Ardennes King Tiger - Jnewboy Customs

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Postby Jnewboy » Mon Jun 28, 2021 8:57 pm

Around 2 years ago I started this and then stopped and am now finishing it. The chassis is Henglong and the Turret is Tamiya. I removed all the guts from the Henglong turret and fit them into the Tamiya. Got the turret rotating and then started the paint process. I like the blue numbers and the tri-color pea dot camo. I was tempted to do Piepers red 204 but I did not like the red numbers on the camo. Models are a blend of history and art and they really must be balanced, you cant or at least shouldn't change history to make something look "better" but you can cherry pick history until you find something that is appealing to the eye. The last thing you want is to do a model that is not appealing to look at. Here is some inspiration:

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Like the KV-1 under construction right now I never intended to do a build thread on this as most of the time I only do them so that the customer can see the progress of their model in real time. So please excuse the lack of pics in the beginning. Most of this thread will deal with this paint job.

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This pic shows the start of the camo, base is RAL 7028 aus DGIII, now hard edge RAL 8012 (lightened with a little pink)

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Next RAL 6011 (lightened with blue) is cut into the pattern but not randomly, it must look like its own camo pattern.

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You will make errors, see above, you see my pattern made an "eye" or "island", don't allow these to exist, after your first mock up of the brown (8012) you should go back over it and fix your spacing and errors like this with the base color. I airbrushed the base but after that, the whole thing is painted by brush due to the pattern being hard edged.

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Notice that the base color "island" has been fixed on the turret and the RAL 6011 is on, please remember that this camo is a slow methodical process of switching between the three colors, adding some here and there balancing the three colors and pattern.

Also some of you may think already that the green is too blue and it does look bizarre right now but this is done to fade the tank evenly before the Magic Grime goes on, it will filter and change the hue of the colors, if the colors were richer now, latter they would be to dark. A good thing to know is what shade fades to what shade, for example the Dark Yellow would fade to a lighted off white tan color, the brown goes rust color and the green goes blue. So mixing in these colors with little white will give you the right shade. I play with the pallet (styrene sheet below the tank) until I get three shades that compliment each other and none over power the other.

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Next is the dots, less is more, the most important is the spacing, now I know that the Germans did not measure between dots and there are lots of examples of them looking sorta random - But - if you follow a rough pattern you will be happier with the end result. I start with three dots in a rough triangle, now I will try to copy this spacing through out the tank.

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These dots will be shrunk in some cases as some are to big, I use a make-up applicator that is similar to a Que-tip and though it makes nice dots some are to big, some dots will be removed all together.

Lots more to come!
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Postby Jimster » Mon Jun 28, 2021 10:40 pm

Wow! It’s already impressive. Definitely watching this build thread.
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Postby PainlessWolf » Tue Jun 29, 2021 2:52 am

Jon,
Beautiful Stuff! Watching for tips for my current Build,
regards and following along,
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Postby Raminator » Tue Jun 29, 2021 9:01 am

Really interesting to see the thought process behind the colour selections Jon, I think you've nailed that weather-faded palette. I'm interested to see how the Magic Grime filter will transform the look.
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Postby General Jumbo01 » Tue Jun 29, 2021 9:33 am

Superb paintwork. It seems a shame to add grime! I will be watching and learning.

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Postby EAO » Wed Jun 30, 2021 8:21 pm

Jnewboy,

That camo scheme is impressive! I love the RAL 6011 lightened with blue, it has a great hue to it!
Carry on! :clap:

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Postby Jnewboy » Tue Aug 10, 2021 4:11 am

Since I finished the KV-1 I have been busy with something very different...

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I took afew pictures of it in case any of you are into aviation models.

1/18 He 219 Uhu

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Here is a good size comparison to the King Tiger

Here is the latest pic of the King Tiger, as Apone says in Aliens "watch your spacing" :haha:

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Postby Jnewboy » Thu Aug 12, 2021 2:27 pm

About half way done today, what do you think?

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Postby jee » Thu Aug 12, 2021 2:37 pm

awesome, just one question, in the original camo scheme they didnt use dark brown spots at all? (I dont see them on your tank)
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Postby Jnewboy » Fri Aug 13, 2021 4:53 am

jee wrote:awesome, just one question, in the original camo scheme they didnt use dark brown spots at all? (I dont see them on your tank)


Thats a good question! so this is my best evidence, up close colorized film.

If you look at it carefully it looks like the light areas only have the green. Its hard to say but I was intending on going back over it with the brown and making a few spots brown, not many, right now I am trying to get the spacing right. I know on the real thing the Germans weren't measuring between spots but it just looks better on the model.

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Postby Jnewboy » Wed Aug 18, 2021 4:28 am

Here is the green dots finished, next is brown dots over some of the green dots, I think I may also redo the front as I think the spacing is to tight compared to the rest of the tank, what do you guys think? Thanks! :thumbup:

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Postby Edumardo » Wed Aug 18, 2021 7:46 am

Superb paintwork! Watching for tips for future builds.
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Postby General Jumbo01 » Wed Aug 18, 2021 9:45 am

Jnewboy wrote:what do you guys think? Thanks! :thumbup:

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I'm no expert.... shingles? :crazy:
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Postby c.rainford73 » Thu Aug 19, 2021 4:04 am

Absolutely fantastic paint work! :clap:
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Postby EAO » Fri Aug 20, 2021 12:54 am

Jnewboy,

That KT with a little weathering will look even more amazing. Always loved these complicated camo jobs!

Love the "Eagle Owl" too!

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Postby Jnewboy » Fri Aug 20, 2021 6:06 am

Thanks for all the kind words, I decided to redo the front dots on the brown, I'm glad I did, looks much better.

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Postby Gillaspy2005 » Fri Aug 20, 2021 9:52 am

Bravo, very unique and looking excellent so far. Looking forward to seeing how this turns out.

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Postby Xiaoshan_Sailor » Fri Aug 20, 2021 12:04 pm

Amazing work!
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Postby Jnewboy » Sat Aug 21, 2021 5:48 pm

Thanks!

So as I said before, I had intended to go back over some of the green dots with brown...

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Honestly, I dont know if I like it, I only did the front to get a look at it, I dont know if I want to do the whole thing, I may change it back to green. What do you guys think?
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Postby General Jumbo01 » Sat Aug 21, 2021 6:57 pm

Sorry if you've already said, but are you planning to weather the model? If so, that would subdue the rather bright finish. If not, the dots will remain prominent so the colour choice remains more if an issue. Although l'm not a fan of heavy weathering, l think a thin wash of rain/dust would do the job.
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