Sunday, January 8, 2012

How to make a 15mm bucket

I've never thought that I will write tutorial about buckets ;) Well, there is always the first time...
Right now I am working on the platoon of three Panthers. As always I like to make a little research before I start to paint to get some inspiration. One thing that made me curious when I was looking at photos of Panthers was a small bucket that was placed in the rear part of the tank. Actually, I've seen it many times in photos of different tank models. I still have no idea what it was used for - I only suspect that it could be used by a crew to refuel a tank. Nevertheless, I decided to add a bucket to one of the tanks.
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OK, but how to make such a tiny bucket... I had one in the Battlefront's "half-track stowage" blister. Unfortunately, it was strictly connected to couple of other things that made it useless in this context. So I decided to make one on my own.

I started with an idea of modeling it with green stuff. Needless to say it turned out that I'm not a gifted sculptor... It looked more like a piece of amateur pottery than a real bucket. So I started to obsessively look for anything that could be used for that purpose. After couple of days I found it - so simple - my old paintbrush!

It is extremely easy. Find a small brush, cut the tip. Then, take a piece of thin wire (mine is from TV cable) and use it as a handle. Here you are. Another benefit you can renew your brush :)


  1. This is inspired! Though I doubt the crews used it to refuel the tank... more likely they used it to dispose of waste byproducts of the crew... :P

  2. haha, a good one :) Seems rational.