One of the notable things about this vehicle is the boarded up windows. The kit comes with ready coloured cut out cardboard pieces but there was no way I was using them! I like using balsa wood so I cut a set of planks to approximately the same length and width and fixed them in place. The smaller upper windows and those nearest the door were covered with 0.3 mm plastic card.
Obviously, before installing the roof to the lower interior I had to complete the finish in there.
- Following priming with Tamiya “Fine Surface Primer” (light grey), I initially sprayed the interior with a mixture of 90% Tamiya acrylics (Tamiya XF-55 “Deck Tan” and Tamiya XF-2 “Flat White” in a 2:1 ratio) and 10% Tamiya X-22 Clear in Tamiya lacquer thinner (2:1 paint mixture to thinner). The floor and lower sides were then painted with a coat of AK Interactive “Worn Effects” (AK088) – three times, waiting 15 minutes or so between each coat. Then, a mixture of 90% Tamiya acrylics (Tamiya XF-7 “Flat Red” and Tamiya XF-64 “Red Brown” in a 2:1 ratio) and 10% Tamiya X-22 Clear in Tamiya lacquer thinner (2:1 paint mixture to thinner) was sprayed over those areas. Two coats were applied, leaving 30 minutes for each coat to dry. Using a stiff brush soaked in water I was able to create scratches and wear in the reddish floor paint, simulating the wood below. My choice of colours here was inspired by a published build of this model in the magazine Airfix Model World (August 2015) – the author uses the same paint brand as me so I saw little point in not following on from his prior research!
- The wooden planks across the windows were painted with Vallejo Panzer Aces “Old Wood” (310).
- The seats were sprayed with a mixture of 90% Tamiya acrylics (XF-9 “Hull Red”) and 10% Tamiya X 22 Clear in Tamiya lacquer thinner (2:1 paint mixture to thinner), then dry brushed with Vallejo Model Color “Cavalry Brown” (70982) and finally glued in place.
- When dry, the complete interior was protected, firstly with a layer of Humbrol Clear gloss varnish and then Citadel “Purity Seal” satin varnish.
- Washed with AK Interactive “Dark Yellow Wash” (AK300).
- Streaked with AK Interactive “”OIF &OEF Streaking Effects” (AK123).
- A mixture of darker pigments was applied to the floor and seats in select places and fixed in placed by airbrushing Tamiya X-20A thinner over them.
- AK Interactive “Wet Effects Fluid” (AK079) – diluted with white spirit – was added to parts of the floor to create an appearance of wet stains and darker earth.