Tamiya’s Königstiger in 1:48
I don’t normally build models of military vehicles, but this was a special case.
Seeing that most modellers of military vehicles are not very interested in ships and that there are usually so few participants in the ships classes at contests I challenged Janne Nilsson, a prominent swedish figure painter and modeller of military vehicles.
He was to build a ship and I was to build a tank. The models were to be exhibited at C4 2011 in Malmö, one of the major modelling events in Sweden. The one of us whose model was awarded the least points, would buy the other one a beer.
Janne turned up with a nicely built and painted CSS Virginia and I entered my Königstiger. None of us bothered to find out about the points awarded to the models, and in consequence none of us bought the other one a beer.
Tamiyas Königstiger in 1:48 is a kit that is so well designed that it’s almost boring to build. Everything fits perfectly, all ejector marks are placed so that they won’t be seen and there are no joints that need filling and sanding.
Part of the bet was, that the model should stand on a base plate. Knowing what angles can do to a model display, I sculpted some styrofoam into a piece of uneven sloping ground, put the model diagonally in one direction and turned the gun barrel diagonally in the other direction.
These are classic rules of composition, dating back to renaissance painting, but they still work. If you want to make a painting or a diorama come to life; go for diagonals and angles.
Then I bought some ready made ground and glued it to my base plate.
As for the painting, masking the three colour camouflage pattern offered a little bit of challenge as did the weathering. Having been present at the inauguration of the swedish armour museum and seen how mud sticks to the tracks of made my own mud from white glue and sawdust, tinted it brown and tried it on my tracks.
It worked well enough.
A friend lent me some Mig-pigments for further weathering, but I couldn’t get the hang of is so the weathering ended up being pretty held back. I merely did some “dusting” with the airbrush.
Surprisingly, I got a bronze medal for the model at C4, but since then she has won no awards, which was only to be expected.
The quality of the models of military vehicles at the contests in Scandinavia is very high and the competition is fierce.
I must say though, that it was fun to build something different and I recommend every modeller to get out of his or her comfort zone now and then.
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