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EE-T1 Osório: The Lost MBT

The Painting and Weathering

I start priming using Tamiya Flat Brown XF-10, I'd like to make a pre-shading, and this was the first time I tried it and I have to admit that I wasn't satisfied, maybe mainly due my lack of experience, since I didn't get the shading I was looking for, but I did visualize where I did my errors and I think I'll have better results next time. Just after priming, I made an inspection to correct any flaws on the putty and it was time for the main colour.

In spite of the instructions recommend to use Gunze Mr. Color paints, I rather used the Model Master Sand – FS33531 because I think it would better match the colours on my references (later on, a friend of mine told me that he never knew about that paint on the Osório, but I decided to stick up to my references, so you can follow the instructions that seem to be very accurate). The gun recoil cover was painted with Tamiya Desert Yellow XF59, the tracks I painted first with Model Master Metalizer Lacquer – Burnt Metal Buffing Metalizer, followed by Tamiya Flat Black XF1 to the rubber shoes, the machine guns were painted with Tamiya Gun Metal X10, the smoke grenade launchers point caps were painted with Tamiya Flat Black XF1. To the rear back light I used a retro-projector pen with fine tip in red colour. Again I used the retro-projector pen in orange colour to paint the signaling light on the turret. I didn't use the decals, since my references didn't show any markings, just after the model completion, however, I've known about the release of a decal sheet by a local manufacturer, but it was already too late.

After all small details, I began the weathering process, since this models specifically, was only used in tests, I decided to make a light weathering (despite I like my models well weathered and worn), for this task I used only dry pastel chalks.

Basically I do this way:

  • With the modelling knife I scratch the chalk to obtain a very thin dust.
  • Using a thin pointed brush, I took the pastel chalk dust and apply it to the model.
  • I blow away the excess and keep rubbing the brush onto the model.
  • Following, I took a larger soft and clean brush, and rub it at the same place I did before (with the thin brush), this way I try to soft the edges and take out the remaining dust excess.
  • I make this in every hide place, around equipments and tools and in the bend areas.

To this particular model, I didn't use rust colours, that could make suggest for an excessive wear, and just the collected dust by its use during the tests. The chalk colour was as near as possible to the sand colour, but quite different from the colour used for the model painting. I was generous in applying it on the roads and tracks, to simulate a vehicle under use.
And this was the end, and now I have a nice piece that figure as my first “national” AFV on my collection.

I'd like to thanks for Nilo Sérgio Biavatti, for kindly revising this article.

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About the Author

About Paulo R Castro (ArmouredSprue)

I'm a 43 years old modeller originally from Brazil but now living in the beautiful Adelaide South Australia, and I like to build 1/35th military vehicles, both tanks and AFV and jeeps and trucks. I also enjoy building planes in 1/72, most WWII. Feel free to contact me by e-mail: armouredsprue@gmai...


Very nice jim: It gives you a good picture of the model but allows you to be able to continue reading the article. DAGGER-1: "To The Victor, Go The Spoils"
JUN 14, 2002 - 11:40 PM
Jim, I like the new format a lot better.
JUN 15, 2002 - 03:47 AM
Bryan, Thanks! I thought it might help out for the dial-up folks. Which will be me when I am on my trip. I want to add a few more things and eventually have it so anyone could just plug this info in and make an article using a submission form. Kind of like the news and reviews area. Jim
JUN 15, 2002 - 07:51 AM
Well Jim, I'm afraid my article wasn't so popular, at least just a few guys commented it Maybe its due the odd subject...let's see if I hit the target for the next project
JUN 18, 2002 - 03:40 AM
Don't worry Paulo - I liked it and your article style won't be alone. I've almost got mine done too. Jim might decide to leave mine on my site and just link it instead Gunnie
JUN 18, 2002 - 03:53 AM
Paulo, Well I liked it! Don't be too critical of yourself. It's a unique subject matter and I think many people like to read about the more rare kits over time. Besides I am sure many of our Brazilian users will appriciate it! Speaking of them (there are at least 15 users who selected the Brazilian flag in their profile info), they will probably take note once the Portuguese language version is published. Tonight hopefully! Cheers, Jim
JUN 18, 2002 - 04:12 AM
Hey Paulo, Nice article and great photos. Don't think popular is important But I do think anyone building this kit would do well to read your article. As to the format I think it works great. especially if the pic to the right compliments the subject within the article. :-)
JUN 18, 2002 - 04:32 AM
Thanks for the kind words, guys and gal :-) Jim, I was wondering when you gonna put the PT version on the site, I'd like you to include a link like the DISCUSS THIS ARTICLE on the portuguese version also, but directed to the Portuguese forum, you can write it in english and I'll edit it to portuguese... again, thanks a lot for the attention!
JUN 18, 2002 - 04:41 AM
Paulo, Could you go ahead and post the topic there now (or soon) and just remark that it will be posted there tonight? I don't want the final impression to be that I speak Portuguese. I already get lots of users emailing me in Dutch and German now. Then when I upload the article tonight I will reference that post. Thanks, Jim
JUN 18, 2002 - 04:50 AM
Ok JIm, I'm about to put it right now! I'll use the same title as you used in this topic...
JUN 18, 2002 - 05:00 AM