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Afghani Pickers

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With the bulk painting out of the way, another couple small rounds with the airbrush commenced to touch up the burnt areas to pull out some of the color a little more. Washes were then applied to add light rusting to areas on the painted parts of the Shilka as well as adding some dirt and dust effect. All of these washes were acrylic in nature; basically a combination of Vallejo’s Model Wash Oiled Earth and various Model Air paints thinned down to wash consistency. The washes were applied in thin layers build up slowly until I was happy with the look.

As with most projects I run into, what the final job will actually be, is often determined as the project goes on. In this case, I wanted to put the Shilka on a desert base. This was the easy part in that I used a piece of extruded polystyrene as the base which was covered with a mixture of Sandy Paste (26.215) and finely sifted sand I had lying around the workshop. To blend some of the coloring, after the Sandy Pasted dried, I airbrushed thinned down mixes of several of the desert tones I used on the Shilka. This give the scene some variation. Once the Shilka was placed, I did feel I needed to add “something” to help fill a gap in the scene. I thought a couple of figures would work great for this. Fortunately I had one figure in the stash that would fit the part and I recently reviewed Trumpeter’s new Afghan Rebels figure set for Armorama. There was one figure in that set I felt would fit the scene as well. In both cases, a slight modification was needed. Since this was not a full blown battle scene but rather the aftermath, I needed the figures to be a bit more relaxed. The figures bring a good sense of scale to the diorama and the relaxed scene on picking up spent brass to possibly turn in as scrap metal adds some context.

In the end, I found the building of Meng’s Shilka to be pretty fun project. The added 3D in Scale Interior adds more detail to the driver’s compartment than the kit supplied parts and was simple to construct and painted up very well. I would suggest if anyone was looking to build the Meng version, that they might think about picking up some aftermarket tracks as the kit supplied tracks are a little frustrating to work with. The brass gun barrels from RB Models are not necessarily needed as the kit barrels are nicely molded, they do add some detail unseen with the molded kit parts. This goes the same for the 23mm brass casings strewn around the scene. These were also obtained through RB Models and make for a perfect accompaniment to the scene.
Supporting Reviews


Darren Baker's Review of Meng ZSU-23-4 Shilka Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun

Todd Michalak's Review of 3D In Scale's Shilka Driver Compartment

Todd Michalak's Review of Trumpeter's Afghan Rebels
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About the Author

About Todd Michalak (TRM5150)
FROM: MASSACHUSETTS, UNITED STATES

I am building what I like, when I like and how I like it; having fun doing it. I have been building and finishing models on and off my whole life but the past ten years things really exploded. Just about anything goes when it comes to hitting the bench, but wrecked armor, rusted hulks, ships or ...


Comments

Regarding the words Afghan and Afghani... if you Google them and check the different dictionaries, like Miriam and Websters and others, you'll find that each word can be used for both.. an Afghan is used as either a soft rug or a person from Afghanistan.. and the word Afghani can be used as either money or a person from Afghanistan... I also remember Robert Skipper, who served in Afghanistan, said in one of his posts that an Afghan is a rug and and Afghani is a person from Afghanistan... I, personally, was taught in school that Afghani is the person and Afghan is the rug So, I think it's safe to say there's no absolute right or wrong on this one Hisham
OCT 13, 2016 - 07:57 AM
Saw this at the Danbury Show a few weeks ago. Incredible!
OCT 13, 2016 - 12:59 PM
Hirsham, thanks....I am liking the fact there could be a double meaning to it! Melende, Thank you my friend!
OCT 13, 2016 - 01:55 PM
Just a correction on the dictionaries.. it's Merriam-Webster and other dictionaries.. I don't know who on earth Miriam is That's what happens when you post a comment after a six-pack Hisham
OCT 13, 2016 - 03:34 PM
Nice work bro! I knew it looked familiar.
OCT 25, 2016 - 07:16 AM
Thanks Jody!!
OCT 25, 2016 - 09:26 AM
Very very Nice Work Great
FEB 18, 2017 - 04:42 PM
Thank you Marcus...much appreciated!
FEB 19, 2017 - 12:32 AM
Fabulous work! I plan to use this as a guide to the dragon version I have in my stash
FEB 20, 2017 - 03:23 PM
First ever model that SMELLED like burned out vehicle to me...... LOL
FEB 20, 2017 - 06:02 PM
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