Tank Mk I (male)

Tank Mk I : front right view thumbnail Tank Mk I : front view thumbnail Tank Mk I : front left view thumbnail
Tank Mk I : rear right view thumbnail Tank Mk I : rear view thumbnail Tank Mk I : rear left view thumbnail
Tank Mk I : rear right view thumbnail Tank Mk I : rear view thumbnail Tank Mk I : rear left view thumbnail
Tank Mk I : left view thumbnail Tank Mk I : right view thumbnail

This model is based on the old Airfix kit. It's extensively reworked as you can see it on the "Models under construction" page. It depict a Tank Mk I used by C company during the Flers-Courcelette battle. It's the first battle where tanks were engaged.

This model is painted in a camouflaged pattern that is know as only used on the MkI and maybe on early MkII's.

To paint this model, I used Vallejo acrylic colours diluted with a mix of water (60 %), isopropyl alcohol (40 %) and a dash of wetting agent (Ilfotol from Ilford). Next I futured entirely the model and, after drying, would put a wash of Windsor & Newton brown madder alizarin mixed with black in recessed lines and around reliefs, as usually. I decaled the model and next, varnished it with a mix of Future and Gunze Sangyo matting agent. Finally, I used mixes of white, Naples yellow and black oil colours to drybrush the model and to add hue variations on main panels

Tracks are painted with rust red colour.  Next, I applied a wash of brown oil colour and, when drying was done, drybrush tracks with silver rub'and buff.

Markings are home made using the scrappy box. They depict the C3 tank before he was destroyed by a direct hit in the commander cupola.

After this, I varnished the model with a matt varnish made with Johnson Clear (our Belgian Future)mixed with Gunze matting agent.  Next, I practised a stage of "micropainting", adding mainly the rust and oil stains.

Finally, I dusted the tank with a pale yellow brown earth pastel chalk to simulate the ground dust. I figured the mud with the same pastel chalk powder mixed with Future, but this time, I used a slightly darker hue.

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