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Old 12-15-2008, 02:12 PM
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Toyota Landcruiser "Technical" w/106mm recoiless

Hello everyone, here's a little WIP project I've going for MIS using MIG Productions BJ45 Toyota Landcruiser. This is MIG's "old" kit without the enhanced PE updates. The inspiration came from a photograph of a Somoli technical photographed during the 1990's...



One thing that stood out when building this kit is the time spent on clean-up! The casting blocks are fairly large and most of the parts have some flash or residue that needs to be cleaned. Once cleaned, however, the parts go together fairly well...though I did scratch my head a few times trying to figure out the fits.

Anyway, here she is built....





When it comes time for the weathering I want to try something a little different. Rather than reley on painting every effect I want to try removing layers to achieve the chips and peels. So, I have first primed the resin with Mr. Surfacer for a hard finish, then a Black color base, then finally a "primer grey" which will serve as the under-layers for the scratches/chips/scuffs.

My version of the "primer grey"....



Of course I needed a Toyota logo on the tailgate so I googled the logo, sized it, then printed out a decal on my printer...



And finally I painted the wavy stripes of white and black.





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Old 12-15-2008, 02:48 PM
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Cool stuff, something very different from the usual.

I like it. It's going to be fun to see what you make out of the camo. These technicals let you use all your modelling skills exessively. And with your skills, Rick, this is going to be a show stopper, for sure.

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Old 12-15-2008, 03:13 PM
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Thanks Johannes,

NOTE: I just noticed that I still had the bottle of Tamiya lacquer Thinner next to the Games Workshop black....I do not thin Vallejo/Game Workshop with Lacquer thinners, just water.

I do use the Lacquer Thinner for the Tamiya paints.

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what else can I say....Excellent , the MIG Toyota looks really cool... cant wait to see the chipping results
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Interesting idea Rick!
Are you going to use the same technique on the recoiless rifle?

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Old 12-16-2008, 08:08 AM
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Very cool camo paint...
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Hey guys, thanks for the send-off.

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Interesting idea Rick!
Are you going to use the same technique on the recoiless rifle?

Ruben
No Ruben, I'm going to do the gun in the "conventional" manner. I'm not sure that I'm doing myself any favors trying "new tricks".

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Excellent progress so far, Rick! I always wanted one of these MIG kits and after seeing yours I might just go for one!

On the subject of painting, etc., I would like to know if using Tamiya lacquer to thin the tamiya paints is actually better than using Tamiya's regular acrylic thinner. I've been thinking about giving this combination a try but are not entirely sure of the advantages of using lacquer vs. acrylic thinner. Any info on this will be appreciated...

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