On Friday I purchased a Zvezda 1/100th scale kit of the T 26 Russian tank. here is it finished! Yes that is it in front of the box in the pic.
Let's be honest the kit only had 5 pieces to it, so it was just about impossible to get wrong if you applied just the slightest bit of common sense. The turret was a single piece, the hull came in 2 pieces (top of hull, bottom of hull) and there was a left and a right wheels and tracks. It really was that easy and should not challenge anyone. The kit was very clean with no flash or mold lines and all the pieces fitted together very well. Being honest I was impressed. simple and effective.
So here is how I painted it!
Step 1: Knowing I wanted a Russian Winter feel I sprayed it with white primer. I was not too precious with it and it was in parts patchy as the primer applied from a spray can was not all that even. I could have given it another light coat but to e honest I wanted it to look rough.
Step 2: A "Black green" wash was applied. It went on too heavy but oh well never mind.
Step 3: I over brushed with white. This covered up most of the black green where it was too heavy.
Step 4: I painted the tracks. First with a bronze, then a gun metal and then in part with a white and rust..
Step 5: The rubber on the wheels was added with a black
Step 6: I applied the rust. Anywhere and everywhere I thought rust would be.
Step 7: Glued it to an MDF base.
All in all took about 25 minutes including drying time and assembly. I think it looks pretty good for the time and effort spent on it. Yes when I do the next one it will not turn out exactly the same, maybe it will be better and maybe it will be worse. Who Knows! This is the basic started tank for Operation Barrbarosa used by the Russians and yes I do intend to get at least 1 more for club games of "What a Tanker". While not the best tank of the period it was still a good tank and as a starter tank what else could you ask for. I know a lot of players will want to start with powerful tanks but then they would also be fighting powerful tanks. Therefore by starting with the T-26 it should give me a foundation of how I want the tanks to look.