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WWI B type bus build – Part 4:Painting (exterior)

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

Base coat: Firstly, a mixture of 90% Tamiya XF-57 “Buff” and 10% Tamiya X-22 Clear in Tamiya lacquer thinner (2:1 paint mixture to thinner) was sprayed onto the wooden boards on the sides and on the floor beams on the top deck. Once dry, AK Interactive “Worn Effects” (AK088) was painted by brush over those areas three times, at 15 minute intervals. A mixture of 90% Tamiya acrylics (Tamiya XF-9 “Hull Red” and Tamiya XF-64 “Red Brown” in a 2:1 ratio) and 10% Tamiya X-22 Clear in Tamiya lacquer thinner (2:1 paint mixture to thinner) was sprayed in the entire top deck. A mixture of 90% Tamiya XF-51 “Khaki Drab” and 10% Tamiya X-22 Clear in Tamiya lacquer thinner (2:1 paint mixture to thinner) was sprayed over the wooden boards on the side of the vehicle. Once dry, both areas were lightly chipped away with a stiff brush and water, to represent wear and tear. The following day these areas were protected with Humbrol Clear acrylic gloss varnish and subsequently Tamiya masking tape. The remainder of the vehicle was then sprayed with the Khaki Drab mixture.

Details:

  • Tyres: Vallejo Panzer Aces “Dark Rubber” 306
  • Steering wheel: Vallejo Model Color “Black” 70950, Vallejo Model Color “Brass” 70801
  • Horn: Vallejo Model Color “Black” 70950, Vallejo Model Color “Brass” 70801
  • Fire extinguisher: Vallejo Model Color “Brass” 70801
  • Driver’s seat: Vallejo Model Color “Saddle Brown” 70940.

The entire vehicle was painted with Humbrol Clear. I applied the decals – no idea how accurate they are, but I like the roughly written regimental names and slogans. Finally, Citadel Purity Seal satin varnish was sprayed on.


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Ilyushin Il-2 Sturmovik build – Part 2:Cockpit assembly, painting and weathering

  • A mixture of 90% Tamiya acrylics (Tamiya XF-22 “RLM Grey” and Tamiya XF-2 “Flat White” in a 1:1 ratio) and 10% Tamiya X-22 Clear in Tamiya lacquer thinner (2:1 paint mixture to thinner) was sprayed on the cockpit area.
  • Details were painted with Vallejo Model Color “Black” (70950), “Leather Brown” (70871), “Intermediate Green” (70891) and Citadel “Runefang Steel”.
  • The parts  were painted with Humbrol Clear gloss varnish, decals applied and then Citadel Purity Seal sprayed on.
  • Chipping was simulated with Citadel “Leadbelcher” applied by sponge.
  • Washed with AMMO “Wash for Interior” (AK093).
  • Streaks of AMMO “Streaking Grime for Winter Vehicles” (A.MIG-1205) were applied to the vertical and sloping sides of the cockpit, followed later by blending with enamel thinner.
  • 502 Abteilung “Engine Grease” (Abt160) was brushed over the metallic strips of the fuel tank.
  • AMMO “Airfield Dust” pigment (A.MIG-3011) was brushed over parts of the floor of the cockpit and fixed with enamel thinner.


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Ilyushin Il-2 Sturmovik build – Part 1:Introduction

The aircraft

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“A ground-attack aircraft produced by the Soviet Union in large numbers during the Second World War. With 36,183 units of the Il-2 produced during the war … making it the single most produced military aircraft design in aviation history.” [1]

“Joseph Stalin paid the Il-2 a great tribute in his own inimitable manner: when a particular production factory fell behind on its deliveries, Stalin sent an angrily worded cable to the factory manager, stating ‘They are as essential to the Red Army as air and bread … I demand more machines. This is my final warning!'” [1]

The kit

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Tamiya 1/48 kit [2].

References

1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ilyushin_Il-2
2. http://www.hyperscale.com/2012/reviews/kits/tamiya61113reviewbg_1.htm


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WWI B type bus build – Part 3:Assembly (exterior)

This is a very old kit which has been recently re-released. Of course, it shows – there are a multitude of moulding flaws to correct. At least in my hands the assembled vehicle is never going to compare with a modern kit. Even so, I hope that once painted and weathered it will look respectable enough – it is certainly an usual military vehicle.


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WWI B type bus build – Part 2:Assembly (lower interior)

One of the notable things about this vehicle is the boarded up windows. The kit comes with ready coloured cut out cardboard pieces but there was no way I was using them! I like using balsa wood so I cut a set of planks to approximately the same length and width and fixed them in place. The smaller upper windows and those nearest the door were covered with 0.3 mm plastic card.

Obviously, before installing the roof to the lower interior I had to complete the finish in there.

Painting

  • Following priming with Tamiya “Fine Surface Primer” (light grey), I initially sprayed the interior with a mixture of 90% Tamiya acrylics (Tamiya XF-55 “Deck Tan” and Tamiya XF-2 “Flat White” in a 2:1 ratio) and 10% Tamiya X-22 Clear in Tamiya lacquer thinner (2:1 paint mixture to thinner). The floor and lower sides were then painted with a coat of AK Interactive “Worn Effects” (AK088) – three times, waiting 15 minutes or so between each coat. Then, a mixture of 90% Tamiya acrylics (Tamiya XF-7 “Flat Red” and Tamiya XF-64 “Red Brown” in a 2:1 ratio) and 10% Tamiya X-22 Clear in Tamiya lacquer thinner (2:1 paint mixture to thinner) was sprayed over those areas. Two coats were applied, leaving 30 minutes for each coat to dry. Using a stiff brush soaked in water I was able to create scratches and wear in the reddish floor paint, simulating the wood below. My choice of colours here was inspired by a published build of this model in the magazine Airfix Model World (August 2015) – the author uses the same paint brand as me so I saw little point in not following on from his prior research!
  • The wooden planks across the windows were painted with Vallejo Panzer Aces “Old Wood” (310).
  • The seats were sprayed with a mixture of 90% Tamiya acrylics (XF-9 “Hull Red”) and 10% Tamiya X 22 Clear in Tamiya lacquer thinner (2:1 paint mixture to thinner), then dry brushed with Vallejo Model Color “Cavalry Brown” (70982) and finally glued in place.
  • When dry, the complete interior was protected, firstly with a layer of Humbrol Clear gloss varnish and then Citadel “Purity Seal” satin varnish.

Weathering

  • Washed with AK Interactive “Dark Yellow Wash” (AK300).
  • Streaked with AK Interactive “”OIF &OEF Streaking Effects” (AK123).
  • A mixture of darker pigments was applied to the floor and seats in select places and fixed in placed by airbrushing Tamiya X-20A thinner over them.
  • AK Interactive “Wet Effects Fluid” (AK079) – diluted with white spirit – was added to parts of the floor to create an appearance of wet stains and darker earth.

 

 

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