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Postby foxtrotraptor » Mon Aug 07, 2017 10:27 pm

So I finally started my project for my Tiger 1. I decided to clean it all up and add some color to it, first I did a primer coat of flat dark gray then went with Desert sand camo spray. Letting it dry today then tomorrow I will start the camo pattern, I dont have a air brush so I am going to do the camo by hand. Here is my progress so far.


First the gray primer:
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Then Desert Sand:
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Postby c.rainford73 » Mon Aug 07, 2017 10:38 pm

Mr Raptor I really like how you took the tank apart and made sure you did a proper paint job. FYI here in the states we have Harbor Freight tool stores as you know.

I bought a very inexpensive airbrush setup from them for tinkering around. I figured it would last a couple of paint jobs and I'd throw it away....

Four years later I still have it.

I believe the set with the mini air compressor was about $60 us. I've since graduated to a better airbrush but I still use the hose and compressor from harbor freight to this day.

It's actually quite easy and very fun to use. The trick is keeping the paint thinned properly and keep the air brush clean

Aside from my KV-2 from Mr Juckenburg's collection All of my tanks have been painted with the same inexpensive air compressor and airbrush.


I've seen some folks do incredible work with a paintbrush too. I can apply pigments and washes with my paint brush but camo scheme designs are too hard for me with a paint brush.

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Postby capt midnight » Mon Aug 07, 2017 11:23 pm

Carl is quite right. I have the same compressor and it's really great. It's super quiet and has a pressure shut off switch so that it doesn't run all the time. I hooked it up to a home made air log and have 3 airbrushes hooked up to it. Makes it quick and easy to switch between edging and filling in.

I'm finishing up a gray Totenkopf HL Tiger now so I'm really looking forward to seeing what you do with this project.

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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Tue Aug 08, 2017 12:03 am

foxtrotraptor wrote:So I finally started my project for my Tiger 1.

Well done you DD. I'll be following your progress. And it looks like you're on the right track so far :thumbup:

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Postby foxtrotraptor » Tue Aug 08, 2017 12:30 am

Yeah Ill see how things go. Tomorrow Ill start the camo, Air brush sounds nice and I think one day I will get one. I ahve a harbor freight close to me Ill swing by one day and check it out

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Postby foxtrotraptor » Tue Aug 08, 2017 12:30 am

Son of a gun-ner wrote:
foxtrotraptor wrote:So I finally started my project for my Tiger 1.

Well done you DD. I'll be following your progress. And it looks like you're on the right track so far :thumbup:

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Thank you hopefully I dont mess it up :wtf:

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Postby Tread Flintstone » Tue Aug 08, 2017 3:38 am

Looks like you are off to a great start.

I'm a bit surprised you painted the treads as well...Is that accurate? (I really don't know)

If you dont have an airbrush set up, you can still rattle can spray the camo if you carefully place stencils over the tank. Offsetting the stencils 1/8" off the tank with spacers will give you the soft edge. But of course there are tons of different camo patterns, so I'm sure you have options to match your supplies.

Good luck! :thumbup:
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Postby c.rainford73 » Tue Aug 08, 2017 4:10 am

Very nice idea with the stencils for the rattle cans. Might be a great way for mr Raptor to achieve the camoflouge pattern he desires.
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Postby foxtrotraptor » Wed Aug 09, 2017 12:28 am

Tread Flintstone wrote:Looks like you are off to a great start.

I'm a bit surprised you painted the treads as well...Is that accurate? (I really don't know)

If you dont have an airbrush set up, you can still rattle can spray the camo if you carefully place stencils over the tank. Offsetting the stencils 1/8" off the tank with spacers will give you the soft edge. But of course there are tons of different camo patterns, so I'm sure you have options to match your supplies.

Good luck! :thumbup:



Thank you. As far as painting the tracks I doubt they painted them in real life but I had some left over paint so I figure painting the tracks would look better than the shiny metal color they come in. I thought of the stencil as well but I'm too lazy to do that lol. I did it free hand with a combination of a small brush and a sponge, I used dark brown for the camo. Pics coming up in a min :thumbup:

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Postby foxtrotraptor » Wed Aug 09, 2017 12:30 am

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Postby Tread Flintstone » Wed Aug 09, 2017 12:37 am

Wow! Tanks looks great!

Only suggestion would have been to paint the treads dark brown to simulate rust and after running the tank the clean metal treads would show through on the raised areas. I've seen pics of tanks whose treads have that exact look. I guess it's easy to take the treads off and spray some dark rust/brown on them if you wished to.

But other than that ....you did a fantastic job on the camo!! :thumbup:
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Postby foxtrotraptor » Wed Aug 09, 2017 12:55 am

Tread Flintstone wrote:Wow! Tanks looks great!

Only suggestion would have been to paint the treads dark brown to simulate rust and after running the tank the clean metal treads would show through on the raised areas. I've seen pics of tanks whose treads have that exact look. I guess it's easy to take the treads off and spray some dark rust/brown on them if you wished to.

But other than that ....you did a fantastic job on the camo!! :thumbup:


Many thanks. :thumbup: ;D , yeah I was thinking of the rust spray as well but the Walmart I went to as well as 2 auto shops didn't have it :crazy: so I just said "Screw it", Ill use what I got for now. The paint will probably wear out and eventually it will just look like its been running in the sand. I'm calling this one Rommel’s Afrika Korps Tiger 1. I am still going to add some details, decals and some writing. Just going through some books I have for reference first.

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Postby capt midnight » Wed Aug 09, 2017 1:25 am

Next time you get some metal tracks, give some gun blue a try. You will most likely have to go to a gun store to get it, but it looks great. It'll take most if not all of a bottle to do a set of tracks. The nice thing is that as you run the vehicle, the blueing will wear off in a realistic pattern.

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Postby foxtrotraptor » Wed Aug 09, 2017 1:50 am

capt midnight wrote:Next time you get some metal tracks, give some gun blue a try. You will most likely have to go to a gun store to get it, but it looks great. It'll take most if not all of a bottle to do a set of tracks. The nice thing is that as you run the vehicle, the blueing will wear off in a realistic pattern.

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Hmm gotcha thanks for the tip. :thumbup: I'm sure I'll have an opportunity to re paint the metal tracks I have now, when the paint on these wears out. I'll see how things turn out.

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Postby Tread Flintstone » Wed Aug 09, 2017 3:29 am

I didn't know they made a rust spray paint!
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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Wed Aug 09, 2017 4:37 am

Tread Flintstone wrote:I didn't know they made a rust spray paint!

In that case you'd be surprised what colours you can get, there's even a nipple pink believe it or not lol.

Looking good DD :thumbup:

I'm sure you can buy a weathering paint set for tanks that has a pot or two of rust colours.

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Postby capt midnight » Wed Aug 09, 2017 4:54 am

The camo looks fantastic! Great job. :clap:

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Postby c.rainford73 » Wed Aug 09, 2017 5:22 am

Really impressed with the camoflouge color and pattern. Very nice work
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Postby Soeren » Wed Aug 09, 2017 1:18 pm

:thumbup: Nice result D:
For th tracks, you can easily repaint them or just give them a dark gray washband seal with some clear coat. Mine were primed black and then sprayed with Panzer Aces track primer, which is a gray-brown. So no problem to weather them in steps. Those track take various layers of paint.

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Postby Tread Flintstone » Wed Aug 09, 2017 1:58 pm

Son of a gun-ner wrote:
Tread Flintstone wrote:I didn't know they made a rust spray paint!

In that case you'd be surprised what colours you can get, there's even a nipple pink believe it or not lol.

Looking good DD :thumbup:

I'm sure you can buy a weathering paint set for tanks that has a pot or two of rust colours.

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Anyone paint their tank nipple pink? :wtf:
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