♦ Detail: 5/5
♦ Fit: 5/5
- Dusty look
- Dusty/dirty tires and undercarriage
- Rotating cannon and MG turret
This was an out of box build of Tamiya's Type 16 1/48 scale kit. And to be fair, I just wanted something different to build. I don't know much about the vehicle itself, but the kit fell together beautifully. I only drilled out about 6 eyelets for tow hooks. Apart from that small modification, everything is stock.
I airbrushed the 3 main colors using Tamiya paint. Now, I did try some black-basing before painting the basecoat to create interest and a worn appearance.
For weathering, I stuck to oils and pigments. I used oil paints to differentiate some of the panels and to create streaking. Then, I used pigments to add dust and dirt. The tires are rubber, but they held pigments fairly well. After multiple layers, the tires looked worn and realistic. At the same time, I also tried some of the new AK Interactive Weathering Pencils. These are softer than the usual water-color pencils and seem better suited for streaking and fading effects. I was even able to manipulate them with mineral spirits instead of water.