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Dug in and determined....
Moezilla
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Posted: Saturday, February 12, 2005 - 05:22 PM UTC
Ok, I finally bit the bullet and attempted to build a model and at the same time a dio. Why the hell not, just jump in and give it a whirl right? lol

I saw this campaign and said to myself, it's time to stop just browsing the site and chatting and start building. Here's my first attempt at a real model, I can't honestly say models when I was a kid count cuz they were hideous! lol

It's a German PAK40 crew, I call this "Dug in and determined...". As you can see, (forgive the poor shots, I need better lighting so you might not see as well) the crew and the gun are dingy as is their AT weapon, they've been in the field for a while and it shows.

I still have some things to touch up but this thing is about 95% done. Comments and critiques welcome, thanks! Thanks to the community for a WEALTH of information I would never have attempted this thing without.

Edit: For some reason I can't get the images to post, they are available in my gallery or under the tank terror campaign gallery.
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Posted: Saturday, February 12, 2005 - 06:26 PM UTC
Allow me to post your wonderful work





shonen_red
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Posted: Saturday, February 12, 2005 - 06:29 PM UTC
I must say that the Pak is wonderfully recreated IThe painting and weathering gives it a "used" look. The empty shells gve me an idea that the crew are in a hurry that they just throw in the used shells. The groundwork is nice too. They give an impression of a real soil.

One thing I nitpick is the snadbags. Do some weathering. They look too clean and doesn't tie up with the rest if the dio

Moezilla
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Posted: Saturday, February 12, 2005 - 06:30 PM UTC
Thanks Ralph! For some reason when I tried doing it, it just came up with blank image holders. lol I musta been doing something wrong. Much appreciated!
Moezilla
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Posted: Saturday, February 12, 2005 - 06:32 PM UTC
Thanks Ralph, the comments are appreciated! I agree, the sandbags are on the to-do list to get them a bit more used looking. I had done some weathering but it came out not the way I intended so I threw another coat of paint over them to cover it up. Now they look too new! Will be trying that again, along with some other odds and ends on the dio.
Tiger101
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Posted: Saturday, February 12, 2005 - 06:44 PM UTC
A very nice diorama. The Tamiya Pak 40 is always a nice kit to work with. You have done very well. As Ralph has said the sand bags are too clean and need some weathering. The only other nit pick is the gun spades are on the surface of the ground. If the gun has been fired they would have moved back and scraped the ground if they weren't buried. As part of the preperation of the gun to be fired they would have been dug in.
Moezilla
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Posted: Saturday, February 12, 2005 - 07:10 PM UTC
Thanks Scott, I appreciate the comments. Chalk that oversight (lack of dug in spades) to newbieness. A lesson learned though, I do have another PAK in the stash for a future build and will definitely remember to dig in the spades on that one.
SgtWilhite
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Posted: Saturday, February 12, 2005 - 09:32 PM UTC
That looks damn fine to me. You did an excellent job on the PAK. It is a great addition to our campaign and I'm very appreciative of your building it. Thanks.
mondo
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Posted: Saturday, February 12, 2005 - 10:03 PM UTC
That Pak 40 Tamiya kit was one of my first forays into the Armor side of this hobby. I must admit that you've done better than my first time. A lot better in fact.
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Posted: Saturday, February 12, 2005 - 11:42 PM UTC
Very good, for a first effort. I like the way your figures have come out, not easy even for experienced builders.
The barrel of the gun overhangs the edge of the dio. That's fine in my view, but the ammo container looks as if it's falling of the dio. Many people will probably disagree, but I think the only thing that should overhang the edge of a diorama or vignette is the barrel or a small part of a vehicle, to 'drag' the viewers eye in our out of the scene.
I look forward to your next one, any plans?

Henk
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Posted: Sunday, February 13, 2005 - 12:16 AM UTC
Looks good Moe.....
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Posted: Sunday, February 13, 2005 - 12:47 AM UTC
Overall this is really nicely done. I like the PAK as others have said, nicely weathered and 'used'. The figure composition is good and finish is quite nice.
The ground work is well done. I like the fact that you have the wheel ruts dug in. The grass is very convincing.
On your next build I would work on the seam lines a bit, some of them are visible on the shells and other details.
I know Tamiya's sandbags are a set that every modeler has on thier bench and uses once. Let this be your once. Next time try to use clay or milliput. Sculpy clay is inexpensive and you can get it at Michaels or AC Moore or Walmart for about $1 a piece (2 would cover this diorama I think). It bakes hard and allows you to get the bags tight and more relaxed and natural looking.
Moezilla
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Posted: Sunday, February 13, 2005 - 07:01 AM UTC
Thanks for the comments everyone, they're appreciated and tips and critiques definitely help.

My pleasure to build this Tony and add it to the campaign, thanks for hosting this campaign. It gave me a fire under the butt to try to build and at the same time do a dio using the tips everyone posts here.

Thanks for the nice compliment mondo, I tried to do my best and learn at the same time. I used the many great gallery images here for inspiration and motivation.

Thanks Henk for the comments on the figures, I'm actually not really happy with them myself but I remind myself this is the first time doing figures and I have a lot to learn. Not only in the actual painting of them but in preparation, knowing where there may be a problem (like the shoulder boards, they're not molded very straight and gave me headaches. lol) and how to fix them. For my next, I'm just doing a straight OOB build of the M-41 for the AGE campaign to keep it simple, next dio I've got some ideas but not sure yet. The half off Hobby Lobby coupon may come in handy this week!

Thanks Scott, I did the wheels by placing the base of the sandbags into the celluclay as it was drying (which took too long cuz I added a bit too much water) and then set where I wanted the wheels to be. I then took a putty knife and dug in the wheel ruts using a digging motion to give it the rutted look. Came out pretty decent.

Thanks Dave, glad you like it!

Yea, I caught the seam lines when I was looking at the photo's too. The ammo box looks horrid. lol Also the shell casings can use some work as well, the ammo box and casings I can fix because they aren't glued down yet I just placed them on there for the pic. I will fix them and work on the placement of the ammo can as Henk had mentioned.

I picked up these sandbags at one of the HL half off sales, figured I'd use them for this dio and whatever was left over I could use as odds and ends in the future. I did pick up some 'Creative Paper Clay' which air hardens, I was going to do the sandbags with that but stuck with the plastics. I will play around with this stuff and see how good it works. Anyone ever use it for sandbags? Will pick up some Sculpey, haven't seen milliput around here yet.

Thanks again for all the comments guys, I definitely appreciate the time taken to give them.