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Building a 251/7 Pioneer

The next stage was to apply pigments. I chose MIGís European dust for the tracks and wheels, scrubbed in using an old brush. Iíve tried using various rust pigments but they always appear to be far too Ďredí. Some scratches were applied to the walls of the vehicle using oil paint and dragged down with a clean brush, and then MIGís Dark mud pigment was applied around the lower areas.

As I said earlier I wanted to display the rear doors open, since the vehicle is going to eventually be included in a much larger diorama. I also wanted it to represent an early war vehicle, and with plenty of gear inside. The two planks held in between the bridge support brackets were often placed there by the crew so that they could use the space behind to store personal gear.

Dragon do supply styrene planks, but since I had replaced the brackets with photo-etched ones they didnít fit anyway, so I made up new ones with balsa wood. Instead of wasting parts from the spares box that couldnít be seen through the narrow gaps anyway, instead I just stuffed tissue paper into the gaps and then soaked various shades of watery paint into them. On one side I scratched a strap which would hang down and a piece of blanket. On the inside of the vehicle I used some more tissue rolled up for blankets in the bench lockers, a couple of water canteens with lead foil straps, a rifle with strap, a couple of old helmets from the spares box, two resin back packs and a bottle of wine! The major addition was the air recognition flag which was made from fine Irish linen. I downloaded a flag from some website, which I then used to make a paper mask, and used four metal rings as eyelets. The string holding each corner is fine wire.

There you have it. A colourful 251, different from all the other 251ís Iíve built by virtue of the flag and skis!
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About the Author

About Vinnie Branigan (Teacher)


Vinnie, do you ever get tired of building things?? Looks fantastic
MAR 15, 2006 - 08:09 PM
I have got to get one of these. Going to the LHS in like 10 minutes to get one ordered. Z.
MAR 15, 2006 - 08:16 PM
If Dragon doesn't put all of your work together to showcase their halftrack line, they are crazy. Unbelievable work Vinnie. I'm sure the upcoming diorama will be a show stopper. Patrick
MAR 15, 2006 - 08:44 PM
Dear Vinnie Outstanding great as usual One comment please, next time can you tell us how long does it takes each step? Because you are very productive, I wish i had a science teacher like you Cheers Seb
MAR 15, 2006 - 09:10 PM
Vinnie, Superb, must be your best 251 yet. Is this a case of practice makes perfect? I cant wait for the UHU that is in the catalogue. Regards, John
MAR 15, 2006 - 11:49 PM
wow, that is seriously impressive - that's the best 251 I've ever seen, it's a really inspirational model and the feature is in your usual great style, hats off to you Vinnie .
MAR 15, 2006 - 11:59 PM
As usual, and excellent article of an excellent model.
MAR 15, 2006 - 11:59 PM
Another amazing half track, Vinnie (for next Dragon gatalogue?) !! Tell me your secret to build a new armour so fast?? It's incredible.... :-) Tom
MAR 16, 2006 - 02:56 AM
We,ll done your highness. Excellent job. Greetz 043
MAR 16, 2006 - 09:13 PM
Smashing, Top Drawer!!!! (with best possible English accent). Looks great and I enjoyed the write up. Very informative. Pete
MAR 24, 2006 - 10:12 AM