Friday, April 5

Video review guide Pt II: Clayton's build of Takom's 35th scale Tiger I "late" 2 in 1 kit with ATOM shades...

The painting of an unusual Tiger is the subject of Clayton's video review today. See his continuing work on Takom's Tiger I Late-Production with the new ATOM paints from AMMO under the microscope. Weathering is next, but strap in to watch his video of how he applied the shades to his kit today...

Sd.Kfz.181 Pz.Kpfw.VI Ausf.E - Tiger I Late Production w/Zimmerit 2-in-1 kit
From Takom
Kit No: 2199
1/35th scale
Stowage included
Tracks with a jig included for assembly
Photo-etch included
Metal barrel option included.
Twisted cable provided for towing cable
Judging by the response to the first video in this build series we did need another Tiger, and Takom seems to be on a real winner with this release.

The link to the last instalment of this in a build review:
In my latest video I’ll take you through a couple of corrections from the build from a few weeks ago. These were easy fixes, but handy to keep an eye out for with your own build.

I’d also be putting the new ATOM by AMMO acrylics to the test once again. I’d been given a comprehensive set of German WW2 colours to try, so I was intrigued as to how they would perform on my preferred scale of 1/35th.
The scheme I had chosen to tackle was the unique scheme of the 102nd Heavy SS Panzer Battalion) - Some examples of similar paint schemes that I drew from...
Looking at the instructions you’d be forgiven in thinking the scheme was a hard-edged camouflage, but in reality, the scheme was applied using a spray gun and should have soft, but tight lines in the shapes.
I’d been debating about the best way to paint this scheme and I’d even purchased a mask set to aid in the process, but again, the masks would give me hard edges when it should clearly be a soft edge scheme. I decided I’d use a Blu-Tack mask to define my scheme. Not all went to plan though so Ill take you through the steps I took to paint the model in this unique scheme and get it to a point where it was ready for the fun to begin with the weathering.

The video:
Strap in now and click he frame to see the video of my painting sequence for the kit with a review of AMMO's new ATOM paints being used in this instance.

The paints:
Looking at those vivid colours is quite confronting, but it is all part of the process, and this stage of the process is simply giving me my canvas on which to build my weathering effects.

In terms of the ATOM range of acrylics, I again enjoyed using them and seemed to achieve pleasing results. They not only sprayed well through the airbrush, but they brush paint beautifully also. The paint is surprisingly forgiving for an acrylic paint and will tolerate a vast range of thinning ratios depending on your desired application. This will vary from modeller to modeller because everyone’s style and hardware setups are different, but the forgiving nature of the paint should accommodate most modellers.
Lacquer paint is still the hardest wearing and most forgiving style of paint to use, however the smell and the health implications that brings is a valid concern in the hobby. These acrylics seem to bridge the gap somewhat and give people a viable alternative without the toxic smell.

They are leaps and bounds ahead of the first-generation Ammo paints and have really made them an attractive option for the modellers out there wanting to use acrylic paint.

The kit:
But back to the model, and I have to say, I’ve really started to come around to this scheme or at least my application of it. It’s amazing how introducing the chipping and then the tools and cables helped make sense of the paintwork. The thought of weathering these somewhat unfamiliar colours is a little intimidating, but as I’ve echoed before, this is a case of trusting in, and following the process. I can’t wait to start the weathering and show you how it comes together.

Part II of the series is at This link...

Clayton Ockerby

Thanks to Takom for sending this kit to Clayton to build and review

You can get these paints and AMMOs other products from their website or their distributors. Thanks to them for sending these paints for us to review...

See more of Clayton's amazing works on his YouTube Channel, his modelling portal "Workbench Hobbies" or his FB page