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…

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Social modelling

I am old but not old enough to have missed the existence of Facebook. From now on you can visit my FB site as well. Come to www.facebook.com/ScaleDracula to get in touch with me, ask question and be up to date with the site. Sometimes I’ll probably post some exclusive stuff there. See you! www.facebook.com/ScaleDracula/

The model is ready for painting, ZSU-57 by TAKOM

The double hitter: the construction part 2

This is the third part of my ‘Double Hitter’ soap opera. Check out the previous posts below if you’ve somehow missed them. The double hitter: introduction The double hitter: the construction part 1 Let’s continue with the scratch-building. I’ll move to the upper structure now. It is a little bit more complicated, but I’ll try to explain the process step by step. I created the basic shape of the roof again using PLASTRUCT products. Obviously I didn’t have any blueprints of the structure, so I had to work it out using my best judgement and logic.…

Test fit of the cannon, ZSU-57 by TAKOM

The double hitter: the construction part 1

Last time I presented you the idea of recreating a model from a historical photo. Use the link below if you’ve missed this post. Now let’s move on to the construction. The double hitter: introduction My version of ZSU-57-2 will need a lot of scratchbuilding, but I leave it for later. I started the construction with wheels and undercarriage which is boring, but well, it has to be done. You might want to leave the tyres unglued for easier painting later. As I’ve already mentioned the tyres have a wonderful tread which you’ll sadly need to…


The double hitter: introduction

My previous project, the Ferguson tractor, was a lot of fun. But now I going into the opposite direction. Last time I really enjoyed the liberty of building a civil, random vehicle not restrained by any historical facts. Now I’m going to let those restraints hit me big time. Recreating a real vehicle from a photo is at so many levels the biggest challenge in this hobby. It means problems. And you’re going to stumble against problems every step of the way. You need to analyse the photo, look at the vehicle’s distinctive features, put it in…

Ferguson after weathering

Countryside hero #3: Weathering

This is the last part of my Ferguson built. Use the links below to check out the previous stages: Countryside hero #1: Construction Countryside hero #2: Painting Here’s my favourite part of every build: the weathering. I really like when all the necessary ‘chores’ are done and I can only concentrate on adding some seasoning to the dish. My model was still in pieces, because I wanted to have easier access to same areas. I start the weathering with a fairly dark wash (Dark brown wash for green vehicles by Ammo Mig) and I put in…

The painting begins, Ferguson by Heller

Countryside hero #2: Painting

I left off the little Ferguson after it was put together and primed. If you missed that post, here it is: Countryside hero #1: Construction It was at this point that I had to decide what kind of vehicle I would like to build. I assumed my Ferguson will be a worn out machine that have spent years on the field but is still in operating order. So the model will be chipped and dirty but I don’t want it to look like an abandoned, rusty wreck. It was really important to take those decisions, because…

Model is primed and ready to paint, Ferguson by Heller

Countryside hero #1: Construction

Being an armour modeller for since I can remember, for a long time I didn’t even considered building anything out of this ‘serious warfare’ category. Cars, trains, motorcycles? I didn’t understand why people would like to get involved in such trivial and casual subjects. Why would you want to recreate a vehicle that you pass everyday on your parking lot? The machines of war always seemed much more exciting, because they were much more distant, both in time and space. But well, recently I decided to pick an easy and quick project to test some new…