My Project Assistant's own modelDuring this year while I've been building and painting I've heard the words "daddy, I want to paint as well" next to me every once in a while. For most of the time it was enough that I gave some random pieces and let her paint those tail fins and tank leftovers with colours she wanted to use. Mostly they were red and chocolate brown.
For some reason the random pieces got boring - or because I was working on full models and not on random pieces myself. I then promised that I'd build her a model of her own that she could paint all by herself. My suggestion was received with the greatest happiness.
The moment of choice-makingI asked, what kind of a model would she like to get. "I want a tank!" Ok, an old or a new type? "New!" Good, and from which country? I think we could get a tank made by the Americans, Germans, Russians, French or English. "Finnish! English!" I'll go and check tomorrow, is that ok? "YEEEES!"
After a short rummaging through the shelves at Hobby Point I bought the only modern British tank. APCs and other nonsense I didn't even consider.
A jubilant unboxing
It was really fun to observe how happy a little kid got thanks to something as weird as this. I started building the tank right away and emphasized that it couldn't be painted yet. First it had to be built and then primed, so that the proper paints would stick to the surface.
Built in an hourI took the building process as seriously as if it was for myself. I cut the pieces off and cleaned them as I always do. Just out of principle.
The first step was the rear armor with all the weird junk and those stupefying fuel drums on the back. After that was done I prepared the drive sprockets, road and idler wheels and installed the return rollers before gluing on the rest of the wheels.
The despicable liquorice carpet -style tracks pretended to be cooperative but then one of them got broken unrepairably in the middle of everything. I decided to fix it with a couple of strips of tape and then positioned the track so that the mengelefied part would be completely obscured by the tank's shapes and parts.
I actually should've used pliers to make installing all those cylinders, handles and rear view mirrors somewhat easier. But as I was as lazy as I am, I didn't bother searching for my pliers and instead got glue on my fingertips.
When my first half-hour was finished, I had most of the tank already built. The turret was just missing a few cones and the body was missing its skirts. In my delusions of grandeur I had thought I'd get this built in a single sitting but I started so late that I didn't quite make it.
During the next afternoon I glued on the last of the pieces. Now there were so many so tiny pieces that fighting them actually took as much time as everything I had done the previous day!
As soon as I had the construction phase completed I primed the whole model all around with Vallejo's grey surface primer. Of course I took a couple of photos of it but when checking them later nothing could be seen well. The lighting conditions had been abysmal.
The colour schemeOf course I asked my project assistant, which colours she'd want to use to paint her tank. To put some sort of a limit I said that she could use four colours.
"Orange! Red. And blue. And green!" Oh yes, this'd be an artistic tank. On a Wednesday I grabbed her with me and we went to the Hobby Point to pick up some paints.
These are the paints she chose from left to right: UK Mediterranean Blue; Ferrari Red; Orange Fire; Green Zinc Chromate. I thought I'd need to guide the painting process a bit so that the individual colours could actually be seen on the model, instead of a disgusting mix of all of them. But we'll see what happens, when we get to let her grab a hold of the paintbrush.