First off, a few pictures of what we are trying to achieve. You can see the finished models here: Bedford QLT 3-ton lorries.
|A scanned picture from http://bcoy1cpb.pacdat.net/MTP46_Pt_4A_1941_Figs_1_2__3.jpg showing how the pattern was to be applied to break up the outline of the vehicle from aircraft.|
|An image from Surface zero showing a truck being painted in this pattern.|
|The finished model.|
-Vallejo Model Air (VMA) Black
-Vallejo Model Colour (VMC) Russian Uniform
-painters tape or other masking tape
-3/16" hole punch (found mine at Michael's)
-Sticky tack (optional)
-airbrush (I used a Badger Renegade Krome)
-airbrushing supplies (cleaner, hose, etc)
-gloss varnish (I have some I spray through my airbrush, any kind is fine)
-plasticard (I used a thin "for sale" sign)
Step 1: Paint the model Russian Uniform (I cleaned, assembled and primed it first). I sprayed thinned Russian Uniform through my airbrush. This could be done by hand as well. I didn't paint the roof. I left the crew out and the roof off to make painting the inside easier.
Step 2: Gloss varnish the green basecoat to protect it during the next steps. You don't want to peel off the tape and discover you have ruined your basecoat.
Step 4: Make the stencil. I made a stencil to cover the green areas. I put some painters tape (3M edge lock) on some plasticard. I made marks where I wanted the pattern to be by lining it up on the model itself. I wanted to have the pattern start below the roof and a bit above the bottom of the main body of the truck. I marked out different sections of the truck. I did two strips for each side and a strip for the front and one for the back.
Step 6: Carefully spray the VMA black on the areas you want to be black. I find it best to spray from one angle to prevent overspray in places where the tape is not totally attached to the model.
Step 7: Remove the tape and reveal your beautiful camouflage.
Step 9: Paint the rest of the details. I touched up some of the black areas using a brush. I also added more black at the top of the cab area and sprayed the top of the cab black separately. I highlighted the black with a dark grey colour and the green with a mix of Russian Green and white. I used a thin oil wash to pin wash the panels (any interest in a blog on how I do pin washes? I am not an expert but have found them to be pretty effective).
|You can see a bit of overspray and the top left here.|
I hope this was useful. Let me know in the comments if you use this tutorial as I would love to see some pictures of models painted in this pattern. Thanks for visiting!