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One Kit Is Never Enough Part 6 - Painting Continues

One Kit Is Never Enough Part 6 - Painting Continues



Once the paint had dried I started to fade the paint by using LifeColor Faded Olive Drab LC-UA223. I did not want to totally obscure the paint below so I turned the pressure down on my compressor and held the airbrush around 20mm away from where I wanted to paint. For what I had in mind I only wanted a small amount of paint to come out so used a pre-set handle on my CS so that I would not inadvertently pull the trigger back too far. I sprayed the faded olive drab on to the outside of the half track, and on the floor of the fighting compartment and the inside of the cab. I did not add any to the walls of the fighting compartment though. When I had completed this stage I have to admit I was a bit worried as it looked a mess, the contrast between the original base coat and the faded olive drab looked too much. However in the past I have had the same thing happen and knew that once I started the rest of the weathering sequence this sharp contrast would fade.



With this done, I repainted some of the tools, and the ready shells in their racks. I also added the tracks and attached the fighting compartment to the chassis; however I left the bonnet and cab loose for now to make the weathering easier. Once the glue had dried I sprayed the entire half track in a couple of coats of Humbrol Gloss varnish. This is for two reasons. One, to provide an even surface for the wash and the decals. There are not many decals to be added. Some white stars, two American flags and name of given to the half track by its crew. Once these had dried I added another coat of varnish, to protect the decals from the weathering and then left the model for 24 hours.



Now I had taken quite a few photographs to show what I had done to this point and how. Unfortunately due to my camera deciding to have a mind of its own, and me not checking the photographs before I moved on, it turned out that they were no use what so ever. My camera really is a pain at times. Prior to taking the above photos I had also taken a series of photographs of a couple of jets I had just finished. I used the same settings for the T-19 and they all came out blurry and quite useless. However the jets all came out in focus and looking good. Unfortunately this is not the first time this has happened to me and I can only put it down to the gremlins in the camera, well that is my excuse and I am sticking to it! So there are no photos of the painting so far. All the photos in this article show the T-19 after it had had a wash of Pro Modeller Sand.



As stated above I gave the T-19 a wash then I added some LifeColor oil (TSC 207) and smoke (TSC 208) to the engine block and around the transmission. The shells were painted in Vallejo Gun Metal and Humbrol Brass and I used Vallejo Saddle Brown for the seats. In a previous article I mentioned the lack of decals for the dials, however I decided that I was not going to try and paint them myself so i scrounged some decals from the spares box. They come from a DML Sdkfz kit, long sold. I doubt they are right, far from it, but at least they look better than anything I could reproduce with paint.



Once the wash had dried I applied two coats of Humbrol Matt Varnish to seal it and that is where i am right now. The next stage will be to apply some dust to the half track.



Reading Habits
Recently I have been reading "Dead Men Risen: The History of the Welsh Guards in Afghanistan in 2009", I warn you though, that it is a very moving book and at times I have almost wanted to put it down and not read any more due to the sacrifices the Welsh Guards made during their deployment.
You may not remember the Welsh Guards, but two names will stand out I think, Panther’s Claw and Colonel Rupert Thorneloe. Colonel Thorneloe was the first Battalion Commander to have been killed since Colonel “H” Jones in the Falklands War. Colonel Thorneloe was travelling in a Viking that hit an IED, killing him virtually outright. He had no need to travel in the lead Viking, but such was his dedication to his men he felt that he owed it to them to share the same dangers they faced. He would take part in the Barmering, the search for IED’s, or act as top cover and as such believed it was his duty to do what he was asking the men under his command to do.
Not long before his death, the Welsh Guards 2nd Battalion had also lost their commanding Officer, Major Sean Birchall, another outstanding person and this weighed heavily on Colonel Thorneloe’s mind, as did all the deaths and injuries suffered by the men under his command. This is graphically portrayed in the book and it is to his great credit that Toby Harnden, the author, conveys the dedication and great intelligence shown by Colonel Thorneloe.
The other topic covered in great depth is one that should bring great shame to the politicians of the United Kingdom. Sending men to war without adequate equipment, whether this is rifles, night vision gear, or helicopters, is something that no Government should ever do. Toby Harnden discusses the equipment shortages in great depth and highlights what he thinks are the reasons for this.
In preparation for his book, Toby Harnden conducted more than 300 interviews, in Afghanistan, England and Wales and the book recounts the astonishing bravery the Welsh Guards showed during Operation Panther’s Claw and throughout their tour in Afghanistan.
I read a lot of military history and there have been certain books that stand out, this is definately one of them.
I was born and bred in Wales so I have to admit the book has really brought home the sacrifices the Welsh Guards made that seem to almost have gone un-noticed. I make no apologies for my support of this book, it is truly one of the best, most hard hitting books, I have read on the conflict in Afghanistan and should stand next to other great military history books and be required reading for anyone who is interested in the current conflict or military history in general.