Wednesday, August 17, 2011

A box within a box within a box

Peter pig has made some very wonderful, characterful models over the years, and Martin's M113s are no exception. With several hulls and a range of accessories, these really are the top of the line in terms of competition. It makes one with PP would delve more into the modern arena, a PP made M1, T-72 or m60 would be unmatched I would say.

I've painted these with the same Dualtex camo I used on my previous US vehicles. This was a long arduous task, and was supplemented by the sheer amount of crap hung off these vehicles, a good day's work invested.

The M113 has been one of the prime people movers of the US army for a good 50 years. The vehicle has always has always illicited mixed feelings amongst crews, many who feel that it lacks enough protection, while simultaneously presenting a large bulky target for anyone interested. The advent of Soviet IFVs in the BMP-1 saw a mad scramble amongst designers that lead to a prolonged development of the Bradley IFV. The Brad took a long time to come online, however, and the US was forced to rely on the M113 as its battle taxi. Had the two met in Europe, one could surmise that the field would have favoured Soviet mechanized units over their United States counterparts.

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and an objective marker of the same can.

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Sunday, August 7, 2011

Soviet smashfest

Over this past week I've painted around 15(!!!) AFVs. Much of this is attributable to the monotone of Soviet CW schemes, so I think painting this army won't be too difficult, at least until it comes time for infantry.

some T-55s, The Honda Civic of tanks.

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BRDM-2 scout cars

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BMP-1s

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T-72A

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a T-64A

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the cool little Peter Pig T-55 objective marker

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A US Duster SPAAG

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US Infantry

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

1970s digital cam???

Some time ago I came across an image on an M60 done up in a weird digital camo scheme I'd never seen before. After a bit of research I found out this pattern was known as Dualtex, and was employed in certain parts of Germany and Italy in the late 70s and early 80s. I'm always looking for a new challenge, so I thought I'd try my hand at it. After a huge amount of masking and patients I am quite happy with the final result, and have applied it to some M60s and a M103

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These M60s began life as a purely QRF kit, but I wasn't very satisfied. The moulds are clearly wearing out, and detail was poor. There is also the issue of the suspension on the original models, which essentially hangs freely in the air with no support. This leads to easy warping, the the end result is just not good at all. Rather than bin them I decided to convert them, as I had done with my old BLAZER variants. This time I took the opportunity to pick up some of battlefront's new M48A3s, and used the chassis and suspensions as stand ins. There are descrepancies of course, the M60 hull was flat, whereas the M48 was rounded. This are pretty negligible at the end of the day, however, and the quality of the kit certainly makes up for it. I retained the QRF turrets, did a considerable amount of sanding and added new peripherals and stowage to cover up any blemishes.

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Compared to the previous kits this QRF M103 was a dream. A fantastic, solid kit, I only have praise for this heavy hitter. Goes together easy, and mould lines are cake to get rid of.