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Two Tanks

December 7, 2012 in Armor

Here are a few pics of my only armor models. One is the Tamiya Panther Pzkpfw. V Ausf. A and the other is the Italeri M24 Chaffee light tank. Both are 1/35 scale. These are the only two I’ve built so far and I think they are easier than aircraft. The nature of the beast allows one to hide glitches easier and there aren’t any damned canopies to deal with.

These pics were made out at my farm a few years ago. Please excuse my crude attempt to create a cool diorama base for them. I threw the base together in about 10 minutes or so, and it was really just an experiment I guess. I did manage to get a few photos that weren’t too bad. After I had taken about 5 pics the damned battery played out on the camera and I left the card table and base in the pasture and drove back to town to recharge. When I returned a couple hours later, some calves had over-turned the table and messed it up and I had to start over, lol.

I did add a few scratch-built details such as the Schurzen plates and mounting hangers on the Panther, jack block on the Panther, the tarps on both tanks, tow cables on both and a fire extinguisher on the Panther. I added engine deck screens on the Panther and drilled out the exhausts as well as adding a bit of battle damage here and there.

Please excuse my very amateurish paint work on the Panther’s figures. I debated about adding them or not and probably should have left them off. They do lend a bit of scale to the tank though. So, please just “squint” a bit when viewing them. 🙂

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4 responses to Two Tanks

  1. You should delve into armor more often….those are great pieces! A big “thumbs up” on those. Nice pics, too.

  2. Thank you Craig! Much appreciated.

  3. Really nice, very realistic work on the models and good presentation in the pictures. Having done some armor myself as an airplane modeler, I agree with you that it can be “easier.” In fact I have had some championship AFV modelers tell me they wouldn’t touch an airplane, with all that area where the paint has to be “perfect.” Doing armor is a good break from being in a rut with airplanes.

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