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Newbie needs painting & weathering advice!
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England - East Anglia, United Kingdom
Member Since: September 06, 2009
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Posted: Wednesday, September 09, 2009 - 12:29 AM UTC
Hi guys,

I'm very new to to the forum & to modelling. I have just about finished construction of my first model-a 1/48 Tamiya Tiger I, it went very well for a first attempt!

I've painted it all the recommended hull colour (Tiger Grey/Humbrol 67) and the tracks a slightly different shade, all as recommended for the version I want. I'm not ready for cammo yet!

It looks nice BUT it also looks like it's just rolled off the production line! I'm planning on building a very small & basic diorama. I've got the Tiger crew ready for painting and assembly along with fuel drums etc. I have all the basic modelling kit, access to the full range of Humbrol paints, a very good hobby shop nearby, internet access and a limited budget!

I have looked into ading mud 'splatter' to the wheels by flicking a stiff bristle brush dipped in a muddy colour paint mixture of the tip of my finger and also dry-brushing.

What I want to do next is add a dusty, weathered look to my tank after adding the decals and prior to painting my tank crew.

I'd appreciate any help-please keep it basic and to the point though. I have no experience and limited resources.

Final question-should I really be building my kits in 1/35 scale? It seems to be far more popular and the larger size appeals to me.

I've just joined MAFVA by the way.

Kindest regards,

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Alberta, Canada
Member Since: January 19, 2008
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Posted: Wednesday, September 09, 2009 - 01:12 AM UTC
Welcome to the site and hobby Ben !

Have you tried doing a wash over the surface to make the detail pop and give it a dirty look .

If you have an airbrush you can lighty mist shade(s) of browns on to the lower hull and tracks .

Pastel chalks aslo work well for weathering and come in end less colours . Just rub a stick on sand paper until you a small amount and dust it onto the model using a very soft brush(s)

Work in what ever scale you feel comfortable with building in . Try out a few different scales and see what you like best .
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Ohio, United States
Member Since: June 12, 2009
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Posted: Wednesday, September 09, 2009 - 03:05 AM UTC

Welcome to the hobby. I am pretty new as well. There is a lot to learn and this website has a lot of helpful ideas. I found this thread very helpful.

Finishing & Weathering Sequence