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Matilda Makeover - BEF Armour Force Part 2

July 10 2011 at 5:57 PM

Ted Preston  (Login TeddieP)
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Hey Ho All - I finally found (made) some time to get back at my favourite pastime. The Wehrmacht is sweeping across France after breaking through at the Ardenne, and the BEF armoured force is scrambling to get ready to meet the onslaught! I masked off the base coat of Xtracolor Deep Bronze Green on the Matlida with Xtracolor Lichen Green (the best match for Middle Green I could find in the LHS). A gloss coat from a Testors rattle can went on, then the decals, then another coat of gloss in preparation for an oil wash. That's when I spotted trouble. The paint on the Matilda crinkled under the second gloss coat, forcing me to resort to try to sand away the worst affected areas:
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There was some crazing at the rear as well. Ah well, at least the decals went on okay. The white square of sheet styrene is a licence plate I forgot to add before painting:
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I think I know what went wrong with the gloss coat. Being the cheapskate that I am, I used what was left in the can when it was almost empty. I think there was more carrier fluid in it than actual gloss base coat. That's my theory, anyway!
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Strangely enough, the little A11 Infantry tank version of the Matilda - the Milicast Models resin kit - wasn't affected by the gloss coat at all:
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Same deal with the A13 Cruiser kit from Milicast:
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The white metal figures are AB Figures, also ordered from Milicast. I'm doing detail painting on all kits such as the tracks, spare tracks, fire extinguishers, etc., then the oil wash goes on. More (hopefully) soon! Oh, before I go - since I'm in 'makeover mode' with the Airfix Matilda, I dragged out an old H***gawa Mig 17 kit that got crunched in a move. I'm kinda, sorta thinking about rebuilding it. I feel the need to have SOMETHING Soviet in my 1950's jet collection:
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Current Build:
Matilda Makeover Pt.1;

Tall Tales:
Kanal Kampf: A Spitfire Story
Cold War Incident
The Lucky Mig

Previous WIP Builds:
The Big Spit Pt.1; The Big Spit Pt.2; The Big Spit Pt.3; The Big Spit Pt.4; The Big Spit Pt.5; The Big Spit Pt.6;
The Big Spit Pt.7; The Big Spit Pt.8; The Big Spit Pt.9; The Big Spit Pt.10; The Big Spit Pt.11; The Big Spit Finish;

Me109 Pt.1; Me109 Pt.2; Me109 Pt.3; Me109 Finish;
Vickers Tank Pt.1; Vickers Tank Pt.2; Vickers Tank Pt.3; Vickers Tank Pt.4; Vickers Tank Pt.5; Vickers Tank Pt.6; Vickers Tank Finish;
Connies Pt.1; Connies Pt.2; Connies Pt.3; Connies Pt.4; Connies Pt.5; Connies Pt.6; Connies Pt.7; Connies Finish

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