1⁄35Italeri Staghound Mk.1
This Italeri Staghound Mk. 1 Late Version is modeled in the colors and markings of the Polish 2nd Corps, Italy, 1944. The build was extremely fun and straightforward with only minor cleanup and minor fit issues. To increase the accuracy of the model, I added weld beads and casting marks, scratch built handles, tool support brackets, an antenna base, and replaced the kit gun barrels with a 37 mm and .30 cal. from Barrel Depot. Priming and base painting were done with an Iwata HP-CS using Vallejo primer, then a coat of Tamiya XF-1 Flat Black. The base yellow is a 60/40 mix of XF-60 Dark Yellow and XF-4 Yellow Green. The green camo was then airbrushed freehand using an Iwata HP-B+ using XF-64 Nato Green. All paints were thinned with Tamiya Yellow Top Lacquer Thinner. Next came a gloss coat to protect the camo from the weathering steps and to provide a good base for decals. After the decals were applied, the model was given a flat coat, chipping was applied, and several weathering steps ensued, using oils and pigments. Finally, some parts from the Legends Staghound stowage kit were painted and added to the model, along with some scratch built tarps and bed rolls made from Milliput. All detail painting was done using Vallejo acrylics.
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