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Allah Truck

1. As usual I draw a few sketches to determine the final elements position. This helps me to refine the initial idea.
2. Combining two different kits from two different companies to produce a low documented vehicle demands some careful planning. Good references like the books from WWP about the GAZ-66 and Mil Mi-8 are extremely useful. Some CAD drawing is also needed in order to combine both models. We must be aware that the GAZ-66 from Easter Express and the Mil Mi-8 from Trumpeter were not made to combine each other and like that some minor adjustments will be necessary.
3. After a careful study it’s time to start cutting the Trumpeter model into pieces. We must be aware that the kit must be cut in the right places and there is no margin for error. That’s why the careful planning is so important. The cut lines were marked with plastic tape and scribed with a brand new needle…

4. Many parts from the Mil Mi-8 must be cut in order to achieve the final look that we can see in the “real” vehicle picture. Once again the parts to be removed are marked with a red marker and plastic tape. As usual the plastic tape will protect the pieces and guide the saw blade. Before we start using the saw we must scribe the cutting line with a brand new needle.
5. The first dry fit. I decided to replace the vinyl tires by resin wheels from MIG Productions. They are more accurate and have a much better detail. Besides I’m not a big fan of vinyl items.
6. The final dry fit before painting. Now almost everything is in the right place. The model will be dismantled into sub-assemblies for an easy painting process.

7. Like we are using several different materials like plastic, wood, PE parts, lead wire… the model must be primed before being painted. As usual my models are primed with Vallejo acrylic primers. In this case I used the Vallejo Grey Primer (70601). Vallejo primers dry very fast and turn the surface very smooth, ideal for airbrushing. They must be airbrushed in several layers in order to keep the surface detail.
8. Once the primer well dry, the GAZ-66 main body was airbrushed in Vallejo Model Air Russian Green (71017). As usual airbrushed in several layers just to keep the surface detail.
9. The Mil Mi-8 interior was airbrushed in Vallejo Model Air Blue RLM65 (71008). Once again in several layers.

10. All the interior details were painted with Vallejo Model Color acrylics. The interior details must be painted before we close the model, otherwise all those parts will be unreachable and very hard to paint.
11. The Gaz-66 and Mil Mi-8 are glued together. Now it’s time to start adding all the missing details and exterior parts.
12. All the missing parts and exterior details are now in place. The readers must be aware that there is only one picture about this unusual and rare vehicle. So, some “artistic license” is necessary in order to achieve a realistic look. Some details are visible in the only available picture, but other doesn’t.

13. The open spots were masked with Tamiya masking tape and sponge. Then the model was airbrushed in several layers of Vallejo Acrylic Grey Primer (74601). This will turn the surface ultra smooth. Different materials were used in the model, so a good primer is necessary before we start airbrushing it.
14. The model was airbrushed in Vallejo Model Air Russian Green (71017). As usual in several layers just to keep the surface detail.
15. Color variation started by airbrushing a mix of Vallejo Model Air Russian Green (71017) and Vallejo Model Air Interior Green (71010).

16. Some more color variation was made by airbrushing the model with Vallejo Model Air Russian Green (71017), Vallejo Model Air Interior Green (71010) and Vallejo Model Air Pale Green (71095).
17. Some panels and other small details were picked with Vallejo Model Color tones thinned with Vallejo thinner. This color variation will turn the model visually more interesting. Also, will add an extra touch of realism.
18. Thousands of scratches were applied with a small sponge. Several colors were used in order to achieve a more realistic look.

19. The scratches were finalized with a fine brand new brush. This is a very time consuming process and some care is needed. During this stage we can easily ruin the model, so some care and patience is needed. The scratches must look natural and in the logical spots.
20. Once the windshield painted, small paper masks were placed in the spots here the wipers pass.
21. Then the spots were airbrushed in Vallejo Model Air Light Brown (71027).

22. Once well dry, the excess was removed with a flat brush moistened in alcohol. This will partially remove the “dust” and add and extra touch of realism. It also can be used thinner, but will take more time to get the desired finish.
23. Several Vallejo pigment colors were used in order to achieve the dusty look. In this case they were applied in the “dry method”. The “dry method” means that they are applied directly from the jar and then they will be fixed in place.
24. The pigments were fixed in place with Vallejo Glaze Medium (70596). All we have to do is apply, by brush, several drops over the pigments and let to dry untouchable. During this process the model will turn very dark and it seems that the pigments disappear, but once the Vallejo Medium evaporates the pigments will appear in full glory.

25. The finished model ready to be placed in the diorama. Now the model must be put aside. Time to start making the base.
26. As usual I place my models and projects in bases with volume. In my opinion bases with volume look more interesting. The base is a wood piece and the side walls are in balsa wood. The interior is filled with heat isolation foam used in civil construction. The heat isolation is cheap, easy to find and easy to work. Also is lightweight and ideal to fill big volumes.
27. A spring green root was used to represent the tree. To add volume to the tree, small holes were made with the help of a pine wise. Then small grass roots were glued into the holes previously made. This is a very time consuming process, but necessary if we want to make a very realistic tree.

28. To make the terrain we can use the Vallejo textures.
All mixed together forms a paste that can be brushed over the base. For this task I use a medium cheap brush. When finished it can be clean with water.
29. The base almost done and ready to add the vegetation and all the final treatment.
30. To fix the vegetation in the desired spots I normally use white glue mixed with water. White glue takes some time to dry, but once well dry is very strong and transparent.
Over the white glue we will place the vegetation. Vegetation from Model Scene and MiniNatur was used and we must use different types of vegetation in order to achieve a more realistic look.

31. Pigments from Vallejo range were applied in the “dry method” over the base. Several colors must be used and once applied they will be fixed in place with small drops of Vallejo Glaze Medium (70596). The idea is applying drops, not pass the brush over the pigments. The drops will act by capillarity and once well dry the pigments will appear in full color.
32. The base finished and ready to receive the model and figures. Look how the volume and black box add an extra touch of interest. Also it’s easier to handle the diorama in shows or transportation.
33. The resin heads from Warriors are lovely and they will improve a lot the figures final look. The detail is awesome and they are very original.

34. The figures are a mix of Master Club and ICM. All heads were replaced and several items from the spare box were added.
35. The resin heads were primed in Vallejo Acrylic White Primer (73600). This will turn the surface ideal for the painting stage. As usual applied in several layers.
36. The figures were painted entirely in Vallejo Model Color…

37. The flesh tones were painted also with Vallejo Model Color.
38. The dusty look was achieved by applying Vallejo pigments directly from the jar. They were applied with the help of a small flat brush.
39. Now the finished figures and ready to be placed in the diorama.

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Date of publication: 03/24/2011
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