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In this article, Erik Dreister concludes his overhaul of the ‘old’ Tamiya 1:35 M48 Patton tank, this time focusing on painting and ageing techniques
Before attacking the paint-job, I degreased all parts with rubbing alcohol. I used paper towels on large surfaces and Q Tips to clean nooks and crannies. This step is important because it will help paint adhesion
The kit was separated into multiple sub-assemblies to facilitate painting. The parts were mounted on pieces of thick cardboard (kit box!), with double-sided tape or Tamiya masking tape. I used the skewers to ease the handling of the drive train components

Achieving a convincing and visually attractive paint finish is not always easy. In this second and final part of my M48 article, I will show how to apply a base layer without using an airbrush, but instead with a simple with a spray can; this technique does not just appeal to 1:24 model car enthusiasts. After that, I will discuss various techniques of patination and ageing. They are not absolutely essential to create a beautiful model but you will see that they have given our M48 a very convincing, operational look.

Using spray paint is simple and just as effective as airbrush to apply a base coat. Tamiya offers a wide range of spray paints, knowing that a single can could be used to cover two or three kits. I suggest you spray outside (or in a well ventilated area), wear gloves and possibly a cartridge mask against toxic vapours. This also applies to the use of a airbrush too
For small areas of corrective paintwork by brush, the paint can be collected in a small container
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