Tuesday, August 12, 2014

It takes time...

It takes time to create something interesting but I'm almost ready with the construction part of the building. I even already started painting the lowe part of the house. Tommorow I'm departing for holidays so a update will follow later on, in late August. Below you can find pictures of the progress.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

"Approaches to Berlin" dio progress

I'm almost done with the construcion of the fachwerk/stonewall style house for the JS 2 diorama. I used a certain number of Juweela roof tiles. They need a lot of work but the final effect is very pleasing. Soon I'm gonna start painting the building. Below you can find a WiP picture.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Market news...

Recently I received a very new product from a new brand called Replikant, based in Spain. The items consist of Schwimmwagen wheels, brand new ones and damaged. The quality of casting and thread pattern, typical for Semperit tyres are both very good. I especially like the bursted tyre. I received 2 complete sets that I'm going to use very soon in one of my projects.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Reload - Sherman 105 figures..

Doing some sculpting nowadays. Early shots of Sherman 105 crew reloading their ammo to be combat ready again.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Sherman 105 diorama WiP

I was able to make significant progress with this scene over the last few days. The groundwork is done, except some grass. The mud was made with the use of Vallejo Dark Earth textured paste mixed with plaster and static grass to obtain thicker grain of the paste. The it was applied with a spatula and toothpicks. The thick mud lumps were made with slightly dryed leftovers of the putty that I scrubbed of the jar where I was mixing it with plaster and static grass. as you can see there are going to be some scratchbuilt figures, that are now under contruction. More to follow shortly.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Sherman 105 w/M8 ammo trailer

I just finished painting and weathering the trailer from New Tiger Model Designs for the Sherman 105. These trailers were often issued for M8 GMC or M7 Priest, they could carry a load of various ammunition ranging from 75 to 105 mm, all packed in tubes or special containers. Having the trailer ready I can proceed with the figures and with placing the tank onto the diorama base. Next step is to finish the assembly and paintjob of a Willys Jeep that will be there as well.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Alpine Miniatures US BAR gunner figure conversion

I just got back from Dublin, Ireland where I had the pleasure to run two figure sculpting seminars at the IMSS annual show. I will post a short report about the show later on. Now I focused on a quick figure conversion, a new Alpine release - US BAR gunner. The conversion is about changing the gun into a M1919A6 on bipod (late war variant of the famous .30 cal). I will work more on the ammo pouches since the figure has the ones that were designed for BAR gunners and I need to rework them for the ones that were issued to M1 Carbine armed troops. Moreover I decided to rework the trousers sleeves and make gaiters instead. I will hopefully post a sbs about this little conversion project. I'm hoping to be ready with this in the next couple of days. Stay tuned for more.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

M4A3 Sherman 105 revised

Today I have finished refurbishing my vintage 2009 Sherman 105. The improvments cover adding thinned down lamp guards, 3d printed periscope guards, additional stowage, new side mountings for dustcovers and the excellent Browning .50 and commanders cupola from Tasca kits, repainted hull sides and in general redone weathering.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

"Approaches to Berlin", April 1945, WiP

I have finally finished painting the figures for the IS 2 diorama. Captured SS Charlemagne officer is the last addition to the scene. Now on to the scenery...Still a lot to do there.

Monday, May 5, 2014

"Range finders" update, 2. FJ Div. meets 11. Pz.Div., Kirovograd 1943/44

Final layout of the "Range finders" scene can be seen on the pictures below. I made some research and found the perfect time period for this scene when 2. Falschirmjhager Division was operating together with 11. Panzer Division in the Kirovograd area in late 1943/early 1944. So we have a FJ trooper discussing things with the recon troop of the armored unit their cooperating with along with the tank crew in the background.