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Sunday, July 12, 2020

Valentine Mk IV Tank 1/35 Model Kit Desert North Africa Ironside Azimuth Productions

Here is one of the kits that confinement helped produce, this Valentine Mk IV. I gave it as a present to my father about one year ago, and thanks to lockdown he's had the time to finish it :) . I helped airbrush dust on top, and gluing the tracks (bit by bit, painstakingly). This was a old kit of Azimuth Productions, with resin turret, apparently when there was no regular kit with this version of turret.





Saturday, July 4, 2020

122 SpH 74 Finnish Self-propelled Tank 1/35 SKIF model kit built

Latest tank to go out of my father's confinement factory :) . Slightly touched up by me prior to photographing. A kit bought in this year's only model exhibition here in Malta before everything was cancelled due to the pandemic. Just for 5 €. A nice kit, with lots of photoetched (a bit too many, for our taste) and wonderful rubber tracks and moving wheels that allows smooth movement.

To photograph this in the wilderness was an odyssey, trying to find somewhere remotely similar  to Finland in the middle of the Maltese summer. After walking for hours on end, we decided for a small spot in a dried up stream under one of the only woods on the island, and we emptied a whole water bottle to moisture a bit the environment.

I love that the kit depicts a version of a minor country, I am tired of seeing Russian, German and American AFVs coping everything on the market. Made happily OOB.







Sunday, June 21, 2020

Panzer LT 38 Tank Italeri 1/35 Built model kit

Here I present another recent kit to be completed in my household :) . Built by my father, airbrushed by me, final touching ups by my brother.

The airbrush started stuttering and I ended up mostly covering up everything, to which my brother had to fix. Not very convinced by this, but anyway, my brother and my father likes it so here it is;









Sunday, June 7, 2020

British WWI 18pdr Artillery EMHAR camouflaged 1/35

Here I post this British 18pdr, built and painted by my father. I found the camouflage and made the pictures :) . Not many first world war kits in 1/35, so when we saw this in a model kit exhibition at just 5 € we snatched it. Sad that the crew is just 3, five would have been more like it. Placed upon an improvised diorama.







Renault UE "Stuka zu Fuss" Mirage Hobby 1/35 tank german

Hello all,
                 I show you here this combo build, built by my father, airbrushed by me, some mud finishings by my brother. First proper airbrushed model kit we make, without needing any major brush correction. The airbrush is either tricky to use, or we bought the wrong one :( . Seems almost impossible to airbrush fine lines slowly. Anyway, I guess practice makes perfect, if one has the patience for it.

This is a very tricky kit, one of those that there is hardly any piece bigger than a coin, and the unbuilt model is a bunch of micro sprues. One of those kits that it would have been probably forever in the stash if it wasn't for the lockdown :lol: . As the tracks ended up looking rough, we opted for mudding the tracks, come to think, the first really mud cladden kit we build. Small hatches open and close, rockets and cases are removable.

The kit is made for France 1944, and the soldier is a random german bought in a lot.
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Friday, May 1, 2020

1/35 Iraqi Dragon BRDM-2 with D-20 152mm Howitzer

Here I post one of my father's latest builds, an Iraqi BRDM-2 with D-20 cannon. Made from a Dragon kit, and the cannon is Trumpeter. These cannons have been sold from Bulgaria to Iraq, so my father decided to couple them together. It was not very clear how decals should have gone, so it was a bit made on free interpretation. I made the pictures and did the dusting on the model :) . 








Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Ukraine SDS 1/35 ZIS-5b (35001) Russian Truck Built Model Kit WW2 Eastern Front

Here I post the ZIS-5V my father built, which I helped with the weatherings, and creating the driver. Driver was made out of various body parts, with a sculpted fur cap. A rather old model kit, but that it still looks good once completed, with not too much flash, and pieces fitting acceptably. Painted as a real snow camo found in the net. The windows ended up a bit frosty, so I added the mud accordingly to conceal that fact :) .