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M4A2 Sherman build – Part 2:Assembly

This kit went together well. Usually I prefer the lower hull to be in a one piece tub, but even though this was not so in this case, the fit was fine. In fact, many of the sub-assemblies went together better than other Sherman kits of my acquaintance. The tracks used were the Friulmodel metal tracks (ATL-131).

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M4A2 Sherman build – Part 1:Introduction

The vehicle

“The M4A2 Shermans were equipped with a General Motors 6046 engine (2x GM 6-71 General Motors Diesel engines); they have a welded hull, there were 75mm and 76mm versions only. The users were : USSR, USMC (in the Pacific Theater of Operations), France, Britain, Poland. No US Army combat use.” [1]

The kit

Zvezda 1/35 kit [2].



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T-34 tractor (model 1944)

Soviet Union, 1944-1945.

T-34 tractor (model 1944) build – Part 1:Introduction
T-34 tractor (model 1944) build – Part 2:Assembly
T-34 tractor (model 1944) build – Part 3:Painting
T-34 tractor (model 1944) build – Part 4:Weathering

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T-34 tractor (model 1944) build – Part 4:Weathering

  • Paint chips were simulated using Vallejo Model Color “German Camouflage Black Brown” (70822), applied with a sponge or fine brush.
  • The exhausts were painted with the various colours of the LifeColor rust set.
  • 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.
  • Further contrast was added using AMMO Oilbrusher “Starship Bay Sludge” and AMMO Panel Line Wash “Dark Green Grey” (AMIG1608).
  • The tow cables were washed with a dilute mixture of Abteilung 502 “Light Rust Brown” (Abt060).
  • Certain parts of the vehicle were treated with AMMO Oilbrusher “Olive Green”.
  • The saw wooden handles were brushed with AMMO Oilbrusher “Dark Brown”.
  • To the some of the vertical sides were added dots of AMMO Oilbrusher “Dark Mud” or Winsor & Newton “Burnt Umber”, “Burnt Sienna”. Then, using a flat brush, the oil paint was drawn down the side to simulate streaks of dirt or rust.
  • The unditching logs were treated with AMMO Oilbrusher “Dark Mud” or “Dark Brown”.
  • AMMO Oilbrusher oil paint “Dusty Earth”, “Dust” and “Medium Soil” dissolved in enamel thinners was painted on the wheels and parts of the hull, to simulate dried mud. The same oil paints were dotted on the vertical sides of the hull and drawn down in vertical streaks using a flat brushed dampened with enamel thinners. This process was repeated multiple times to build up  the layers of streaks.
  • A mixture of medium coloured pigments were brushed onto the surfaces and tracks and fixed with neat AMMO “Pigment Fixer” (A.MIG-3000) or a 1:1 mixture of AMMO “Pigment Fixer” (A.MIG-3000) and enamel thinners, applied by brush. Once dry, I added small amounts of lighter coloured pigments and more darker coloured pigments, fixed as before.
  • Vallejo “Carbon Black” (73116) pigment was added to the end of the exhausts and the surrounding area.
  • The contact points on the tracks, idler and sprocket wheels were brushed with with AK Interactive “Dark Steel” (AK086) pigment.
  • The machine gun, tow cables and saw blade were lightly brushed with AK Interactive “Dark Steel” (AK086) pigment.
  • Abteilung 502 “Sepia” (ABT002) and “Engine Grease” (ABT160) oil paints, in varying dilutions in enamel thinners and with or without Humbrol “Gloss Cote”, were added to parts of the vehicle, to simulate oil and fuel stains. These were added successively over several days, to allow the oils time to dry.

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Berlin, 1945.

GAZ-AAA build – Part 1:Introduction
GAZ-AAA build – Part 2:Assembly
GAZ-AAA build – Part 3:Painting
GAZ-AAA build – Part 4:Weathering