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Big Cats Mk.IV
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Posted: Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 06:13 AM UTC
That's a great kit to build Richard,I believe it needs zimm to make it accurate according to reviewers if you want to pick nits.
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Posted: Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 06:20 AM UTC

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That's a great kit to build Richard,I believe it needs zimm to make it accurate according to reviewers if you want to pick nits.


Thanks for the reminder about the Zimm!
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Posted: Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 06:23 AM UTC
Welcome Richard. That's a good lookin kit. I believe I have the same one.
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Posted: Saturday, May 28, 2016 - 01:13 PM UTC
Tick-tock tick-tock.....
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Posted: Saturday, May 28, 2016 - 05:25 PM UTC
I think I might join in with a 1/72 Revell SpPz 2 "Luchs".
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Posted: Saturday, May 28, 2016 - 08:09 PM UTC
Would be glad to have you Cristian.

Gary - You nailed. We only have a few days until we kick this off fellas!

I know I'm ready!
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Posted: Saturday, May 28, 2016 - 08:58 PM UTC
My bench is almost clear.
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Posted: Saturday, May 28, 2016 - 09:38 PM UTC
I wish I could say the same! Lol

I have a Bradley I need to get some much needed work done for the 500+ campaign.

And I have a Sd.Kfz.251/1 Ausf. D that I need to get started on for another campaign. Lol

Boy I'm gonna be busy.
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Posted: Saturday, May 28, 2016 - 11:04 PM UTC
I'm in the middle of a large/long build myself. So, I'm really looking forward to a little 'Tiger' break.

Gaz
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Posted: Wednesday, June 01, 2016 - 04:14 AM UTC
Is someone gonna launch the official thread, our have I missed a change of start date?

Gaz
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Posted: Wednesday, June 01, 2016 - 04:23 AM UTC

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Is someone gonna launch the official thread, our have I missed a change of start date?

Gaz



Well Gary,I got started on my Tunisian Tiger today,but not nearly enough for pics yet,but I don't think there will be a new thread,I think we just tack onto this one,unless Dennis starts a new one.
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Posted: Wednesday, June 01, 2016 - 04:35 AM UTC
The thread just needs to be made a sticky one -- I believe John (Nito74) does that, together with the link for the campaign gallery.
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Posted: Wednesday, June 01, 2016 - 05:05 AM UTC
Hey everybody! Today is our official start day. Sorry that I haven't commented earlier. I actually forgot it was the first! Lol

Tat is correct. He will make this thread a sticky.

So, lets all get started! Good luck and have fun!

Cheers,
Dustin
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Posted: Thursday, June 02, 2016 - 04:21 PM UTC
Hi fellow Big Cat IV Campaigners!
Hope you all are doing well. Here is some opening shots of my Tiger II(P) by Tamiya in 1/35.


You'd think such a big tank would have more parts!


I do the Zimmerit in stages. Otherwise you get fingerprints and other nasty consequences.


Some turret details. The Zimmerit tool that came with my Academy Tiger I (late) is coming in very handy. The modelling paste actually chips like real Zimmerit once dry and has a nice, long working time. I use a q-tip and water to remove any excess while it's still wet. Hopefully it will work as well with Panther and StuG patterns, too. Despite it's long working time, it dries relatively quickly.



I'm not very good at photography with my phone. trying to set everything up for the high-contrast needed to show the Zimmerit detail took a bit of phanageling.

Thanks for looking!

Gaz
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Posted: Thursday, June 02, 2016 - 05:48 PM UTC
Fast start Gaz,homemade zimm looks good,never tried myself.
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Posted: Friday, June 03, 2016 - 12:50 AM UTC
Good job Gary. I like the look. I also have never tried homemade zimm or even done AM zimm. I need to do a few vehicles with it.
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Posted: Friday, June 03, 2016 - 01:28 AM UTC
Guys,
Thank you! This is only my second attempt at it, so it's not difficult. ...at least the Tiger pattern. The keys are having the right putty and tools and not trying to cover a whole plate in one attempt.

I imagine fot the Panther and StuG I'd use milliput and lots of water and some kind of tool for pressing the pattern, instead of a raking pattern like on the Tigers.

I can't imagine forking out a big chunk of change for machined sheets of brass that might or might not be made for the kit I've bought. But that's my temperment.

Best Wishes,

Gaz

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Posted: Friday, June 03, 2016 - 03:48 AM UTC
Cool DIY zimm you have there Gary!


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I can't imagine forking out a big chunk of change for machined sheets of brass that might or might not be made for the kit I've bought. But that's my temperment.



Same here. While some folks would scratch their heads and ask why re-invent the wheel, I take pleasure in making small bits and pieces on my build. The outcome may not be on a par with what's available commercially, but i guess it's the satisfaction of doing one's own mod that drives me.

Cheers,

Tat
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Posted: Friday, June 03, 2016 - 04:44 AM UTC
Thanks Tat! Yep, the more we do for ourselves, the greater the satisfaction.

Gaz
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Posted: Friday, June 03, 2016 - 11:49 AM UTC
Well I won't be able to start right away since I'm flooded with work and won't have much time till late June.

Anyways, the kits:





Some AM parts - Had these in the storage for quite some time. Figured they'll come in handy here.



I'll be swapping out the engine deck of the KT with the E-50's along with several other parts and also a honking long L/100 88mm which would make for a wonderful what-if Super KT . I'm insane, I know.
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Posted: Friday, June 03, 2016 - 02:39 PM UTC
Those kits look awesome. Glad to have you Bryan.
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Posted: Saturday, June 04, 2016 - 05:22 PM UTC
Hi Friends,
Got the Zimmerit done yesterday and after some work on another model, started putting this King Tiger together.

So far:

The smaller cable snapped, either before I could notice it, or when I was trying to free it from the sprue. I was able to save it with a little CA.


These tanks have very pleasing, yet simple lines. I'm thinking I should have chipped the Zimmerit before I added all of the surface pieces.

...probably should have done the road wheels first, too. They always seem to be most tedious.

Cheers,

Gaz
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Posted: Saturday, June 04, 2016 - 06:15 PM UTC
Looking great Gary. You're off to a great start.
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Posted: Monday, June 06, 2016 - 12:04 PM UTC
Hi Friends!
Yay! We finally got stickied. Anyway...how do you guys feel about Dunkelgelb, or Panzer yellow?

I've always thought those beautiful honey-shades that we put on our panzers were just a bit too golden.

Here's the restored La Glieze Tiger:


Here's a chunk of Tiger II that I found whilst looking for shell damage:


We can talk about fading and oxidation...but it really looks less golden and more like faded straw.

So, anyway since I mix my own paints from artist acrylics, I decided to go light.




My first Tiger since I came back to modelling two years ago came out rather dark.


So hopefully after camo and weathering, It might look a little better.

Cheers,

Gaz
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Posted: Monday, June 06, 2016 - 02:34 PM UTC
Hey Gary.

I guess one could say I don't really know what I want? Lol.

I actually really like the lighter base coats, but I've only done a lighter coat once. I also really like the look of a really sun faded camo, but I always use dark washes. So.. Lol I guess I like many different styles but I just haven't built enough yet to try them all out.