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BT-7 (model 1937) build – Part 3:Painting

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Primer: Tamiya “Fine Surface Primer” (light grey) spray can

Base coat: Always on the lookout for new recipes for WWII Russian green I thought I would try out the one suggested by Tamiya in the instructions. Thus, a mixture of 90% Tamiya acrylics (Tamiya XF-4 “Yellow Green” and Tamiya XF-58 “Olive Green” 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 same mixture, lightened with Tamiya XF-2 “Flat White”, was sprayed on the top of selected parts of the hull and turret (hatches, external fuel tanks). Not a bad looking colour to my eyes – I have no idea about how accurate it is, but I don’t think it is worth obsessing over. It will be toned down slightly by subsequent weathering steps.


  • Tools (handles): Vallejo Panzer Aces “Old Wood” 310, streaked with Vallejo Model Color “Calvary Brown” 70982
  • Tools (metal): Vallejo Model Color “Black Grey” 70862
  • Headlight: Citadel “Mithril Silver”
  • Rear light: Vallejo Model Color “Red” 70947
  • Machine gun: Vallejo Model Color “Black” 70950
  • Spare track: Vallejo Panzer Aces “Track Primer” 304
  • Wheels (with rubber): the above green mix and Tamiya XF-85 “Rubber Black”

The paint was protected with a layer of Humbrol Clear gloss varnish, the decals applied and glossed over. Finally, Citadel Purity Seal satin varnish was sprayed on.


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