- I tend not to try any paint chipping effects on a model in this scale, so straight to the pin wash with AK Interactive “Wash for DAK Vehicles” (AK066).
- Application of AK Interactive “Streaking grime for DAK vehicles” (AK067), AK Interactive “Rust streaks” (AK013) and AK Interactive “Fresh Mud wash” (AK016) on vertical surfaces.
- Dry brushing of Lifecolor rust paints on the grenade screen and Games Workshop “Boltgun metal” on the raised edges of the tracks and the machine guns.
- AK Interactive “Fresh mud” (AK016) was flicked from a brush end onto various parts of the vehicle to attempt the effect of splashed mud.
The artwork shows a complicated four colour scheme (presumably the type mentioned here). I freely admit to finding these types of schemes – to the extent that I have tried them – difficult! It doesn’t help that the suggested colours do not appear to be the same as the colours in the image. So, I decided to wimp out for a model of this scale and following the quote in the Wikipedia reference (“In late 1916, the Solomon scheme was abandoned and tanks were painted with a single shade of dark brown.“) I went with the below colours.
Primer: Tamiya “Fine Surface Primer” (white) spray can
Base coat (tank and grenade screen): A mixture of 90% Tamiya acrylics (XF-49 “Khaki” (80%) and XF-57 “Buff” (20%)) and 10% Tamiya X 22 Clear in Tamiya X-20A thinner (2:1 paint mixture to thinner).
Base coat (steering tail): A mixture of 90% Tamiya XF-63 “German Grey” and 10% Tamiya X-22 Clear in Tamiya X-20A thinner (2:1 paint mixture to thinner).
- Machine guns: Vallejo Model Color “Black” 70950
- Front lights: Games Workshop “Mithril Silver”
- Tracks: Vallejo Panzer Aces “Track Primer” 304
The paint was protected with a layer of Humbrol Clear gloss varnish and then Citadel Purity Seal satin varnish.
The instructions and artwork show the tank without the mesh part of the grenade screen. But, really, the brass part is too nice to leave off.
Those versions of the Mark I which had as their main armament four Vickers machine guns were dubbed “female” .
This is the accompanying Master Box 1/72 kit to this one .
British Army, Battle of Flers–Courcelette (part of the Battle of the Somme), September 1916
Mk I “Male” (Somme 1916) build – Part 1:Introduction
Mk I “Male” (Somme 1916) build – Part 2:Assembly
Mk I “Male” (Somme 1916) build – Part 3:Painting
Mk I “Male” (Somme 1916) build – Part 4:Weathering