Building Tamiya King Tiger Ardennes Front. From Start to Finish

Building Tamiya King Tiger Ardennes Front. From Start to Finish


Hi, I’m QDC. What we’re about to build today
is Tamiya King Tiger Ardennes Front and this is in 1/35 scale. So lets start building this
kit right now. Let’s take a look inside the box. We have
the mesh. Decal. Motorcycle. Figures. Tracks. Upper and lower hull. Wheels. Turret. Fender.
Paint guide
and the instruction sheet. I want to talk to you about a cost saving
measure that Tamiya has done. What I have in my hand is a cloth mesh and this represents
the air intake cover. In a perfect world I would want to have them provide a photo etched
mesh but I guess for cost saving measures they provided the buyer a cloth mesh instead.
What you are supposed to do in the instruction there is a one-to-one scale of the air intake
cover and you are supposed to use a pair of scissors and cut the cloth exactly to this
one-to-one figure so you can make the air intake cover. Ok, so we built the model kit and now it’s
time for me to show you what I think about this kit so far. Take a look. This is the completed model kit before painting,
and what can I say? Tamiya is one of those companies that has a goal of making a model
kit that is both easy to build and highly detailed at the same time. This King Tiger
is no exception. Tamiya has carefully planned out the entire model making process for the
kit builder to enjoy this model kit. You can’t go wrong with this at any skill level including
the beginner. If you are a beginner, you are going to enjoy this model. No doubts about
it. It’s time for me to paint the model. It’s time for me to paint my model, I’m starting
with the wheels first. What I done was I sprayed the entire model a coat of black primer and
now I’m going to use my airbrush and start painting the entire model with the main color. I just finished installing the wheels and
the tracks and now it’s time for me to make the camouflage pattern. I switched over to
my better airbrush and now I’m going to start spraying the entire model with the a basic
three part camouflage. I’m going to give my model a pin wash. I already
gave the entire model a coat of Future Floor Wax to protected it and what you see right
here is a cup of black artist oil paint diluted in mineral spirits. What I’m going to do is
I’m going to give entire model a pin wash. It’s time for me to make some dust effects.
I’m going to spray the entire model and give it a tint of buff color. I’m going to add some mud effects. What you
see right here is a cup of tile grout that has been diluted in water to give it a consistency
of mud and what I’m going to do is I’m going to simply spread this all over the wheels
to give it the mud effects. I’m going to make some splattered mud. I’m
going to use the mud that I made on the wheels and I’m going to use an airbrush and splatter
onto the model to make that splashing effect. I’m going to simulate worn paint. I’m going
to use an ordinary graphite pencil and simply rub the graphite on to areas where I think
there is worn paint. Alright so we built the model kit. We painted
it. We weathered it. And not it’s time for me to show you what I think about the entire
model kit from the beginning to the end. Take a look. This is the completed model kit after painting
and weathering and it is a nice kit from Tamiya. As you can see it’s highly detailed and the
paint job and weathering is nice. I have no complaints about this project and it’s good.
I like it. That completes this project. What you are
about to see next is a video slideshow of the entire model tank but before I go, as
always, just because I put this video on Youtube, it doesn’t make me a model kit expert. I am
not an expert. I’m just a regular guy just like you. I hope this video encourages you
to build a model kit of your own either it’s a model tank, a model plane, or even an automobile.
It doesn’t matter. In the end, it’s all about having fun. I’m QDC thanks for watching and
always please, have a great day!

Randy Schultz

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