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Char 2C

Tank No.97 “Normandie” of 51st Bataillon de Chars de Combat, France, 1939.

Char 2C build – Part 1:Introduction
Char 2C build – Part 2:Assembly (turrets)
Char 2C build – Part 3:Assembly (engine compartment)
Char 2C build – Part 4:Assembly (hull)
Char 2C build – Part 5:Painting (basecoat)
Char 2C build – Part 6:Painting (details)
Char 2C build – Part 7:Weathering (chipping)
Char 2C build – Part 8:Weathering (rust)
Char 2C build – Part 9:Weathering (wash)
Char 2C build – Part 10:Weathering (fading with oils)
Char 2C build – Part 11:Weathering (streaks)
Char 2C build – Part 12:Weathering (dust and dry mud)
Char 2C build – Part 13:Weathering (tracks)
Char 2C build – Part 14:Weathering (oil and fuel stains)

I think that this has turned out quite nicely and I was able to practice techniques new to me, particularly the greater use of oils (which I am quite persuaded by and will return to).

All the way along I marvelled at the size of this thing, in comparison to all my other vehicles in the same scale. Unlike the Maus, or Object 279 or any of the other prototype monsters, this tank entered service and remained there for years. OK, it didn’t actually see any fighting and it would not have been the saviour even if it had. Even so, it seems a shame for the Allied cause that they were not able to field it even once during 1940.

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Char 2C build – Part 14:Weathering (oil and fuel stains)

Application of diluted AK Interactive “Engine Oil” (AK084) or AK Interactive “Fuel Stains” (AK025) to selective parts of the upper hull, turret ring, wheels and upper hull by means of flicking from a loaded brush.

I reckon this one is done.

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Char 2C build – Part 13:Weathering (tracks)

  • The tracks were washed with AK Interactive “OIF and OEF wash” (AK121), which was left to dry
  • The “medium” pigment mix which I had used on parts of the hull was loaded onto the tracks, any excess removed and then sealed with application of Tamiya X20-A thinner.
  • Using a cotton wool bud, the contact points of the tracks were treated with AK Interactive “Dark Steel” pigment (AK086).


Char 2C build – Part 12:Weathering (dust and dry 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 on the side skirts, lower front and rear and selective parts of the hull to simulate light dust.

Then I created three distinct mixes of various pigments (detailed below), following the technique described in TankArt 3 Modern Armor (Michael Rinaldi, Rinaldi Studio Press, 2014, p.16). The light mix was applied by brush to certain parts of the hull and tracks (to be detailed later) and fixed with Tamiya X-20A (either sprayed on or applied by brush). I repeated the same task using the medium mix. In the end, I did not use the dark mix – I will keep that (and dark\wet mud effects) for the next model.

Light pigment mix

  • Mig Productions “Light European Earth” (P415) – 1.5 parts
  • Vallejo “Green Earth” (73111) – 2 parts
  • AK Interactive “Light Dust” (AK040) – 4 parts
  • AK Interactive “North Africa Dust” (AK041) – 4 parts

Medium pigment mix

  • Light mix – 5 parts
  • Mig Productions “Europe Dust” (P028) – 1.5 parts
  • Mig Productions “Dry Mud” (P232) – 1 part
  • Vallejo “Light Sienna” (73104) – 1 part
  • AK Interactive “European Earth” (AK042) – 2 parts

Dark pigment mix

  • Medium mix – 4.5 parts
  • Mig Productions “Track Brown” (P414) – 1 part
  • Mig Productions “Rubble Dust” (P234) – 1 part
  • Vallejo “Natural Umber” (73109) – 1 part
  • AK Interactive “Dark Earth” (Ak081) – 1 part

Finally, a dilute slurry of the medium mix in Tamiya X-20A was flicked from the end of a brush onto selected surfaces to simulate dried splashes of mud.


Char 2C build – Part 11:Weathering (streaks)

  • Vertical streaks of AK Interactive “Dark Streaking Grime” (AK024) applied to the turret and hull sides, followed later by blending with white spirit.
  • Vertical streaks of AK Interactive “Rust streaks” (AK013) applied to the turret and hull sides, followed later by blending with white spirit.

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