You have proberly noticed that the larger scale projects just eat up the paint and it's not cheep, so here's what we do to save on the expensive top coat, undercoat/prime as usual then instead of trying to cover the base with your Tamiya TS-3 dark yellow say, use a automotive spray paint with a colour/shade as close as you can get ( maybe biege no 3), be it gloss or whatever it won't matter. Then when you are happy that all looks ok under the paint and you have finished bumping and chipping the colour as you fit the detail parts, you can now spray the top coat/coats with a fraction of what you would have used as the under coat an't far off!
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Another tip, when attempting to make a rolled armour effect, you can spend a fortune on Mr Surfacer 500, or get a tub of car body filler, and thin it with cellulose thinners to the point it is like a very thick sticky paint. Use a wide flat brush about 1/2" wide and trim it so that the bush hairs are short, roughly half the original length. Now stipple the thinned body filler onto the surface. To make sink marks just push the brush harder on the surface and twist. Don't forget the body filler will dry quicker than paint and you may beed to mix up serveral batches. When it's all done, lightly sand to the required effect is achieved. Clean the brush in thinners.
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If you desire and your not worried about the finish on your bench you can also run the tracks round under it's own power to check functions etc without the risk of it shooting off the bench.
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