KV-47/A Combat Armour, Dust Models, 1/35
1. Besides the high casting quality, the Dust models are very well packed. A good example for other modelling companies. Some minor resin cleaning is necessary and very soon the fun can begin.
2. The interior parts were primed in Vallejo Grey Primer and then airbrushed with Vallejo Model Air 71001 White. Primer and with paint were airbrushed in several coats in order to keep the surface detail.
3. Once the white well dry I applied several Vallejo Pigments. Several colors were applied in order to achieve a more realistic look. They were applied in the dry mode. In this case directly from the jar.
4. The construction is done and the model is ready for the painting. In this pictures is possible to see some extra small details like the metal grab handles, wiring, a new MG metal barrel,… those small details can really make some difference and add an extra touch of realism.
5. The main body, like all the other parts was primed in Vallejo Grey Primer. This will provide a super smooth but also a very resistant surface. Ideal for the airbrushing and weathering and finishing jobs.
6. The main parts and main body was airbrushed in Vallejo Model Air 71011 Tank Green. Airbrushed in several coats in order to keep the surface detail.
7. Before starting apply the decals I decided to airbrush a thin coat of Vallejo Model Air 71058 Gloss Varnish. This will turn the surface even smoother and ideal to receive the decals.
In the spot here the decal will be placed I apply a small portion of Vallejo Decal Fix and then once the decal in place I apply a small portion of Vallejo Decal Medium. Decal Medium is a decal softener and once applied over the decal do not touch it. The decal will seem ruined, but once fully dry, it will looks like a painted surface.
8. All the decals are applied. Now and in order to protect them, a coat of Vallejo Model Air 71059 Matt Varnish must be applied. This coat is very important because will protect not only the decals but also the paint job done previously.
9. The entire vehicle is covered with thousands of small scratches. I want to represent a very battered vehicle and this process is very important. The small scratches were applied with the help of a sponge and finished with the help of a very fine brand new brush. Using several colors is very important to achieve a more realistic look. The scratches must be applied in the logical places, otherwise they will ruin the entire job.
10. For the wash job I normally use oil colors. This project was no exception and the entire model received several coats of oil colors very well thinned with Solvent.
11. While the oils wash is not dry the models looks wet and unrealistic. We must let the oils dry well in order to proceed with the weathering and finishing job.
12. The final weathering step is apply several Vallejo Pigment colors. This color variation will add an extra touch of realism. The pigments were applied in the dry and wet mode. The wet mode is intended to represent mud or accumulated heath. For that job all we need to do is mix pigments with Vallejo Glaze Medium.
13. Once all pigments applied, small drops of White Spirit were applied over the entire model. The idea is apply drops over the pigments and not brush the white spirit over the pigments. This would ruin all the pigments work.
Applying drops will act as capillarity and will fix the pigments in place. While we are applying the drops it seems that we are ruining all the previous work. The pigments will turn very dark and with a strange look, but when the white spirit is fully evaporated, the pigments will appear in full color. Just let the white spirit evaporate and do not touch it until is wet.
14. A solid square piece of wood will be the base for diorama. The side walls will be in balsa wood. Balsa wood is light and easy to cut.
15. The final shape of the terrain is almost done. Note the diagonal line here the main elements will be placed. Place the main elements in a diagonal line adds more interest to the overall scene. The scene looks more dynamic than when placed parallel to the sides.
16. My idea was to make an industrial scenario. An aluminium drink can, would be the start of a very interesting situation. Aluminium cans are easy to find and easy to work. Also they are light weight and easy to adapt. Some elements were also used to determine the final position of all elements.
17. The reservoir was primed in Vallejo Grey Primer. As usual, applied in several coats to maintain the surface details.
18. The reservoir was first airbrushed with Vallejo Model Air 71052 German Grey. Applied in several coats.
19. Followed by a “Color Modulation” with several coats of Vallejo Model Air 71052 German Grey and Vallejo Model Air 71008 Blue RLM65. Applied in several coats.
20. The weathering and finishing started with the airbrush of Vallejo Model Air 71041 tank Brown and Vallejo Model Air 71083 Orange. Applied in several coats.
21. The terrain was airbrushed with several coats of Vallejo Model Air 71027 Light Brown, 71028 Sand Yellow and 71074 Radome Tan. This will act as the base color of the ground work.
22. Royal Model produces many different brick solutions and all of them are lovely. Using different types will turn the situation more interesting and realistic. They are placed in a random pattern. Small pieces of wood were also cut into the desired shape and placed among the bricks. All those debris must look natural and their location may not look forced by the modeller. This step is very important and once again observing ruined buildings or construction sites is very useful to achieve a realistic final look.
23. Once all the debris in place, we need to fix them to the base. Nothing better than mixing white glued with water and just drop some all over the elements. Once the mix of white glue and water is fully dry it will turn transparent. White glue takes some time to dry and does not seem very strong, but once dry is very resistant.
24. Some small elements were painted separately and glued in the desired spots. Once the main elements in place I applied a oil wash colors. Several colors were used and as usual mixed with solvent.
25. Once the oil wash well dry, it’s time to apply Vallejo Pigments. As usual several colors were used and applied in the dry and wet mode. In the wet mode they were mixed with Vallejo Glaze Medium. In the dry mode they were applied directly from the jar. To fix the Vallejo Pigments in the desired spots I just applied small drops of White Spirit.
26. The cans came from several brands. Like Royal Model, RMG Resin Models and MIG Productions. In the end I used the ones from royal Model and one from RMG Resin Models. I decided to paint them all and like that I can use some of them in future projects. As usual they were airbrushed in Vallejo Model Air and several colors were used. Like all the time airbrushed in several coats over the Vallejo Grey Primer.
27. Once painted in Vallejo Black and Yellow, the defensive element looks very cool and will be an eye-catching element in the overall scene. Once placed over the invisible diagonal line will be a very important element.
28. As usual I paint all my figures with Vallejo Model Color, except for the flash areas, that I normally paint in oils.
29. Weathering is done by applying Vallejo Pigments. Once again using several different colors.
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