Painting with Vallejo colours, BRDM-2 by Trumpeter

Panzer bathtub: the painting part 2

Once the basic green coat was finished I started to plan the next steps. From the beginning I wanted to paint this model in a chronological order – exactly how the paint was applied on the actual vehicle. Each of the colours has its meaning and history which determine the final look. I took the challenge to replicate every layer faithfully, so the camouflage on this model will be really demanding. But hey!  If I don’t try to push this forward, what’s even the point? Check out the links below for easy access to the previous…

Model after chipping and modulation, BRDM-2 by Trumpeter

Panzer bathtub: the painting part 1

Finally, I have the model ready for painting. I love this moment. Don’t get me wrong, I like building, but to me painting and weathering is the true essence of this hobby. In this part of the SBS I will focus  on the base green colour. I’ll show you how I’ve done my slightly modified version of the colour modulation. There’s going to be a camouflage on my BRDM-2, but still, having and interesting base coat is really important. You’re new to this never-ending story? Check out the previous parts below: Panzer bathtub: the introduction Panzer…

Painted weld marks, ZSU-57 by TAKOM

How to… make weld marks

I’ll be extracting some ‘How to…’ tutorials out of my full SBS projects. I realized it’s not really convenient to browse through a long article just in search for a quick tip. This way I will also be able to add some more comments on the subject. So here it goes: the weld marks SBS which comes from my ZSU-57-2 project.   Step 1: Get yourself a two-part modelling putty. I use Milliput Superfine but products like Green Stuff or Magic Sculp will also work. Shape the putty into thin rolls. This kind of material is…

Model ready for painting, BRDM-2 by Trumpeter

Panzer bathtub: the construction part 2

Last time I started to build the undercarriage of my BRDM-2 and it went pretty quickly. Now I need to take a break from the construction to paint the interior. Usually I try to build the whole model before I even touch any paint, but here it wasn’t an option. So I just need to be very careful not to ruin the painted interior in later works. If you’re new to this story, check out the previous parts below. Panzer bathtub: the introduction Panzer bathtub: the construction part 1 THE INTERIOR I decided to paint the…

ZSU-57-2 in Tallinn, Estonian Maritime Museum

An old friend

I’ve been to Tallinn, Estonia recently and I stumbled across an old friend… It’s not the first time I’ve seen a ZSU-57-2 in person but I must say this beast always looks intimidating. Notice how the colour of the track teeth is affected by the wheel. A nice detail to reproduce on your model. Visitors have full access to the EML Lembit submarine. If you ever anywhere near Tallinn, you should definitely visit the Estonian Maritime Museum in the old Seaplane Harbour. Not too much armoured stuff, but lots of interesting boats and pieces of history.…

Gloves are a great asset in modelling!

Game changers #1: The gloves

I would like to introduce a new segment on my blog which will be called ‘Game changers’. It usually takes a lot of time and effort to master the art of scale modelling. There are some milestone techniques like airbrushing or oil paint weathering that you just need to practise painstakingly.  But there are also those little things that can push you forward. Sometimes you just don’t realize that they are out there and how important they may be. I’ll be referring to those little things as ‘the game changers’ and I’ll try to point them…

The interior, BRDM-2 by Trumpeter

Panzer bathtub: the construction part 1

Last time I introduced my new BRDM-2 project. There was a lot of history an theory jibber-jabber. Now it’s time to do some actual modelling work. Today I’ll show you the supplies I gathered for my project. Then I’ll guide you through the first part of the construction process. Use the link below if you’ve missed the introduction. Panzer bathtub: the introduction THE MODEL There’s little competition as far as the BRDM-2 kits go. Trumpeter takes it all with, like, 6 version of the vehicle released recently. The alternative is a Dragon model from 1995. I…

KO by 3rd Armoured Division

Historical photo of the day #4

Slogans on tanks are a really unique feature of our models. We usually associate them with Russian T-34s during WWII, but there’s more than that. Like the Jagdpanzer above knocked down by the 3rd American Armoured Division (Spearhead). Here’s some more examples. A knocked out T-34 in Korea. Matilda tank about to be sent to USSR during Lend-Lease program. I really like this one. Imagine this inscription after a couple of days on the front: all dirty and battered. Great weathering potential and an interesting story to tell with your model. A similar example: Covenanter tank…

Ukrainian BRDM-2

Panzer bathtub: the introduction

Hello again folks. I think it’s time to introduce my next project. It will be a BRDM-2, Russian scout car – I wanted to build this kit for a while. I decided I would try to recreate a real vehicle once again. But for a long time I didn’t have just the right photo. It took me literally hours to go through every nook and cranny of the Internet. But finally I got what I wanted. A bit of history BRDM-2 is the youngest descendant of a long line of Russian scout cars. The great grandfather…

Finished base for ZSU-57-3

How to: make a quality model base

I’m going to show you how to build and paint a nice base for your model. It will be to be an urban environment base that will match the urban style tank tracks I already showed you in another SBS. And this particular base will be a home for my ZSU-57-2, so I can finally call this project finished. Enjoy! Step 1: Prepare an old picture frame, a chunk of styrofoam or a piece of cardboard you’ve probably got lying somewhere in your house. Any piece of flat material will do just fine… Step 2*: Grab…