1/72 Light tank M5 Stuart upgrades

1/72 Light tank M5 Stuart upgrades

Besides the Sherman tank, the Stuart or light tank M3/M5 was one of the most common American tanks used during the Second World War. From snowed meadows to deserts, the URSS, Commonwealth and US armies used very different versions of this anecdotic light tank. And today we will show you several fantastic upgrades from CplOverbysMOTORPOOL to modify the 1/72 Stuart tank model from The Plastic Soldier Company. The Plastic Soldier Company (PSC) currently sells a fantastic box with three Stuart plastic tanks in 1/72. It’s one of the best kits in the market, specially taking into account the ratio price/quality. And following the philosophy of PSC, inside the box we can find enough pieces to build three different tank versions: M5A1 early, mid and late production. However, there are many more variants. And Ken Overby from CplOverbysMOTORPOOL produces some of these in fine quality resin. But Ken doesn’t only offer new versions, but he has also modified the original M5A1 from the PSC box with high quality details and some corrections. M5A1 This model is the one included in the PSC box. However, some details are weak and some of them are not totally placed correctly in the PSC box. In general, Ken’s upgrades include a new hull and turret, with dozens of small and independent details. Therefore, you still need to buy a PSC box. Although is a bit tedious to take care of every piece, the final result has a higher quality. Some details are plane in the plastic model due to the mold properties. Therefore, if we use Ken’s kits and separately add all these details, the...
Painting SCW Renault FT-17 in 1/72

Painting SCW Renault FT-17 in 1/72

I have recently been working on a couple of French FT-17 from the Spanish Civil War, from Minairons Miniatures. I have chosen some paints from the new painting sets of Ammo of MIG dedicated to the Great War. The new set of plastic vehicles from Minairons Miniatures involves the French FT-17 tank. The FT-17 was one of the first developed tanks and after the First World War, it was scattered all around the world. Indeed, Spain received some of them. Although they were too old when the civil conflict started, all available armored vehicles were put in service. From the modellers viewpoint, and because of the lack of time, I decided to paint one tank in a plain color (pale green) and the other one with a bitonal camouflage, like the following picture (pale green and forest green): Fortunately, weeks ago I received the new painting sets of Ammo of MIG JIMENEZ for First War World tanks. Although my tanks are based in the Spanish Civil War, these colors are perfect. I picked two of them: Green Moss (074), from the German and British tank set, and Forest Green (065) from the French tank set. I have to say that I’m totally delighted with these new paints!. The new jars (yellow tap) include a metal sphere and therefore it’s too easy to mix the pigment and solvent of the paint. And as the other paints from AMMO, you can use them directly from the pot without diluting them and they cover really nicely. I used the Color Modulation to increase the contrast. Therefore I used black and white to...
Document – Lighting styles in tanks II (Panzer)

Document – Lighting styles in tanks II (Panzer)

It’s time for another free PDF document, the second part of the Lighting Styles in Tanks. It’s turn now for the Germans and their Panzer IV. Some months ago, we released the first part of the Lighting Styles documents, with the Sherman. You can download it from the Free PDF Guides zone. Now we’re releasing the second part, with a German Panzer IV in some kind of panzer blue. We used the same 3 lighting styles as in the Sherman document. This file is intended as a quick visual guide to illuminate your wargaming tanks with different styles, their pros and cons. Hope they’re useful!! You can download the document by clicking on the pic below or going to the Free PDF Guides zone: Modulation Style: Panel Lighting: Zenithal Light: Share:Haz clic para compartir en Facebook (Se abre en una ventana nueva)Haz clic para compartir en Twitter (Se abre en una ventana nueva)Haz clic para compartir en Google+ (Se abre en una ventana nueva)Haz clic para enviar por correo electrónico a un amigo (Se abre en una ventana nueva)Haz clic para imprimir (Se abre en una ventana...
Painting canvas

Painting canvas

Some times, specially when we are painting trucks, we have to paint big canvas surfaces. And obviously, we cannot paint the canvas texture in the same way we paint a painted metal surface. Here we try to explain a very simple method to paint canvas with a real look. In this ocassion I will use a Henschel type 33 truck from Minairons Miniatures in 20mm (1/72 scale), painted following a Spanish Civil War and early Second War World scheme. That is, grey color for the track and green for the canvas. First, after priming the model, we paint the canvas in green color. I have used XF-58 (olive green) from Tamiya, diluted with some drops of isopropanol. Apply as many layers as you need to cover completely the surface. Next step is probably one of the most complicated when we are painting canvas: what kind of illumination we should use?. It is an important question, since if you apply an incorrect illumination the result can be totally irreal. In my case, I decided to apply in some way a panel lighning-like ilumination, where I apply the light on the superior sides (on laterals) and on the sites where the metal supporters of the canvas are placed. I only applied two lights, using white. It is better if you dilute a bit more the paintings when you are applying lights, since the gradient effect will be smoother. After applying a varnish layer, it is time to apply some weathering effects. I decided to apply some streakings effects from Ammo of Mig Jimenez in order to achieve some streaking effects (of...
Document – Lighting styles in tanks

Document – Lighting styles in tanks

Today we give you a document showing the basic lighting styles that can be applied to tanks. The PDF document can be printed or downloaded to view it in any device. Thanks to N4gash for redesigning the document!! Click the picture to download the PDF: Share:Haz clic para compartir en Facebook (Se abre en una ventana nueva)Haz clic para compartir en Twitter (Se abre en una ventana nueva)Haz clic para compartir en Google+ (Se abre en una ventana nueva)Haz clic para enviar por correo electrónico a un amigo (Se abre en una ventana nueva)Haz clic para imprimir (Se abre en una ventana...
WIP – T-34/85 Plastic Soldier – Part III

WIP – T-34/85 Plastic Soldier – Part III

After assembling the tracks on the tank and retouching some chipping, it’s time to end with it by adding the fuel barrels and painting the tank commander. I made a mistake applying some Vallejo varnish to the pigments on the tracks, as I moistened most of them destroying their original color. 🙁 Otherwise, I like the achieved weathered tone. It doesn’t look like the one I had in mind, but I’m happy with the ‘mistake’. The tank commander has been painted with Vallejo acrylics, and a satin coat of satin varnish has been applied with airbrush (Marabu Seidenmattlack) to all of the tank. So here they’re, the final pics of the T-34: And with these pics, I close the WIP and the T-34 goes to the showcase. Now I’m going to continue with a Panzer III platoon from Battlefront (Afrika Korps) and two Hummers from IrishSerb (a gift from HeresyBrush), but I want to continue with my 1/72 collection. So the next 1/72 could be a Sturer Emil or a Panther A with Zimmerit… what do you think?? 🙂 To see the other parts of the WIP: WIP – T-34/85 Plastic Soldier – Part I WIP – T-34/85 Plastic Soldier – Part II Share:Haz clic para compartir en Facebook (Se abre en una ventana nueva)Haz clic para compartir en Twitter (Se abre en una ventana nueva)Haz clic para compartir en Google+ (Se abre en una ventana nueva)Haz clic para enviar por correo electrónico a un amigo (Se abre en una ventana nueva)Haz clic para imprimir (Se abre en una ventana...