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Panzerturm 1/72 diorama base

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I decided that I need a large(ish) base to display my Luft '46/Waffen '46 stuff and to add a bit of interest I thought a Panzerturm mounted on an earthwork casemate would be a fun thing. I have some spare stuff left over from the Modelcollect 'tragers, but no barrels. Chris McSheffrey kindly donated a complete  Maus turret that he had going spare - cheers Chris - and seeing as it has two optional barrels I thought I'd use the whole turret because it looks impressive and extremely cool. Another possibility with the spare Modelcollect stuff is a dug-in-up-to-the-turret tank. Anyways here's the Maus turret. I gradually added shot into the saucepan shaped piece with the barrel and mantlet temporarily fixed until I got it balanced nicely, then stuck everything together. I'll chop up the E100 upper hall part to use as a mounting plate for the turret. Hopefully Hobbycraft will be open next week so I can get me some foam board for the base itself.

 

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I'm picturing the turret in grey with funky diagonal green stripes as per some of the Modelcollect box art.

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A bit of chopping and priming, so we now haz a base plate to mount on some concrete. I've got some odds and ends of artboard knocking around, I might start messing about with the earthwork tomorrow. I was wondering what the sticky out ears bits on the top of the turret are? They seem to have lenses on the front, a rangefinder maybe? Any treadheads in the know?

 

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I've spent a happy few hours this afternoon/evening slicing up pieces of art board and sticking them together. I thought about drawing a plan to work to, but I spend my working week doing that stuff so decided against and simply went with the flow. I Hobbycraft is open tomorrow I'll get some more board to play with, I'm looking to do the base between A1 - A2 format to display other stuff. Thinking now about how I frame it.

 

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The question you have to ask yourself, punk, is do ya feel lucky? Well do ya?!

 

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3 hours ago, Grunhertz said:

youre gonna need shed loads of fake grass for that one 

 

I don't have shedloads, but two or three bags. Might need some more.

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Ooooh I am liking this Paul 😁😁😁 BTW its an E-100 turret with 12.8 cm KwK 44 L/55, the wee barrel next to it is a co-axial 7.5 cm KwK 44 L/24.

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5" and 3" in old money, serious artillery. If the 12.8 was based on the Flak 40 then the muzzle velocity would be truly frightening, it's said the 40 could project shells up to 40,000'.

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A bit more progress. All the bits that are intended to look like concrete have been faced in plastic card. I noticed that the top had a bit of twist in it, so I used 40 thou card and attempted to flatten it out a bit using files and sponge sanders. It now looks better, not perfect, but near enough. I formed a kerb for the turret plate to sit in and added a bush to the top and a shaft to the turret so that it sits securely. The plastic card has had a good old sanding and is ready for paint.

 

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I'm currently experimenting with a gloopy mixture of Polyfilla, PVA and acrylic colour to build up the earth bank before applying static grass. The idea is to provide some colour & texture under the grass, whilst adding some depth to the banks. It could end up in a sticky mess!  

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I added some hatches and bits of leftover PE from the Modelcollect stuff. Now thinking about an external ladder and radio aerials.

 

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On 6/14/2020 at 2:22 AM, Grunhertz said:

I would suggest a stereoscopic rangefinder 

Is that not a stereoscopic rangefinder running along the top of the turret ?  Just being an armor geek here. 

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A bit more progress. I added some grungy patchy concrete colours and managed to deliberately airbrush orange peel effect to get some texture into the surface. Then I used the gloop mixture to coat the earth bank. It's acrylic medium, PVA and Polyfilla mixed into a glorious gloop that is easy to apply and can be teased into a texture. I thought it would shrink back a bit, which it did, but not as much as I expected so the texture is a little over-egged. Simples, I'll mix some more gloop and smooth it out. I'm looking for the facet edges to be more rounded some it needs another application in any case. Also I scratched up an access ladder and radio mast. I think that's everything now it's just down to more gloop, static grass and finishing the painting/weathering.

 

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