In the second part of this WIP, I would like to show you the detailing that I’ve made to this tank. A little touch-up just to make it looks more realistic 😀
First detail that I’m gonna add is the welding lines on the upper hull. Although Tamiya already make the welding lines, it is still a bit different then the Sherman I get on references. The welding lines should pop out higher than the armor. Instead, Tamiya’s kit welding lines are sunk beneath the armor surface. Thus, modification is needed.
I use Tamiya Putty Basic Type and design knife to create and shape the welding lines. First step, is to cover the area around the welding lines just to make sure you create a good clean job.
Any tools that is possible to cover the area would do fine 😀 Then I apply the putty right in the gap of those masking tape. After applying, quickly shape the putty using design knife and makes it look like a welding line. Wait about 5 minutes then remove the masking tape. Why 5 minutes? because the putty is almost dry, so the shape would not change when you remove the mask, but you can still clean it if things got a little messy 😀
here’s the result:
Next is the turret. The modification on the turret is far more simple then the welding lines on the upper hull. I only create a steel texture on the turret. The texture on US Tank’s turret are quite unique due to the special method of metal casting on the tank factory. Unlike any other country’s tank, Sherman’s shape are rounded and without edges.
To do this, I use a putty that is diluted in a Lacquer thinner, and hand brushed it to the surface. I randomly brushed it horizontal and diagonal way. Keep doing that until I am pleased with the result 😀
That’s all 😀 a very simple way to bring out the realism of this tank