Thursday, July 30, 2009

Corrected Cromwell markings

A friend on the missing-lynx braille scale discussion group informed me that the marking in the kit were wrong, and the unit markings square should be green over blue with white numbers, not red. So I breathed life into my old Alps printer, and managed to print up a the new markings. However, I wasn't very happy with how they looked, so I wipped out the old paint brush and Vallejo Game colors and hand painted the markings. It's far from perfect, but should work fine one the weathering and chipping is done.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Cromwell Progress

The Revell Cromwell has been sitting on the shelf waiting for me to finish it. I seem to have gotten some modelling mojo back with the Panzer IV group build, and M4A3 finished, so on Monday I pulled it off the shelf, painted the wheels and tracks, and shot a coat of Future on it. Yesterday I decalled it, and I shot another coat of Future tonight. I used the kit decals, and am reasonably happy with how they turned out. I used my trusty Waldron Punch set on the top turret star, punching out the center ring that fits over the turret intake. It took a heck of a lot of Mr Mark Softer to get it to lay down right. I finished off the star by touching up the arms with Vallejo Game Color Bone White. I did have one small mishap while decaling. I nicked the front glacis paint right by the "Black Bull" decal, but I just lightly sanded it out shot a coat of Future over it, put a few drops of lightened OD in the airbrush and touched it up.

Next up a flat coat and let the weathering begin!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Sherman Finished!

Well I finally finished another one! This is shaping up to be my most prolific year yet! It might be a lame total by other modelers standards, but 2009 is shaping up to be quite the modelling year for me. At this rate I mite complete my stash....that is if I live to be several hundred years old, and stop buying more kits. Both are very unlikely variables.

Oh well, here's the completed M4A3 Sherman. The figure are by AB Miniatures, painted with Vallejo Model Color. I made the stowage/tarp and id flag using Apoxie Sculpt. The tank was painted with Tamiya and Vallejo acrylics, and weathered with Mig Pigments and oil washes.