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Old 02-08-2015, 02:03 AM
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VK4502(P) Vorne

Okay, here is another project I'm working on. I also have an SU122 going too....and a Pz. IV!
I'm really interested in the "paper panzers", and this one is kind of a dream kit for me...I love this tank. I think it's just about the coolest looking piece of armor ever made, and has, I think, quite a futuristic look for the day. I'm glad it wasn't put into production, as I think it would have given the Allies a tough run, but I do wish there were a couple prototypes to examine.
Since it is a model of a non-existent piece of history, I didn't want to get too detailed. I built it OOB, with the exception that I did not build the interior (turret). The Hobby Boss kit comes with a nicely detailed turret, complete with a fully detailed gun, ammo, etc. No other parts of the interior are included. I opted not to build the interior of the turret, as I typically build my models closed-up.
The build is pretty straight-forward and most parts fit well. I've read several reviews of this kit online and most are spot on, so I wont waste the space here on another redundant review. It appears the tracks are the biggest problem area, and I have test fit some links and see what the fuss is about. It might get Kaizen or Fruil tracks.
I airbrushed a basecoat of a mixture of crimson artist acrylic, Vallejo Hull Red, and Vallejo Black Grey with water and Tamiya Acrylic thinner to reduce.
I wanted some variance in the basecoat, rather than a monotone primer layer. I use the salt technique for weathering, and I've found that the more variance underneath, the better it generally looks. To achieve the first step of this, I sprayed the model with water while the paint was drying, allowing it to run, streak, and pool. This is a bit of an experiment, but I think it'll be alright. I'm going to do some washes over this before I do the actual base color to achieve even more variation.
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Old 02-10-2015, 02:04 AM
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Back again. I got the paint on it and I'm both pleased and discouraged with the results. I used the salt weathering method, and I'm pleased with how that is working. I used a coffee grinder to powder the salt for finer and more varied granule shape. For removal of the finer particles I have found that simply washing the model off with warm water works best, but care must be taken to be sure the paint is completely dry and set, and to not scrub or rub the paint at all or it will likely come off down to the plastic. Shouldn't be a problem with enamels.
I am still learning how to airbrush. I haven't been able to achieve really consistent results. I painted an FW190 years ago that to this day is the best paint job I've ever done, in the spotty speckle pattern that Nazi fighters often wore. This is a very difficult paint job to do on a little 1/48 WWII fighter, but I have to say that somehow I pulled it off. Other days I cant hardly get a smooth coat on something.
My color selection and camo design for this model was loosely based on known Nazi Panzer use, but I also tried to imagine what a late-war or post May, 1945 German tank might have looked like.
I'm happy with my colors and pattern, but as you'll see I got some small spattering from my airbrush. I think I know what caused this, and I know that with some practice and work I can get better at controlling this issue (I'm using an Ebay Badger Patriot 105).
My question is what do some of you think I can do to get rid of this now? I thought of sanding it very lightly with very smooth paper, and I've also thought of trying to airbrush in the grey to cover some of the spattering back up. Thoughts?
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Old 02-10-2015, 11:41 AM
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I like it!
It's a very intersting vehicle. Competitor to the Tiger II I understand?
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Old 02-10-2015, 11:10 PM
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Well I don't know.....I've read a couple conflicting stories about the intent of it. I've read that it was to replace the tiger, the tiger 2, that it's prototype naming "45.02" meant that it was to be a 45 ton vehicle which to me says "panther 2", and it sounds like it's more of a heavy medium than a light heavy. So I don't really know. I just like how it looks. Assuming the scaling is "on" it's about the same size as a panther also.
Thanks for the comments on it. A long ways to go yet. Any suggestions on how to fix the splattering?

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Old 02-12-2015, 12:27 PM
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It doesn't look much bigger than Porsche's proposed tiger, so heavy medium sounds pretty good.
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Old 02-12-2015, 12:30 PM
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I like it. It looks like a vehicle that's been sitting around for a bit, though the turret probably would have been cannibalized for the actual KTs.
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Old 02-12-2015, 02:09 PM
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Yes armor fiend, that's what they did with the VK4502 turrets, as you probably know. They made about 50 Porsche turrets, and from my sources all were mounted to KT hulls for action, or most of them at least. Thanks for the comments. I'm gonna play around with this thing today, although I received my M6 US heavy yesterday!
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