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T34/85 (model 1944) build – Part 4:Painting

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Primer: Tamiya “Fine Surface Primer” (light grey) spray can, applied to the hull and turret.

Base coats: For this one, I thought I would try the Mr.Hobby Russian Green modulation set. In all cases the paint was sprayed as a 1:2 mixture in Mr.Color leveling thinner.

  • The darkest colour (“RG shadow” CMC13) was sprayed over the entire model, to act as a dark base.
  • The next darkest (“RG CM base” CMC10) was sprayed over the bulk of the vehicle, save the deepest recesses.
  • “RG highlight 1” CMC11 was sprayed on the upper hull, the sides and top of the turret and the outside part of the wheels only.
  • “RG highlight 2” CMC12 was sprayed only on selected parts of the hull and turret.

As can be seen I have not gone for the most vivid example of this type of painting – I consider some examples of it to be artistic but unconvincing. In the end I like the base colour which the vehicle has ended up with. I am sure it will act as the platform for further variation with oils and enamels.


  • Machine gun: Vallejo Model Color “Black” (70950)
  • Headlight: Citadel “Mithril Silver”
  • Saw: Vallejo Panzer Aces “Old Wood” (310), Citadel “Boltgun Metal”
  • Spare track: Tamiya “Dark Iron” (XF-84)
  • Tyres: Tamiya “Rubber Black” (XF-85)

Gloss coat: A 1:2 mixture of Mr.Color “Clear Gloss” (46) and Mr.Color Leveling Thinner was sprayed over the entire model. The decal was applied to the turret and this area resprayed.


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