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Renewing my T34

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  • Member since
    November, 2017
Renewing my T34
Posted by AltTank on Saturday, January 27, 2018 10:15 PM

So the first model I ever built was the T34 below. The build was okay (nothing special or out of the ordinary) but my painting and weathering was terrible. So rather than building a new model i thought now (one year on) ill try to fix up some of the issues with this model and make it look a little better.

You can see below a couple images of the T34. very poor chipping on the decals, and what was meant to look like mud ended up looking like rust..



So Step 1 - Have a plan. I decided to do a dirty winter cammo look as it will be pretty easy to coverup some of the build imperfections (too much glue etc) with snow and grime.


First thing was to remove the blankets (i just dont like them). Putty up the gaps then give it a respray in russian olive drab and give it new decals that i kept from the original build. I deliveratly left the putty a little rough to give then now flat area a bit of contrast when it came to grime.



Hair spray technique for the first coat of whitewash and then i took most of the whitewash off.



Followed this with a second harispray and whitewash but being a little more concious of where the paint would wash away. 


I then gave the entire model a dark brown wash. I let this dry only about 5 minutes before removing most of it with clear spirit. Some of the secondary whitewash coat came off during this process but i think it added to the overall effect.


Finally I added some soot pigment to the barrel and exhaust.

Last thing to do will be to add some dark mud effect to the wheels and track. I may do a little rust streak effect on the fuel tanks but other than that I feel this T34 has been saved. Would love to hear your thoughts or suggestions.



  • Member since
    September, 2013
  • From: San Antonio, Texas
Posted by Marcus McBean on Sunday, January 28, 2018 11:44 AM

Wow, that looks like a whole new model.  Really like the worn white wash look. 

  • Member since
    March, 2003
  • From: Rain USA, Vancouver WA
Posted by tigerman on Sunday, January 28, 2018 12:56 PM

I still haven't tried the hairspray method. Looks good. Now you just need to dirty it up a bit.


  • Member since
    July, 2012
  • From: Douglas AZ
Posted by littletimmy on Sunday, January 28, 2018 2:46 PM

Believe it or not, I like what you did the first time around. The mud looked just right to me.

The winter camo look's good too ! Nice save !

 Dont worry about the thumbprint, paint it Rust , and call it "Battle Damage".





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