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the finishing touch
The last step was an application of both pastels to the upper hull in several shades of rust where needed, and an application of MIG weathering powders on the lower hull. This was done with a combination of both Dried Mud and Europe Dust, which were applied with a medium sized brush after first wetting the entire lower hull with a quick pass of a thinner-soaked brush. I let them dry, and then brushed off what I didn’t want with a stiff brush, leaving a nice dusty residue on the wheels and tracks.

A guitar string antenna was added, and a pail with “ice” inside to convey the feeling of a late-war vehicle in fall/winter of 1944. The “ice” is just cyanoacrolate glue “frozen” with accelerator.

The commander figure was from MiniArt’s recent “German Tank Crew, Winter”, and was painted with acrylics. I added DML headphones, cocked off one ear as was common to allow the TC to hear both the crew and ambient noise. I added brown thread wires and painted the uniform in the appropriate Wehrmacht camo with acrylics.

I am pretty happy to have accurately modelled this imposing beast, and I hope you feel I have done it justice! Thanks to the staff here at Armorama for help in assembling this feature, and I hope that you have enjoyed reading it as much as I have enjoyed documenting it and writing it for you!

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About the Author

About karl logan (thedoog)

I am a professional musician, and have been a featured author in Finescale Modeler magazine, in Jan 08, Nov 08, Dec 08, and Jan 09. I am also featured in a special issue called "Essential Techniques for the Model Builder". I have won several IPMS "Best of Show" awards, and "Best of the Master Mod...


Glad you all are enjoying the feature! Thanks for all your comments and compliments! I do appreciate you taking the time to leave them!
APR 20, 2008 - 05:26 PM
Although I don't build Germen armour, I do have to say you've done an excellent job on the kit and the article. Thanks for taking the time to write it and sharing it with everyone.
APR 20, 2008 - 05:32 PM
Excellent job, Karl. The finishing of the tracks is especially interesting. Thanks for your time and effort making the article.
APR 22, 2008 - 11:40 PM
Thanks, Dave! You too Jesper!!
APR 26, 2008 - 09:30 AM
Doog great job as always.I am going to practice the oil dot method on an old panther I have will let you know how it comes out, good or bad.
APR 26, 2008 - 09:36 AM
Looking forward to those results, Steve!
APR 26, 2008 - 09:37 AM
Karl, A first rate piece of ART!!! You've captured the look and ruggedness of that beast of a tank. My favorite tank happens to be the Strumtiger and as Steve mentions, "and since that beast isn't entirely dissimilar to your Grizzly", I just had to go out and add one to my stash. Excellent article with plenty of great photos. This is exactly why I come here to ARMORAMA. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your build with all of us out here on the net. I will be trying some of your techniques on my builds. I especially like your use of figures on your builds. This adds life and scale to your subject vehicle making it all the more interesting. TOTOALLY INSPIRATIONAL. . . Keep up the excellent work! -Eddy
APR 27, 2008 - 11:43 AM
Karl, Awsome job, it is always great to read how you guys pull off those great builds. I am slowly trying to intigrate your techniques to my projects. Thanks for shareing with the rest of us.
APR 27, 2008 - 10:16 PM
Thanks Andrew and Eddy! As long as people appreciate them and I can continue to share this great hobby with you all, I'll continue writing these features! Thanks for the kind comments!
APR 28, 2008 - 08:09 AM
Doog, Finally had some time to catch up on reading and posts. Love the article and I really liked the detail in it. Thanks!
MAY 14, 2008 - 06:40 AM