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Sherman II (Direct Vision Type)

C Squadron, 3rd Hussars, 9th Armoured Brigade, 2nd New Zealand Division, September 1942, El Alamein.

Sherman II (Direct Vision Type) build – Part 1:Introduction
Sherman II (Direct Vision Type) build – Part 2:Assembly
Sherman II (Direct Vision Type) build – Part 3:Painting
Sherman II (Direct Vision Type) build – Part 4:Tracks
Sherman II (Direct Vision Type) build – Part 5:Weathering (chipping, wash)
Sherman II (Direct Vision Type) build – Part 6:Weathering (dust, oil and fuel stains, metal)


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Sherman II (Direct Vision Type) build – Part 6:Weathering (dust, oil and fuel stains, metal)

  • I decided to simulate fine dust and sand by spraying a 1:1 mixture of Tamiya XF-57 “Buff” and Tamiya XF-55 “Deck Tan” in Tamiya X-20A thinner (10% paint mixture in thinner) in several passes over the entire vehicle and tracks, with particular emphasis on the tracks, wheels and turret ring.
  • A small amount of a mixture of light coloured pigments was added to the tracks and running gear and fixed by spraying with white spirit.
  • AK Interactive “Engine oil” (AK084), diluted in white spirits (1:1 ratio), was added to parts of the running gear and the turret ring to simulate oil stains.
  • AK Interactive “Fuel Stains” (AK025), diluted in white spirits (1:1 ratio), was added to sections of the hull around the fuel tank filler caps.
  • The machine guns and metal tools were rubbed with AK Interactive “Dark Steel” pigment (AK086).
  • Tamiya soot powder was applied to the end of the exhausts and the gun.
  • Resicast 2.5mm clear lenses were used for the front headlights.


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Sherman II (Direct Vision Type) build – Part 5:Weathering (chipping, wash)

The vehicle I have chosen to model is dated to September 1942, just before the decisive battle at El Alamein. Thus, according to this source, the vehicle would have been newly delivered to Allied forces. In such circumstances I considered that it simply would not have had time to get much wear and tear. So, I was quite sparing – more so than usual – in my use of the effects described below (thus, they are not readily apparent in the pictures). For the present theatre of operations I thought that I could dispense with attempting rust or grime streaks, even paint fading (which surely would come into play for a veteran vehicle in that environment). I think that the bulk of my efforts will be directed towards the application of dust and sand.

  • Chipping - Vallejo Model Color “German Camouflage Black Brown” (70822) applied by sponge.
  • Rust (exhaust) – painted with the Lifecolor paint set.
  • Wash – pin wash with AK Interactive “Wash for DAK Vehicles” (AK066).


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Sherman II (Direct Vision Type) build – Part 4:Tracks

  • Friulmodel tracks “Sherman T51 type” (ATL-47) assembled with Albion Alloys’ 0.5 mm diameter brass rod.
  • Weathered with “Blacken-It” solution
  • Rubber pads painted with Vallejo Model Color “Black” 70950 and sealed with Humbrol Clear gloss varnish.
  • Application of Winsor & Newton “Burnt Umber” oil paint diluted in white spirit.
  • A dilute mixture of Tamiya XF-64 “Red Brown” (10% paint in Tamiya X-20A thinner) was sprayed over the entire tracks multiple times, to tone down the black colour of the pads and generally unify the look of them.
  • They will need dusting, but that will come later…


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Sherman II (Direct Vision Type) build – Part 3:Painting

Back to this one after a bit of a break from it.

Primer: Tamiya “Fine Surface Primer” (light grey) spray can

Base coat: A mixture of 90% Tamiya acrylics (Tamiya XF-57 “Buff” and Tamiya XF-1 “Flat White” in a 9:1 ratio) and 10% Tamiya X-22 Clear in Tamiya lacquer thinner (2:1 paint mixture to thinner).

Details:

  • Tyres: Vallejo Model Color “Black” 70950
  • Tools (handles): Vallejo Panzer Aces “Old Wood” 310
  • Tools: Vallejo Model Color “Black Grey” 70862 or Vallejo Model Color “Black” 70950
  • Headlights: Citadel “Mithril Silver”
  • Rear light: Vallejo Model Color “Red” 70947
  • Machine guns: Vallejo Model Color “Black” 70950

The paint was protected with layers of Humbrol Clear gloss varnish and the decals applied. I must admit that the colour scheme and markings – in particular the roundel on the turret top – were part of what drew me to this kit. Citadel Purity Seal satin varnish was then sprayed on.

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