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Tamiya Famo Sd Ah 116 trailer and DML Panzer
justsendit
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Posted: Saturday, June 20, 2015 - 09:14 AM UTC

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I may need an optisor to get the fine work done.



Hi Michael,

I use an OptiVisor over cheater glasses and sometimes combine those with a Helping Hands magnifier and I still can't paint as well as you.

Your updates look great. Keep up the great work!

—mike
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Posted: Saturday, June 20, 2015 - 07:16 AM UTC
a little bit of detail painting on the engine , changed the rocker covers from silver to black






Michael
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Posted: Friday, June 19, 2015 - 04:56 PM UTC
Hello again,

Spent some time doing the faces and figures and at the end was not happy with the way they looked so back to the drawing board and stripped them back to start again


So we start again , I may need an optisor to get the fine work done .

Michael



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Posted: Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 04:30 PM UTC
Slow progress,

figures gloss coated with Testers gloss coat and a black pinwash used around the figures clothing.
Been awhile doing a face since the trailer driver and its a slow learning curve to get the colours right.Using oil paints for the the face and hands .

Here is 1 figures face done


Michael
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Posted: Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 04:26 PM UTC
Guys , thanks for the kind words .

I like the idea of the magnets although if I'm going to travel with this baby I do not want anything moving in transit , ie, I cannot afford the chance of the decking or the cab moving whilst travelling within Australia and if I can afford it , out of Australia .Once built this baby is on the timber board by way of 1mm pins in the wheels with a combination of white glue and super glue used on the famo tracks.

Here is a progress shot of where I'm at



First time for me using acrylics on 1/35th figures as I have mainly used Humbrol enamels .Brush painted Humbrol flesh on the heads and arms and the rest is all Vallejo .The humbrol flesh is an excellent base coat for the skin tones before commencing with the oil paints.

There is a ton of work needed on the figures to make them acceptable to fit into the Famo.

Again, more to follow

Michael
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Posted: Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 08:52 AM UTC
Stellar Michael!
I have been watching your posts as inspiration as I build mine.
165thspc
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Posted: Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 07:57 PM UTC
Buddy of mine builds antique carriages to Breyer-Horse scale and uses small cut out pieces of flexible magnet sheet like that used to turn a business card into a refrigerator magnet.

He uses them for door locks, hold-downs and to hold a roof on to make it removable to view interior details.

It works like a charm!
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Posted: Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 10:43 AM UTC
Hi Mike,

Have you given any thought about using rare earth magnets to hold the rear compartment in place. Shame to hide all work you put into the undercarriage. The 4mm x 1mm examples are inexpensive, fit the width of the frame rails and hold very well. The War Store among others have them.

Tony
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Posted: Wednesday, May 06, 2015 - 11:44 PM UTC
Thanks Mark and Brian

Appreciate your words.

Michael
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Posted: Wednesday, May 06, 2015 - 04:44 AM UTC
Michael,
Have been following your progress. Impressive work on the Famo and trailer. Looking forward to seeing how the figures turn out. Have a half track vehicle myself that I was planning to build soon. In simple terms your work is... Inspirational!
Thanks for sharing,
Mark
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Posted: Tuesday, May 05, 2015 - 07:41 PM UTC
very cool! that is excellent and as a previous post said "exemplary" work; can't wait to see the finished project!
airborne1
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Posted: Tuesday, May 05, 2015 - 05:49 PM UTC
Thanks Mike,

A little further progress has been made on the crew.
There was a little seem cleaning with a No 11 exacto blade .
Cut away the hands on some of the crew and are now close to being primed and painted.


The heads have been test fitted on each figure .
All the heads will be drilled out and then a a toothpick will be inserted so I can work on the head separately .
Humbrol Flesh will be airbrushed as the base coat on the heads, arms and hands.
Vellajo acrylics for the uniforms .


More to follow .

Michael
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Posted: Saturday, May 02, 2015 - 06:03 AM UTC

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... It's the first time for me predominately using the Vellajo acrylic paints ...


Hi Michael, I've been following your WIP ... nice work!

I think you'll be very happy with your investment. You also might want to consider adding Vallejo Airbrush Thinner (71.161) to the arsenal. In addition, I hear that Vallejo Glaze Medium (70.596) is a good way to go for blending Vallejo Acrylics ... the verdict is still out, but I'll be experimenting with that method soon.

—mike

PS: There's only one thing better than figure painting ... lots of figure painting! LOL! ... and feeling your pain!
airborne1
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Posted: Saturday, May 02, 2015 - 05:26 AM UTC
Thanks Guys for the kind words .

I should not have posted the Vellajo box photo's because it may have come across the wrong way .It's the first time for me predominately using the Vellajo acrylic paints, mainly been a Humbrol enamel figure painter but the acrylics are by far the better way to go for figure painting .
There are a lot of crew members to experiment the acrylics on


Michael
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Posted: Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 06:45 PM UTC
Wow, coming along beautifully!
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Posted: Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 04:43 PM UTC
Jealousy rears its ugly head, in response to your paint purchase. Seriously, excellent work. I'm glad to see you back at it.
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Posted: Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 03:14 PM UTC
Hello Again,

Back with the next installment.
I persisted with the Famo fruil.
Happy with the appearance and they are now glued in place .


Painted with Humbrol primer


Painted with Gunze colours
ed with Gunze colours

Here is the right side
eft side applied onto the running gear

Here is the right side


three quarter rear




Then realised how big the famo is with the superstructure on .




Now that the lower running gear is on I'm moving onto the figures for the drivers/troop compartment. Started marrying some hornet heads up with 3 figures and experimenting with the excellent Vallejo paints just recently collected


So many figures to do so it will be awhile to the next post .

Michael

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Posted: Monday, March 30, 2015 - 03:39 PM UTC
Thanks Chris,

I'm in 2 minds whether the track on the panzer 3 will be on whilst being shipped back for repairs.There will be work to damage the hull to force it going to the rear.

More to follow
,

Michael
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Posted: Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 05:33 PM UTC
stunning.... that's a lot of plastic, resin and p/e. I love the damaged Pz III too.

Chris
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Posted: Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 03:41 PM UTC
Thanks Guy ,

I'm glad you like it .

Michael
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Posted: Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 09:05 AM UTC
Michael, just found this thread and went through it from beginning to end. Amazing work!
airborne1
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Posted: Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 07:10 AM UTC
Thanks Guys

I Appreciate your comments .

Michael
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Posted: Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 12:02 AM UTC
Great job Michael. I am currently building a FAMO myself.
Your build has been a GREAT resource of ideas and motivation.
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Posted: Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:28 PM UTC
Exemplary.
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Posted: Friday, March 27, 2015 - 08:20 PM UTC
Nice update Michael! Glad to see this is moving forward!

—mike