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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".

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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.

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and had to fix it. Another coat of paint got things looking a little better.

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Next I re-painted the rust-coloured tracks and added a gloss coat.

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I made some decals and borrowed some stars from the spares box before a matt coat.

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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.

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My pin-wash technique is still very much under development.

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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.

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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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1 hour ago, Seahawk said:

Sherman in the ambush scheme.

Hadn't thought of that. Wrong army maybe.....................................

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Hi,
Everything looks good, the most important thing is to find the right technologies and materials for you. When I started out, I couldn't find the right airbrush paints for me until I found Tamia's water-based acrylic. But I know other people use different types of paint and they work great for them. I do not use the oil point technique, it doesn’t work for me personally, so I do it differently, I use water pencils, but without water, dry. And I can’t do anything on a 1/72 scale, my eyes are clearly not adapted for this. 

 

I'm talking about not having to do the way others do. But in order to find your own methods, you need to know about others.

 

I have found safe and high-quality materials and their combinations for myself: 

 

For an airbrush, I use water-based Tamia acrylic with an original thinner. For painting with a brush I use water-based Revell acrylic, I dilute it with water with a microscopic dose of dishwashing detergent, it helps paint evenly cover the plastic surface. 

I don’t use any primer, because Tamiya adheres perfectly to the surface of the plastic.

 

The varnish is also acrylic from Tamia. I try to use as few layers of varnish as possible, sometimes I don't use it at all.

 

For pin-wash, I use Lefranc Bourgeois oil paint, but it doesn't matter the producer, the main thing is that the paint is not very cheap - there is very little pigment and a lot of filler in cheap paint. Once I bought very cheap paint, but it turned out that this is absolute poo-poo, it even didn’t dry up. In high-quality paint, pigment is very fine, in a cheap - grainy.

 

For decals, I use MicroSol and MicroSet.

 

These are the main materials that I use, they are not conflicting with each other. 
But others use other materials and different combinations, and it works too. 

 

Vytautas

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10 hours ago, vytautas said:

These are the main materials that I use, they are not conflicting with each other. 

You seem to have a well-developed system; I think it shows in the excellence of your work.

Just like my, as yet, under-developed experimental system shows in mine.

The learning curve continues - but it would be nicer if it wasn't so steep. 

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Hi, Nice work, I was a bit underwhelmed by the oil dot weathering too, maybe I wasn't doing it right, the colours were either obvious or all blended into one. My pin washes also never seem to flow quite like the YouTube videos.

 

But keep going, try new things and well it looks pretty good already. 

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A little progress.

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I've added a first matt coat, Revell acryllic. It tones them down a little - I can't get my head round glossy Shermans.

Still need to sort out the running gear, add mud, finalise the commanders, stowage etc.

I painted the Commanders overalls black then found that the pixie suits issued from 1943 onwards were a buff colour so I'll need to re-do them. I think I got confused with the oppositions tank suits. I'll need to paint the mics the cables and headphones then put some features on the faces. 

I think I might add some sandbags to conceal the lumpy headlights and their covers; I should have replaced them before I started painting. 😔

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A bit more work on the Firefly.

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I reduced the graininess of some of the deposits around the running gear then added a little more here and there.

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Had second thoughts about the headlights and their protective metalwork. Having made a number of wire grab rails on other vehicles I pondered removing the moulded items and scratching replacements.

Having second thoughts I remembered the Heath Robinson efforts to keep out the AP adopted by allied tankers.

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I bought some kids modelling putty really cheap in the pound shop and made a start. It's a bit Impressionist modelling (as outlined a while back by @Bertie McBoatface) but with a wooden shelf across the extreme front held on by some scrap PE brackets I hope it might start to look the part.

I've got three to do so. maybe, with practice, by the third it'll look right. :phew:

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Nice progress so far. The oil dot technique is a bit of a tricky one. I use it on most of my one colered models. For me it works best when i use just a few small dots at a time. 

Dark and earth tones darken the model and can be used for streaks, shadows and artificial breaking of light. Light tones can be used to fade colors, give dust effects, create a worn look. When i use oildots i look at the model first and decide where i want the color to be dark and where i want highlights. Then i apply small dots, just 2 or 3 colors depending on the effect i'm going for. 

Letting the dots sit for a couple of minutes and using an almost dry brush also helps. And if you don't like what you see, just take some thinner and remove the layer. 

The best way to learn is to try.

 

I hope this helps.

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2 hours ago, Bertie McBoatface said:

Does that make me an 'influencer' 🤣

@Bertie McBoatface I suspect we are all "influencers" on this very helpful forum.

Influence ranges from expert modellers demonstrating excellent techniques to achieve spectacular results to novices whose influence is along the lines of "DO NOT do it like this!" reference my oil dot attempt as above.

But we're all learning and I find this forum invaluable - even if it comes down to a little encouragement when things do not go so well; something I've found on several occasions.

That said, the best aspect is the wealth of technical information here, for example, the advice I got from @M3talpig and @Sgt.Squarehead on zimmerit link and length tracks on my Revell Tiger I & King Tiger.

 

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22 hours ago, echen said:

Having second thoughts I remembered the Heath Robinson efforts to keep out the AP adopted by allied tankers.

That's the front ones taken care of. Now what are you going to do about the rear light brush guards?

Nice work with the pound shop sand bags. They'll look good painted up. 

 

John.

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Decided I was not content with the sandbag fit.

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So some PE offcuts and a piece of wood later I built a support for the sandbags

Bit "Heath Robinson" but that was how they were. Anything to try and keep the AP out.

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Well, nice work on the Shermans and your approach to the various techniques seems to be working. 

The oil dot method does take time to master, but you'll find your own way as you do more. 👍

 

Keith 😁 

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Re-worked the sandbags now that the support is in place.

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Hopefully they'll look better with some paint.

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Not sure I like these sandbags so I'll explore another method of construction. I've got some air-dry modelling clay so I'll see how that works on the next one.

These Shermans are proving a bit of a test-bed for techniques new to me. 

I'll have to see where this goes next.

 

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Initial painting on the sand bags and shelf. (I REALLY didn't like the bright yellow.")

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And in a bit more close-up.

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Needs more attention to shadows round the bags - and maybe some putty to tidy them but the wood and metalwork supporting them looks better painted.

(And I REALLY must finish those two half-tracks.)

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