Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Lanchester 6 x 4 Mk. II 1/56 Armoured Car by Copplestone

This 1/56 scale Lanchester 6 x 4 Mk. II Armoured Car made bye Copplestone is for playing the interwar years games between 1918 to 1940, the manufacture says it's a Mk2 but it is in fact a Mk1 difference being Mk2 had single back wheels and a different cupola plus the spare wheels was on each foot board.
As you can see in the pictures I have soldered the the wheel axles to brass rod and drilled the base of the body for them to fit in,reason being i don't like gluing to cold cast or white metal,in time parts come of,instant glue on brass rod in a tight fit will last a long time when using models in games.
Other reason is easy to paint them awkward bit and put on later.

The Lanchester 6x4 Mk.1 armour car has been given a base coat of green paint and no camouflage, paint used was Lifecolor Green UA54 this is FS 34096 and is equivalent to BS381C 223 Middle Bronze Green, this is the base colour used on British army vehicle from 1930 to 1940, after the base coat I give it a gloss coat of acyclic varnish for protection then a flat coat of acyclic varnish to dull it down.

Your can’t see it in the picture due to the strong evening light but I have highlighted the top parts and deepened the shadow parts, as this paint colour is olive in colour that is to say it made from black and yellow then to darken the colour then you should add black to lighten ether yellow or yellow with a touch of white.
If you use white to lighting then it will tend to go a grayish green, this would be OK if you was fading the paint.
The model is now ready to weather.

After the base coat comes fading was going to do it with a filter but just could not get it how I wanted so I used MIG Allied Green PO36(fading)pigment,I put it on lightly then a Matt coat of varnish but this killed of the effect, so I tryed again but this time put the pigment on more heavy and after the varnish I got the effect I wanted.
Most of the fading you see in the picture will be coverd over with the weathering effect,time it take to fade is also the same amout of time it to collect dirt.

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