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"Die schwarze Witwe'' (The Black Widow)





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A Wave Corporation 1/20th scale Ma. K. ZbV 3000 Panzer Kampf Anzug Ausf G 'Gustav' based on the Maschinen Krieger designs of Kow Yokoyama. This is a new kit, not the PKA Gustav of the Nitto SF3D line. This is the best engineered kit, plastic or otherwise that it has been my pleasure to build. There are virtually no mold lines. The pieces fit perfectly together and lock into place!



The finished product.


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Putting on the finishing touches.

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The ground work is built around a resin casting of Modular Urban Ruins that I made for ODG Studios.



''Heidi'' replaces the kit's operator.


I sculpted her from Super Sculpey.


Articulatable fingers were made from steel wire and plastic rod that I drilled out with a pin vise.


Shoulder, elbow, knee and ankle joints were made from Elmer's Wood Filler. A new left forearm was made from styrene and metal tubing and rod.


A new Panzerfaust launch tube was made from plastic tubing.



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Different stages of painting. I do not use an air brush in any of my work. The paint brushes in the photo above have been modified for dry brushing "spayed on'' camo patterns.
I almost exclusively use acrylics. The majority of these being inexpensive craft paints.

My inspiration for the camo. scheme.


Painting almost finished. The only decal used is the excellent instructional marking on the Neu Panzerfaust's warhead.

I created a control panel on my computer using MS Paint, downloaded it to a flash drive and took it to a printer.                                                                                                                                               
The rocket's exhaust plume is made from Super Sculpey over a brass rod.
The Neu Panzerfaust's warhead is from the kit. It's motor and fuel shaft is aluminum tubing. The deploying stabilization fins are from .005 sheet plastic.
The tactical insignia on the shoulder armor were hand painted using a stencil I cut from .005 sheet plastic as a guide. The insignia reads the second of the first platoon, blue company. This makes her First Sergent (the one who actually runs the platoon).




Painting completed.
Wires on the exposed forearm were made from different colors of stretched sprue.
The side window had a section cut out and bullet hole damage created with a hobby knife.
The kit's poly vinyl power lines running down into the lower legs were substituted with metal springs from a Nitto SF3D Prowler kit.
The red lenses come from M.V Products.






Though I had made this base for ODG Studios for displaying Moebius's Bat Pod, it had always been my intention that it should not be limited to only one model.

Early test fitting and determining the length of the rocket exhaust.









Experimenting with using images on a computer monitor as photographic backgrounds.

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...and then I changed the groundwork base.

A meter I had made for ODG Studios sits atop a pole made from styrene tubing and sheets.



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The vent is part of a casting of a ''gaunkulator'' I had made for ODG Studios.


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Perhaps the third time is a charm. Redoing the groundwork. This represents my original idea while building the Gustav.


Determining placement.


Te walls are made from 1/2 inch thick black Foam Board and 1/4 inch balsa wood, cover with Elmer's Wood Filler.



The structure sits on a .040 sheet of styrene. A band of .040 forms a boarder for raised groundwork.



Foam Board is used for irregular chunks of concrete.



Foam Board filling in part of the interior below the floor.



Everything covered in wood filler.


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 Finished (probably) photos



"Omega-Sektor" finished.

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