I had these 2 models for years.....waiting for the time to build them... the Chieftain still had a price tag of around 1.15 euros in today's currency !!!! and we used to think that prices were high in those days.
I hadn't built any kits of this scale in ages but lucky for me I just got me a brand new pair of specs & details just popped out.
Well here are the pics , along side an Old Crow buggy & a MicroPanzer mini for scale . The Chieftain was a joy to build & Airfix had great minis even in the 80's . Heller , perhaps a lesser known french company had a small range of afv's in 1/72nd & 1/35th scale. The Heller model is nice also , not as detailed as the airfix one & the rubber tracks leave much to be desired.I added those plastic screw plugs to make them look more scifi.
I decided to paint them in a winter Camo somewhat like WW2 German winter camo.
First grey spray undercoat ( plasticote sandable grey primer) , then diluted Windsor & newton black indian ink, then drybrush in white ( GW skull white ).Highlights & low lights were built up with diluted white & thin peat brown ink ( Windsor & newton) washes.
Heavy & medium Tanks of the "Black Death " Mercenary Free Company.pacification of Birguma c. 2150
|Converted 1/72 esci Sherman|
|I had painted this Esci 1/72nd Sdkfz250 quite some time ago in Russian winter campaign.Now it will fir perfectly with my Mercs theme.|