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SD. Kfz.10 Demag Typ “D7?

1. The new Demags (07201 and 07202) from a MK72 are a more than welcome kits. From several years the Sd.Kfz.10 Demag was widely neglected by the major companies. If I’m not wrong the only Demag available until now was the one from ACE Company, that is good, but these new ones from MK72 are much better. The kit is presented in a “classic” 1/72 box with a great draw in the box art and four views in the back as a color reference. The back provides the references for RAL and Model Air and Model Color from the Vallejo range.
2. MK72 did a great job. Besides the great box art, the instructions are very clear and concise. The plastic is top class and only some minor cleaning is necessary. The small decal sheet is very well printed and the decals flawless. Even in the tiny ones we can read the texts.
3. The construction is very straightforward. The parts almost do not need cleaning. Only some minor flash lines and ejection points need to be sanded off.
The parts fit are top class and very soon the construction is complete. The Demag is a great looking vehicle and MK-72 kit really captures that look. The tracks assembly can be tricky and some extra care is needed during this stage.

4. The model is really tiny.
5. The entire model was primed in Vallejo White Primer (73600). Vallejo primers dry very fast and turn the surface very smooth, ideal for the next steps like painting and weathering. Usually I apply the primer directly from the bottle and in several layers to keep the surface detail.
6. With the primer well dry, the entire model was airbrushed in Vallejo Model Air (71028) Sand Yellow. As usual, airbrushed in several layers. Once the Sand Yellow color is well dry, some color variation was achieved by airbrushing Vallejo Model Air (71075) Sand. Once again in several well thinned layers to keep the surface detail. This color variation will turn the model color more accurate and more visually interesting.

7. Time to apply the decals. The model was first airbrushed in Vallejo Model Air Gloss Varnish (70510). This will turn the surface really shinning and ultra flat. Once well dry and in the spot where the decal will be placed, some Vallejo Decal Fix (73213)is applied. Then the decal, previously deep in water, is placed in the spot. The excess of water is removed with the help of a cotton bud or tissue paper. Over the decal is applied Vallejo Decal Medium (73212), that is a decal softener. Once applied over the decal, the same will start to wrinkle but do not panic. It’s just normal. At this point do not touch the decal. Once the Vallejo Decal Medium well dry, the decal will look great in place, like if it was painted over the surface. To finish the job, the model is airbrushed in Vallejo Model Air Matt Varnish (70520).
8. The decals are tiny but perfectly printed and even the smallest ones can be read.
9. Time to start the weathering process. Thousands of scratches were applied with a small sponge. Vallejo Model Color (70822) Camo Black Brown was the main color being used. The scratches were finalized with a fine brand new brush. This is a very time consuming process and some care is needed. During this stage we can easily ruin the model, so some care and patience is needed. The scratches must look natural and in the logical spots.
At this moment, several other parts, like tires, tools and back cover, were brushed in several Vallejo Model Color colors.

10. Being a 1/72 tiny vehicle I decided to exaggerate in the scratches step. They are clearly overdone but in the next steps they will soften. During this stage the entire model received a well thinned wash of Vallejo Uber Wash (73203). At this moment the model looks like it was found in a scrap 65 years after the end of World War Two! But, no worry, in the end it will look ok.
11. To soften the scratches and add a dusty look, the entire model received a wash of Model Color 70824 Cam. Orange Ochre 70837 mixed with Vallejo Model Color 837 Pale Sand. This mix must be ultra thinned in water and applied in several layers. Once well dry the dusty look is very natural and convincing. As can bee seen, the scratches look more natural at this stage.
12. Once the acrylic wash well dry, several pigments from the Vallejo range were applied in the dry method. Dry method, means that were applied directly from the bottle and were not mixed with any medium. They must be applied with a flat brush and in the logical places.

13. Once the pigments in place, small droops of Vallejo Glaze Medium (70596) was applied over the pigments. This will act as a pigment fixer. During this process the model will turn very dark and it seems that the pigments disappear, but once the Vallejo Glaze Medium evaporates the pigments will appear in full glory.
14. The model finished and ready to be placed in the base. The windshield was masked in Tristar masking tape and then several sand colors from the Vallejo Model Air range were airbrushed. While drying and with the help of a flat brush moistened in alcohol, some of the paint was peeled. The final step is gently removing the masking tape.
15. The material used in building the base. Solid wood base and balsa wood for the side walls.

16. The base during construction. Usually I use Deluxe Materials Rocket Max, that is a tick glue wish bonds in 10-20 seconds allowing plenty of time to make adjustments. But once dry this glue is super strong.
17. The relief was drawn in the sides and then cut gently into the desired shape. Some care is needed in this process, especially with your fingers.
18. The interior is filled with foam used in by the florist arts and crafts. It’s easy to find, easy to cut, lightweight and cheap.

19. I like to have in my workbench several types of rocks. They are free and all we have to do is pick them at the street, parks, beach or near a river. I keep them separated by type and size and sooner or later, they will be very useful in a diorama or base making.
20. The terrain must look natural. As we all know, rocks are heavy and they must look convincing in the terrain. The best approach is press them against the foam and leave a part of them under the surface.
21. Once all the rocks in place, Vallejo Desert Sand Paste (26217), was applied. Vallejo pastes are a colored, slightly gritty paste of acrylic resin, pigment and micro particles. Applied with a brush or spatula, the product is easily shaped to render a sandy beach, desert dunes, churned up mud terrain of all kinds of conditions. It can be also used for rust and weathered metal textures.
It dries in about 30-45 minutes and the brushes or spatulas can be cleaned with water.
The pastes can be mixed with all Vallejo products to achieve all kinds of finish.

22. The palm trees were airbrushed in Vallejo White Primer. As usual airbrushed in several layers in order to keep the detail. Then, once the primer well dry, they were painted in several acrylics from the Vallejo Model Color range.
23. With the vehicle and palm trees in place, the base received several pigments from the Vallejo range. They were applied in the dry method and several colors were used in order to achieve a more realistic look.
24. Once the pigments in place, several drops of Vallejo Glaze Medium (70596) were applied. It will act as a pigment fixer.

25. Wash solutions from Vallejo range were used over the palm trees. They will add an extra detail and enhance the raised and deep parts. In this case the references 73200 Sepia Shade and 73201 Black Shade were used. They can be applied directly from the bottle or thinned with water.
26. The figure will add the “human factor” to the scene. It comes from a Preiser box and has a great detail and a natural pose. Only some minor flash cleaning is necessary.
27. The figure was primed in Vallejo White Primer and then painted in my usual fashion. Acrylics from Vallejo for the clothes and for the flesh areas. The figure is tiny but is presence will add an extra touch of interest to the scene.

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Date of publication: 03/22/2011
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