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This page is where I'm going to publish items which will help you get the details correct.  Typically it will be things not covered by the magazine, or are causing confusion.  Most of these will come from other people as there are many out there far more knowledgeable about tanks than I am.  I'm a modeller, not a historian.  However, I will only publish items that I am reasonably confident are correct.  Of course, I'm not going to guarantee that everything is correct, you use the information at your own risk.


How to make a DIY painting turntable.


I'm going to show how I weather the model here rather than in the individual weekly pages, just so that it's all in one place.

Inside the turret.

The interior detail of the turret in issue 3 looks a bit stark with just ivory paint, and the detail doesn't show up very well.  I've dirtied it up a bit.  The intention is to simulate dirt and grim rather than rust, and to pick out the lines between the various boxes and details.  I've done this by mixing some burnt umber oil paint with MIG "thinner for washes" and running a little into the edges.  This collects in the crevices.  If it goes where you don't want, just wait a little while for it to go touch dry, then use a brush dampened with the thinner to pick the colour back off.  Finally, take a brush with a very thin wash and paint over the other parts, just to tie it together.

The MIG thinner is very runny and the wash creeps along the join lines a treat.  However, it doesn't work with acrylic paints.  You have to use either oil paints (from an art shop) or enamels.

The black peephole cover was painted with black paint, then over painted with dark grey.  This gives it a little bit of life, although it doesn't show in the photos.



How to make a DIY painting turntable.

Here's how I made a cheap DIY version of the painting turntable shown in issue 1 of the magazine.

First you need an old CD stack case.

Cut off the three tabs that lock it closed.  Now it should spin freely on the base.

Thick three blobs of Blutac on the top.

Take a suitably sized piece of corrugated cardboard, or other suitable turntable top, and push the CD case top onto it. 

You could use a piece of ply or MDF cut into a circle and screwed to the top of you want something a bit more professional looking.

Turn back over, put it on the base, and Viola !  One virtually free painting turntable.  Once the card gets all painty just replace it. 

If you make the paint clips from cocktail sticks and pegs you can just push the cocktail stick through the card.