For the first of the camouflage colors, I decided it was a good time to use my Badger Sotar 20/20 airbrush with the fine tip. I picked this up earlier this year and I have done some playing around to learn the differences between it and my other airbrushes, this would be the first time I would use it on a kit for camouflage.
Certainly not a perfect job, but better then what I was expecting the first time out. I will be doing some touch ups on the tank with a second coat.
Dialed the pressure way back to 10-12 psi.
The paint ratio was not perfect. In this case, I over thinned the paint thinking it would need that to get through the smaller tip. Noticed the signs of over thinning on the tank in places.
My compress can run for about 15 min non-stop before overheating and shutting down. I was taking my time and to be honest I could have done this first camouflage with my Badger 105.
Still, an excellent learning experience in getting better performance out of the Sotar. Looking forward to using it for some other weathering techniques as I move forward on the build.
After I primed it, I noticed a very obvious seam that needs to be fixed at the front. I put some Mr. Surfacer 500 in the gap, left it to dry then used isopropyl alcohol with some Q-tips to get the excess off, followed by some sanding. Here is a picture during that process. I then shot more Vallejo Primer into that section and left it to dry,
Now onto the colors for the big cat. Like in the airplane world there is no shortage of debate for accurate colors. I looked at quite a few sources and did the final comparison by looking at color charts and going down to my local hobby shop to compare some of the paint in the bottles or jars. The base Tamiya colors I will be using are XF-60 Dark Yellow, XF-64 Dark Brown and XF-67 NATO Green. From what I’ve seen these will make a ‘close-enough’ for me scheme.
Using my Badger Patriot 105 and a 50/50 mix of XF-60 and thinner I applied 2 light coats onto the tank. and left it to dry for several days. (I normally give it at least a day for the base coat, it’s probably overkill but works for me). I’ve got the combination nailed down fairly well with this airbrush and Tamiya acrylics.
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