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Panzer II C Polish Campaign

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The build was completed using the Tamiya Pzkpfw II C Polish campaign kit #35299 and a turned brass KwK 30 2.0cm replacement barrel. The vehicle depicted is R03 with the 35th PzRgt, 4th PzDiv in Warsaw, Poland, 1939. The vehicle was finished in the pre-1940 ordered two-tone scheme of 2/3 Dunkelgrau 1/3 Dunkelbraun. I used an 80/20 mix of Testors Model Master Panzer enamel Schwarzgrau/Light Gray for the base coat and MM enamel Panzer Schokoladenbraun for the camouflage pattern. Weathering was applied using a combination of an overall wash of enamel Raw Sienna followed by dot filters of enamel Flat Sea Blue, Flat White, and Italian Dark Brown. The tracks and hull were weathered using Mig Pigments Europe Dust. The kit supplied decals were weathered with heavy applications of Raw Sienna to simulate the common practice of crews smearing mud to tone down the prominent white markings.
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About the Author

About Bill Plunk (wbill76)
FROM: TEXAS, UNITED STATES

Like many, I started out in the hobby as a kid building airplanes to hang from my bedroom cieling. I took a long break from the hobby, returning in 2001 with an interest in armor inspired mostly by online gaming. WW2 armor, 1/35 scale, is my preferred genre with a special taste for the stranger vehi...


Comments

Bill, Hummm . . . and I thought they were overall gray? Clean build, very good weathering and great job on the camo. You've captured the look of the early panzer vehicles as used in the early war campaigns. In a black and white photograph it would be close to impossible to see the camo as the tonel quality of the two colors are almost achromatic in a black and white photo without factoring in dust, dirt, shadows, and direct sunlight reflecting off of a dirty vehicle. Throw in aged photographs on top of that! Three cheers, -Eddy
NOV 25, 2009 - 12:57 PM
Good stuff Bill ...I like it ... I'm working on Tamiya's other new Pz II right now so this will give me some inspiration...Great job
NOV 25, 2009 - 01:00 PM
Thanks Eddy and Richard, appreciate the comments! Eddy, I'm firmly in the two-tone-as-ordered camp for just the reasons you stated regarding the limitations of black and white photography and lighting conditions. I thoroughly enjoyed this build, it's a fun little kit to build!
NOV 25, 2009 - 01:14 PM