Rete Mimetica, Fogliame, e Nastro Hessian sui Carri Armati e Cannoni

1:72 Scale Modelling Techniques

Heavy foliage camouflage on a Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. H romeno

Panzer IV Ausf. H serving colla 1a divisione di carri romena nel 1944. The vehicle carries heavy foliage cover, because of Soviet air superiority in its sector of the front. The editor used white glue to attach irregular patches of olive green army gauze bandage to the vehicle, breaking up the silhouette. This camouflage netting was sprinkled con green flocking to simulate small branches stuck into the netting. The flocking was painted dark green, e drybrushed light green, assuming that the crew has taken care to add fresh foliage to the vehicle regularly.

The camouflage netting is visible in places where it has not been covered con foliage, giving the vehicle the desired disruptive pattern. Hatches e vision ports need to be left uncovered to allow the crew to operate the vehicle without hindrance, but the frontal glacis should have received a little foliage to break up the obvious lines. A more serious oversight is that the gun barrel has not been wrapped con netting, it sticks out like a sore thumb when viewed from the air. During road marches, crew members should be outside their hatches, acting as spotters in order to provide some advance warning of approaching aircraft.

Tools ed Accessories

  • White Glue
  • Plain Paper
  • Gauze Bandage
  • Flocking
  • Paint
Gauze bandage e flocking applied to a German Bundeswehr Marder 1 Infantry Fighting Vehicle.

Painted, detailed, e weathered German Bundeswehr Marder IFV with olive green army gauze bandage e flocking applied, ready for painting.

German Bundeswehr Marder 1 Infantry Fighting Vehicle with painted e weathered camouflage netting in place.

The same Marder IFV with painted e weathered camouflage netting. The veicolo was carefully dusted with an airbrush.

Hessian Tape

A common camouflage practice on veicoli britannici was to have permanent netting rigged to the hull, torretta, e gun barrel, con liberal use of dangling Hessian tape. Here is how Francis Liew simulates Hessian tape in miniature:

  1. Crumple a piece of paper into a ball, e then spread the paper back; cut it into shreds about 1 mm wide.
  2. Apply white glue onto desired surfaces.
  3. Sprinkle paper shreds onto glue area.
  4. Brush over gently in different directions con stiff brush, before the glue dries.
  5. Paint Hessian tape by dabbing it con a short-bristled brush dipped in Khaki, Khaki Drill, e Olive Green paint.

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