Had this in the stash for years, so decided to start it after the M18 Hellcat this time last year, but as is usual for me I found another bright'n shiny thing and got distracted !
So as in each of these three l-o-n-g builds I'm trying something I've never done before, in this one, I'm going to try two new techniques - the 'Hairspray method' and a temporary whitewash / winter finish. Not a new technique but also going on to this build is (another) Verlinden resin stowage set - but as this is mostly generic it's not really worth mentioning.
If this is the old Italeari kit its based on the post WW2 as used by the French in the Indo-china conflict it has some differences to the US version, the most obvious the US used the steel tracks the post war has the rubber versions.
This is the 'update' kit, Mark, with the correct steel tracks and the .50 cal tripod at the back of the turret, mortar tube, dust skirts etc... it's still not 100% correct but what kit ever is ? For me the 'ultimate accuracy' isn't too important as this is one of those projects that I always promised myself simply because I like the way it looks !! (pretty shallow, eh ?).
First time using Mig acrylics. This is what one light coat of Dark OD base looks like over the satin black base coat. WOW, I could very quickly become a fan-boy of this stuff if the rest spray this nicely !
926 OD Base added in just one thin coat. Markings are 'Star' Decals' & kit ones for a 3rd AD vehicle supplied 'fresh' in late January & February 1945 after the Battle of the Bulge.
Glossed with Tamiya clear straight from the 'rattle can'. Will leave it for a few days now to totally cure before applying the hairspray & 'whitewash'. Please feel free to comment, question and critique.