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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

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BA-64 build – Part 4:Weathering

  • Paint chips were simulated using LifeColor “4BO Var.” (UA239) and  Vallejo Model Color “German Camouflage Black Brown” (70822), applied with a sponge or brush.
  • The exhaust was painted with the various colours of the LifeColor rust set.
  • The entire vehicle was washed with a dilute mixture of Winsor & Newton “Raw Umber” and “Lamp Black” oil paints in enamel thinner – the excess being cleaned up with a dry brush or cotton bud.
  • Wilder “Olive Drab” (LS34) oil paint was used on various high points of the vehicle.
  • AMMO Oilbrusher “Starship Bay Sludge” (A.MIG-3532) or “Starship Filth” (A.MIG-3513) were worked into various recesses, the excess being cleaned away.
  • To the vertical and sloping sides of the hull 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.
  • Winsor & Newton “Burnt Umber” was painted onto the wooden handles of the tools and then wiped in one direction with a cotton bud to simulate wood grain.
  • Everything was then sprayed with a 1:2 mixture of Mr.Color “Flat Clear” (182) and Mr.Color Leveling Thinner.
  • A mixture of medium coloured pigments were brushed onto wheels and the top surface of the hull (underneath the turret) and fixed in place by applying a 1:1 mixture of AMMO “Pigment Fixer” (A.MIG-3000) and enamel thinners by brush.
  • The same pigment mixture was turned into a paste by adding water and Vallejo “Matt Medium” and then flicked from the end of a brush to the underside of the hull to represent dirt splatter.
  • The machine gun and metal tools were brushed with AK Interactive “Dark Steel” (AK086) pigment.

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BA-64 build – Part 3:Painting

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

Base coats:

  • Chassis: Mr.Hobby “Mr.Finishing Surfacer 1500 Black”, as a 1:2 mixture in Mr.Color leveling thinner
  • Hull: MRP “4BO Russian AFV Green” (MRP-26)


  • Engine: Citadel “Leadbelcher”
  • Tools: Vallejo Model Color “Black Grey” (70862), Vallejo Panzer Aces “Old Wood” (310)
  • Head lights: Mr.Hobby “Super Iron” (SM03)
  • Rear lights: Mr.Hobby “Super Iron” (SM03), Vallejo Model Color “Red” (70926)
  • Machine gun: Mr.Hobby “Mr.Finishing Surfacer 1500 Black”
  • Turret seat: Vallejo Model Color “Saddle Brown” (70940)
  • Tyres: Mr.Color “Tire Black” (137)

A 1:2 mixture of Mr.Color “Clear Gloss” (46) and Mr.Color Leveling Thinner was sprayed over the entire model.

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BA-64 build – Part 2:Assembly

  • Prior to assembling the hull, I had to do a basic paint and weathering on the interior – so, a white colour, followed by some chipping, brown oil wash and depositing of earth pigments on the floor.
  • I plan to paint the chassis\engine and hull separately, before joining them.