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  1. Back in 2017 I thought I'd build a Sherman. I came across the Plastic Soldier Company and their multiple vehicle wargaming sets So I bought the Shermans. They're quite simple so what can go wrong? I asked myself. First the paint didn't want to "take". As can be seen from the left hand Sherman above. Also I painted the (here dry-fitted) tracks rust. I drilled the gun muzzles, the lifting rings and added stretch sprue loops to the turrets as the moulded rings were too small to drill. Then noticed the sink hole in the Firefly mantlet. and had to fix it. Another coat of paint got things looking a little better. Next I re-painted the rust-coloured tracks and added a gloss coat. I made some decals and borrowed some stars from the spares box before a matt coat. The matt coat had damp in it! They came out looking like I'd left them out in the frost. Lots of helpful advice from fellow Britmodellers and another gloss coat minimized the problem. I tried a pin-wash over the gloss coat. My pin-wash technique is still very much under development. And so is my oil-dot technique. I saw the technique on Youtube but found that lots of dots of lots of colours doesn't work for me. To achieve the following I went over the oil-dot coat with fewer dots of closer colours, white, tan, burnt umber and yellow. Used a wide brush with wipes on paper between sections. I found this prevented it all deteriorating into a uniform colour I could have used a single colour for. This is the state of play so far. There's a GBG between the rollers and the outer track guide teeth. A matt coat, without damp this time. The Commanders need finishing. Stowage needs to be painted and fitted then I'll probably find half a dozen other things........... To be continued, probably for some time to come.
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