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BTR-80 build – Part 4:Weathering (chipping)


I was a bit unsure how to proceed with chipping. It doesn’t help that I haven’t been able to find many decent pictures or “walkaround” photo albums for this vehicle, unless my internet searching has gone wrong. But the best pictures I found, such as here or here, don’t show huge amounts of paint chipping\scratching\rust – granted that the second photo must be a parade shot. Looking through my library of the Abrams Squad magazine (No.3, October\November 2013, p.51), I came across this in their T-90 build:

“Chipping. This is one of the most difficult steps with modern Russian tanks … The T-90 (and T-80 and T-72) has up to seven different materials under the paintwork, so you have to be very careful if you want to avoid inaccuracies”

Obviously, I am not dealing with a tank here and it could be that that advice is not relevant and that I making something out of nothing. Point is, I don’t know for sure and in that case I would sooner proceed cautiously. So, it felt wrong to reach for the Vallejo Model Color 70822 (simulating rusted metal after chipping) as I have done for all WW2 armour builds. Were this a two or three colour camouflage (I must be brave enough to try one of those soon!) then I suppose you could attempt paint scratches between the layers. In the event, I thought that it would be viable to add bright metallic chips, using Citadel “Boltgun Metal”, around hatches and well travelled areas (see the BTR-70 build in Abrams Squad, No.2, August\September 2013, p.21) , as visible in the photos referenced above. If I have overdone it in one or two places I think that it will be toned down by subsequent weathering, as I can make full use of washes, streaks and dirt effects.

3 thoughts on “BTR-80 build – Part 4:Weathering (chipping)

  1. For when you’re doing Russian armor, try searching for pictures using Russian – “БТР-80”. It goes go armor and airplanes. Easiest way to figure it out is go to a wiki page and look up what you’re looking for in English. Go the languages section on the side menu and click on “Русский” so it translates everything for you. Not only will get the Russian spelling, but most of the time the articles and pictures are different as well.

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