Brushpainted outer sections of the tracks with various vallejo colors and installed the mudflaps then the tank itself has received several coats for dust made of humbrol enamels: 76 mixed with 26 and 121 thinned with odorless turpentine which were once touch dry stumped on and streaked lightly.
Since the dust made things look all too bland i decided to go with an overall filter from burnt umber and black mix of oil paints a la Verlinden, focusing on panels and horizontal surfaces especially to differentiate sections. While i am at it i made a bit of oil and grease stains atop the engine section too.
Took care of the tracks and painted their inner sections. 14 pairs of links remained after the ordeal so i guess Trumpeter was kind enough of providing almost an entire sprue (out of 7) as spares, thumbs up to them!
Before i took care of the wheels and tracks entirely i shot tamiya flat earth mixed with buff and thinned with distilled water (with THIS method i did on my M41 Walker Bulldog) to the wheel wells, and underneath the vehicle – the dust effect should be most visible on the back side.
With the decal numerals are out of the way now the fun part of weathering with oils and whatnot can commence but first thing’s first, gotta take care of the chipping.
Began the weathering process with highlighting raised details and surfaces with various acrylics of green lightened with gray yellow and white. Also did some preliminary enamel drybrushing inside panels with light gray-yellows.
While the wx was drying i took care of the track links. Total is just north of 200, an individual link is connected to the sprue by 2 gates and there are 2 opposing blank nubs to take care as well. Long story short, cutting and cleaning took 2 hours straight for good. What’s left is to lay them first and wrap later, for which i’ve installed two pairs of wheels and the sprockets so i can adjust the trade mark track sag / tension properly.
The unditching log is taken care of too, decided to make it look like a freshly cut log. Method is as follows:
Finally after seeing pictures online, i built a simple crate from balsa wood, i’m planning on putting in a duffel bag in it then covering partially with a tarp. Tamiya tank commander figure is for reference – i believe the dimensions are appropriate.
Finally the basecoat is over. I used gunze 423 rlm83 dark green lightened with gunze middle stone over black and white primer. As it is i think i’ve nailed the cold war russian green just fine, BUT with the subsequent weathering this is not gonna remain this way…. Anyway, it’s time to install the last couple of parts and detail paint the highlights with paintbrush.
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