CyberHobby M-46 Patton
I am working on and off on a series of Patton tanks from the M-46 to the M-60A3 and this is part of that idea. American armor is for the most part kind of boring, especially the earlier stuff since color choices are OD or OD or perhaps OD. I decided to change this up a little and depict this as a model of a Patton from the 6th Tank Battalion, 24th Infantry in Korea, 1951.
The CyberHobby kit was the only M-46 kit in 1/35 available at the time this one was built. It's actually pretty nice; the only complaints I had about is were a rather nasty seam to fill between the turret halves and the tracks which are Dragon DS. I don't mind DS tracks, matter of fact I like them but these came with individual styrene guide teeth which was an awful job.
Once the tracks were painted I went to install them on the running gear and both sides promptly broke. Giving the problem some thought, I went to the LHS and picked up the Tamiya rebox of the old Italeri M-47 and stole the nice new tool Tammy tracks for this project.
The model was primed with Tammy fine grey rattlecan primer and then a red and yellow mix of something I don't remember was applied in the spots orange was required. Then the orange areas were masked and Tammy XF-62 was applied. Tiger stripes were hand painted with Tammy XF-1 ftat black. The tiger mouth decal was very difficult to position correctly and if it was not for Micro Sol it would not have gone on. Dirt and mud are various MIG and AK products.
I built the base in conjunction with the model so I could fit an articulated suspension to a particular spot. Air dry clay on the roadway with AK earth textures on the sides painted and covered with grass tufts from WW II scenics and Frediricus Rex. The grass was airbrushed in dark green then green with increasing amounts of yellow in each succesive layer. First I've done this and I like the effect.