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Trumpeter 1/35 Bergepanzer IV

Assembly and Paint

The construction of this kit was not a weekend project. It required time, patience, skill, and a little luck to build. It is beautifully detailed and the major parts fit quite nicely.
This was my first Bergepanzer. It was a real joy. Yet in some cases, a real challenge for my patience and skill. I loved constructing the interior. I feel the painting and weathering really stand out. Naturally I had to leave the rear engine and cooling hatches unglued. Also the front transmission hatch and the wood platform. If not, all this would be for nothing.
I primarily used Vallejo acrylic paints. For the wash and pigments, I used AK Interactive and MIG and MIG AMMO.
The exterior was well detailed and had options for either photo-etched detail parts or their crisp detailed plastic parts.
The tracks are individual links and went together without any problems.
Next came the crane assembly. The large jib crane has four “arms” with separate attachment brackets. These can be assembled so the arms are movable, if you’re careful with the glue. This will allow you to deploy or stow the crane as you wish.
The chain that came with the kit is used to support the extended crane arm which is deployed with a highly detailed block and tackle comprised of twelve parts for the end of the crane arm.

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Italeri 1/35 Panzer IV Ausf. H
“Final Finish”

After finishing up with “Chipping” I next moved on to the hand painting of the onboard tools,tracks,wheels,sprockets,etc. Gave it a good look over, satisfied with the result, I got it ready for the next step.

I used Testor’s Model Master Acrylic Gloss for the wash. After spraying, I let dry for two days. Then applied I applied the water slide markings. These were of the Pz. Reg. 24. 24 Pz. Div. Northern Italy, in September 1943.

Now it was time for applying the “wash”. I used a combination of MIG Productions and “AK Interactive” washes and pigments, followed next by applying a dull coat, drybrushing and mud applicationj.

Enclosed are some pics. below,enjoy. Thanks Mates.

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Finishing up with the wash and hand painting of “Add On’s”

 just finished the overall and pinwash of the hull and turret. I also finished up the painting of the “Pioneer Tools”,exhaust,chains and cables etc. I will then do a pinwash on those said items. I used MIG medium brown and dark wash. And used a combo of Vallejo and Testors for the brush painting.

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Painting and Weathering

In these photos of the finished Flammpanzer, I’m showing the various shades of MIG  Pigments,Washes, and Abteilung MIG 502 German Armor Tones Set.(ABT 300). I primarily used the Faded Grey(Abt100) and German Grey Highlight  (Abt170). The base coat that I use is Model Master Enamel Railroad  Colors (Grey). This was my first time at using the MIG 502 Armor Tones to this extent. It was fun experimenting with them. They make a great wash as well as for highlights. I am very impressed with the outcome of this project. I think I will do some late three camo  patterns on my next panzer. Information on the unit is vague. I believe it was involved on the Eastern Front.

Painted and Weathered

Tristar’s Panzer IV Ausf D/Tauch has been painted with my favorite paint that I ever have used,Testors Model Masters Enamels. I used products from MIG,the Wash,the 502 Abteilung German Armor Tones Oil Set,and their fine Pigments. The markings are for the 2nd Panzer Division,Semois,Belgium,1940. I didn’t build the Tauch version,but rather the standard Ausf D. Overall this is the best Model Company  in my opinion for the  money. Take that Dragon! If you look at the comparison of the two tanks,the one from Dragon, and this one from Tristar,Perth Modeling Site has the Dragon version beat.

Here are several photos of my Dragon PAK 40/4 auf  RSO painted with Model Master Enamels,  MIG Pigments,Washes and 502 Abteilung Modeling Oil Colors. Unit Unknown

Final Photos

I will not go into any detail as I have in the past,but rather give a brief summary of the primary mediums that I used. I sprayed a primer /post shading coat of a mixture of Flouquil black and brown enamel. Set aside for two days.

I then sprayed a coat of Humbrol #125 US dark grey enamel.And then for the lower hull and tracks I sprayed Flouquil sienna for the earth base. Set aside for two days then sprayed with an enamel clear coat. After that was dry I applied my decals(Third Group).These markings depict Otto Carius of the
Schwere Panzer-Abteilung 502 (502 heavy tank battalion). This unit fought at the Leningrad front and then in the area of Narva, Estonia (Battle of Narva). 1943.

I then started wth the wash ,with the primary enamel colors of MIG dark wash and brown wash.I did a lot of custom mixing especially with the tracks.

I then applied a light dusting of flat enamel clear from Floquil. Again I let it set for two days. I then started with the MIG Pigments. I used various shades ranging from track brown to gun metal. At this stage there was a lot of experimenting for that right combination.

The chipping was done with Humbrol US dark grey and a mixture of white using a Princeton Round 20/0 brush.

For the hightlights I used Floquil Silver,MIG 502 Abteilung modeling oil color snow white and German Grey Highlight. The earth color was primarily MIG pigment of brown mud.

So this is a brief summay of the basic painting and weathering procedures that I used on this Acacemy Tiger Tank -Early Version Kit No.1386


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