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WWI B type bus

Western Front, 1914-1918

WWI B type bus build – Part 1:Introduction
WWI B type bus build – Part 2:Assembly (lower interior)
WWI B type bus build – Part 3:Assembly (exterior)
WWI B type bus build – Part 4:Painting (exterior)
WWI B type bus build – Part 5:Weathering


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WWI B type bus build – Part 5:Weathering

  • The rusty exhaust was achieved using the LifeColor paint set
  • I was very sparing with chipping as I was unsure in many places what was meant to be wood and what metal. Some obvious metal pieces, such as the chassis, got a little chipping using Citadel “Boltgun Metal”. It was not my intention to make this vehicle overly rusty or the paint overly worn.
  • The top deck was washed with AK Interactive “Dark Yellow Wash” (AK300)
  • The rest of the vehicle was washed with AMMO “US Modern Vehicles Wash” (A.MIG-1007)
  • Noticing that the leaf springs on a real vehicle were rusty I applied AK Interactive “Light Rust Wash” (AK046) to them.
  • Thin streaks of AK Interactive “Dark Streaking Grime for Dark Green Vehicles” (AK024), AK Interactive “OIF and OEF Streaking Effects” (AK123) and AMMO “Streaking Grime” (A.MIG-1203) were applied to the vertical and sloping sides and after a while blended with a flat brush dampened with enamel thinner.
  • Various oil paints (Mig Productions 502 Abteilung “Olive Green” ABT050, “Buff” ABT035, “Faded Grey” ABT100, “German Ochre” ABT092 and “Luftwaffe Yellow” ABT010) were added as dots to the vertical sides of the vehicle. Then, they were blended with a flat brush to further add to the streaking or rain mark effects.
  • A 1:2 mixture of Tamiya Acrylic XF-57 “Buff” and Tamiya Acrylic XF-52 “Flat Earth” in Tamiya X-20A thinner (10% paint mixture in thinner) was sprayed on the lower half of the vehicle, the suspension, wheels and selective parts of the top deck and stairs.
  • A 1:5 mixture of Tamiya Acrylic XF-57 “Buff” and Tamiya Acrylic XF-52 “Flat Earth” in water (10% paint mixture in water) was prepared and drawn in thin vertical lines repeatedly down the vertical and sloping sides of the vehicle.
  • Selected parts of the vehicle (top deck floor, stairs, wheels, cab and chassis) were dusted with small amounts of a mix of “dark” colour pigments. Enamel thinner was then gently added to act as fixer.
  • Damp stains on the floor were simulated with AMMO “Fuel Stains” (A.MIG-1409), thinned in white spirit.
  • Oil stains were simulated with neat AK Interactive “Engine Oil” (AK084).


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Star Destroyer

Amongst longer, more “serious” model builds I found time to do this little one, a tiny Star Destroyer by Bandai (imported from Japan). Even amongst a host of brilliant Star Wars vehicle designs (AT-AT, A-wing, X-wing, Jawa Sand Crawler …) the Star Destroyer stands out for me.

This is a really quick assembly – probably designed just to be snapped together without glue. Nevertheless, it has delicate surface details. Once assembled, I sprayed it with Citadel “Chaos Black” and then Tamiya XF-19 “Sky Grey”. Then, treated with Humbrol Clear gloss varnish and Citadel Purity Seal. I wanted the plastic and paint well protected – see here for an example of this kit series not reacting well to white spirit. Winsor & Newton “Lamp Black” oil paint, well diluted in enamel thinner, was brushed over the entire ship and allowed to dry, hopefully to settle in the recessed parts. A dilute (10%) mixture of XF-19 was then sprayed on select upper surfaces to provide a little lightness. Finally, a dilute mixture of Vallejo Model Color “Pastel Blue” 70901 and “White” 70951 in water was brushed in the engines cones to give some kind of light effect.

 


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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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