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Armor and ground forces of the Axis forces during World War II.
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Takom Tiger 2 Repair Dio
Dioramartin
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Posted: Sunday, January 28, 2018 - 12:29 AM GMT+7
Corkscrew anyone? Hic
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Posted: Saturday, January 27, 2018 - 11:40 PM GMT+7
Brief update

All the wine bottles have the decals applied.
The decal sheet has 2 less than the number of bottles in the box, lucky Archer come to the party with wine bottle labels.

Ripped 2 decals out of the total , I can live with that.

I may need a break to do the beer bottle crates, there are a lot there.

Now back to the Famo and trailer .


Michael
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Posted: Saturday, January 20, 2018 - 01:11 PM GMT+7
Next project

Quite a few hours taken up for all the crates and bottles to be glued,painted and decals applied.
They are all going to be positioned in the bottom corner of the house with other stores.



It may be awhile before I post again

Michael
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Posted: Monday, January 08, 2018 - 10:03 PM GMT+7
Thanks Tim

I left the cover off as I was contemplating using the Miniart tank repair crew cleaning the barrel.
Then decided against it as the Mini art figures stand a little taller placed beside a 35th scale Tamiya or Alpine figure.

That and the fact that the diorama scene was leading to having too much going on around the tiger. A critical trap we all fall into with a large diorama area to work to.

Finding the correct visual balance as there will be a number of figures around the bilstein crane at the rear of the tiger with the engine ready to be placed onto timber supports.

Michael

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Posted: Monday, January 08, 2018 - 12:02 AM GMT+7
Brilliant, fantastic especially knowing it's fully kitted out inside. Might it have had a bag over the muzzle under maintenance? What do I know, just a thought. Looking forward to Famo progress
airborne1
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Posted: Saturday, January 06, 2018 - 11:03 PM GMT+7
Hello Again,

Head down trying to complete the King Tiger before heading back to work tomorrow.

Here are the completed images of the king tiger. Will sit behind glass before being placed onto the diorama.

The Tiger was predominately painted in Mig Ammo acrylics with additional Vellajo, lifecolour and Humbrol enamels.

Weathering was made with Ak Earth filter(wash) to distress the paint from new.
Oil paints for the chipping.

Now back to finish the Famo and trailer :good














Michael
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Posted: Thursday, January 04, 2018 - 11:49 AM GMT+7

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HNY Michael - yum, its got that essential mean & deadly look, excellent work. Im sure it isnt but it looks like a socking great knock-out pin dent in the front wall of the engine compartment whats its real purpose? Hmm odourless thinner eh is that like zero-alcohol vodka?



Hi Tim,

Thanks for your words. The recessed circle on the front engine wall is what I can presume an access panel of some description into the engine bay. The round recess hole will be painted black.

There are some many things you can achieve with the odourless thinner apart from described as a zero-alcohol vodka

Michael
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Posted: Tuesday, January 02, 2018 - 10:34 PM GMT+7
HNY Michael - yum, its got that essential mean & deadly look, excellent work. Im sure it isnt but it looks like a socking great knock-out pin dent in the front wall of the engine compartment whats its real purpose? Hmm odourless thinner eh is that like zero-alcohol vodka?
airborne1
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Posted: Sunday, December 31, 2017 - 10:38 PM GMT+7
Hello again

Happy New Year

Here is the 95 percent completion of the Takom King tiger

There is still some further shipping with a combination of oils blended down with Mig's odourless thinner



The Tiger will have the rear engine deck off with the engine suspended in the air from the crane jib


The series of images are still WIP with some very minor detailing.







Michael
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Posted: Saturday, December 30, 2017 - 05:46 PM GMT+7
Thanks Mark and Giovani.

I appreciate your words.

Received some dry transfer vehicle numbers from Archer just recently and spent near an hour yesterday applying them onto the side of the vehicle. The spare tracks also have also been glued onto the track hangers.

The tiger has been completed with detailing, chipping and washes...etc.
The hatches and external components are being painted and glued into position today.

Photos to follow shortly.

Michael
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Posted: Saturday, December 30, 2017 - 06:01 AM GMT+7

Hi Michael,

Great job so far. The King Tiger is fantastic. I'm following...

Cheers
rover5700
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Posted: Tuesday, December 26, 2017 - 01:25 PM GMT+7
very nicely done
airborne1
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Posted: Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 10:36 PM GMT+7
Hi,

Here are the work in progress images of the King Tiger.

No where near finished, early sneak peak of progress.









Michael
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Posted: Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 03:39 PM GMT+7
Hello again,

Next installment of images, Voyager etch fenders are on

The 3 front quarter fender brackets are not included in the etch set and had to be robbed from another etch set.
I could have scratch built the brackets but decided that it was easier and quick to put on from a back up Aber set.






Michael
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Posted: Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 12:36 AM GMT+7
Hi Dave,

Thanks for your words, sorry for the late reply as I have been head down with the photo etch for the side skirts.

There has been some difficulty in the front fender etch bonding to the plastic fender.

The etch fender is finally on and progress photo's will follow shortly.

I was surprised to see that Voyager did not give the front and rear fenders in the etch set.

Michael
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Posted: Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 03:48 PM GMT+7
Michael This is a real stunner!
The tracks and wheels etc look very realistic and weathered perfectly, cool!
Nice presentation too, thanks.

Regards Dave
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Posted: Friday, November 03, 2017 - 03:16 PM GMT+7

Here is another small update on progress on the King tiger.

Both the turret and hull are glued together,the the voyager fenders are next and the painting begins. :yipee



The parts below are going to be painted separately and then glued onto the hull once intricate detailing is done.
All the hatch's will be covered up with Tamiya tape before and painting begins.

At the moment I have left the barrel and sleeve unglued, they will be painted and detailed individually and then glued in place.






Michael
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Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 06:29 PM GMT+7
Thanks Tim,

It is a shame that it has to be all glued together
With the king tiger on the diorama with the engine hanging out the back it will all be forgotten about. There will be other vehicles and figures beside the king tiger and I think it will be consumed with the overall appearance, Who knows there may be a camo net raised over the front that may distract the view inside

Michael
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Posted: Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 11:41 PM GMT+7
Shedding a silent tear here for the interior...I guess youve already gone through every argument for not gluing it all down?

airborne1
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Posted: Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 11:33 PM GMT+7
Thanks Marian,

On holidays now and the best part is coming up. The external painting and weathering.



Michael
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Posted: Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 07:52 PM GMT+7
Wow, I just happen to love this beautifully crafted interior! Well done Michael, it looks amazing!
airborne1
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Posted: Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 01:48 AM GMT+7
Progress update,

Here are some final shots of the turret and lower interior before being glued together.
















Michael
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Posted: Friday, October 06, 2017 - 05:10 PM GMT+7

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One of my favourite builds mate, coming along beautifully - I swear I can smell oil




Ha Ha thanks Tim,

Apologies for the late reply head down with 88mm rounds.

Appreciate your words and hopefully with the next installment of images we make the build/builds more interesting.

All the 88mm rounds have been detailed and glued into position in the turret and lower hull. Been a long time to get to this stage.
The kit is taking shape, a real tribute to Takom with the immense detail in this kit.













Michael
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Posted: Tuesday, October 03, 2017 - 11:01 PM GMT+7
One of my favourite builds mate, coming along beautifully - I swear I can smell oil

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Posted: Monday, October 02, 2017 - 07:14 AM GMT+7
Thanks Guys,

Michael,
The aftermarket set comes from Blackdog.
The set is for the Roden bus.
With a little modification to the base of the resin makes it perfect for the radio van.

Michael