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Sd.Kfz. 250/1 Neu

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Markings and Weathering
In preparation for the decals, the entire vehicle was given a protective coat of Future and allowed to dry for about 1-2 hours before the decals were applied. The markings were simple with just a balkenkreuz and the vehicle number on either side. These were given a careful coat of Walther’s Solvaset to get them to snug down uniformly to the hull and, once settled, another coat of Future was applied to protect them during the weathering process.

The weathering began with an overall wash of Raw Umber applied to the whole exterior with the exception of the running gear. The wash was adjusted where needed using a clean brush and thinner, then dot filters of Raw Sienna and the lightened Dunkelgelb applied for some variation. A pin wash of Burnt Umber was then applied to all the raised details and the running gear to bring out the details. Everything was then sealed with a coat of Testor’s Lusterless Flat in the spray-can. Once that had set up overnight I dry-brushed some additional lightened Dunkelgelb over the hull surfaces and the decals in various places.

For the suspension, I mixed up a combination of Mig Dark Mud, African Earth, and Europe Dust as dry powder in the top of an old prescription bottle. Once the pigments were mixed together, I added ordinary tap water and applied the wet mixture by brush all over the running gear, fenders, lower hull, and rear hull where desired. The mixture air-dried over the space of about an hour and once dry, the excess was removed using several different stiff-bristled brushes. On the hull areas, the pigment was further blended in using a combination of wet and dry q-tips to carefully work it into the finish. The tracks received a light dry-brushing of Steel and some small touch-ups to various places were all that was required to wrap things up.
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About the Author

About Bill Plunk (wbill76)
FROM: TEXAS, UNITED STATES

Like many, I started out in the hobby as a kid building airplanes to hang from my bedroom cieling. I took a long break from the hobby, returning in 2001 with an interest in armor inspired mostly by online gaming. WW2 armor, 1/35 scale, is my preferred genre with a special taste for the stranger vehi...


Comments

Very nicely done Bill !!! Makes me want to take a crack at my kit Darryl
JAN 17, 2008 - 01:29 PM
Thanks Daryl, appreciate the comments.
JAN 17, 2008 - 04:00 PM
Thanks Bill accualy what I was thinking wa how to get those nice clean lines on the outside of the visors Thanks for any help Mark
JAN 18, 2008 - 11:44 AM
Mark, Ah, sorry, didn't understand the question. If I understand you this time, the outlines around the exterior is achieved using a pin wash. Highly thinned paint applied with a small detail brush and allow the capillary action to pull it in.
JAN 18, 2008 - 12:24 PM
Got it! Same Idea on the side vision slots?
JAN 18, 2008 - 01:13 PM
Yes, same idea. I use Burnt Umber thinned about 90% with thinner as my preferred pin wash.
JAN 18, 2008 - 02:58 PM
Thanks Bill! Cheers Mark
JAN 19, 2008 - 02:10 PM
Bill, WOW ! I just picked one up recently and when I'm ready to build I hope mine turns out well also. Thanks for sharing your 250/1 with all of us.
JAN 30, 2008 - 03:24 PM
Darn Bill I think you have to much "free" time. Care to shoot up to OK. and build a few for me got a closet and a half full. Great Job BTW. Thanks for sharing.
FEB 24, 2008 - 11:53 PM
Thanks Jeff, tempting offer to be sure but I've got a full closet of my own that needs attention!
FEB 25, 2008 - 02:26 AM