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Re: AMT/ERTL 1/32 Star Wars Trade Federation Tank

Toby Page » Apr 7 '15

In memory of Leonard Nimoy, 1931 to 2015.


My first entry into this Sci-Fi Group Build has been in my stash for many, many years now.


It`s the AMT/ERTL 1/32 Star Wars Trade Federation Tank as first seen in Episode One.  Although many think the prequel Sta Wars films are rubbish, I think they introduced to some nice new spaceships and vehicles.  Some of these then made into kit form.


Here are the box and sprue shots.


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Some nice detail on this kit and a relatively straight forward out of the box build.  I intend top try out some new (to me) chipping and weathering techniques on this build to give the tank and worn and battle weary look.

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Re: AMT/ERTL 1/32 Star Wars Trade Federation Tank

Toby Page » Apr 7 '15

**Update**  - Main Gun and Turret Part One.


So cracking on yesterday with step one in the instructions.  I have assemble the main gun parts, sanded and put some filler on gaps and seams.  The main turret has been cleaned up and will assemble once the gun assembly is complete, then I can add the bits and bobs onto the turret.


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Re: AMT/ERTL 1/32 Star Wars Trade Federation Tank

Toby Page » Apr 7 '15

**Update**  - Main Hull Assembly.


Next was to start on the main hull.  After lots of dry fitting, sanding and removing of alignment pegs that caused more gaps and mis-alignments, i got the two hull halves together.


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Then some styrene filler applied to seams and left to set ready for plenty of sanding and seam elimination.


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Re: AMT/ERTL 1/32 Star Wars Trade Federation Tank

Toby Page » Apr 7 '15

**Update**  - Main Gun and Turret Part Two.


Main gun and turret was assembled.


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Then plenty of sanding, seam filling and sanding some more.....


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The side guns were assembled and all gun barrels were drilled out.


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Re: AMT/ERTL 1/32 Star Wars Trade Federation Tank

Toby Page » Apr 7 '15

**Update**  - Main Hull Assembly Part Three.


Hi, apologies for the lack of updates.  Been pushing on and finished the build part.  As you can see from the photos below, there were some big gaps and seams to deal with but all sorted in the end.


There was a very big gap where the back of the lower hull met the upper hull and had to be shimmed out with plasticard.  I used dissolved styrene as filler and any ar bubbles with some dissolved squadron green putty.


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Re: AMT/ERTL 1/32 Star Wars Trade Federation Tank

Toby Page » Apr 7 '15

**Update**  - Priming.


So, once all the sanding was finished, the whole model was cleaned with warm soapy water and left to dry in the purpose built model drying facility (Airing cupboard).


Then everything was primed with a 50/50  mix of Vallejo grey polyurethane primer and pledge floor wax (new Klear).


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Re: AMT/ERTL 1/32 Star Wars Trade Federation Tank

Toby Page » Apr 7 '15

**Update**  - Pre-shading.


For what`s its worth, I decided to pre shade a dark brownish colour.  For this I regrettably used Vallejo model air burnt umber.  For some reason, I cannot get along with model air.  I can airbrush tamiya and mr hobby aqueous both neat and thinned without any issues but model i always get issues with clogging, spitting and almost insta dry tip.  i got it done in the end.  now got to sort my base colours.




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Re: AMT/ERTL 1/32 Star Wars Trade Federation Tank

Toby Page » Apr 7 '15

**Update**  - Base Colours Part One.


As I seem to be a glutton for punishment and they are the paints I have in the right colours for stage one of the base coats, I soldiered on with the vallejo paints.  I am using their own thinners but still hard to get right.  I mixed up some heavily thinned model colour iraqi sand (70.819) and model air ochre (71.033) and did the lighter sand colour.  I then went over with some very thin model colour iraqi sand (70.819) to start to weather the paint.  I`m done for the night but will re-visit with some model colour iraqi sand (70.819) and white to do another layer of weathering of the lighter paint.  Then it`s some masking and then the light brown to do then the dark brown.


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Re: AMT/ERTL 1/32 Star Wars Trade Federation Tank

Toby Page » Apr 7 '15

**Update**  - Base Colours Part Two,


After weathering the first base colour, it was masked off with tamiya tape.


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Then the second base colour of XF-59 was applied and weathered.


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Then masking tape removed.


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Then the last round of masking and the third base colour of XF-52 was applied and weathered.  All masing then removed.


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I have a few areas of overspray, so i`m just going to weather those on with some very thin lighter base colours.

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Re: AMT/ERTL 1/32 Star Wars Trade Federation Tank

Toby Page » Apr 7 '15

**Update**  - Base Colours Part Three,


Onto the final main painting stage.  After tidying up any overspray issues, I moved onto the areas detailed in black.  for this I used Tamiya XF-84, dark iron.


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Then the relevant areas were dry brushed with Mr metal stainless.


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I rounded off this session with the whole model being sealed with a coat of pledge.

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