Sunday, 16 January 2011
ITALERI CARRO ARMATO M13/40 1/72 PT.2
I finally managed to finish this tank.I started this tank over Christmas, and for a fast build kit it took for ever to finish painting.
I suppose being ill and dicking about trying new techniques has not helped the speed of this beast.
Being in the camp that loathes the stuff, I decided to part with some of my hard earned dosh and buy some Vallejo paint mask.Its just a rubber paint really but give it a bloody good shake if you do use it.
It needed a metallic undercoat, so out came my trustee pot of Revell metal paint (which goes on a dream).
A few drops of the rubber on various bits of the tank, the body behind the tracks got a few blobs as well.Edges and corners got the most of it and hatches due to rougher handling.
After 24 hours of drying time, a quick coat of Vallejo Russian green covered the tank.
Then came the peeling of the rubber.It was a bit tricky because I used a blade to start with a scratched a bit too far and the orange started to come through.
I then switched to a pair of pointed tweezers and had better luck.The desired effect was achieved but the undercoat was a bit to shinny.
I tried to dull it down with Vallejo black wash but I managed to cock that up by not thinning it down enough.
A thin was of black was followed by a good dry brushing with Vallejo medium sea grey.Of course any West models production wouldn't be complete without some MiG weathering pigment!I used dry mud and dark mud this time mixed together left to dry and give a good brush with a tooth brush to remove any excess powder.