by Eamonn Sheahan
Italeri's 1/35 scale Panzer 38t is available online from Squadron.com
This diorama, inspired
by Masahiro Doi of Armor Modeling Magazine, depicts elements of the 7th
Panzer Division during Operation Typhoon, the drive on Moscow during the
autumn of 1941. The onset of Russia's Rasputitza (period of mud) has
begun which, unbeknownst to Hitler, signals the beginning of the end of
his audacious gamble.
Italeri's Panzer 38T
and Tamiya's latest Motorcycle kit release are the focus of this work. I
built the kits basically straight from the box.
Some extra detailing
was added to the tank in the form of scratch built stowage boxes made
from plastic card. The hatch cover at the bottom of the hull was mad
using bits and pieces from my scrap box.
The motorcycle had
brake cables added using fuse wire. Both models had fine dirt glued to
them to depict the build up of earth during the campaign.
Both models were
painted Panzer Grey using Tamiya's spray paint, TS-4. A wash was applied
combining Raw Umber oil paint and turpentine into a thin mixture. I
dry-brushed the vehicles using multiple shades of light grey from
Humbrol. The muddy parts of the vehicles were painted with Raw Umber oil
conversions of Tamiya and Dragon sets. The soldier on the motorcycle had
his legs altered with Milliput. The Tank Commander was changed to a
bending pose, and the crewman standing on the tank had Verlinden uniform
detail added to his arm.
Base and Groundwork
The groundwork was made
from styrofoam and plaster. To obtain the muddy effect on the dirt road
I used Tamiya Putty, shaping it with the handle of a small brush. The
result was then painted with Raw Umber oil paint which creates the moist
effect I was looking for.
I added grass that had
been bought from a hobby shop. The tree was one of many branches that I
have collected from parks near my home over the years.
The base was built
using an old picture frame, strips of wood and some flat pieces of board
. I cut the pieces to size , assembled them and then stained and glossed
The title plate was
made from brass, cut to size, and nailed in place.
As a final touch I
added a black bird to one of the branches of the tree, overlooking the
scene as if to foretell an impending disaster.
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Text and Figures Copyright 2003 by Eamonn Sheahan
Images Copyright 2003 by Brett Green
Page Created 03 October, 2003
Last Updated 17 March, 2004
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