1⁄35Against The Clock!
IntroductionWith my first project back in modelling taking 300+hrs, and my second still unfinished and approaching twice that, I needed a project to re-invigorate my enthusiasm, and remind me why I started modelling again in the first place! To this end I ordered Dragons re-issued 1:35 Jagdtiger, and decided to do something a little different. This is not a review of the kit, suffice to say it’s a very good one, with new PE, a metal barrel of the correct length, wire tow ropes etc. The only gripe I had was that the new metal tow shackles are far too narrow to fit, and I had to grind a lot of plastic away in these areas to make them fit.
the buildI wanted to see how fast I could build and paint the model and still achieve a result I could be proud of. In doing this I needed to strip the whole process to its barest minimum.
I set myself some rules:
Planning and familiarisationI took all the sprues from the box and laid them out in my modelling area so that each was at hand and viewable. I then sat for several hours and referenced each section of the instructions to the correct sprue. I planned the required cleanup (pin marks on the inside of tracks – leave ‘em!, mould seam can be covered by mud – no problem!). I spent a lot of time planning the Magic Tracks as I had never used them before - going through this process in my head first proved an invaluable time saver. A second major brainwave was to keep the upper and lower hull separate until they had both been painted and weathered (the barrel was fitted last). In this way tracks can be fitted and weathered without interference from the side skirts.
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