I’m new to all things armor. My third build is trumpeter’s 1/35 T-80 BV. What am i supposed to do with the kit supplied unditching log? It looks nothing like a log in texture according to pictures I see on the interwebs. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
You can make a log using real wood found in the backyard but if the log has the attachments molded on then you also can add a lot of realism by just using paint, Check the one below, aorry that it is not a very good picture…:
(Ignore the shine btw, it has received a gloss coat for further weathering.)
I painted it sand colour, then added a layer of chipping fluid, and then a dark brown colour.
After that, using water and a toothbrush i removed part of the dark brown to get a more then acceptable result, imo…
A twig or stick won’t be correct. The real logs were run through a machine to debark them, turn them to a certain diameter, and put a chamfer on the ends. Taken down to 1/35, they would look pretty much like a plastic rod, with maybe a few longitudinal splits. Some waviness can be seen in some photos, but overall they were closer in shape to cylinders than a tree trunk.
This log is off-sized, shows definite bends in it, and still has some bark still on it.
As for using a wood dowel, I added scale grain and splits with a razor saw and hobby knife. Same with plastic rod/tubing.