Thursday, June 30, 2016

Ooh does Russians painted

Hi folks

Finally I did some painting, in the last 5 years I basecoated 1 cockpit and in the 3 years before that I think I did something like 5 figures, so saying Im a bit rusty is understating it, half the paint I opened was of no use anymore but I still had a couple of greens mixed them up and got a decent Russian green out of it, the beige of the uniform was more of a problem as I only had lighter beige colors left and needed to buy a new tin for that. The wash did fail a little bit to harsh for my liking not sure how and if I need to fix that, for now I will just leave it along and if and wen I will add a base to them I can always touch that up, the uniform also need a more detailing need to check if I have some good colors for it. At the same time I painted these I also painted a Stridsvagn 103 or S-tank more of that later. For now back to sculpting a lot of Valdemar stuff.







unpainted model of the hand crank tank




unpainted bike model


Thanks for watching and feel free to comment

Patrick Mondria

Friday, June 17, 2016

Ooh does Russians part 2

Ooh does Russian, well I found 2 of the weirdest Russian "tanks" ever planned, to be fair cant even call them tanks, it can hardly called AFV but as I like 1 man tanks and weird AFV these had to be build.


This time a armored bicycle just the concept is pretty weird and I only know of 1 other time I was tried, by the US I think. This concepts was very faulty,
-In this set up it is impossible to "ride" the bike because the legs cant move up or down, there is a plate that blocks movement and a big change the knees will hit the ground. I fixed it somewhat on the model removing part of the plate and placing the pedals a bit higher.
-as pictured here the wide is impossible narrow, my shoulders are wider then the max wide here, that would make it impossible to fire the gun or even steer. So on the model I made the tub much wider and have the figure more back.
-talking about steering well how does it steer? its not drawn and I dont see a steering wheel or bar, I did not fix this on the model as I did not know how.
-the gun I have no idea what type of gun is pictured here, I went for a DT as I know of no other gun with a pan magazine but then its far larger then how looks here, but maybe that was part of the steering and its a new rifle/MG made for this but I dont think so.
-I also added a front mud guard, here its open but then the drivers face would almost be touching the front wheel and mud will fling up right in the face.

What started out like a small fast build turned in a mayor redesign which looked almost nothing like the plans, I made 7-8 designs and still not happy with it but ended up with this model which to my it improved the bike but not changed it so much it a different model. With all the design flaws I still love the concept, it has a modern knight flavor guess that is why I like 1 man tanks anyway.

Also working on a couple of other 1 man tank projects, like the MIAS, Carden Loyd, Martel, T1, T17 as does where all build, also a couple of planned versions and a few of my own design, but the tiny running gear is slowing me down so it will take some time.








thanks for watching and feel free to comment

Patrick Mondria

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

ooh does Russians part 1

Ooh does Russian, well I found 2 of the weirdest Russian "tanks" ever planned, to be fair cant even call them tanks, it can hardly called AFV but as I like 1 man tanks and weird AFV these had to be build.

First: a hand powered "tank", this 1 man AFV was powered by spinning a wheel by hand and braking was done with the left hand, no armament can be seen other then a small barrel, maybe a smg, anyway this tiny AFV was rejected and never made, and thankfully so I cant see anyone driving this thing living long.

The model: pretty easy to make, it cant be seen on the drawings if it had a roof but I dont think so, I left the side hatch open so it possible to see some of the detail on the inside, at first I also made a figure for it but in the end I left it out it block to much. As for the tracks I left does really simple, just [ channel all cut the same size with a length of rod between them













thanks for watching and next week ooh Russians part 2
Patrick Mondria