Bench Update Dec 15th

I’ve been sick with a cold bug that has been going around for about a week which has really put a dampener on everything, including time at the bench. I was going to start to apply decals on the 1/72 Hasegawa F-18a but a close look at the sheet showed some yellowing.   So they will have to spend some time in a sunny window.  The issue of course is the days are very short and rather overcast right now so it may be a while….. The Tamiya 1/35 panther is at the point where some serious weathering needs to be done.  So I decided to start practicing some techniques I’ve been reading and viewing online.   First up is a general rust/distress technique and I’m doing it on an old HO scale refrigerator car I have. After some Vallejo Rust, some streaking grime, some pastels I have this as a start. …

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Tamiya 1/35 Panther Ausf. A Part 12

Put a gloss clear coat on in preparation for weathering. Once that was done I applied a mist coat of Tamiya XF-57 Buff and X-20A Thinner at about a 75:25 ratio. This helped knock down the starkness of the base color and added some ‘dust’ to the model. I had left the kit for a few weeks and as I was about to resume work, disaster strikes in the form it falling onto the floor.  No major damage but a few small parts have gone missing. It will definitely be a painting test bed for future builds now. I continued by doing a pin wash using the Tamiya Panel Accent Color.  I have the black and brown and they both work very well for getting into crevices to represent where the dirt and grime accumulates.  I then applied Vallejo rust to the back exhaust pipes and some Vallejo fuel spill…

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