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T-34/76 (model 1940) build – Part 8:Tracks

  • Friulmodel tracks (ATL-38) were linked with Albion Alloys’ 0.5 mm brass rod – 76 links per side. I find T-34 tracks a bit tricky to install because the tracks are of two types, which means an even number is required to complete a side. Somehow, I always seem to require one less track link than this for a perfect length, which is not possible. Consequently, it then needs some careful draping of the track across the wheels. Perhaps it is a combination of Dragon kit and Fruilmodel track. I have never tried any other brand of kit and tracks – perhaps I should next time.
  • Treated with UMP “Ultimate Burnishing Liquid”.
  • A dilute mixture of Winsor & Newton “Raw Umber” oil paint in enamel thinners was used to collect in the recesses of the tracks.
  • A mixture of medium color pigments were dropped onto the tracks and fixed with a 1:1 mixture of AMMO “Pigment Fixer” (A.MIG-3000) and enamel thinners, added by brush.
  • The parts of the external side of the tracks in contact with the ground and the guide horns were brushed with AK Interactive “Dark Steel” (AK086) pigment.

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T-34/76 (model 1940) build – Part 7:Weathering (dust and rain marks)

  • AMMO “Oilbrusher” oil paints (“Dust” A.MIG-3516, “Dusty Earth” A.MIG-3523, “Summer Soil” A.MIG-3534) were dotted on the much of the horizontal surface, underside, running gear of the vehicle and wheels, which had previously been dampened with enamel thinner. A round brush was used to dilute and blend the oils.
  • The same oils were dotted on the sloping and vertical surfaces. A flat brush was used to draw them down the sides to create dust and rain streaks.

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T-34/76 (model 1940) build – Part 6:Weathering (streaks)

The vertical and sloping sides of the upper hull and turret were dampened with enamel thinner and then dots of AMMO Oilbrusher “Starship Filth”, “Starship Bay Sludge” and “Rust” were added. Then, using a flat brush, the oil paint was drawn down the side to simulate streaks. After drying, this process was repeated multiple times.

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T-34/76 (model 1940) build – Part 5:Weathering (wash)

  • The entire vehicle was washed with a dilute mixture of Winsor & Newton “Raw Umber” and “Lamp Black” oil paints (ratio about 5:1) in enamel thinner – the excess being cleaned up with a dry brush or cotton bud.
  • AMMO Oilbrusher “Olive Green” (A.MIG-3505) was used on various high points of the vehicle.
  • Winsor & Newton “Burnt Umber” was painted on the spade handle, then wiped in one direction using a cotton bud to simulate wood grain.
  • Abteilung 502 “Light Rust Brown” (ABT060) was dry brushed on the exhausts.

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T-34/76 (model 1940) build – Part 4:Weathering (rust and chipping)

  • The exhausts were painted with the various colours of the LifeColor rust set.
  • 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.

As this vehicle may not have seen extensive service yet (dated to 1941) I did not add excessive amount of chips – but, then again, I hardly ever do!