Base paint with some initial weathering, Toyota technical by Meng

The improvised warfare: painting and weathering #1

After finishing the interior of the pickup I can finally start to work on the main thing. The vehicle has different areas that I’ll have to deal with separately. So in this part I’m going to do a little bit of painting and weathering at the same time. I will put the loose parts together at the very last moment. If it’s your first time here, check out the previous parts of the SBS: Improvised…

Effects of weathering, Toyota technical by Meng

Improvised warfare: the interior

In the next part of the SBS I will talk about the interior of the Toyota Land Cruiser technical. In a pickup car like this there’s not much space to work with. But I plan to leave both side windows open so the interior will be at least partly visible. It’s a nice change from tank interiors that get almost completely covered with the top armour. If you’re new to the story, here are the…

Model ready for painting, Toyota technical by Meng

Improvised warfare: the construction

My two previous builds were pretty complicated on the construction level, especially ZSU-57-2. I expected Meng’s technical to be much easier. I like scratch-building, but the way I see it – painting is the essence of this hobby. So this time I decided to get there as soon as possible. This section of the SBS is going to be rather brief as I’ll concentrate on the most important aspects only. If you’ve missed the first…

Technicals at war, ScaleDracula.com

Historical photo of the day #5

I talked about the history of technicals in the introduction to my Toyota Land Cruiser project. But I still have some more interesting photos of these vehicles used around the world. Modelling-wise a technical is a project with lots of potential. Consider it if you want to do some scratch-building or extreme weathering. After all, technicals were often heavily modified and rarely serviced with care. Take a look at the photos below, maybe they’ll inspire…

How to paint and weather concrete SBS, 1:35 road barrier

How to: paint and weather concrete

I finished my BRDM-2 a while ago but it still needs a base. I decided to create a very simple scene with a road block – something very typical of the recent Ukraine-Russia conflict. Here I’ll show you my method of painting and weathering concrete. Another SBS on creating an asphalt road is coming soon. The road barrier I used here belongs to the Concrete & Plastic Barrier Set by Meng. If you’re interested in…

Toyota Land Cruiser Technical in Libya

Improvised warfare: the introduction

For my third in a row photo recreation project I decided to do something totally different. At first I considered building a civilian car, an old truck or something. But then I came across the photo above and I immediately fell in love with this crazy improvised camouflage. The photo was taken during the war in Libya where there was plenty of technicals like that. From the start I knew this weird camouflage will be…

What can a modeller learn from the history of art?

Can scale modelling be considered art? That’s a question that I often see debated on Facebook or hobby forums. I’ll deal with this subject another time as I’d like to ask a different question: what can we learn from the history of the actual art? Although little tanks and aircrafts can rarely make their way to the famous galleries, there’s a lot of things that tie our hobby to the world of art. Pigments, oil…

How to: make a realistic broken glass

How to: make a realistic broken glass

A broken glass is always a cool effect in scale modelling. No matter if it is a windshield of an armoured car or a window in a wrecked house diorama – the viewer will be dying to know how you did it. There’s a couple of ways to achieve this effect but using a real glass seems like the best solution to me. With this technique we can replicate a normal glass and possibly bulletproof…

Wheels after painting and weathering, BRDM-2 by Trumpeter

How to: paint and weather rubber wheels

Let’s see how to paint and weather some military style rubber wheels. There’s a lot of ways to do this obviously and lots of different effects to reproduce. I’ll show you how to achieve a dusty flat look typical of vehicles operating in the modern urban environment. I’ll be using oil paints for this mostly as I’d like to show you how versatile and effective they can be.  This SBS is a part of my…

Final gallery, BRDM-2 by Trumpeter

Panzer bathtub: the weathering part 2

So this is it- we’ve come to the last part of this project. With my ZSU-57-2 I took a lot of time scratch-building stuff and upgrading the kit. With the BRDM-2 I wished to concentrate more on the painting and weathering. And I think I’ve got what I wanted. Check out how I finished the weathering of my BRDM-2 and how I created some additional details. You’re new to this SBS? You have a lot…