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 to the engine deck area. This will need a second application as I continue to weather.