks, jeeps and an assortment of other equipment found on all side of the War era. From a historical point I make no distinction of who's who but only recreate and finish a scene or vehicle.

For this article I chose building a 1/35th scale (popular) German Grizzly Bear Assault Gun, or a tank body and a very large gun mounted on it. The Germans took many older and worn out tank bodies and added various large assault guns to them to knock out buildings, bunkers and other fortifications that the Allies had built. 

The "Brummbar" was no exception, it had a crew of four to five men, it was cramped and carried small amounts of ammunition for the gun, 120mm to be exact which left no room for comfort or storage. And be sure to view more models on Hobbies in a Barn.

Building a Model Tank

1 - The finest model with crew. A certain possibility with Hobbies in a Barn.

Building a Model Tank

2 - The Tamiya 1;35th scale model.

Building a Model Tank

3 - All painting is done with an airbrush in all of my vehicle models and I use all craft type acrylic paints which match any military color used in World War Two.

Building a Model Tank

Building a Model Tank

5 - I place a paper towel where I am going to airbrush to keep the paint from spraying out onto the work areas.

Building a Model Tank

6 - Even the smallest parts need to be airbrushed as a base coat for further detailing later.

Building a Model Tank

7 - Remember to airbrush both side of the parts tree as some parts maybe seen from all angles.

Building a Model Tank

8 - It is important to paint the chassis or lower body of all vehicles as these are the hardest to reach once wheels or treads are in place.

Building a Model Tank

Building a Model Tank

Building a Model Tank

11 - The start of weathering and adding mud to the chassis. All vehicles should be given a mud or other weathered look.

Building a Model Tank

12 - The first layer of "mud" this is a trade secret of mine that you can have applied to any custom ordered vehicle and or diorama on Hobbies in a Barn.

Building a Model Tank

Building a Model Tank

Building a Model Tank

Building a Model Tank

Building a Model Tank

Building a Model Tank

Building a Model Tank

19 - The tracks are added before placing the body on the chassis.

20 - Beginning to apply the camouflage patterns with an airbrush carefully adjusted to get the correct pattern. Easier said than done and lots of patience.







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