Running gear base painted and assembled.
Delta Ceramcoat Forest Green stippled/drybrushed over the brown base.
I use old cut down cheap brushes for this.
Decals added and the remaining dots drybrushed on. Delta Ceramcoat Burnt Umber used for the brown dots. Washes of brown, green, and tan added to help blending.
More refinement to the finish. More drybrushing. Green and yellow washes over the Country Tan to appear as Dunkel Gelb. Brown washes over the Forest Green to appear as Olive Grun. Dark orange washes over the brown to help blend it's edges.
A black wash applied to all panel lines.
Delta Ceramcoat Autumn Brown (as rust) applied with a detail brush randomly to raised edges.
Delta Ceramcoat Sandstone added to some areas of the dust layer to lighten it..
Delta Ceramcoat Medium Brown (my best guess of the color as it's name has been worn off of the bottle) added as a wash to darken some areas of the dust layer.
Making spent ammo rounds. Using a hobby knife to cut through aluminum tubing by rotating it around the tube, applying gentle pressure mimicking a tubing cutter. A tubing cutter would leave transverse scratches.
I'm revising the idea for the diorama.
Now she will be in a firing position during the day before her capture. Here while she and her two wing men destroyed 25 US M4's and M10s, she received her battle damage.
She will be positioned between two pine trees behind a damaged log barrier.
The base I chose has a knot on it's edge. I chose it for this reason. It will represent incoming fire.
I spend considerable time on composition.
"Der treue Husar" (The Faithful Hussar).
The morning of 22 March 1945 Neustadt an der Weinstrasse. Kampfgruppe Göggler (3/Pz.Jg.Abt653) exchanges fire with Task Force Cherry (10th Armored Division). Lt. Kasper Göggler positioned his Jagdtiger #331 along with #234, and #323 on a wooded hill (my assumption based on maps and photos of the area) overlooking the northern approach roads into the town. No losses to the Jagdtigers though #331 and #323 suffer ten non penetrating hits between them. Sources vary with Task Force Cherry suffering between 2 to 28 M4s (76mm) and/or M10s knocked out. The battle ends when smoke is used to blind the German position.
KG Göggler withdraws into the town defending it's center the next day. JTs #331 and #323 are captured after they break down. Lt. Göggler and his crew along with JT # 234 successfully retreat. JT #331 is recovered by the Americans and sent to Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland, USA where it is displayed for many decades. Now she resides in Fort Benning GA , USA.
Cheese cloth is used for the netting. Painted brown before attaching it to the vehicle. Water and diluted white glue used to shape and secure it.
Pre painted hemp rope for the weeds. Several shades of tan, brown and green were used.
I deliberately chose a wooden base with imperfections. The knot suggests damage from incoming fire. Brown, red brown, and rust colored paint was used to enhance the grain. Two coats of clear satin polyurethane were brushed onto the base using a foam applicator to seal it and deepen it's tone. Light sanding between the coats.
Garfunkel thinks it's finished.
Garfunkel was wrong.
A friend gave me a small glass display case. The old dio. was too tall for it. Shortening the trees threw off the balance, so I made a new dio. for #331.