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Matilda Mk III/IV build – Part 2:Assembly

As expected, the kit presented no problems in build. The tracks are different from the earlier version (#35300), being separate track links which click together to form a workable track.


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Matilda Mk III/IV build – Part 1:Introduction

The vehicle

“With its heavy armour, the Matilda was an excellent infantry support tank but with somewhat limited speed and armament. It was the only British tank to serve from the start of the war to its end, although it is particularly associated with the North Africa Campaign” [1]

The kit

Tamiya 1/35 kit [5]. I did the earlier British version of this kit years ago and remember it to be a very easy build. So, when it was released in a Soviet version recently, I was interested in reacquainting myself with it.



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Mk I “Female” build – Part 6:Weathering (streaks)

  • AMMO “Streaking Grime” (A.MIG-1203) was painted in thin lines on the vertical and sloping surfaces, to be later blended in with a flat brush dampened with enamel thinner.
  • Wanting to add a few (not too many) rust streaks I tried using AMMO “Streaking Rust Effects” (A.MIG-1204). To be honest, I found it a bit underwhelming, so later on tried blending in small dots of AMMO Oilbrusher “Rust” (A.MIG-3510).
  • Various parts were treated with AMMO Oilbrusher “Starship Filth” (A.MIG-3513), Winsor & Newton “Raw Umber”, Abteilung 502 “Light Rust Brown” (Abt060), “German Grey Highlight” (Abt170), “Olive Green” (Abt050) and “German Three-Tone Fading” (Abt155) oil paints and variously blended in as vertical lines or “faded” onto the surface.
  • The anti-grenade screen framework was treated with Winsor & Newton “Burnt Umber” oil paint.

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T-34/85 (model 1944)

Unknown unit, Minsk, Soviet Union, July 1944.

T-34/85 (model 1944) build – Part 1:Introduction
T-34/85 (model 1944) build – Part 2:Assembly (wheels)
T-34/85 (model 1944) build – Part 3:Assembly (hull and turret)
T-34/85 (model 1944) build – Part 4:Painting
T-34/85 (model 1944) build – Part 5:Weathering (rust, chipping, wash)
T-34/85 (model 1944) build – Part 6:Weathering (fading and streaks)
T-34/85 (model 1944) build – Part 7:Tracks
T-34/85 (model 1944) build – Part 8:Weathering (dust and dirt)
T-34/85 (model 1944) build – Part 9:Weathering (oil and fuel stains)
T-34/85 (model 1944) build – Part 10:Weathering (final effects)
T-34/85 (model 1944) build – Part 11:Stowage


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T-34/85 (model 1944) build – Part 11:Stowage

Various stowage items (baggage rolls, a metal can, wooden boxes and a couple of tarps which I sculpted with Kneadatite) were added to the vehicle:

  • Paints: Tamiya “Light Blue” (XF-23), “Flat Red” (XF-7), Vallejo Model Color “Russian Uniform WWII” (70924), “Olive Grey” (70888), “Khaki” (70988), “Bronze” (70988) and Vallejo Panzer Aces “Leather Belt” (312).
  • Wash: AMMO “Afrika Korps Wash” (A.MIG-1001).
  • Pigment: AMMO “Europe Earth” (A.MIG-3004).
  •  Oil and fuel stains: AMMO “Fuel Stains” (A.MIG-1409) and AMMO “Fresh Engine Oil” (A.MIG-1408).