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SU-152 (late)

Unknown unit, 1943?

SU-152 (late) build – Part 1:Introduction
SU-152 (late) build – Part 2:Assembly
SU-152 (late) build – Part 3:Painting
SU-152 (late) build – Part 4:Weathering (rust)
SU-152 (late) build – Part 5:Weathering (chipping)
SU-152 (late) build – Part 6:Weathering (wash)
SU-152 (late) build – Part 7:Weathering (fading and streaks)
SU-152 (late) build – Part 8:Weathering (dust and rain marks)
SU-152 (late) build – Part 9:Tracks
SU-152 (late) build – Part 10:Weathering (dirt and mud)
SU-152 (late) build – Part 11:Weathering (oil and fuel stains, final effects)


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SU-152 (late) build – Part 11:Weathering (oil and fuel stains, final effects)

  • At this stage I attached any remaining items – the tow cable and shackles, the headlight – as well as a few stowed items (wooden crate, spare tracks, spent 152 mm ML-20 shell cases from RB Model #35P16), in order that they be incorporated into the overall weathering scheme.
  • Dilute mixtures of Abteilung 502 “Engine Grease” (ABT160) and “Bitumen” (ABT004) oil paint in enamel thinners were either painted in small patches or flicked from a brush onto the surfaces of the hull and running gear, to represent the subtlest stains or patches.
  • More concentrated wet patches on the hull were achieved by addition of thicker mixtures of Humbrol “Gloss Cote” in enamel thinners.
  • “Engine Grease” oil paint – dissolved in enamel thinners to a much higher concentration – was added to parts of the running gear, certain wheels (to represent leakage from a seal), hatch hinges and parts of the engine deck to represent older oil stains. Once dry, Humbrol “Gloss Cote” was added to it, to represent newer, glossier oil stains.
  • A dilute mixture of “Bitumen” oil paint and Humbrol “Gloss Cote” in enamel thinners was added to the extra fuel drums and surrounding areas to present diesel stains. Later, neat Humbrol “Gloss Cote” was applied over the top of some of these stains, to represent fresher spills.
  • The metal tools and barrel end were lightly brushed with AK Interactive “Dark Steel” (AK086) pigment.
  • Tamiya “Soot” weathering powder and Vallejo “Carbon Black” pigment (73116) was added to the area of the exhausts, using a rubber brush. This was followed by adding small drops of  a mixture of Abteilung 502 “Engine Grease” (ABT160) oil paint and Humbrol “Gloss Cote” in enamel thinner onto the same area, to simulate oil and other waste substances in the fuel.

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SU-152 (late) build – Part 10:Weathering (dirt and mud)

  • AMMO pigments “Europe Earth” (A.MIG-3004), “Dark Earth” (A.MIG-3007) and “Russian Earth” (A.MIG-3014) were added separately – from light to dark shade – to the lower hull of the vehicle and fixed by the addition of pigment fixer by brush. This process was repeated several times, especially on those parts closest to the ground, where the darker pigments were concentrated.
  • The tracks and wheels were treated in a similar fashion. The upper hull was treated with a lesser concentration of pigments, fixed in place by the addition of a 1:1 mixture of pigment fixer and enamel thinners (with some added “Basic Earth” oil paint).
  • At this stage I also added small amounts of AMMO “Light Rust” (A.MIG-3006) to the exhausts.
  • I added patches of damp stains to the tracks by using a mixture of Winsor & Newton “Raw Umber” oil paint in enamel thinners. This same mixture was used to create stains, patches and runs on the lower hull, especially at the bottom, to simulate wet dirt. After this I repeated the process, this time using the oil paint mixed with Humbrol “Gloss Cote”, to give a wetter appearance.
  • Those parts of the track in contact with the wheels were treated with a 2B pencil. The outer side of the wheels and tracks were treated with AK Interactive “Dark Steel” (AK086) pigment.

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SU-152 (late) build – Part 9:Tracks

  • Friulmodel tracks (ATL-51) were linked with Albion Alloys’ 0.5 mm brass rod – 90 links per side.
  • Treated with UMP “Ultimate Burnishing Liquid”.
  • A dilute mixture of Winsor & Newton “Burnt Umber” and “Burnt Sienna” oil paints in enamel thinners was used to collect in the recesses of the tracks.
  • A dilute mixture of Abteilung 502 “Light Rust Brown” (ABT060) in white spirit was flicked from a brush onto the tracks to give the impression of rust spots.

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SU-152 (late) build – Part 8:Weathering (dust and rain marks)

  • AMMO “Oilbrusher” oil paints (“Dark Mud” A.MIG-3508, “Dusty Earth” A.MIG-3523, “Starship Filth” A.MIG-3513) were dotted on the much of the horizontal surface, underside and running gear of the vehicle, which had previously been dampened with enamel thinner. A round brush was used to dilute and blend the oils.
  • The same oils were dotted on the sloping and vertical surfaces. A flat brush was used to draw them down the sides, hopefully to create dust and rain streaks.