It's been a bit since I posted any build updates. As a refresher, I'm building Trumpeter's E-10.
We jump back in with starting on the paint and deciding on those side skirts. The kit comes with plastic as well as PE side skirts.
I decided to do something different and hand-paint to E10. I actually began pre-painting the hatches, and side skirts (both styrene and PE). And I decided to go ahead and start on the rest of the tank. The light gray and dark yellow actually look pretty good. I might use that with some of my What-If Privateer camo schemes.
By the way, the hatches have horrible ejector marks. I decided to use some styrene to make some pads to cover them. Simple and less frustrating fix than filling and trying to sand around the kit's handle detail.
Added the secondary color...olive green. Again, I dabbed it on with a brush and sponge. I had only planned on a two-color scheme but ...well you'll see.
Time for the tracks. This release comes with early and late tracks and drive sprockets. Both era of tracks are offered in rubberband and indie links...you get four sets of tracks. So find a friend that bought the initial release and give them your extra set of indie links. To be fair, the rubberband links probably would work well with the side skirts on.
The tracks went together well. I fit the sections on the kit to let the cement set up, then removed them for paint.
I painted the tracks with Rustoleum dark gray auto primer. What I like is it has a grainy texture and gives the tracks a texture that works well with dry-brushing and pigments.
Once the tracks dried, I heavily drybrushed them with red-brown. I then drybrushed them with steel. A dabble of dust pigments helped blend the tracks together.
Finished up the odd bits like pioneer tools, tow cables, etc. I decided to give the plastic side skirts a go and they ended up looking pretty good so I'll keep them for now.
I painted the outward surfaces of the skirts. I added the olive green. On a whim I decided to add a third color...red-brown.
I like the rough look of the camo. The kit comes with a generic decal sheet. The paint schemes do not use any markings. I decided to forego and markings.
And with that I am calling this one done. It wasn't a tough build and it looks nice up on the shelf. I'd recommend it. The gun is loose and flops around. Some of the parts require a bit of extra clean-up. Overall, it's as good as their E-25. And, the E-10 does come with a gunner's sight...Trumpy left that detail out of the E-25 kit.