British vehicles: Old and New

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

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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.

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

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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.

Cheers,

 

Pete.

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.

      Cheers,

      Pete.

  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.

      Cheers,

      Pete.

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