jeudi 13 juillet 2017

JS3 - Solder of fortune, Build and Sweat

Salut à tous ! Non, non, ce n'était pas un article le mois dernier et puis plus rien. La flamme est revenue et j'ai pris mon temps (1 mois) pour construire mon JS3. 1 mois c'est quand même long, mais quand on n'a pas le matériel adéquat, quand on a peu de temps et bien... ça fait un mois.

Hi everyone! No, no, I didn't write an article last month and then nothing. The flame is back and I took my time (1 month) to build my JS3. 1 month is a long time, but when you don't have the right tools, little time, well... it take a month.



Tout a commencé il y a bientôt 2 ans à Mol avec mon ami Max Lemaire. Nous étions partis à 3 avec Fabrice et le JS3 était en vente. J'en profitais également pour prendre une planche de photodécoupe, le canon en métal et les chenilles Friul (qu'il me reste à monter). Quelle journée épique, avec un retour beaucoup plus long que l'aller, et manifestement un lapin qui avait choisi le moment opportun pour traverser juste sous nos roues. Mais j'adore Mol !

It all started nearly 2 years ago in Mol with my friend Max Lemaire. We drove there, the 3 of us, with Fabrice and the JS3 was there. I took the opportunity to get some photoetch, a metal gun and the Friul tracks (that I still have to assemble). What an epic day, as the way back was much longer than the way to go, and eventually a rabbit had chosen the perfect time to cross the road and end up under our wheels. Still, I love Mol!

2 ans plus tard (donc maintenant), je me décidais enfin à monter le monstre. J'achetai un set de photodécoupe en plus et armé de mon superbe fer à souder Campingaz, je me lançais dans la soudure. Hourra ! Ceci peut expliquer certaines pièces bancales que je n'ai pas osé dessouder au risque de tout faire foirer. Un nouveau fer à souder plus tard (merci pour les conseils), le travail s'avère plus facile, même si de si petites pièces sont un véritable calvaire à monter. Personnellement, c'est l'expérience la plus difficile que j'ai eue la joie d'éprouver. Comprenez que le prochain kit (un 2S3 Akatsiya... Donbass) sera sorti de boîte. Mais je ne désespère pas de me lancer à nouveau dans l'aventure.

2 years later (that is now), I finally decided to assemble the beast. I bought an extra photoetch set and equipped with my fabulous Campingaz soldering iron, I started soldering. Hurray! This can explain why some parts are not straight and I didn't dare unsoldering them being afraid to ruin all the previous work. A new soldering iron later (thanks for the advice), the work felt much easier, even if so little parts are a real nightmare to assemble. Personally, it was the most difficult experience I had the pleasure to go through. Understand that the next kit (a 2S3 Akatsiya... Donbass) will be OOTB. But I do not give up and will certainly try the experiment again.


Le kit Tamiya est sans faille, et j'ai pris la liberté de ne pas ajouter toutes les pièces, d'ajouter d'autres pièces. Je n'ai pas non plus utilisé toutes les pièces des set de photodécoupe, parce que... J'en ai eu assez pour le moment.

The Tamiya kit is flawless, and I took some liberty to not add some parts, add others. I didn't use all the parts from the PE set, because... I had enough of it for the moment.

Malgré tout, je suis assez fier de moi. Pour une première expérience avec la photodécoupe, je pense que je ne m'en tire pas trop mal, même si la précision est loin d'être au rendez-vous. Peu importe, je me suis vraiment éclaté... A vrai dire, j'ai même un peu de peine que ça se termine, même si je ne peux plus voir de photodécoupe pour le moment.

Still, I'm quite proud of myself. For a first experience with solder and PE, I think I'm doing quite well, even if accuracy is not there. Anyway, I really had fun... To tell the truth, I'm a little bit sad this is over, even if I can't see any PE set for now.




J'ai pris plaisir à sentir l'odeur de la colle Tamiya, de m'amuser avec la pâte époxy et le bi-composant Tamiya également. Pour le reste, j'ai dû m'acheter une nouvelle chignole (la mienne a disparu pendant les travaux de la maison), un set de limes et de quoi polir le métal. C'était également la première fois que je réalisais mes propres lignes de soudure sur la coque du JS3.

I really enjoyed smelling the Tamiya glue, to have had fun with epoxy putty and the bicomposant Tamiya as well. For the rest, I had to invest in a new hand drill (mine disappeared during the work in the house), a set of files and something to polish the metal. It was also the first time I was making my own weld lines on the hull.



Voilà, j'espère que vous apprécierez le travail. Je ne sais pas si je vais commencer la peinture maintenant. Mais si vous avez des conseils, je suis preneur. Le 4BO c'est sympa, mais je pensais à un camouflage plus original et pas forcément historique.

Of course, I hope you like this work. I don't really know if I'll start painting soon. But if you have some advice, feel free. 4BO is cool, but I was thinking of something more original and not historically accurate.

Bien sûr, n'hésitez pas à faire des remarques et à me donner des conseils pour que les erreurs que vous pourriez voir ne se reproduisent pas à l'avenir. C'est comme ça qu'on progresse, non ?

Well, do not hesitate making comments and giving me advice so that any mistake you could see would be corrected on a future model. It's the way to improve, right?

mardi 13 juin 2017

Back to the bench - Fell rusted - Jagdpanther

Hi everyone! It's been such a long time and I have had so many good things happening lately, namely, the birth of my son, Andréas, who is a lovely young boy. He fills us with joy, but he also fills our time, so I take his nap times for modelling.


Well, this Jagdpanther was lying on my bench for so many months, I kinda liked its camouflage and wanted to finish it. But as my last article was 2 years ago, I can tell you it was hard to find my old reflexes and gather the courage to put everything back together, as we had a lot of work in the house.

So, the bench is back to its place and everything is going smoothly.

It was a great occasion for me to test some new AMMO products I got, the Oilbrushers and the Splashes and Mud effects.
I like the Oilbrushers as they are already thinned to a good consistency, which is perfect for a direct application on the model. Moreover, being left-handed is a plague (lol) and I always tend to put my hand in the fresh paint, but that's my problem. The colors are fine as well as they come in a large variety of shades, my favorite being the "Space Filth", which is perfect to add shadows and grime.


The Splashes effects are quite interesting too. As a ready-to-use product, it really allows you to put the right amount of splashes you intend to put on the model. I had never really given into making my own mud (too much plaster, not enough enamel product... it always ended up in a total mess), so this was just what I needed to add mud quickly.

Now talking about the model itself: it is a 1/48 Tamiya model, an old reference and I didn't really want it to be historically realistic. The different elements on the model are painted in late war and the lateral skirts are painted in some kind of what-if camouflage. I really was looking for diversity on this model, but I now understand that it is not that much elements that bring variety, but the effects.


And the effects, although I like them, are to plain to my taste. I'm still struggling using pigments and really need a good modeler (and friend) to spend time with me (that is, not on social media nor somewhere on the phone) to teach me this medium. My biggest problem is that I always feel pigments are uncontrollable, that whenever I add some thinner, they just make a total mess, fading the original paint so much that the model loses all personality. I know I made some progress with pigments, but there is so much left to learn, and I'm always very anxious when it is time to apply some dust or mud, because I know this last step might ruin all my previous work.

So, I like this model, it really feels good to be back to the bench. I definitely missed it so much. But I'm far from getting the results I am after.
Still, I hope you like the model!