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.
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