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Teacher
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Posted: Monday, January 30, 2006 - 02:32 PM UTC
Frank Portela (Clanky44) shows us another of his 1/48 masterpieces. Thanks Frank.

Vinnie

Hetzer On Display!



If you have comments or questions please post them here.

Thanks!
PanzerKarl
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Posted: Monday, January 30, 2006 - 03:11 PM UTC
This model is absolute gorgeous,a master piece.you would not think it was 48th scale
the only thing i noticed was the decal numbers being too brite everything else is spot on.

cheers karl
Gunny
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Posted: Monday, January 30, 2006 - 04:59 PM UTC
Nice job, Frank!
I really like the camo scheme...very true rendition overall! Good show, Mate! Thanks for sharing the experience.
Gunny
Fordboy
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Posted: Monday, January 30, 2006 - 05:40 PM UTC
Hi Frank

Great work I like it a lot.

I like your subtle and effective weathering style.

It sets a standard for me to aspire to well done.

Regards

Sean
Parks20
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Maryland, United States
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Posted: Monday, January 30, 2006 - 05:42 PM UTC
Very nice Frank, love that paint job. What paints/colors do you use?
CDNTanker25
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Posted: Monday, January 30, 2006 - 08:31 PM UTC
beautiful finish to a beautifil build! Is that a Eduard Hetzer?
markm
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California, United States
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Posted: Monday, January 30, 2006 - 08:35 PM UTC
Nice one Frank. I did my Sherman and must admit that it was a fun build! I was leary of 1/48 at first but your work did inspire me. Too bad there is no way mine will ever look as good as yours
MonkeyGun
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Posted: Monday, January 30, 2006 - 09:13 PM UTC
Great work Frank

The cammo looks superb and nice finish on the exhuast .


Ian
jackhammer81
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Nebraska, United States
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Posted: Monday, January 30, 2006 - 09:46 PM UTC
Frank, one again you floor me with your painting skiils!! Excellent job. Cheers Kevin
jafad
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Posted: Tuesday, January 31, 2006 - 02:51 AM UTC
I agree with Karl it is hard to believe it is only 1:48 scale, very impressive model.
Clanky44
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Posted: Tuesday, January 31, 2006 - 03:42 AM UTC
thanks for the kind comments!....

Brian, I use acrylic paints, Tamiya, Polly Scale, and Aeromaster through my dual action Paasche. Vallejo paints for the scratches, oil paint for the dry brushing and acrylic water paints for the washes.

thanks,
Frank
Ragnar2004
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Ohio, United States
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Posted: Tuesday, January 31, 2006 - 04:07 AM UTC
Hello Frank,

Wonderful looking Hetzer! That is a very fine looking representation there. I would have thought it to be a bigger scale with all the detail and such. You have done a great job. Love the paint scheme as well.

One question. How did you get the edges on the camo to be so smooth? They just seems to flow together!

Best Wishes,
Walter

I humbly bow to the Hetzer king!
Mojo
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Posted: Tuesday, January 31, 2006 - 04:14 AM UTC
Another masterpiece Frank...

Hows the ankle coming along?

Dave
Yayo01
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Posted: Tuesday, January 31, 2006 - 04:24 AM UTC

Quoted Text

thanks for the kind comments!....

Brian, I use acrylic paints, Tamiya, Polly Scale, and Aeromaster through my dual action Paasche. Vallejo paints for the scratches, oil paint for the dry brushing and acrylic water paints for the washes.

thanks,
Frank



what kind of oil paints and acrylic water paints?

BTW....Very nice Build!! I almost drooled
Spades
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Posted: Tuesday, January 31, 2006 - 09:23 AM UTC
Beautiful paint job.
Clanky44
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Posted: Tuesday, January 31, 2006 - 10:05 AM UTC

Quoted Text

Hello Frank,

Wonderful looking Hetzer! That is a very fine looking representation there. I would have thought it to be a bigger scale with all the detail and such. You have done a great job. Love the paint scheme as well.

One question. How did you get the edges on the camo to be so smooth? They just seems to flow together!

Best Wishes,
Walter

I humbly bow to the Hetzer king!



Hi Walter,

The trick to getting smooth hard edges is to apply a coat of dark primer over the completed model prior to painting. I use Polly Scale flat black. The Camo is then sprayed in thin mist coats and masked in layers. Start off with the lightest of colours, yellow in this case, and once completed and masked, continue with the darker colours. You will note that the darker paint will take less passes to cover the lighter previous paint, therefore reducing the edge on the completed scheme.

hope this helps,
Frank
Clanky44
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Posted: Tuesday, January 31, 2006 - 10:17 AM UTC

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what kind of oil paints and acrylic water paints?



I use Winsor and Newton for both. The tube water paints are thinned out with tap water and are applied over the matt paint at the end of the painting. You can let the paint dry and go back to it later and remove any unwanted hard edge with a moistened (tap water)paint brush, a lot simpler than applying a wash with diluted oils! ( no need to apply a gloss coat) As you can see on the photos below, neatness does not matter!

Frank



Clanky44
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Posted: Tuesday, January 31, 2006 - 10:22 AM UTC

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Hows the ankle coming along?

Dave



Hi Dave,

I start my P.T. this coming monday. I've got this massive orthopeidic boot on at all times, imagine a ski boot on steroids!..... makes sleeping tough....

Frank
MonkeyGun
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Posted: Tuesday, January 31, 2006 - 10:23 AM UTC
Thanks for the tip on your wash method Frank , im going to give it a go on my next project.

Ive allways been wary of the gloss coat / dull coat approach and seeing as im sans airbrush your washing method is perfect for me


Ian
Clanky44
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Posted: Tuesday, January 31, 2006 - 10:38 AM UTC
Hi Ian,

One thing to consider with the water colour washes, the smoother the paint finish prior to the wash, the less pigment it will absorb. If you have a rough paint surface, it will absorb more, therefore if you have a cast texture, do not leave the dried water colour on for too long. Experiment on the bottom of the tank before moving up to the top side!

Frank
MonkeyGun
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Posted: Tuesday, January 31, 2006 - 10:43 AM UTC
Thanks Frank

Will try a lil experimenting first before i dive in :-)

Ian
russ
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Posted: Tuesday, January 31, 2006 - 12:12 PM UTC
Very nice Frank, you have done a great job on the paint work and the weathering.
Also think the muffler is very well done.


Grifter
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North Carolina, United States
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Posted: Wednesday, February 01, 2006 - 02:33 AM UTC
Every time I see one of Frank's 1/48 models, I almost forget they're 1/48! Almost makes me want to give a couple a try......almost.
Love the camo colors!
slodder
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Posted: Wednesday, February 01, 2006 - 02:42 AM UTC
I love the style - To me I would describe it as Crystal Clear Dirty Very wonderfull done. Good tips on the washes. I like the use of water colors! I think I may add them to the arsinal.
Gloss
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Posted: Wednesday, February 01, 2006 - 02:59 AM UTC
Hi Frank,

Thanks for sharing these pictures of your fantastic Hetzer and for providing a valuable tip on the use of acrylic water colour artists paint during weathering. I have often wondered what the outcome of using these instead of oils would be and now I know!

Many thanks again.

Mark