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Challenge: Pimping a Heng Long PzIV in 1 day! :-)

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Postby Marco Peter » Wed Oct 18, 2017 5:08 pm

I showed a friend of mine a recent purchase: a second-hand HL PzIV, fully operational but missing a flashhider and one wheel. Stock HL, real bargain at €30,-/25GBP.

Jokingly I said it would be interesting to see how far I could 'pimp' it in one day, painting and weathering and everything! He took me up for the challenge, and before I knew it I got my hands dirty... It was 12:30 in the afternoon at that time. Let me show you some pictures of what I did in the next 11 hours, 'running and gunning' using 'quick and dirty' methods! :-)

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Maybe (well, surely!) not the best job I ever did but it was fun, interesting and challenging to do! And I am pretty pleased with the result. :-)
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Postby Marco Peter » Wed Oct 18, 2017 5:08 pm

I started removing all the ugly Heng Long decals.

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Tracks off, as well as all the tools and loose parts

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Filled up holes with Milliput

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It's easier to paint the roadwheels afterwards

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Tracks covered with a quick layer of brown Krylon to cover that plasticcy black

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Used a brush to show some 'bare metal' using AK product 'True Metal'
Here the three steps of the process compared

I will keep updating this thread, I have more pictures waiting. :-)
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Postby Model Builder 4 » Wed Oct 18, 2017 6:02 pm

Hi Marco,

Time challenge or not it looks 10x better than when you started :clap: like the bicycle on the rear, did you make it or buy it ?

Cheers, Lee :thumbup:
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Postby Marco Peter » Wed Oct 18, 2017 6:52 pm

Model Builder 4 wrote:Time challenge or not it looks 10x better than when you started :clap: like the bicycle on the rear, did you make it or buy it ?

Thanks! As far as I know this bicycle is 1:18 scale and from Shapeways. I didn't order it myself but acquired it in an earlier purchase from a fellow tanker. :-)
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Postby Marco Peter » Wed Oct 18, 2017 7:02 pm

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I chose Panzer Grey for this build. :-)

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I tried Tamiya XF-63 for a first time, mixed 1:1 with their acrylic thinner.
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I was really, really happy with the shade!

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I always dislike the shiny finish of the plastic roadwheels, so I use a matte black (or actually more like a very dark gray) paint from Revell to paint them with a brush.
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Postby Soeren » Wed Oct 18, 2017 7:39 pm

That is a great result for a "one-day" approach :thumbup:

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Postby c.rainford73 » Wed Oct 18, 2017 7:44 pm

Agreed that one day challenge you have set forth is a very interesting and creative approach
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Postby Marco Peter » Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:11 pm

c.rainford73 wrote:Agreed that one day challenge you have set forth is a very interesting and creative approach

Haha maybe more of us can come up with one! :-)

I see there is a lot left to do on this one, better mud, currently it has no streaks or such, etc., but it's cool to see how far we can come in one day!
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Postby Marco Peter » Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:12 pm

Soeren wrote:That is a great result for a "one-day" approach :thumbup:

Dankjewel!
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Postby Marco Peter » Thu Oct 19, 2017 11:46 am

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Time for a lot of varnish!

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Some Vallejo Rust Texture for the exhaust

And added some decals

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First setback: the wash was taking off the paint... :-(
I guess a speed-build is not very good for paint-drying-times.
Using a paper towel didn't help either

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I tried it again after more varnish, dilluted the wash a lot more... Worked fine!
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Postby Smaily » Thu Oct 19, 2017 3:28 pm

Well varnish need at least 24h to be fully dry. So I would recommend to do weathering after this time. Otherwise You will take off paint. Or You can try water based weathering products, those should be less strong so varnish will be probably fine after couple of hours to start weathering.

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Postby nexusys » Thu Oct 19, 2017 3:43 pm

Nice build! would like to see further progress in this. Go go go! :thumbup:

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Postby Marco Peter » Thu Oct 19, 2017 4:27 pm

nexusys wrote:Nice build! would like to see further progress in this. Go go go! :thumbup:

Well, especially for you... haha!

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Started painting the separate tools and parts.

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Since I am not very precise with a brush I usually simply correct the surfaces afterwards, using the main color again. Works fine!

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Good enough for molded accessoires.
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Postby jarndice » Thu Oct 19, 2017 4:48 pm

Hi, The Tools and loose fittings were with certain obvious exceptions like the Fire Extinguisher and wooden handled tools painted matte black on the Panzer 4.
Shaun.

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Postby Soeren » Thu Oct 19, 2017 6:37 pm

Acrylic wash on acrylic varnish can be dangerous too. The recommendation to let it dry completely is best.

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Postby Arnie_DK » Fri Oct 20, 2017 2:27 am

Loving it!

Keep them pics comming :D

Btw... is that a PzIII Idler I see?
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Postby Marco Peter » Fri Oct 20, 2017 8:20 pm

jarndice wrote:Hi, The Tools and loose fittings were with certain obvious exceptions like the Fire Extinguisher and wooden handled tools painted matte black on the Panzer 4.
Shaun.

Oops didt know, artistic freedom I hope? ;-P

Arnie_DK wrote:Btw... is that a PzIII Idler I see?

Dunno! When I got it, it had metal sprockets and idler, somebody replaced them. The seller included the plastic sprockets so I used those again for this build to have a spare set of metal, but the idlers are left in place. How do you see the difference?
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Postby c.rainford73 » Fri Oct 20, 2017 10:29 pm

Oh the shape of the cap in the center protrudes out and the spokes are much different. They still look good
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Postby Marco Peter » Fri Oct 20, 2017 11:40 pm

c.rainford73 wrote:Oh the shape of the cap in the center protrudes out and the spokes are much different. They still look good

Only now I see it haha!


Thanks for showing me!
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