June 14, 2016 in Armor
A classic. Tamiya’s 1:35 M60A1 with reactive armor. The kit built up nice but showed its age. This was a kit that could have been motorized so the rear end needed lots of filling and sanding. The biggest challenge was the weathering. In nearly all the reference photos I found, the sandy paint color very closely matched the desert sand. It also appears that that sand doesn’t stick around and build up. Like most modern tanks, these didn’t see extended campaigning and so didn’t suffer extensive damage and weathering. The armor plates were painted a lightened shade and did not get filters like the rest of tank. Chipping was applied with bits of foam rubber. I applied a custom mixed MIG powders to give it a realistic sandy effect that also contrasted with the paint. The finished kit is essentially OOB with the exception of the canvas rolls on the sides and in the basket. Despite its age, it was a fun build of a real menacing vehicle. BTW This kit sat on my brother’s todo stash since he bought it new way back when. I coveted it for a long time and recently swapped him a Tamiya Challenger I for it.
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