British vehicles: Old and New

The old and new bit referring to the age of the models not their places in history….


First up with have the venerable Matchbox Sherman Firefly (although this is a more recent Revell reissue. The commander is from Battlefield/ Blitz and stowage from various sources.


Next we have some recent (i.e. last decade) Airfix trucks made with modern CAD.



I had a few technical problems painting these: the oil wash that I put over a gloss varnish to define the recessed details took and age to dry and even then remained tacky until I hit it with a matt spray. For future models I’m going to remix all my washes with higher quality turps and use a better gloos spray and hopefully that should solve the problem.




18 comments on “British vehicles: Old and New

  1. Very nice Pete! Like the Mickey Mouse cam on the two Bedfordshire, it’s come out well. And I can remember the Matchbox Firefly when it first came out!

  2. Azazel says:

    They certainly look good from here at least! 🙂

  3. Great mate. Love that firefly

  4. Nice stuff! I love those Airfix Bedfords. They are great little kits

  5. My tip for an oil wash is to use pure distilled turpentine. The best value is Bartoline.

    • Pete S/ SP says:

      Thanks Wing Cdr. Will look for some in town- do you know if they do a low odour version? I usually use that sort of thing from the local art supplies shop in town.



  6. Faust says:

    Nice looking vehicles, love the Commander in the tank!

  7. Looking good. All of my 20mm Airfix and Matchbox stuff went to a bring and buy about 25 years ago. Out of interest do you paint in enamel or acrylics and then put the oil wash to cover the gloss?

    • Pete S/ SP says:

      Thanks. I really like the old kits. They are quicker to build than the new 100 part ones. I paint in arcylics, usually Vallejo then as you say coat with spray gloss varnish.



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