Toyota technical by Meng, final gallery

How to: weather a dirty windshield

Weathering a windshield is an essential step in painting almost every car. There’s something very attractive in the geometrical shape of the clean glass contrasting with the rest of the dirty model. Although some precision is essential here, the whole process is not that difficult. You’ll need: -a circle cutter -a piece of masking sheet -weathering products of your choice (preferably oils or enamels) This tutorial is a part of my Toyota technical project. If…

Toyota technical by Meng, final gallery

The improvised warfare: painting and weathering #2

Here it comes. The last part of this build. I know it’s been a while since the last section. I’m now really struggling to keep those projects going. But enough whining, let’s see what’s left to finish this model! In this episode I will talk a lot about creating the story of a vehicle. With each subsequent step I’m trying to recreate all the things that happened during its lifetime. It’s necessary to put those…

Mosonshow 2019- Scale Dracula

Mosonshow 2019

This year I decided to go to Hungary to visit one of the most respected model shows in Europe. Between 27 and 28 April a little town near the Slovakian and Austrian border is invaded by the best modellers around the world. I’m not much of a competition modeller, I don’t thing it’s the most important thing in this hobby. But I really wanted to be a part of such a big event, meet some…

Base paint with some initial weathering, Toyota technical by Meng

The improvised warfare: painting and weathering #1

After finishing the interior of the pickup I can finally start to work on the main thing. The vehicle has different areas that I’ll have to deal with separately. So in this part I’m going to do a little bit of painting and weathering at the same time. I will put the loose parts together at the very last moment. If it’s your first time here, check out the previous parts of the SBS: Improvised…

Effects of weathering, Toyota technical by Meng

Improvised warfare: the interior

In the next part of the SBS I will talk about the interior of the Toyota Land Cruiser technical. In a pickup car like this there’s not much space to work with. But I plan to leave both side windows open so the interior will be at least partly visible. It’s a nice change from tank interiors that get almost completely covered with the top armour. If you’re new to the story, here are the…

Model ready for painting, Toyota technical by Meng

Improvised warfare: the construction

My two previous builds were pretty complicated on the construction level, especially ZSU-57-2. I expected Meng’s technical to be much easier. I like scratch-building, but the way I see it – painting is the essence of this hobby. So this time I decided to get there as soon as possible. This section of the SBS is going to be rather brief as I’ll concentrate on the most important aspects only. If you’ve missed the first…

Technicals at war, ScaleDracula.com

Historical photo of the day #5

I talked about the history of technicals in the introduction to my Toyota Land Cruiser project. But I still have some more interesting photos of these vehicles used around the world. Modelling-wise a technical is a project with lots of potential. Consider it if you want to do some scratch-building or extreme weathering. After all, technicals were often heavily modified and rarely serviced with care. Take a look at the photos below, maybe they’ll inspire…

How to paint and weather concrete SBS, 1:35 road barrier

How to: paint and weather concrete

I finished my BRDM-2 a while ago but it still needs a base. I decided to create a very simple scene with a road block – something very typical of the recent Ukraine-Russia conflict. Here I’ll show you my method of painting and weathering concrete. Another SBS on creating an asphalt road is coming soon. The road barrier I used here belongs to the Concrete & Plastic Barrier Set by Meng. If you’re interested in…

Toyota Land Cruiser Technical in Libya

Improvised warfare: the introduction

For my third in a row photo recreation project I decided to do something totally different. At first I considered building a civilian car, an old truck or something. But then I came across the photo above and I immediately fell in love with this crazy improvised camouflage. The photo was taken during the war in Libya where there was plenty of technicals like that. From the start I knew this weird camouflage will be…

What can a modeller learn from the history of art?

Can scale modelling be considered art? That’s a question that I often see debated on Facebook or hobby forums. I’ll deal with this subject another time as I’d like to ask a different question: what can we learn from the history of the actual art? Although little tanks and aircrafts can rarely make their way to the famous galleries, there’s a lot of things that tie our hobby to the world of art. Pigments, oil…