I picked up an undecorated GP40 shell, so though I'd try my hand at adding a bit of extra detail and painting. The rungs are brass wire inserted into holes I drilled into the shell. The primer I used is Plastokote automotive primer; this stuff sprays pretty good, dries quickly, and is as tough as nails.
I've finally made a bit more progress on this today, although some of it may have to be undone :wail:
Got the BN green on but I've got a feeling it's a tad light.
Got the black on now (I used Tamiya NATO Black which is really a very dark gray); the sunshades were made from some brass sheet and the added snow plow is a Details West one. I whipped up some rudimentary MU hoses from solder and superglued them in.
What I didn't allow for was the fact that the couple mounts to the chassis rather than the body - might havta re-think that one...
And here it is posed alongside a factory painted Athearn one that I bought a few years ago off TradeMe. You can see the difference in the two greens, undecided yet if I'll try and re-spray it to get it a close match. There's a darker swathe along the middle where I forgot to mask off the remainder of the green.... :wail:
I still have to add the diagonal white stripes on the nose.
what is the problem with the couplers ? they should still fit even with the snow plow installed.
if you repaint the green, don't forget to remove the grabs on the nose first
you are already using a photo cube or tent, right ?
the weathered black looks very good...