Academy 1/35 M113, Portuguese BiMec APC WIP #2

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And after a bit more work on this kit representing the BiMec 403 car, I got it to look a bit like the real deal.

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After painting the base colour with ZModels Olive green I added the markings. Some of the decals didn’t turn out that good, with some silvering here and there. I am not completely pissed with it because the real car actually shows some as well, it seems some of the markings are stickers. Still I’ll have to cut some more of the transparent film next time.

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For the optics I painted the infra-red ones with Tamiya gloss black and used AK 2.3 mm optics for the others. It’s a simple addition but it really gives a nice look.

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With the markings in place time for some Tamiya flat clear to cut some of the shine. After drying I gave it a good wash of burnt umber. It’s somewhat discreet but you can see some dirt where the wash accumulated. I kinda like the effect.

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Time now to paint some more bits and bobs like the stop light and the tracks in the front as well as the periscopes. At my eyes at the time they looked fine but seeing the pictures I noticed that I definitely should have made a better work out of them.

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Previously I had also added some photo-etch to the engine grills on top. Again it is a simple addition that gives an instant boost to the looks of the model.

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With most of the painting done it was now a matter of adding a couple more touches by drilling the machine gun nozzle and making an antennae with stretched sprue.

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It’s almost done. I plan on adding just a touch more wear with some more oils and pigments as well as making a small terrain.

Thank you for watching.

Academy 1/35 M113, Portuguese BiMec APC WIP #1

And in a departure from my usual sci-fi I have started the Academy 1/35th scale M113, building it as a car used in the BIMEC – Batalhão de Infantaria Mecanizado of the Portuguese army.

I’m doing this build in the context of a course promoted by a LHS, , whose main purpose is to focus on the nuances of Portuguese material.

The Academy kit is very complete, with loads of parts and full interior, but for this build I decided not to do any interior, focusing solely in the exterior of the car. Cross referencing the manual and the pictures of the car I’m building, most of the parts are included, even if not referenced in the manual, with the exception of the grenade launchers which will have to be made from scratch.

The building is now almost complete missing only the antena and AK optics which will be added after the top coat. Paint has also started having the car primed in Vallejo black primer.

(warning: The pics may look awful in some monitors specially laptop ones. They looked good in my monitor but when I checked them in my work’s laptop they where far darker and with a considerable loss of contrast)

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This is a very different kind of build from what I’m used to, being that I can actually see how the model looks before painting. I like that very much. When building gundams or the likes, I do find it a bit unmotivating at times that you must have almost all the work done before you see it taking shape.

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The kit is somewhat old (some 20 years), and though I don’t know if it’s still a trend on more modern tools, it has a ton of mould lines and ejector pin marks everywhere  Even without the interior it still took me some 15-20 hours just to put it together. I do hope that more modern kits don’t have so much of these problems.

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The fit is nice, and didn’t gave me much trouble, with the exception of the front cover which was a paint to put in place. Another person in the same course did have problems in the back of the car due to warping in the chassis, but in 5 kits that was the only one with that issue.

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Not a lot of putty was needed, except in the commander’s cupola periscopes which has some nasty sink marks, and a couple of ejector marks here and there. Nothing some Mr Dissolved Putty couldn’t fix.

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The wheels are already painted in the colour of the car using a colour from a zmodels paint set specifically made for Portuguese armour. The rubber was then hand brushed with Vallejo black.

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The tracks included in the kit are really bad. It does bring two options, rubber, which are awful and not accurate, as well as individual links which all have 5 points to clean up plus other accuracy issues. In the end I went with AFV rubber tracks which are much more accurate than the ones that come in the kit.
They where first painted with Tamiya flat brown and then the rubber pads where hand brushed with Vallejo black.

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And this is it for now. For my first experience in building armour I’m enjoying myself very much. It will certainly not be the last.

HMM RZ-046 Shadow Fox – WIP #4

This will just a small update as I’ve been unable to put any work on the fox for a while. Even what I’m going to show here is a couple of weeks old.

But anyway, the base coat for the main gun is complete and I am extremely happy with the result. The custom shade I asked Plamo Colour is spot on. The paint was a bit tougher than my usual Mr. Color to paint but I think that with a bit of retarder it will work almost the same. Regardless the finish is beautiful.


I had to redo the seams and prime a couple of times but in the end it was worth it. There is just a hint of the seam line in the peg but since that will go into another part that doesn’t worry me one bit 🙂


When I have the whole fox assembled I’ll try and detail this further so I hope that it will look even better when I’m done, but for now I’m really quite happy.