Dragon, 1/35 scale
|by Chris Wauchop
Dragon model kits are available online from Mission Models
Here is my 1/35 scale Dragon T-34/76 Model 1941, kit number 6205.
This was another commission build.
My client wanted the model to look
like Marcus Nicholls' striking T-34 that appeared in Tamiya Model
Magazine Issue #106.
Construction was quite
straightforward, although the photographic instructions are a little
challenging in places.
Aber photo-etched set number 35 045, T-34/85 (only apprpriate
Aber photo-etched set G07, T-34 Grill Cover
Aber turned aluminium F-34 barrel, part number 35L-34
Ka Photo-etched set T-10 for Dragon T-34 Model 1940/41 (very
Karaya copper wire tow cable, part number TC 003
Unique Technology hollow metal (extremely thin) exhaust pipes,
part number 35-06 for T-34
WWII Productions resin tracks for T-34, part number 35016.
The kit tow cable hawsers were
modified by removing the moulded cable detail from the end loops. A
groove was carefully ground into the loop and the Karaya copper
cable was wrapped around it. Fine solder was wrapped around these to
provide a binding, holding the wire in place.
The edges of the kit's mudguards
were thinned with a motor tool. All tie-down hooks were replaced
with copper wire.
Painting, Markings and Weathering
All camouflage colours are water based
acrylics thinned with isopropyl alcohol and applied with
the Testor Aztek A470 airbrush fitted with the fine tan tip.
My technique for producing a
Marcus-Nicholls-like finish was as follows:
coat of overall green was applied. This was a 50/50 mix of Gunze Sangyo
H303 Green and Tamiya XF-2 Flat White.
"scratches" were applied using a 50/50 mix of Tamiya XF-64 Red Brown and
XF-24 Dark Grey, plus a dash of XF-1 Flat Black.
model was given a thin coat of Future (Johnsons' Kleer). When this was
dry, the model received a selective application "mud" made from various
colours of pastel chalk mixed with Mineral Turpentine.
was dry, a fair bit of careful removal and application took place until
I was happy with the result.
lot of fiddling around, adding extra much, scratches and stains, a
very satisfactory result was achieved.
taken in Missing-Lynx's office, workshop and image studio (well, Brett's basement
actually) using a Nikon D70 camera set to Aperture Priority
Automatic at between f.22 and f.29, fitted with a Micro Nikkor 60mm lens,
and under two studio flashes.
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Model by Chris Wauchop
Text by Chris Wauchop and Brett Green
Images by Brett Green
Page Created 31 March, 2007
Page Last Updated
30 March, 2007