Saturday, 22 September 2018

M3 Stuart First Filter & Pin Wash

Back at the stuart for a bit and I've added a first filter and pin wash to the model using MIG neutral wash and some black oil paint. This first application is heavily thinned, it's almost a glaze at this stage but it helps me determine if I need to darken the next pin wash to pop the details. I'll assess it once dry but so far it's really helping to enhance all those lovely rivets.  

Friday, 21 September 2018

Leopard Ready For It's Base

The leopard is now all finished after adding the crew and antennas. Very pleased with this one, it's been quite a while since I last built a Bundeswehr vehicle and I really do have a thing for the 2A4, must be that big slab of a turret.

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Meng Leopard More Pigments

I think I'm almost finished with the pigments now on the model. I've used them dry and only used a brush dampened with water to feather in areas and add some vertical streaks. Perhaps some mud spatters or similar will be added to the lower hull and a small amount of fuel staining too. Of course it's very easy at this stage to go mad with the pigments so restraint is called for, at least by me. Less is more in this case.

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Meng Leopard Dirty Bottom!

The final weathering has now commenced and as usual I'm using a mixture of VMS pigments and VMS alkyd binder & universal weathering carrier to fix them in place. The tracks had a wet mixture brushed on then dusted off once dry followed by the wear surfaces cleaned up with cotton buds dipped in water. Finally with the aid of masking tape the metal wear areas on the tracks were added using a graphite pencil and graphite dust.

The lower hull was then dampened with the carrier then pigments were added until they had soaked up all the carrier. The wheels had a mixture of dry pigments brushed on then small dabs of binder & carrier went on to fix in place. Once happy with the results the wheels and tracks were glued on.

The side skirts were a little tricky to fit but I found that a light sanding on the contact areas on the hull ensured a proper fit. I now have the skirts and front and rear hull to work on before adding some dust to the upper surfaces.

Monday, 17 September 2018

M3 Decals & Leopard Lights

Further slight chipping and wear has now been added to the stuart as well as the decals, which by the way I think look superb. The figure has also been completed.The leopard has now had all the glazing added & painted as well as some camo net added to the turret bin. That just needs a blast of matt varnish before I start on the pigments.

Sunday, 16 September 2018

M3 In Olive Drab!

As predicted I sprayed the model in it's coat of OD yesterday using Mr hobby H304 followed by tamiya flesh to lighten it and add highlights to the model. This was followed by detail painting and figure painting. I've even started some paint chipping and just have the flesh areas on the figure to finish off.  

I'm not enjoying this one at all 😂. Seriously I am finding this an absolute joy to paint and work on hence the rapid progress. I'll probably get the decals on today then I will pause and continue with the weathering of the leopard.

Saturday, 15 September 2018

M3 In Primer!

The speed build continues with the model now having a coat of primer after a wash and drying overnight. I may even get the olive drab on today as well! The way this ones going it could be all finished before I go to Belgium.

Friday, 14 September 2018

Tamiya M3 Stuart, A Speed Build!

Well what can I say, this must be the fastest and easiest kit I've ever built. I worked on it on and off today and have finished the bugger already! This kit is a testament to the awesome engineering and sensible construction that is the hallmark of any tamiya kit, especially the latest releases. It's just light years ahead of the rest. Lets hope tamiya release some more versions, especially an updated M8.

The tracks actually glue together with no problems, the figure is really really nice and everything fits as it should. With only a bit of tamiya tape for a couple of straps and a resin tarp from red zebra on the rear deck the model is now ready for a wash then primer.