Walker Bulldog Title

Model Details

Kit:
Skybow M41A3 Walker Bulldog, 1/35th scale.

Detailing Items:
"Out Of Box"

Paint:
Mr Hobby, Tamiya and Revell paints.

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M41A3 Walker Bulldog
This is an excellent kit from Skybow that I picked up at the IPMS(UK) Nationals in Telford in 2010. I had not seen this companies kits before, so I was very surprised when I saw the quality of the model when I opened the box. The molding quality and detail is very good, one of the best I have seen on an armour model. The assembly of the model was straight forward and passed without any trouble, with the least amount of moldlines to be removed and no flash. I had not problems with any of the parts matching up and I cannot remember using any filler on this model at all, a first for any model that I have built in recent years. First the hull was built but I had left the wheels and tools off to ease with painting and adding the tracks later during the build.Then the main turret structure was built, again leaving off any tools and equipment.
Once all of the main construction was done, a coat of grey primer was sprayed all over and everything was given a couple of coats Khaki Green 2 from Mr Hobby's range of paints. The wheels then had their tyres painted with Tyre Black and then all of them except for the drive sprockets were fitted to the hull. I used Mr Hobby's Steel paint on the tracks and once they had been left to dry overnight, T went over the rubber padded areas on them with some Wet'N'Dry to remove the paint and show the rubber underneath. These were then placed over the wheels and then the drive sprockets were fitted onto the hull. All of the tools and equipment received their paint and were fitted in their position on the hull and turret prior to any weathering. A towing cable with eyelets is supplied with the kit, which is some thin string which you cut to size and glue to the two eyelets before mounting them on their brackets. The antennas are a couple of lengths of wire cut to size and glued into holes drilled in the bases on the turret.
The main weathering is done with Carrs weathering powders of rust and coal dust (model railway items) around brackets, handles and other various areas on the tank. The heat damage to the exhaust covers was done using some Carrs powders and chalk pastels mixed with a drop of water. This was rubbed over the covers in the areas that I had seen on some photographs. The model was then finished off with a dusting of a Sandy Mud colour from the airbrush to replicate what I had seen in a couple of photographs during my research.