WIP: Dragon 1/6 MG42 w/ Tripod, painted, and looking for painting/color help

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WIP: Dragon 1/6 MG42 w/ Tripod, painted, and looking for painting/color help

Joined: January 11th, 2006, 12:15 am

July 12th, 2011, 10:31 pm #1

Posted up pictures of this started, but unpainted and assembly far from complete, a few weeks ago, and wanted to share the progress I've been able to make, as well as ask a couple questions.

Here's how it sits right now. Not much, but for me its a big step, I havent done a lot of modeling in several months, and even less painting, so for it to reach this stage is a big milestone for me.



The plan is to go back over the gun again w/ black paint. I had several parts that needed to be painted prior to assembly b/c it would be almost impossible to get some areas painted after assembly. Also got paint on the tripod.

The tripod is my biggest question. Im assuming the Dark Yellow would be what would used by the Afrika Korps in North Africa, but I was kinda thinking something more akin to something used in Europe on the western front, but I dont know what would be a good color for that. Im assuming possibly some kind of dark green?

One thing I was thinking about, was the possibility of painting over the yellow w/ the dark green, but maybe using salt to get the chipped paint look, to make it look like maybe the gun had been used in Africa, but was repainted for use in Europe. Is that a likely or plausible idea? I dont want to do it, if its completely uncharacteristic.
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July 12th, 2011, 11:00 pm #2

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July 13th, 2011, 1:48 am #3

Posted up pictures of this started, but unpainted and assembly far from complete, a few weeks ago, and wanted to share the progress I've been able to make, as well as ask a couple questions.

Here's how it sits right now. Not much, but for me its a big step, I havent done a lot of modeling in several months, and even less painting, so for it to reach this stage is a big milestone for me.



The plan is to go back over the gun again w/ black paint. I had several parts that needed to be painted prior to assembly b/c it would be almost impossible to get some areas painted after assembly. Also got paint on the tripod.

The tripod is my biggest question. Im assuming the Dark Yellow would be what would used by the Afrika Korps in North Africa, but I was kinda thinking something more akin to something used in Europe on the western front, but I dont know what would be a good color for that. Im assuming possibly some kind of dark green?

One thing I was thinking about, was the possibility of painting over the yellow w/ the dark green, but maybe using salt to get the chipped paint look, to make it look like maybe the gun had been used in Africa, but was repainted for use in Europe. Is that a likely or plausible idea? I dont want to do it, if its completely uncharacteristic.
Adam,

That's a good start. I wouldn't bother with a repaint or any exotic paint techniques. A dark wash around details to make them pop and scrapes and scratches done using ordinary pencil lead may be enough (says he who hasn't painted a model in years)?

Dark yellow is a legitimate color for these tripods. From early 1943, much small equipment was painted dunklegelb rather that the earlier dark green/field gray. The dark yellow shade had nothing to do with the Afrikakorps or North Africa.

If you google "Lafette mount MG42", you will come up with a great number of photos and will see the predominance of dark green as a base color. One must use care and be certain that these were not repainted mounts since these were used post war by countries such as Yugoslavia. They painted such things a pea green color.

Any further questions; just ask.

FWIW,
Ron V
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Joined: January 6th, 2005, 8:02 pm

July 13th, 2011, 5:38 pm #4

Posted up pictures of this started, but unpainted and assembly far from complete, a few weeks ago, and wanted to share the progress I've been able to make, as well as ask a couple questions.

Here's how it sits right now. Not much, but for me its a big step, I havent done a lot of modeling in several months, and even less painting, so for it to reach this stage is a big milestone for me.



The plan is to go back over the gun again w/ black paint. I had several parts that needed to be painted prior to assembly b/c it would be almost impossible to get some areas painted after assembly. Also got paint on the tripod.

The tripod is my biggest question. Im assuming the Dark Yellow would be what would used by the Afrika Korps in North Africa, but I was kinda thinking something more akin to something used in Europe on the western front, but I dont know what would be a good color for that. Im assuming possibly some kind of dark green?

One thing I was thinking about, was the possibility of painting over the yellow w/ the dark green, but maybe using salt to get the chipped paint look, to make it look like maybe the gun had been used in Africa, but was repainted for use in Europe. Is that a likely or plausible idea? I dont want to do it, if its completely uncharacteristic.
Hi Adam,
Its looking good, got to get one of these for sure. I've found a few sites with pictures of the MG42 Lafette Tripod that may be helpful.
Steve

http://www.deactivated-guns.co.uk/deact ... view=write
http://www.dandbmilitaria.com/mg42-lafe ... 2863-p.asp
http://www.deactivated-guns.co.uk/detai ... afette.htm
http://www.dandbmilitaria.com/mg4253-la ... 6122-p.asp
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July 13th, 2011, 10:59 pm #5

Adam,

That's a good start. I wouldn't bother with a repaint or any exotic paint techniques. A dark wash around details to make them pop and scrapes and scratches done using ordinary pencil lead may be enough (says he who hasn't painted a model in years)?

Dark yellow is a legitimate color for these tripods. From early 1943, much small equipment was painted dunklegelb rather that the earlier dark green/field gray. The dark yellow shade had nothing to do with the Afrikakorps or North Africa.

If you google "Lafette mount MG42", you will come up with a great number of photos and will see the predominance of dark green as a base color. One must use care and be certain that these were not repainted mounts since these were used post war by countries such as Yugoslavia. They painted such things a pea green color.

Any further questions; just ask.

FWIW,
Ron V
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July 13th, 2011, 10:59 pm #6

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July 13th, 2011, 10:59 pm #7

Hi Adam,
Its looking good, got to get one of these for sure. I've found a few sites with pictures of the MG42 Lafette Tripod that may be helpful.
Steve

http://www.deactivated-guns.co.uk/deact ... view=write
http://www.dandbmilitaria.com/mg42-lafe ... 2863-p.asp
http://www.deactivated-guns.co.uk/detai ... afette.htm
http://www.dandbmilitaria.com/mg4253-la ... 6122-p.asp
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