T-72M Saladin Armored Division, Kuwait, 1991 – Tamiya 1/35
Here is my Iraqi Army T-72M completed as part of the Gulf War/Desert Storm Group Build. I corrected the 1/35 Tamiya kit with a more accurately-shaped SBS resin turret, including supplied photo-etched details for the searchlights and stowage boxes. I also used an RB productions metal barrel with additional photo-etch. I scratch-built the wiring and other key details for the smoke grenade launchers (starting with the very basic tubes from the Tamiya kit), then grafted the whole assembly onto the SBS turret. All this was very fiddly to attach but a good learning experience – check out the Group Build if you are interested. I painted the Arabic slogan using a homemade stencil. The slogan reads: “Asad Babil” – Lion of Babylon – which was painted exclusively on the the tanks of the 2nd Regiment of the 12 Armored Brigade in the Saladin Division operating in Kuwait. The markings are from the Osprey book T-72 Main Battle Tank 1974-93 by Steven Zaloga. I found an image of an actual vehicle with this slogan from a video on Youtube. – see attached pics. Painting is done with Tamiya and Model Master Acrylics and weathering with oil paints, Easy Mud, CMK pigments, charcoal, graphite and chalk pastels – all sealed with various gloss and matt coats. I was going for a dusty, sun-bleached look, rather than a mud-caked vehicle. I closely followed available color photos of Iraqi vehicles. I am happy with the authentic look of the weathering- not all of which comes through in bright artificial light for photography. I hope you like it. Comments welcome.
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