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About James Bella (c5flies)

My main interest is 1/35 scale WWII armor, Axis and Allied, and will occasionally branch out into other areas. The builds I have done so far have been pretty much OOB, and considering what most newer kits include, that is usually more than enough for me. Even though my projects do not always end up ...


I assume this was a Dragon kit? Very nice! BTW, it's 234, not 243. :-)
JAN 12, 2008 - 03:50 PM
Jim-- can you describe how you achieved the superb rust effect on this well-done kit. thanks DJ
JAN 12, 2008 - 04:37 PM
Hi James. Excellent build and and top camo. The camo colours are believeable and nicely weathered/faded. Just love this Puma vehicle. One of my favourites from the recent MOM. If I may be so bold as to suggest you hold back a little with the chipping. Eventhough the effect and method is good ... its a little too contrived to be so heavy (and so consistent) on all the vehicles main contours. But do keep experimenting .. thats where the fun and learning curve are at their best.
JAN 13, 2008 - 12:39 AM
Thanks guys, you are all way too kind but I do appreciate the compliments, makes me feel that at least I'm on the right track Gary, yes this is the Dragon kit, my first three builds were DML kits (this being the third) and they pretty much spoiled me. This 234 series is real nice, will build more in the future. And Henk fixed the typo DJ, thank you very much. Not sure which rust effect you mean, the streaks are Burnt Sienna oil paint dotted on with a toothpick and pulled down with a brush wet with thinner, the exhaust is Burnt Umber acrylic coated with rust I made with steel wool. I started playing around with different mediums, future, oil paint, etc. and it ended up separating. Not the effect I wanted, so be careful what coatings you mix! Frank, thank you Yes, I got carried away with the chipping, for sure. Was having so much fun didn't know when to stop! One of my biggest mistakes was not realizing the relatively short lifespan of military vehicles, live and learn. And, something I've heard often, less is better. You can always add more weathering, taking it away may not be possible. Thanks again for looking and commenting.
JAN 13, 2008 - 06:12 AM
Hi James, very nice job. I love your rust effects.... (maybe a little too heavy ): how did you do them??? Ciao Tom
JAN 14, 2008 - 04:16 AM
Hi Tom, just a little too heavy on the rust, just a little Much less weathering from now on. Thanks for the comment. James
JAN 14, 2008 - 04:58 PM
WOW ! I like it , Great Job. Every time I read one of these I learn something new about modeling. Thanks.
JAN 30, 2008 - 03:58 PM
Thank you, milvehfan, it was a fun build and I learned a lot from it.
JAN 30, 2008 - 05:20 PM
Very nicely done.
JAN 30, 2008 - 05:45 PM
Thank you, Bob. Your comment is appreciated, cheers.
JAN 30, 2008 - 05:59 PM