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About the Author

About Mike (mikado)

Electrical Engineer by day and night....AFV modeller by weekend when I have time. I am still learning and hoping the next model will be better...


Mikado is erm...... the callsign of the modeller who made it? :-) Vinnie
APR 07, 2006 - 07:50 PM
Hi Bob and Vinnie and all Mikado is my call sign....Mike Ho is my name though.... thanks for the nice word and encouragement.... I just attended Parenting 101 class this afternoon...The trainer told me that encouragement and appreciation motivitates the one year old baby to keep learning...I guess the same applies to modelling too :-) BTW, Vinnie..what does erm means ?
APR 07, 2006 - 09:58 PM
It's a bit erm......like er..........but erm........a bit er.....longer! :-) :-) :-) Vinnie
APR 07, 2006 - 10:19 PM
ok...I think I got it...it's like you are clearing your throat or having a really short cough.... :-)
APR 07, 2006 - 10:23 PM
Mike your painting is flawless. Very nice. Please don't take this the wrong way, but to me it's a tad too clean - I like em to have that lived in look, but thats just me - nothing wrong with factory fresh!
APR 07, 2006 - 10:25 PM
No Worries John....That is why I have already started to decipher your custom mix of white,burnt umber dust mix and your "reverse dry-brushing" approach.... But it's going to take me a "long" while to understand what you just describe to achieve the dusting in your Panzer thread ... So.....when are you going to write an article on that ?
APR 07, 2006 - 10:34 PM
I dunno if it warrents an article. It is so simple really. After the decals are on do the following: 1. Gloss over Decals 2. Semigloss 3. Fitler with the dust mix - roughly 50% Cad Yellow to 10% Burnt Umber and 40% White. You add just enough of this to the turpeniod to make it dirty - no more. coat the kit. When set re coat the horizontal surfaces. Let dry. 4. working by areas coat the area in clean turpeniod. 5. pin wash with a thicker mixture 6. flat coat 7. dry brush with the base color in both traditional manner and, with scrubbing action on areas that dust would wear off. Thats it really. Sorry for stealing you Topic.
APR 08, 2006 - 12:16 AM
Now that I have seen your KV-1 making me more eagered to get that T-34 for you. I just can't leave it there in the shop wasted any more. I know it will be in good hands as soon as you receive it. I will be in that shop later today and hopefully sending it away either side of Easter. Keep up your good work.
APR 08, 2006 - 03:14 PM
LOL... Bob... you made my day... Btw, Mike.. Great job! Mind sharing some tips on how you made your tracks look so real?
APR 08, 2006 - 03:18 PM
Hi John, You are not stealing the topic, in-fact thanks for sharing....You make it sound really simple....which worries me.. but I have seen what you have done so far...so there is a baseline for me to to start with I am going try it out later... Hi Donald, Thanks for keeping a look out for me,please do let me know if the T34 is still avaibale.... Hi JM, For the Track, I took my left over dark earth and brown from Gunze...mixed it up...I believe it was 30% + 70% + thinner....then I airbrush it....found it was to dark..then added in some tan to the mixture above incremently until I got the color I want....then I took my 2B pencil and outline the out track that comes into contact with ground and the inner track that comes in contact with the road wheel.... For the paint mixture, it more like a trial and error work here....why leads me to wonder how I can maintain consistency in my work.... I have this problem which I cannot overcome...to ensure consistency in paint mixture that I did for one model and using the same mixture to achieve the same color for subsequent model ....I wonder if anyone out there have the same problem...
APR 08, 2006 - 06:59 PM