Much like the A7V I originally did this one with little weathering, presenting it as a “museum” piece. Now, as my WWI vehicle collection slowly grows, I wanted to return to it and bring it up to nearer my current finishing standards.
- Chipping – Vallejo Model Color “German Camouflage Black Brown” (70822) applied by sponge.
- Rust (exhaust) – repainted with Lifecolor paints (UA704, UA703, UA702, UA701).
- Oil fading and streaks – using Mig Productions 502 Abteilung oil paints, divided into three sets: “dark” (“Faded Navy Blue” ABT030, “Engine Grease” ABT160, “Basic Earth” ABT093), “medium” (“Brick Red” ABT025, “Faded Grey” ABT100, “Faded Green” ABT040, “Olive Green” ABT050) and “light” (“Snow White” ABT001, “Luftwaffe Yellow” ABT010, “Buff” ABT035, “German Three-Tone Fading” ABT155). The dark colours were dotted in the recesses and lowest parts of the vehicle, followed by the medium colours at the middle height and the light colours at the top surfaces. These were then blended and streaked in turn with a moistened flat brush.
- Wash – AK Interactive “Dark Brown Wash for green vehicles” (AK045).
- Wash – AK Interactive “Light Rust Wash for Green Vehicles” (AK046) placed around exhausts and selected other areas.
- Wash – tracks washed with AK Interactive “OIF and OEF wash” (AK121)
- Streaks (grime) – streaks on vertical and sloping surfaces with AK Interactive “Dark Streaking Grime” (AK024).
- Streaks (rust) – streaks on vertical and sloping surfaces with AK Interactive “Rust streaks” (AK013).
- Dust – Tamiya Acrylic XF-52 “Flat Earth” in Tamiya X-20A thinner (10% paint mixture in thinner) was sprayed on the tracks and lower parts of the hull.
- Dried mud – a mixture of darker pigments was added by brush to tracks and running gear and then fixed with AK Interactive pigment fixer. Then, small amounts (mixed in Tamiya X-20A thinner) were flicked from the end of a brush onto the entire vehicle.
- Metal – the guns and contact points of the track were rubbed with AK Interactive “Dark Steel” pigment (AK086), using either a brush or finger tip.
- Soot – The soot powder from Tamiya Weathering Master Set B was added to the ends of the exhaust.
- Wet effects – AK Interactive “Engine oil” (AK084) – diluted in a 1:1 ratio with white spirit – was added to various parts of the running gear, lower hull and certain tracks, to simulate random stains and, in greater concentration, oil stains. The mixture was also sparingly flicked onto the vehicle hull, to represent smaller stains and spots. The same was done with a mixture (1:1 ratio) of AK Interactive “Fuel Stains” (AK025) in white spirit. Finally, at various parts, such as under the tracks on the lower hull, streaks of AK Interactive “Wet Effects Fluid” (AK079) were drawn.
Of course, there is only so much I can do about the original model (which I remember being a bit crude) and my assembly and painting of it (from a few years back). As happened around the same time as I finished my refresh of the A7V, I expect that there will be a new model of this vehicle any day now! Actually I wouldn’t mind that. It’s a weird looking thing really, but somehow likeable. It sort of reminds me of some castle turret or pillbox – in metal – which has then been motorized.