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Mk I “Female” build – Part 3:Painting

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

Camouflage (tank): These very earliest tanks had quite colourful camouflage, before it was fully appreciated that they were not necessary on the Western Front. I followed the suggested position of the colours fairly well, but not obsessing about every twist and turn. All paints were thinned in Mr.Color leveling thinner in a 1:2 ratio: Tamiya “NATO Brown” (XF-68), “NATO Green” (XF-67), “Dark Yellow” (XF-60) and “Sky Grey” (XF-19). The black stripes were hand painted using AMMO “Matt Black” (A.MIG-046).

Details (tank):

  • Machine guns: AMMO “Matt Black” (A.MIG-046)
  • Headlight: Citadel “Mithril Silver”
  • Rear light: Vallejo Model Color “Red” (70947)
  • The hull rhomboid pieces in contact with the tracks were lightly drybrushed with Citadel “Boltgun Metal”, as this area would be harder to access when the tracks were fitted.

Steering tail: Tamiya “NATO Green” (XF-67)

Tracks: Tamiya “Dark Iron” (XF-84)

Anti-grenade screen: I am assuming (hoping) that the frame of this is made of wood for the most part! If so, then I sprayed it first with Tamiya “Deck Tan” (XF-55) and then painted AMMO “Glossy Varnish” (A.MIG-091) over that. Once dry, several coats of AK-Interactive “Worn Effects fluid” (AK088) was applied and when these were dry, Tamiya “Khaki” (XF-49) was sprayed all over the piece. An hour later, with the aid of water and a stiff brush, some of this was removed, to show the underlying lighter colour of the wooden frame. This piece will look the better when it has been weathered more.

Gloss coat: A 1:2 mixture of Mr.Color “Clear Gloss” (46) and Mr.Color Leveling Thinner was sprayed over the entire model. The decals were applied and theses areas resprayed.

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