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M3 light tank “Stuart” build – Part 3:Painting

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

Base coats: Using most of the Mr.Hobby Olive Drab modulation set. In all cases the paint was sprayed as a 1:2 mixture in Mr.Color leveling thinner.

  • The darkest colour (“OD shadow” CMC03) was sprayed over the entire model, to act as a dark base.
  • The next darkest (“Olive Drab(2)” C38) was sprayed over the bulk of the vehicle, save the deepest recesses.
  • “OD highlight 1” CMC01 was sprayed on the upper hull, the sides and top of the turret and the outside part of the wheels only.
  • In retrospect, the color looks a bit too green to me for the US olive drab colour. Perhaps I should have used the highlight colour much less, or not at all.


  • Machine guns: Vallejo Model Color “Black” (70950)
  • Headlight: Citadel “Runefang Steel”
  • Rear lights: Vallejo Model Color “Black” (70950) and “Red” (70947)
  • Tools: Vallejo Model Color “Black Grey” (70862), Vallejo Panzer Aces “Old Wood” (310), Vallejo Panzer Aces “New Wood” (311), Vallejo Model Color “USA Olive Drab” (70889)
  • Tyres: Vallejo Model Color “Black” (70950)
  • Mud flaps: Vallejo Model Color “Black” (70950)
  • Tracks: Tamiya “Rubber Black” (XF-85), Tamiya “Dark Iron” (XF-84). Drybrushed with Vallejo Panzer Aces “Dark Rubber” (306) and “Track Primer” (304).

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 to the turret and this area resprayed.

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