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Tamiya BT-7 Review and Build

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Moving back onto to where I left off, the time has come to start laying down some primer. Typically I will use whatever is within reach when it comes to primer. I have most recently been using new AK Interactive primers and thinners. I found these primers have a nice smooth finish, dry quickly and are dead flat in appearance. This is not to say that I will not also use Vallejo, Tamiya, as well as a wide selection of auto primer rattle cans, from time to time.

Once the primer coat is down, I inspect things for any major issues that will undoubtedly crop up during the finishing stages. It is much easier to correct any problems now rather than later. Nice and clean, it is time to move on to shading and base coats.

For starters, I used the Shadow paint from AK’s 4BO Russian Green Modulation set. Since I will be painting this tank in Dunkelgrau, or German Grey if you will, I paint in thin layers, and some of the greenish shadows in the corners and near some edges will enhance the top coats of paint.

With the pre-shade done and out of the way, it is top coat time. I chose to use Vallejo’s AFV Painting System: Dunkelgrau. I was lucky enough to have done a review for this here on Armorama a while back, and I really liked the color shade of this set.

Taking three of the four colors I laid down thin over lapping coats, not necessarily trying to apply a modulation, but more to find what felt right for what I was painting. I left the corners darker, and lightened flat panels, trying to blend thing cohesively throughout the model.

After laying down the top coats I applied some of the lightest highlighting color from the set somewhat randomly to high points. As I move through the subsequent stages here on this kit I revisit some of the colors in brush form over the high points to tone them back for what some of the weathering does not catch.

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About the Author

About Todd Michalak (TRM5150)
FROM: MASSACHUSETTS, UNITED STATES

I am building what I like, when I like and how I like it; having fun doing it. I have been building and finishing models on and off my whole life but the past ten years things really exploded. Just about anything goes when it comes to hitting the bench, but wrecked armor, rusted hulks, ships or ...


Comments

Very nice article and lovely model.
AUG 08, 2013 - 01:25 AM
Thak you very much Dave!!
AUG 08, 2013 - 02:02 AM
Hi Todd, Lovely build. I do like this vehicle and it's straightforward construction. The link and length tracks look to be a a great improvement on the normal Tamiya style rubber band tracks. Excellent work. Al
AUG 08, 2013 - 02:42 AM
AWESOME Review Todd and BT-7 is stunning to say the least! Well done sir.
AUG 08, 2013 - 03:30 AM
Hi Alan! Thank you kindly Sir!! Big improvent with the tracks! Easy to clean too! Small pin marks but like I said in the review...sand and done or leave and cover with mud!! LOL!! Brotha Gary!! Thanks bud! Appreciate it...thanks!!!
AUG 08, 2013 - 04:27 AM
Excellent write up, T. A modeler and an author.... truly a man for all seasons!
AUG 08, 2013 - 04:40 AM
Hello Bob!! Thank you, thank you! LOL!!
AUG 08, 2013 - 08:33 AM
The is great, I wish more modelers would write up build-reviews like this! I just copied it onto file for my references.
AUG 09, 2013 - 06:17 PM
Thank you very much Jeremy! Sometimes it takes a bit longer...but it can be fun to go through the process!!
AUG 09, 2013 - 10:14 PM
What I like the most from the article is the part about scratch building of the "lost" details. How often we see posts on forums asking for help, because some detail got lost. With little bit of internet search and some work a new part can be built, which may look even better than the lost original one. The author definitely didn't have a heart attack from losing a couple of parts! Kuddos for that! I only would like to add that "the two white scratch-built parts on the rear deck" are not to fill with fuel, but to adjust the rear suspension shock absorbers. I wouldn't put too much trust in your historical sources, though. >>>"By the onset of the German invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941, and with tank losses soaring higher and higher, the BT-7 was still in full production." No BT-7 was produced past September of 1940 as the T-34 started to go into mass production. >>>"By the time of the Battle of Kursk, the BT-7 was making up nearly half of the armor in the Soviet Army." Hardly over 5,000 BT-7 were produced at all time, and most of them lost in 1941-1942. More than 15,000 T-34 were built before 1943; plus, another 15,000 were built in 1943 alone. Plus all kinds of light tanks, KV tanks and SPGs. Not exactly "...BT-7 was making up nearly half of the armor...". Anyway, great build! Thanks for sharing with us! And good luck on your future projects!
AUG 13, 2013 - 03:46 PM