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…

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…