AMMO by Mig- How to Paint IDF Tanks Weathering Guide
This latest release from AMMO by Mig focuses on tanks of the IDF and with the recent releases from Meng, Takom, Miniart, and AFV Club among others, the timing couldn't be more perfect. As in their Weathering Magazine issues, the featured articles are filled with references to AMMO by Mig products and one can easily see how the talented modelers in the issue have created the effects in the step-by-steps.
The guide opens with a well thought out and thorough summary of the Israel Defense Forces. The IDF represent the armed forces of Israel and include the Air Force, Navy, and the Army. From its inception in May of 1948, the state of Israel has seen conflicts unending from the surrounding Arab countries. Starting in 1948 with the First Arab-Israeli War to more modern-day conflicts such as Operation Protective Edge in 2014, the IDF has had to train, adapt, and fight by using various borrowed and self-made engines of war. This section of the guide covers the defense model, personnel, armored vehicles, armored personnel carriers, and other armored vehicles. There are brief overviews on the role Shermans, Centurions, M48 and M60 tanks, and captured T-55s have filled in strengthening the ranks of IDF armor. This all leads up to the MBT for Israel- the Merkava series. Throughout this section are excellent photos showing these various tanks in action and provide excellent resources for anyone looking for ideas.
The guide then breaks down various builds from AMMO crew--in all cases, the builds are complete and coverage begins with painting and weathering. This guide is not a step-by-step build series, but more of a demonstration of how the products can be used to achieve the results many modelers strive for in creating realistic IDF models. If anyone has seen Mig Jiménez or other talented artists at work at shows or conventions, this is the next best thing. The breakdown of the sections are:
- IDF Takom AMX 13/75-- the tank in this section was built by Takom staff and sent to Mig Jiménez to paint and weather. Mig starts by explaining how one goes about the challenges of painting a model that has already been assembled. Throughout the text are references to the numbers used for the AMMO paints, filters, washes, and pigments. In one instance Humbrol paints were used, but for the most part everything is AMMO's excellent line. I was surprised to read that AMMO now sells rigging for things like antennas and ship and aircraft lines as well.
- Next up is Lucas Zaromitidis' excellent AFV Club Centurion Sho't Kal from the Yom Kippur War, 1973. He starts by listing all the aftermarket he used to achieve the represented build. Following along the same lines, we see the use of more AMMO products, including the Oil Brusher series, as well as the new Decal Set and Fix solutions. As always, photographs are crisp and easy to follow for those learning to recreate the featured effects.
- Rick Lawler's Merkava MK. I Hybrid is up next. It is very interesting to me to see how various modelers approach recreating the effects of dusting, chipping, and other weathering common to the environment featured for the most part by IDF tanks. As the photos in the front of the guide can attest, these were not clean and polished vehicles-- they were well used in unforgiving desert and semi-arid environments and I think they've nailed showing us that.
- Lucas Zaromitidis returns in the next article which features an AFV Club M-60A1 Patton tank used to model a Magach 6B from Operation Peace for Galilee- Lebanon 1982. Once again, Lucas has included a list of the aftermarket accessories he used for his Magach. Codes for the Mr. Hobby paints he used for the primer and base coats are included. He also lists codes for AMMO paints that could be subbed in. There is a bit more emphasis on track preparation and recreating rubble for placing on the surface of the tank as well.
- The last weathering article features Michal Dostál's Tiger Model Nagmachon. He used E.T. Model photoetch to replace the kit's SLAT components. The build proceeds pretty much along the same lines as the others in the guide, with again emphasis on the tracks preparations and weathering.
The last section of the guide features an IDF Model Gallery by Allon Kira, who served in the IDF in the late 80's. Featured in the section are nine of Allon's builds, covering a whole range of IDF subjects from tanks to APCs to self-propelled guns, and even an M113 Fitter recovery vehicle. All of the builds feature at least two photos of the build as well as a list of base colors, washes, filters, and other effects used.
The crew at AMMO by Mig have done it again-- releasing a comprehensive guide to weathering tanks of the IDF that is easy to follow and jam packed with excellent photos and step-by-step instructions. The articles are extensive and provide the reader with all there is needed to hone the skills for one to recreate the effects. I look forward to referring back to this as I start my own Magach, Tiran, and pair of Merkavas peeking out at me from the stash.
Highly Recommended for those interested in the history and modelling of IDF armor.
Thanks goes out to AMMO by Mig for this review sample.
Reviewed by Michael Reeves
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