TAMIYA 1/35th CHIEFTAIN TANK
Building this for a friend, so it's going to be OOB.
Slight weathering will be applied and, as i'm new to airbrushing, the finish could be "interesting" to say the least.
Until this is finished, the "Memphis Belle" has been put on hold.
Took my time on this as previously stated it's for a friend. LOTS of dry-fits and premiering.
Never used an airbrush before, so the whole model was sprayed in a Dark Earth colour, then, when in a "semi-fixed" state, i used thin rolls of blue-tack to outline the camouflage and the several light dusts of green were blown over in various thicknesses to give a tonal variation (not 100% accurate, but i like the effect)
Final gluing was done, then some details were picked out. I made some brackets for the towing cable out of bent plastic rod, as i didn't like the idea of just sticking them to the sides as instructed, again, not 100% accurate or to scale, but looks a lot better. The whole model was the treated to a dark dirt wash, and when dry, this was scrubbed off to give a worn/used look. Dark dirt pigments were rubbed in on the side, front and rear to imitate dried on mud. the two antenna's were made using thin florists wire, they're a little to long, but "Hey-Ho" it is what it is. the Union Jack flag was added for looks more than accuracy, these were "borrowed" from the spares box.
I'm more than happy with the result, and to present to my friend, i screwed the model to a length of stained scrap timber, and just stuck on the details and Tamiya logo from the box.
Hope you all enjoy my little escaped, and all-in-all, this as a nice little kit thats really easy to build and i'm sure that all you super-detailers out there would have a great time with this one.