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M3 Lee build – Part 7:Weathering (dirt and mud, fuel stains)

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  • To start with, a mixture of AMMO “Dark Earth” and “Europe Earth” pigments were dropped onto the lower hull and fixed with a 1:1 mixture of AMMO “Pigment Fixer” (A.MIG-3000) and enamel thinners, added by brush.
  • To create a thicker mud mixture, I followed a recipe – roughly equal amounts of AMMO “Dark Earth” pigment, dried dirt, sand, plaster and grass flock mixture were mixed with Vallejo “Matt Medium” (73540) and water, to create a thick, dark paste. I applied this to the lower hull, running gear and tracks. Once dry, I chipped off a few of the oversized clumps. Otherwise, I quite liked the look of it – it seemed quite robust and ready to accept further weathering.
  • To the upper hull and turret I applied the same pigments as the first step – not too dirty, but adequately used looking.
  • The  machine guns, gun barrel ends and metal tools were lightly brushed with Vallejo “Carbon Black” pigment.
  • Dilute mixtures of Wilder “Brown Shadow” (LS25), Abteilung 502 “Engine Grease” (ABT160) and “Bitumen” (ABT004) oil paint in enamel thinners were flicked from a brush onto the surfaces of the hull, running gear and tracks, to represent the subtlest stains or patches.
  • The “Engine Grease” oil paint, in thick concentration with added Humbrol “Gloss Cote”, was added to certain wheels to represent new oil leaks.
  • “Bitumen” and “Engine Grease” oil paint in various concentrations and glossiness was added to the areas of the fuel filling caps, to simulate fuel leaks and stains.

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