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T-34/76 (early 1943) build – Part 4:Weathering (chipping and rust)

  • Lighter paint chips were simulated using LifeColor “4BO Var” (UA239), applied with a sponge or flicked from the end of a brush.
  • Darker paint chips were simulated using Vallejo Model Color “German Camouflage Black Brown” (70822), applied with a sponge, fine brush or flicked from the end of a brush.
  • The exhausts were painted with the various colours of the LifeColor rust set.

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T-34/76 (early 1943) build – Part 3:Painting

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

Base coats: In all cases the paint was sprayed as a 1:2 mixture in Mr.Color leveling thinner.

  • Mr.Hobby “Mr.Finishing Surfacer 1500 Black”
  • Mr.Color ““RG CM base” CMC10 (part of their Russian Green set), sprayed over the entire model
  • Mr.Color “RG highlight 1” (CMC11) (part of their Russian Green set), sprayed over the upper part of the hull and turret, and outside of the wheels


  • Machine guns: Vallejo Model Color “Black” (70950)
  • Tyres: Vallejo Model Color “Black Grey” (70862)
  • Stowage: Vallejo Panzer Aces “Canvas” (314)

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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T-34/76 (early 1943) build – Part 2:Assembly

I used the Eduard photoetch set for the grills and storage boxes, fixed in some places by soldering the pieces together.

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T-34/76 (early 1943) build – Part 1:Introduction

The vehicle

“The lack of rubber often prevented the use of the standard rubberized wheels, and many bare-metal wheels of various designs were used. This can be seen on photographs as a strange mix of wheels. … the introduction of a new, much better hexagonal turret, … , which was a great improvement over previous models. Notably, the big hatch was removed and replaced by separated hatches (dubbed “Mickey mouse” by the Germans, due to the way it looked from the front with the hatches open).” [1]

The kit

ICM 1/35 kit [2].



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Soviet Union, 1942-1946.

BA-64 build – Part 1:Introduction
BA-64 build – Part 2:Assembly
BA-64 build – Part 3:Painting
BA-64 build – Part 4:Weathering