interior walls were painted gloss white, as with the real tanks.
This was toned down a bit by washes, but I wanted a bit of a sheen
for both realism and to help distribute the light more in the interior.
The exterior upper and lower hull assemblies and turret were sprayed
Model Master Olive Drab.
the nice, thin blue drab registration numbers from Fingerprint Designs,
and the original U.S. flag decal that comes with the kit. The stars
and turret band on the North African Lees were painted yellow, so
I sprayed Model Master Insignia Yellow through the Eduard stencils.
I did not notice until after the tank was painted and weathered
that the stars, identical in size to the white Tamiya decals, are
small than the ones in my reference photos! Even after hours of
staring and studying these photos, things slip by. Had I noticed
it, I might have opted for the some yellow stars from Archer Fine
markings on the front corners of the hull are those of the third
tank in F Company of the 13th Armored Regiment, 1st Armored Division.
daubed some Mr. Surfacer on the lower hull to suggest caked on dirt.
The tank was given a wash in a black and sienna wash. When that
dried, it was given a good over spray of PollyScale dirt. Another
thin wash was applied and a final spray of Dullcoat was given to
seal everything before the final weathering.
and Research Notes
The Suspension and Tracks
The Lower Hull Exterior
The Lower Hull Interior
The Upper Hull Exterior
The Upper Hull Interior
Painting and Decals
Diorama (coming soon)