- 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.
- AMMO Oilbrusher “Olive Green” (A.MIG-3505) was used on various high points of the vehicle.
- Winsor & Newton “Burnt Umber” was painted on the spade handle, then wiped in one direction using a cotton bud to simulate wood grain.
- Abteilung 502 “Light Rust Brown” (ABT060) was dry brushed on the exhausts.
- The exhausts were painted with the various colours of the LifeColor rust set.
- Lighter paint chips were simulated using LifeColor “4BO Var” (UA239), applied with a sponge or flicked from the end of a brush.
- Darker paint chips were simulated using Vallejo Model Color “German Camouflage Black Brown” (70822), applied with a sponge, fine brush or flicked from the end of a brush.
As this vehicle may not have seen extensive service yet (dated to 1941) I did not add excessive amount of chips – but, then again, I hardly ever do!
Primer: Tamiya “Fine Surface Primer” (light grey) spray can, applied to the hull and turret.
Base coats: Using most of the Mr.Hobby Russian Green modulation set. In all cases the paint was sprayed as a 1:2 mixture in Mr.Color leveling thinner.
- The darkest colour (“RG shadow” CMC13) was sprayed over the entire model, to act as a dark base.
- The next darkest (“RG CM base” CMC10) was sprayed over the bulk of the vehicle, save the deepest recesses.
- “RG highlight 1” CMC11 was sprayed on the upper hull, the sides and top of the turret and the outside part of the wheels only.
In this case I am mostly using these paints because I like the colours and not that I want to achieve any pronounced colour gradients across the model surfaces.
- Machine gun: Vallejo Model Color “Black” (70950)
- Headlights: LifeColor “Gloss Silver” (LC74)
- Rear light: Vallejo Model Color “Red” 70947
- Spade: Vallejo Model Color “Black Grey” (70862), Vallejo Panzer Aces “Old Wood” (310)
- Stowage straps: Vallejo Panzer Aces “Canvas” (314), LifeColor “Matt Natural Metal” (LC24)
- Tyres: Tamiya “Rubber Black” (XF-85)
- The base model was augmented with most of the parts of the Eduard photoetch set (#37723). Before attaching the end grille, I sprayed the underneath with primer and then Mr.Color “Russian Green (1) – USSR tank early WWII” (135), as it would be difficult to access for painting afterwards. As an aside, I don’t trust this colour – it looks too bright to me now, even after subsequent weathering steps. I think it will be relegated to this sort of purpose or for a generic green. The only thing I didn’t like about this photoetch set (and it is not limited to this set only) is the small handles on the sides of the hull – of course they are better than the nasty moulded on blobs which were originally present but they are not the right shape if you look at the real thing. I suppose they could be done with really fine wire to give a rounder shape. However, I am not sure that my metal working skills are up to reliably shaping these. Perhaps the best are separate plastic pieces which come in certain kits – they are the correct shape even if they might need scaling down a little.
- The kit barrel was replaced by the 76 mm L/11 barrel from RB Model (#35B130).
“The T-34/76 model 1940 was the first production version, largely derived from the previous A-32 prototypes. Hundreds of them were about to be put in service in July 1941. Around 1066 were ready when Operation Barbarossa was launched. They performed well despite the lack of training of their crews and inept command, just like the KV-1. The Panzers couldn’t match them in one-on-one combat, but the poor doctrine and low numbers of T-34’s available made the new tank quite vulnerable, and many were lost.” 
Dragon 1/35 kit . Yes, another T-34, to join my two previously complete ones. What can I say? My favourite tank of all, although not this particular model year.