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Old 10-02-2010, 02:55 PM
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Well, a Wespe update... or at least an update on my Wespe...

I painted it the other day applying a nice coat of Vallejo 914 Green Ochre.

Paint was applied with a Badger Crescendo model 175. Paint was diluted so that one part paint was mixed with three parts of thinner. Unfortunately I had a little splutter but I have been able to remove these with a sharp knife.. and I suppose this specimen will also have suffered counter battery fire and consequently some shrapnel damage, so I know where to add that now...

As you will notice, I also opened the vision slits on either side of the driver's enclosure. Of course one is better than the other.. It looks a little crude, but looking at my photos of the Munster specimen, I am actually quite satisfied.

I also painted and installed the radio set, painted according to Tamiya's instructions. Subsequently, I applied a coat of sepia ink to add some depth to the radio front plate.

In the fighting compartment I also installed the first aid kit which is part of the Eduard PE set. A nice little detail, I think.

Tumbling along, I identified yet another number of problem areas:

The radio set:
Has anyone got an idea as to how the set actually looked in terms of paint? And as I am considering to scrap-build a head set, where to attach it to the radio set?

105 mm rounds:
I am also in the process of painting the 105 mm rounds. Would anyone have any inspiration as to paint schemes (HE rounds, smoke rounds, other rounds)? Tamiya's instruction suggests field grey body and silver fuze head.

Dark yellow (RAL 7028):
I have started using Vallejo's 914 Green Ochre as a rendition of the RAL 7028. Pls see the attached image of an earlier model of mine (Sd. Kfz. 171, Ausf. D), where I used a Vallejo 819 Iraqi Sand as the base coat. I'm finding that a little too light and generally like the warmth of the 914. What is the preferred choice of other planeteers to render the RAL 7028?

Well, I test-fitted road wheels, drive sprocket and idler with the base-coated MK-tracks, and the fit is satisfactory. Tracks will probably have to be shortend. Retur rollers are not ready yet. Next step is applying green stripes as camouflage. I am aiming for a Wespe on the 1944 Normandy front.

Ideas to the above questions and any comments in general will be appreciated,

Cheers

J
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Old 10-03-2010, 06:26 PM
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The radio set:
Has anyone got an idea as to how the set actually looked in terms of paint? And as I am considering to scrap-build a head set, where to attach it to the radio set?

105 mm rounds:
I am also in the process of painting the 105 mm rounds. Would anyone have any inspiration as to paint schemes (HE rounds, smoke rounds, other rounds)? Tamiya's instruction suggests field grey body and silver fuze head.

Dark yellow (RAL 7028):
I have started using Vallejo's 914 Green Ochre as a rendition of the RAL 7028. Pls see the attached image of an earlier model of mine (Sd. Kfz. 171, Ausf. D), where I used a Vallejo 819 Iraqi Sand as the base coat. I'm finding that a little too light and generally like the warmth of the 914. What is the preferred choice of other planeteers to render the RAL 7028?
Radio

http://www.desyatnik.com/radios/Fusprech_f_44.html

I have two reference photos showing ammunition in a Wespe. One photo shows a silver head, the other a dark head. The Wespe book by Thomas L. Jenz says that the following types of ammunition were stowed on the Wespe. 18 high explosive rounds, 4 high explosive rounds with double fuses and 8 armour piercing shaped charge rounds. It is my understanding that generally German Panzer and artillery high explosive shells were field grey and had a silver head.

I think that painting the rounds field grey with a silver head would be accurate, see the photos in the links below.

http://forum.axishistory.com/viewtop...84326#p1383229

http://wehrmachts.kisten.free.fr/100mm_lefh18_2.htm

http://wehrmachts.kisten.free.fr/claie_105mm_2.htm

Some information on Panzer colours. I don't want to start an argument over what is the correct RAL 7028 colour, but this should be accurate information.

http://byrden.com/panzers/Colours/index.html

I hope that this is of help to you.

Tim

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Old 10-03-2010, 06:37 PM
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Hi

nice build so far.

Marcus did a very nice build of this on here a while back, did you see it ?

http://www.planetarmor.com/forums/sh...ighlight=Wespe

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Old 10-07-2010, 08:13 AM
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Hi Alan, hi Tim

Thanks for the comment, Alan, and good point about previous Wespe-build. Will investigate.

Thanks for the references, Tim; they are very useful and certainly answer a lot of questions. I will need to dig out the radio set and hope this is possible...

best

J
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Old 11-16-2010, 12:55 PM
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Sd. Kfz. 124 Wespe update

Hi all

Been some time... job and all.

Update: dark green camouflage applied. Used Vallejo Air 096 Panzer Olive Green. Unfortunately, although a Vallejo Air, I think I should have thinned it somewhat. As you will appreciate from the pictures, the dark green areas sprayed on appear not sufficiently fine edgewise.

A happy note: good advice was given previously concerning a mask for the rubber section on the road wheels. I managed to find the circular ruler of the Linex brand as can be seen from the enclosed pictures. One of the holes fits exactly to Tamiya 1/35 Panzer II chassis road wheels less the rubber... and I mean exactly.

The two road wheels pictured are a little roughed up in terms of the rubber. I like to have road wheels rendered as worn as the rubber on road wheels on any tracked vehicle will.

Still working on the radio and grenades following excellent advice and links from previous comments. Thanks.

Outstanding job is weathering.

regards

J
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Old 11-17-2010, 01:54 PM
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I think I should have thinned it somewhat. As you will appreciate from the pictures, the dark green areas sprayed on appear not sufficiently fine edgewise.
How far away from the surface were you holding the airbrush?

For fine lines you should have the airbrush very close to model. Some say to use thinned paint at a low air pressure, others say to use a high pressure.

Experiment to find what works best for you.

Nice work on the road wheels.

Tim
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Old 11-17-2010, 04:09 PM
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Thanks Tim. I am still working on aspects related to your highly useful previous references...;-)

Painting: vallejo air without thinner in airbrush with finest of three needles. Compressor set at 1 bar/15 psi. I tried fine lines very close to the model (1-2 cm distance) but quickly too much paint...:-( Achieving control not easy.

High pressure would mean what in terms of bar/psi...? Would high pressure Call for thinned vallejo air, in your experience?

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Old 12-31-2010, 12:32 PM
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Happy New Year, all

Hi all

Well, one of my goals for 2010 just accomplished: I finalized my Sd. Kfz. 124 Wespe (Tamiya 1:35)... and I was working on it till late in the afternoon today!

I have hoped to depict a Wespe with the 12th SS in Normandy 1944: although not too battered, it is still dirty and gritty with dirt and leaking oil gaskets characterizing particularly the suspension.

The vehicle commander - an SS-Oberscharführer - has left his jacket on the front armour plate while attending to his duties in the warm summer. Chances are that he was not able to withdraw from Normandy in August 1944 with his vehicle, but that is an entirely different story.

Oh yes: I had to improvise when tape holding the mask for the nationality symbol removed some of the dark yellow on the right side armour. Hence the bread bag...

The vehicle was washed with a variety of mud and earth colours, Vallejo pigments were used on the suspension and front as well as rear and finally sepia ink for oil leaks. Light brushing with a pencil provided a worn touch to edges.

All comments are welcome... after all: I here to learn. And again: many thanks for previous valuable comments - particularly Tim's on the radio and other issues - which were very useful.

And finally: best wishes for the new year to all - hope that 2011 will be a model year...

J
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Nice work Jochen.

It looks very good but I personally would add some more dust pigment, particularly on the tracks, fighting compartment floor and at the rear, to tone down the red and white ranging pole. It's up to you, as long as you are happy with it, it's your model.

Glad to have been of assistance. I hope to make at start on my Wespe sometime in the New Year.

Tim
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Looks good. This was always one of my "to build" list, just never got around to it. Maybe one of these days! Great work.
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