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dmjung

Tamiya Jagdtiger in 1/48

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Last year was horrific healthwise, but I'm finally back. While going through all the cancer crap I thought this would be an easy build, but then I noticed the handles were molded-on blobs, the periscope holes were just empty holes, molded-on tools, etc etc ad nauseaum. So I redid the handles and have some aftermarket tools to go on the back deck. I'm skipping the periscopes as I need to get this off my desk and get back to the Moonliner.

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Green sprayed. I'm attempting to use a liquid mask against my better judgement--the last time I used it was rather unpleasant. But I think if I can get it mastered, it will be useful.

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Brown sprayed. I decide to free-hand it rather than tempt fate any further with the masking. And I need to practice my airbrushing. 1/48 armor is fun, but sure is small--those 1/16 and bigger kits are looking attractive....

 

After I pull up the mask, assuming it pulls up properly, I may go back and sharpen up the green and brown edges, but maybe I'll just say its done and move on.

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As expected, the liquid masking was a bear, but I think it's just a matter of keeping after it--so I'll do some messing around on junk parts in the future.  Using a bunch seems to work better than laying it thin.  A gloss coat, decals, some washes, and a flat coat. Still need to add all the exterior odds and ends and some paint touch-up. I can smell the finish line and it's not just atomized airbrush cleaner...

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Since I like building more than actually finishing the project, I'm trying a new technique to see if it works well (or at all).  I'm seeing if the tow cables will stay in place using the flat varnish as an adhesive.

 

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So using varnish (at least the Vallejo acrylic) as an adhesive appears to have limited use. Something really light and won't be under any tension/pressure would probably be OK.

And I've run out of parts I'm willing to mess with and not motivated enough to shoot another flat coat, so it's done. Forgot to push down one of the rear shackles before the picture, but didn't feel like taking the picture over. It's only a friction fit. One of the front shackles is somewhere on my floor...maybe it will turn up one day. :)

One down, several thousand to go...

 

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Despite any trials and tribulations, that came out quite striking! Have you tried using silly putty for masking like that on tanks (or ships)? It goes over bumps and lumps easily and is much easier to apply and remove than liquid masks.

Congrats on a great looking build!

GIL :cool:

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Looks great David! Nice work!

 

I second Gil's suggestion for4 using Silly Putty; I use it all the time to mask my 1/72 scale armor and I get some pretty awesome three-tone camo patterns out of it.

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