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About Andy Appleby (Torchy)


lovely job Andy i love to see these well beaten PIV 's in desert clothes the figures look great too, nice all round.
JAN 24, 2007 - 11:08 PM
Excellent work Andy you have really captured the well worn look that the Afrika Corps Panzers suffered from, and the extra's really adds to the look ofthe Panzer IDid you make the rack yourself or is it an AM market one? Regards from the Swamp Eth
JAN 24, 2007 - 11:46 PM
Many thanks for the comments guys,and to Vinnie for putting it on These DML IV's are a dream to build and I really enjoyed this one,especially because of the front sprocket hight problem with this kit,I do like a challenge Eth..the jerrycan rack was made from strips of plastic card,cut to size and cobbled together,just like they would have done in the field. Jim..the instruction sheets for these kits can be a bit daunting,what I tend to do is decide which version I'm going to do and colour in the relevant steps with a highlighter pen so they stand out and I dont get distracted by unnecessary ones Andy
JAN 25, 2007 - 12:15 AM
Very nice indeed Andy, you've captured the look of the sand battered panzer very well, and the two figures just set it off and give a sense of scale.
JAN 25, 2007 - 02:34 AM
Hi Andy, Technically this looks like a great build, but I'm afraid it doesn't do it for me. The figures look out of pace, great painting and would look good by them selves but their uniforms are spotless. No real soldier in the field would look like that. This is meant to represnt a tank in the desert battlefield condition, for me it's lifeless, brilliantly painted but incomplete/unfinished. The track colour looks wrong unless it's just come out of a car wash, where's the dust and wear? Sorry I am not trying to have a go at you, but I see lots of kits like this that folks rave over and for me it just doesn't look real. The spare track colour looks wrong there should be a deep metal sheen coming through it, there is kit everywhere that doesn't seem to relate well to the vehicle. I know this is against the grain but I'd say it's 95% of the way to being an outstanding build but the missing 5% takes away from everything else you obviously worked hard to achieve. I'm not saying it's not a grand build nor that parts of it are not excellently painted, but in trying to achieve a perfect model you seem to have taken you eye off the whole picture. I mean these observations as constructive and not critical, so no offence is intended. Thanks for sharing and at the end of the day if you are happy with it then it doesn't really matter what I think. Cheers Al
JAN 26, 2007 - 02:51 AM
Andy, Well worn, I like it. Very nice job. I'll go . Regards, Joe
JAN 26, 2007 - 03:13 AM
Yep. So do I, or I wouldn't have published it! :-) Vinnie
JAN 26, 2007 - 03:35 AM
I like the chipped paint weathering... Is there a thread on the site that covers this technique?
JAN 26, 2007 - 07:14 AM
Hi Mark I followed this method LINK A good way to remove Maskol around small parts like tools etc,is use a cotton bud (Q tip) which has been dipped in Maskol and allowed to dry,then use like a pencil rubber(eraser) (Cheers Vinnie ) Andy
JAN 26, 2007 - 08:09 AM
I agree. The chipping is very unrealistic IMHO. The pristine uniforms also take away from the presentation. What really shows are the mold lines on the track blocks that were not cleaned up. I too am not trying to be mean spirited here, just my opinion. Steve
JAN 27, 2007 - 08:58 AM