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1. Launched in 1932, the Austin 10 was on of the best selling Austin’s car and remained in production until 1947. The Austin Tillys, was a military version of the Autin 10, and had an enormous contribution to the transport efficiency in many theatres of war and was seen almost everywhere. Thousands here build and they had a very important role in the allied logistics. Vehicles like Tillys and other few don´t have the glamour of the Sherman, Tiger or Kingtiger. Also, are often neglected by the big kit manufacturers, but their role was immense and important for the final victory.
The Tillys could virtually go anywhere and was a much appreciated vehicle by the crews and military in general. His capacity to carry troops and material was immense and well needed. The SKP kit is very nice. Good detail, good plastic, good instructions and good decals. The box art is a picture about a refurbished Tillys and the kit is composed by plastic, resin and PE parts. The instructions are clear, concise and easy to follow. Divided in 19 steps, they guide us into a straightforward construction.
The decals in the box are for four different versions. Two for Czechoslovak vehicles in WW2 and another two about refurbished vehicles.
2. The Tillys model is composed by different materials. The main parts are in plastic and the smaller ones are in resin and photo-etch. So a model like this needs an extra attention when it comes the painting process. All the subassemblies were primed with Vallejo Acrylic Grey Primer. This primer has a superb finish and the surface gets a very smooth touch. When well dry, all the subassemblies were put together in order to find some flaws.

3. The SKP kit provides decals for four different versions. I choose to build my model into the colours of the Czechoslovak Independent Brigade Group, HQ, Southampton, August 1944. This version has a camouflage composed by two colours and before I start applying the camouflage I draw it over the model with the help of a soft brush. The camouflage was painted by brush with Vallejo Model Color acrylics. The Tillys is a small vehicle and very soon the camouflage is painted.
4. The dials are decals from my spare box and applied in the normal fashion. Once well dry, small dots of Vallejo Model Air Gloss Varnish are applied. Once dry that will look like the dial glass. The final result is very convincing.

5, 6. The decals were applied with the help of Vallejo decal solutions. In this case Vallejo Decal Fix and Vallejo Decal Medium. The first prepares the surface to receive the decal and the last is a decal softener.

7. In the end and with the decal well dry a coat of Vallejo Model Air Matt Varnish was brushed over the decal to protect it during the weathering and finishing.
8. Several Vallejo Pigments are mixed together and applied with a medium flat brush. They are applied in the logical places and care is needed to prevent an overdone situation. When all the pigments in place, small drops of Winsor & Newton Sansodor (Low Odour Solvent) here placed over the pigments. This will act as a pigment fixer. When we place the drops over the pigments, they almost disappear and the model turns very dark, but don´t panic, when fully dry they will appear in their full colour and realistic look.

9. A wood fence was planned and executed in real wood. I used wooden tongue depressors. They are cheap, easy to find and the wood, real nice. Small stripes were cut and assembled. Once assembled, the fence was primed with Vallejo Grey Primer and …
10. … airbrushed with Vallejo Model Air 71006 Green.

11. The fence weathering started by applying several paint chips with the help of a small sponge. The colours used were the Vallejo Model Color 928 Light Flesh and Vallejo Model Color 833 SS Cam. Bright Green.
12. As usual, my models are placed in bases or dioramas. Some are more complex than others, but all the times I place them in a surrounding environment.
The Tillys was no exception and I followed my usual approach. A wood base and balsa wood to form the side walls. The interior is filled with oasis foam, that is an easy to find material, not heavy and easy to work it.
The terrain is a mix of water, acrylic paint, very fine sand and Robbialac Aguaplast. Robbialac Aguaplast is a pre made filler widely used in the civil construction. It´s water based and very easy to work. The mix looks like real earth and once dry it’s rock hard.
The vegetation came from several brands, like MiniNatur, Treemendus and Model Scene. A natural look vegetation demands a care observation of the real world and some references are needed. The best approach is to take some pictures to real landscape and look carefully to understand nature. Then all we have to do is represent it in scale.
The tree is made from a well dry spring green root from my grandmother’s backyard. The volume was achieved with synthetic sponge and then pulverized with UHU Power Spray glue. While the glue is wet, a mix of several leafs in several colours were placed over the tree. To remove the excess we just need to shake the tree. The process must be repeated until we get the desired look.

13. The final step was applying Vallejo Pigments and then small drops of White Spirit, acting as pigment fixer.
14. The final scene. The figure is also from SKP. It’s their new figure about an Auxiliary Territorial Service Driver. All made of resin, with a superb detail and flawless casting.

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Date of publication: 04/22/2010
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