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Old 06-18-2017, 07:57 PM
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I like to build my tanks to look factory new, then I drive them around a bit to get natural weathering on them. Sometimes the driving doesn't quite do it, so I must weather them by hand. My favorite method is a bit messy but the results look as much like real dirt as the real thing. That's because I use real dirt.
Clay to be exact. I dug some nice fine clay from TANKLAND and mixed it up in a cup with water and a drop of dish soap. The dish soap will prevent the water from beading up on the tank, and it adds just a touch of sticky to the clay so when it dries it stays in place. The good clay will feel greasy and smooth between your fingers when wet, and dries into polygonal cracks in nature. This will give your tank a "dirty" feel, but it also takes away any shine. It may also get things like carpet and sofas dirty, especially if the tank gets wet. It is real mud.

I coated my Abrams with this muddy mix and let it dry. I was going for the coated in dust look. I like the results, what do you guys think?
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Old 06-18-2017, 08:15 PM
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Looks dirty...which is the point!
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Old 06-18-2017, 08:24 PM
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Thanks. This was my first attempt using a jeep.

My buddy told me my tanks were too clean so now I gotta fix that.
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Old 06-19-2017, 05:15 AM
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Looks great, Greg, but if you add a little brown acrylic paint to the mix it will stick better.
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Old 06-19-2017, 06:16 AM
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I'm going to weather some of the tanks that I have built in the past. I think some dirt would help out my camo paint jobs to hide all of my mistakes and less than perfect scratch built projects. Severe battle damage sounds good me too.

Your detailing looks great ---- thanks for the photos ---- I love the Jeep!
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Very nice.
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