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BA-20M build – Part 2:Assembly

It went together pretty well, apart from the exhaust bracket – just a strip of brass which you are expected to bend into a complex shape with no pre-scoring of the metal whatsoever. Not helpful at all! I hope that the front wheels attach alright to the axle and control rods, once painted.


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BA-20M build – Part 1:Introduction

The vehicle

“The BA-20 armored car was developed in 1934 for use by HQ staffs, reconnaissance and communications units. It was derived from the civilian GAZ-M1 car using its chassis” [1]

The kit

HobbyBoss 1/35 kit [2]. The box art portrays a captured one but I am not going to be doing that. It really does look like an armoured version of the civilian vehicle.



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T-34/76 (model 1942 – Krasnoye Sormovo Factory No.112) build – Part 5:Weathering (wash)

  • The entire vehicle was washed with a dilute mixture of Winsor & Newton “Raw Umber” and “Lamp Black” oil paints (ratio about 5:1) in enamel thinner – the excess being cleaned up with a dry brush or cotton bud.
  • Certain hull panel lines were treated with AMMO “Panel Line Wash – Dark Green Grey” (A.MIG-1608).
  • AMMO Oilbrusher “Olive Green” (A.MIG-3505) was used on various high points of the vehicle.
  • AMMO Oilbrusher “Starship Bay Sludge” (A.MIG-3532) or “Starship Filth” (A.MIG-3513) were worked into various recesses, the excess being cleaned away.
  • The headlight was drybrushed with Abteilung “Metal Power” silver (ABT205).

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T-34/76 (model 1942 – Krasnoye Sormovo Factory No.112) build – Part 4:Weathering (chipping and rust)

  • The exhausts were painted with the various colours of the LifeColor rust set.
  • Paint chips were simulated using Vallejo Model Color “German Camouflage Black Brown” (70822), applied with a sponge, brush or flicked from the end of a brush.
  • A 1:2 mixture of Mr.Color “Clear Gloss” (46) and Mr.Color Leveling Thinner was sprayed over the entire model. Following the addition of the decals to the turret, a further coat of gloss was sprayed over them.

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T-34/76 (model 1942 – Krasnoye Sormovo Factory No.112) build – Part 3:Painting

Primer: Tamiya “Fine Surface Primer” (light grey)

Base coats: In all cases the paint was sprayed as a 1:2 mixture in Mr.Color leveling thinner.

  • Mr.Hobby “Mr.Finishing Surfacer 1500 Black”
  • Mr.Color “RG highlight 1” (CMC11) (part of their Russian Green set)


  • Turret interior: Mr.Color “Character White” (107)
  • Machine guns: Vallejo Model Color “Black” (70950)
  • Headlight: Citadel “Runefang Steel”
  • Tyres: Mr.Color “Tire Black” (137)
  • Turret seats: Vallejo Model Color “Saddle Brown” (70940). Drybrushed with Vallejo Model Color “Cavalry Brown” (70982)