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1/9 warriors panther cupola & commander
gothicgeek
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Posted: Saturday, July 12, 2008 - 12:20 PM UTC
this is my 2nd project this month!

thanks mozam!

here is the finished build and undercoat of the base! of this bust....

an absolute pleasure to research and prep.... panther ... cupola... mmmmm tank! ... checked against achtung panzer no4 ... added some minor details and tweaked it some more... undercoated in primer red, and ready for the dunkelgelb and camo scheme... heavily chipped naturally!

next installment.... commander half figure

mark




gothicgeek
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Posted: Sunday, July 13, 2008 - 05:58 AM UTC
the commander half figure in situ

i'll post a detailed report of alterations/ additions and corrections? after the weekend

mark



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Posted: Sunday, July 13, 2008 - 08:04 AM UTC
Hey Mark

looks as if you are off to a great start! Nice bust mate. You really have this 'bust' thing cornered! Great work on all of them so far.

Cheers

Arthur
1969
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Posted: Sunday, July 13, 2008 - 08:24 AM UTC
Always like the look of this figure(bust?),looking forward to seeing what you do with it Mark.

Steve
Vic
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Posted: Monday, July 14, 2008 - 01:14 AM UTC

This looks a great kit, will look forward to seeing it progress.
just looked it up with a view of getting one but it's a bit expensive for me at the moment.

Catch you later

Vic
gothicgeek
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Posted: Monday, July 14, 2008 - 02:56 AM UTC
cheers guys!

and yeah Vic it is a bit pricey but its alot of model! lol!

mark
gothicgeek
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Posted: Monday, July 14, 2008 - 03:42 AM UTC
pseudo review..... ROFL!

1. first impressions.....

what a thrill opening this one was! lots of resin parts on their casting plugs and a piece of

wire.



2. the cupola....

cleanup was a straight line job with a carefull hand on some of the smaller parts and watch how you deal with the sheet of resin in the cupola opening... its thick and will form the rim of the metal opening so dont gouge it out or you'll have a very difficult time repairing it



i added the busy looking perescope mounting gubbins, but to be honest once the figures in place they will be almost invisible!

if i do this model again i will remove the welds from the cupola base to get a better fit on the
periscope covers.... the mg ring was a swine to get level and ended up on a piece of mirror weighted down with slowset thick CA..there's a slight wobble on it but only just



checked refs and realised there are two hatch guides missing... one stops the hatch swinging too far when the commander operates it from inside. and the other is a drop guide into its closed position... these were easily made with laminated plasticard.

the other huge ommision is the direct sight... fabrication from scrap ally and plasticard was
easy enough.



milliput welds hopefully tie it all together!



3. the AA mount and the MG.....

cleanup was not a problem but care again on the very delicate detail on this beautifull MG...
the components were cleaned up and the wire bend cut and shaped...



i was unhappy with the idea of a solid setup on this as fitting the figure later might be a
problem.... so i made it fully ( ish ) operable! lol...quite easy to do , drill out the swing joint and pin/ washer it and fabricated the mounting point on the gun so that i can pin it to the end of the arm....

(it is almost all frozed with CA now but made fitting the figure less.... headache inducing)



happy with it i undercoated in an acrylic primer red car undercoat... it looks like a very heavy
chunk of hardware and i learned alot about a part of german tanks that i had barely considered previously

mark







erm... about the spelling and punctuation......

yeah ok.......

there is'nt much! but look at the pretty pictures... its what i mostly do lol
Tarok
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Posted: Thursday, July 17, 2008 - 12:12 AM UTC
Hey Mark,

Thanks for the "pseudo review"

This really looks like a great figure. Given your attention to detail on the hatch alone, I can't wait to follow the rest of the BLOG

Rudi
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Posted: Thursday, July 17, 2008 - 02:59 AM UTC
ah cheers Rudi

i'll do a semi pseudo review of the figure as soon as i get the camo jacket finished and i can get fotoshoppe to stop muckin about and do what i tell it to

in the meantime here's a shot of aformentioned jacket..... its been a boggler to get to this stage and i think there's a couple more sessions to get it finished

mark

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Posted: Thursday, July 17, 2008 - 03:09 AM UTC
Mark,

Thanks for taking the time to give us your impressions of the kit. You're doing a really fine job on it so far. I like what you've done to improve what was lacking.

Also, your jacket is turning out totally cool. I don't know if it was intended or not (so forgive me if I'm wrong) but it really has a used/faded look to it that seems more authentic than if you were to make all the colors fully saturated.

Great job!

John
gothicgeek
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Posted: Tuesday, July 29, 2008 - 07:45 AM UTC
thanks john

yeah i wanted the jacket to look a little used...

an update......

Vic
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Posted: Tuesday, July 29, 2008 - 08:13 AM UTC

Nice work Mark, great job on the face. (and the rest of course.)

All the best

vic
gothicgeek
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Posted: Thursday, July 31, 2008 - 11:38 AM UTC
beardy wierdy

lol

mark

1969
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Posted: Friday, August 01, 2008 - 07:37 AM UTC
Hi Mark only just caught up with this one again and i am impressed with what you have done with it so far,nice work mate.

Steve
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Posted: Tuesday, August 05, 2008 - 02:31 PM UTC
ah cheers steve!....

i'm quite happy with how it's goin but still cant get my photoshop to play... may have to load up " the gimp " to do the review of the figure

anyway....

i added a bit of detail to the binoculars and some texture to the barrels... should look ok.

big dilema now is do i put binocs in his hand or round his neck?



and painted up his gloves... hmmmm



mark

gothicgeek
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Posted: Thursday, September 04, 2008 - 10:24 AM UTC
well i broke the paints out and got him finished...
just about, some minor tweaks and it'll be finished as far as i'm concerned.

i'm pleased with the overall look of it and i just have the cuppolla and M/G to finish....

mark



gothicgeek
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Posted: Monday, September 15, 2008 - 05:14 AM UTC
paint paint chip weather

likeing how this is going....








theres talk of a few of us tryin for euro militaire.. woooot

just gotta get this finished for it

mark
Vic
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Posted: Monday, September 15, 2008 - 07:09 AM UTC

Really nice job Mark, like it

Vic
1969
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Posted: Monday, September 15, 2008 - 07:30 AM UTC
great job with this one Mark,love what you have done with it.

Steve
koenele
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Posted: Tuesday, September 16, 2008 - 01:22 AM UTC
very nice work mate!
thanks for sharing

koen
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Posted: Monday, September 22, 2008 - 12:39 PM UTC
Good gravy...this is awork of art!
gothicgeek
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Posted: Monday, September 22, 2008 - 10:14 PM UTC
hi all....

well due to family crisis i did'nt get anywhere near euro militaire ho humm

despite that i got this finished and have taken the last shots of it...

thanks for the comments everyone, even yawns are valid citique hehehe

anyway i'm pleased with the overall effect and despite some minor niggles i'm calling this finished



mark





Vic
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Posted: Monday, September 22, 2008 - 10:33 PM UTC

Very nice job Mark, excellent work throughout.

Vic
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Posted: Monday, September 22, 2008 - 11:01 PM UTC
Great piece of work Mark.
marcel99
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Posted: Wednesday, September 24, 2008 - 02:13 AM UTC
Excellent piece of work Mark!