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…

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…

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…

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…

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:…

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…

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…

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…

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. If you’re interested in the full SBS of my ZSU-57-2…

ZSU-57 painted wheels

How to: paint and weather tank wheels

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! Today I’ll show you how to simply and effectively paint the rubber on tank wheels. This tutorial is just a part of my long ZSU-57-2 project. You can find the full SBS it here: The double hitter: ZSU-57-2 in…