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Tamiya Famo Sd Ah 116 trailer and DML Panzer
justsendit
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Posted: Saturday, December 06, 2014 - 08:49 PM UTC
The wood and canvas are looking really good! Great progress!

—mike
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Posted: Saturday, December 06, 2014 - 02:55 PM UTC

Thanks Guys for the kind words .

Michael
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Posted: Friday, December 05, 2014 - 07:22 PM UTC
The wood on the trailer and the look of the tarp are outstanding!
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Posted: Friday, December 05, 2014 - 06:30 PM UTC
Impressive work!
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Posted: Friday, December 05, 2014 - 06:10 PM UTC
hello

More work completed
I think this is way bigger than the dragon wagon because the trailer in 3 individual components makes lot more work on the famo trailer than the D/W trailer.

I was surprised to see so many decals on the tractor unit. This would be the hardest thing by far building the trailer .I suppose the easiest way would be to paint and mask it and I took the difficult way.

Here are the tools of the trade of what I use for decaling all my vehicles .
first : spray gloss on the area where the decal is to go and then use warm water , paintbrush to position the decal onto the model. use tissue paper to soak any water away from the decal so it sucks the decal flat onto the model . Then flat clear once done. I use Testers dullcote for most of my flat clearing.




Here is the final appearance .
the tractor unit was toned down from earlier washes .
blue tac had been placed over the headlamps for the paint and wash section. More work to be done to the tilt over the cab .



Upper deck painted with Mig Ammo Dark grey base and Humbrol 63 for the Timber appearance .
A dark pin wash by Mig (DARK WASH)was added to bring out the depth in the timber on the trailer bed





On the underside of the trailer I used the Tamiya earth effects mixed with Tamiya thinners broken down .
Gives a really good soil appearance .This will be painted with Tamiya earth to bring out the detail.


I moved my attention on creating a better looking tarp for the Famo .
Here I painted with Mig Ammo Olive green to give like a worn canvas appearance .
Highlighling the ridges of the tarp with Olivegreen and a mix of dark yellow


I used Mig (Dark Wash)as a pin wash mixed and broken down with 502 Abetelung thinners. By doing this it flows quicker along the recess.

applied in the recesses and once dry I highlighted again with the mix of olive green and dark yellow to show a slightly worn appearance on the raised edges.

Slowly getting to the end of the tractor unit and I used black ink to seep into the tow cable .
Great for adding depth in detail once the cable is highlighted with a steel colour .


The driver had the neck area dremelled out and a hornet head test fitted .
The next stage is the figure painting .Wow , 6 months since last painting a figure.
I think I can do it


Michael




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Posted: Friday, November 21, 2014 - 12:42 PM UTC
Hello

update to sd ah 116 trailer

ammo primer





ammo colours





ammo tyre colours






airborne1
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Posted: Friday, November 14, 2014 - 06:26 PM UTC
Thanks Frank,

Yeah I will probably use some more sporadic washes around the engine compartment once the panzer 3 is painted .
It will be a small wash not too over the top but we will need to bring certain parts of the engine bay out.

Michael
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Posted: Friday, November 14, 2014 - 05:01 PM UTC
Great build Michael. Love the damaged panzer III. Will you wether the engine more or leave it like this?
airborne1
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Posted: Friday, November 14, 2014 - 04:43 PM UTC
Thanks Rick for the kind words

Here we are at present .
The rear drivers compartment was painted with Ammo primer and german grey .
The timber on the floor was painted with Humbrol 63 to bring out the highlights




white glue was used for the decal and metal ring from the eduard set .
The timber on the floor had been highlighted with Humbrol 63 and Mig washes had been used to highlight depth with a fine brush.I used Hubrol 163 satin brown for the seat with a diluted dust wash from Ammo dust effects .




Michael
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Posted: Sunday, November 09, 2014 - 12:54 AM UTC
That's one heck of an impressive kit. I always wanted to try my hand at it myself. Really looking forward to seeing how it comes out for you!
airborne1
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Posted: Saturday, November 08, 2014 - 06:18 PM UTC
Hello again,

I was intending on doing the sd ah 116 trailer out of the box .That was the plan Then I found that Eduard did an etch set and it was just what I needed to dress the trailer up.
Some things in the etch set will not be used .
I will not be cutting the draw bar to correct that because I do not think it's needed, but there are other items which help to bring the trailer together.




I sanded down the sink holes inside the cab , they may not be seen but I was not taking any chances.
The Famo tools for inside the cab have been modified with etch latch's along with the handles for the engine grills.





Michael
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Posted: Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 07:38 PM UTC
back again for the next instalment .

Ok , overview
Famo and trailer are back out of the box on the workbench and
the rear carrier is where I commence my work .



test fitting the figure into the compartment to ensure a snug fit .
It is close possibly 1mm variation for one of the drivers foot on 1 side to be altered.



Took a brief break and started applying some washes on the famo by Mig Ammo and Mig dark and earth washes .



More to follow with the rear trailer section to be the first of four assemblies to work with.

airborne1
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Posted: Monday, October 06, 2014 - 10:37 PM UTC
tonight's viewing

Took a small break from working on the panzer 3 and decided to try my hand in a little assembly painting for the Famo load .
Here is Cromwell Models resin cargo load ,fits perfectly in the back, note it is early stages and more painting ,washes and weathering to the resin load will be required to look the part



The Panzer will be built excluding the tools and Mg's. Repair crews stripped them out to be used on other vehicles








Have about 10% of the Panzer 3 to do and then it's onto the beast .
airborne1
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Posted: Friday, October 03, 2014 - 10:39 PM UTC
Thanks Guys for the kind words .

Spent the last few weeks in the boring stages of the photo etch.
Track tools done and a little more to do on the wiring and lights and then we're onto happy days with some painting .

Have three weeks off and I'm going to pour it on this kit to get completed.




More to follow in the coming weeks .

Michael
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Posted: Sunday, September 07, 2014 - 10:25 AM UTC
Keep up the build, can't wait to see more.
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Posted: Saturday, September 06, 2014 - 05:15 PM UTC
With such a great love of pz.IIIs and IVs, I felt obligated to subscribe. That is a tremendous undertaking and you are doing a superb job!
airborne1
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Posted: Saturday, September 06, 2014 - 05:08 PM UTC
Back again with further progress developments .

Track tools have been trimmed with all the plastic latches around the tools being removed off
A combination of Passion Models and Aber etch for the clamps and brackets . Both sets will be used depending on the type of tool.
Not an easy fix ,very time consuming .
Last night 1 latch 25 minutes , not for the feint hearted .
Here is the example





I was going to stick with just the kit wheels on the Famo and trailer although I could not resist the resin release by Tank Workshop and caved in to using these wheels on the vehicle .
The summers here can be quite hot and to sum it all up I do not want to do all the work on the Famo project only to have cracked tyres down the track .
Not a good feeling:(
The best thing with the tank workshop products is that the trailer and the prime mover wheels are in the same pack .
Picked them up from Dragon hobby on EBay if anyone is asking .
Good price and speedy delivery .




I was not going to use photo etch sets for the Famo prime mover. Initially the Famo was going to be built out of the box but there was some key areas of the external side of the prime mover where there is a requirement for some enhancements .I was going to gloss over them but unfortunately this was an area which cannot be overlooked. One specific area is the rear fenders on the Famo ,they are hinged and Tamiya seemed have slid straight over this one .Surprisingly because the Famo is so well engineered in detail they missed this particular area.
A good Friend of Mine Ross Allen(aka Mulligan64) had purchased the famo etch sets way back in 2000 but never used them .Some money changed hands and it is onwards and upwards for this build.
Happy days , thanks Ross

Here are the 3 etch sets to play with ,mmm I have a lot of work
airborne1
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Posted: Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 07:00 PM UTC
Thanks Guys for the kind words of praise.

Your feedback is giving me the inspiration to continue on.

Michael
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Posted: Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 02:17 AM UTC
Looking good! Can't wait to see everything painted and weathered.
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Posted: Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 01:09 AM UTC
This is coming along nicely. Interesting "twist" on the battle-damaged Panzer!

—mike
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Posted: Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 09:46 PM UTC
Hello all,

Back again.
Here is the left side track done with the battle damage .
Did not want to overdo it , still a little more work to do .




airborne1
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Posted: Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 11:11 PM UTC
Thanks
The panzer 3 and Famo will be a challenge to build and display.

I would say to escape from the front hatches you would have to be super small and at a squeeze you could get out .


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Posted: Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 10:35 AM UTC
first of all I must congratulate you for this model.
I would like to ask if from the front two hatches, could the crew exit and enter the vehicle from them?
Thanks for your reply.

Regards.
airborne1
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Posted: Friday, August 22, 2014 - 07:35 PM UTC
ok back again,
Further progress achieved .
Right side Fruil track on now for the left.

It will be a little hard because there is a twist for how I want to show the track off.


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Posted: Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 03:09 PM UTC
Thanks Mike,

I'm on the down hill run with the panzer 3.

The fenders had been way harder than what I imagined
It was a first doing this style of panzer 3 fender and found this more difficult than a etch tiger or panther fender.

Now all we have to do is build the track , test fit to kit and it's happy days ahead

Michael