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GAZ-AAA build – Part 4:Weathering

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  • Paint chips on the metal were simulated using Vallejo Model Color “German Camouflage Black Brown” (70822), applied with a sponge or fine brush. Paint chips or damage on the wooden parts were simulated using Vallejo Panzer Aces “Old Wood” (310).
  • The exhaust was painted with the various colours of the LifeColor rust set.
  • The engine was drybrushed with Citadel “Leadbelcher”.
  • Before further weathering, a 1:2 mixture of Mr.Color “Clear Gloss” (46) and Mr.Color Leveling Thinner was sprayed over the entire model.
  • The entire model was washed with a dilute mixture of Winsor & Newton “Raw Umber” and “Lamp Black” oil paints (ratio about 5:1) in enamel thinners.
  • The engine and panel lines of the truck were brushed with AMMO Oilbrusher “Starship Filth” or “Starship Bay Sludge” and the excess removed with cotton bud.
  • Vertical streaks on the cab were added with AMMO Oilbrusher “Starship Bay Sludge” and “Rust”.
  • Some rust was added to parts of the chassis using a wash of AMMO Oilbrusher “Rust” in enamel thinners.
  • The headlights were painted with Abteilung 502 “Silver” oil paint.
  • The tilt was dotted with the following oil paints: Winsor & Newton “Raw Umber”, “Payne’s Grey”, “Permanent Magenta”, “Transparent White” and AMMO Oilbrusher “Medium Grey”, “Olive Green”,  “Yellow”, “Black”. The dots were blended using a flat brush dampened with enamel thinners.
  • The entire model was sprayed with a 1:2 mixture of Mr.Color “Flat Clear” (182) and Mr.Color Leveling Thinner.
  • The wheels and chassis were sprayed with a 10% mixture of Mr.Color “Tan” (44) in Mr.Color Leveling Thinner to give an initial impression of dirt.
  • AMMO “Europe Earth”, “Dark Earth”, “Rubble” and “Brick Dust” pigments were brushed onto the vehicle and wheels, to varying degrees, and fixed with AMMO “Pigment Fixer” (A.MIG-3000), added by brush.
  • Abteilung 502 “Bitumen” (ABT004) and “Engine Grease” (ABT160) oil paints, in varying dilutions in enamel thinners, were added to parts of the vehicle, to simulate stains.
  • There is a photo on page 8 of the book Soviet Trucks of World War 2 (Kinnear, Jim and Vollert, Jochen, Tankograd Publishing, 2009) of a GAZ-AA (the four wheel version) which had been converted into a “propaganda vehicle”, with the tilt covered in posters and a picture of Stalin. As I happened to have a bunch of such items by a company called Duplicata, I thought it would be a decent thing to recreate. As this model is going to be included in my Berlin diorama, you could imagine such a vehicle being used, both for the attention of Soviet soldiers and the locals.
  • As part of this diorama, I plan to surround this truck with figures and have in mind one to be sitting on the bonnet, but they will have to come later.

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