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machinehead Supporting Member of TMP01 Sep 2021 2:50 a.m. PST

I'm working on 2 1/144 Dragon Panzer IVs using these color plates as a guide.


Primed with Tamiya Fine Surface Primer and base coated with Vallejo Middlestone.

Washed with Vallejo Sepia Shade wash thinned with water.

machinehead Supporting Member of TMP02 Sep 2021 10:49 a.m. PST

Brown roughed in. It is Mig Schokobraun with AK Schokobraun added to shift it more red, Ak Dunkelgelb and Mig white to lighten it up.


machinehead Supporting Member of TMP07 Sep 2021 8:04 a.m. PST

Roughed in the green with AK Olivgrun Opt.1 and cleaned up the yellow with Vallejo Middlestone.


Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP08 Sep 2021 1:45 p.m. PST

Well all I can say is what great model work for 1/144 scale. I am used to doing many a Sherman in 1/72 but recently did one in 1/35 and realised the advantages of a doubling of size.

But then a halving of the model size! Impressive

Must try Vallejo Shade wash. My latest experience of Citadel wash was a disaster. OK, the bottle was well depleted and maybe I could have shaken it even more. But it seems that mixing it with water was the biggest mistake. It dried gloss and with many a white residue in the deepest crevices. My Prussian HA vehicles and guns were ruined!

machinehead Supporting Member of TMP10 Sep 2021 2:50 p.m. PST

Mixed the brown camo again with more white and touched it up in spots. Darkened it up with some Mig Schokobraun and touched it up in other spots. Toched up the dark green with Mig Resedagrun in spots. Touched up the yellow with AK Dunkelgelb


machinehead Supporting Member of TMP10 Sep 2021 3:08 p.m. PST

Painted the tracks with Vallejo Track Primer. Painted the tools, MGs and highlighted the tracks with Vallejo Gunmetal Grey mixed with a little Vallejo black ink. Painted the muffler with Vallejo Dark Rust and highlighted with Vallejo Light Rust. painted the wood tool handle with Vallejo New Wood. Painted the roadwheels with Vallejo Dark Rubber. Brought out the panel lines, recesses etc… with Tamiya black panel liner. Gloss coated the decal areas with Vallejo Gloss Varnish and applied the decals. After drying I applied Micro Sol.


machinehead Supporting Member of TMP10 Sep 2021 3:45 p.m. PST

Washed the skirts with Mig Washable Dust diluted with a lot of water and brushed on Vallejo Polyurethane Matt Varnish. Done. :D


Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP10 Sep 2021 10:20 p.m. PST

Vallejo Dark and Light Rust was new to me. Great effect, must have them now!

Thanks for showing and explaining all these stages

machinehead Supporting Member of TMP11 Sep 2021 5:39 a.m. PST

Thanks deadhead, those are from their Panzer Aces line of paint. I was going to do the other one too but judging from the interest here it would be a waste of time.

Captain Pete12 Sep 2021 12:17 p.m. PST

I love your reference pictures Machinehead. Your in progress pictures look great. Keep up the good work.

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