Prior to painting there is a small amount of modification which
needs to be done. The roof is a separate piece of plastic, which should
be removed while painting to make it easier to paint the cab of the
vehicle. Simply cut the end off the plastic rivet where it protrudes
into the cab and the roof can be lifted off.
There are two rectangular holes in the rear doors where tabs from
the roof clip in. These are a bit unsightly and can easily be filled
in. Cut the tabs off the roof (it will glued back on, so these are no
longer necessary). Stick two small pieces of card over the inside face
of the holes and once the glue has set, use Milliput to fill in the
holes flush with the surface. To get a smooth finish, wet a scalpel
blade before pressing the putty flat. When it has set it can also be
filed or scraped. I also cut off the ornamental trim over the cab with
a scalpel, as it didn't look very military.
vehicle was first given an all-over coat of Humbrol Dark Earth Acrylic.
add depth to the shadows, and to make it look a bit dirty, it was given
a wash of dark brown.
The base colour was then drybrushed on heavily. If the highlight drybrush
was applied straight over the wash then the overall colour would be
a bit grey (or de-saturated).
basic colour was then mixed approximately 50/50 with Sandtex Beige.
Van following Drybrush 2
to the final drybrush, the tyres were painted black.
final highlight was added with a gentle, very dry drybrush of pure Sandtex
Beige. This included the tyres.
After the drybrushing the lights were painted black and then silver
(leaving a small amount of black around the edge).
up a dark orangey brown. The same colour will be applied in two different
The first method simulates a rust stain, where the paintwork is
beginning to discolour due to adjacent rust, and the second simulates
areas where the paint has flaked off altogether exposing bare rusty
metal. Slightly dilute the paint, dab on a patch, then before it can
dry, rub off most of the paint. This will create a delicate smear, covering
an area 4 or 5mm in diameter.
Once you have applied patches of stain to all the rusty areas, use
the same colour paint, but load the brush more thickly, and dab on some
smaller areas in the middle of the stains. If you use an old brush,
it will tend to separate into a number of clumps which will make it
easier to get the shape. These much darker patches within the stain
will resemble bare rusty metal.