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JSU-152 build – Part 9:Weathering (dust and mud)

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  • A 1:1 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 hull, the suspension, wheels and selective parts of the upper hull. This routinely starts the dusting process for me, also providing a bit of “grip” with which to adhere pigments.
  • The wheel edges were dusted with AK Interactive “Dark Steel” (AK086) pigment.
  • The lower hull sides (below the fenders) were then wetted with AK Interactive “Gravel and Sand Fixer” (Ak118) and a mix of darker pigments dropped onto it from the end of a brush. After drying (and removing excess pigments) I repeated the process, this time fixing the pigments with AMMO “Pigment Fixer” (A.MIG-3000).
  • The tracks received a similar treatment with the darker mix, followed by dusting of the contact points with AK Interactive “Dark Steel” pigment and fitting to the vehicle.
  • The upper hull horizontal surfaces were dusted with small amounts of a mix of “medium” colour pigments. White spirit was then gently sprayed on to act as fixer. The process was repeated in select places with a mix of darker pigments.
  • Finally, in order to attempt more variation in tone of the dry mud pigments, I experimented with several washes (AK Interactive’s “Earth Effects” (AK017), “Summer Kursk Earth” (AK080) and “Fresh Mud” (AK016)) in dilute and undiluted form. These were added in patches using a brush or flicked onto the surface to create smaller splash effects – in the case of the “fresh mud” concentrating at the bottom of the front and back hull and the wheels.
  • The only thing missing here is fully wet mud. I haven’t tried that yet on any vehicle. However, I intend to build more Soviet or Russian vehicles in the future and many of them might start out with a similar single color. There is potential to come up with differing environmental finishes for such a collection.

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