Dragon 6600 Tiger I Initial Production – s.Pz.Abt. 502 Leningrad Region 1942/3

The excellent Dragon Tiger I line saw this release of the initial batch of Tiger I to sPz. Abt. 502 of interesting variants. I first bought the excellent book by Volker Ruff Der Tiger vol. 2 detailing the exploits of 502, and the yet-standardized Tiger was quite captivating. The kit included a sprue to create…

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Dragon 6844 Pz.Bef.Wg.III Ausf.H

To further my practice of weathering I’m doing another Panzer III variant, this time the new-ish Befehlspanzer III ausf. H. There is a very similar DAK variant 6901 that I’ll be building later as well.  I’m using the decal options for Panzer regiment 35 with the “BÄRENFÜHRER” or dancing bear insigna. Only after almost finishing…

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Final reveal: Jagdpanther ausf. G1, sPzJgAbt 559, Ardennes, 1944 (Meng TS-039)

The Jagdpanther (Sd. kfz. 173) is a tank destroyer based upon the Panther chassis. It houses the powerful 8.8 cm Pak 43/3 cannon in a turretless casemate hull, givnig it a very sleek look and is one of cooler looking German designs. The Meng kit is based off of their excellent Panther kit which I’ve built…

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Final reveal: Ryefield Model 1/35 Tiger I Late Production: s Pz. abt 505, nr. 312 at Kowel, 1944 summer.

I have painted this kit non-stop for over 2 weeks and it took it out of me. Learned A LOT and honestly I’m not sure I’m done, but I’ll let it sit a bit.  Some highlights: The Zimmerit application has massive flaws and it really affected the finish quite a bit.  One of the aspects…

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Final reveal: Panzerbeobachtungwagen III Ausf. F(Sd. Kfz. 143)

This is my “target practice” model where I try a bunch of weathering techniques on. It’s obviously a bit heavy handed since I was throwing experiments at it, but I learned a lot and this feels like I’m making progress where different elements were mixing together and I had a better sense of how layering…

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VF-31J Siegfried Hayate Custom Final Sortie version – Macross Delta – 1/72 Bandai model kit

I finished this kit a while ago but forgot to take shots. This is Hayate’s custom on the final sortie, which has a number of customizations on it, including the flying knight insigna, and reaction bombs. The build is very much like the rest of the Bandai VF-31s. The reaction bombs are from Macross Frontier…

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1/35 Tamiya Sd.Kfz.184 Schwerer Jagdpanzer “Elefant” with ATAK Zimmerit

I started this kit way before the Panther A. Tamiya kits are famous for their engineering and the Elefant is not an exception. As a tank destroyer I like the heavy-look of the design and the lack of a turrent seem to simplify construction which I thought could be a good beginner armor kit to…

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Wave 1/72 Macross Destroid Defender

The slightly awkward AA gun mecha Destroid Defender!  Just like the Missle Phanlax, the Defender is in Wave’s overpriced line up of Destroids. Being the first of the batch however, the price wasn’t too bad, but had more seamlines in the AA guns.  The kit provides two type of ammo catridges on the shoulders. I’m…

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