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Desert Honey 1 month 2 days ago #1

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This is not so much a shelf queen build, as a shelf queen paint, with a couple of bits to be added.

So this is the Academy 1/35 M3 Honey which I built to the stage below and painted the suspension. I got to this point and stopped around 12 years ago. The paint used was Humbrol (I think 93).



So, time to complete this now. This will be completed with the Caunter Camo scheme - the colour previously used is completely wrong for a Brit/Commonwealth desert vehical so I came up with a more correct colour and repainted it. I've only painted the areas that need to be this colour. Masking and the next colour to follow. This colour is Portland Stone which I mixed from Tamiya paints - 9 parts XF2 White + 3 parts XF57 Buff + 1 part XF3 Yellow. The tracks are the rubber bands that come with the kit, and have a light random coat of XF68 NATO brown over them. The kit also comes with individual link tracks, but I didn't think effort of making them was worth it considering that any sag would be hidden by the sand shields anyway. Tools etc to be painted and added after the main colour scheme is complete, then weathering etc.



I'm happy to hear any comments, good, bad or otherwise. Any suggestions as I go are welcome. I'm very new to the whole weathering thing so each kit completed will be a learning curve for me.
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Desert Honey 1 month 2 days ago #2

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Tracks I made on mine and understand your pain

It paints up nice, I did a caunter scheme on mine with AK paints which worked well I think..

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Desert Honey 1 month 1 day ago #3

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Masking applied. That took a surprisingly long time to do.


SCC 28 Silver Grey applied. For some reason it looks blue in the photo, but it's actually a green/grey colour. I assume it's the LED lighting playing tricks with the camera. Tamiya XF14 JA Grey used.


More masking tomorrow, then the final colour.
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Desert Honey 1 month 1 day ago #4

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Looking good. You've done well to keep it in good condition for 12 years! Masking can be one of those jobs but it's all worthwhile in the end. Looking forward to seeing your progress. B)
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'' I could sense things were about to kick off, so I got out of there !''


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Desert Honey 1 month 22 hours ago #6

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rwkennard wrote: Looking good. You've done well to keep it in good condition for 12 years! Masking can be one of those jobs but it's all worthwhile in the end. Looking forward to seeing your progress. B)

Thanks. It's been living in it's original box all this time, stacked along with the growing stash, so it was quite safe.

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Next lot of masking on. I could only mask and paint one side at a time due to the way all the patterns come to a point at the rear.


SCC 34 Slate applied to one side and the turret. For this I used Tamiya XF73 Dark Green JGSDF,


Other side masked and Slate applied.
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Ta daaaaa

Masking off, and I'm pleased that all the time spent putting it on wasn't for nothing. There's a couple of spots that I'll touch up with a brush, but overall I'm very happy with it. Now debating whether to paint the white/red/white tank regiment markings on it or use the ones in the decals. I'll probably give the paint a go. It's looking very nice and clean and sharp right now, but weathering to come.

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Desert Honey 1 month 19 hours ago #9

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Super nice well done!!
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Amateur plastic surgeon!

Desert Honey 1 month 18 hours ago #10

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Yeah thats going to look sweet
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Desert Honey 1 month 18 hours ago #11

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Hey Owen,
.... and that's the "all worthwhile" bit your looking for! Well done. It actually makes the tank look quite modern in a strange sorta way!
Weathering will certainly tone it back down. Still looking forward to more progress.
Cheers,
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Desert Honey 1 month 13 hours ago #12

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Excellent masking !
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Desert Honey 1 month 9 hours ago #13

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Wow that is looking cool. Must give my Stuart a nudge hmmmm
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