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T-34 tractor (model 1944) build – Part 1:Introduction

The vehicle

“In April 1944 the State Defence Committee decided on the creation and serial production of a tractor based on the T-34-76 tank… For the production of tractors, it was required to use the T-34 tanks coming in for major repairs with towers [turrets] and weapons unsuitable for restoration” [1]

The kit

ICM 1/35 kit [2]. I thought I was done with the ICM T-34 kits, as decent as they are. But, here was something different to complement the others I have done.


1. From kit text –

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ChTZ S-65 tractor

Berlin, 1945.

ChTZ S-65 tractor build – Part 1:Introduction
ChTZ S-65 tractor build – Part 2:Assembly
ChTZ S-65 tractor build – Part 3:Painting
ChTZ S-65 tractor build – Part 4:Weathering

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ChTZ S-65 tractor build – Part 4:Weathering

  • Lighter paint chips were simulated using LifeColor “4BO Var” (UA239), applied with a sponge or 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 exhaust was painted with Vallejo “Black Grey” (70862) and the various colours of the LifeColor rust set.
  • The tracks were treated with the various colours of the LifeColor rust set, applied with a sponge.
  • 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 excess being cleaned up with a dry brush or cotton bud.
  • To simulate a degree of paint variation and fading, dots of oil paint (Winsor & Newton “Raw Umber”, “Payne’s Grey”, “Permanent Magenta”, “Transparent White”, and AMMO Oilbrusher “Olive Green”, “Medium Grey”, “Yellow”, “Black”) were added. The dots were drawn down vertically with a flat brush.
  • To the some of the vertical sides AMMO Oilbrusher “Starship Filth”, “Starship Bay Sludge”, Winsor & Newton “Burnt Umber”, “Burnt Sienna” and Abteilung 502 “Light Rust Brown” (Abt060) were added. Then, using a flat brush, the oil paint was drawn down the side to simulate streaks of dirt or rust.
  • The entire model was sprayed with a 1:2 mixture of Mr.Color “Flat Clear” (182) and Mr.Color Leveling Thinner.
  • AMMO “Europe Earth”, “Dark Earth”, “Rubble” and “Brick Dust” pigments were brushed onto the vehicle and tracks, to varying degrees, and fixed with AMMO “Pigment Fixer” (A.MIG-3000), added by brush.
  • AK Interactive “Dark Steel” (AK086) pigment was brushed on onto the raised parts of the tracks in contact with the ground or running gear.
  • Vallejo “Carbon Black” (73116) pigment was added to the end of the exhausts.
  • 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.

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ChTZ S-65 tractor build – Part 3:Painting

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

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 highlight 1” (CMC11) (part of their Russian Green set)


  • Tracks: Tamiya “Dark Iron” (XF-84)
  • Seat: Vallejo Model Color “Black” (70950)
  • Lights: Citadel “Runefang Steel”

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Kübelwagen Type 82

Luftwaffe anti-aircraft unit, Tunisia, 1943.

Kübelwagen Type 82 build – Part 1:Introduction
Kübelwagen Type 82 build – Part 2:Painting
Kübelwagen Type 82 build – Part 3:Weathering