1⁄35Bergepanzer Tiger (P) Build Story
Painting & Weathering
I began by applying an all over coat of XF-69 Nato Black. At this stage the wheels and tracks were left off and painted separately, although I had fixed the bogeys to the hull. After this I misted on some XF-59 Sand yellow, and then a heavier coat of this applied to the centre of panels and around fixtures etc. I then sprayed a light crossed pattern of XF-65 Field grey to represent the camouflage and then 2 or 3 light coats of X-22 Clear to seal everything.
With a very small brush (0000) I began to go around all the fixtures and detail with a mixture of Burnt umber artists’ grade oil paint in white spirit, dabbing off any excess with a clean cotton bud dipped in white spirit. Next was an all over dry brushing with Humbrol 33 Matt black, going heavier in some areas to represent heavy traffic areas or worn areas. With my small brush I then applied a tiny dab of neat Burnt umber oil under certain fixtures and dragged it downwards with a clean brush to represent very light rusting. The entire model was then misted with Hannants Xtracrylix Flat varnish. The same procedure was used on all the lifting gear, although I painted all the chains separately by first coating in XF-69 Nato black and then lightly dusting in Mig Productions P024 Light rust, and then P028 Europe dust, finally rubbing with a graphite stick to represent bare metal. Various streaks were added to the hull itself with a flat brush dipped in white spirit, and some Mig pigments. The tracks were painted in exactly the same way as the chains and then fixed in place with super glue. I added an old Dragon figure I had lying around with an added Hornet head and rolled up newspaper, some chain to the deck, a hanging tunic, boots and two Jerry cans.
I’m extremely happy with the way this turned out and will be building another, with Zimmerit. Dragon just keeps going from strength to strength. What would have been the province of the aftermarket conversion guys not so long ago, is now within reach of all modellers, and certainly adds something unusual to your collection.
I would like to say thank you to Dragon models Ltd., for the review sample and for giving us the Bergpanzer in the first place!