Mironious Models 1/72 WWI Sturmpanzerwagen A7V
By Matt Bittner
A few months ago I provided the First Look on the Mironius Models 1/72 A7V, so I'll refer the reader to that article for kit contents. There isn't a lot to the kit as the entire thing - everything - is 3D printed as one piece.
Truly, there is no construction to the kit. Wash it, prime it, then start painting.
I primed it using Stynylrez gray primer, then started painting using mostly Vallejo acrylics. To that I applied Vallejo washes, along with True Earth Filter & Washes both brushed and airbrushed. Finally, some of the rust on the model was done with the Dirty Down Rust acrylic. Truly a remarkable paint.
The decals came from Custom Hobby Decals; expensive, mind you, especially with the shipping coming from Australia, but I had a display in mind and they were the only ones that made these markings. They behaved well enough over a coat of gloss and now I have decals to create a couple more A7Vs, if I want to.
The base comes from HQ72 Resin Products and it was everything I hoped for, and helped with how I wanted to display this A7V. For those who were wondering, it's actually the cover of the book German Tanks in World War I: The A7V And Early Tank Development.
The base was primed black then various Vallejo paints were used. The raised parts that look like pieces of building were also finished using Life Color Grime Effect paints. I had to use a craft paint for some of the terracotta-looking bricks but otherwise it was all Vallejo.
Once that was painted the tank was glued to the base and the entire thing airbrushed with Vallejo Matt.
There isn't much to the kit, actually. Where your skills will shine will be in the finish. It was a truly enjoyable "build", deciding on a scene and replicating it. Plus finding the right aftermarket to help finish it all.
Huge thanks to Mironius Models for sending this to review. It truly was modeling fun!