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Model T ambulance build – Part 4:Painting (exterior)

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

Basecoat: A 3:1 mixture of Tamiya “Olive Green” (XF-58) and Tamiya “Flat White” (XF-2)  in Mr.Color Leveling Thinner (1:2 ratio of paint:thinner) onto the entire vehicle and wheels.


  • Tyres: Tamiya “Rubber Black” (XF-85), Vallejo Panzer Aces “Dark Rubber” (306)
  • Spare tyre: Tamiya “Rubber Black” (XF-85), Vallejo Model Color “Khaki” (70988)
  • Horn: Vallejo Model Color “Black” (70950)
  • Steering wheel: Vallejo Model Color “Black” (70950)
  • Seat and back rest: Vallejo Model Color “Black” (70950)
  • Headlights and front lights: LifeColor “Gloss Silver” (LC74)
  • Back light: LifeColor “Gloss Silver” (LC74), the clear part tinted with Tamiya “Clear Red” (X-27)
  • Storage box padlocks: LifeColor “Matt Gun Metal” (LC26), LifeColor “Matt Gold” (LC25)

In retrospect it might have been a mistake to attach the roof before painting it entirely, as I realised I had made it much harder for myself to paint it, particularly in and around the cab. The kit’s instructions suggest a khaki colour but after considering brush painting that on (I don’t like brush painting much) I stuck with the existing colour. I drybrushed Vallejo Panzer Aces “Canvas” (314) on the roof, to give some semblance of a varied canvas colour. I will see what I can do in subsequent steps with oil paints to vary it further. Actually, it is possible to find examples of vehicles with essentially a one colour scheme, assuming that they are based on good evidence.

Gloss coat:  A 1:2 mixture of Mr.Color “Clear Gloss” (46) and Mr.Color Leveling Thinner was sprayed over the entire model.



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Model T ambulance build – Part 3:Painting and weathering (interior)


  • Following spraying of Tamiya “Fine Surface Primer” (light grey), I sprayed the floor and other parts with a mixture of 90% Tamiya “Deck Tan” (XF-55) and  10% Tamiya X-22 Clear in Mr.Color Leveling Thinner (1:2 paint:thinner). Once dry, AK Interactive “Worn Effects” (AK088) was painted with a brush in two coats, about an hour apart, to the areas previously spray painted. An hour later a 1:2 mixture of Tamiya “Flat White” (XF-2) and Mr.Color Leveling Thinner was sprayed over the entire interior, to be repeated an hour later.
  • Once the white colour was dry, I simulated some scratches or chips in the white paintwork, to reveal the wood colour underneath, by selectively brushing water onto certain areas and removing some of the paint using a brush.
  • The underside of the roof, and back doorof the vehicle were also sprayed white. The stretchers were painted with Tamiya “Buff” (XF-57), Vallejo Panzer Aces “Old Wood” (310) and Vallejo “Natural Steel” (70864).


  • Apart from the paint chipping described above, the only other steps here were selective treatment of the floor and walls with a dilute mixture of Winsor & Newton “Raw Umber” in enamel thinners to simulate general grime and a mixture of Humbrol “Gloss Cote” in enamel thinners painted onto parts of the floor, to represent damp stains.

A box, bucket and stowage roll from my spares were added, the glass pieces fitted and masked and the interior sealed up by adding the roof and back door.

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Model T ambulance build – Part 2:Assembly

This went together nicely and quickly – I was impressed with the fit. The only addition was a hand crank made of brass rod, as there was not one with the kit.

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Model T ambulance build – Part 1:Introduction

The vehicle

“It proved to be a very good ambulance. Its light weight made it well-suited for use on the muddy and shell-torn roads in forward combat areas; and if it got stuck in a hole, a group of soldiers could haul it out without much ado.” [1]

The kit

ICM 1/35 kit [2]. Looking at my World War I bus recently, someone asked me about military ambulances of the era. So, Mum, this one is for you!



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Unknown unit, 1944?

ISU-122 build – Part 1:Introduction
ISU-122 build – Part 2:Assembly
ISU-122 build – Part 3:Painting
ISU-122 build – Part 4:Weathering (rust)
ISU-122 build – Part 5:Weathering (chipping)
ISU-122 build – Part 6:Weathering (wash)
ISU-122 build – Part 7:Weathering (fading and streaks)
ISU-122 build – Part 8:Weathering (dust and rain marks)
ISU-122 build – Part 9:Tracks
ISU-122 build – Part 10:Weathering (mud)
ISU-122 build – Part 11:Weathering (oil and fuel stains)
ISU-122 build – Part 12:Weathering (final effects)
ISU-122 build – Part 13:Stowage