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Leopard 1 AEV

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With construction out of the way, it was time to add a bit of color. I decided to go with Vallejo primer and paints on this one. The primer, when sprayed on and allowed to cure for 24 hours, is hard as nail and makes for a great base. Since there is suggested coloring located in the instructions, it was back to the .net to find something I liked. The olive green seen on many of these AEV’s was in my sights. I used Vallejo’s Olive Drab Primer as the base and then moved onto their Model Air Panzer Green. This is an excellent color for any stage of this vehicle’s life if you ask me. I wanted to fade the paint slightly, so I used and Olive Drab and finished things off with a misting of Antique White mixed in to take the edge off.

The tracks were painted with a combination of Desert Sand, Pale Green and USN Blue Grey for the pads. After all of the painting was done, the decals were ready to install. There are two different sets of identification numbers that can be used, both from German service. A quick clear coat, I set the decals, clear coated again and moved on to the weathering stages of the project.

I did not want to go too crazy with the weathering on this one. Although these things get beat on pretty good I wanted to let the detailing stand out a bit. So some light chipping with a sponge with some German Camo Black Brown Model Color from Vallejo I used a yellow wash for green vehicles from, again Vallejo and their Model Wash line and used it as a filter. After that is was onto some light dusting with some pigments and it was time to put this one to bed!
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About the Author

About Todd Michalak (TRM5150)

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 ...


AUG 25, 2014 - 12:29 PM
Thanks Mike!
AUG 25, 2014 - 01:13 PM
Wow Todd, fantastic piece of work brother!
AUG 28, 2014 - 02:17 AM
Thanks Bortha!! Most appreciated!!
AUG 28, 2014 - 02:25 AM
Awesome build Todd!
AUG 29, 2014 - 12:23 AM
Thank you very much John!!
AUG 29, 2014 - 12:32 AM
Nailed it with this awesome work!!
SEP 09, 2014 - 08:08 AM
Hello Pedro!! Hope all is well my friend!! Seems like yesterday I seen you in Virginia!! Thank you very much for the kind words!!
SEP 09, 2014 - 08:12 AM
Once again a thing of beauty Todd! Phil.
SEP 28, 2014 - 08:42 AM
Thank you very much Philippe!!
SEP 28, 2014 - 08:59 AM