German tankers with Panzer IV

Historical photo of the day #3

We often take a lot of care to make our models look accurate. Every detail matters, every colour is crucial. But the reality we want to recreate so faithfully isn’t always perfect. Here’s a photo of a late Panzer IV (probably Ausf. H, but correct me if I’m wrong). Take a look at the number. It’s a very lousy paintbrush job. And it’s understandable. The conditions on the front line rarely give you a steady hand. And not every soldier is a good painter, that’s for sure. By the way, look a the chips and scratches…

How to: paint and weather tank tracks

Today I’d like to show you some more scraps from my ZSU-57-2 project. This time it will be a guide on how to paint and weather urban warfare style tracks. In this tutorial I work with metal tracks. If you have plastic or vinyl ones the SBS will still work for you. Just paint your tracks dark brown and jump directly to the step 3. Step 1: After assembling the tracks wash them in vinegar to get rid of any factory grime. Then pour the burnishing fluid into a hermetic tupper-like container. Give your tracks a…

ZSU-57 painted wheels

How to: paint and weather tank wheels

I have a lot of photo material from my  ZSU-57-2 project that I didn’t manage to use in the SBS. So here’s the first part of the complementary tutorial. This is also the first post from the ‘How to…’ series. In this column I will present short SBS’s that were parts of my main projects. And sometimes it’s going to be totally fresh stuff. Enjoy! So let’s get to work. Today I’ll show you how to simply and effectively paint the rubber on tank wheels. Step 1: Base-paint your wheels  with colours suitable for your project.…

ZSU-57-2 by TAKOM, final gallery

The double hitter: weathering

So here we are.  The last part of this long, long build. I’m really glad to finally put this baby to sleep. At so many levels it was the perfect model for me. The quality of the kit is really good so I didn’t have to waste time on correcting someone else’s mistakes. On the other hand, there was some scratch-building involved that I’m really fond of. Also, the model has some of the interior exposed which is always a nice feature. And finally, I was able to do a lot of weathering with the vehicle…

models for heroes

Good cause

Today I don’t have any SBS to show you, but this is still an important message. I’ve came across a non-profit organization that takes our hobby to a totally new, charitable level. Models for Heroes is a company based in the UK that provides modelling supplies to mental health institutions. The help is aimed especially at the veterans injured in combat. I had no idea but apparently  model making is used as a part of the therapy for PTSD, anxiety and depression as well as physical injuries. How can we help? Well except for the money…

Rusty metal painted with oils, ZSU-57 by TAKOM

The double hitter: painting part 2

Hi folks! This ‘double hitter’ stuff has been going on for a while now. And I’m at the point where I’m a bit tired of this build. It often happens to me towards the end of a project. The whole construction stage takes so much time that when I finally get to the painting my motivation is running dangerously low. I often struggle to get myself back on track but the most important argument is always this: I hate unfinished models. So: the links are below, the content is even belower. Let’s get to work! The…

The chipping is done, ZSU-57 by TAKOM

The double hitter: painting part 1

Last time I finished painting the interior of my ZSU-57-2. I also glued the turret together and finally my model started to look like an actual tank. I really hate to use the glue after the painting. It’s a recipe for disaster. But I guess sometimes it’s inevitable… OK, painting the interior was just a warm-up, let’s see how will it go with the rest of the model. As always, use the convenient links below to see previous parts of this SBS. If you’re familiar with them, just jump to the next paragraph. The double hitter:…

Historical photo of the day #2: Panzerbefehlswagen III

Historical photo of the day #2

Here’s another photo for inspiration. It’s not that rare, so some of you may know it. What we’ve got here is general Hermann Balck in a Panzerbefehlswagen III, a commander version of Panzer III Ausf. H. What I find particularly interesting here are those water marks on the turret and at the front of the tank. The turret is almost completely wet with some little streaks of water coming down. Some of the rain is blocked by the spare tracks creating an interesting pattern on the front plate. I still haven’t figured out how to recreate…

Finished interior, ZSU-57 by TAKOM

The double hitter: the interior

The construction is finally over. When I started this project I didn’t really expect that it would be so much hassle. Technically, it’s not that hard. I hope you guys could see that it’s no black magic. But the process of research, planning and gathering supplies is really time consuming. So I’m really glad it’s done. If you’ve missed the previous chapters, use the links below. And now enough talking. Let’s start painting the interior! The double hitter: introduction The double hitter: the construction part 1 The double hitter: the construction part 2 I started with…

German tankers making KV-1 model

Historical photo of the day #1

Today I would like to introduce a new series on my website. As I’ve already mentioned I really like to browse through old historical photos. I’ve gathered hundreds of interesting pictures that serve me as both reference and inspiration. But let’s face it: I won’t have time to use them all. So I would like to share some ideas with you. Here’s a real treat: German tankers making paper model of a Russian KW-1, probably as an enemy recognition exercise. The photo was taken shortly before the battle of Kursk. Here’s a second take: I’ve always…