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BTR-80 build – Part 2:Assembly

I must admit that looking at the photo etched parts as I began, one or two of them caused me consternation, both in the shaping and fixing of them! Of course, I have seen multiple examples of people using the techniques of annealing and soldering, but these were things new to me. Nevertheless, I didn’t have a choice this time and I think it worked out OK for a first attempt. In particular, I would be more confident the next time I come to solder a photo etched part.

The decals I am using are from the “Ukraine and Novorussiya 2014” set by Star-Decals. The vehicle drawings show the BTR-80 as not having a search light on the turret. This is just as well as I managed to launch the assembled bit from my tweezers on a one way trip into the darkest recesses of my work room. I omitted the cable brackets also – I confess to seldom adding cables to my vehicles – as I was having a frustrating time with them. An inaccuracy no doubt, but of the lesser kind!


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BTR-80 build – Part 1:Introduction

The vehicle

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This vehicle is one of a line of Soviet (latterly Russian) APCs – BTR stands for “bronyetransportyer“, meaning armoured troop carrier [1] [2] – and in use in the most current operations.

The kit

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Trumpeter 1/35 kit [3].

References

1. http://www.army-technology.com/projects/btr80/
2. http://www.jedsite.info/afv-bravo/bravo-btr/btr80_series/80h/archive-target.html
3. http://www.migjimenez.com/en/module/csblog/detailpost/7-2-using-set-modern-russian-camo-colors.html


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Imperial Guard Chimera

Imperial Guard Chimera build – Part 1:Introduction
Imperial Guard Chimera build – Part 2:Assembly
Imperial Guard Chimera build – Part 3:Painting
Imperial Guard Chimera build – Part 4:Weathering


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Imperial Guard Chimera build – Part 4:Weathering

  • Chipping – Tamiya XF-23 “Light Blue” (lightened with Tamiya XF-2 “Flat White”), applied by sponge, to represent paint fading or light paint damage.
  • Chipping – Citadel “Boltgun Metal” applied by sponge, to represent deeper paint damage.
  • Wash – wash with AK Interactive “Wash for Panzer Grey” (AK070).
  • Streaks – vertical streaks with AK Interactive “”Streaking Grime for Panzer Grey” (AK069).
  • Streaks – a small dot of Winsor & Newton “Raw Umber” oil paint was applied to various points on the vertical and sloping surfaces and then blended into a thin line with a flat brush.
  • Oil fading – using Mig Productions 502 Abteilung oil paints (“German Grey Highlight” ABT170, “Faded Grey” ABT100, “Blue-Green for German Grey” ABT230) and Winsor & Newton “Transparent White”. Followed by selective highlights on certain high points with “German Grey Highlight” ABT170 and “Transparent White”.
  • Streaks – vertical streaks with AK Interactive “Rainmarks for NATO tanks” (AK074).
  • Dust – A 1:1 mixture of Tamiya Acrylic XF-57 “Buff” and Tamiya Acrylic XF-52 “Flat Earth” in Tamiya X-20A thinner (10% paint mixture in thinner) was sprayed on the tracks, wheels and lowest parts of the hull.
  • Dust\dried mud – A “medium” pigment mix was applied to the turret top, dozer blade, tracks and underside, lower sides and selective areas of the top of the hull using a brush and fixed with Tamiya X-20A thinner (application by brush). Then, a slurry of the same mix in Tamiya thinner was flicked from a brush onto various parts to simulate mud splash. I was going for mud of a dry appearance, such that it had been caked on the vehicle for some time.
  • Stains –  AK Interactive “Engine oil” (AK084), diluted in white spirits (1:1 ratio), was added to parts of the running gear, under the turret and other presumed moving parts to simulate oil stains and other lubricants.  AK Interactive “Fuel Stains” (AK025), diluted in white spirits (1:1 ratio), was flicked from a brush onto various surfaces to represent subtle liquid stains and spots.
  • Metal – the guns, contact points of the tracks and other metal parts were rubbed with AK Interactive “Dark Steel” pigment (AK086).


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Imperial Guard Chimera build – Part 3:Painting

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

Basecoat:  A mixture of 90% Tamiya XF-23 “Light Blue” and 10% Tamiya X-22 Clear in Tamiya lacquer thinner (2:1 paint mixture to thinner). Wanting to avoid another green or desert yellow-coloured vehicle I opted for this. I would say that any colour would go for this one – I happen to like the Light Blue when I have used it previously.

Tracks: A mixture of 90% Tamiya acrylics (XF-84 “Dark Iron”) and 10% Tamiya X-22 Clear in Tamiya lacquer thinner (2:1 paint mixture to thinner).

Details:

  • Turret lamp: Citadel “Mithril Silver”, AMMO “Crystal Red” A.MIG-093
  • Turret smoke dispenser: Vallejo Model Color “Black Grey” 70862
  • Turret main gun: Vallejo Model Color “Black Grey” 70862, Vallejo Model Color “Black” 70950
  • Turret machine gun: Vallejo Model Color “Black” 70950, Vallejo Model Color “Cam. Olive Green” 70894, Vallejo Model Color “Brass” 70801
  • Turret skull insignia: Vallejo Model Color “Black” 70950 (drybrushed with Vallejo Model Color “White” 70951)
  • Hull main gun: Vallejo Panzer Aces “Dark Rubber” 306 (drybrushed with Vallejo Panzer Aces “Light Rubber” 305), Vallejo Model Color “Black” 70950
  • Hull side machine guns: Citadel “Boltgun Metal”, Vallejo Model Color “Black” 70950
  • Hull skull insignias: Vallejo Model Color “Black” 70950 (drybrushed with Vallejo Model Color “White” 70951)
  • Hull banner insignias: Vallejo Model Color “Buff” 70976
  • All periscopes: Vallejo Panzer Aces “Periscopes” 309

The paint was protected with layers of Quick Shine Floor Finish and decals applied – just what I liked on the supplied sheet, plus a couple from the spares box. Citadel Purity Seal satin varnish was then sprayed on. I notice a bit of decal “silvering” on the model, which will have to be reduced or hidden in the weathering stages!

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