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Land Rover Defender 90 renovation – roof headliner

After quite a while without it we have installed the roof headliner, covering up the insulating material and wires. It wasn’t that hard to fit, apart from the back bit (above the rear door), which necessitated the use of decidedly non-standard bolt-headed screws to hold it. They look OK to us. Quite why Land Rover was so squeamish about using metal fixings for the internal trim, relying instead on what I think are inferior plastic fixtures, is not clear to me. It’s not like the rest of the vehicle doesn’t have an abundance of bolts, rivets and screws in plain sight. Anyway, an important job has been finished. The images of the back of the vehicle highlight that fitting side panels, to cover my leak repairs, should follow soon after.

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Land Rover Defender 90 renovation – door threshes

I thought that these stainless steel door “threshes” – from a company called YRM –  would be a decent addition to my Defender. As can be seen in the first image I previously had a mixture of unpainted metal, floor mat and seat box covering in that area. So, removal of the existing bolts (rusted as expected), an underlay of duct tape (pretty useful stuff in a Land Rover this vintage!) and installation of the strips was easy enough for us to accomplish. Looks a lot neater now.

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Mk IV “Female”

“Flirt II”, Tank Corps 16th Company, F Battalion, Cambrai, 1917 [more details on the real tank here]

Mk IV “Female” build – Part 1:Introduction
Mk IV “Female” build – Part 2:Assembly
Mk IV “Female” build – Part 3:Painting
Mk IV “Female” build – Part 4:Weathering (rust)
Mk IV “Female” build – Part 5:Weathering (chipping)
Mk IV “Female” build – Part 6:Weathering (wash)
Mk IV “Female” build – Part 7:Weathering (streaks)
Mk IV “Female” build – Part 8:Weathering (dust and mud)
Mk IV “Female” build – Part 9:Weathering (metal and other effects)

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Mk IV “Female” build – Part 9:Weathering (metal and other effects)

  • Wilder “Dark Rainmarks Wash” (NL 32) was applied neat to parts of the dirt and mud, especially along the lowest parts of the hull sides. Here I was trying to highlight mud which was fresher than the lighter, drier areas.
  • Dilute AK Interactive “Engine Oil” (AK084) and “Fuel Stains” (AK025) were added in small patches to  parts of the horizontal areas, to simulated wet patches.
  • Dilute AK Interactive “Engine Oil” (AK084) was applied to certain prominent details, such as the track tensioning gear.
  • AK Interactive “Dark Steel” pigment (AK086) was applied to the machine guns.  I didn’t apply any to the contact points on the tracks – I made the assumption that with the muddy environment I have depicted there would be little chance of the metal getting polished?

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Mk IV “Female” build – Part 8:Weathering (dust and mud)

  • 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 all over the model (more passes towards the bottom), to provide a basis for subsequent pigment layers.
  • Next, to simulate light dust, a mixture of “medium colour” pigments was sparingly deposited on the horizontal areas and on the tracks and fixed by the light spraying of Tamiya X-20A thinner.
  • Dry, thicker mud was attempted using a mixture of “darker” pigments and plaster of Paris in AK Interactive washes (“Earth Effects”, “Summer Kursk Earth” and “Dust Effects”). This was flicked from the end of a brush onto the lower half of the vertical sides of the vehicle, plus the underside and back.
  • I repeated this procedure using plaster in “Fresh Mud” wash, to simulate fresher, wetter mud along the lowest parts of the sides, underneath and the tracks. I also applied the Fresh Mud wash neat by flicking from a brush.
  • Finally, I deposited a mixture of darker pigments and real dirt (taken this summer, so dry and sieved) onto select horizontal parts of the vehicle (where I reckoned dirt might build up). I used AK Interactive “Gravel and Sand Fixer”, applied gently with a brush, to fix this in place. Once dry, I gave some of these areas a light spray with Tamiya XF-52 “Flat Earth” in Tamiya X-20A thinner, to cover over any glossiness from the dried fixer.
  • I think that the next tank of  this era which I build – likely a Mk V or Mk I – I will certainly use a base colour other than the earth colour which a lot of Mk IVs seem to have been painted in. The dirt and mud effects should stand out much more on such a base and it’ll provide a nice contrast – this is undoubtedly for next year , though.

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