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1/25 Ertl International Paystar 350 mine truck

Another case of the dangers encountered while wandering the LHS.

I'd originally planned to super detail this model but reference pics were sparse and there was a considerable amount of straightening, filling, and sanding needed to get it to an acceptable level of finish. The dump box was painted Vallejo dark RLM brown, shot with a coat of chipping fluid, and then painted Mission Models yellow so I could do some brush chipping. Rusty spots on the cab were done with a sponge; I got ahead of myself and did not think to do it like I did the box which is what happens when you don't have a concrete plan.

Yellow paint is very difficult (for me) to work with and I ended up with three different shades of the color on the model, so I gave it a healthy couple coats of AK light enamel dust to hide my lousy paint job. The ability to reproduce the look of the inside of a used dump truck box eluded me, never got it quite right so dyed plaster cast in a sheet and broken up with a hammer came to my rescue.

I know the box sez AMT but this is an molding, a fact proven by the name on the sprue flags.

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13 responses

  1. Your build turned out amazingly, Mark @markh
    You mastered the yellow painting superbly.
    Weathering of this truck is nice as well and the rocks do make it look like real.

  2. A fantastic result out of a challenging kit, Mark!
    Love it!

  3. Very nice looking haul truck Mark. Love the weathering effect and the rock in the box are a great touch

  4. Looks like the real deal Mark. You really succeeded at making the most of this old ERTL beast. Terrific!

  5. Great to see this in Headlines, Mark, I really enjoyed following your WIP.

  6. Thanks to all who followed the build; I might not have completed this without your encouragement. Then I'd have a big ugly shelf queen

  7. Your hauler is an amazing build, Mark (@markh). It must be a real beast in 1/25 scale. Your paint and weathering are very good. Well done.

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