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Old 01-30-2010, 07:50 PM
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T34/76 1941 Production - Tamiya 1:48

I had already started the model before this thread, but here is where it stood. The lower hull is painted and the wheels are painted and assembled. Part of the upper hull and turret are also assembled.

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Working on filler pieces for the fenders/sponsons. . .

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Old 01-30-2010, 08:58 PM
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Lower Hull - my first attempt at mud

I came up with a concoction for mud but it came out looking more like rust. . .

The basic base coat

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Water/acrylic wash

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Mud/Rust mixture: baking soda, Tamiya Acrylic & Elmer's glue. I darkened this up and found a more mud-like consistency, which I'll show in later pictures.

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Old 01-30-2010, 09:01 PM
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Wheels and left side tracks

The wheels with a water/acrylic black/brown wash

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Left side tracks attached

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Old 01-30-2010, 09:05 PM
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Completion of upper hull:

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Base coat of Tamiya Dark Green

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Dummied-up assembly of what's done so far. You can see the improved mud mixture on the lower hull and on the wheels. I figure this is going to need some dry brushing to give it some depth.

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Any comments, questions, etc., please let me know. My main reason for starting a vBench was to get some input and suggestions. . .

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Old 01-30-2010, 09:06 PM
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Nice going on the mud, very dirty looking .
Are those the AFV indi link tracks on your kit?
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Old 01-30-2010, 09:15 PM
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Thanks - I hope it's going to turn out okay.

Those are actually the link-and-length tracks from the kit. This one is going to be OOB, concentrating on building some skills in the painting and weathering department. . .

Thanks for checking in...

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Tracks

Right side tracks, top and rear

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Top/Rear right tracks installed. Tracks for bottom/front right

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Tracks fully installed

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Old 01-31-2010, 09:23 PM
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Tow Cables and Storage boxes

Basic paint on these details. The cables are actually cord and ends, a nice touch on any model, especially at this scale. I grew to hate Tamiya's old school way of molding the cables then expecting the modeler to heat and bend them. I'd always cut them up and use ship modeling cordage to replicate the cables.
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Old 01-31-2010, 09:33 PM
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Readying the turret for the base coat of Tamiya Dark Green

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Dark Green completed.

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Shading with Flat Black

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Shading with Olive Green to bring up the brighter areas

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Putting it together to gauge the overall effect

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Old 01-31-2010, 09:39 PM
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Mudding-up the fenders:

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The temporarily-glued engine cover and machine gun popped-off for access to screw holes. Nice that model is screwed together, but this is sort of a pain for me since I like to take a paint-separately approach (I used to build a lot of ship models and race car models where it's a must). I took the opportunity to slap in a rather messy coat of flat black just to make the empty interior less obvious.

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The engine cover and machine gun re-installed (still with Testor's "Clear Parts" glue, just in case I ever want to take it apart).

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