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WWI British Infantry


I recently got the new Tamiya British Mk IV Male tank, which looks pretty good to me and will be shortly be started. The box (the “export version” it says on it) also included their WWI British Infantry set. I thought I would have a go at one of them – the officer – first, since it is an age since I tried any figures. As such, I make absolutely no claims to be any good at this particular type of modelling. Anyway, assembly was straightforward – this being Tamiya the fit of parts was nigh on perfect. I made some changes from the recommended build – swapping his cap for a helmet and leaving off the  water bottle and bag.

Following a primer coat with Tamiya “Fine Surface Primer” (light grey) spray, I used the following paints:

  • Skin – Vallejo Model Color “Medium Fleshtone” 70860, followed by Vallejo Model Color “Flat Flesh” 70955 on the raised areas (bridge of nose, lips, cheeks, outside of ears) and then a highlight of Vallejo Model Color “Basic Skintone” 70815 on top of that. Vallejo Model Color “Light Flesh” 70928 (eyes). Vallejo Model Color “Flat Earth” 70983 (moustache and eyebrows).
  • Uniform (trousers and jacket) – Vallejo Model Color “English Uniform” 70921. Buttons by Vallejo Model Color “Old Gold” 70878. Dry brushed with Vallejo Model Color “Khaki Grey” 70880.
  • Uniform (shirt and tie) – Vallejo Model Color “Khaki” 70888 (shirt) and Vallejo Model Color “Olive Grey”70888 (tie).
  • Helmet (bare) – Vallejo Model Color “Olive Grey” 70888. Vallejo Model Color “German Cam. Black Brown” 70822 was applied with a sponge to simulate areas of slight paint chipping. Dry brushed with Games Workshop “Boltgun Metal”.
  • Leather belt/straps – Vallejo Model Color “Leather Brown” 70871.
  • Leather boots – Vallejo Panzer Aces “Leather belt” 312. Dry brushed with Vallejo Model Color “Saddle Brown” 70940.
  • Leather gloves – Vallejo Model Color “Leather Brown” 70871. Dry brushed with Vallejo Panzer Aces “Leather belt” 312.
  • Baton – Vallejo Panzer Aces “New Wood” 311. Staining with Winsor and Newton “Burnt Umber” oil paint.
  • Pistol – Vallejo Model Color “Black” 70950. Dry brushed with Games Workshop “Boltgun Metal”.

The base was primed and then treated several times with Games Workshop “Astrogranite” texture paint. Following attachment of the figure, I initially painted the base with Vallejo Model Color “Flat Earth” 70983, followed by Tamiya XF-52 “Flat Earth” (25% paint in Tamiya X-20A thinner).

I’m quite happy with the skin tone. The eyes look a bit scary to me! Some of the very fine details (the braid on the jacket) was not too well defined once the base coat was on (it was sort of visible when I dry brushed it), so I thought it best not to try to guess where it was. I am sure that my camera is not up to properly taking shots of miniatures this small. One day perhaps I will do the rest.


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Hawker Hurricane Mk I build – Part 2:Assembly

As usual the cockpit had to be completed first, prior to fuselage assembly. The base colour was Tamiya “Cockpit Green (IJN)” XF-71, followed by various details painted with Vallejo Model Color “Black” 71057. The instrument panel decal was applied and then the entire cockpit treated with Humbrol Clear and then Citadel Purity Seal  spray. A light dry brushing with Games Workshop “Boltgun Metal”, followed by a pin wash with AK Interactive “Wash for Interior” (AK093), completed this work. No doubt that the cockpit details have been simplified by me, but I am alright with that on a basic kit such as this (nice as it is) in this scale.

The canopy was masked using the Eduard mask set. As display space was limited and I had  a spare stand I opted for the simpler wheels up. One day, with a more detailed model, I will build a standalone aircraft!


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Hawker Hurricane Mk I build – Part 1:Introduction

The aircraft


I’ll just quote Airfix’s description:

“Considered revolutionary when it was unveiled in 1935, by the start of WWII the earliest versions with fabric covered wings and two bladed propellers had fallen behind the performance of the best German fighters. Nevertheless, once fitted with 3-blade propellers these early Hurricanes were very successful during the Battle of Britain in 1940.” [1]

I must have seen the real plane bearing these markings many times – it is in the Science Museum, London [2].

The kit


Airfix 1/72 kit [1].



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Pickup “Technical” with ZPU-2

Unspecified unit, Middle East, present day.

Pickup “Technical” with ZPU-2 build – Part 1:Introduction
Pickup “Technical” with ZPU-2 build – Part 2:Assembly (pickup)
Pickup “Technical” with ZPU-2 build – Part 3:Painting (pickup)
Pickup “Technical” with ZPU-2 build – Part 4:Weathering (rust and grime – pickup)
Pickup “Technical” with ZPU-2 build – Part 5:Weathering (wash – pickup)
Pickup “Technical” with ZPU-2 build – Part 6:Weathering (dust, metal and stains – pickup)
Pickup “Technical” with ZPU-2 build – Part 7:Assembly (ZPU-2)
Pickup “Technical” with ZPU-2 build – Part 8:Painting (ZPU-2)
Pickup “Technical” with ZPU-2 build – Part 9:Weathering (ZPU-2)

What looks like it could be “fogging” on the windscreen from plastic or super glue is in fact a light dusting with dilute Tamiya XF-57 Buff. So, one of my previous modelling demons – handling clear parts well – is in part slain! This spurs me on to have a go at other trucks or 4x4s.

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Pickup “Technical” with ZPU-2 build – Part 9:Weathering (ZPU-2)

  • Pin wash with AK Interactive’s “Dark Yellow Wash” (AK300).
  • Application of AK Interactive “North Africa Dust” pigment (AK041) to parts of the gun ring followed by fixing with a spray of Tamiya X-20A thinner.
  • Application of AK Interactive “Dark Steel” pigment (AK086) to selected parts (gun, certain moving parts, seats).
  • Application of diluted AK Interactive “Fuel Stains” (AK025) as small stains to the gun ring.

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