Bowcat's 1/35 Meng Gepard A1/A2

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Ill stick with Tamiya, I only used it because they had the correct RAL colours, although as I said the sand brown came out more flesh pink??
 

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That the colour was off I can get with you on that, but the ammo paints I have tried sprayed like a dream. No clogging, drying on the tip was minimal and the coverage was very good.
I just used them straight out of the bottle. I did add a steel ball and shook the sh... Out of them first.
 

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Quick update.

After the paint had fully cured I gave it a couple of coats of filter to tone down and blend in the camo a bit, then varnished/decaled/varnished, so at that point it looked like this.

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The I went at it with a starship filth wash. Hmmmmm, dirty. :smiling3:

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After 24 hours most of this was taken off with a brush and cotton buds & odourless thinners, which left it looking like this.

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Although that all looks quite dark and dirty, it's eventually going to have a pigment scrub which will lighten it and hopefully leave it looking like dry dust over ingrained dirt. I still have to clean up the top of the hull, so no pic of that yet.
 

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Nice work Bob, looking very good.
 

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Cheers Ian. :smiling3:

I'm now at the point of the build that I have to let everything dry for a day or two before I can move on the the next bit. Might have to start building something else to keep me occupied.
 

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Small update, I got the tracks finished up which took a while.

First job was to hand paint the 340 track pads with Tamiya's rubber black, which was followed up with an oil wash and desert dust.

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I also started work with the pigments, so far just the wheels, underside and running gear.

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Thanks Colin.

They actually turned out to be a complete bloody nightmare, I had a test fit of them yesterday and loads of the track pins broke in the middle. I ended up gluing them all together, so the track are probably no longer workable, not that its a problem once it's on its base.

Edited to add: Speaking of the base, that's almost ready to go. :smiling3:

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This model is of a Gepard tested in Cyprus, so it's less deserty and more hard packed rock and dust.
 

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this is coming along a treat ,do real like the camo,nice to see something different ,real well done.
on the track,base looking so good as well,liking this build,well done,so far,keep up the good work,:smiling::thumb2:
 

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That base looks great. I would say that it could well be a desert base. Not all deserts are an ocean of sand, most in fact are pretty stony. Or so they look on t'telly.
Bird grit? or just coarse sand.
 

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Cheers Ian. The base is covered in various grades of ballast that I got from Hobbycraft when my daughter and I were making her Ancient Egypt dio. The rocks are stones from the garden that I broke up in my bench vice.
 
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I have found the same problem with Ammo paints and found that you needed to apply a lot of it to get an even coverage. The pigments did't seem to blend with carrier. Had the same problem with AK Nato brown being very pinky.

Regards Lee
 
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