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Mark P Hartig
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1/25 Ertl International Paystar 350 mine truck

August 25, 2022 · in Automotive · · 15 · 1K

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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15 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.

  8. I love these construction kits, yours is excellent, well done. The yellow looks great and the paint wear is perfect. Nicely done.

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