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Mark P Hartig
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1/35 Tristar Panzer I

October 2, 2022 · in Armor · · 6 · 0.7K

This is from a long time ago, perhaps as much as eleven years as I was just getting back into the hobby. I recall it being fairly fussy in assembly with large sprue attachments but good molding and a mostly complete interior. I was still doing alot of drybrushing at this stage, had not learned about pinwashing yet, and was just beginning to conceptualize weathering. Oh yeah it came with indy track links which were an adventure to be sure.

The base is a MiniArt vacuform with sections of very nice but expensive Frediricus Rex grass mat. I was still working in wood for bases in those days. It was painted with the now discontinued Model Master enamels and drybrushed as I was not good with washes then and I'd not yet learned the secret of a clear acrylic sealing coat.

The figure came from Tammy and is the first one I used figure decals on. This gave me better results than I could ever have produced with a paintbrush then or now. They are a gigantic pain to work with but all my German figures get them since this project as they look so much better than my fumblings with a hair stick.

I've thought of cannibalizing this many times for other projects but I keep it around as a yardstick to measure more advanced techniques with.

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6 responses

  1. Looks like eleven years ago your skills were equally excellent as are nowadays, Mark! This is a superb result!

  2. Even eleven years ago your skills were already at a very high level, Mark @markh
    Very nice diorama.

  3. Looks good from where I’m sitting, Mark, nothing wrong with dry brushing.

  4. Thank you gents you all are most gracious

  5. A very nice build! Did the guy ever get the fuel he needed.

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