In the last project I did the basic weathering on the T90 Rc tank, but in this project, I will make weathering on King tiger Rc tank 1/16 scale from Heng Long. This time it will be more complex in cutting, drilling, and bending plastic, still not too difficult to make. It fun and looks realistic to the scale model. The step is simple and basic and easy to do. The result looks great. Let’s begin.
Supplies that you need to do Weathering King Tiger’s project.
1. Heng Long King tiger Rc tank (Or Other models)
2. Arcylic paints, (White, Black, Dark Brown, Yellow), paint tray, water spray, and paint brushes different sizes. (I use Liquitex Basics: Burnt Sienna, Raw Sienna, and Mars Black)
3. Spray paints (Surface primer (Red-brown), and cream or tan color (If you want to be correct in color,
need to buy Tamiya’s spray color) It a little bit darker yellow.
4. Tamiya weathering master set C, spray paint flat black.
5. Heat gun, Dremel tools, Power Drill, Hair dryer, Hair spray, Masking tape, and paper tower.
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Step 1: Do the Cutting Bending Drilling
First I need to disassembly the King Tiger Rc tank by unscrew at the bottom of the tank, it should be about 6 screws. I took the turret’s piece (top part) and the body with wheels (bottom part), then disconnected the wires ports. Next I remove the wheels and use masking tape, tape at the edge of the wheels and it should be ready for paint. Then I use the dremel to cut the track covers off, at this point it need to be preside and cut in a straight line. I just make random cut a little bit off on both sides. Now I drill the small holes different sizes around the tank, but mostly on the fender track’s cover, when I drill, I sometime drill at the angle, so the holes will look a bit bigger. Then I use heat gun to heat the plastic, don’t put the heat gun directly in one place the plastic will melt (The shape of the object will not be the same) , try to do a little of the time, when the plastic soften, I bend the fender track’s cover to replicated the twisted metal that been hit by something. Make sure look over on both sides.
Step 2: Paint, Hair Spray, Screb
Then prepare the King Tiger for paint, I use alcohol to clean of the grease and dust. At first I spray paint surface primer (Red brown) to the (top part) of the tank. After it dry, I use hair spray to spray cover the (top part) of the tank, at least twice. Let it dry, now I spray cream or tan color to the top part, bottom part, and wheels. Next I scrub with the dish sponge on the edges and some large areas that I think the paint will fated off. Next I assemble the tank, so that I can see what I should adjust to make it look better. I want to make the rust to the wheels, the tank need to lean on it side, that is the easy way to paint, you can control the paint more easy.
Step 3: Weathering, Paint Rust
Then I mix the dark brown (Burnt S) color by adding (Mars Black) by mixing a little at the time by adding water. Then apply the first coat, the paint will not apply on material well (This process need to apply many times, but need for the paint to dry, or use hair dryer). The wheels have some oil leak, so in the middle of the wheel will use black color. Note that the acrylic paint, if make mistake, clean off with water and brush it off. If it stay the paint will stick on the surface. I use this color to make high light of rust through out the tank. (The rust will have different shades of colors) Next I mix Raw Sienna with water, by using the smallest brush, I paint over the dark brown, by hold the brush and gentle paint straight line. At this point the rust should be random. There are not thing wrong or the right way to paint, so feel free to do. The grove on the tank, the bullet holes, the twisted metal, the tracks, the back end of the tank, the nuts and bolts, some panels will have rust. Then I use Tamiya weathering master set C (Orange rust) apply to high light some areas, It looks real. For the painting, I look around the tank to paint to make it look realistic.
Step 4: Paint the Figure
For the machine gun, I spray with flat black and high light with the gun metal (Tamiya weathering master). I look around the tank to see, if some parts need it to paint more. I paint the tank’s commander as well.