Tiger in the Grass
November 17, 2012 in Armor
This is the AFV Club/Skybow 1/48th scale Tiger I . I am not an armor expert so I cannot speak to the kits accuracy, but I do believe everyone will agree it looks like a Tiger I and will not be confused for any other tank. I would also like to sing praises for the absolute quality of this kit. This kit is 100% out of the box. The fit is excellent and detail is really quite good. There is a nice mix of molded on detail and glued on parts. The zimmerit is molded on and I believe looks convincing, I know it’s better than anything I could do on my own.
When I painted the kit I tried something I had seen on line. I sprayed the kit with the base coat of the panzer yellow, but I progressively lightened it as I painted higher and further forward on the vehicle. The hatches were painted an even lighter shade. I followed the same pattern for the disruptive patterns of green and brown. It looked a bit harsh until I put on a filter and wash. The end result is pleasing to me. I seems to create a forced effect of highlighting the upper section exposed to the sun and darken the area that would be in the shadow close to the ground.
The base was a simple enough affair, I mixed Durham’s Rockhard Putty with brown tempra paint and glue. I spread it out and then using bristles off of a bunch of cheap brushes from my local Harbor Freight I stuck them in the ground in clumps. Before the putty set I trampled it down with the tank and made the track so that is looks like it is moving through the tall grass.
I hope that you enjoy the end result of a very fun and enjoyable build.
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