Mittwoch, 27. Juli 2011

MISSION PEACEKEEPING - or build a Canadian AVGP "Cougar"

This time I picked up a new kit from TRUMPETER. Under the item no.: 01501 TRU launched recently this new kit of the Canadian Army. The "COUGAR" based on the MOWAG "Piranha"-family and TRU used for this kit many wellknown parts of her LAV-Series.

The typical Trumpeter-style box contains:

6 grey sprues with 221 parts, lower hull, upper hull, 1 sprue of 17 clear parts, 1 (very small) sheet of PE parts, rubber tires, a turned aluminium barrel (and a plastic barrel ), sheet of decals for two versions (a United Nation version and a regular Canadian version), 12-page instruction book with colour painting and marking guide for the Cougar.

I will build this "little Piranha" as a UN-Nations vehicle like Canadian Peacekeeper troops used the "Cougar" f.i. at Bosnia at the beginning of the 90th´s.

The model was build mostly OOTB regardless some minor errors in the kit itself or missing parts. If you want more substantianl informations about Trumpeters interpretation of the "Cougar" I would recommend the most welcome forum "MODERN CANADIAN VEHICLES" - here the link:

I will concentrate me relaxed basically at the paintjob. You´re gladly invited to look over my shoulder.

ahh..if you ask me - this are NOT the wheels from the kit! I hate rubber wheels and if possible I replace them without fail. I choosed resin wheels from ARMORSCALE. The typical "MICHELIN" descriptions is also missing indeed, but anyway, Resin makes later no trouble like rubber.

Dienstag, 5. Juli 2011

"HUMVEE-FEVER" Part 2.0 - M1025 Military Police

Well, as announced I could let my fingers off from these little kits and recently I finished my second HUMVEE. This time I would like to show you the Tamiya kit No. 89790 which is also sold under the vacuous term: “US modern 4x4 utility vehicle”. Inside the white box we find again a very nice und fine moulded kit of the famous HUMVEE, the M1025 variant. I am always astonished if I see the lovely details on a small (length 9,7 cm) model.

The model was built strictly forward OOTB, only the wheels were replaced with the tougher looking wheels from HAULER.

As I saw some very nice pics of M1025 in snowy countryside I know it: my HUMVEE should be shown splattered with heavy mud. The problem was: I never before tried to simulate heavy wet / dry mud on a model. There are a lot of techniques possible and after some attempts I used for the wet mud: pigments, Humbrol H 29 earth and a little bit gloss clear. This mixture was stumped with an old brush in random manner. Over this mixture I applied later different lighter pigments. These were applied only dry. After drying this I was a little bit sad, because I lost so many fine details, but I tell you something: The dirty M1025 looks very natural with all these mud effects. Anyway, I’m not sure if I do something like this again because all the details are too fine to conceal her under heavy coats of mud.

Finally I made a little base with wintry atmosphere and muddy groundwork to place the M1025 in his element and to make the mud effects plausible.

My verdict: This is again a kit that shows the high standard of Tamiya and esp. the possibilities of quarterscale kits - I could be a serial offender :-)

HUMVEE-Fever - my M 998 cargo type - now with base

A simple model - a simple base.

To finish the M998 project I built up a very small base with a simple street scene. The little HUMVEE has now a home.

Thanks you very much for all your comments, questions - it was a pleasure for me to see that you like this M998.